Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 14, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,578 subscribers.

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

Canadian content

1. How Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) payments can help seniors with benefits (Globe and Mail) - February 24, 2012
2. Call for proposals [promotion of equality for women and girls and reduction of gender-based violence in Canada] (Status of Women Canada) - September 11
3. 1984 in 2012 – The Assault on Reason
(Allan Gregg) - September 5
4. Harper Named 2012 World Statesman By U.S. Foundation
(Huffington Post Canada) - September 11

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- University tuition fees, 2012/2013 - September 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2012 - September 12

--- 2011 Census of Population advisory : Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling and collectives - September 12
--- National Population Health Survey, 2010/2011 - September 12
--- Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2010 - September 11

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

International content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011 (U.S. Census Bureau) - September 12
9. [U.S.] The Poverty Tour (Public Broadcasting Service) (October 2011 & September 2012)
10. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. How Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) payments can help seniors with benefits - February 24, 2012
(Globe and Mail)

How RRSP payments can help seniors with benefits
http://goo.gl/xdkS2
By Preet Banerjee
Posted February 24, 2012
Updated September 10, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk about changes to the Old Age Security program lately, but the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) deserves a lot more attention. For low-income seniors, it could amount to almost $9,000 a year, but a general lack of knowledge in financial planning is leading some people to effectively turn it down.

GIS is a benefit received on top of OAS for seniors whose incomes are below $16,368 (single person). But just as OAS is subject to clawback over a certain threshold, so is GIS. The big difference is that GIS is more aggressively clawed back from people who arguably need it more. The OAS clawback begins once your income has reached close to $70,000 and is clawed back at a rate of 15 cents per dollar. GIS, on the other hand, is clawed back at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar for every dollar of income above $3,500.

This has led to the (not quite yet) conventional wisdom that the Tax Free Savings Account might be a better savings vehicle for low-income seniors. Well, it’s a bit more complicated than just that. It’s true that an RRSP or RRIF withdrawal made if you are eligible for GIS could effectively be taxed at around 70 per cent since you have to pay your marginal tax rate on the withdrawal and it can reduce your GIS payment by 50 cents per dollar. It’s also true that had that withdrawal come from a TFSA, the effective tax rate is zero, since the withdrawal does not affect income-tested benefits. “But there’s sort of an alternate universe that exists for lower-income seniors between 65 and 71”, says John Stapleton, a social policy consultant.

Remember that an RRSP contribution is an income deduction, so when you make a contribution, your income is lowered. Someone who is 65 and whose income is above $16,368 can reduce that income below the threshold by making an RRSP contribution. All of a sudden, that GIS tap is open.

“So yes, while the TFSA can be a better savings vehicle for many lower-income Canadians, you can’t just assume that will always be the case. You need to plan it out. Unfortunately, when I counsel people on this strategy I find that when they bring it to their bank, they get faced with a lot of blank stares”, Mr. Stapleton says.

12 comments about this article
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Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Related links:

Retiring on a low income
http://openpolicyontario.com/retiring-on-a-low-income-3/
By John Stapleton
September 2012
- includes links to the following files:
1. Maximizing GIS (Guaranteed Income Supplement): A background paper on retirement financial planning for Canadians with very low incomes.
2. A Toolkit: Determining OAS and GIS eligibility for people who come to Canada as adults.
3. Low Income Retirement Planning: Four things to think about.
Source:
Open Policy
- John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm

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

- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

2. Call for proposals (promotion of equality for women and girls and reduction of gender-based violence in Canada) - September 11
(Status of Women Canada)

From Status of Women Canada:

Call for proposals : promotion of equality for women and girls and reduction of gender-based violence in Canada.
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/cfp-adp/2012-2/index-eng.html
September 11, 2012
Status of Women Canada is launching a call for proposals to invite funding applications for projects that promote equality for women and girls, and reduce gender-based violence in Canada.These projects consist of a number of predetermined elements. Eligible organizations must include these elements in their proposals. The projects under this call for proposals fall into four thematic areas (the date in parentheses is the deadline for each proposal):
1. October 12, 2012 : Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in high-risk neighbourhoods;
2. October 12, 2012 : Engaging men and boys in ending violence against women and girls;
3. November 9, 2012 : Preventing and reducing violence against women and girls in the name of "honour"; and
4. November 9, 2012 : Preventing and reducing the trafficking of women and girls through community planning.

Click the above link for more details on the Call for Papers and the application process.

Source:
Status of Women Canada
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/

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

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

3. 1984 in 2012 – The Assault on Reason - September 5
(Allan Gregg)

1984 in 2012 – The Assault on Reason
http://allangregg.com/?p=80
September 5, 2012
[ Notes from Allan Gregg's speech to Carleton University's School of Public Policy and Administration ]
By Allan R. Gregg
In his novel 1984, George Orwell paints a portrait of a nightmarish future where rights that we now take for granted – the freedom of assembly, speech and to trial – have all been suspended. Acceptance of this totalitarian state is justified by the interests of stability and order, and by the needs a perpetual war. But what makes 1984 endure where other dystopian novels have been forgotten is that Orwell removed one more right that is even more unimaginable in a modern context – the right to think.
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I have spent my entire professional life as a researcher, dedicated to understanding the relationship between cause and effect. And I have to tell you, I’ve begun to see some troubling trends. It seems as though our government’s use of evidence and facts as the bases of policy is declining, and in their place, dogma, whim and political expediency are on the rise. And even more troubling …. Canadians seem to be buying it.
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[According to the Harper Government™]... [P]olicy should be based on conviction and not bloodless statistics. Governments should be guided by what is morally right and not by reason and rational compromise. From this view, science, statistics, reason and rational compromise are not tools of enlightened public policy, but barriers to the pursuit of swing that pendulum back.
(...)
While the circumstance in Canada 2012 is obviously nowhere near as dystopian as what Orwell depicts in 1984, I really do think that there are some unsettling parallels going on here that we ignore at our peril. I also think it’s time to gather the facts….and fight back.

Source:
Allan Gregg : Another View (personal blog)
http://allangregg.com/

[ Allan Gregg is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected senior research professionals and social commentators.
More : http://allangregg.com/?page_id=3 ]

Rebuttal:

Allan Gregg’s assault on federal politics
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/09/11/don-lenihan-allan-greggs-assault-on-federal-politics/
By Don Lenihan
September 11, 2012
In a speech at Carleton University last week, Allan Gregg accused the federal government of launching an Orwellian assault on our democracy. The speech is provocative, but it is also lofty, complex and well worth reading, whatever your political persuasion. Unfortunately, it is also flawed.
[By Gilles : Lenihan makes three points in his rebuttal to Gregg's remarks]:
1. The fact that a policy is based on ideological conviction does not mean it is opposed to reason.
2. Even if Gregg is right that the Conservatives are preoccupied with secrecy, control and messaging, this does not mean they are doing it to hide their “real convictions."
3. Many of the criticisms that Gregg levels at Conservatives are part of a larger, world-wide government trend.

[ Don Lenihan is Vice President, Engagement at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa. ]

Source:
iPolitics.ca
http://www.ipolitics.ca/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

4. Harper Named 2012 World Statesman By U.S. Foundation - September 11
(Huffington Post Canada)

Harper Named 2012 World Statesman By U.S. Foundation
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/11/harper-best-world-statesman-of-the-year_n_1874141.html
September 11, 2012
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will receive the 2012 World Statesman Award at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation annual awards dinner on September 27 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The Appeal of Conscience Foundation [ http://www.appealofconscience.org/ ] describes itself as an interfaith coalition of business and religious leaders, founded in 1965 by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, that promotes peace, tolerance and ethnic conflict resolution. Its board includes former U.S. president Bill Clinton and former U.S. secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, James Baker, retired general Colin Powell and George Schultz. Harper's office says the prime minister is being recognized as "a champion of democracy, freedom, and human rights." Other past winners include former prime minister Jean Chretien, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and former British prime minister Gordon Brown.
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While Harper may be popular with this particular U.S. foundation, it seems many Canadians don't agree. In a totally unscientific survey of the best Canadian prime ministers [ http://goo.gl/sS5nl ] conducted in May, readers voted Harper dead last, behind Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney. In June, readers of Calgary's Fast Forward Weekly voted Harper best local villain and most embarrassing citizen [ http://goo.gl/MPqHG ]. The PM was named worst dressed male MP, MP with the worst sense of humour, biggest Scrooge to work for and biggest self-promoter in this year's Politically Savvy survey from The Hill Times [ http://goo.gl/wIkns ].

Source:
Huffington Post Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

Related link:

From the Toronto Star:

Stephen Harper’s democracy award a sad joke on Canadians
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1255830
September 12, 2012
By Bob Hepburn
With great fanfare, an international organization has announced it is honouring Stephen Harper as its World Statesman of the Year for his work as a “champion of democracy, freedom and human rights.” Harper will accept the award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, which was created by a New York rabbi in 1965, at a reception on Sept. 27 in New York City. Harper won the award largely because of his support for Israel and his criticism of Iran. Clearly, though, the foundation either blatantly ignored or didn’t know that Harper is arguably the worst prime minister in history when it comes to defending democracy and human rights in Canada.

Harper’s record of abuse and assault on democracy and rights in Canada is long and well documented.
[By Gilles] --- Examples cited include:
* Demise of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy)
* Deep funding cut for the Canadian Human Rights Commission
* Cutting funds to Kairos, an organization of church groups that advocated for human rights
* Severe funding cuts to Status of Women Canada
* Demise of the Court Challenges Program
* Two controversial prorogations of Parliament in less than a year
* First prime minister ever to be found guilty of contempt of Parliament
* Approved the distribution of a handbook on how Tories can disrupt committee hearings
* Flagrant attacks on freedom of speech and information tenets (e.g., muzzling senior bureaucrats, withholding and even altering documents, launching personal attacks on whistleblowers and lying to voters.
* The robocall affair

This is far from an exhaustive list, but it’s a good starting point for officials at the Appeal for Conscience Foundation if they want a more complete picture of their 2012 award winner.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- University tuition fees, 2012/2013 - September 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2012 - September 12
--- 2011 Census of Population advisory : Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling and collectives - September 12
--- National Population Health Survey, 2010/2011 - September 12
--- Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2010 - September 11

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

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September 12, 2012
University tuition fees, 2012/2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120912/dq120912a-eng.htm
Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs paid 5.0% more on average in tuition fees for the 2012/2013 academic year this fall than they did a year earlier. This follows a 4.3% increase in 2011/2012.

September 12, 2012
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120912/dq120912b-eng.htm
The market value of employer-sponsored pension funds totaled $1.1 trillion at the end of the first quarter, up 4.1% from the previous quarter and the largest gain since the fourth quarter of 2010.

September 12, 2012
2011 Census of Population advisory:
Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling and collectives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120912/dq120912c-eng.htm
On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Statistics Canada will release the third round of data from the 2011 Census of Population, which will provide a portrait of Canadian families and living arrangements. An analysis of the findings will be available in an online report entitled Portrait of Families and Living Arrangements in Canada. It will examine how families and living arrangements have changed during the past 10 years, from the perspective of both families and children.

September 12, 2012
National Population Health Survey, 2010/2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120912/dq120912d-eng.htm
The final cycle of the National Population Health Survey, covering the 2010/2011 period is now available. With this last release, researchers will have access to nine cycles of Canadian longitudinal health data to examine the dynamics of population health from 1994/1995 to 2010/2011.

Available without charge in CANSIM:
Tables 104-7006 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=104-7006&p2=31
Tables 104-7018 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=104-7018&p2=31
Tables 104-7030 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=104-7030&p2=31
Tables 104-7040 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=104-7040&p2=31

NOTE : "After nine cycles of collection, the National Population Health Survey has ended."

September 11, 2012
Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120911/dq120911b-eng.htm
In 2010, 92% of Canadian adults aged 25 to 34 had completed at least a high school education, compared with 82% for those aged 55 to 64. These rates were higher than the average for the 34 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where 82% of adults aged 25 to 34 and 62% of those aged 55 to 64 had attained at least a secondary school education.

Related report:

Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective 2012
HTML version: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-604-x/81-604-x2012001-eng.htm
PDF version (4.1MB, 143 pages): http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-604-x/81-604-x2012001-eng.pdf


Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

Source:
The Daily

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

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

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

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

September 13, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Canada's third review: Ready or not
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/canadas-third-review-ready-or-not
12 Sep 2012 | Canada
On September 26 and 27 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will ask the Canadian government questions about children in Canada. How will Canada respond to evidence that shows the rights of some children are not being fulfilled? You can listen in and participate.

Child care modernization – Doing it right
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/child-care-modernization-%E2%80%93-doing-it-right
11 Sep 2012 | Ontario
OCBCC's response to Ontario's Modernizing Child Care discussion paper states that "to truly stabilize early learning and child care programs, and provide high quality, not-for profit child care for all children who need services, the end result of the Modernizing Child Care discussion must be significant systemic change". The OCBCC will also be hosting a telephone town hall on child care modernization September 18 at 7pm.

From rose-coloured glasses to reality: Addressing the family policy deficit in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/rose-coloured-glasses-reality-addressing-family-policy-defi
11 Sep 2012 | Canada
Lynell Anderson, a senior researcher for HELP, calls for a renewed dialogue in Canada about family policy, including parental leave and child care.

Grandparents providing care to grandchildren: A population-based study of continuity and change
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/grandparents-providing-care-grandchildren-population-based-
10 Sep 2012 | United States
U.S. study finds that "grandparents are the primary source of child care for 30 percent of mothers who work and have children under the age of five".

Parti Québécois win a minority government: Election platform promises a space for every child in $7-a-day child care program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/parti-qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois-win-minority-government-election-platform-p
5 Sep 2012 | Quebec
The Parti Québécois won a minority government in the Québec election yesterday with a promise in their election platform to create a space for every child in Québec's $7-a-day child care program.

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

Two-thirds of single parents in lower-skilled jobs because of unavailable childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/two-thirds-single-parents-lower-skilled-jobs-because-unavailable-chi
12 Sep 2012 | Europe

Austerity promotes gender hierarchies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/austerity-promotes-gender-hierarchies
12 Sep 2012 | Europe

Daycare inspection reports good first step, say advocates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/daycare-inspection-reports-good-first-step-say-advocates
12 Sep 2012 | British Columbia

Malawi launches early childhood education week
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/malawi-launches-early-childhood-education-week
11 Sep 2012 | Africa

More grandparents fill caregiver role
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/more-grandparents-fill-caregiver-role
10 Sep 2012 | United States

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

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

Links to child care
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http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

September 13, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/13/
Homeless Families

September 12, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/12/
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the US: 2011
--- Poverty leveled off last year, even as incomes dropped, New York Times
--- Census: Middle class shrinks to an all-time low, Washington Post
--- U.S. poverty rate at 15 percent in 2011; record numbers of poor persist, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
--- Median income falls, but so does poverty, CNN Money
--- U.S. poverty rate holds, but household incomes dip again, Los Angeles Times

September 11, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/11/
Politics and Poverty : Little mentioned on campaign trail, poverty widening in US

September 10, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/10/
Long-Term Unemployment
Young Adults and Health Insurance Coverage
States and Medicaid Expansion - Montana, Illinois

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

8. Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011 - September 12
( U.S. Census Bureau)

September 12, 2012

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/news_conferences/20120912_ip_newsconf.html

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On September 12, 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau [ http://www.census.gov/ ] released the 2011 edition of its annual report entitled
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.

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From the U.S. Census Bureau:

Complete report and related
Census Bureau resources:

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb12-172.html
News Release
September 12, 2012
- includes detailed highlights of the report

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2011, median household income declined, the poverty rate was not statistically different from the previous year and the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased. Real median household income in the United States in 2011 was $50,054, a 1.5 percent decline from the 2010 median and the second consecutive annual drop. The nation's official poverty rate in 2011 was 15.0 percent, with 46.2 million people in poverty. After three consecutive years of increases, neither the poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the 2010 estimates. The number of people without health insurance coverage declined from 50.0 million in 2010 to 48.6 million in 2011, as did the percentage without coverage - from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 15.7 percent in 2011. These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011.

The report:

Income, Poverty, and
Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011
(PDF - 2.2MB, 89 pages)
http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p60-243.pdf
Released September 12, 2012

Income data
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/
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State data (xls format)
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/historical/household/2011/H08_2011.xls

Poverty data
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/
--- State data (xls format)
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/historical/hstpov21.xls

Health insurance data
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/

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Fact Sheets:

Fact Sheet: Health Insurance 2011 [PDF]
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/healthinsfactsheet2011.pdf

Fact Sheet: Income and Poverty 2011 [PDF]
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/ipfactsheet2011.pdf

Income and Poverty Estimates: Guidance on When to Use Each Survey [PDF]
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/ipguidance2011.pdf

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How We Measure Poverty and Income
http://blogs.census.gov/2012/09/06/how-we-measure-poverty-and-income/
Posted on September 6, 2012
B
y: David Johnson
Income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2011 from the Current Population Survey (CPS) will be released Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. One-year estimates from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) will be released on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. In all likelihood, the national estimates from these two sources will not be identical. Why not? Which is correct? Well, it’s complicated...

Source:
Random Samplings:
the official Census Bureau blog

http://blogs.census.gov/censusblog/

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Earlier editions of
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States
- back to 1985
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/index.html

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Related Census Bureau links:

Income
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/
- incl. links to : * Income Statistics * Guidance about Sources * Income Inequality * State Median Income * Local Area Data * Historical Data

Poverty
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/
- incl. links to : * Overview / Highlights * Definitions * Poverty Data Sources * Microdata Access * Poverty Thresholds

Health Insurance
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/
- incl. links to : * Help for CPS Users * Revised CPS ASEC Health Insurance Data - * Help for ACS Users - * Help for SIPP Users
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Abbreviations
* CPS ASEC =Annual Social and Economic Supplement [ part of the Current Population Survey - http://www.census.gov/cps/ ]
* ACS = American Community Survey [ http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ ]
* SIPP = Survey of Income and Program Participation [ http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/sipp_wp.html ]

Source:
Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/

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NGO and media analysis
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From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP):

Statement: Greenstein on Census’ 2011 Poverty, Income, & Health Insurance Data
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3832
September 12, 2012
[The new] Census data contained the good, the fair, and the ugly. The good news is that the number of uninsured Americans dropped by 1.3 million and the share of Americans without insurance fell by more than in any year since 1999; the fair news is that the poverty rate stayed flat after rising in the previous three years and seven of the previous 10; and the ugly news is that median household income fell by 1.5 percent after adjusting for inflation while income inequality widened significantly.

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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From the
Economic Policy Institute (EPI):

Already more than a lost decade:
Poverty and income trends continue to paint a bleak picture

http://www.epi.org/publication/lost-decade-poverty-income-trends-continue-2/
September 12, 2012
The 2011 poverty and income data released this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau are yet another reminder of the continued weight of the Great Recession on U.S. families.

NOTE : For a comprehensive examination of how we got to where we are today, including additional details on income, poverty, economic mobility, wages, jobs, and wealth, see EPI’s The State of Working America, 12th Edition [ http://stateofworkingamerica.org/ ], released on September 11.

Source:
Economic Policy Institute

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From the
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP):

When a Headline Isn't News: Child Poverty Persists
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hannah-matthews/when-a-headline-isnt-news_b_1877626.html
September 12, 2012
By Hannah Matthews
One in four young children under age 6 in the U.S. lives in poverty. But this fact, from today's U.S. Census report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in 2011, is not breaking news. In fact, perhaps one of the most troubling things about today's report is just how predictable these statistics are.
(...)
Policymakers have a choice.
We can tell more than 5 million children: you are on your own.
Or, we can offer them a hand and open up doors of opportunity for them.

[ Hannah Matthews is Director of Child Care and Early Education at CLASP.]

Found in:
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

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Source:
Center for Law and Social Policy

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From the University of Wisconsin's
Poverty Dispatch:

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the US: 2011
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/12/
September 12, 2012
Selected media coverage of the release of this report.
- incl. links to related articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, CNN Money and the Los Angeles Times

Source:
Poverty Dispatch
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/

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From the Washington Post:

Number of uninsured Americans drops by 1.3 million, census report shows
http://goo.gl/2BDba
By N.C. Aizenman
September 12
One spot of good news in the census data released Wednesday was on the health-care front: For the first time in three years, the share of Americans without health insurance declined, with the number of uninsured dropping by 1.3 million people from 2010 to 2011.
A major factor was an influx of newly insured young adults, many of whom benefitted from a provision in the 2010 health-care law requiring insurers to let parents keep adult children on their plans up to age 26.

But for most other age groups, the numbers largely reflected the continuation of a long-running shift away from private insurance toward government coverage — with Medicare and Medicaid picking up much of the slack left by the steady erosion of employment-based insurance

Source:
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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From the New York Times:

Fewer Uninsured People
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/opinion/fewer-uninsured-people.html
September 12, 2012
The number of Americans who lack health insurance declined last year, the first drop since 2007. This is, in large part, the result of the health care reform law and better coverage under public programs like Medicaid. This also shows why repealing the health care law or revamping and shrinking Medicaid, as many Republicans want to do, would be disastrous moves. The Census Bureau reported on Wednesday that the number of people without health coverage fell to 48.6 million in 2011, or 15.7 percent of the population, down from 49.9 million, or 16.3 percent of the population, in 2010. Health experts attributed a big chunk of the drop to a provision in the health care reform law that allows children to remain on their parents’ policies until age 26. Some three million young adults took advantage of that provision, other surveys show.

Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

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

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

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

9. [U.S.] The Poverty Tour (October 2011 & September 2012)
(Public Broadcasting Service)

United States

The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience
http://www.povertytour.smileyandwest.com/2012/09/the-root-com-the-election-season-poverty-tour/
September 11, 2012
Cornel West and Tavis Smiley want the issue addressed in the debates and on the next president’s agenda. Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, hosts of the nationally syndicated public-radio program Smiley & West, remain as determined as ever to put the issue of poverty — which Smiley has called “the new slavery” — higher on the national agenda.

On “The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience” [ http://www.povertytour.smileyandwest.com/ ], which kicks off Sept. 12 and includes stops in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania through Sept. 15, the two plan to host solution-generating town hall meetings that will broadcast live on multiple platforms. Families, community organizers, job cooperatives, elected officials, war veterans and religious leaders will be invited to participate.

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Last fall (2011), Smiley and Cornel West hosted five episodes about poverty in a PBS special called The Poverty Tour.
Check out some of the site content at the link below.
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The Poverty Tour - October 2011
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/poverty-tour/
With nearly 50 million Americans now living in poverty, “The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience” was the focus of five special episodes in October 2011. Each episode was devoted to video highlights from Tavis’ August 2011 18-city, 11-state poverty bus tour with his co-host on PRI’s Smiley & West radio show, Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West. Following each night’s highlights from the tour, Tavis also spoke with a leading anti-poverty advocate, including Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West, Feeding America CEO Vicki B. Escarra, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, economist Jeffrey Sachs and ethics and religion commentator Jim Wallis.

Part 1 – “Suffering to Speak”
Part 2 – “I Had Everything”
Part 3 – “No Room at the Inn”
Part 4 – “Nothing Moves Without Us”
Part 5 –“The Fight of the Poor”

More selected site content:

What Does ‘Poverty’ Really Mean?
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/poverty-tour/what-does-poverty-really-mean/
When we talk about the poverty rate or families living in poverty, what definition are we using for “poverty?” That depends on which government agency is providing the measure.

U.S. Poverty: A 10-Year Look
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/poverty-tour/u-s-poverty-a-10-year-look/
In 2010, 46.2 million people are living in poverty, the largest number in the 52 years for which the poverty rate has been published. Check out this interactive chart, which offers a look at the growth of the poverty rate in the past 10 years.

The Truth About Poverty
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/poverty-tour/the-truth-about-poverty/
The poor, according to former labor secretary Robert Reich, "are regarded as people who are somehow different, either because they’re assumed to be Latin Americans or African Americans, or they are just assumed to be somewhat different." Watch the full conversation, where Reich explains why economically, America is almost two separate countries.

What You Can Do to End Poverty
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/poverty-tour/what-you-can-do-to-end-poverty/
According to Economist David Beckmann, the United States has persistent poverty because the political will to end poverty does not exist. Watch the conversation with Beckmann to learn what everyday Americans can do to tackle poverty in the U.S., and join the discussion.

U.S. Children Living in Poverty
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/poverty-tour/u-s-children-living-in-poverty/
As of 2009, almost 15 million children are living below the poverty line in the United States. Watch this sobering conversation with the President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and join the discussion.

The Poor are Losing the ‘Class War’
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/features/poverty-tour/the-poor-are-losing-the-class-war/
"The call for economic fairness may not be 'rotten economics' at all," says religion and ethics commentator Jim Wallis in this guest blog post, "but, in fact, rather good economics, as well as good morality."

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

12 September 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1293
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=439
In this issue:
The ParaCRINlympics
News in brief
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Kenya
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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Did I read that sign correctly?
TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN

In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park:(I sure hope so)
ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR

Notice in a farmer's field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS

On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)

Source:
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25 Incredible Optical Illusions
http://list25.com/25-incredible-optical-illusions/

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A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar:
From 'Bad Joke' To 'Awesome Message' In Just 42 Seconds
(video, duration 42 seconds)
http://www.upworthy.com/this-video-goes-from-bad-joke-to-awesome-message-in-just-42-seconds

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Write a letter to your future self
http://ohlife.com/timecapsule

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EatLiver.com - Crazy pictures of insane internet
http://eatliver.com/

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Signs
http://www.star941fm.com/common/galleries/signs/
[My favourite : "CAUTION : Alligator Mating Season. If attacked, fake orgasm."]

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