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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 14, 2005

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 1422 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.



Canadian Content

1.  Council of the Federation [Provincial-Territorial Premiers] Meeting (August 10-12, 2005 – Banff)
2. Canadian Union of Public Employees Urges Premiers to stop Privatization - August 10
3. $8.1 million for child care in British Columbia (Ministry of Children and Family Development) - August 10
4. New on the Reference Links page of this site:
--- - A Canadian search directory
--- Wikipedia - free online encyclopedia

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

International Content

6. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- August 11
7. Top Ten Facts on Social Security's 70th Anniversary (U.S. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - August 11

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


1. Council of the Federation Meeting (August 10-12, 2005 – Banff)

Communiqué (PDF file - 75K, 6 pages)
BANFF, August 12, 2005
"The Council of the Federation concluded its meeting today in Banff, Alberta, as Premiers agreed to take historic steps towards strengthening Canada’s social and economic fabric. The Council of the Federation today unveiled several additional key initiatives including priorities in the areas of skills training and post-secondary education, pharmaceuticals, prevention and treatment of drug addiction, and fiscal imbalance."

Communiqué (PDF file - 69K, 6 pages)
BANFF, August 11, 2005
"The Council of the Federation met today in Banff, Alberta in celebration of Alberta’s Centennial. Premiers unveiled the first components of their comprehensive strategies to enhance the overall competitiveness and prosperity of Canada. The Council of the Federation’s priorities for strengthening Canada include transportation and infrastructure development, energy and trade. Premiers also met with U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins to discuss Canada – U.S. relations."

Council of the Federation Website
[ Conseil de la fédération - version française ]
Official website of the Premiers' Council of the Federation

Related Links:

Council of the Federation Summer 2005 meeting
- from the Alberta Premier's website


Premiers calling for fall summit
Canadian Press
August 13, 2005
"BANFF, Alta. -- Canada's premiers are calling for a first ministers conference this fall and an immediate infusion of federal cash for post-secondary education and skills training to prepare the 21st century workforce. At the conclusion of three days of meetings, the provincial and territorial leaders called on Ottawa to restore $2.2 billion cut in 1995 as the first step in a new productivity strategy."

Full Premiers' Conference Coverage

- Go to the Council of the Federation Links page:

2. Canadian Union of Public Employees Urges Premiers to stop Privatization - August 10

CUPE to premiers: No more waiting, stop privatization
Health privatization inventory underscores need for action
August 10, 2005
"OTTAWA, ON. – Canada’s largest union is urging provincial and territorial leaders, meeting today at the Council of the Federation in Banff, Alb., to take a vital step in shortening wait times for medical treatment by stopping the spread of health care privatization."

Related Links:

Innovation exposed, an inventory of privatization in health care
Backgrounder on health care waiting lists (Word file - 33K)

Canadian Union of Public Employees

- Go to the Medicare Debate Links page:

3. $8.1 million for child care in British Columbia - August 10
Ministry of Children and Family Development)

Funding Creates Child Care Spaces, Supports Providers
August 10, 2005
"RICHMOND – Child care providers will benefit from an $8.1-million investment in child care supporting the creation of more quality child care spaces, staff training and other service improvements, Minister of State for Child Care Linda Reid announced."

Backgrounder - list of projects, number of spaces created and funding amounts

Related Link:

Child Care in British Columbia

Ministry of Children and Family Development

- Go to the BC Government Links page:
- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

4. - A Canadian search directory
Wikipedia - free online encyclopedia - Canadian search engine and directory
"... a search engine and directory of over 75,000 Canadian websites. Online since April 2004, we are working to become Canada's largest human edited directory."

Wikipedia - English
"... the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. In this English version, started in 2001, we are currently working on 683,371 articles" (as at August14/05)
"The biggest multilingual open access encyclopedia on the internet"
- articles in 200+ languages!

- Go to the Reference Links page:

5. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - August 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 content from the most recent issue of the notifier.



>> Funding creates child care spaces, supports providers
by Government of British Columbia. Ministry of Children and Family Development
Press release from the government of British Columbia announces an $8.1-million boost in child care funding.

>> Developing school age child care: Report of a Working Group of the National Childcare Co-ordinating Committee
by Government of Ireland. Department of Justice, Equality and Law. Childcare Directorate
Report from the government of Ireland describes school age child care in Ireland and other jurisdictions; provides recommendations and guidelines to improve quality and provision.

>> Early education and children’s outcomes: How long do the impacts last?
by Goodman, Alissa & Sianesi, Barbara
Report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies evaluates the effects of pre-school on a cohort of British children born in 1958; finds positive and long-lasting effects from early education.

>> Getting teachers from here to there: Examining issues related to an early care and education teacher policy
by Ackerman, Debra
Article from Early Childhood Research and Practice (US) explores the constraints facing ECE teachers in improving their credentials and the capacity of training programs to create a qualified and knowledgeable workforce.


>> B.C. boosts child care funding by $8m [CA-BC]
Vancouver Province, 11 Aug 05
The B.C. government has announced an $8-million boost to child care funding and promised far more, stating that B.C. and the federal government are close to signing a bilateral agreement.

>> Children before profits [NZ]
New Zealand Herald, 10 Aug 05
When the New Zealand government said it would provide 20 hours of free education a week for 3 and 4-year-olds at non-profit, community-run centres, the early childhood education sector hailed it as a landmark. Well, almost all of the sector hailed it. Only private profit-making centres opposed it, saying they were being discriminated against.

>> Fifty years ago Betty was a blessing for busy mums [AU]
Mercury (Australia), 10 Aug 05
When Betty Heaney opened what is believed to be Australia's first childcare centre in Hobart more than 50 years ago, conditions were very different from today. Mrs Heaney, now 81, of Penna, started the Scots Church Child Care in 1954.

>> Day care advocates press for funding deal [CA-NB]
CBC News, 9 Aug 05
Day care advocates in New Brunswick want promised funding from the federal government as soon as possible.

>> Child care a crunch issue for workers [IE]
Ireland Online, 8 Aug 05
Child care continues to be an issue of affordability and availability for Irish workers and looks set to influence voting patterns at the next general election.

>> Kids adopted from China find Halifax day care home [CA-NS]
Halifax Herald, 5 Aug 05
A new Halifax day care has a unique educational program: language and cultural instruction for children adopted from China. Patty Monaghan and business partner, Ying Zhang’s Magic Ladybug Learning Centre will open in September.

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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 subscription instructions , see
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto, Canada)
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
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

Also from CRRU:

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
By Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
6th edition, May 2005, 232 pp

"Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2004 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care, kindergarten, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information."

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

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

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)

August 11, 2005

Today's subjects include:  Medical Debt and Working Adults // Proposed Medicaid Cuts // Health Care Reform - Opinion // Tutoring and No Child Left Behind Act // Income and Housing Prices // Los Angeles Riots - Social Consequences (Opinion) // Minority Group Migration // Contract with State Welfare Program - Dane County, WI // School Spending Differences - Illinois // Low-Income Families and Tax Law Changes - Utah // Hispanic Population Growth - Wisconsin // Putting Banks in Low-Income Neighborhoods - New York // Homelessness - San Francisco

August 8, 2005

Today's subjects include: Costs of Schooling - Children of Illegal Immigrants (Opinion); Ohio // Early Childhood Education // Food Stamp Program Study -Tennessee // Health Insurance Program for Low-income Families - California, Maine // Inner City Problems & Homicide - Milwaukee, WI (Opinion) // Legal Aid for Low-income Families - Montana // Los Angeles Riots - Social Consequences (Opinion) // Low-wage Workers -  Taxes in Utah; Wisconsin (Opinion) // Mental Health Care & Minorities // Poverty  - Iowa // Uninsured Children - Indiana // Urban School Problems - Indiana (Opinion) // Welfare Reauthorization - Opinion // Welfare Reform - Montana //

Each of the weekly digests below 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 < > 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...

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:

- August 4, 2005
- July 28
- July 21
- July 14
- July 7

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 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:
- 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:

7. Top Ten Facts on Social Security's 70th Anniversary - August 11
(U.S. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Top Ten Facts on Social Security's 70th Anniversary - U.S.
by Jason Furman
Revised August 11, 2005
PDF version of this report (57K, 5 pages)
"President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935, which established a basic compact between generations: younger workers would contribute payroll taxes, and retired workers would have a more secure retirement. Presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan have signed landmark Social Security reforms to expand Social Security to provide disability insurance (1954), index Social Security benefits so people would not become poorer as they grew older (1972), and reform Social Security to add decades to its life (1983). As Social Security approaches its 70th anniversary on August 14, 2005, it remains one of the most successful and effective, as well as one of the most popular, of government programs. It provides a universal benefit that is progressive and lifts millions of people out of poverty. It also provides extremely valuable social insurance, providing payments to those who need them most — including workers who become disabled, families whose breadwinner dies, dependent spouses, and retirees who live to a very old age and outlive their assets. (...) As policymakers contemplate changes in Social Security, they should keep in mind 10 important facts about the program:
Fact #1: About half of the elderly have incomes that, without Social Security, leave them below the poverty line. Social Security lifts 13 million elderly Americans above the poverty line.
Fact #2: Social Security does more to reduce poverty among children than any other government program.
Fact #3: Social Security is more than just a retirement program: one-third of Social Security beneficiaries receive survivors benefits or disability insurance benefits. 10 million beneficiaries are adults below the age of 65, and 4 million are children.
Fact #4: For two-thirds of the elderly, Social Security provides the majority of their income. For one-third of the elderly, it provides nearly all of their income.
Fact #5: Social Security provides benefits to 48 million Americans, with the average beneficiary receiving $10,500 per year.
Fact #6: Social Security is especially beneficial for women.
Fact #7: Social Security is particularly important for African Americans.
Fact #8: Social Security provides an especially good deal for Hispanics.
Fact #9: Social Security provides a progressive benefit that keeps up with increases in the cost of living.
Fact #10: Social Security is an extremely efficient program, with administrative costs equaling only 0.6 percent of retirement and survivors benefits."

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
" of the leading organizations in the country working on fiscal policy issues and issues affecting low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Center specializes in research and analysis oriented toward policy decisions that policymakers face at both federal and state levels. The Center examines data and research findings and produces analyses designed to be accessible to public officials, other non-profit organizations, and the media."

See also (from CBPP):

Putting the Social Security Debate in Context
- incl. links to : An Introduction to Social Security - The President’s Social Security Plan - Other Social Security Proposals - Social Security Solvency - Accomplishments of Social Security - Social Security by the Numbers

Online Information About Key Low-Income Benefit Programs
- incl. links to information in each U.S. state (600+ links in total) about the five main state-administered low-income benefit programs — food stamps, Medicaid, SCHIP, TANF and child care — available to the public via the internet.

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

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Situations Hallmark Doesn't Cover, But Should:

1. I always wanted to have... Someone to love, someone to hold...
(inside card)
After meeting you, I changed my mind.

Looking back o'er the years we've been friends, I can't help but
wonder ....
(inside card)
What was I thinking?

3. As the days go by, I think how lucky I am ...
(inside card)
That you're not here to ruin it for me.

4. Congratulations on your promotion. Before you go ...
(inside card)
Take the knife from my back, you'll probably need it again.

5. Someday I hope to marry ...
(inside card)
Someone other than you.

6. Happy birthday! You look great for your age ....
(inside card)
Almost life-like!

7. You are such a good friend, if we were on a sinking ship
And there was only one life jacket ...
(inside card)
I'd miss you terribly, And think of you often.

8 We've been friends for a very long time ...
(inside card)
What do you say we stop?

9 I'm so miserable without you ....
(inside card)
It's almost like you're still here.

10. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy. ..
(inside card)
So, did you ever find out who the father was?

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