Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 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 2,750 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. Same problems keep recurring in welfare computer systems (John Stapleton in the Toronto Star) - December 8
2. [Ontario] Rising disability caseloads = more people vulnerable to hunger? (Daily Bread Food Bank) - December 2014
3. Who’s Hungry : 2014 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (Daily Bread Food Bank) - October 2014
4. Canada’s health care program is missing something important : Pharmacare. (Canadian Union of Public Employees - CUPE) - December 12
5. The charts every Canadian should watch in 2015 (Macleans.ca) - December 11
6. Quebec’s minimum wage to increase to $10.55 an hour in May 2015 (CBC News) - December 11
7. Towards Prosperity: Federal Budgetary Priorities for People, Businesses and Communities (Standing Committee on Finance House of Commons Pre-Budget Report) - December 10
8. Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act : Strengthening the Province's Retirement System (Ontario Ministry of Finance) - December 8
9. Stephen Harper's Canada Revenue Agency : Selective Audits, "Political" Activity and Right-Leaning Charities (Broadbent Institute) - October 2014
10. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - December 12 (2014) issue 144 [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
11. A tough month for job seekers in Ontario (Kaylie Tiessen, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Ontario Office) - December 5
12. The Agenda with Steve Paikin : Canada's Income Gap (TVO) - December 3
13. Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, October to December 2014 (Ministry of Community and Social Services)
14.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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- Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics ==> Discontinued since March 2013
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2014 - December 12
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2013 - December 11
--- Canadian Income Survey, 2012 - December 10
--- Study: Life satisfaction among recent immigrants in Canada: Comparisons with source-country populations and the Canadian-born - December 10
--- Foreign control in the Canadian economy, 2012 - December 10
--- Study: Labour force characteristics of the Métis: Findings from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey - December 9
--- Police-reported data on hate crime, 2012

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

International content

16. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
17. [U.S.] Civil Legal Aid in the United States : An Update for 2013 (Center for Law and Social Policy) - November 2013
18. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Same problems keep recurring in welfare computer systems - December 8
(John Stapleton in the Toronto Star)

Same problems keep recurring in welfare computer systems
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/12/08/same_problems_keep_recurring_in_welfare_computer_systems.html
By John Stapleton
December 8, 2014
Over the past month, welfare computer systems [ http://goo.gl/fJjmkB ] in both British Columbia and Ontario have crashed, paying thousands of recipients wrong amounts of money. But it’s hardly the first time this has happened. Over the last 40-odd years, every new computer system for Ontario’s social assistance programs has had these same types of glitches.
(...)
Ontario has 14 separate rules governing who is automatically ineligible for benefits, eight sets of benefit categories, and 12 sets of rules that define dependency. The test of need includes complex rules surrounding liquid assets limits that vary by the presence of disabilities, family size and family structure with at least 42 separate rules that apply differently in three separate life situations.
(...)
So let’s work hard to fix the glitches and problems. But let’s work harder on the preposterous over-complexity founded on the misguided idea that we have to parse every gradation of need in order to have a publicly acceptable welfare system.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

See also:

Open Policy - John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

2. [Ontario] Rising disability caseloads = more people vulnerable to hunger? - December 2014
(Daily Bread Food Bank)

Ontario

Rising disability caseloads = more people vulnerable to hunger?
http://www.dailybread.ca/rising-disability-caseloads-more-people-vulnerable-to-hunger/
December 2014 (blog post)
In September 2014, over 895,000 Ontarians, or approximately 6.5 per cent of the population, were receiving social assistance. However, the month of September also marks for the first time in recent memory that the majority of those individuals were receiving the disability portion of social assistance – known in Ontario as the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Food banks across the GTA are seeing similar trends to that of provincial social assistance caseloads. The latest Who’s Hungry survey (see the next item below) noted a steady increase in people receiving ODSP coming to food banks: in 2005 it was 17 per cent of respondents, whereas in 2014 it is nearly 30 per cent. Living with incomes that have fallen far behind the rate of inflation, people with disabilities receiving ODSP are requiring food banks in greater numbers.
(...)
Social policy expert John Stapleton predicted a year and a half ago that it wouldn’t be long before the number of individual people receiving ODSP would exceed that of Ontario Works. In his paper “The Welfarization of Disability Incomes in Ontario”, it was shown that social assistance is increasingly becoming the only means of income support available to people with disabilities in Ontario

Source:
Daily Bread Food Bank
(Toronto)

[ http://www.dailybread.ca/ ]

Related links:

The 2014 “Who’s Hungry” report by Daily Bread Food Bank
http://www.dailybread.ca/learning-centre/whos-hungry/

“The Welfareization of Disability Incomes in Ontario” (PDF)
http://metcalffoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Welfareization-of-Disability-Incomes-in-Ontario.pdf
By John Stapleton and the Metcalf Foundation

“The Brighter Prospects” (PDF)
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/documents/en/mcss/social/publications/social_assistance_review_final_report.pdf
Report by the Social Assistance Review Commission

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

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

3. Who’s Hungry : 2014 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area - October 2014
(Daily Bread Food Bank)

Also from the Daily Bread Food Bank:

Who’s Hungry : 2014 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (PDF - 3.2MB, 36 pages)
http://www.dailybread.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Whos-Hungry-Report-2014.pdf
By Richard Matern
Poverty and hunger are often hidden in the GTA. Other indicators of how people are faring in the economy, such as unemployment rates, only tell part of the story. This report looks deeper into the extent of hunger in our communities, and more closely at the reasons why people are going hungry in the first place. The information in this report comes from Daily Bread’s annual Who’s Hungry Survey, where trained volunteers conducted one-on-one interviews with approximately 1000 people accessing food banks across the GTA. Through these interviews, people share stories of having to water down soup, subsist on crackers, or not eat for an entire day due to lack of money.
Source: Excerpt (page 11)
Daily Bread Food Bank (Toronto)
[ http://www.dailybread.ca/ ]

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

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

4. Canada’s health care program is missing something important : Pharmacare. - December 12
(Canadian Union of Public Employees - CUPE)

Canada’s health care program is missing something important : Pharmacare.
http://cupe.ca/canadas-health-care-program-missing-something-important
December 12, 2014
Many Canadians don’t know what pharmacare is. Some might guess it’s a subsidy program for farms, or even a health insurance program for farm animals. This lack of awareness should be forgiven; Canada is the only country with a universal health care system that doesn’t have a national pharmacare plan.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

http://cupe.ca/

NOTE from the Canadian Social Research Links Guy to CUPE:
Thanks to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) [ http://www.cupe.ca/ ] for allowing me to maintain my mailing list and distribute my weekly newsletter using software on their website. I remain solely responsible for all editorial comments and for the occasional sarcasm or rant.

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

5. The charts every Canadian should watch in 2015 - December 11
(Macleans.ca)

The charts every Canadian should watch in 2015
http://www.macleans.ca/economy/economicanalysis/the-charts-every-canadian-should-watch-in-2015/
Dozens of economists, analysts, investors and financial bloggers sent us what they consider the most important charts for Canada as we head into 2015
By Jason Kirby
December 11, 2014
As Canada heads into the 2015 election year, oil prices are falling, the job market is on shaky ground and finances—at both the household and government levels—are strained. To make sense of it all, we asked dozens of economists, analysts, investors and financial bloggers to send us what they think is the most important chart for Canada as we head into 2015, and why. In doing so, we were inspired by this semi-annual Business Insider feature about the most important charts in the world. The result is these 35 charts, presented in no particular order, which each tell a story about the Canadian economy.

Spotlight on...

Chart # 20 : The shift to temporary foreign workers
By Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
(Click the link above, then scroll down to #20)

Source:
Macleans.ca
http://www.macleans.ca/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

6. Quebec’s minimum wage to increase to $10.55 an hour in May 2015 - December 11
(CBC News)

NOTE : The English version follows the French below.

Le salaire minimum passera à 10,55 $ / heure en mai 2015
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/politique/2014/12/11/004-salaire-minimum-20-cents-mai.shtml
Le 11 décembre 2014
Québec augmentera le salaire minimum de 20 ¢ en mai prochain, pour le faire passer à 10,55 $ de l'heure.
Le ministre du Travail, Sam Hamad, a expliqué que le gouvernement avait pris cette décision pour pousser les gens sur l'aide sociale à aller sur le marché du travail.

Source:
Radio-Canada
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/

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Liens connexes du Programmme du travail fédéral:
[ http://www.travail.gc.ca/fra/accueil.shtml ]

Taux courants et futurs du salaire horaire minimum au CANADA pour les travailleurs adultes qualifiés
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt1.aspx?lang=fra

Taux horaires minimums au CANADA pour les travailleurs adultes depuis 1965
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt2.aspx?lang=fra&dec=1

Source:
Banque de données sur les salaires minimums
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/menu.aspx?lang=fra

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English version:

Quebec’s minimum wage to increase to $10.55 an hour:
The hourly minimum wage in Quebec will go up by 20 cents in May 2015
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-s-minimum-wage-to-increase-to-10-55-an-hour-1.2870348
December 11, 2014
Quebec Labour Minister Sam Hamad said the provincial government made that decision as a way to motivate those who are on welfare to enter the workforce. (...) The government says that the 20-cent increase to the hourly minimum wage is 0.1 per cent higher than the rate of inflation foreseen for the new year. In Quebec, 270,000 people earn minimum wage — more than half of them women.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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Related links from the federal Labour Program:
[ http://www.labour.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml ]

Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Experienced Adult Workers in Canada
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt1.aspx?lang=eng

Minimum Hourly Wages for Canadian Adult Workers since 1965
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt2.aspx?lang=eng&dec=1

Source:
Minimum Wage Database
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/menu.aspx?lang=eng

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

7. Towards Prosperity: Federal Budgetary Priorities for People, Businesses and Communities - December 10
(
Standing Committee on Finance House of Commons Pre-Budget Report)

From the
Standing Committee on Finance House of Commons:

House Finance Committee Tables Pre-Budget Report
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6830549&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
December 10, 2014
Today in the House of Commons, Mr. James Rajotte, M.P., Edmonton-Leduc – Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance – tabled the Committee’s report in respect of the pre-budget consultations for 2014. “I would like to thank all of the Committee’s witnesses, as well as the more than 400 groups and individuals who made online submissions this summer, for their contributions to our pre-budget consultations process,” said Mr. Rajotte.
(...)
The report contains 47 recommendations in the six areas identified by the Committee as priority themes for this year’s consultations:
1. Balancing the federal budget to ensure fiscal sustainability and economic growth;
2. Supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training;
3. Increasing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses through research, development, innovation and commercialization;
4. Ensuring prosperous and secure communities, including through support for infrastructure;
5. Improving Canada’s taxation and regulatory regimes; and
6. Maximizing the number and types of jobs for Canadians.

The Committee’s report:

Report 8 - Towards Prosperity: Federal Budgetary Priorities for People, Businesses and Communities (PDF - 2.5MB, 148 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6830258/412_FINA_Rpt08_PDF/412_FINA_Rpt08-e.pdf
(Adopted by the Committee on December 4, 2014; Presented to the House on December 10, 2014)

More Finance Committee reports and Government responses:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/ReportsResponses.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Source:
Standing Committee on Finance House of Commons

http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E

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- Go to the 2015 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2015.htm

8. Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act : Strengthening the Province's Retirement System - December 8
(Ontario Ministry of Finance)

From the
Ontario Ministry of Finance:

[ http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/ ]

Strengthening Province's Retirement System
New Legislation Would Help Ontarians Save for Retirement

http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2014/12/strengthening-provinces-retirement-system.html
News Release
December 8, 2014
The province is taking an important step to strengthen its retirement income system and ensure Ontarians are better able to enjoy their retirement years, with the introduction of legislation that would, if passed, help people save for retirement.
This afternoon, the province will introduce the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2014: http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2014/12/ontario-retirement-pension-plan-act-2014.html
The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2014 would, if passed, lay out a framework for the creation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) and commit the government to establishing the plan by January 1, 2017, helping to address the undersavings problem.

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From
Huffington Post Canada
:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

Ontario Retirement Savings Plan: Liberals Introduce Bill To Create Provincial Pension Plan
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/12/08/ontario-retirement-savings-plan-liberals-wynne_n_6288596.html
By Keith Leslie
December 8, 2014
TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government introduced legislation Monday to create a mandatory provincial pension plan, which the Opposition and business groups slammed as a job-killing payroll tax. The bill clears the way for the introduction on Jan. 1, 2017, of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which will be mandatory for workers who do not already have a company pension plan, said Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
(...)
The bill would require employers and employees to each contribute 1.9 per cent of a worker's salary to the ORPP, up to $1,643 a year, which the Ontario Chamber of Commerce warned will result in fewer jobs.

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- 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

9. Stephen Harper's Canada Revenue Agency : Selective Audits, "Political" Activity and Right-Leaning Charities - October 2014
(Broadbent Institute)

Stephen Harper's Canada Revenue Agency:
Selective Audits, "Political" Activity and
Right-Leaning Charities
(PDF - 246KB, 28 pages)
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/sites/default/files/documents/harpers-cra-final_0.pdf
October 2014
(...)
This report provides evidence suggesting biased scrutiny of charities that are critical of the government by the CRA. Highlighting a pattern of claiming 0% political activity, it also raises questions about the accuracy of the filings of 10 right-leaning charities to the CRA with respect to their interpretation of the CRA’s definition of “political” activity
(...)
The mounting evidence of a politicized CRA merits the establishment of an independent inquiry into its processes to ensure transparency and fairness in its decision-making criteria around political activity audits, and to ensure such processes are not subject to political pressures or interference.

Progressive or conservative, the blunting of the ability of civil society to advocate and to engage in that most fundamental democratic right – debate and, occasionally, dissent – should concern us all.

- includes a review of the activity of the following 10 right-leaning charities with varied missions and focuses:
*
Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
* Canadian Constitution Foundation
* C.D. Howe Institute
* Energy Probe Research Foundation
* Fraser Institute
* Focus on the Family
* Frontier Centre for Public Policy
* Institute for Canadian Values
* Macdonald-Laurier Institute
* Montreal Economic Institute

Source:
The Broadbent Institute

http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector / Charity Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

10. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - December 12 (2014) issue 144
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of SPARmonitor:

SPARmonitor : December 12 (2014) - issue 144 (PDF - 160K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_144.pdf
November 12, 2014

This issue covers the following:

Ø Hidden in our Midst: Homeless Newcomer Youth in Toronto – Uncovering the Supports to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness
Ø The Economy And Resilience of Newcomers (EARN): Exploring Newcomer Entrepreneurship
Ø Should Public Drug Plans be based on Age or Income?
Ø Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (2013)
Ø The Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Hospital Use Technical Report
Ø Better Work: The Path to Good Jobs Is Through Employers

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#spar
(This link will take you partway down on the page you're now reading, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

11. A tough month for job seekers in Ontario - December 5
(
Kaylie Tiessen, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Ontario Office)

A tough month for job seekers in Ontario
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/12/05/a-tough-month-for-job-seekers-in-ontario/
December 5, 2014
By Kaylie Tiessen
After a gain of 37,000 jobs in October, Ontario posted a loss of 33,900 jobs in November.

Unfortunately, 80% of those losses were in full-time work.

Ontario’s year-to-date unemployment rate is now 7.3%. The province’s employment rate, which provides a snapshot of how many people are actually working in paid employment, nudged down a bit: year-to-date, Ontario’s employment rate is 61.2%. To put that into perspective, the employment rate in 2012, post-recession, was 61.3% and in 2013 it was 61.4%

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ontario Office :
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario
National Office : https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

12. The Agenda with Steve Paikin : Canada's Income Gap - December 3
(TVO)

From TVO:
[ http://tvo.org/ ]

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Canada's Income Gap (video, duration 19:38)
http://tvo.org/video/209196/canadas-income-gap
December 03, 2014
TD Economics has released a report (see below) showing the top earners in Canada are getting richer while income growth for the middle earners is virtually stagnant. And, while the numbers aren't as stark as the U.S., social mobility is not achievable as it once was. The Agenda talks to economists about this growing trend.

Armine Yalnizyan talks income inequality in Canada on TVO's The Agenda
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/armine-yalnizyan-talks-income-inequality-canada-tvos-agenda
When it comes to growing income inequality and a squeezed middle class, it's often said that Canada has it better than the US. That doesn't mean we aren't faced by troubling trends here. Whose job is it to fight inequality?

In a short but profound discussion on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Craig Alexander (Chief Economist of TD Bank) and CCPA's Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan talk about why Canada has done better than the U.S., why the factors that have led to a better result here are playing themselves out, what the future likely holds and what we can do about these trends. Food for thought about one of the most inconvenient truths of our era.

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The TD Economics Special Report:

The Case For Leaning Against Income Inequality In Canada (PDF - 497KB, 13 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/special/income_inequality.pdf
By Craig Alexander and Francis Fong
November 24, 2014

Source:
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

13. Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, October to December 2014
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

From the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services:

Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, October to December 2014 (small PDF file, 2 pages)
http://www.communitylegalcentre.ca/legal_information/Tips/IM/SA-pension-rate-Oct-Dec-2014.pdf

Prepared by the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
[ http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/ ]

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.
NOTE :
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.]

14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics =====> Discontinued as of March 2013
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--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2014
- December 12
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2013 - December 11
--- Canadian Income Survey, 2012 - December 10
--- Study: Life satisfaction among recent immigrants in Canada: Comparisons with source-country populations and the Canadian-born - December 10
--- Foreign control in the Canadian economy, 2012 - December 10
--- Study: Labour force characteristics of the Métis: Findings from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey - December 9
--- Police-reported data on hate crime, 2012

Legal aid in Canada, 2012/2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/11910-eng.htm
By Manon Diane Dupuis and Mary Bess Kelly
* A majority of jurisdictions spend more on criminal matters
* Close to 475,000 applications for full legal aid services were approved in 2012/2013
* Legal aid plans may use members of the private bar and/or staff lawyers to provide legal services to clients
* Further information
* Detailed data table
* Note: This is the final report in the series; the product was discontinued as of March 2013.

Source:
Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics
*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=85F0015XWE&lang=eng
Access to justice in Canada is a concern for governments and policy makers, legal professionals and the public. One characteristic of accessibility is the availability of legal services. Legal aid plans have been established in all provinces and territories, with the common goal of assisting low-income Canadians who require professional legal counsel. This report presents information on the operation of Canada's 13 legal aid plans. The report includes information on the legal aid plans, personnel resources, revenues and expenditures, as well as information concerning applications for legal aid. It presents a broad analytical overview of legal aid in Canada and provides data tables and figures at both the provincial/territorial and national levels. Most of the information for the report is based on data collected from the Legal Aid Survey, conducted annually by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.
* This product was discontinued in March 2013.

Table : Legal aid in Canada, 2012/2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/11910/tbl/tbl01-eng.htm

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

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

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

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December 12, 2014
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141212/dq141212a-eng.htm
Canadian businesses reported 243,000 job vacancies in September, little changed compared with 12 months earlier. For every job vacancy, there were 5.6 unemployed people, down from 6.0 in September 2013.

December 11, 2014
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141211/dq141211b-eng.htm
Business productivity rose in every province except Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Ontario in 2013. All three territories saw a decline in their productivity for a third consecutive year. At the national level, business productivity increased 1.2%, after edging up 0.2% in 2012.

December 10, 2014
Canadian Income Survey, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141210/dq141210a-eng.htm
Median after-tax income of Canadian families of two or more people was $71,700 in 2012.
Four provinces, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, saw families of two or more people with higher median after-tax income than for Canada as a whole. Families in Alberta had the highest median ($92,300), followed by Saskatchewan ($77,300), Ontario ($73,700) and British Columbia ($72,200).

Related subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household, family and personal income
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2812&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Low income and inequality
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3874&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

December 10, 2014
Study: Life satisfaction among recent immigrants in Canada: Comparisons with source-country populations and the Canadian-born
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141210/dq141210b-eng.htm
A new study finds that most groups of recent immigrants in Canada have higher levels of life satisfaction than their peers still living in their country of origin. On a scale of 0 or 1 to 10 where '10' means 'very satisfied,' recent immigrants from 36 of 43 countries had life satisfaction scores that were at least 0.5 points higher than that of their source-country populations.

The Research Paper:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2014363-eng.htm

December 9, 2014
Foreign control in the Canadian economy, 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141209/dq141209a-eng.htm
In 2012, the value of assets, revenues and profits in the Canadian economy all increased over the previous year. The shares of foreign-controlled assets and profits declined from 2011, while the share of revenues under foreign control increased slightly over the previous year.

December 9, 2014
Study: Labour force characteristics of the Métis: Findings from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141209/dq141209b-eng.htm
The overall employment rate for the Métis population was similar to that of the total Canadian population in 2012. According to data from the 2012 Labour Force Survey (LFS), the employment rate of the Métis population was 60.7% compared with 61.8% for the Canadian population.

December 8, 2014
Police-reported data on hate crime, 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141208/dq141208c-eng.htm
On June 26, 2014, the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics released 2012 data on police-reported hate crimes in Canada. Police-reported hate crimes refer to criminal incidents that, upon investigation by police, are determined to have been motivated by hate toward an identifiable group.

To provide further information on the June 26 publication, new CANSIM tables are being released containing data previously available upon request only. The information presented in these tables is from the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.

CANSIM Table
252-0091 to 252-0093:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=252-0091..252-0093&p2=31

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
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.
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

15. 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

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

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

2014 Annual Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/2014-annual-report-office-auditor-general-ontario
9 Dec 2014 | Ontario
The objective of the audit of the child care program was to "assess whether the Ministry has effective oversight and management processes to ensure that licensed child care operators comply with legislation and ministry policies that are in place to encourage and protect the health, safety and development of children in their care."

Little evidence that time in child care causes externalizing problems during early childhood in Norway
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/little-evidence-time-child-care-causes-externalizing-proble
10 Dec 2014 | Europe
Study published in Child Development examines associations between maternal reports of hours in child care and children’s externalizing problems at 18 and 36 months of age in a population-based Norwegian sample.

'Childcare' business or profession?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/childcare-business-or-profession
10 Dec 2014 | Europe
Report and conference presentations from the 2014 Start Strong conference are available online. The report, written by professors Helen Penn and Eva Lloyd from the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare, at the University of East London concludes that, "much greater levels of direct public investment are needed to ensure high quality early year care and education for all children".

White House summit on early childhood education
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/white-house-summit-early-childhood-education
10 Dec 2014 | United States
State and local policymakers, mayors, school superintendents, corporate and community leaders, and advocates convened today for the White House Summit on Early Education, highlighting collective leadership in support of early education for America's children

Parents and the high cost of child care: 2014 Report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/12/parents-and-high-cost-child-care-2014-report
9 Dec 2014 | United States
Annual report from Child Care Aware of America "summarizes the cost of child care across the country, examines the importance of child care as a workforce support and as an early learning program, and explores the effect of high costs on families' child care options."

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

Ontario must get serious about child care following Auditor-General’s report: OCBCC
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/ontario-must-get-serious-about-child-care-following-auditor-general%E2%80%99
10 Dec 2014 | Ontario

Closure of Tupper Tots Child Care a testament to failure by three levels of government
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/closure-tupper-tots-child-care-testament-failure-three-levels-govern
10 Dec 2014 | Ontario

Home Child Care Association of Ontario calls for all home child care to be licensed
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/home-child-care-association-ontario-calls-all-home-child-care-be-lic
10 Dec 2014 | Ontario

Call for Ireland's early years settings to be recognized as a 'public service'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/call-irelands-early-years-settings-be-recognized-public-service
10 Dec 2014 | Europe

Solution to pre-primary problems is ECE
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/12/solution-pre-primary-problems-ece
10 Dec 2014 | Nova Scotia

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

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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:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* 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 : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.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
sites in Canada and elsewhere
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

16. 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.
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:

December 12, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/12/
Food Insecurity in the U.S.
Homelessness and Hunger in U.S. Cities (3 articles)
Drug Testing and Public Assistance Programs

December 11, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/11/
Children’s Health Insurance Coverage (2 articles)

December 10, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/10/
Availability of Medicaid Doctors (3 articles)

December 9, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/09/
SNAP EBT Cards – Massachusetts
Medicaid Programs – Oregon, California (2 articles)

December 8, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/12/08/
School Voucher Programs – Wisconsin

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

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by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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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

17. [U.S.] Civil Legal Aid in the United States : An Update for 2013 - November 2013
(Center for Law and Social Policy)

Civil Legal Aid in the United States:
An Update for 2013
(PDF - 212KB, 29 pages)
http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/CIVIL-LEGAL-AID-IN-THE-UNITED-STATES-3.pdf
By Alan W. Houseman
November 2013
The United States is facing a crisis of funding at both the federal and state levels. As a result of substantial reductions in domestic discretionary spending because of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and sequestration, and the prospect of even more reductions in 2014, we anticipate that the LSC (Legal Services Corporation) appropriations may go down even below where we currently are in 2013.
(...)
An integrated and comprehensive civil legal assistance system should have the capacity to:
(1) educate and inform low-income persons of their legal rights and responsibilities and the options and services available to solve their legal problems; and
(2) ensure that all low-income persons, including individuals and groups who are politically or socially disfavored, have meaningful access to high-quality legal assistance providers when they require legal advice and representation.

Source:
Center for Law and Social Policy
http://www.clasp.org/

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

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

18. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

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.

Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

10 December 2014 - CRINmail issue 1407
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1407
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Nicaragua bans corporal punishment
- Issues in education
- Freedom of expression & belief concerns
- Violence against children
- UN slams Israel’s ‘punitive demolitions’
- Open internet under threat
Access to justice for children in Panama
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive I (2014)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- incl. links to the complete collection of CRINMAIL newsletters right back to #1 in July 2006
BUT there's no table of contents, so you must click each link to see the content of each issue.

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293
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 EN ESPAÑOL
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
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.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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A Master List of 1,100 Free Courses From Top Universities:
33,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures in Online Courses

http://www.openculture.com/2014/12/a-master-list-of-1100-free-courses-from-top-universities.html
December 2, 2014
- also includes links to:
700 Free Movies
550 Free Audio Books
700 Free eBooks
200 Free Textbooks
300 Free Language Lessons
150 Free Business Courses
Free K-12 Education

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93 Revealing Facts About Body Language
http://facts.randomhistory.com/body-language-facts.html
...where Gilles *finally* learns what "arms akimbo" means!
"Arms akimbo (a standing person whose extended arms are out in a V pattern with the hands placed on the hips, thumbs backward) is a powerful territorial display that is used to establish dominance or indicate that there are “issues.” Women tend to use arms akimbo less often than men."

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Awkward Family Photos
http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

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69 Pregnancy Photos
http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/2014/12/11/69-pregnancy-photos/
(My favourite : the catcher's mitt)

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25 Most Hilarious Office Pranks You Should Definitely Copy
http://www.seenox.org/hilarious-funny-coworkers-colleagues-office-pranks/

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Assistant fishmongers?
http://imgur.com/r/pics/4G2FDh7

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Happiness in two photos
http://imgur.com/r/pics/RB25XFu

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Last photo as a right-hander
http://imgur.com/r/pics/EWAtEC9

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