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February 15, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

<>1. Welfare Incomes 2008 (National Council of Welfare)
2. Poverty Profile 2007 (National Council of Welfare)
3.  What happens when Employment Insurance runs out? (Carol Goar in the Toronto Star) - February 15
<>4. 2010 Provincial Budget (Government of Alberta) - February 9
5.. 2010-2011 New Brunswick Budget - December 1/09
6. From Chrystal Ocean:
--- Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: : Stories from the front (2005)
--- Economicus ridiculous... exercises in miserly minimalism (blog)
--- Challenging the Commonplace ... and other irreverent activities (blog)
7.. Policy Monitor Canada (government relations monitoring service)
8. [British Columbia] Poverty and protest: the media focus on the Vancouver Olympics (PovNet) - February 9
9. [Ontario] Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Guide to the Labour Force Survey, 2010
--- Labour Force Survey Products and Services, 2010
--- Canadian Economic Observer - February 2010 - February 11
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto)

International content
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12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
13. Once Stigmatized, Food Stamps Find Acceptance in New York City (New York Times)- February 10
14. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Welfare Incomes 2008
(National Council of Welfare)

From the
National Council of Welfare:

Welfare Incomes 2008
With the recession starting in 2008, more and more Canadians are having to deal with one of the 13 different social assistance systems, discovering how complicated, cumbersome and stigmatizing most are.

Bulletins No. 1 through 4 give you a snapshot of the welfare incomes situation in 2008 for 4 types of families, and a fifth document provides detail on the methodology. Each bulletin focuses on one family type and provides, for the 2008 calendar year, the following information for a household in that situation:
* the total annual estimated income for the household (including government benefits and any exempted income) in each jurisdiction
* the total annual estimated income of a household receiving welfare compared with the Low-Income Cutoffs, the Market Basket Measure and average incomes in all provinces (but not the territories)
* asset exemption rules for all jurisdictions (how much an applicant can have in assets and remain eligible for welfare)
* the extent of the decline in welfare incomes in recent years
* earnings exemption provisions (what portion of work income is excluded when calculating entitlement)

* Bulletin No. 1: Single person considered employable (PDF - 1.8MB, 6 pages)
* Bulletin No. 2: Single person with a disability (PDF - 1.7MB, 6 pages)
* Bulletin No. 3: Lone parent with a child aged two (PDF - 1.7MB, 6 pages)
* Bulletin No. 4: Couple with two children aged 10 and 15 (PDF - 1.6MB, 4 pages)
* Methodology (PDF - 1.3MB, 5 pages)
Source:
Welfare Income reports (back to 1999)
NOTE: The National Council of Welfare has been doing the Welfare Incomes report since 1986.
It's *THE* only source that I would recommend to anyone looking at welfare benefits across Canadian jurisdictions.
That's because it's the only longitudinal report on welfare rates in Canada that's based on a consistent set of assumptions over time and across jurisdictions, and it's the only source of welfare rate information that's been vetted and approved by provincial/territorial government welfare authorities to ensure its factual accuracy.

Source:
National Council of Welfare
The National Council of Welfare advises the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in respect of any matters relating to social development that the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration or that the Council considers appropriate.

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

2. Poverty Profile 2007 Bulletins - Jan/Feb 2010
(National Council of Welfare
)

Also from the
National Council of Welfare:

Poverty Profile 2007 (Jan/Feb. 2010)
Poverty Profile is a regular publication of the Council that is based on survey data from Statistics Canada. It includes detailed information about poverty rates and numbers, depth of poverty, duration of poverty, common sources of income for poor people, income inequality in Canada and poverty and the paid labour market.
- also includes links to earlier Poverty Profiles, from 1998 to 2004

Poverty Profile Bulletins:

* No. 1: Introduction to Poverty Trends in Canada, 1976-2007
HTML version
PDF version
(1.9MB, 6 pages)

* No. 2: Poverty Trends by Family Type
HTML version
PDF version
(1MB, 8 pages)

* No. 3: Poverty Trends by Province
* HTML version
* PDF version
(626K, 4 pages)
--- Tables (PDF - 99K, 6 pages)
--- Charts (PDF - 117K, 11 pages)

* No. 4: A Snapshot of Children Living in Poverty
HTML
PDF version
(656K, 4 pages)

* Methodology, Definitions and Data Sources
HTML
- none
PDF (2.1MB, 8 pages)

Source:
National Council of Welfare
The National Council of Welfare advises the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in respect of any matters relating to social development that the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration or that the Council considers appropriate.

- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm
- Go to the Social Statistics Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

3. What happens when Employment Insurance runs out? - February 15
(Carol Goar in the Toronto Star
)

What happens when Employment Insurance runs out?
February 15, 2010
By Carol Goar
"[People who have] exhausted their employment insurance [EI] benefits (...) were largely ignored in Ottawa's stimulus package. The 2009 federal budget extended EI benefits for a mere five weeks. Last September, to alleviate public pressure, the government added a 5-to-20-week top-up for older workers. (...) EI exhaustees are by no means the worst-off victims of the recession. But their plight provides an early glimpse of what Canadians can expect from Ottawa, as they face as a long, debilitating job drought.
[ more columns by Carol Goar ]
Source:
The Toronto Star

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

4. Alberta 2010 Provincial Budget - February 9

Alberta Budget 2010, Striking the Right Balance (budget home page)
February 9, 2010

Detailed Budget Documents
- includes links to:
* Budget Speech * Highlights * 2010-13 Fiscal Plan * 2010-13 Government and Ministry Business Plans *
2010-11 Government and Legislative Assembly Estimates

News Releases:

* Budget 2010 strikes the right balance by focusing on Albertans' priorities while limiting spending
Health, education and vulnerable Albertans remain budget priorities
February 9, 2010
Budget highlights:
* $1.3 billion in savings found through cross-ministry spending review
* Cost savings re-invested in and new money added to priority areas:
o $1.7-billion increase for ongoing health programs; AHS deficit paid off
o $250-million increase for school boards
o Benefit levels maintained for recipients of Alberta Seniors Benefit and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
o Funding remains at $597 million for Persons with Developmental Disabilities program
* Alberta’s competitive advantage supported and enhanced:
o $20.1-billion investment in infrastructure over three years
o No tax increases; taxes remain lowest overall in Canada
* $38.7 billion forecast total expense in 2010-11; $34.0 billion forecast revenue in 2010-11
* $4.7-billion deficit forecast for 2010-11; $505-million surplus forecast in 2012-13
* Savings in Sustainability Fund used to offset deficits

* Budget summary by ministry (PDF - 65K, 10 pages)
February 9, 2010

* News releases, charts and graphs

* What's in the Budget for Albertans
with lower incomes, seniors and Albertans in need?

- Seniors supports:
o $326 million for the Alberta Seniors Benefit an increase of $14 million or 4.5% from 2009-10. The Benefit supports 144,000 low-income seniors.
o $133 million, an increase of $9.6 million or 7.8%, for Seniors Lodge Assistance, the Dental and Optical Assistance Program, Special Needs Assistance and School Property Tax Assistance programs.

- Support for low –income Albertans:
o $113 million to help 80,000 Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness to maintain their independence by providing financial assistance for medical equipment and supplies.
o $450 million for Alberta Works income support programs

[ Alberta budgets for earlier years ]

Source:
Alberta Finance and Enterprise

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Budget analysis/critique:

Critics united in condemnation
'Robbing Peter to pay Paul'; Health funding hike comes at expense of other essential services
By Diana Gibson And Ricardo Acuna
February 11, 2010
Although initial reaction to the provincial budget by pundits and media focused on the increase in spending overall and to health spending and infrastructure in particular, a deeper look at the numbers reveals the real price of those increases and raises serious concerns about long-term fiscal management in this province.
Source:
Edmonton Journal
[ Authors Ricardo Acuna and Diana Gibson are directors of the Parkland Institute, a non-partisan social policy research institute based at the University of Alberta. ]

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Critic says Alta. budget will spike homelessness
By Kristy Brownlee
February 10, 2010
Alberta is off-track on its promise to end homelessness and more people may be forced to live on the streets, says a critic after budget 2010 was revealed Tuesday. “The choice to cut housing dollars disproportionately to other areas of government is an unfortunate one and it’s going to hurt a lot of vulnerable Albertans,” said John Kolkman, research co-ordinator with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, a non-profit group focused on social research.
Source:
Edmonton Sun

Related link:

Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC)
The ESPC is dedicated to encouraging the adoption of equitable social policy, supporting the work of other organizations who are striving to improve the lives of Edmontonians, and educating the public regarding the social issues that impact them on a daily basis.

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Wildrose Alliance presents alternative budget
February 10, 2010
Danielle Smith and her three-member Wildrose Alliance caucus present an alternative budget Wednesday. Danielle Smith and her three-member Wildrose Alliance caucus present an alternative budget Wednesday. (CBC)The Wildrose Alliance says the Alberta government would have been able to record a surplus rather than the $4.7 billion deficit in Tuesday's budget — if it had been more careful about limiting spending increases over the past seven years.
Source:
CBC News - Edmonton

Related links:

Backgrounder on the
Wildrose Alliance Party's Balanced Budget Initiative
(PDF - 370K, 7 pages)
Source:
Wildrose Alliance Party (party website)

Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta is a fiscally conservative provincial political party in Alberta, Canada. It includes both libertarian and socially conservative factions and was formed in 2008 following a merger of the Wildrose Party and the Alberta Alliance. The party, led by Danielle Smith, seeks to become a centre-right alternative to the governing Progressive Conservatives (PC)."

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm
- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

5. New Brunswick Budget 2010 - 2011 - December 1, 2009

[ Oops - I missed this one when it was tabled in December. Sorry. Gilles ]

New Brunswick Budget 2010 - 2011
December 1, 2009
The 2010-11 provincial budget will focus on continuing record funding for health care and education; tax relief to individuals and businesses; and record capital investments of $896 million for strategic infrastructure projects. These investments will boost the two-year record capital investments of $1.2 billion announced in March to almost $1.6 billion.
- includes links to all budget documents and related multimedia presentations
- also includes links to previous budgets


Record health, education investments, priority investments key to 2010-11 budget
News Release
Dec 1, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 2010-11 provincial budget will focus on continuing record funding for health care and education; tax relief to individuals and businesses; and record capital investments of $896 million for strategic infrastructure projects. These investments will boost the two-year record capital investments of $1.2 billion announced in March to almost $1.6 billion. Finance Minister Greg Byrne tabled the budget in the legislative assembly today. (...)
The main components of the budget are in keeping with the priorities of last year's budget:
* a record two-year investment in infrastructure approaching $1.6 billion;
* the second phase of The Plan for Lower Taxes in New Brunswick; and
* record investments in priorities, including health care, education and social development.

Budget Speech (PDF - 824K, 29 pages)
Economic Update
(PDF - 375K, 12 pages)
Delivering Lower Taxes for New Brunswickers
(PDF - 209K, 8 pages)
Main Estimates
(PDF - 1.2MB, 326 pages)

Source:
New Brunswick Department of Finance

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Related links:

New Brunswick Liberals expect $749 million deficit in 2010-11
By Marty Klinkenberg
December 1, 2009
FREDERICTON — Struggling in the polls as a result of its plan to sell NB Power to Hydro Quebec, Premier Shawn Graham's Liberal government rolled out an election-year budget Tuesday that calls for nearly $8 billion in spending, including record investments in health and education. The government estimates it will spend a record $2.46 billion on health, an increase of $82.8 million over the current fiscal year; $996 million on education, an increase of 3.3 per cent; and $987 million on social development, an increase of $35 million.
Source:
New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

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Reading Between the Lines of "Overcoming Poverty Together-
NB Economic and Social Inclusion Plan"
(PDF - 1.6MB, 28 pages)
Analysis by the Common Front for Social Justice
[Powerpoint presentation]
February 2010
NOTE: This is an analysis of the poverty situation and the New Brunswick Government's poverty reduction plan; the 2010-2011 provincial budget is mentioned in some bullet points on p. 26.
"... 2010-2011 budget offers no relief for those most in need"
"For 97% of social assistance, there will be no changes in rate until April 2011 or possibly later."

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Finance minister says program and service cuts, fee hikes are in the cards under the budget
By Nick Moore
FREDERICTON - New Brunswickers will continue to pay lower tax rates next year, but could also face the possibility of paying higher fees for some provincial services and see reductions to certain programs and services currently offered. Yesterday's provincial budget also detailed changes to the government's initial plan to see a return to balanced budgets by the 2012-13 fiscal year. That plan has now been pushed back further by another two years, to 2014-15
Source:
Times & Transcript

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New Brunswick records largest deficit in province's history
December 1, 2009
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick has recorded a $754-million deficit for the 2009-10 fiscal year, the highest deficit in the province's history. The provincial government tabled a $8-billion budget Tuesday for 2010-11 with no expectation to get out of the red ink until at least 2014.
Source:
The Toronto Star

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm
- Go to the New Brunswick Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

6. From Chrystal Ocean:
* Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: : Stories from the front (2005)
* Economicus ridiculous... exercises in miserly minimalism (blog)
* Challenging the Commonplace ... and other irreverent activities (blog)

From Chrystal Ocean of British Columbia:
* Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: : Stories from the front (2005)
* Economicus ridiculous... exercises in miserly minimalism (blog)
* Challenging the Commonplace ... and other irreverent activities (blog)

Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: : Stories from the front (2005)
A reading of the book Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health
Compiled, with Introduction and Reports by Chrystal Ocean
The purpose of this site is to enable the hosting of 24 podcasts, covering the reading of the 2005 book Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: Stories from the front. Each episode of this audio book tells a story, not only the stories of the 21 women, but also the larger story of their efforts to organize and the barriers which continue to thwart their efforts. The last page of the last report of the book reveals their hope and determination that it not signal the end, but the beginning of meaningful change - for them, for their families, and for their communities.
[Click the links in the left-hand margin to listen to the Introduction, the 21 women's testimonials and a summary of issues raised and recommendations to help deal with those issues.]

Economicus ridiculous
... exercises in miserly minimalism

A consumer advice blog with a twist, written by two women (Daphne Moldowin and Chrystal Ocean) who live far below the poverty line.
- includes:
* tips and tricks for getting by on next to nothing.
* discussion of systemic and societal barriers that people in households of very low income confront daily - and what we do about them.
* heads-up about free stuff, discount deals, and other opportunities to save, maybe even make, money
Authors:
Chrystal Ocean describes herself as a Canadian social libertarian, homeless activist (at times in both senses), democratic reformer, atheist, founder of a group run by and for women in poverty, author of several blogs and a book. She is founder of WISE (Wellbeing through Inclusion Socially & Economically), a group for and led by women in poverty. WISE folded in late 2006 due to cuts and changes to Status of Women Canada grant eligibility criteria.
Daphne Moldowin describes herself as an energetic advocate for women's equality who actively encourages people to re-view their outlook on society's treatment of women.

Challenging the Commonplace
... and other irreverent activities
Chrystal Ocean's personal blog, includes hundreds of postings about poverty, mental health, homelessness and related issues going back to 2008.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

7. Policy Monitor Canada (government relations monitoring service)

Policy Monitor Canada
Policy Monitor Canada is a government relations monitoring service that provides timely updates on legislative, regulatory and public affairs issues in Canada. Policy Monitor Canada tracks the government of Canada as well as all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 territorial governments. We constantly research a wide range of government information sources to keep up-to-date on developments that may influence public policy discussion in Canada.

Policy Monitor Canada is provided as a free service to anyone interested in public policy and political issues in Canada. Our philosophy is that public policy announcements, consultations and opportunities for participation should be easily accessible to interested people in one place. In addition, it is good to know what legislative, regulatory and political events are happening in other parts of the country.

List of issues covered:
* Aboriginal Affairs * Arts/Culture/Sport * Consumer Affairs * Economy * Education * Energy * Environment * Foreign Affairs * Government * Health Care * Immigration * Justice (incl. human rights) * Local Government * Natural Resources * Social Policy (incl. women) * Transportation

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm

8. [British Columbia] Poverty and protest: the media focus on the Vancouver Olympics - February 9
(PovNet)

British Columbia

Poverty and protest: the media focus on the Vancouver Olympics
February 9, 2010
As media from around the country and around the world focus on Vancouver and the Winter Olympics, they are publishing stories about poverty, homelessness and protest. PovNet has prepared a collection of links to some of the stories published over the last few days.
[Click the link above to access all of the articles below.]
* Winter Olympics on slippery slope after Vancouver crackdown on homeless | The Guardian
* In the Shadow of the Olympics | The New York Times
* Give A Home to Us Not The Olympics, Say Protesters | The New York Times
* Vancouver's 'Poverty Olympics' Protest Millions Spent On Winter Games | The Huffington Post
* Vancouver's poor protest against Olympic largesse | ABC News
* Estimates of Olympic protests increase as Vancouver Games approach | CP
* Activists stage 'Poverty Olympics' in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside | The Vancouver Sun
* Stop civil obedience: Fight the Games | The Vancouver Sun
* The Vancouver Olympic Blues | Dave Zirin
* Protesters target Olympic torch run | CBC
* End poverty. It's not a game: The Poverty Olympics | Rabble
* When Snow Melts: Vancouver’s Olympic Crackdown | The Nation
* Vancouver Olympic blues | RussianToday (video)
* Vancouver Tries To Polish 'Skid Road' For Olympics | NPR (radio)
Source:
PovNet

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

9. [Ontario] Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation

Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation
The Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation is an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank. We were established in 2009 with seed money from the Ontario government. We undertake applied public policy research and engage in public dialogue on federal issues important to the prosperity and quality of life of Ontario and Canada. The Mowat Centre has a mandate to propose innovative, research-driven public policy recommendations that work on behalf of Canadians in all regions of the country, including Ontario

The Mowat Centre has seven research streams:

* Employment Insurance and income support
* Immigration
* Economic transformation
* Cities
* Federal fiscal transfers
* Democratic Institutions and Processes
* The Environment
Our early research will focus on approaches to providing income and training support to the unemployed, options for improving federal-provincial cooperation on immigration policy, supporting innovation and economic transformation through effective economic development strategies, and improving representation in the Canadian Parliament.

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

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Guide to the Labour Force Survey, 2010
--- Labour Force Survey Products and Services, 2010
--- Canadian Economic Observer - February 2010 - February 11

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

February 11, 2010
(Under "New products and studies")
Guide to the Labour Force Survey
The Guide to the Labour Force Survey contains a dictionary of concepts and definitions and covers topics such as survey methodology, data collection, data processing and data quality. It also contains information on products and services, sub-provincial geography descriptions as well as the survey questionnaire.
[ Click "View" for the table of contents to the latest (2010) issue and "Chronological index" for earlier issues of this report. ]

Labour Force Survey Products and Services
This catalogue briefly describes all Labour Force Survey products offered on a monthly, annual and occasional basis. It includes products, uses, general release dates, formats available and prices, as well as special request services and Internet services. It also introduces any changes to products.
[ Click "View" for the table of contents to the latest (2010) issue and "Chronological index" for earlier issues of this report. ]

February 11, 2010
(Under "New products and studies")
Canadian Economic Observer - February 2010
Table of contents:
1. Sections [*see below]
2. Tables
3. Charts
4. Appendices
5. User information
6. Related products
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* Sections:
1. Current economic conditions
2. Economic events
3. Feature article
4. Recent feature articles
5. National accounts
6. Labour markets
7. Prices
8. International trade
9. Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
10. Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
11. Financial markets
12. Provincial

Canadian Economic Observer (main page)
[TIP: Click "Chronological index" for earlier editions of this report.]

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The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - February 14

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

February 14, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Happy birthday UCCB: What can we show for the past 4 years?
11 Feb 10
- Open letter to the leaders of Canada's political parties from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and Campaign 2000

Hard truths: Canada's social deficit
10 Feb 10
- Presentation by the president of the Canadian Council on Social Development explores the "relentless erosion of the social fabric of our country."

No action: No progress
10 Feb 10
- Report from the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) on Canada's progress in implementing recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2008.

Layton challenges other leaders to put Canadian women and children first
10 Feb 10
- NDP leader calls on all federal parties to make women and children a priority in the next session of Parliament.

Education reform starts early: Lessons from New Jersey's preK-3rd reform efforts
10 Feb 10
- Report from New America Foundation describes how New Jersey improved its early education system following a Supreme Court decision mandating high quality provision of pre-K in high poverty areas.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE

child care in the news

· Children matter: Equity and childcare on campus
[CA] 10 Feb 10

· Subsidy cuts mean fewer daycare spots
[CA-ON] 8 Feb 10

· Jack Layton: There is suffering in our own backyard
8 Feb 10

· Daycare in Toronto is expensive and hard to find
[CA-ON] 5 Feb 10

· Child care is not an evil -- it's a necessity
[CA] 5 Feb 10

· Daycare wasn't just a 'promise', Martin says
[CA] 4 Feb 10

· Fathers to get six months' paternity leave
[GB] 28 Jan 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

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 content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

February 12:
Kids Count Report - Illinois
State Medicaid Programs
Children’s Health Insurance Coverage - Tennessee
Illegal Immigrant Population in the US
Income and Health Inequalities - Britain
Paid Sick Leave - Iowa
Public Housing Proposals - Hawaii

February 11:
Food Stamp Program Enrollment
Low-income Students and Advanced Placement Exams
Detroit Free Press Series on Education

February 10:
National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect
Credit Unions and Savings Lotteries

February 9:
Health Care Reform and Hospitals
Joblessness and Homelessness - North Dakota
State Budgets and Social Services
State Budgets and Medicaid Programs
Child Care Subsidies - Wisconsin

February 8:
Early-College High Schools
Economic Stimulus and Education Funding
Racial Enrollment Gaps in Charter Schools
Food Stamp Program and Inmates - Iowa

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- links to dispatches back to June 2006

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

- 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

13. Once Stigmatized, Food Stamps Find Acceptance in New York City - February 10
(New York Times)

From
The New York Times
:

THE SAFETY NET:
Once Stigmatized, Food Stamps Find Acceptance
By Jason Deparle and Robert Gebeloff
February 10, 2010
A decade ago, New York City officials were so reluctant to give out food stamps, they made people register one day and return the next just to get an application. The welfare commissioner said the program caused dependency and the poor were “better off” without it.
Source:
The New York Times

Related NY Times coverage:

The Safety Net
(series of feature articles on poverty in New York)
With millions of jobs lost and major industries on the ropes, America’s array of government aid — including unemployment insurance, food stamps and cash welfare — is being tested as never before. This series examines how the safety net is holding up under the worst economic crisis in decades.

Other articles in this series:

* Living on Nothing but Food Stamps (January 3, 2010)
* Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades (November 29, 2009)
* Jobless Checks for Millions Delayed as States Struggle (July 24, 2009)
* Slumping Economy Tests Aid System Tied to Jobs (June 1, 2009)
* For Victims of Recession, Patchwork State Aid (May 10, 2009

See also:

* A History of Food Stamps Use and Policy
* Once Scorned, a Federal Program Grows to Feed the Struggling (slideshow)

Source:
The New York Times

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

14.CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

11 February 2010 - CRINMAIL 1147
* JAPAN: Child Rights under Japanese Law [publication]
* BULGARIA: Country report by the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe [publication]
* INDIA: Understanding Untouchability [publication]
* PAKISTAN: Children must be protected from violence, demands NGO [news]
* AUSTRALIA: Aboriginal children still at risk says PM [news]
* UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Cooperation with the United Nations human rights mechanisms [call for information]
* EMPLOYMENT: UNICEF
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

9 February 2010 - CRINMAIL 1146
* ASEAN: Indonesia seeks candidates for Children's Commission [news]
* EUROPE: Disappearing, Departing, Running Away: A surfeit of children in Europe? [publication]
* SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Rights Commission seeks Annulment for child bride [news]
* CHINA: Court sentenced activist who investigated children's deaths in 2008 quake [news]
* ARMED CONFLICT: Take action to achieve universal ratification of OPAC [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Sweden and UNICEF
* CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: International Children's Peace Prize 2010
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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- links to 200+ weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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




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Ten More Logical Fallacies

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A logical fallacy is a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning  in argumentation.
By accident or design, fallacies may exploit emotional triggers in the listener or interlocutor
(e.g. appeal to emotion), or take advantage of social relationships between people (e.g. argument from authority). 
[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy ]

In last week's newsletter, we saw fallacies of ambiguity and fallacies of form; this week, we examine fallacies of distraction
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(This is the last part of this tutorial - in case you were considering unsubscribing...)

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Fallacies of distraction

1. Ad baculum (Veiled threat): "to the stick:"
DEF.- threatening an opponent if they don’t agree with you;
EX.- "If you don’t agree with me you’ll get hurt!"

2. Ad hominem (Name-calling; Poisoning the well): "to the man;"
DEF.- attacking a person’s habits, personality, morality or character;
EX.- "His argument must be false because he swears and has bad breath."

3. Ad ignorantium (Appeal to ignorance):
DEF.- arguing that if something hasn’t been proved false, then it must be true;
EX.- "U.F.Os must exist, because no one can prove that they don’t."

4. Ad populum: "To the people; To the masses"
DEF.- appealing to emotions and/or prejudices;
EX.- "Everyone else thinks so, so it must be true.."

5. Bulverism: (C.S. Lewis’ imaginary character, Ezekiel Bulver)
DEF.- attacking a person’s identity/race/gender/religion;
EX..- "You think that because you’re a (man/woman/Black/White/Catholic/Baptist, etc.)"

6. Chronological Snobbery
DEF.- appealing to the age of something as proof of it’s truth or validity;
EX.-"Voo-doo magic must work because it’s such an old practice;" "Super-Glue must be a good product because it’s so new."

7. Ipse dixit: "He said it himself":
DEF.- appealing to an illegitimate authority;
EX.- "It must be true, because (so and so) said so."

8. Red herring (Changing the subject):
DEF.- diverting attention; changing the subject to avoid the point of the argument;
EX.- "I can’t be guilty of cheating. Look how many people like me!"

9. Straw Man:
DEF.- setting up a false image of the opponent's argument; exaggerating or simplifying the argument and refuting that weakened form of the argument;
EX.- "Einstein's theory must be false!  It makes everything relative--even truth!"

10. Tu quoque: "You also"
DEF.- defending yourself by attacking the opponent;
EX.- "Who are you to condemn me! You do it too!"

Source:
Oxford Tutorials
http://www.oxfordtutorials.com/logical_fallacies.htm

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To lighten things up a bit,
and in the spirit of Art Linkletter:


Kids are priceless
 
A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. 
She presented each child in her classroom the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb.
 It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. 

1. Don't change horses.........................................until they stop running.
2. Strike while................................................the bug is close.
3. It's always darkest before..................................Daylight Saving Time.
4. Never underestimate the power of............................termites.
5. You can lead a horse to water but...........................How?
6. Don't bite the hand that....................................looks dirty.
7. No news is................................................. impossible.
8. A miss is as good as a......................................Mister.
9. You can't teach an old dog new............................. Math.
10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll......................... stink in the morning.
11. Love all, trust........................................... Me.
12. The pen is mightier than the...............................pigs.
13. An idle mind is............................................the best way to relax.
14. Where there's smoke there's................................pollution.
15. Happy the bride who........................................gets all the presents.
16. A penny saved is...........................................not much.
17. Two's company, three's.................................... the Musketeers.
18. Don't put off till tomorrow what...........................you put on to go to bed.
19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and.........You have to blow your nose.
20. There are none so blind as ................................Stevie Wonder.
21 .Children should be seen and not............................spanked or grounded.
22. If at first you don't succeed..............................get new batteries.
23. You get out of something only what you.....................See in the picture on the box.
24. When the blind lead the blind............................. get out of the way.
25. A bird in the hand.........................................is going to poop on you.
And the WINNER:
26. Better late than......................................... Pregnant

Source:
http://forums.somd.com/share-joke/119204-1st-grade-school-teacher.html

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