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May 14, 2006

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults releasing its final report Monday May 15 at 10AM (Toronto)
2. Providing Tools for Social Justice & Equality for All Women (Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women) - May 14
3. Senator Jim Munson Launches an Inquiry into the Treatment of Autism (DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network) - May 11
4. An Action Plan for Social Assistance in the City of Toronto (Social Services Division, City of Toronto) - April 2006
5. More Than a Name Change: The Universal Child Care Benefit (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - May 2006
6. What New from Statistics Canada - May 11
--- The West Coast boom, 2005
--- Income and the Outcomes of Children, 1994 to 1998

7. Mother's Day Statement to Stephen Harper (National Association of Women and the Law) - May 10
8.  Budget Bill tabled by federal Finance Minister (Department of Finance Canada) - May 9
9. Nova Scotia Budget 2006-2007 - May 9
10. UN Experts question Canada’s inaction on poverty, housing, aboriginal rights (National Anti-Poverty Organization) - May 8
11. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - May 12

International Content

12. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 11

Have a great  week, and...
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there in Social Research-Land!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults releasing its final report May 15

Media Advisory: Task Force for Income Security Launches Report and Recommendations (at 10AM on May 15)
May 11, 2006
News Release
Toronto City Summit Alliance

What:
On Monday, May 15th, 2006 at 10:00am (EST), the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults (MISWAA) will release its report addressing the urgent need to reform Canada's income security policies. The report will detail specific recommendations that will transform the country's income security system into a more effective one for working age adults. The proposals constitute a multi-faceted set of solutions aimed at the federal government, the provincial government, municipal governments, and other parts of civil society than can ultimately contribute to the solutions.

Why:
The current system is not working. The recommendations set forth by the Task Force are crucial, and will go far in providing a reasonable arrangement that ensures working-age adults have the support they need to participate fully in our economic and community life.

Who:
MISWAA was formed in the fall of 2004 by the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a broad-based coalition of civic leaders in the Toronto region, and by St. Christopher House, a multi-service neighbourhood centre that works with low-income people in Toronto. The Task Force is a diverse group made-up of over fifty experts and leaders from major employers, policy institutes, labour unions, academia, community organizations, advocacy groups, foundations and governments, as well as individuals with first-hand knowledge of income security programs."

The launch of the report will take place on Monday, May 15th, 2006 at 10:00am (EST) at St. Christopher House, 248 Ossington, Toronto, ON.

Spokespeople for the event are:

David Pecaut
Chair, Toronto City Summit Alliance;
Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

Susan Pigott
Chief Executive Officer, St. Christopher House

Source:
CCNMatthews News Distribution

Related Links:

Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults ("MISWAA")
- incl. links to : In the News · Press Releases · Task Force and Working Group Members · Contact Us · Reports · Frequently Asked Questions

Toronto City Summit Alliance
"The Toronto City Summit Alliance is a coalition of civic leaders in the Toronto region. The Alliance was formed to address challenges to the future of Toronto such as expanding knowledge-based industry, poor economic integration of immigrants, decaying infrastructure, and affordable housing."

St. Christopher House
“St. Chris has 92 years of experience working with diverse individuals, families and groups. We provide support to people of all ages, including immigrants and people who are lower-income. We are not a religious organization in any way. St. Christopher House is strongly committed to community development in all aspects of our work.”

Boston Consulting Group - Toronto Office
" BCG Toronto was created through the merger of The Canada Consulting Group and The Boston Consulting Group, and in the years since then, it has more than tripled in size."

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

2. Providing Tools for Social Justice & Equality for All Women - May 14
(Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
)

Providing Tools for Social Justice & Equality for All Women
Press Release
May 14, 2006

"The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) announces the publication of its critical reflection piece Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: An Emerging Vision. This publication is the result of over two years of conversations with community activists and academics on the intersectionality of various inequalities experienced by historically marginalized groups. (...) This publication informs women’s and social justice organizations in exploring ways of bringing diverse women’s voices into the centre of research and action. “This critical reflection piece provides an emerging lens to review public policies, such as immigration and labour policies, as well as internal policies and ethics of social justice organizations,” says Marie Katherine Waller, Research Coordinator.
[Found on the DAWN-Ontario website]

Rethinking Mainstream Approaches to Questions of
Social and Economic Policy: Intersectional Feminist Frameworks

Working to Integrate Marginalized Women's Voices (PDF file - 2.66MB, 18 pages)

Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) Think Tank Report (PDF file - 110K, 24 pages)

Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) Critical Reflection Piece

Intersectional Feminist Frameworks: An emerging vision
This critical reflection piece is a social change resource that aims to provide social justice organizations with a deeper understanding of the intersectionality experienced by historically marginalized groups. In particular, the reflection piece brings to the forefront the discussion of Intersectional Feminist Frameworks (IFFs) for marginalized women who are disproportionately experiencing poverty and exclusion in systemic, institutional, and individual ways. IFFs take into account the differential impact of policies and practices on different groups of women because of their race, class, disability, sexual orientation, refugee or immigrant status and age. It takes into account the full diversity of women and the intersectionality of various characteristics, the global economic and social forces affecting women’s equality and national policy-making.

Disentangling the Web of Women’s Poverty and Exclusion!
This information tool reveals that the issues affecting women’s poverty and exclusion are deeply interconnected in creating a web of economic insecurity and marginalization. The lens of Intersectional feminist frameworks (IFFs) is crucial in disentangling this web and in bringing about social change. Disentangling the web is not enough. Solutions and strategies to achieve social and economic justice must be explored and implemented if we are to build stronger movements to strengthen civil society’s capacity to influence policy. This information tool is about making the voices of activists and advocates being at the forefront of the work for social change and women’s substantive equality.

Free copies: Phone: 613-563-0681 ext 221, Email: info@criaw-icref.ca
(There is a charge for posting and handling if you order 10 copies or more)

Source:
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women

CRIAW is a research institute which provides tools to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. CRIAW recognizes women’s diverse experiences and perspectives; creates spaces for developing women’s knowledge; bridges regional isolation; and provides communication links between/among researchers and organizations actively working to promote social justice and equality for all women.

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

3. Senator Jim Munson Launches an Inquiry into the Treatment of Autism - May 11
(DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network)

Call for a National Autism Strategy
"To date no province has offered autism treatment under the Medicare umbrella. Those provinces that offer autism treatment programs under the Social Services departments are often plagued with unconscionable waiting lists or discriminatory age-based cut-offs. It is time for the federal government to demonstrate leadership and develop a National Autism Strategy that would see federal budget surplus dollars transferred to the provinces specifically for autism treatment along with corresponding standards so that no child with autism will be left behind."

Senator Munson Launches an Inquiry into the Treatment of Autism
Senate Wakes Up!
May 11, 2006
OTTAWA, May 11, 2006 – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal) rose in the Senate today to launch an inquiry on the plight faced by parents of children with autism. “It is heartbreaking to see what families with autistic children have to deal with,” said Senator Munson.

Senate Debates of May 11, 2006 - Autism

Source:
Barbara Anello
Acting Chair
DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network
Email: anello@vianet.ca
Email: dawnontario@sympatico.ca
URL: http://dawn.thot.net

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm
- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

4. An Action Plan for Social Assistance in the City of Toronto - April 2006
(Social Services Division, City of Toronto)

Systems of Survival, Systems of Support:
An Action Plan for Social Assistance in the City of Toronto
(PDF file - 1.2MB, 98 pages)
April 2006
"[The Action Plan] aims to ensure that benefits people receive, and the employment services and supports that help Toronto's vulnerable residents find and keep jobs, are available, adequate and effective.
The Action Plan sets out recommendations and actions for the different orders of government to reinvest in and restore Toronto's social safety net. It is a response to Toronto City Council's request for recommendations on how the Ontario Works program can respond better to the needs of low-income people."

Related Links:


Memorandum to Community Services Committee
From Heather MacVicar,
General Manager, Social Services Division

April 11, 2006
Summary of Systems of Survival, Systems of Support:
An Action Plan for Social Assistance in the City of Toronto
(PDF file - 7.25MB, 15 pages)

Powerpoint Presentation on an Action Plan for Social Assistance
to Community Services Committee
(PDF file - 1.5MB, 36 pages)
May 8, 2006

What Next in Welfare Reform?
A Preliminary Review of Promising Programs and Practices
Prepared for Toronto Social Services
(PDF file - 325K, 37 pages)
By Dean Herd, PhD
April 2006
"Recent years have seen a new consensus emerge around welfare reforms. As a result a number of promising programs and practices have been adopted in various jurisdictions which have shifted policy design and delivery beyond work-first. Instead of a simplistic focus upon the “shortest route to employment”, the new emphasis has recognized that large numbers have been left behind by such strategies and is focusing instead on identifying and meeting needs and supporting sustainable transitions into work. This report highlights a number of these “next steps” in welfare reform which reflect the types of services and supports necessary to move clients away from unemployment and poverty.

Source:
Social Services Division
(City of Toronto Social Services)

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

5. More Than a Name Change: The Universal Child Care Benefit - May 2006
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

More Than a Name Change: The Universal Child Care Benefit (PDF file - 69K, 10 pages)
Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
May 2006
The federal government’s new Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) - formerly known as the Choice in Child Care Allowance - contains two serious flaws. First, the UCCB will be taxable in the hands of the lower-earner parent in the case of couples or the parent in one-parent families. As a result, different types of family with the same income will pay different amounts of federal and provincial/territorial income taxes on their $1,200 annual payment and so will receive different after-tax benefits. Single-parent families typically will end up with the smallest after-tax benefits from the new program. Second, to help pay for the new scheme, the Canada Child Tax Benefit’s $249 annual young child care supplement - used mainly by low- and modest-income families - will be axed. The resulting distribution of net benefits (i.e., after the loss of the young child supplement and income tax increases) will be irrational, confusing and unfair. No family will end up with $1,200. The largest net benefit - $971 - will go to upper-income one-earner couples, while those on welfare will get $20 less. Working poor families will get less than those on welfare, so the Universal Child Care Benefit will raise the welfare wall. The paper compares the UCCB with Caledon’s proposal to deliver the $1,200 through the Canada Child Tax Benefit, and finds the latter option superior on a range of criteria.
Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Links to related to Caledon Institute work:

The Incredible Shrinking $1,200 Child Care Allowance: How to Fix It (PDF file - 121K, 26 pages) --- April 2006
Finding Common Ground on Child Care (PDF file - 15K, 3 pages) --- February 2006
The Choice in Child Care Allowance: What you See Is Not What You Get (PDF file - 63K, 7 pages) --- January 2006

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

6. What New from Statistics Canada - May 11
---
The West Coast boom, 2005
--- Income and the Outcomes of Children
, 1994 to 1998

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

May 11, 2006
The West Coast boom, 2005
May 2006
British Columbia's economy has rebounded sharply from the doldrums of the 1990s, according to a new study published today in Canadian Economic Observer. But the boom in this province is quickly creating shortages, notably for labour. This article looks at the current boom in BC differs from Alberta and what can be learned from Alberta’s experience.
Source:
Canadian Economic Observer
"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."

May 2006 Issue
of the Canadian Economic Observer

HTML - table of contents + links to individual sections of the report
PDF (755K, 112 pages)
NOTE: highly recommended - an incredible amount of information about the Canadian Economy [see the list of Tables] - and it's now free.

Earlier issues of the Canadian Economic Observer
- links to complete copies of the (monthly) Observer going back to early 2003, and feature articles right back to 1990

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May 11, 2006
Study: Family income and the well-being of children, 1994 to 1998
The well-being of children appears to be almost always associated with the household income of their family, according to a study recently published jointly by Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Research Data Centre program.
The study found that regardless of the child's age or how household income is measured, higher income tends to be related to better physical, social/emotional, cognitive and behavioural well-being among children. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, the study examined the relationships between various measures of household income and a broad range of physical, social/emotional, cognitive and behavioural characteristics of a child's well-being.

Complete study:

Income and the Outcomes of Children, 1994 to 1998 (PDF file - 388K, 66 pages)
May 2006

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

7. Mother's Day Statement to Stephen Harper - May 10
(
National Association of Women and the Law)

Mother's Day Statement (PDF file - 74K, 1 page)
May 10, 2006
Press Release
“Mr Harper, on Mothers Day, women want more that just flowers: we want real equality now!”
Ottawa, May 10 2006- The National Association of Women and the Law released a Mother’s Day Statement that has been endorsed by over 100 local, provincial and national organizations across the country.

A Message to Stephen Harper from
the National Association of Women and the Law

- includes the complete list of groups that endorsed this statement

Source:
National Association of Women and the Law
"... works through law reform to achieve substantive equality and the realization of human rights for all women in Canada."

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

8. Budget Bill tabled by federal Finance Minister - May 9, 11
(Department of Finance Canada)

Minister of Finance Introduces Bill
Implementing Budget 2006 Measures

Ottawa, May 11, 2006

Minister of Finance Tables Notice of
Ways and Means Motion to Implement Budget 2006 Measures

News Release
May 9, 2006
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty today tabled a Notice of Ways and Means Motion in the House of Commons to implement certain measures proposed last week in Budget 2006.

Complete Notice:

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Implement
Certain Provisions of the Budget Tabled in Parliament on May 2, 2006
(PDF file - 656K, 163 pages)

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

9. Nova Scotia Budget 2006-2007 - May 9
(Government of Nova Scotia)

Government Introduces Fifth Consecutive Balanced Budget
News Release
May 9, 2006
Finance Minister Michael Baker tabled the province's fifth consecutive balanced budget at Province House today, May 9, a document that holds good news for Nova Scotia families, communities and businesses. The province's $6.9-billion budget features tax breaks for consumers and business, more capital spending on roads, hospitals and other infrastructure, and program investments in education, health and the economy.
Source:
NS Department of Finance

Nova Scotia Budget 2006-2007 - main page, includes links to all budget papers

Budget Papers and Budget Bulletins - 15 budget documents, mostly bulletins,
for example:
- Budget Bulletin: Focus on Families in Need - increases to income assistance rates and foster care allowances, extension of Pharmacare to cover kids in low-income working families and improvements to affordable housing and home repair programs
- Budget Bulletin: Families -
"[T]he province will provide a credit to parents to offset provincial taxes on the full value of the federal Universal Child Care Benefit." --- also includes Protecting Homes and Neighbours, Protecting Consumers, Making Smart Energy Choices, Provincial Parks and Studying the Impact of Gaming

N.S. tables tax-cutting budget on eve of election
May. 9 2006
Canadian Press
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia's ruling Conservatives offered a voter-friendly budget Tuesday loaded with tax cuts and generous spending as the province gears up for an election call - expected within days. Rookie Premier Rodney MacDonald is borrowing a pre-campaign pledge from the New Democrats, promising to give consumers a rebate equivalent to the eight per cent provincial sales tax on soaring home heating bills.
Source:
CTV

Google.ca News Search Results:
"Nova Scotia Budget 2006"
Google.ca Web Search Results:
"Nova Scotia Budget 2006"
Source:
Google.ca

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

10. UN Experts question Canada’s inaction on poverty, housing, aboriginal rights - May 8
(National Anti-Poverty Organization)

Canada appears before the United Nations
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [CESCR], 36th Session (1 - 19 May 2006)

UN Experts question Canada’s inaction on poverty, housing, aboriginal rights
May 8th, 2006
News Release
GENEVA - “Many of the issues our committee raised in 1993 and 1998 are unfortunately still live issues today,” said Ariranga Govindasamy Pillay, a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during the committee’s review of Canada’s performance. “ Years later, the situation appears to be unchanged, and in some respects worse. There is continuing homelessness and reliance on food banks, security of tenure is not still not enjoyed by tenants, child tax benefits are still clawed back, (...) the situation of aboriginal peoples, migrants and people with disabilities doesn’t seem to be improving.”
(...)
The Review began on Friday May 5th and will end today, May 8 th. Participating in the review process are Canadian NGOs, representing the First nations, African Canadians, women, poor people as well as legal experts. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is expected to submit its concluding observations on May 19th, 2006.

Source:
National Anti-Poverty Organization

Related Link:

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [CESCR], 36th Session (1 - 19 May 2006)
- links to the complete collection of reports submitted by the governments appearing before the Committee during the 36th Session - including Canada, as well as all relevant submissions by non-governmental organizations and reports by the U.N.
Source:
United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNESCR) Website
[ United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ]

- Go to the United Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

11. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - May 12
(University of Toronto)


What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is selected content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

12-May-06

NOTE: CRRU now provides links to recent ELCC-related excerpts from the House of Commons Hansard.

Here's where you can find the links to this week's Hansard excerpts:
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=88085

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What's New
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>> Farewell to childcare? (U.K.)
Article by Peter Moss for the National Institute Economic Review "argues that in the early years field England has started a process of change from what is termed a 'childcare discourse' to a 'pedagogical discourse.'"

>> More than a name change: The universal child care benefit
Report from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy evaluates the federal government's new child benefit and finds that it "contains two serious flaws."

>> Expanded child care funding, spaces and services
News release from the Government of Nova Scotia announces "10-year plan to create about 1,000 licensed child-care spaces and 550 portable subsidy spaces."

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Child Care in the News
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>> Parents lobby for child-care spaces [CA-SK]
by MacDonald, Sarah / StarPhoenix, 12 May 06

>> Let's have a truce in 'mommy wars' [CA]
by Giese, Rachel / Toronto Sun, 12 May 06

>> This country needs a universal child care system [CA]
by Fife, Catherine / rabble.ca, 11 May 06

>> Scaled back Best Start day care program proceeds [CA-ON]
Bujold, Shelley / Kenora Daily Miner & News, 10 May 06

>> Maiden Tory budget wins Commons approval [CA]
CTV News, 10 May 06

>> U.S. ranks low in baby survival [US]
by Tanner, Lindsey / Associated Press, 10 May 06

>> Poorer families 'miss out' on childcare [AU]
The Age (Australia), 10 May 06

>> In child care, I've had the best of both worlds [CA-PE]
by Delaney, Stacy / Charlottetown Guardian [p.A7], 8 May 06

>> Mom laments day-care gap: Licensed infant care nearly impossible to find in Orillia [CA]
by Lazar, Amy / Packet & Times (Orillia), 6 May 06

>> Women's groups want child care expanded [CA]
Calgary Sun, 12 May 91

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
New Issue File:
ELCC and the federal budget 2006 - May 2006
On May 2, 2006 the Conservative government presented its first budget since the election of January 23rd. This ISSUE file provides links to budget documents pertaining to child care, as well as responses from opposition parties, child care and other civil society organizations, and a selection of media coverage.

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

12. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 11

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)

May 11, 2006

Today's subjects include: Poverty Line and Housing Costs // No Child Left Behind Act // Health Insurance Reform – Opinion // Asian-Americans and Poverty Levels // Low-Income Entrepreneur Programs // Assessing Public High Schools – Commentary // Low-Income Health Care – Milwaukee, WI // Health Care Program – Massachusetts // Single Mothers and Poverty – Indiana // Academic Achievement Gap – California // Poverty Line and Housing Costs – California // Homelessness – Denver, CO // Low Income Heating Assistance – Wisconsin

May 8, 2006

Today's subjects include: Affordable Housing Program - New York City // Early Intervention Program for At-risk Children - Texas // Education & Parenting - Wisconsin (Opinion) // Employment of Ex-Offenders - Texas // Health Care Program for Poor Children - Oregon (Opinion) // Health Care System - Michigan // Health Insurance - State Programs // Illegal Immigrants & Employment - Wisconsin // Illegal Immigrants & Health Care System - Florida // Illegal Immigrants & Social Services - Delaware, Indiana, Wisconsin // Immigration & Low-Wage Work // Minimum Wage (Opinion) - Florida, North Carolina // Near-Poor Families // Pregnancy & Poverty // Pregnancy among Unmarried Women - Indiana // Race, Poverty & Aids - United States // School Readiness & Family Income - Ohio // Social Services Computer Problems - Texas // Welfare Reform - Opinion

Each of the weekly digests offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf [ jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu ] to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- May 4, 2006
- April 27
- April 20
- April 13
- April 6

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to August 2005, 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- 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



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Some Lesser-Known Tongue-twisters
From Wikipedia

Sarah, Sarah, sits in her Chevrolet.
When she shifts she sips her Schlitz,
and when she sips her Schlitz she shifts.

A certain young fellow named Beebee
Wished to marry a lady named Phoebe
"But," he said. "I must see
What the minister's fee be
Before Phoebe be Phoebe Beebee"

To sit in solemn silence on a dull dark dock
In a pestilential prison with a lifelong lock
Awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block.

A mother to her son did utter
"Go, my son, and shut the shutter"
"The shutter's shut" the son did utter
"I cannot shut it any shutter!"

A fly and a flea in a flue
Were trapped, so what could they do?
"Let us fly," said the flea
"Let us flee," said the fly
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

Ken Dodd's dad's dog's dead.

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.

I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit.

A proper cup of coffee from a copper coffee pot.

The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick.

One was a racehorse, Two was one too. One won a race, Two won one too.

I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch

Source:
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tongue-twisters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue-twister

More Twongue-Tisters
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8136/tonguetwisters.html

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