Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 13, 2011

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.

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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...


Canadian content

New from John Stapleton:
--- Less on their plates : Canada's poorest people are facing a frightful food crisis - September 2011
--- Turn out the lights [the anti-tax narrative]- November 2011
2. Employment Insurance in Need of an Overhaul (New papers from the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation) - November 11
3. Right in principle, right in practice : Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children) - November 2011
4. [Alberta] Anti-poverty group applauds Premier Redford's commitment - November 10
5. Harper Government Takes Action to Support Jobs and Growth (Finance Canada) - November 8
6. An American's Guide to Canada
7. Charting Prosperity: Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada (Maytree) - April 2011
8. Stop Harper's cruel crime bill - November 6
9. Federal Post-Secondary Education Act (Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum) - November 6
10. Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada: Fiscal Year 2010–2011 (Finance Canada) - November 8
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer - November 2011 issue - November 10
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2010 - November 8
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [U.S.] Supplemental Poverty Measure Research (Census Bureau) - November 7
15. [Human Development Report 2011] Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All (United Nations Development Programme) - November 2
16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

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New from John Stapleton:
--- Less on their plates : Canada's poorest people are facing a frightful food crisis - September 2011
--- Turn out the lights [the anti-tax narrative]- November 2011

New from John Stapleton:

Less on their plates:
Canada's poorest people are facing a frightful food crisis

September 2011
The Welfare Diet of 1995, introduced by then Minister of Social Services Dave Tsubouchi, is a useful tool to measure the changes of the cost of food since 1995. It is not a good diet in its own right. The Toronto Star noted, “Back in 1995, the opposition Liberals scorned the Mike Harris government’s ‘welfare diet,’ which purported to show that a single person on social assistance could eat for $90 a month… That meagre Tory shopping list included pasta but no sauce, and bread but no butter…” The cost of the welfare diet has gone up by 63% since 1995, at the same time as CPI inflation has risen 35%, but the Ontario Works (welfare) single rate has gone up by just 13.7%.
CCPA Monitor (September 2011 issue)
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) ]

NOTE : If you wish to obtain the original welfare diet and Excel spreadsheet,
please contact John Stapleton at


Turn out the lights (PDF - 187K, 15 pages)
November 2011
A compelling, anti-tax narrative is fuelling a grand dismantling of our living standards.
Is there a progressive narrative to counter it?
The private abundance and public scarcity frame of reference has successfully taken hold as conventional wisdom. All public spending is seen as evidence of ‘gravy’ and all taxes are an assault on private abundance. Progressive messaging is often ineffective in countering the conventional wisdom. Often that is because it flies in the face of Galbraith’s three tenets. It is neither comfortable, nor easy to grasp, nor self-esteem enhancing.

New Writings from John Stapleton
[ OpenPolicyOntario - John Stapleton's website

--- Check out John's Publications - Media Commentaries - Presentations ]


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

Employment Insurance in Need of an Overhaul (new papers released) - November 11
Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation)

Employment Insurance (EI) system urgently needs an overhaul
November 7, 2011
Canada lost 54,000 jobs last month, defying the expectations of economists. The situation is worse in Ontario where increasing numbers of unemployed are unable to get jobless benefits. (...) Defying the upbeat expectations of economists, the country lost 54,000 jobs last month, driving the national unemployment rate up to 7.3 per cent. The consensus among forecasters was that Canada would gain 15,000 jobs. The news was worse for Ontario, which suffered two-thirds of the job losses. The provincial unemployment rate now stands at 8.1 per cent. (...) Since the recession in 2008, the finance minister has brushed off calls for employment insurance reform. The nation’s job relief program is now off-limits to roughly 60 per cent of laid-off workers.
Toronto Star


November 11, 2011
New papers from the
Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force:

NOTE : This series of papers was commissioned by the Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force to serve as sources of input for the Task Force
as it develops recommendations for reform of Canada’s Employment Insurance system.
Watch for the release of the final recommendations of the Mowat Centre EI Task Force on November 16th.

The Income Sources for Long-Term Workers
Who Exhaust Employment Insurance Benefits
(PDF - 917K, 33 pages)
By Ross Finney et al.
This research has two main goals. The first is to track those individuals who exhausted a spell of regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits during the 1990s and early into the new millennium in order to investigate the labour market outcomes in their post-EI periods. We focus particularly on individuals who experienced an extended work period prior to receiving EI benefits. The second objective is to examine whether there have been shifts in these patterns following the numerous reforms to EI and Social Assistance (SA) that took place in the 1990s.

Fixing the Hole in Employment Insurance:
Temporary Income Assistance for the Unemployed
(PDF - 859K, 35 pages)
By Michael Mendelson and Ken Battle
(...) At present, welfare is the only resort for the unemployed in financial need who are not eligible for Employment Insurance. But welfare is a highly stigmatizing and invasive program. We have therefore proposed the development of an income-tested program ‘between’ welfare and Employment Insurance which would provide limited and temporary financial assistance to those in need who are actively engaged in job search.

Trading Places : Single Adults Replace Lone Parents
as the New Face of Social Assistance in Canada
(PDF - 1.4MB, 32 pages)
By John Stapleton and Vass Bednar
This paper suggests that social and economic policies should be implemented and existing programs should be reworked in order to address the needs of single adults as the newly vulnerable in Canada. The paper also calls on government to improve access to unemployment and social assistance data for future research.

Hidden Regional Differentiation:
EI and Unequal Federal Support for Low Income Workers
(PDF - 850K, 27 pages)
By Jon Medow
Analysis of regional differentiation in EI weekly benefit calculation and the uneven federal approach to support of low income workers.

Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force
The Mowat Centre EI Task Force is examining Canada's support system for the unemployed and will propose a blueprint for a strengthened national system.
The EI Task Force is part of:
The Mowat Centre
The Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation is an independent, non-partisan public policy research centre located at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. The Mowat Centre undertakes collaborative applied policy research and engages in public dialogue on Canada’s most important national issues, and proposes innovative, research-driven public policy recommendations, informed by Ontario’s reality.


And, while we're on the subject of Employment Insurance,
don't forget you have until the end of November to provide feedback on this:

Government launches Employment Insurance rate-setting consultations
News Release
August 18, 2011
(...) The consultations will focus on how the EI rate-setting mechanism can be further improved to ensure more stable and predictable rates, while:
* Ensuring the EI program breaks even over time;
* Avoiding large cumulative surpluses or deficits; and
* Maintaining a transparent rate-setting process.
(...) As previously announced, a web-based consultation process will invite written recommendations.

Individuals interested in participating in the consultations
online are invited to do so through the main consultation link:

Closing date of this consultation is November 30, 2011.
These consultations are open to anybody interested in participating.
Submissions can be emailed to


- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

Right in principle, right in practice : Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada - November 2011
(Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)

Report on Children’s Rights in Canada Released Today (PDF - 66K, 2 pages)
News Release
November 1, 2011
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child today. The report, “Right in Principle, Right in Practice,” assesses how well Canada respects the basic rights of children and makes recommendations for major improvements. This report is independent of the official report done by the Government of Canada. It was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, to inform its third review of Canada’s implementation of children’s rights in 2012.

The report:

Right in principle, right in practice:
Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada
(PDF - 846K, 98 pages)
November 2011
(...)To help Canada improve its performance [regarding children's rights], the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) collaborated with more than thirty civil society organizations and individual experts to compile a community-based analysis of progress on children’s rights in Canada. For each theme, this report highlights important data and key issues. It also makes recommendations for action. This report is supported by detailed research reports available for public use through the CCRC website, at

[ Version française : Mise en oeuvre de la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant (fichier PDF - 801Ko., 51 pages) ]
NOTA : La version française est plus courte parce que les pages sont doublées; le contenu est le même dans les deux langues.

Key Points about the CCRC Alternative Report (PDF - 127K, 4 pages)

Monitoring - Click the link, then scroll down the page to "Research Reports on Specific Themes" for links to over two dozen special reports on a wide variety of topics, including: * Violence against Children * Sexual Exploitation * Healthy Conditions and Health Care * Workplace Exploitation * Education * Youth Justice System * Right to Play * Early Childhood Development and Care * Right to Family and Culture * Children with Disabilities * Aboriginal Children * Child Welfare and Children’s Rights * more...

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada and around the world. The CCRC is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the guiding framework for all activities of the coalition.


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

[Alberta] Anti-poverty group applauds Premier Redford's commitment - November 10

Keep poverty fight pledge, Redford told:
Advocates for poor want premier to honour promise to implement provincewide strategy

November 10, 2011
By Karen Kleiss
EDMONTON - A coalition of anti-poverty activists is urging Premier Alison Redford to keep her promise to implement a province-wide poverty reduction strategy. The groups say Alberta is one of three Canadian provinces that has not implemented a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy, and Redford's pledge - made during the leadership race - is a step in the right direction.
Edmonton Journal

[ More Edmonton Journal articles about Premier Alison Redford ]


Anti-poverty group applauds Redford's commitment
November 10, 2011
An anti-poverty group is holding Premier Alison Redford accountable to her commitment to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent, reduce and ultimately eliminate poverty. In September, Action to End Poverty in Alberta issued a survey to all six Progressive Conservative leadership candidates asking whether they would develop a poverty-reduction strategy bringing together provincial ministries, municipalities, social agencies, business and other organizations. Redford indicated in her response that when she was Alberta's justice minister, she had headed the Alberta Safe Communities Secretariat where multiple government and social agencies worked together for crime prevention and public safety. (...) Joe Ceci, the organization's co-ordinator and a former Calgary alderman, said Alberta is one of the few provinces that is not currently developing or has not yet developed such a strategy and applauded Redford for her commitment.
Calgary Herald


Minister of Human Services Mandate Letter
from the Premier dated November 3, 2011
(PDF - 305K, 2 pages)
"...lead the development of a social policy framework to guide the alignment and redesign of social policy programs to achieve better outcomes for children and families" (page 2)


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the Alberta Links page:

Harper Government Takes Action to Support Jobs and Growth - November 8
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government Takes Action to Support Jobs and Growth
News Release
November 8, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced that the Harper Government is taking targeted action to support jobs and economic growth. The Minister made the announcement as he released an update of the Government’s economic and fiscal projections, which shows Canada remains on track to eliminate the federal deficit over the medium term.

Related Documents:

* Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections
* Speech by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce
* Backgrounder: Supporting Jobs and Growth through Employment Insurance Premium Rates
* Backgrounder: Supporting Jobs and Growth through Work-Sharing

Finance Canada


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page:

An American's Guide to Canada

An American's Guide to Canada
Most Americans know next to nothing about their neighbo(u)r to the north, except that Canadians play a lot of hockey, drink beer, and end sentences with "eh?" These pages, written by an American who has been living in Canada since 1992, are intended to give Americans a better idea just what goes on in the Great White North.
NOTE: Some of the site content dates back to late 2000 and other pages were last updated in 2005, but I nonetheless recommend this site as a primer on many aspects of life in Canada. Required reading for any American who is preparing for an interview with Rick Mercer on Talking to Americans [ 43-minute video ][ seven-minute video ].
The site content is quite informative, and it has links to related resources, but it's also funny ("Thrills gum is a purple gum that looks like Chiclets but tastes like soap.")

Here's a sampling of the links on the home page of the American's Guide to Canada:
* True Facts (e.g., "Canadians consume more Kraft Dinner per capita than any other nationality on Earth.")
* Canadianisms (e.g., "joual : A Quebec working-class dialect that's a striking mix of English and French. Varies from region to region. Sometimes called Frenglish.")
* How to tell you're in Canada (e.g., "When you step on someone's foot, he apologizes.")
[Gilles' footnote : Canadians DON'T say "Oot and aboot". Ever.]


- Go to the Canadiana Links page:

Charting Prosperity: Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada - April 2011

Charting Prosperity:
Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada
(PDF - 1.1MB, 96 pages)
Policy Insights 2011
April 2011
In this annual publication, Maytree presents more than 50 recommendations intended to contribute to Canada’s prosperity while protecting the country’s most vulnerable.
The recommendations make up the three important “I”s of public policy: ideas, instruments, and investments. They each identify a powerful idea to improve the life of Canadians, the instruments which will be effective in creating that improvement, and the investments that must be made to operationalize the instruments.

The ideas are organized in following thematic areas:
Income support and social security
* Inclusion and protection
* Democracy and participation
* Immigrant and refugee selection
* Diversity and integration

NOTE: Each of the above links opens a new page with related recommendations, webinars, publications and websites.

Established in 1982, Maytree is a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs. The foundation has gained international recognition for its expertise in developing, testing and implementing programs and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity.


Related links:

Al Etmanski
Al Etmanski is an author, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative solutions to social challenges. He is president and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), assisting families across Canada and globally to address the financial and social well-being of their relatives with disabilities, particularly after their parents die. He proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first savings plan (Registered Disability Savings Plan) for people with disabilities.

Al Etmanski's Poverty Series
The above Policy Insights 2011 is one of 12 resources in this series
on the subject of poverty from a number of sources; links to the 11 others appear below.

(1) Fighting The Crime of Poverty: The Life Work of Dr. Fred MacKinnon

(2) Eliminating Poverty: Senator Hugh Segal and Finance Minister Flaherty

(3) A Canadian Town Where No One Was Poor

(4) Canadians With Severe Disabilities - A Basic Income Plan

(5) A Saharan Food Desert: John Stapleton's Poverty Fighting Research

(6) The Homeless Hub

(7) The Dignity Project of the Salvation Army

(8) Patsy George: A Happy Social Worker Has No Analysis

(9) Herb Barbolet: Eating for a Living

(10) Paul Born's Convening: A Prologue to Trust

(11) Jean Swanson: Standing Up to Poor Bashing


- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

Stop Harper's cruel crime bill - November 6

Stop Harper's cruel crime bill
Posted: 6 November 2011
In days, Harper will try to push through a crime law that could drastically raise our taxes and dole out harsher punishments for pot smokers than pedophiles -- but Quebec and Ontario have refused to pay for the bad law. Together, we can stand with them and call on every province to ditch the crime bill and protect Canadians from useless expenses.

Click the link above to sign the
petition to Canada’s Provincial Premiers:

"As concerned citizens we urge you to immediately declare your opposition to Conservative Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s backwards crime bill that will cost Provinces and taxpayers many millions of tax dollars -- wasting our money on a law that isn't needed and that won't make Canada safer."

Avaaz—meaning "voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.


Canada's war on crime
Posted by Alex Himelfarb
June 24, 2011
(...) While the rest of government shrinks, our crime control and security establishment grows and with this so too do the authority and reach of government. In an agenda that promises less government interference in our private decisions we get government that is more present and intrusive than ever. All governments must attend to issues of security and every government has worked to prevent crime and reduce its economic and human costs, but never before has crime had the central place that it now holds. It was the issue that ate up the majority of the time of our parliamentarians before the election and the omnibus crime bill signals more of the same. Crime and punishment have become a – or, perhaps, the – defining issue of our government, and the tone — the unrelenting focus on punishment, expanding prison and police powers — represents a profound break from policies of all previous Canadian governments.

Related media coverage:

Texas conservatives reject Harper's crime plan

Quebec balks at Ottawa’s law-and-order agenda

Quebec will refuse to pay for omnibus crime bill

The true costs of ‘truth in sentencing'

Crime bill penalizes logic>

Provinces will pay dearly for Tory crime bill

NDP blasts dismal response rate as Tories cut EI call centres

Crime bill unfairly targets women, aboriginals, critics say

“Bill C-10 will guarantee that aboriginal women remain in prison for longer"

Police-reported crime statistics

Fact Sheet for Police-Reported Crime Statistics In Canada


- Go to the Conservative Omnibus Crime Bill (2011) Links page:

Federal Post-Secondary Education Act - November 6
(Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum)

Federal Post-Secondary Education Act
By Nick Falvo
November 6, 2011
Last month, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) released a document entitled Public Education for the Public Good: A National Vision for Canada’s Post-Secondary Education System (PDF - 1.5MB, 28 pages). I found the document to be quite informative, filled with a lot of useful statistics.
For example:
- Enrolment is rising in colleges and universities across Canada.
- Federal funding for post-secondary education (PSE) in Canada has decreased very substantially since the late-1970s.
- In light of rising tuition, substantially more university students work during the academic year today than 30 years ago.
- Class sizes are getting bigger.
- The Canada Social Transfer, which transfers funding to provinces, does not require provinces to actually use federal funding for PSE for PSE purposes.

Progressive Economics Forum
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.


- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:

Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada: Fiscal Year 2010–2011 - November 8
(Finance Canada)

From Finance Canada:

Government of Canada Releases 2010-2011 Annual Financial Report
News Release
October 12, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2010–11, which shows a 40-per-cent reduction in the deficit from 2009–10. The deficit was also $2.8 billion lower than forecast in the June 2011 budget due to higher revenues and lower program expenses than forecast.

Related Documents:

* Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada: Fiscal Year 2010–2011
* Fiscal Reference Tables - October 2011

Finance Canada


< Begin 1st rant in awhile. .>

WTF? This is Progress?
In the good old days, that is, pre-Harper Government™ days, one could access all federal govt. news releases from a single, convenient page on the federal government website. In the New Order of Things, I accessed the Canada News Centre website earlier today looking for a particular news release from a few months ago.
I f you click the link in the previous sentence, you'll find ONE release (as at 9am on November 13) about a telecommunications agreement with Mexico --- after all, the page *is* entitled "Today's National News and Information". If you're seeking something that predates TODAY, though, toughski shitski.
(HINT : You can find links to earlier releases, but only by typing the name of the desired month into the search box in the top right-hand corner of the page.)
Thanks for the user-friendly interface, Government of Canada web design shmucks.

< /End 1st rant in awhile. .>

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page:

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Canadian Economic Observer - November 2011 issue - November 10
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2010
- November 8

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:


November 10, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer - November 2011 issue
1.Current economic conditions
2.Economic events
3.Recent feature articles
4.National accounts
5.Labour markets
7.International trade
8.Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
9.Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
10.Financial markets
User information
Related products
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
* Current conditions
* Economic accounts
* Leading indicators


November 8, 2011
Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2010
Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in every province and territory in 2010, a rebound from the previous year when most provinces recorded declines or no gain. Nationally, real GDP increased 3.2% following a 2.8% contraction in 2009.


The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily


The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

November 13, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Gender equality revisited: Changes in Nordic childcare policies in the 2000s
9 Nov 2011
Article by Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard examines how new child care policy goals may challenge the traditional goals of the Nordic welfare states.

Early learning: Lessons from scaling up
9 Nov 2011
Latest issue of Bernard van Leer's Early Childhood Matters looks at ways to 'scale up early learning without sacrificing quality'.

Early childhood education and care: Developing a fully integrated early years system
9 Nov 2011
Special report from Children in Scotland "clarifies the complex education and care divisions for children under 5 in Scotland, and provides practical recommendations for making integrated early years services a reality".

U.S. Department of Education proposes dedicated office for early learning
9 Nov 2011
Press release from U.S. Department of Education announces proposal to create an Office of Early Learning that "will operate as a central resource to ensure that support for high-quality early learning and development programs is coordinated within the Department and across federal agencies".

Almost a national child care program: US, 1971 & Canada, 2006
9 Nov 2011
Know Thy History: Looking Back on Child Care

MORE research, policy & practice

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

For women, the losses are more than financial
9 Nov 2011 Europe

New minister pushes dual daycare: Hybrid model useful for implementing full-day kindergarten: Broten
9 Nov 2011 Ontario

How today's parents got squeezed out
9 Nov 2011 Canada

Kids thrive in 'seamless day of learning'
9 Nov 2011 Ontario

Move toward school board child-care program deserves applause
9 Nov 2011 Ontario

MORE child care in the news


Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
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.

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:

November 11:
Unemployment and Jobless Benefits
Supplemental Poverty Measure
Census Poverty Data

November 10:
State Medicaid Programs - Kansas, Wisconsin
High-Speed Internet Access

November 9:
Medicaid and Adult Day Health Care - California
Poverty Rate - Boston, MA
Foster Care Youth - California

November 8:
Supplemental Poverty Measure

November 7:
Supplemental Poverty Measure
Wealth Gap by Age in the US
State Medicaid Cuts


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


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

[U.S.] Supplemental Poverty Measure Research - November 7
(Census Bureau)


From the
Census Bureau:

Supplemental Poverty Measure Research
November 7, 2011
The Census Bureau, with assistance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and in consultation with other appropriate agencies and outside experts, introduces research on a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure, which has been in use since the 1960s. The official measure will continue to be produced every year and be used to assess eligibility for government programs and determine funding distribution. The supplemental poverty measure, on the other hand, is intended to better reflect contemporary social and economic realities and government policy effects and thus provide a further understanding of economic conditions and trends. This report presents estimates of the prevalence of poverty at the national level in 2010 -- overall and for selected demographic groups -- for both the official and supplemental measures.

The latest release:

The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010
Consumer Income
(PDF - 673K, 24 pages)
November 2011
The current official poverty measure was developed in the early 1960s, and only a few minor changes have been implemented since it was first adopted in 1969. This measure consists of a set of thresholds for families of different sizes and compositions that are compared to before-tax cash income to determine a family’s poverty status. At the time they were developed, the official poverty thresholds represented the cost of a minimum diet multiplied by three (to allow for expenditures on other goods and services). Concerns about the adequacy of the official measure have increased during the past decade, culminating in a congressional appropriation in 1990 for an independent scientific study of the concepts, measurement methods, and information needs for a poverty measure. In response, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) established the Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance, which released its report titled Measuring Poverty: A New Approach in the spring of 1995. (...) In their report, the NAS panel identified several major weaknesses of the current poverty measure...

[ Related presentation slides (Powerpoint presentation in PDF file) - 491K, 24 slides ]

Census Bureau

Background Materials:
* Information on Experimental Poverty Thresholds
* Overview of Supplemental Poverty Measure
* Working Papers on Experimental Poverty Measures


Selected media coverage:

From the
Washington Post:

Census Bureau measures more Americans living in poverty
By Michael A. Fletcher
November 7, 2011
The Census Bureau on Monday released a new, comprehensive poverty measure that painted a more dismal picture of the nation’s economic landscape than the official measure from September. The report found that 49.1 million Americans — 16 percent of the population — lived in poverty in 2010, which is higher than the 46.2 million Americans found to live in poverty by the official measure released in September (Census Bureau link).
Washington Post


From the
New York Times:

Friend With Benefits
By Charles M. Blow
November 11, 2011
Government is not the enemy. Not always.
Don’t believe that right-wing malarkey.
(...)We learned this week that not only are there more poor people in America than had been previously reported, but that the only thing keeping millions more out of poverty are the very same social safety net programs that many Republicans despise. For decades, experts on both sides of the poverty debate have complained that the official government measure is flawed because it doesn’t account for measures like benefits from government programs, health care costs or taxes. So, to address those concerns, the Census Bureau this week released a Supplemental Poverty Measure, or S.P.M. The new measure changed the composition of the poor but found that it was a larger group — the official 2010 poverty rate was 15.2 percent, but the S.P.M. rate was 16 percent. Even more important, the report highlighted the role government programs play in mitigating it. Many of these programs were expanded under the Obama administration with the much-maligned stimulus package. Now many of those expansions are scheduled to expire, and a new crop of callous Republicans threatens to not just trim the fat but to cut the meat.

Recommended reading --- includes links to over half a dozen recent articles and studies covering the following observations (among others):
* Earned Income Tax Credit - not included in the S.P.M.?
* almost all of the Republican presidential candidates’ economic plans would “cut back or eliminate refundable tax credits”
* the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for food stamps keeps the poverty rate for children from jumping from to 21.2% (currently 18.2%)
* Obama’s stimulus package kept a jobs and poverty crisis from becoming a catastrophe but the administration’s is unable to effectively convey that point to the public.
* Gallup polls and commentary by and about Michele Bachmann, the Tax Policy Center, the lack of empathy for the poor and suffering on the part of the Republican presidential hopefuls is nothing short of breathtaking.
a recent Brookings Institution report said that after declining in the 1990s, the population in extreme-poverty neighborhoods — where at least 40 percent of individuals live below the poverty line — rose by one-third from 2000 to 2005-9.

New Way to Tally Poor Recasts View of Poverty
By Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff
November 7, 2011
WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau on Monday released what it says is a more accurate measure of poverty in America. The new measure shows more poverty among the elderly, but less among children and African-Americans.
It also shows a slightly higher poverty rate for the nation last year — 16 percent compared with 15.2 percent under the official measure — but lower rates among groups who benefit from noncash government programs the official count leaves out, including food stamps and the earned-income tax credit.
New York Times


From the
San Francisco Chronicle:

US poverty at new high: 16 percent, or 49.1M
By Hope Yen
November 7, 2011
A record number of Americans - 49.1 million - are poor, based on a new census measure that for the first time takes into account rising medical costs and other expenses.

Seniors falling into poverty faster in new census measure
By Esmé E. Deprez
November 7, 2011
“More Americans, and a greater percentage of the elderly, were poor in 2010 than the U.S. Census Bureau estimated in September, new figures from the agency show.
San Francisco Chronicle



New data show grim picture of poverty
By Allison Linn
November 7, 2011
More Americans are living in difficult circumstances than the official data show, according to a new and sobering gauge of poverty.
The bottom line on


From PBS
(Public Broadcasting System):

Poverty's Changing Profile in the U.S.
November 7, 2011
The hard economic times of the last few years have been felt widely, but not uniformly. As we have often noted on Patchwork Nation, American communities that relied heavily on specific slices of the economy -- housing, manufacturing -- were particularly hard hit.
A new report from The Brookings Institution, The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s [link below], sheds light on what those differences mean in America's largest metro areas. And when you examine the numbers from that report using Patchwork Nation's 12 county types, some common themes emerge in how life is changing in urbanized and rural America.

PBS NewsHour
[ Patchwork Nation ]
[ Public Broadcasting System ]


More links to U.S. media coverage of
the Supplemental Poverty Measure
- links to eight articles about the poverty measure in the L.A. Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio, and more
[From Poverty Dispatch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison]


The Brookings Institution report:

The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s
- incl. a summary of trends and a link to the PDF version of the complete report.
November 3, 2011
As the first decade of the 2000s drew to a close, the two downturns that bookended the period, combined with slow job growth between, clearly took their toll on the nation’s less fortunate residents. Over a ten-year span, the country saw the poor population grow by 12.3 million, driving the total number of Americans in poverty to a historic high of 46.2 million.
The Brookings Institution


- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

[Human Development Report 2011] Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All - November 2
(United Nations Development Programme)

New from the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):

2011 Human Development Index: Norway at top, DR Congo last
Index covers record 187 countries and territories; inequalities lower HDI rankings for US, Republic of Korea, others
Press Release
2 November 2011
Copenhagen—Norway, Australia and the Netherlands lead the world in the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI), while the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger and Burundi are at the bottom of the Human Development Report’s annual rankings of national achievement in health, education and income, released today by the United Nations Development

The complete report:

Human Development Report 2011
Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All
November 2011
HTML version - includes links to PDF files for each chapter, press releases, FAQs, statistical data and more...
PDF version (5.6MB, 185 pages)

Summary of the report (HTML)
This year’s Report focuses on the challenge of sustainable and equitable progress. A joint lens shows how environmental degradation intensifies inequality through adverse impacts on already disadvantaged people and how inequalities in human development amplify environmental degradation.

Earlier Human Development Reports - back to 1990

Related links:

Human Development Index (HDI)
The first Human Development Report introduced a new way of measuring development by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income into a composite human development index, the HDI. The breakthrough for the HDI was the creation of a single statistic which was to serve as a frame of reference for both social and economic development.

Canada Country Profile:
Human Development Indicators

Country Profiles and
International Human Development Indicators

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the United Nations' global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.


- Go to the United Nations Links page:

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

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

10 November 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1250
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Promoting ethical journalism: Europe
- Harmful practices: Ghana, Madagascar, Somalia
- Sexuality: Uganda, Canada
- State violence: Syria, Bahrain
- School 'isolation room': United Kingdom
- Funding opportunity: Torture prevention & OHCHR
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

CRINMAIL (incl. subscription info)

[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]


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Why Teachers Drink


Answers to test questions from 16-year-olds:

Q. Name the four seasons
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar

Q. Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink
A. Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists

Q. How is dew formed
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on
A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections
A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election

Q.. What happens to your body as you age
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental

Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
A. Premature death

Q. What is artificial insemination
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour
A. Keep it in the cow

Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorised (e.g. The abdomen)
A. The body is consisted into 3 parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A, E, I,O,U..

Q. What does the word 'benign' mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight



And, in closing...


Waltzing Matilda --- like you've never heard it before! (video, duration 3:11)


Freerunning sled dogs (video, duration 9:17)
S'matter - ya never seen a guy taking his dogs out for a romp before??


Robin Williams has a tickle fight with Koko (video, duration 4:27)


Coming through, please... (video, duration 2:01)


Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line (video, duration 3:30)