Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 14, 2014

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 2,719 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...


Canadian content

1. [Canada] Pre-Budget Consultations 2014 (Parliamentary Website, Finance Committee) - September 11
2. New Brunswick Provincial Election
- September 22
3. Canada's inequality growing: Stats Can
(Toronto Star - Broadbent Institute) - September 11
4. Should Welfare Recipients Try Harder to Find Work? (By Nick Falvo, Carleton University) - September 11
5. More spin than substance in [Ontario's] poverty reduction plan: - September 8 (By Carol Goar, Toronto Star )
6. The benefits of a federal minimum wage
(By Andrew Jackson in National Newswatch) - September 8
7. Media and Policy News for 8 sept 2014 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
8. ntario Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, July to September 2014 (Ministry of Community and Social Services)
9. Right-wing Fraser Institute now claims it is not right-wing (PressProgress) - September 8
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- University tuition fees, 2014/2015 - September 11
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2014 -
September 10
--- Study: Canadians with unmet home care needs, 2012 - September 9
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S.] Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Didn’t Respond Adequately to Need During Recession (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - September 10
14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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1. [Canada] Pre-Budget Consultations 2014 - September 11
(Parliamentary Website, Finance Committee)

New Committee items posted
on the Parliamentary Website :

Finance Committee (FINA)
Document: Pre-Budget Consultations 2014
(for Budget 2015)
Links to 400+ submissions to the 2014 Pre-Budget Consultations
in alphabetical order, from ABC Life Literacy Canada to YWCA Metro Vancouver.
All files are in PDF format and the size of each file is shown in the link.

The Pre-Budget Consultations accepted written submissions from June 6 to August 6, 2014.
This fall, the Committee will invite specific groups and individuals to appear as witnesses during the pre-budget hearings.
For more detailed info about these consultations and next steps, see :

Recommended reading!!

Standing Committee on Finance (FINA)

Parliamentary Website


- Go to the 2015 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

2. New Brunswick Provincial Election - September 22

From CBC News:

New Brunswick Provincial Election - September 22, 2014
New Brunswick voters will be going to the polls on Sept. 22 to elect members to the Legislative Assembly.

CBC New Brunswick Voter Toolkit
- includes links to resources and contact information to make the voting process easier.

Compare party platforms
Mix and match platform promises and see which party most closely reflects your values
By Daniel Mchardie
July 21, 2014
- includes party policies and promises in the areas of : Energy - Health - Taxes - Jobs - Shale gas - Deficit


Elections New Brunswick


From the New Brunswick
Common Front for Social Justice:

Party Platforms (small PDF files):
[NOTA : Tous les textes du Front commun pour la justice sociale ci-dessous sont disponibles en français --- voir les liens à la page d'accueil: ]

* NB Provincial Elections-2014. The NDP and Poverty - 9/10/2014
The NDP has no proposal to increase basic social assistance rates for citizens living on social assistance. They are proposing instead to strengthen the Poverty
Reduction Plan by immediately setting clear targets.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014- Liberals and Poverty - 9/10/2014
The Liberal Party has a very good proposal on minimum wage, income tax for rich individuals and corporations, but some of their other proposals will not help to reduce poverty.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014- People's Alliance of NB Electoral Platform - 9/9/2014
The People's Alliance of NB Electoral Platform has no proposals in it to reduce poverty. It is as if poverty which affect thousands of citizens does not exist.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014. The PC Electoral Platform and Poverty - 9/9/2014
The Progressive Conservative Party has no proposal of any increase in the basic social assistance rates, which are some of the lowest in the country. The PC is supporting the Poverty Reduction Plan, but this new plan has no real teeth to it and not even a timetable to implement its feeble recommendations.

* NB Provincial Elections-2014- NB Green Party and Poverty - 9/9/2014
The Green Party is the first political party that is talking about increasing basic rates for social assistance recipients. We hope that the other political parties will propose something to help the thousands of men, women and children who are living below the poverty line.

* Election NB- 2014 -Anything but an Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy - 9/4/2014
September 3, 2014
Moncton- Anything but an Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy!
‘’Yesterday, the NDP announced its Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy. It is anything but a strategy. At most, it is a small piece of the pie’’ says Pauline Richard, co-chair of the NB Common Front for Social Justice.

* Analysis of the 2010 Provincial Elections - 9/4/2014
Analysis of the 2010 Provincial Élections. Twenty-six ridings were won with a majority of less than 1,200 votes. You may want to know which ones they were!


- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:

3. Canada's inequality growing: Stats Can - September 11
(Toronto Star - Broadbent Institute

Canada's inequality growing: Stats Can
The gap between rich and poor is widening in Canada, a report that looks at wealth found.
By Dana Flavelle
September 11, 2014
[SPOILER : This is one of those "Extra-extra-read-all-about-it-:- dog bites man!" articles...]
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer in Canada, a new analysis of Statistics Canada data by an Ottawa-based think tank shows.
The study found that, much like the income gap, Canada’s wealth gap is also widening, the Broadbent Institute said in a statement Thursday.
The top 10 per cent of Canadians have seen their median net worth grow by 42 per cent since 2005 to $2.1 million in 2012, the study found. Meanwhile, the bottom 10 per cent of Canadians saw their median net worth shrink by 150 per cent. In 2012, their debts outweighed their assets by $5,100. That was worse than in 2005, when they owed $2,000 more than they owned, the study said.


From the
Broadbent Institute:

Deep and persistent wealth inequality in Canada
(PDF - 398K, 16 pages)
September 2014
• The top 10% of Canadians accounted for almost half (47.9%) of all wealth in 2012.
• In 2012, the bottom 30% of Canadians accounted for less than 1% of all wealth; the bottom 50% combined controlled less than 6%.
Source of the data in this report : " Statistics Canada data released to the Broadbent Institute."
(From the Intro to the report)
See "Endnotes" (pp. 11-12) for links to six related studies from other sources.


Three graphs that show Canada's deep and persistent wealth inequality*
September 11, 2014
Here's what Canada's wealth inequality looks like in three graphs:
1. Distribution of wealth in Canada by decile, 20121
2. Distribution of financial assets (excluding pensions) by decile, 2012
3. Share of wealth for wealthiest 10% versus bottom half of Canadians, 2012
* NOTE : These three graphs are part of the HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS report.

Income Inequality

Income Inequality is a project of the
Broadbent Institute
The Broadbent Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization championing progressive change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.


Statistics Canada reports and tables on
Income, pensions, spending and wealth


- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:

4. Should Welfare Recipients Try Harder to Find Work? - September 11
(Nick Falvo)

Should Welfare Recipients Try Harder to Find Work?
September 11th, 2014
By Nick Falvo
This morning the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation [ ] released a new report about “motivational interviewing” for welfare recipients.
News Release :
Full report (PDF - 1.9MB, 72 pages) :
Executive summary (small PDF file) :


By Nick :
Earlier this year, I was invited to be a discussant on the study at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association [ ].
Here are 10 things I think you should know about this report:

1. The “intervention” being studied was the Motivational Interviewing (MI) technique.
2. Research participants were on welfare upon enrollment in the study.
3. Research participants had been on welfare for at least one year at the study’s outset.
4. Most of the research participants reported health problems.
5. The “intervention” was provided by welfare officials (specifically, by Employment and Assistance Workers and case managers).
6. The results of this study suggest that Motivational Interviewing can be effective.
7. Fewer than half of the members of the study’s treatment group actually took in even one (hour-long) Motivational Interviewing session.
8. The research was funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
9. The study took place at a time when, throughout Canada, there were considerably more unemployed persons than job vacancies.
10. This study took place at the same time that the federal government is aggressively bringing in more temporary migrant workers.

Progressive Economics Forum


- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:

5. More spin than substance in [Ontario's] poverty reduction plan - September 8
(By Carol Goar
, Toronto Star )

More spin than substance in poverty reduction plan:
Deb Matthew unveils the latest Liberal poverty reduction plan, setting no targets and offering no money
Deputy Premier Deb Matthews unveiled a 56-page blueprint for fighting poverty in Ontario last week, which consisted of recycled promises, long-term goals, soothing language and self-congratulations
By Carol Goar
September 9, 2014
Anti-poverty advocates have learned to welcome crumbs from the Ontario Liberals. That is what they got in the five-year poverty reduction strategy unveiled by Deputy Premier Deb Matthews last week. The 56-page blueprint consisted of recycled promises, long-term goals, soothing language and self-congratulations (despite the fact she fell far short of her last five-year target.)

But social activists lauded the government for its good intentions, its comprehensive framework and its long-sought acknowledgement that homelessness is a provincial responsibility. They politely overlooked the fact that the minister did not raise welfare rates, did not provide a nutrition allowance, did not address the shortage of child care spaces and did not offer rent supplements. Do these advocates really speak for people living in poverty?
Deputy Premier Deb Matthews did not offer any new funding in her poverty reduction strategy. Nor did she set any measurable objectives. In fairness, this is more than either of the opposition parties has offered to do. The Liberals have a vision of social justice. And they have made incremental progress since they took power in 2003. Is this reason enough to cheer? Social activists apparently think so. The 1.6 million Ontarians living in poverty still long for tangible help.

Toronto Star


- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

6. The benefits of a federal minimum wage - September 8
(By Andrew Jackson in National Newswatch)

The benefits of a federal minimum wage
By Andrew Jackson
September 8, 2014
The Leader of the Opposition, Tom Mulcair, is to be congratulated for his proposal to re-introduce a federal minimum wage.

Abolished in 1996, the federal minimum wage applied to the approximately 8% of all employees who work in federally regulated industries. It also used to set a national benchmark for provincial minimum wages. Mr. Mulcair’s proposal is in line with the 2006 Federal Labour Standards Review that was appointed by the Minister of Labour and led by Harry Arthurs, a distinguished labour law expert who was Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School and, later, President of York University. Professor Arthurs, who recommended that a federal minimum wage be re-introduced, argued that “the government should accept the principle that no Canadian worker should work full-time for a full year and still live in poverty… this is an issue of fundamental decency that no modern prosperous country like Canada can ignore.”

Tackling poverty and income inequality isn’t just about redistributing wealth, but also ensuring a fairer pre-distribution of market incomes – something a federal minimum wage could help do.

National Newswatch


- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:

7. Media and Policy News for 8 sept 2014
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 8 Sept 2014

Click the link above to access any of the articles below.

Top Story: Ontario's Second Poverty Reduction Strategy

Government releases its Poverty Reduction Strategy: “Realizing Our Potential”
Minister Matthews' video on the Office of the Premier’s YouTube channel

Some Statements and Responses

ISAC: The test of the strategy will be how it deals with social assistance poverty
25in5: The strategy's bold vision requires an action plan and investment strategy
ISARC: Strategy's positive elements needs targets, timelines, and new resources
AOHC: Steps in the right direction but no targets, timelines or implementation plan
Ontario NDP
And before the Strategy was announced, a statement on the importance of expanding health and dental benefits

Province-wide Coverage

Advocates applaud the plan, but urge targets and timelines be set
New PRS includes commitment to end homelessness
Star editorial: PRS keeps social justice in the window
Province reconfirms commitment to reduce child poverty by 25%
Ontario misses child poverty target; Ottawa didn’t step up
Ontario recommits to a 25% reduction and pledge to eradicate homelessness

Coverage from Communities Around the Province

* Hamilton:
Advocates say more money needed
AM900 interviews Tom Cooper:
Plan is a step in the right direction
Pike: The Strategy says the right things, but ambition isn’t enough

* York Region:
Advocates are cautiously optimistic

* Northumberland:
Advocates say PRS lacks meaningful action

* London:
Advocates say goals are reasonable

* Niagara:
St. Catherine’s Standard’s Grant LaFleche: Child poverty shouldn’t be an issue, but it is

* Ottawa Citizen’s Reelevy says there’s much to like but more to do

Associated Resources

Mowat Centre’s report for MCYS on the approaches that work to reduce poverty
And a clinical tool to help doctors screen for poverty


Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):


- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

8. Ontario Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, July to September 2014
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)


Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, July to September 2014 (small PDF file, 2 pages)

NOTE : Ontario's social assistance benefit levels are changing effective October 2014, as noted in the above resource.
The chart below is the p
revious version of the above chart.

Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, April to June 2014
(small PDF file, 2 pages)

Prepared by the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
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Recommended reading/saving/printing!
All in two pages, (just about) everything you ever
wanted to know about federal and provincial social program benefit levels in Ontario.
This factsheet is mostly benefit levels and rates - to find corresponding program information, do a Google search using any program name from the list below...

This factsheet contains current rate information (benefit levels)
for the following federal and Ontario programs:

* Federal Income Security and tax benefit programs
----- Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Allowance (formerly Spouse's Allowance)
----- Canada Pension Plan
----- Harmonized Sales Tax Credit
----- Working Income Tax Benefit Credit
----- War Veterans Allowance
----- Employment Insurance
----- Canada Child Tax Benefit (incl. the Basic Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement, the Child Disability Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit)
----- Medical Expense Tax Credit

* Ontario income assistance programs
----- Ontario Works - Social Assistance rates + earnings exemptions and incentives
----- Ontario Disability Support Program - Social Assistance rates
----- Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (provincial top-up for Ontario seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement under the federal Old Age Security program)
----- Ontario Child Benefit
----- Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
----- Ontario Trillium Benefit
(replaces former energy, property and sales tax credits)
----- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Found in:
Tip Sheet List - (check this link for more recent updates)
[ Community Advocacy & Legal Centre - a non-profit community legal clinic
serving low income residents of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington counties.]



1. The Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services produces this excellent guide to current benefit levels under Ontario's social assistance programs, but it doesn't appear anywhere on their website. <BOOOOOOO!!>

The link above is to a copy of the pension and rate table posted on the website of the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre in Belleville:

2. Although this fact sheet was prepared from an Ontario perspective, it's also a useful reference sheet of federal benefits payable everywhere across Canada.
Highly recommended!


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

9. Right-wing Fraser Institute now claims it is not right-wing - September 8

NEW from

Right-wing Fraser Institute now claims it is not right-wing
September 8, 2014
Everything you thought you knew is wrong. Up is down. Down is up. And now the right-wing Fraser Institute says it has no ideology except Truth itself. That's right. The think tank says it shouldn't be characterized as conservative because its work is "not value-based, it's driven by data." Fraser Institute president Niels Veldhuis made the comment in response to queries from the Toronto Star about whether the charity was under audit by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Veldhuis declined to say, even as the Harper government finds itself under increasing pressure to explain why dozens of charities with a track record of being critical of conservative policies find themselves the targets of political-activity audits by the CRA. One of the groups, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is being audited in part because the research and education material on its website appears to be "biased" and "one-sided," CRA records show.

So let's focus on what Veldhuis did say about values, data and the institute, whose tagline is full of coded words to let the world (hello Koch brothers!) know where it always comes down on the issues: "A free and prosperous world through choice, markets and responsibility." To help underline the point, click the link above for four Fraser Institute graphics posted on its Facebook page (and cross-referenced with a sampling of research findings) that illustrate how data-driven its work really is.

In a nutshell:
* Regulations are bad. Always.
* Taxes are bad. Really bad.
* Freedom is good. Really good. Always really, really good.
* Polluters of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

In other words...

Up is now down.
Down is now up.
And the Fraser Institute conducts value-free, data-driven research. Got it?

Advancing progressive solutions for Canada with hard-hitting news and analysis, PressProgress cuts through the day's political spin with facts and an informed point of view. From punchy blog posts to a daily web roundup to spread news and views, PressProgress is a must-read to spur positive change.

PressProgress is a project of the
Broadbent Institute:

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:

- Go to the Voluntary Sector / Charity Links page:

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
University tuition fees, 2014/2015 - September 11
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2014 -
September 10
--- Study: Canadians with unmet home care needs, 2012 -
September 9

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

September 11, 2014
University tuition fees, 2014/2015
Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs paid 3.3% more on average in tuition fees for the 2014/2015 academic year this fall than they did a year earlier. A similar increase was observed in 2013/2014.

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:

September 10, 2014
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2014
The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds totalled $1.4 trillion at the end of the first quarter, up 5.3% from the fourth quarter of 2013.

September 9, 2014
Study: Canadians with unmet home care needs, 2012
In 2012, 792,000 Canadians 15 years of age and older reported that their needs for care in the home for a long-term illness, aging or disability condition were only partly met or not met at all.

Report : Canadians with unmet home care needs
September 2014
By Martin Turcotte

Insights on Canadian Society


- Go to the Disability Links page:

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:

Check past issues of The Daily:
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]


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

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

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

September 13, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Double whammy: Why we’re crowd funding for childcare data
10 Sep 2014 | Canada
Latest blog by Martha Friendly discusses why "childcare data was one of the first casualties of the data crimes and misdemeanors that have swamped Canada's stock of valuable information used by social groups, business analysts and policy makers to understand critical issues."

Family status, caregiving and human rights: A four part series
10 Sep 2014 | Canada
The Canadian Human Rights Commission invites you to register for a four part webinar series that will provide an overview of caregiving in Canada.

Activists, policy sedimentation, and policy change: The case of early childhood education in Ontario
10 Sep 2014 | Ontario
In an article from the Journal of Canadian Studies, author Luc Turgeon argues that "the adoption of Bill 242 can be traced back to the mobilization of Ontario early childhood education activists at different levels."

PISA in Focus No. 40: Does pre-primary education reach those who need it most?
10 Sep 2014 | International
Report finds that attendance in pre-primary education has grown over the past decade across OECD countries. However, enrollment is higher among advantaged students than disadvantaged students, and higher among students attending advantaged schools than those attending disadvantaged schools.

Realizing our potential: Ontario's poverty reduction strategy (2014-2019)
3 Sep 2014 | Ontario
The Ontario government has released their 2nd poverty reduction strategy.

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Parents oppose proposed childcare changes
10 Sep 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Almost a million Canadian kids in poverty is an acute emergency
10 Sep 2014 | Canada

Lack of child care an ongoing struggle in western Labrador
10 Sep 2014 | Newfoundland

Childcare centres blacklist accredited training organisations providing poor graduates
10 Sep 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

In Australia, moms are the default parents
10 Sep 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

MORE child care in the news


CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page :


Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.


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

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

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


Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

September 12, 2014
Public Housing – New York City
Medicaid Expansion – Virginia
Homeless Students – California
Kids Count Report – Ohio

September 11, 2014
African American Child Poverty – Wisconsin (2 articles)
Inequality and the Education System

September 10, 2014
Long-Term Unemployment

September 9, 2014
Hospitals and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)

September 8, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.


Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)


NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


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

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

13. [U.S.] Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Didn’t Respond Adequately to Need During Recession - September 10
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

New from the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Data Show TANF Didn’t Respond Adequately to Need
During Recession, Contrary to New Study’s Claims
September 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm
A recent study [ ] from researchers at the Brookings Institution and the University of Nevada concludes that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program responded to increased need during the Great Recession in the majority of states as a good safety net program would. This conclusion, however, is based on seriously flawed analysis, as we explain in a new paper [ ].

Off the Charts Blog
The Off the Charts Blog is an ongoing feature of the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


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

14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

10 September 2014 - CRINmail issue 1394
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Child protesters ‘tortured and abused’
- Violence against children seen as ‘permissible’
- Mass for-profit detention of migrants criticised
- Children’s rights and the internet
- Missing children never found in Nepal
- Criminalising human rights defenders
Access to justice for children in Singapore
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
Challenging breaches
Take action


CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010


Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail


CRIN News Archive


CRIN Country Pages : CANADA


Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.


Canada and Children's Rights
- from the Children's Rights Wiki


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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Twenty Words Whose Meaning Has Changed Over Time

Here are 20 words you may not have realized didn’t always mean what they mean today.

1. Nice:
This word used to mean “silly, foolish, simple.” Far from the compliment it is today!

2. Silly:
In its earliest uses, it referred to things worthy or blessed, then it came to refer to the weak and vulnerable, and now it applies to those who are foolish.

3. Awful:
Awful things used to be “worthy of awe” for a variety of reasons. Nowadays, awful is just yucky.

4. Fizzle:
Once referred to the act of producing quiet flatulence, now refers to petering out, failing at things.

5. Wench:
Short form for the Old English word wenchel (which referred to children of either sex), the word wench used to mean “female child” before it came to be used to refer to female servants.

6. Fathom:
This verb moved from meaning “to encircle with one’s arms” to meaning “to understand after much thought.”

7. Clue:
Centuries ago, a clue (or clew) was a ball of yarn; today, it means any bit of evidence that help us solve problems or mmysteries.

8. Myriad:
If you had a myriad of things 600 years ago, it meant that you specifically had 10,000 of them – not just a lot like today.

9. Naughty:
Long ago, if you were naughty, you had naught or nothing. Then it came to mean evil or immoral, and now you are just badly behaved.

10. Eerie:
Before the word eerie described things that inspire fear, it used to describe people feeling fear — as in one could feel faint and eerie.

11. Spinster:
Spinsters used to be women who spun before it came to mean “unmarried woman” – and often not in the most positive ways.

12. Bachelor:
A bachelor was a young knight before the word came to refer to someone who had achieved the lowest rank at a university — and it lives on in today’s B.A. and B.S degrees.

13. Flirt:
500 years ago, flirting was flicking something away or a brisk or jerky motion. Now it involves playing with people’s emotions.

14. Guy:
This word comes from the name of Guy Fawkes, who was part of a failed attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605. A “guy,” was a frightful figure. In North America., it has come to refer to men in general.

15. Hussy:
Hussy comes from the word housewife, and it used to refer to the mistress of a household, not the disreputable woman it refers to today.

16. Egregious:
It used to mean that you were distinguished or eminent, conspicuously good. Now, it means that someone or something is conspicuously bad.

17. Quell:
Quelling something or someone used to mean killing it, not just subduing it.

18. Divest: 300 years ago, divesting could involve undressing as well as depriving others of their rights or possessions. It has only recently come to refer to selling off investments.

19. Senile:
Senile used to refer simply to anything related to old age, so you could have senile maturity. Now it refers specifically to those suffering from senile dementia.

20. Meat:
Have you ever wondered about the expression “meat and drink”? It comes from an older meaning of the word meat that refers to food in general — solid food of a variety of kinds (not just animal flesh), as opposed to drink.


Naomi Klein on climate change and capitalism
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