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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 15, 2006

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1550 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.



1. Links to Election 2006 Resources ===> Canadian Social Research Links
2. Prince Edward Island Health and Social Services split into two new departments: Ministry of Social Services and Seniors and Ministry of Health (Fall 2005)
3. Minimum Housing Wage: A New Way to Think About Rental Housing Affordability (Canadian Housing and Renewal Association) - January 2006
4. What's New from Statistics Canada
Key Welfare Links page updated (Canadian Social Research Links)
6. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - January 13

International Content

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

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


1. Links to Election 2006 Resources

2006 Federal Election Resources
This Canadian Social Research Links page now comprises over 260 links to resources to help you to make up your mind before January 23 --- instead of waiting until the big day and voting for the party whose platform is the least odious to you and whose leader has been the least offensive on the campaign trail and in his attack ads...

You'll find the usual "election resources" content here - political parties and their respective platforms, media coverage, election pages from the sites of Canadian non-governmental organizations, 2004 election results and related info, and more. In addition, you'll find a link to the Vote Selector Quiz (which I found *very* accurate) along with new content from the Canadian Association of Food Banks, Campaign 2000, the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, the National Coalition On Housing And Homelessness as well as the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the University of Toronto's Childcare Resource and Research Unit, the Think Twice Coalition, and more...

- Go to the 2006 Federal Election and General Political Links page:

2. Prince Edward Island Health and Social Services split into two new departments:
Ministry of Social Services and Seniors and
Ministry of Health (Fall 2005)

Social Services and Seniors
The Ministry of Social Services and Seniors is comprised of the Department of Social Services and Seniors and the Seniors Secretariat. The Ministry will be responsible for Pharmacy and Dental Programs, Child and Family Services, Social Programs, Seniors Issues as well as Corporate and Financial Services.

The Ministry of Health is comprised of the Department of Health and five Community Hospital Boards: Souris, Montague, Tyne Valley/East Prince, O'Leary and Alberton. Together, the Ministry and the Hospital Boards are responsible for providing quality health care to the citizens of Prince Edward Island. During the transition process, the Ministry of Health will continue to encompass the four health regions and the Provincial Health Services Authority until January 2006, after which time the regional health authorities will be disbanded and the transition completed.

Backgrounder: Health and Social Services
(specific measures in the 2005 budget concerning health and social services)

- includes :
Program Highlights 2004-2005 - Budget 2005 Highlights
NOTE: the split in the Dept. of Social Services and Healthtook place in the fall of 2005
2005 Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:

3. Minimum Housing Wage: A New Way to Think About Rental Housing Affordability - January 2006
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association)

Minimum wage housing data reveals lack of affordability in many metropolitan areas
January 4, 2006
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its annual rental apartment survey earlier this month highlighting some stabilization in vacancy rates, but continued increases in rents in most metropolitan cities. The data identify only one part of the rental affordability issue – rent levels. The other critical element is how apartment rents compare to household incomes. One way to measure how affordable, or not, average market rents are is to determine the minimum hourly wage a worker must earn to afford a rental unit without spending more than the norm of 30 per cent typically used to measure housing affordability. The concept currently used in the US was adapted to Canada by Steve Pomeroy of Focus Consulting Inc. using the CMHC average market rent statistics released each fall.

Minimum Housing Wage:
A New Way to Think About Rental Housing Affordability
(Word file - 56K, 5 pages)
January 2006
"In 15 cities more than 2 full time minimum wage earners are required [to reach the income level required for the cost of rent to equal 30% of total family income]. Alternatively, the household must earn well above average wage, spend far more than the norm of 30th [sic] of income for the rent, or crowd more people into the lower rent smaller units." [Excerpt, p.3]

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:


4. What's New from Statistics Canada

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

Below, you'll find the complete collection of releases from Statistics Canada during the week of January 9-13. I didn't find anything of great significance in this list so I didn't include any of its content in my site or newsletter. However, you may have different, albeit related, interests, or you might just have a weird curiosity about cement statistics or potato production.
January 13, 2006
- New motor vehicle sales, November 2005
- Dairy statistics, November 2005
- Potato production, 2005
- Steel primary forms, weekly data, week ending January 7, 2006
January 12, 2006
- Canadian international merchandise trade, November 2005
- Study: Multipliers and outsourcing: How industries interact with each other and affect GDP
- Study: How technology and global conditions affect the Canadian travel industry, 2003
- Export and import price indexes, November 2005
- Electric power generating stations, 2004
January 11, 2006
- Offences against the administration of justice, 1994/95 to 2003/04
- Quarterly Retail Commodity Survey, third quarter 2005
- Cement, November 2005
- The supply and disposition of refined petroleum products, August 2005
- Commercial Software Price Index, November 2005
January 10, 2006
- National tourism indicators, third quarter 2005
- Building permits, November 2005
- New Housing Price Index, November 2005
- Domestic sales of refined petroleum products, November 2005
- Financial statistics of community colleges and vocational schools, 2003/04
January 9, 2006
- Farm product prices, November 2005
- Steel primary forms, weekly data, week ending December 31, 2005
- Natural gas transportation and distribution, June 2005
- Couriers and Messengers Services Price Index, November 2005
Consulting Engineering Services Price Index, 2004

NOTE: If you'd like to explore for yourself what StatCan has posted to their site in the past week or past month or six, just go to The Daily and click on "The Daily Archives" button in the left margin.

For some recent StatCan content, go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
For links to a selection of 400+ StatCan reports going back to 2002, see the Canadian Social Research Links StatCan Archive page:

5. Key Welfare Links page updated
(Canadian Social Research Links)

The Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page of this website - - doesn't include the latest news release or report, but it *does* offer over 325 links to the most important provincial-territorial pages for information on needs-tested welfare programs in Canada. I've just cleaned up a few links on that page, (1) to change the name of the Dept. responsible for welfare in PEI to "Social Services and Seniors" from Health and Social Services", as per the 2005 PEI provincial budget, and (2) to update references to Yukon's social assistance program. The Yukon and PEI pages have also been updated accordingly...

6. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - January 13
(University of Toronto)

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

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

CRRU Federal Election Update

* All three major parties have released their platforms this week.

Stand up for Canada: Conservative Party of Canada platform 2006 (in pdf)

Securing Canada’s success: Liberal Party of Canada platform 2006

Getting results for people: New Democratic Party platform 2006

* Other election related materials released this week:

>> Think twice on January 23
Press release from the Think Twice Coalition expresses concerns about the implications for Canadian social programs and equality rights of a potential Conservative victory in the election.

>> Children and families deserve more than empty Conservative promises
Statement from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and endorsed by many other organizations.

>> Taxes pay for the Canada we want
Framing document from Vote for a Change says "the time has come to challenge the call for more and more tax cuts."


>> Deserve's got nothing to do with it [CA]
by Salutin, Rick / Globe and Mail, 13 Jan 06

>> How your vote impacts on poverty rates [CA]
by Raphael, Dennis / Toronto Star, 12 Jan 06

>> Canada needs a national child care program [CA]
Letter to the editor
by McKnight, Marilyn / Barrie Examiner, 11 Jan 06

>> Conservative daycare plan gets skeptical reviews [CA-ON]
by Aiken, Mike / Kenora Daily Miner & News, 11 Jan 06

>> Hamm Tories wait on election before rolling out plan [CA-NS]
by Jackson, David / Chronicle Herald [Nova Scotia], 11 Jan 06

>> Conservative's child care plan won't help us [CA]
Letter to the editor
by Patterson, Jerri / Chilliwack Times, 10 Jan 06

>> Parents scrutinize candidates' child care claims [CA]
by Spiteri, Ray / Niagara Falls Review, 10 Jan 06

>> National child care program provides proper nurturing to future
citizens [CA]
Letter to the Editor by Mills, Jai / Belleville Intelligencer, 9 Jan 06


>> Issue File: Early learning and child care in the 2006 federal election
This Issue File collects materials about ELCC within the 2006 federal election. It provides: information about how ELCC is positioned in the political parties' platforms; what key social policy groups are calling for in the election; news clippings; and other resources about ELCC in the federal campaign. Check back regularly for updates. Remember to refresh your computer to get the latest version of the Issue File.

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

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Towards a national system of early learning and child care
Regularly updated
NOTE: this is a large (and growing) collection that includes government and non-governmental reports, press releases, news articles and other documents dealing with the new federal-provincial-territorial arrangements for early learning and child care in Canada.

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated

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

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

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

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

January 12, 2006
Today's subjects include: High School Dropouts // Homelessness Study // Early Childhood Education // Welfare Caseload Reduction - Wisconsin // Proposed Welfare Cuts - California // Working Poor - Connecticut // Poverty and Child Well-Being - Michigan // Low-Income Families and Budgeting - Milwaukee, WI // Minority College Enrollment - Florida // High Cost of Living - New Jersey // Homelessness - Los Angeles

January 9, 2006
Today's subjects include: Racial Stereotyping and High-Stakes Tests // Support for Older Foster Children // Effects of Welfare Reform Revisions - Pennsylvania // Welfare Reform - Virginia // High Costs of Poverty - Florida // Child Poverty - Rochester, NY, Oklahoma // Race, Poverty, and Foster Care - Texas // Reaction to School Funding Ruling - South Carolina // Health Care Planning - Tennessee // Increase in Diabetes - New York // Food Insecurity - Wyoming // Food Assistance - Indiana // Food Stamps - Utah // Minimum Wage - California // Homelessness - Kentucky

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

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

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

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

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

- January 5, 2006
- December 29, 2005
- December 15
- December 7
- December 1

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

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

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