Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 13, 2013

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,662 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.Welfare Incomes Crowdfunding Campaign Update : October 13 (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
2. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - October 9 issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
3. What’s wrong with income-splitting? Nothing — if you’re wealthy (Andrew Jackson in iPolitics) - October 9
4. Nova Scotia Provincial Election - October 8
5. A Closer Look At Who Is Making Minimum Wage In Ontario (Wellesley Institute) - October 8
6. [Edmonton] Tracking the Trends 2013: 12th Edition (Edmonton Social Planning Council) - October 2013
7. Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada’s food system (Community Foundations of Canada) - October 2013
8. Measuring the food security environment in Canada (Health Canada) - October 2013
[URL error corrected October 14]
9. 2013 Edmonton Vital Signs (Edmonton Social Planning Council) - October 2013
10. Housing First in Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness (The Homeless Hub) - October 2013
11. Baird makes "inappropriate" remarks about the Maldives; UN rapporteur on Indigenous peoples arrives in Canada - October 7, 8
12.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, September 2013 - October 11
--- Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012
- October 8
13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [United States] Six Myths About Food Stamps (Moyers & Company) - October 8
16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Welfare Incomes Crowdfunding Campaign Update: October 12
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Welfare Incomes
Crowdfunding Campaign Update:
October 13, 2013
The purpose of this campaign is to help raise funds for Welfare Incomes that had been published regularly since 1989 by the National Council of Welfare.

Target for this campaign : $20,000
Amount raised so far : $18,951
Number of days left in this campaign : 1
Number of supporters so far : 240
[ Note : To see the list of contributors, click the link below and then, on the next page, click "Activity" near the top of the page. ]

Saving Welfare Incomes : Caledon Institute of Social Policy
- info about the Welfare Incomes campaign (video and text) and that all-important DONATE button.
https://www.giveffect.org/campaigns/159-data-rescue

Last chance to to click that DONATE button!

Source:
Caledon Blog
http://www.caledoninst.org/Blog/

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.

Giveffect
https://www.giveffect.org/
A crowdfunding platform built for charities

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

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Also from Caledon:

Saving data to save the country
HTML version (Toronto Star) :
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/10/10/saving_data_to_save_the_country.html
PDF version (28K, 2 pages) : http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1018ENG.pdf
No Canadian can afford to remain idle as Ottawa strips away our most important collective resource - public information about who we are.
By Sherri Torjman
October 10, 2013
(...)
We had heard about the crowdfunding route, which involves making public a given cause and asking many, many people for modest sums of money. There is no amount too small. The wealth in this case derives from the power of networks to get the word out and to have multiple hands - and pockets - sharing the burden of the problem. The challenge was that no campaign had ever before been undertaken in support of a piece of social research.
Perhaps equally important to the money is the message about the underlying problem. The death of the National Council of Welfare was the thin edge of a far bigger wedge: the loss in recent years of many vital sources of national information.

[Sherri Torjman is Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.]

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

2. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - October 9 issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : October 9 (2013) - issue 115 (PDF - 132K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_115.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Toronto’s Vital Signs Report 2013
Ø How and Why Demographic Forces Are Driving Up Sick Days in Canada
Ø Who Is Working For Minimum Wage In Ontario?
Ø International Migration Outlook 2013
Ø Poverty Is A Health Issue
Ø Spotlight on Science Learning

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this site, where you'll find links to two dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

3. What’s wrong with income-splitting? Nothing — if you’re wealthy - October 9
(iPolitics)

What’s wrong with income-splitting? Nothing — if you’re wealthy
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/10/09/whats-wrong-with-income-splitting-nothing-if-youre-wealthy/
By Andrew Jackson and Jonathan Sas
October 9, 2013
During the last federal election, Stephen Harper promised that his Conservative government would introduce a new way to tax families with children after balancing the federal budget.
We are likely to hear a lot more about the merits of Harper’s ‘income-splitting’ proposal before the 2015 election. The Conservatives continue to slash spending and erode public services precisely in order to create the fiscal room for this promised tax cut. Never mind that Mr. Harper’s aggressive agenda of tax cuts has already helped turn a $16 billion surplus in 2006 into annual deficits. The Conservatives will frame their income-splitting plan as needed tax relief for middle-class Canadian families. What Harper won’t tell us, however, is that it isn’t designed to benefit the families most in need. In fact, it promises to exacerbate — not reduce — existing income and gender inequality.

Source:
iPolitics
[ http://www.ipolitics.ca/ ] is independent, non-partisan and committed to providing timely, relevant, insightful content to those whose professional or personal interests require that they stay on top of political developments in Ottawa and the provinces.

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- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

4. Nova Scotia Provincial Election - October 8

Nova Scotia election sees Liberals take majority
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/10/08/nova-scotia-liberals-projected-to-take-majority-in-nova-scotia-election/
By Melanie Patten
October 8, 2013
HALIFAX — Voters in Nova Scotia dumped the NDP on Tuesday after giving Darrell Dexter a historic election victory four years ago, turning this time to Liberal Stephen McNeil, who swept to power on promises to bring soaring electricity rates under control while putting an end to corporate handouts.

Source:
National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/

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From Elections Nova Scotia:

39th Provincial General Election 2013 Initial Results (clickable map)
http://results.electionsnovascotia.ca/

Summary of election results by party
http://results.electionsnovascotia.ca/Summary.aspx

Registered Parties:

Green Party of Nova Scotia
http://www.greenparty.ns.ca/

Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
http://www.ns.ndp.ca/

Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia
http://www.pcparty.ns.ca
/

Nova Scotia Liberal Party
http://www.liberal.ns.ca/

*** Liberal Party Platform:
HTML version :
http://www.liberal.ns.ca/platform/
PDF version
(600K, 30 pages) : https://www.liberal.ns.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/2013-Liberal-Platform.pdf
[SPOILER : the word "poverty" appears exactly zero times in the Liberal Platform.]

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From the CBC:

Stephen McNeil leads Liberals to majority in Nova Scotia
Progressive Conservatives form Official Opposition while New Democrats trail in 3rd
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nsvotes2013/stephen-mcneil-leads-liberals-to-majority-in-nova-scotia-1.1929962
October 8, 2013
- includes links (in the right and left margins) to a dozen related articles

More media coverage of the
2013 Nova Scotia Provincial Election

https://www.google.ca/#q=nova+scotia+election&tbm=nws

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

5. A Closer Look At Who Is Making Minimum Wage In Ontario - October 8
(Wellesley Institute)

A Closer Look At Who Is Making Minimum Wage In Ontario
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/economics/income-inequality-economics/a-closer-look-at-who-is-making-minimum-wage-in-ontario/
October 8, 2013
By Sheila Block
Many people’s image of a minimum wage worker is a teenager, perhaps at a fast food restaurant, earning some money to buy the newest smart phone. And a teenager flipping burgers is an accurate part of the picture: in 2011, almost 60 percent of minimum wage workers in Ontario were between 15 and 24 years of age. Some of them are likely earning pocket money for extras, while others are likely making crucial contributions to their family’s incomes and survival.
But, we also need to look at the rest of the picture: minimum wage is not just a youth issue. Forty percent of minimum wage earners are over 25 years old. More than 1 in 10 racialized women aged 25 and over were working for minimum wage between 2009 and 2011, two and a half times the rate of the total population over 25. For women who are recent immigrants, the number is almost 1 in 5. These workers are not earning pocket money to buy a flashy new smart phone; they are trying to pay the bills for themselves and their families on $10.25 per hour.

Source:
Wellesley Institute
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

6. [Edmonton] Tracking the Trends 2013: 12th Edition - October 2013
(Edmonton Social Planning Council)

Tracking the Trends 2013: 12th Edition (PDF - 11.8MB [!!BANDWIDTH HOG ALERT!!], 126 pages)
http://www.threesource.ca/documents/October2013/Tracking-the-Trends-2013.pdf
October 2013
Tracking the Trends is the ESPC's flagship publication that offers a comprehensive collection of current and historical demographic and socio-economic data focused on the Edmonton region.
(...)
Data in this publication can apply to either the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), or both. Each table and chart is labeled to specify the geography of the underlying data. In a few instances, national or provincial data is used when Edmonton data is unavailable.
This edition includes data from both the mandatory 2011 Census and the voluntary 2011 National Household Survey (NHS). Other than population, age, and dwelling types, most of the included information is from the NHS and not the Census.

Due to the higher non-response rate in the voluntary NHS compared to the previous mandatory long-form census, data quality may be compromised. Disadvantaged socio-economic groups tend to have lower response rates in voluntary surveys compared to more advantaged groups.
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NOTE (by Gilles): I added some bolding in the previous paragraph to emphasize the type of disclaimer that more and more StatCan reports are displaying nowadays..
Thanks, Mr. Harper.

Source:
Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC)
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/
[You can order a paper copy of this report ($20 + $3.50 for shipping) by clicking the "Buy Now" button on the home page

COMMENT (by Gilles):
To avoid BANDWIDTH HOG ALERTS, please consider creating two PDF documents from the same file : one for printing and a leaner, lighter version with fewer graphics and plain fonts for people with modest Internet usage plans or slow Internet connections.

7. Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada’s food system - October 2013
(Community Foundations of Canada)

From Community Foundations of Canada:

Food is ground zero for Canada’s most challenging issues, says new report
http://www.cfc-fcc.ca/news/news-releases_view.cfm?id=2180
News Release
October 1, 2013 – Food is at the epicenter of our nation’s most pressing issues – from poverty and poor health, to the environment and economy – and communities need to make these critical connections so Canadians can mobilize more effectively, says a new report from Community Foundations of Canada.
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Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada’s food system, released today as part of CFC’s national Vital Signs program, calls food a defining issue for the century ahead. Among the report’s key findings:
* Fighting the symptoms isn’t working.
* Our choices are hurting our health.
* And taking a toll on our environment.
* First nations are hit hardest.
* Canadians are driving change.
* Canada has the potential to be a leader on the world stage.

Complete report:

Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada’s food system (PDF - 2.4MB, 28 pages)
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/files/report/nationalreports/2013_NationalReport_EN.pdf
October 2013

Source:
Community Foundations of Canada

http://www.cfc-fcc.ca/
The vitality of our communities, or community vitality, is something community foundations care about a great deal. Community vitality is the unique spirit that flourishes when people believe their community holds possibilities for everyone.

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

8. Measuring the food security environment in Canada - October 2013
(Health Canada)

Measuring the food security environment in Canada (PDF - 1MB, 88 pages)
http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2013/sc-hc/H164-155-2012-eng.pdf
(NOTE: there was an error in the URL for this report. That error has been corrected - Oct. 14)
2013
Canadian context and the evidence available to date on the association of food environments with diet-related outcomes. The report points out unresolved issues and gaps in the existing research methodology, with an emphasis on research approaches needed to address uniquely Canadian food environments, such as in the North.
The report then takes a closer look at the Canadian context, with a review of 19 Canadian community food assessments. Through interviews with key informants across Canada, the report highlights the experiences and analysis of food researchers in communities across the country.

Source:
Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

9. 2013 Edmonton Vital Signs - October 2013
(
Edmonton Social Planning Council)

2013 Edmonton Vital Signs (PDF - 8.1MB [!!BANDWIDTH HOG ALERT!!], 6 pages)
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/files/localreports/2013_EdmontonFood_report.pdf

2013 Edmonton Vital Signs is the first of an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how our community is doing on a specific issue; this year we are looking at food security. Community Foundations across Canada are reporting on how their communities are doing and how Canada is doing over all.

National Vital Signs website
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/

Vital Signs receives media attention nationwide:
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/blog-375-vital-signs-receives-media-attention-nationwide
With 25 community foundations across Canada producing reports this year, Vital Signs received media attention from coast to coast.

The Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) [ http://www.ecfoundation.org/ ] works with donors to support the causes important to them through gifts now and/or in their wills.

The Edmonton Social Planning Council [ http://edmontonsocialplanning.ca ] is an independent social research and analysis organization which has been operating in Edmonton for over 73 years.

NOTE : The Edmonton Vital Signs report is one of over two dozen reports from cities across Canada.
Click the Local reports link below to see the group responsible for producing each report and a link to the report itself
http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/en/localreports

Cities/regions covered in 2013 include:


* Abbotsford, B.C.
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Burlington, ON
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Calgary, AB
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Cambridge, ON
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Cape Breton, N.S.
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Central Okanagan, B.C.
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Edmonton, AB
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Kingston, ON
*
Lethbridge, AB
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Lunenburg, N.S.
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Medicine Hat, AB
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Mississauga, ON


*
North Okanagan, B.C.
*
Northwestern Alberta
*
Peterborough, ON - 2013
* Prince Edward County, ON
* Prince Edward Island
* South Okanagan, B.C.
* Sudbury, ON
* Temiskaming, ON
* Toronto, ON
* Victoria, B.C.
* Waterloo Region, ON
* Windsor, ON
* Wolfville, N.S.

- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

- Go to the Municipal Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

10. Housing First in Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness - October 2013
(The Homeless Hub)

Housing First in Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness
http://www.homelesshub.ca/Library/View.aspx?id=56275
October 2013
Housing First has proven to be a realistic, humane and effective way of responding to homelessness. Housing First in Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness is the first book that examines how this approach has been applied in Canada. The book begins with a framework for Housing First that explains the core principles of the approach, as well as how it works in practice. The book also presents eight case studies of Housing First in Canada, exploring not just the results of its implementation, but how different communities made the shift from ‘treatment as usual’ to a new approach .

Contents:

* Introduction
* Framework
* Case Studies
----- Calgary, Alberta: Calgary Homeless Foundation
----- Calgary, Alberta: The Infinity Project
----- Vancouver, British Columbia: The Vivian
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Hamilton, Ontario: Transitions to Home
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Lethbridge, Alberta: City of Lethbridge & Social Housing in Action
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Victoria, British Columbia: Streets to Homes
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Fredericton, New Brunswick: Community Action Group on Homelessness
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Edmonton, Alberta: Nikihk Housing First/Homeward Trust
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Conclusion - Lessons Learned

Source:
The Homeless Hub

http://www.homelesshub.ca/

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

11. Baird makes "inappropriate" remarks about the Maldives; UN rapporteur on Indigenous peoples arrives in Canada - October 7, 8

Maldives slams Baird's remarks
'Inappropriate and derogatory'

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/maldives-slams-bairds-remarks-226859341.html
By Steve Rennie
October 8, 2013
OTTAWA -- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is in hot water with the Maldives.
Maldives President Mohamed Waheed wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to complain about Baird's conduct during recent Commonwealth meetings in New York. In a statement posted on the Maldives president's website, Waheed alleges Baird made "inappropriate and derogatory remarks" and "posed several harshly worded questions" to the acting Maldives foreign minister. The remarks pertained to "domestic politics in the Maldives," according to the statement, but Baird's exact words remain unclear.

Source:
Winnipeg Free Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/

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COMMENT (by Gilles):
Deux temps, deux mesures*
(*Loose translation : Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.)
After reading the above excerpt from the Winnipeg Free Press article, I couldn't help but see the double standard that is a cornerstone of the Harper Government™ approach to international relations. In the past few years, United Nations spokespersons have taken Canada to task for its less-than stellar record on children's rights, housing, food security and First Nations living conditions. Rather than heed the sound advice of the impartial representatives of the U.N., Harperites have attacked the messengers, scoffing at the fact that people from countries with corrupt governments would actually have the GALL to tell *us* how to formulate our domestic policy.

Of course, that's how one would expect a government bordering on fascism to behave.
See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm#fascist (especially component #2 : "Disdain for the importance of human rights")

AND I predict that's exactly how the Harper Government™ will react to the interventions of the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples.
See the next link immediately below.

James Anaya, special UN rapporteur on Indigenous peoples, arrives and begins inquiry in Canada
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/roger-annis/2013/10/james-anaya-special-un-rapporteur-on-indigenous-peoples-arrives-a
By Roger Annis
October 7, 2013
The extraordinary and much-anticipated arrival and visit to Canada of James Anaya begins today, Monday, October 7, 2013. He is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He will travel and investigate across the country for eight days. The visit comes at an explosive time in Canada as pressure mounts by First Nations peoples against tar sands and other fossil fuel projects in western and central Canada and as demands grow for a national, public inquiry into the cases of more than 600 missing or murdered women across the country, most of whom are Aboriginal. The federal government is also refusing international pressure to convene such an inquiry.

Source:
rabble.ca blogs
http://rabble.ca/blogs

rabble.ca
http://rabble.ca/
rabble.ca will draw on the real energy and power of the Internet – passionate, engaged human beings. Blurring the line between readers and contributors, it will provide a needed space for issues, a place to explore political passions and an opportunity to expand ideas.
[ About rabble.ca : http://rabble.ca/about/landing ]

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OK, so here's my rhetorical question:
Why is it OK for Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs to stick HIS nose in "domestic politics" of the Maldives, but it's not OK for a high-ranking official of a credible international body to point out the shortcomings of Canadian public policy respecting disadvantaged Canadians?

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Labour Force Survey, September 2013 - October 11
--- Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012
- October 8

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

October 11, 2013
Labour Force Survey, September 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131011/dq131011a-eng.htm
Employment was little changed in September, while the unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 6.9% as fewer youths searched for work.

October 8, 2013
Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131008/dq131008b-eng.htm
According to a new international survey on adult competencies led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canadian adults aged 16 to 65 had above average skills among countries surveyed in problem solving in technology-rich environments.

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.



Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

October 12, 2013
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Physical activity promotion in the preschool years: A critical period to intervene
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/physical-activity-promotion-preschool-years-critical-period
9 Oct 2013 | Canada
"The primary aim of this paper is to provide a rationale for the necessity of intervening with a physical activity intervention in the preschool years and why the daycare environment is amenable to such intervention".

Together we raise tomorrow. An Alberta approach to early childhood development 2013
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/together-we-raise-tomorrow-alberta-approach-early-childhood
9 Oct 2013 | Alberta
Document from Government of Alberta meant to guide community conversation on the next steps for Alberta's "integrated early childhood development system". Includes links to information about getting involved and providing feedback on the report.

French preschools aim to please toddlers, moms
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/french-preschools-aim-please-toddlers-moms
9 Oct 2013 | United States
Clip from National Public Radio (US) asks Americans about their experience with the universal preschool system in France and compares it to the 'patchwork' system in the US.

Federalism and the "new politics" of welfare development: Childcare and parental leave in Australia and Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/federalism-and-new-politics-welfare-development-childcare-a
9 Oct 2013 | Canada
Article by Rianne Mahon and Deborah Brennan "consider the ways in which federal institutions have affected mobilization around childcare and parental leave and have helped to shape policy outcomes"

The Canada social transfer and the deconstruction of pan - Canadian social policy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/10/canada-social-transfer-and-deconstruction-pan-canadian-soci
9 Oct 2013 | Canada
Article by Donna E. Wood documents how the cancellation of the Canada Assistance Plan impacted provincial and territorial social/welfare services and contributed to the disappearance of intergovernmental collaboration on social policy.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Eva Aariak stresses early childhood education, addictions treatment, mental health
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/eva-aariak-stresses-early-childhood-education-addictions-treatment-m
9 Oct 2013 | Nunavut

Canada's voluntary census is worthless. Here’s why
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/canadas-voluntary-census-worthless-here%E2%80%99s-why
9 Oct 2013 | Canada

Canadian income data 'is garbage' without census, experts say
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/canadian-income-data-garbage-without-census-experts-say
9 Oct 2013 | Canada

In D.C., where universal free preschool Is becoming the norm
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/dc-where-universal-free-preschool-becoming-norm
9 Oct 2013 | United States

Canada’s dangerously distorted tax conversation
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/10/canada%E2%80%99s-dangerously-distorted-tax-conversation
9 Oct 2013 | Canada

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

October 11, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/11/
Government Shutdown and Affected Services (4 articles)
State Minimum Wage – Ohio
Child Welfare System – Michigan

October 10, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/10/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)
Senior Poverty – Philadelphia

October 9, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/09/
Food Deserts – Wichita, KS
The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Coverage (3 articles)

October 8, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/08/
Home Energy Assistance – Michigan

October 7, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/10/07/
Prisoner Re-entry – Alaska

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

15. [United States] Six Myths About Food Stamps - October 8
(Moyers & Company)

United States:

Six Myths About Food Stamps
http://billmoyers.com/2013/10/08/six-myths-about-food-stamps/
October 8, 2013
By Dave Johnson
In the middle of the worst economy and job situation in decades Republicans in the House voted to cut $40 billion from food stamps. This will kick 3.8 million people out of the program by 2014, then 3 million more each year after. Republicans in Congress have blocked every effort to help the economy. (...). In the months leading up to this vote, right-wing outlets such as Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, RedState and the rest of the far-right propaganda machine invented a number of justifications for cutting the program.

Click the link above for a rebuttal of each of the following myths and lies.

Myth #1: Food stamps* are “growing exponentially” because of waste and fraud.
Myth #2: Cutting food stamps will make people get jobs because able-bodied people are getting food stamps instead of working.
Myth #3: Food stamps make people “dependent.”
Myth #4: Food stamps are about politicians “buying votes” with other people’s money.
Myth #5: Food stamp recipients take drugs.
Myth #6: People use food stamps to buy cigarettes and alcohol.
[ * Class project : in the text above, substitute the words "social assistance" for "food stamps".
Voila --- Six Myths about Social Assistance in Canada! ]

Source:
Moyers & Company
http://billmoyers.com/

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Everything You Need to Know About
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/round-up-everything-you-need-to-know-about-snap/
Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
http://www.cbpp.org/

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

16. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

9 October 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1348
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4905

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Hamas hangs alleged child offender in Gaza
- Deficiencies in youth justice system abound, says Justice Minister
- Law criminalising sexual acts declared unconstitutional
- Teen couple arrested for kissing photo on Facebook
- Lawmakers pass bill allowing fathers to marry adopted daughters
- Court denies nationality to surrogate children
- ILO chief underscores need to boost erradication efforts
- Restrictions on right to education
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Turkey
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is one of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Medical Things Few People Know

The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.

No one seems to know why people blush.

The adult human heart weighs about ten ounces.

People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don’t.

Between 25% and 33% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.

Of the 206 bones in the average human adult’s body, 106 are in the hands and feet. (54 in the hands and 52 in the feet)

Approximately 16 Canadians have their appendices removed unnecessarily every day.

Men have more blood than women. Men have 1.5 gallons for men versus 0.875 gallons for women.

The human brain stops growing at the age of 18. (or 5, in the case of staunch Harper Government™ supporters)

It takes an interaction of 72 different muscles to produce human speech.

Blood is red only in the arteries after it has left the heart and is full of oxygen. Blood is a purplish, blue color in the veins as it returns to the heart, thanks to having picked up carbon dioxide and other wastes from the body’s cells. In fact, your blood is red throughout only half your body. When cut, of course, the blood always appears red because it is instantly exposed to oxygen outside the body.

Contrary to popular belief, hemophiliacs do NOT bleed to death from minor cuts. This rare disease, which affects only males (it is carried by females, but they don’t exhibit symptoms), involves an impairment in blood clotting—not an absolute inability to clot. Hemophiliacs today may take clotting serums and often lead fairly normal lives.

During his or her lifetime, the average human will grow 590 miles of hair.

The average Human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid.

Your thumb is the same length as your nose.

The storage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terrabytes.

Although your system cannot digest gum like other foods, it won’t be stuck inside of you forever. It comes out with other waste your body can’t use.

Source:
http://www.bloggingwv.com/things-few-people-know/
Click the link for more like this.

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And, in closing...

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Vatican recalls thousands of medals over holy typo in Christ’s name
http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/10/11/praise-lesus-vatican-commemorative-medal-recalled-after-jesus-name-misspelled/
Infallibility, eh?
(:-D
Praise the Jord!

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Barenaked Ladies - "Odds Are" (video, duaration 3:04)
http://youtu.be/7Sw9Fh6uk4Q
Excellent video --- I *love* these guys!

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Steve Paikin Interviews Steve Paikin about Steve Paikin : Must-watch video, duration 3:31
http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/steve-paikin-interviews-steve-paikin-about-steve-paikin
October 10, 2013
Excellent!

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Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise (video, duration 2:24)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlOxlSOr3_M

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If Mitt Romney & Jim Carrey had a love-child... (video, duration 1:16)
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=472_1380316627

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