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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 13, 2009

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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,165 subscribers.

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...

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1.  In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness (Senate of Canada - Subcommittee on Cities) - December 8
2. Millions wasted on welfare : 2009 Annual Report of the Auditor General of Ontario - December 7
3. Government of Canada Launches Consultations on the Second Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan - December 11
4. Human Rights Day - December 10
5. Where to draw the line on child poverty (Andrew Coyne in Macleans.ca) - December 8
6. Beyond the crisis: Ten propositions for a resurgence of the progressive movement (Ed Broadbent speech, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - December 3
7. Future to Discover: Interim Impacts Report (Social Research and Demonstration Corporation) - July 2009
8.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) relaunches its website + Policy Note("a progressive take on BC issues")
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Social participation of children with disabilities, 2006 - December 11
--- Defining disability in the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey - December 11
--- Study: Differences in Canadian and US income levels, 1961 to 2008 - December 10
--- Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2008/2009 - December 8
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - December 12

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
12. Australian Policy Online - recent content:
--- Growing up in Australia 2008-09 - Posted December 4
13. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter) - December 2009

Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness - December 8
(Senate of Canada - Subcommittee on Cities)

In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
News Release
Ottawa (December 8, 2009) – A major Senate report tabled today is declaring that Canada’s system for lifting people out of poverty is substantially broken and must be overhauled. “We began this study by focusing on the most vulnerable city-dwellers in the country, those whose lives are marginalized by poverty, housing challenges and homelessness.” stated Senator Art Eggleton, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Cities. “As our research evolved, so too did our frustration and concern as we repeatedly heard accounts of policies and programs only making living in poverty more manageable – which essentially entraps people." The recommendations in the report, In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness, are the summation of a two-year cross-country study. Committee members heard testimony from more than 170 witnesses, including people living in poverty, several of them homeless, as well as universities, think tanks, provincial and local governments and community organizations.

Complete report:

In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness (PDF - 3.8MB, 290 pages)
The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Report of the Subcommittee on Cities
The Honourable Art Eggleton P.C., Chair
The Honourable Hugh Segal, Deputy Chair
December 2009
[ version française (PDF - 4,5Mo., 331 pages) ]

Executive Summary
* Evidence * Poverty * Poverty reduction strategies * Employment Insurance * Training and education * Health * Income transfers through the tax system * Housing and homelessness * Programs targeted to over-represented groups * Rights-based approaches * Common cause * Knowledge exchange

First Report of the Subcommittee on Cities:
Poverty, Housing and Homelessness: Issues and Options (PDF - 696K, 96 pages)
June 2008

Source:
Subcommittee on Cities
[ Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology ]

Related links:

Senators keep poverty in spotlight
By Carol Goar
December 9, 2009
Inspired by the groundbreaking report on poverty tabled by the late Senator David Croll 38 years ago, a committee of seven senators has spent the past two years producing a new blueprint for a new century. Their report, released Tuesday, lacks the passion and clarity of the original. But it is comprehensive, thoughtful and – for its time – courageous. The senators, headed by Liberal Art Eggleton and Conservative Hugh Segal, knew from the outset that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had no interest in a plan to break the poverty cycle. They watched the economy weaken and the deficit balloon. Yet they concluded unanimously: "Eradicating poverty is not only the humane and decent priority of a civilized democracy, but absolutely essential to a productive and expanding economy." Those are bold words in today's Ottawa.
Source:
Toronto Star

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Canadian Mental Health Association Supports
Senate Report on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness: Report Addresses Mental Health Issues
News Release
(Ottawa) December 9, 2009 - Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National supports several of the recommendations of “In From The Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness”, Report of the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology tabled yesterday in Ottawa. (...) CMHA, National believes that many of the report’s options apply to persons struggling with mental health issues, and recommended several that would benefit persons living with a mental illness. These include recommendations to extend Employment Insurance benefits to 50 weeks, as well as the institution of a national Pharmacare program which would ease the burden of cost for and access to psychoactive medication. Especially pertinent to persons with lived experience of mental illness who are not attached to the labour market are recommendations for the Federal Government to work with provinces to increase provincial assistance rates to after-tax LICO (low income cut-off) levels, as well as investigating opportunities for a basic annual income for Canadians with disabilities.
Source:
Canadian Mental Health Association

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

2. Millions wasted on welfare : 2009 Annual Report of the Auditor General of Ontario - December 7

Millions wasted on welfare: Ontario auditor general
A dramatically underfunded workplace insurance plan and
lax inspection of Ontario's bridges among other highlights of annual report
By Rob Ferguson and Tanya Talaga
December 7, 2009
The recession hasn't stopped Ontario government bureaucrats from playing fast and loose with taxpayers' hard-earned dollars — particularly on social assistance to the poor, the provincial auditor general says in a new report released Monday. Despite lessons learned from the eHealth and Ontario Lottery Corporation expense scandals earlier this year, examples abound of public money being carelessly spent on welfare overpayments, disability support and assistive devices for people with disabilities.
Source:
Toronto Star

The report:

2009 Annual Report:
Office of the Auditor General of Ontario

December 7, 2009
Complete report:
PDF version - 6MB, 494 pages
HTML version <=== table of contents with PDF links to 39 individual files (one per section), only a few of which appear below

* Assistive Devices Program (PDF - 474K)
* Ontario Disability Support Program (PDF - 436K)
* Social Housing (PDF - 268K)
* Ontario Works Program (PDF - 351K)
NOTE: for many sections, you'll also find a separate news release with highlights.
The news release about Ontario Works appears below along with the link to all 17 releases.

Ontario Works Payments
Need More Scrutiny: Auditor General
(PDF - 132K, 1 page)
News Release
December 7, 2009
(TORONTO) Unrecovered overpayments to about 350,000 current and former Ontario Works recipients have increased by 45% to $600 million as of last March—but the Ministry of Community and Social Services has made only minimal efforts to get that money back, Auditor General Jim McCarter says in his 2009 Annual Report, released today. (...) The province pays 80% of benefits under Ontario Works to about 200,000 people in temporary financial need who are unemployed or underemployed; municipalities pay the remaining 20% and provide front-line services to recipients. In 2008/09, the government spent about $1.9 billion on Ontario Works.
[ All 17 news releases about this annual report ]

Source:
Office of the Auditor General of Ontario

Related links:

Stand Up Against the Backlash from the Auditor General’s Report:
Ontario Auditor General’s Report Underlines Need for Social Assistance Reform

November 11, 2009
Whether he meant to or not, the auditor general’s December 7th analysis of OW/ODSP let a dysfunctional social assistance system off the hook, instead laying blame with the people who have nowhere else to turn for basic support. The ensuing debate risks losing sight of the simple fact that when it comes to social assistance, it’s not the people who are the problem. Instead it’s the 800+ rules that trap people in poverty and powerlessness, fail to provide social and community supports and education and training tools to enable opportunity, and leave people so short of income that living a healthy, dignified life is impossible. As Premier McGuinty recently stated, social assistance “stomps people into the ground” and something must be done to make the system work the way it should. That something cannot come soon enough, as evidenced by the confusing picture painted by the auditor general’s report.

NOTE: the above link includes a detailed backgrounder covering the following points:
* Overpayments and Program Costs: Comparing Apples to Oranges
* What Is An Overpayment?
* The System Routinely Generates Overpayments
* Overpayments are Generated Monthly – Increasing Misperceptions
* Overpayments and Breaking the Rules
* Program Complexity and 800 Rules
* “Temporary” Assistance?
* Special Diet
* Conclusion
* What Can You Do? TAKE ACTION

Source:
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
[ Social Assistance Review ]
[ Income Security Advocacy Centre ]

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From the Toronto Star:

Welfare fraud in perspective
December 09, 2009
The provincial government is in the midst of "a new billion dollar boondoggle involving extravagant welfare overpayments," according to the opposition Conservatives.

Saluting the best in waste, sloth and scamming
By Jim Coyle
December 09, 2009
Hello, and welcome to Ontario's annual Fritters Awards, showcasing the very best in waste, profligacy, sloth, scamming, incompetence and general bureaucratic lethargy, sponsored, as usual, by Auditor General Jim McCarter and his crack team of accountants.

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From the Wellesley Institute:

Ontario's 'affordable' homes aren't affordable to those who need them the most: New report from auditor-general
December 7, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
More than half the new "affordable" housing funded by the Ontario government isn't really affordable to the households that need it the most. That's one of the devastating findings in the Ontario auditor-general's latest annual report, released today. "A provincial strategy is needed to define the Ministry [of Municipal Affairs and Housing's] roles, set measurable goals and program priorities, assess risks and options to manage the risks, determine the resources required, and measure the impact of the Ministry's contribution to social housing," urges the auditor-general - echoing the concerns and recommendations made by the Wellesley Institute (PDF - 396K, 7 pages), and many other partners in the Housing Network of Ontario to the Ontario government's consultation for a long-term housing strategy.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]

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

3. Government of Canada Launches Consultations on the Second Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan - December 11

Government of Canada Launches Consultations on the Second Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan
Québec City, December 11, 2009
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today launched national consultations in Québec City to give Canadians the opportunity to voice their views on how to best lead Canada to full economic recovery as the Government prepares its 2010 budget – the second phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Consultations in other cities will be announced later in December and January. (...)
The Government will be seeking responses from Canadians on a number of questions, including:
* To what extent has Canada's Economic Action Plan been effective in stimulating activity in their industry, sector or community?
* What suggestions do they have for improving the effectiveness of the Government's stimulus measures or the speed of their delivery?
* What steps should the Government take to improve the competitiveness of the Canadian economy and ensure that Canada continues to attract investment and create jobs once the recovery is achieved and the Economic Action Plan is wound down?
* Over what time period should the Government bring the budget back into balance?

Consuting with Canadians website
The Government is asking Canadians for their views on these issues as well as any other ideas they care to submit.

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the 2009 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

4. Human Rights Day - December 10

Human Rights Day 2009 on 10 December will focus on non-discrimination. “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. These first few famous words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights established 60 years ago the basic premise of international human rights law. Yet today, the fight against discrimination remains a daily struggle for millions around the globe.
- includes links to the following:UN Home
* Main Page
* About discrimination
* Get involved
* Visual designs
* General Assembly
President's Message
* Secretary-General's Message
* High Commissioner for Human Rights Message
* UNESCO Director-General's Message
* Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
* Student Conference on Human Rights
* Human Rights Resources
* Additional Resources
* Past Human Rights Days
* Webcast

Source:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
[ United Nations ]

- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

5. Where to draw the line on child poverty - December 8
(Andrew Coyne in Macleans.ca)

Where to draw the line on child poverty
We need a measure of poverty that tells us if we’re making progress against it
By Andrew Coyne
December 8, 2009
Source:
Macleans.ca
COMMENT By Gilles:
In this article, Macleans National Editor Andrew Coyne argues in favour of doing away with the StatCan Low Income Cutoff as a measure of poverty in Canada, and he suggests that we should be using two separate poverty lines - one absolute and one relative. He mentions the Market Basket Measure and Christopher Sarlo's work as models for an absolute measure of poverty in Canada, and he notes that "our notion of what is absolute privation will change over time, in line with prevailing notions of decency. Similarly, relative definitions have an element of the absolute to them: will we still define one-half the median as 'low income' when the median is a million dollars?", he asks.

This is the classic, simplistic argument of social conservatives against a relative poverty line: "Give everyone in Canada a million dollars and we'll still have exactly the same number of poor people."
The correct answer to Mr. Coyne and to this rhetorical question is: "YES, we will still define one-half the median as 'low income' when the median is a million dollars, because at that theoretical point in time, the cost of everything will have also risen astronomically compared to today's prices. If the annual median income in Canada (rounded to $50,000 for 2009) is extrapolated to 20 times its current amount, then you must also assume that the cost of food, clothing, household and personal needs and shelter will also increase by the same factor of twenty. [Some items will increase by less than 20 and some by more.]

For links to information about poverty measurement in Canada, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

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Also, Mr. Coyne notes that the Market Basket Measure "is used by provincial welfare departments to set social assistance rates..."
This is incorrect.
No Canadian province or territory uses the Market Basket Measure (MBM) to set its welfare rates. The MBM was originally designed as a benchmarking tool to help in measuring the success of the National Child Benefit initiative in the late 1990s, but no Canadian jurisdiction has ever used it to set welfare rates, to my knowledge. In fact, the notion of welfare rates being "set" is a bit of a misnomer --- in all jurisdictions, the welfare rates were "set" a long time ago, and since then it's been a political decision as to if/when the rates are increased and by how much except in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. In those two progressive provinces, the rate of annual increase is enshrined in the welfare regulations.

For links to more info about the Market Basket Measure, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm#mbm

For welfare rate information for all jurisdictions, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

6. Beyond the crisis: Ten propositions for a resurgence of the progressive movement - December 3
(Ed Broadbent speech, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Beyond the crisis:
Ten propositions for a resurgence of the progressive movement

by Ed Broadbent
December 3, 2009
[The Hon. Ed Broadbent was the lunchtime speaker at an
Alternative Federal Budget Roundtable held in Ottawa in November 2009.]
HTML version
Video version:
English
Français
Our task is to restore the dream for social justice. We know it’s desirable and possible to create a Canada with more involvement by our citizens, a Canada where we see our neighbours, not as competitors but as friends, a Canada that is healthier and happier in every respect. Our task is to demonstrate in every conceivable way, that with more equality this Canada is possible.

Source:
CPAC Video on Demand
(Canadian Parliamentary Affairs Channel)

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

7. Future to Discover: Interim Impacts Report - July 2009
(Social Research and Demonstration Corporation)

Recent release from the
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation:

Students from lower-income families more likely to seek
post-secondary education as a result of new innovative programming

News Release
November 30, 2009
SRDC released a report which shows that offering career education and an early guarantee of financial aid to high school students can have significant impacts on their interest in post-secondary studies. The Future to Discover Interim Impacts Report provides the latest update on a project positioned to help Canada tackle two policy challenges it faces in the near future. These are the joint challenges of providing optimal futures to its less-advantaged youth, while overcoming a predicted shortage of skilled workers.

Complete report:

Future to Discover:
Interim Impacts Report
(PDF - 4.5MB, 180 pages)
November 2009

Executive summary (1.4MB, 22 pages)
Future to Discover is a pilot project testing the effectiveness of two interventions designed to help students overcome certain barriers to post-secondary education, namely lack of career clarity, misinformation about post-secondary education, and lack of financial resources. This report presents interim impacts of the project, which has involved 5,429 students at 51 high schools in Manitoba and New Brunswick since 2004.

More about Future to Discover

Source:
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a non-profit research organization, with offices in Ottawa and Vancouver, created specifically to develop, field test, and rigorously evaluate social programs. SRDC’s two-part mission is to help policy-makers and practitioners identify policies and programs that improve the well-being of all Canadians, with a special concern for the effects on the disadvantaged, and to raise the standards of evidence that are used in assessing policies.

- Go to the Education Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

8. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) relaunches its website + Policy Note - a progressive take on BC issues

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
CCPA has just relaunched its website, with new features and functions to make it easier for you to:
* find what you're looking for;
* watch multimedia videos and slideshows;
* share site content to social networking sites or email pages to your contacts;
* purchase CCPA books, and join or donate to the Centre; and
* stay informed with the CCPA email newswire service.
[ More information about CCPA's new site ]
[ Comment: on a sadder note, all Bookmarks/Favorites that you may have to the "old" CCPA site content are now redirected to the new site home page. If that happens, just go back to the previous page and copy the title of the report or article you were seeking, and then do a search using the search engine on the new site home page.]

Related link:

Policy Note - a progressive take on BC issues
Policy Note delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect British Columbians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, provincial budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Contributors include staff and research associates from the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Social participation of children with disabilities, 2006 - December 11
--- Defining disability in the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey - December 11
--- Study: Differences in Canadian and US income levels, 1961 to 2008 - December 10
--- Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2008/2009 - December 8

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

December 11, 2009
Study: Social participation of children with disabilities, 2006
Just under two-thirds (63%) of the 125,000 children aged 5 to 14 with disabilities were engaged in some kind of organized sport or other physical activity in 2006, such as playing soccer, swimming or dancing. Most of these children were doing some activity at least once a week. About 54% of children with disabilities took lessons in some type of non-sport interest, or belonged to clubs or community groups; a large majority of participants did something every week. Nearly three-quarters (72%) were linked to their peers through some type of electronic network.

December 11, 2009
Canadian Social Trends Number 88
This issue of Canadian Social Trends contains two articles related to disability (the two next links below).
[It also contains articles on the influence of parental benefits on fertility decisions, a profile of forty-year-old mothers of pre-school children, an examination of
online activities of Canadian boomers and seniors and social networks as support mechanisms; click the link above to access these other articles.]

* Defining disability in the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey
by Andrew MacKenzie, Matt Hurst and Susan Crompton
Release date: December 11, 2009
This article briefly explores the evolution of theories about disability and outline contemporary thinking about how to define disability. It then compares data from the 2001 and the 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Surveys (PALS) to see how the incidence of disability is growing in Canada, and identify the proportion of that growth that is due to changing public perceptions of disability.

* Social participation of children with disabilities
by Krista Kowalchuk and Susan Crompton
Release date: December 11, 2009
This article identifies factors that influence the social engagement of children with disabilities aged 5 to 14. The emphasis is put on participation in social activities outside the family home and normal school hours.

[ earlier issues of Canadian Social Trends <=== links to several hundred feature articles]

Related subjects
o Children and youth
o Health and well-being (youth)
o Health
o Disability
o Society and community
o Equity and inclusion

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December 10, 2009
Study: Differences in Canadian and US income levels, 1961 to 2008
In 2008, the purchasing power of Canadian income per capita was 92% of the US level. This was the highest relative income Canadians experienced since the oil shocks of the 1970s and early 1980s. (...) Relative income is calculated by converting Canadian gross domestic income (GDI) into US dollars and then comparing Canadian levels to US levels of income per capita. The metric used for converting Canadian to US dollars is referred to as a purchasing power parity (PPP).
[ Related link : Canadian Economic Observer December 2009 ]
[ earlier issues of The Canadian Economic Observer ]

Related subjects
o Economic accounts
o Gross domestic product
o Income and expenditure accounts
o Productivity accounts

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December 8, 2009
Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2008/2009
In 2008/2009, Canada's incarceration rate increased 1% over the previous year, driven largely by the continued increase in the number of adults held in remand in provincial/territorial jails while awaiting trial or sentencing. It was the fourth consecutive annual increase in the rate.
- includes tables showing the average daily counts of youth and adults in custody

Related subjects
o Children and youth
o Crime and justice (youth)
o Crime and justice
o Correctional services

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Check The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - December 12

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

December 12, 2009

Reports call for universal high quality child care
10 Dec 09
- This week three major reports -- from the Senate on poverty, Paediatric Society, and Finance Committee -- as well as statements commemorating the Montreal massacre, called for national action on child care.

The state of Aboriginal learning in Canada: A holistic approach to measuring success
9 Dec 09
- Report from the Canadian Council on Learning with a new framework for measuring learning success in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada.

Council of Australian Government's meeting: Communique
9 Dec 09
- Report from the Council of Australian Governments on the new National Quality Agenda for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care.

Sustaining the future: What is at stake for families and children in Ontario
9 Dec 09
- Report from OMSSA examining the impact of the federally derived Best Start program funding and what is at stake when it is discontinued.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Early education professionals and teachers look at co-working
[GB] 9 Dec 09

· 'Broken' social programs keep millions in poverty
[CA] 9 Dec 09
· Private nurseries must wait for funding [GB] 9 Dec 09
· The bell tolls for profit reapers [AU] 9 Dec 09

· The unknown importance of social services
[CA-BC] 4 Dec 09

· Private daycare centres take issue with college operation
[CA-NL] 4 Dec 09

· MPs shun memorial service [CA] 2 Dec 09

· Language debate, daycares don't mix: workers
[CA-QC] 20 Nov 09

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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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

Source:
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: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

11. 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 content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest content from the Poverty Dispatch:

December 11
Child Care Subsidies - Hawaii
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
States and Health Insurance Coverage
Children’s Health Insurance Coverage - Montana
Poverty Measurement - India
Delivery of Assistance Programs - Maryland
Cuts to Medicaid Program - Oklahoma

December 10
Food Stamp Program Enrollment - Oregon
Foster Care Programs - Pennsylvania, Iowa
TANF Program During Recession
Homeless Children and Families - Kentucky

December 8
Child Support Arrearages - Michigan
Rural School Districts and Poverty
Louisiana Kids Count Report
Food Stamp Program Enrollment

December 7
Extension of Jobless Benefits
Funding for Legal Aid
Child Welfare System - Colorado

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

- 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

12. Australian Policy Online - recent content

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia. [ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

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Growing up in Australia 2008-09
04 December, 2009
The study collects a range of information about children and their families including children’s academic ability, their health and emotional wellbeing, parenting, family functioning, early childhood care, and education and schooling. Since the study began in 2004, around 10,000 children and families have taken part in three main waves of interviews and three mail-out surveys.
[ complete report - PDF ]
Source:
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

13. CRINMAIL - December 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

10 December 2009 - CRINMAIL 1133
* HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2009: Discrimination [publication]
* UGANDA: Death penalty for gays mooted [news]
* AFRICA: Adolescent Sexual Health in West Africa: Rights, Realities, Responses [publication]
* INDIA: Sabotaged Schooling: Naxalite Attacks and Police Occupation of Schools in India’s Bihar and Jharkhand States [publication]
* ARGENTINA: New law approved lowering age of majority [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children UK
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

8 December 2009 - CRINMAIL 1132
* JUVENILE JUSTICE: New Publications by Defence for Children International [publication]
* EAST AFRICA: No laws to fight HIV stigma in schools [news]
* ONLINE FORUM: Discrimination and education
* HAITI: Overcoming poverty and abuse: Protecting girls in domestic service in Haiti [publication]
* TURKEY: Jailing Kurdish children to undermine dissent [news]
* CLIMATE CHANGE: Children sign declaration in Copenhagen [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers [news]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
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Pun-Tastic!

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I like word games as much as the next English Lit major, but I've never been a big fan of puns,  as a rule. 
Still, there are some clever wordplays from time to time.
Here's a selection:

1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, 'You stay here; I'll go on ahead.'

14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, 'No change yet.'

17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

18. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

19. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

20. A backward poet writes inverse.

21. In democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

22. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

23. Don't join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects

Source:
Bob.

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The most amazing ukelele playing you will ever see:
http://www.videosift.com/video/The-most-amazing-ukelele-playing-you-will-ever-see-Jake-Shimabukuro
("While my Guitar Gently Weeps")


W3.org Historical Browser Statistics:
The Evolution of Browser Market Share Presented as rings on a tree
http://www.axiis.org/examples/BrowserMarketShare.html
Interesting illustration of  the gradual shift from Internet Explorer to Firefox from January 2002 to August 2009.
Move your cursor over the rings to see market share of any browser for  every month  in that entire period.
NOTE: If you stare at the graphic long enough and  then you squint, you can see the silhouette of the Virgin Mary.

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The links below  are from last week's newsletter.
I'm repeating them this week for the last-minute shoppers who just realized that Christmas is in less than two weeks.
(Yeah, I know. Me too.)


Charity Village Marketplace
http://www.charityvillage.com/cv/marketplace/holidaygg.html

- links to 150 worthy Canadian and international charities offering online goods and services and/or seeking your support


World Vision Catalogue

https://catalogue.worldvision.ca/gifts/Forms/preHome.aspx?mc=4136586&lang=en


Grameen Foundation
2009-2010 Gift Catalog

http://www.grameenfoundation.org/catalog
Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington DC, was founded in 1997 by friends of Grameen Bank to help microfinance practitioners and spread the Grameen philosophy worldwide. We share the ideas of 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus.


Gizmodo's Best Gadgets of 2009 - Christmas suggestions...
http://gizmodo.com/5411442/the-best-gadgets