Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 15, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,544 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. I'll be six feet under when I get OAS (video)
2. A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) (National Council of Welfare) - April 13
3. Speaking of the National Council of Welfare:
--- Harper throws National Council of Welfare on the scrap heap
(Carol Goar in the Toronto Star) - April 12
--- Scrapping national welfare council is a cheap shot by a government that doesn’t care about the poor (Steve Kerstetter in the Toronto Star) - April 8

4. Communities across Canada fight against Community Access Program closures (PovNet.org) - April 11
5. Canadians willing to pay higher taxes for equality: poll (CTV News / Broadbent Institute) - April 10
6. 2012 Call for Nominations for 3M Health Leadership Award (Health Nexus) - March 21
7.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Police-reported data on street gang crime and cyber crime, 2010
- April 13
--- Police-reported hate crimes, 2010 - April 12

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

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. Alleviating Poverty in the United States: The Critical Role of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - April 9
11. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. I'll be six feet under when I get OAS (video)

I'll be six feet under when I get OAS (video, duration 2:19)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82TPKJm9Oec
Just Theatre protests Stephen Harper's decision to raise the retirement age to 67. Don't mess with our Old Age Security!
[ Click "Show more" under the video screen for the complete lyrics.]
(Sung to the tune of "Sixteen Tons")
Starts like this:
Well, I woke up this morning, not feelin' too fine
I picked up my walker and walked to the mine
My limbs are aching and my back's on fire
But I got no pension so I can't retire...

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

2. A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) - April 13
(National Council of Welfare)

Recent release from the
National Council of Welfare
:

Profile of a Federal Fiscal Measure:
A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB)
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp?lid=480&fbc=Y
April 13, 2012 (Release Date)
This statistical profile presents an overview of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) elements and recipients in 2008. Using basic customized data information on WITB recipients, provided by the Canada Revenue Agency, it examines who received the WITB in 2008 broken down by those household types used in our Welfare Incomes series and broken down by WITB configurations, since calculations in Quebec, British Columbia and Nunavut differ from the federal model.

English
HTML version
:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ilshtml@-eng.jsp?lid=480&fid=1
PDF version (64K, 8 pages):
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/servlet/wlfrpub?lang=eng&curjsp=l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp&curactn=dwnld&lid=480&fid=1

Version française:

Profil d'une mesure fiscale fédérale : Étude descriptive de la prestation fiscale pour le revenu de travail (PFRT)
HTML:

http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ilshtml@-eng.jsp?lid=480&fid=2
PDF (68K, 8 pages):
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/servlet/wlfrpub?lang=eng&curjsp=l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp&curactn=dwnld&lid=480&fid=2

Table of Contents:

What is the WITB?
• Highlights
Who received the Working Income Tax Benefit?
• Family types
• Recipients of the Working Income Tax Benefit and of social assistance
• Geographic variation
• Average Working Income Tax Benefit payment by type of family and model
• The maximum WITB payment
• Reporting earnings
• Median earnings versus base and maximum amounts for WITB eligibility
• Maximum income level for eligibility compared to poverty measures

Source:
National Council of Welfare (NCW)
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/

Also from the NCW:

January 30, 2012
* A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ils@-eng.jsp?lid=379
This special edition of Poverty Profile presents a statistical profile of racialized people living in poverty in Canada. Using data from the 2006 Census, it examines a variety of demographic and socio-economic characteristics such as age, language, immigrant status, education, employment and income. It also compares data from this group to non-racialized persons living in poverty.

* A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada - Statistical Tables
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ils@-eng.jsp?lid=391
Data tables show breakdowns for selected variables for Canada, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

3. Speaking of the National Council of Welfare:
--- Harper throws National Council of Welfare on the scrap heap
(Carol Goar in the Toronto Star) - April 12
--- Scrapping national welfare council is a cheap shot by a government that doesn’t care about the poor (Steve Kerstetter in the Toronto Star) - April 8

Oh, and speaking of the National Council of Welfare...

Harper throws National Council of Welfare on the scrap heap
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1160732
April 12, 201
By Carol Goar
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For a few days [after the recent federal budget], anti-poverty activists thought low-income Canadians had been spared. By the time they discovered the truth, all they could do was mourn the demise of another once-proud social agency.
Since 1962*, the National Council of Welfare had held up a mirror to the nation, highlighting the pockets of poverty and warning policy-makers of the consequences of neglecting those in need. It gave non-profit groups the facts they needed to speak credibly about hardship in a land of plenty. It tracked the emergence and growth of a crack in society between the comfortably well-off and the struggling. And it brought together social policy thinkers to find solutions to poverty — or at least keep the debate alive. Now it’s gone. Kellie Leitch, parliamentary secretary to the minister of human resources, dismissed the loss offhandedly. “We are putting our policy resources to best use and reducing duplication,” she said, pointing to Campaign 2000 and Canada Without Poverty as high-profile non-profit organizations serving the same role.
Actually they don’t...
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* NOTE : In other media accounts about the Council, you'll often see 1969 as the startup date for the Council. In fact, the Council was created when Conservative John Diefenbaker was Canadian Prime Minister in 1962 as a federal-provincial Deputy-Minister-level advisory body on matters pertaining to the welfare of Canadians. In 1969, the Council was re-shaped into a citizens' advisory body reporting to the federal minister responsible for welfare in Canada (In 1969, that was John Munro, who was then Minister of Health and Welfare).

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[ 34 Comments about this article:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1160732#comments ]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/


Scrapping welfare council is a cheap shot by a government that doesn’t care about the poor
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1157655
By Steve Kerstetter
April 8, 2012
Ever since its creation by an act of Parliament in 1969, the National Council of Welfare [ http://www.ncw.gc.ca/ ] has been the only federal agency with a mandate devoted exclusively to improving the lives of low-income Canadians. The Conservative government’s decision to scrap the council in the budget speech was a cheap shot — in more ways than one — and a shot that will deprive Canadians of one more source of valuable research.
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The council’s work on the welfare system has been extraordinary. Its annual publication Welfare Incomes is the single authoritative source on that subject in Canada and is used extensively both inside and outside government. But the council has worked in many other areas as well. Its reports on child poverty and women and poverty are well known. It has published some of the most readable descriptions of public and private pension programs. It documented the many shortcomings of legal aid in Canada. A report on the justice system showed that poor people are most likely to be picked up by police, most likely to appear in court without adequate legal representation and most likely to wind up serving time.
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The National Council of Welfare was traditionally a great friend of opposition parties in Parliament and came to be regarded a royal pain in the butt once a party formed a government. That wasn’t because the council was anti-government by nature — just that governments of recent years had so many bad ideas about social policy and so few good ones. In fact, members of the council who make up the group’s board of directors are appointed by the federal cabinet and have often been close friends of the government of the day. However, that friendship never compromised the work of the council even once during my 13 years as a staff member.
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The decision of the Harper government to shut down the National Council of Welfare comes at a time when poverty remains a significant blight in a country that has the means at its disposal to eliminate poverty.
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The Conservatives didn’t even have the decency to mention the demise of the council in the budget speech. The budget papers included a table in one of the appendices that showed a cut of $1.1 million a year in the council’s budget beginning next year. What the papers didn’t bother to say was that $1.1 million is the council’s entire budget.

[ Steve Kerstetter retired as director of the National Council of Welfare in 2000 and now lives in Vancouver. ]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

Related link:

National Council of Welfare
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

4. Communities across Canada fight against Community Access Program closures - April 11
(PovNet.org)

Communities across Canada fight against Community Access Program closures
http://www.povnet.org/node/4897
April 11, 2012
The Nova Scotia CAP Association has launched a website[ http://www.savecap.ca/ ] to save the Community Access Program (CAP) that ensures all Canadians have equal access to the Internet and technology and have the skills to use it to better their lives and their communities.
CAP sites were told by Industry Canada last Thursday, that the federal government will not renew funding to CAP programs across Canada. The funding cut is retroactive to March 31.

Save CAP is asking you to contact your local Member of Parliament and say why you value Community Internet Access and training.
You can also follow the Save CAP on Twitter with the hashtag, #savecap

More Information:
[Click the PovNet link above to access the links for the items below.]

* CAP fights funding cut to N.S. sites | Herald News
* Cuts to CAP put burden on municipalities | The Minden Times
* Plug pulled on public Internet access program | Ottawa Citizen
* Funding uncertain for CAP sites | The Guardian
* Library budgets altered to keep users logged on | Victoria Times Colonist
* Feds cut library web access funding | The Windsor Star

Related PovNet story:

Community Access Program funding to stop
http://www.povnet.org/node/4894

Source:
PovNet.org
http://www.povnet.org/

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

5. Canadians willing to pay higher taxes for equality: poll - April 10
(CTVNews / Broadbent Institute)

Canadians willing to pay higher taxes for equality
http://goo.gl/4cOlK
April 10, 2012
According to results of the first poll commissioned by a new left-leaning think tank, the majority of Canadians are concerned by the growing gulf between haves and have-nots, and they're willing to pay for change. The Environics Research survey commissioned by former NDP leader Ed Broadbent's eponymous institute was released Tuesday.
Source:
CTVNews.ca

Related link:

Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/
The Broadbent Institute is an idea realized in 2011 after years of percolating in the mind of Canadian politician and advocate, Ed Broadbent. Endorsed by Jack Layton and supporters from right across Canada, the Broadbent Institute is inspired by a common vision of free, equal, and compassionate citizenship in Canada – the very heart of what social democracy is about.

More info about the Broadbent Institute:
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/about

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Related stories from CTVNews:

Economic equality an ongoing battle for women, prof says
http://goo.gl/W5YnD

Top CEOs got 189 times the average worker's pay in 2010
http://goo.gl/az7oq

Super-rich have already made an average yearly salary
http://goo.gl/NOiIm

OECD report finds income inequality rising in Canada
http://goo.gl/mn4Pi

Index finds inequalities in Canadians' quality of life
http://goo.gl/NDrM9

Source:
CTVNews.ca

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The American perspective from
the
New York Times:

Obama Goes on Offensive Over Taxes on Wealthy
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/us/politics/obama-to-make-case-for-buffett-rule.html
By Jackie Calmes
April 10, 2012
BOCA RATON, Fla. — All but certain now that his Republican opponent will be Mitt Romney, President Obama has made his proposed “Buffett Rule” minimum tax for the wealthiest Americans like Mr. Romney a centerpiece of his re-election campaign, defying the political risk of being seen as a tax-and-spender by wary voters. With a rousing speech on Tuesday to a receptive university audience of about 5,000 in this battleground state, Mr. Obama defined the coming contest as a clash of philosophies: His argument that tax fairness and the common good demand the richest Americans pay at least as much as middle-income taxpayers do, contrasted with Republicans’ opposition to any tax increases as job killers and class warfare, even at the cost of deep cuts in domestic programs.

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Mr. Obama and the ‘Buffett Rule’
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/opinion/mr-obama-and-the-buffett-rule.html
Editorial
April 10, 2012
President Obama accomplished two things when he made the case on Tuesday for the so-called Buffett Rule, which would require millionaires to pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes. He persuasively argued that it would be a step toward fairness in a tax code tilted in favor of the wealthiest Americans. Not incidentally, it allowed him to take an implicit shot at his virtually certain opponent, Mitt Romney, both personally and politically.
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The Buffett Rule, which would raise an estimated $50 billion over 10 years, would not make an appreciable dent in the deficit or provide a lot more for essential programs. By comparison, letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for taxpayers making more than $250,000 a year, as the president has also called for, would raise $800 billion over 10 years. Mr. Obama must ensure that the Buffett Rule does not become a substitute for ending those tax cuts

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

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

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

- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

6. 2012 Call for Nominations for 3M Health Leadership Award - March 21
(Health Nexus)

2012 Call for Nominations for 3M Health Leadership Award:
Award celebrates leaders who inspire change in communities across Canada
http://www.healthnexus.ca/leadershipaward/media.html
TORONTO, Mar. 21 – After a successful inaugural year, Health Nexus and 3M Canada are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2012 3M Health Leadership Award. The national award honours the outstanding range of leaders who are making a significant impact on the health of their community.
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The 2011 award recipient is Joyce Rock, former Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House in Vancouver. Joyce’s work brought together local residents to create a food charter that inspired a number of diverse programs that champion inclusion and the right to food. The award’s 2011 finalists are lifelong volunteer Gordon Smith, from Go for Health Windsor Essex and Walter Hossli from Momentum, a community economic organization based in Calgary, Alberta.
(...)
The 2012 award recipient will be announced in the fall of 2012. Summaries of the 2011 recipient, finalists and shortlisted nominees are shared on the award’s website.

For full eligibility requirements and more information please visit the award’s website:
http://www.healthnexus.ca/leadershipaward/

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 22 at 5 pm EDT.

Source:
Health Nexus

http://www.healthnexus.ca/index_eng.php
Health Nexus develop health promotion capacity to enhance community well-being, and advocate for policies and resources that promote health. We envision a future in which health inequities are reduced and the health of our communities is improved through collective commitment, action and innovation.

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

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Police-reported data on street gang crime and cyber crime, 2010 - April 13
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Police-reported hate crimes, 2010 - April 12

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

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April 13, 2012
Police-reported data on street gang crime and cyber crime, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120413/dq120413d-eng.htm
Data for 2010 on street gang crime and cyber crime are now available for a sub-set of police services across Canada reporting to the newest version of the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.Data are available upon request only.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact
Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116;
infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or the Media Hotline (613-951-4636; mediahotline@statcan.gc.ca).

April 12, 2012
Police-reported hate crimes, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120412/dq120412b-eng.htm
Both the number and rate of police-reported hate crimes declined in 2010. Canadian police services reported 1,401 hate crimes in 2010 or 4.1 hate crimes per 100,000 population. This rate was 18% lower than in 2009 and followed two consecutive annual increases.

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

The Daily Archives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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

8. 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

April 15, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

How employment constraints affect low-income working parents’ child care decisions
http://goo.gl/co8Na
11 Apr 2012 | United States
Brief summarizes findings and conclusions from a larger study on child care choices for low-income working families. Concludes that "one reason employment so deeply constricts care decisions is the very limited support for children’s early care and education in the United States, especially in low-income communities".

Why our economic future depends on a national child-care program
http://goo.gl/mFnK0
11 Apr 2012 | Canada
Ann Douglas describes Canada's "severely under-developed" ECEC services while emphasizing the social and economic impact the lack of ECEC services and policy is having on Canadian children, parents and society as a whole.

The state of preschool 2011
http://goo.gl/HWYte
11 Apr 2012 | United States
Annual NIEER report finds "many states’ commitments to their youngest citizens are now slipping".

Equality project
http://goo.gl/lcX46
11 Apr 2012 | Canada
First report from the Broadbent Institute introduces the 'Equality Project' and summarizes findings from a recent poll that found "that over three-quarters of Canadians (77%) deem income inequality a serious problem and they are ready to find and take part in solutions".

Business and family position paper: Surrey Board of Trade & Children’s Partnership of Surrey – White Rock
http://goo.gl/hjzZ4
11 Apr 2012 | British Columbia
Position paper identifies the rising costs associated with employees' work-life conflicts in the BC business community. Argues for a "new deal for families" that includes parental leave, increased child care supports, and incentives for flexible and family friendly workplaces.

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

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

SFU child care building gives back to the earth: UniverCity Childcare Centre aims to be a net contributor rather than a consumer of precious resources
http://goo.gl/bk71F
13 Apr 2012 | British Columbia

Horwath to McGuinty: ‘Is it millionaires or daycares?’
http://goo.gl/ySk75
13 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Ontario budget 2012: Andrea Horwath insists on surtax for wealthy
http://goo.gl/NCccc
12 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Copenhagen really is wonderful, for so many reasons
http://goo.gl/Tf1rF
11 Apr 2012 | Europe

Daycare fees need a refocus
http://goo.gl/6Wiyp
11 Apr 2012 | Manitoba

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

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

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

Links to child care
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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 13:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/13/
School Voucher Programs
Ways to Work Program
Earned Income Tax Credit - Wisconsin, Iowa
Low-Income Residents - Austin, TX

April 12:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/12/
High School Graduation Rates - Michigan
Child Care Subsidies - Missouri
Welfare Reform and Recession

April 11:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/11/
States and Extended Jobless Benefits
Poverty Rate - London, UK

April 10:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/10/
SNAP and the Poverty Rate
Teen Birthrates in the US
High School Graduation Rates - Georgia, Washington DC

April 9:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/09/
Welfare Time Limits and the Recession
Kids Count Report - Texas

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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

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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

10. [U.S.] Alleviating Poverty in the United States: The Critical Role of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits - April 9
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

April 9, 2012
New study from the Economic Research Service of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/

Alleviating Poverty in the United States: The Critical Role of SNAP Benefits
By Laura Tiehen, Dean Jolliffe, and Craig Gundersen
April 2012
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the largest safety net programs in the United States, serving 44.7 million individuals in an average month in 2011. We used Current Population Survey data to examine the effect of SNAP on poverty from 2000 to 2009, by adding program benefits to income and calculating how SNAP benefits affected the prevalence, depth, and severity of poverty.

Complete report (PDF - 3.48MB, 30 pages):
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR132/ERR132.pdf

Report summary (PDF - 1.2MB, 2 pages):
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR132/ERR132_ReportSummary.pdf

Report abstract:
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err132/
- includes a Zip file with all charts and graphs (in .png format) from this report

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Related links:

Food Stamps Helped Reduce Poverty Rate, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/us/food-stamp-program-helping-reduce-poverty.html
By Sabrina Tavernise
April 9, 2012
WASHINGTON — A new study by the Agriculture Department has found that food stamps, one of the country’s largest social safety net programs, reduced the poverty rate substantially during the recent recession. The food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, reduced the poverty rate by nearly 8 percent in 2009, the most recent year included in the study, a significant impact for a social program whose effects often go unnoticed by policy makers.

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

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

http://www.cbpp.org/

Chartbook:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Helps Struggling Families Put Food On The Table
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3744
April 9, 2012
[formerly the Food Stamp program]
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. SNAP reaches millions of people in need of food assistance. It is one of the few means-tested government benefit programs available to almost all households with low incomes. For more detail on the program’s basics, see http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=2226.

SNAP is an efficient part of the nationwide safety net. Payment accuracy – the delivery of the correct amount of benefits to eligible households – is at an all-time high. For more on the program’s efficiency, see http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3239.

This chartbook highlights some of the key characteristics of the approximately 46 million people using the program as well as trends and data on program administration and use.
Part I: SNAP is highly responsive to poverty and the economy
Part II: Benefits are modest
Part III: SNAP serves very vulnerable people
Part IV: SNAP supports working families and those unable to work
Part V: With some important exceptions, SNAP reaches most eligible people
Part VI: SNAP is efficient and effective
Part VII: SNAP is an important public/private partnership

It is intended to complement more detailed analysis on particular aspects of SNAP, available on our website:
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=31

Related areas of CBPP research:

Food Assistance
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=31

Food Stamps
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=69

Poverty and Income
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=36

Trends
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=83

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

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 April 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1271
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4190
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Secret labour camps unearthed
- The plight behind closed doors
- Freedoms in the balance
- Children's rights in the Americas
- International Day for Street Children
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Ireland
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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Just heard about this...

N.B. court injunction halts welfare rates cuts for First Nations
http://www.canada.com/news/court+injunction+halts+welfare+rates+cuts+First+Nations/6399910/story.html
April 2, 2012
This is the first I hear about a welfare rate cut for First Nations (?!?)

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The proper way to hold a steering wheel:
For maximum safety and control, always grip the wheel in the 9 and 3 o’clock hand position.
http://www.wheels.ca/article/806166
April 10, 2012
By Gilles:
Read this Toronto Star article about how your car's airbag can seriously injure you in a deployment when your hands are improperly placed on the wheel.
Like most people, I was taught that the best position was 10-and-2 o'clock or, if I wanted to drive with one hand, at noon.
But that was before most vehicle were equipped with an airbag mounted in the steering wheel that deploys at over 300 km/h.
Today, driving with one hand is shunned, for good reason, and the hands must be at ten and two o'clock to avoid big time hurtin'...
(My Public Service Announcement for this week...)

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50 Uses for Vinegar
http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/0109-50-uses-for-vinegar/
My favourite (not for me, but for the old people I hang out with):
#24. Use vinegar to get rid of age or sun spots. Pour full-strength apple cider vinegar onto a cotton ball and apply it to the spots for 10 minutes at least twice a day, and you should see the spots fade or disappear within a few weeks.

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Helpful Tips for the
Menfolk and the Womenfolk:

Tip for the Guys : Check out this Razorpit Razor Blade Sharpener!
If you go through far too many of those expensive cartridges for your razor for your liking, check *this* out:
http://www.mankind.co.uk/razorpit-razor-blade-sharpener/10366474.html
I just found this online while looking for something else - sounds too good to be true, but tons of reviews are very positive.
One guy said he usually replaces his razor's cartridge every three shaves and now each blade lasts 30 shaves!

...and Sears Canada sells it for $29.99!
http://www.sears.ca/product/razorpit-razor-blade-sharpener/675-000877324-RZPIT01

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Tip for the Gals : A refresher!
(aka the Harper Government™ Women's Policy):

The Good Wife's Guide
Housekeeping Monthly
May 13, 1955
http://www.robinsweb.com/humor/good_wife.html
My favourite:
"Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice."
[Right, and if I suggested the above at home, the next low, soothing and pleasant voice I'd hear would be the triage nurse at the hospital...]

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy
http://www.purposefairy.com/3308/15-things-you-should-give-up-in-order-to-be-happy/

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WestJet introduces child-free cabins (video, 1:39)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4SkoJy3D0M