Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 15, 2011

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 2,420 subscribers.


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


Canadian content

1. Working Better: Creating a High-Performing Labour Market in Ontario (Tom Zizys, Metcalf Foundation) - May 10
2. Charting Prosperity: Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada - Policy Insights 2011 (Maytree) - May 5
3. Government of Nunavut Announces Poverty Reduction Initiatives - May 5
4. [British Columbia] Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning (Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC) - April 2011
5. IMPACT Newsletter - Spring 2011 issue (Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services - uOttawa) - May 2011
6. Harper Government gets an F- for transparency (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression - May 10
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Census 2011
Canadian Economic Observer, May 2011 - May 12
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, February 2011 - May 11
--- Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2010 - May 9

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. [U.S.] The McEconomy : Hollowing Out of the Middle Class (Common - May 9
11. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!


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1. Working Better: Creating a High-Performing Labour Market in Ontario - May 10
(Metcalf Foundation)

New from
The  Metcalf  Foundation:

Metcalf Releases 'Working Better' by Tom Zizys
Ontario labour market works for no one
New report says: “It’s ours to fix”

News Release
May 10, 2011
TORONTO– A new report released today presents a fresh accounting of the state of Ontario’s labour market and calls for a strategic overhaul. “Working Better: Creating a High-Performing Labour Market in Ontario” was written by Tom Zizys, a Fellow at the Metcalf Foundation, a private family foundation invested in building a just, healthy and creative society. The report takes a look back over the past thirty years, describing a profound alteration in our labour market system. A thorough historical review and present day analysis underline a significant change in the thinking and practices that define how work is organized and managed. Zizys’ research indicates that the current system is not serving anyone.

Working Better: Creating a
High-Performing Labour Market in Ontario
(PDF - 468K, 76 pages)
By Tom Zizys
May 2011

Metcalf Foundation
The  Metcalf  Foundation  helps  Canadians  imagine  and  build  a  just,  healthy, and  creative  society  by  supporting  dynamic  leaders  who  are  strengthening  their communities,  nurturing  innovative  approaches  to  persistent  problems,  and encouraging  dialogue  and  learning  to  inform action.

Related link, also by Tom Zizys:

An Economy Out of Shape: Changing the Hourglass (PDF - 731K, 53 pages)
By Tom Zizys
April 1, 2010
This Toronto Workforce Innovation Group report examines changes in the occupational structure of the labour force in the City of Toronto and the rest of Ontario using Statistics Canada census data. The purpose of this report is to highlight trends, isolate the impact of these trends on different population groups, and offer recommendations that can contribute to economic growth and productivity as well as promote equitable outcomes for all workers
Toronto Workforce Innovation Group


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

2. Charting Prosperity: Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada - Policy Insights 2011 - May 5

New from Maytree:
(formerly known as the Maytree Foundation)

Charting Prosperity: Practical Ideas for a Stronger Canada - Policy Insights 2011
April 2011

HTML version
PDF version (1.1MB, 96 pages)
This new Maytree publication lists more than 50 actionable policy ideas intended to contribute to Canada’s prosperity while protecting the country's most vulnerable. Policy Insights 2011 breaks down the recommendations into the following categories:
- Income support and social security* (see excerpt below)
- Inclusion and protection**(see excerpt below)
- Democracy and participation
- Immigrant and refugee selection
- Diversity and integration


* Excerpt from the Income support and social security section:

Improve Income Security for Working-age Adults (PDF - 34K, 3 pages)
- Reform EI by raising benefits to 70 percent of insurable earnings, creating uniform requirements across the country and setting premiums counter-cyclically.
- Create a new temporary income program for unemployed Canadians who do not qualify for EI.
- Make improvements to the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) over time so that it extends higher up the income ladder and becomes a major income support for Canadians who work at minimum and low wages.


** Excerpt from the Inclusion and protection section:

Fight Poverty from the Ground Up (PDF - 34K, 2 pages)
By Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement
- Create a Community Fund of $25 million run by an arm’s-length body to help communities operate local decision-making tables.
- Designate and fund a nonprofit organization to provide coaching and other technical assistance to local communities fighting poverty.
- Create a $2 million learning fund (over five years) to promote cross community exchange for poverty reduction

Maytree works with many partners to fight poverty. We listen to the voices of community to understand their needs and issues. We work with government, the central player in creating equity and prosperity. We work with civil society organizations, with employers, and with institutions to make them more effective in building strong and prosperous communities.


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

3. Government of Nunavut Announces Poverty Reduction Initiatives - May 5

May 5, 2011
Government of Nunavut Announces Poverty Reduction Initiatives
IQALUIT, Nunavut (May 9, 2011) – The Government of Nunavut’s commitment to support Nunavummiut in the fight against poverty continues with the announcement of several new initiatives --- enhancements to the Community Breakfast Program and Parenting Support Programming, increases to the Social Assistance Program’s food and clothing allowances, and a new Country Food Distribution Program to improve the availability of country food in communities.
Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat
The Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat, part of the Nunavut Department of Economic Development & Transportation, is responsible for developing and implementing Nunavut’s Poverty Reduction Action Plan through public engagement, and for overseeing the implementation of comprehensive community initiatives to address poverty.
Department of Economic Development & Transportation


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the Nunavut Links page:

4. [British Columbia] Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning - April 2011
(Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC)

Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning
April 2011
The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC are pleased to share our Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning. Our Plan offers a concrete, innovative and ambitious way forward and provides a framework for significant and lasting system change in British Columbia.

Download the Plan (PDF - 2.2MB, 23 pages)
(...) Good early childhood education (ECE) practice recognizes that to support a child, one needs to understand the environment in which children live: their families, communities, cultures, and broader society. Children do best when they are supported by strong and healthy relationships, first in their families and then in their communities and beyond. The same is true for systems like this proposed Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning. To grow and thrive, this system needs a strong and supportive environment. This Plan includes four conditions to support a system of early care and learning: strong family policy, commitment from federal and provincial governments, First Nations and Aboriginal community control, and adequate and stable funding.

Endorse the Plan!

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ)


Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC)
CCCABC is a voluntary organization of interested citizens – parents, child care providers, community organizations, and unions - whose purpose is to promote and support quality community-based child care services that benefit children, families and the public and in the best interests of society.
[ CCCABC Advocacy Resources ]
[ Child Care Links (BC/Canada/International) ]

Early Childhood Educators of BC
Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) educates early childhood educators and the broader community about the importance of early childhood education and care. We provide professional development opportunities to early childhood educators across the province.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:

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

5. IMPACT Newsletter - Spring 2011 issue - May 2011
(Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services - uOttawa)

IMPACT Newsletter - Spring 2011 issue (PDF - 1.6MB, 14 pages)
Table of contents:
* At Home / Chez Soi : Une étude pancanadienne sur l’itinérance et la santé mentale (available in French only)
* International Program for Development Evaluation Training : Summary of Evaluation of Program Impact
* Associations Among Child Care, Family, and Behavior Outcomes in a Nation Wide Sample of Pre-school-Aged Children
* Delivering Information on Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) to Families Across Canada
* A profile of Dr. Jill Chouinard
*The Differentiated Instruction Professional Learning Strategy comes to the Centre for Research on Educational & Community Services!
* Transitional Rehabilitation Housing
* Les dernières nouvelles et événements/ Recent News and Events
* Événements à venir/Upcoming Events
IMPACT Newsletter - includes links to 16 issues of IMPACT going back to 2001
[ Centre for Research on Educational & Community Services : The Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) collaborates in research, evaluation, and training with organizations in the educational, social service, and health sectors to improve social programs and policies for citizens, especially those facing social exclusion. ]
[ Co-sponsoring CRECS faculties : Social Sciences --- Education ]
[ University of Ottawa ]


- Go to the Education Links page:

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

6. Harper Government gets an F- for transparency - May 10
(Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)

Report gives Harper government a failing grade for transparency
By Sarah Boesveld
May 10, 2011
It’s a good thing ‘Access to Information’ isn’t a class in school. If it were, Stephen Harper’s government would flunk — and flunk hard, according to a report from a prominent media advocacy group that awarded the prime minister an F- on the subject this week. For the second year in a row, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression gave the prime minister’s government the lowest grade possible, saying it has taken longer than ever to access information on Mr. Harper’s watch and that the information they finally get is far more incomplete.

Complete report:

Review of Free Expression in Canada 2010/2011
HTML version
- Click the cover of the report to view it in e-zine format (requires Flash Player)
PDF version:
--- [ Part 1 - 1.6MB, 21 pages ]
--- [ Part 2 - 1.5MB, 19 pages) ]

[ earlier CJFE reports ]

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
CJFE is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. CJFE is a non-governmental organization with an active Board of Directors that draws from the media, legal and business communities. Membership is open to all who support free expression.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Census 2011
Canadian Economic Observer, May 2011 - May 12
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, February 2011 - May 11
--- Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2010 - May 9

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

2011 Census
Filling out your online questionnaire is easy and secure.
- includes links to:
* Message from the Chief Statistician * Census jobs * Questions and answers * Census in many languages * About the census * For teachers * Genealogy corner * Census of Agriculture * Latest census data * Completing your census questionnaire online

May 12, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer, May 2011
User information
Related products

Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:
* Economic accounts
* Gross domestic product
* International trade
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment

May 11, 2011
Employment, Earnings and Hours, February 2011
Note to users
Data quality, concepts and methodology
User information
Related products
PDF version (2.6MB, 388 pages)

Employment, Earnings and Hours - product main page*
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month after this report first appears in The Daily.
* On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

May 9, 2011
Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2010
Membership in registered pension plans (RPPs) in Canada edged up 0.2% in 2009 to nearly 6,024,000, the slowest rate of growth in four years. For the first time, RPP membership in the public sector accounted for more than half of total membership
- includes one table: Registered pension plan membership by sector and type of plan

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs
* Labour
* Non-wage benefits
* Seniors
* Income, pensions and wealth


The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily


Summer job?
35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
* 1,200 jobs in the Census Data Operations Centre in Gatineau QC (April-September 2011)
2011 Census of Canada


The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


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

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

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


May 14, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Canadian Labour Congress child care resolution and petition
11 May 11
- CLC convention has passed a resolution to engage in a sustained campaign for "federal funding and a legislative framework for a pan-Canadian ECEC system".

Toronto mothers launch Task Force on Child Care
11 May 11
- Task Force launched this Mother's Day will hold hearings and discussions across Toronto and gather information from parents about their child care challenges in an online survey.

Public schools no home for corporate childcare
11 May 11
- Media release from Public Interest Alberta calls for Edmonton Public School Board to think twice before leasing space to large childcare corporation. UPDATE: Board rejects bid to lease space.

Charting prosperity: Practical ideas for a stronger Canada
11 May 11
- Annual publication from Maytree presents more than 50 public policy recommendations for Canada, including reviving child care agreements, increasing the Child Tax Benefit and scrapping the UCCB.

Child care in Sweden
11 May 11
- Short video by Journeyman Pictures showcases the Swedish child care system; includes interviews with Swedish ECEs and expert Bengt-Erik Andersson.


child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Edmonton schools reject for-profit daycare
[CA-AB] 11 May 11

· North York nursery school facing shutdown
[CA-ON] 10 May 11

· Be wary of large-scale day cares, warns U of C sociologist
[CA] 9 May 11

· More than 4 years later, province delivers on half of daycare promise
[CA-ON] 8 May 11

· Toronto mothers sick of inadequate child care, launch task force
[CA-ON] 8 May 11

· A century of care
[CA-ON] 7 May 11

· La loi sur les garderies privees est contestee
[CA-QC] 6 May 11



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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
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:

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.)
- 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:

May 13:
General Assistance Program - Minnesota
Jobless Benefit Legislation
Child Poverty in the UK
Female-Headed Households - Wisconsin
Chronic Homelessness - Utah

May 12:
Medicaid Reform - Florida
Electronic Payments and Fees for Jobless Benefits
Poverty Alleviation - Brazil

May 11:
Privatization of Assistance Programs - Wisconsin
States and Drug Testing for Program Recipients
Restrictions on Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards

May 10:
Infant Mortality - Milwaukee, WI
Earned Income Tax Credit - Michigan
Safety Net Hospitals and Charity Care

May 9:
Medicaid Reform - Florida
Unemployment Benefits - Florida
Ohio Self-Sufficiency Standard


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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


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

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

10. [U.S.] The McEconomy : Hollowing Out of the Middle Class - May 9

How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker
The Hollowing Out of the Middle Class

May 9, 2011
By Andy Kroll
Think of it as a parable for these grim economic times. On April 19th, McDonald's launched its first-ever national hiring day, signing up 62,000 new workers at stores throughout the country. For some context, that's more jobs created by one company in a single day than the net job creation of the entire U.S. economy in 2009. And if that boggles the mind, consider how many workers applied to local McDonald's franchises that day and left empty-handed: 938,000 of them. With a 6.2% acceptance rate in its spring hiring blitz, McDonald’s was more selective than the Princeton, Stanford, or Yale University admission offices
Common Dreams is a national nonprofit, progressive, nonpartisan citizens' organization founded in 1997 by political activists Craig Brown and his late wife, Lina Newhouser. We are a powerful online voice for change in America.


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

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

11 May 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1224
In this issue:
Consultation on Council of Europe draft recommendation on child and youth participation

New CRIN reports:
- Children's Rights and Business Principles
- Children's right to Child-friendly Justice

Latest news and reports
- Human rights in SE Asia: ASEAN update
- Children's rights in Africa: Civil Society Forum
- State violence continues: Syria, Bahrain, Libya
- Mutilated for refusing to beg: Bangladesh
- Terrorising indigenous children: Chile
- Suicide among Aborigines: Australia

Call for papers & nominations
Upcoming events

Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


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Common Misconceptions

1. It is commonly claimed that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the Moon. This is false. None of the Apollo astronauts reported seeing any specific man-made object from the Moon, and even earth-orbiting astronauts can barely see it, but city lights are easily visible on the night side of Earth from orbit.

2. The claim that a duck's quack does not echo is false, although the echo may be difficult to hear for humans under some circumstances.

3. Bats are not blind. While most bat species do use echolocation to augment their vision, all bat species have eyes and are capable of sight.

4. It is not harmful to baby birds to pick them up and return them to their nests, despite the common belief that doing so will cause the mother to reject them.

5. Bulls are not enraged by the color red, used in capes by professional matadors. Cattle are dichromats, so red does not stand out as a bright color.

6. According to the California Academy of Sciences, around 41% of U.S. adults mistakenly believe humans and dinosaurs coexisted.

7. Humans have more than five senses. Although definitions vary, the actual number ranges from 9 to more than 20. In addition to sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing, which were the senses identified by Aristotle, humans can sense balance and acceleration (equilibrioception), pain (nociception), body and limb position (proprioception or kinesthetic sense), and relative temperature (thermoception). Other senses sometimes identified are the sense of time, itching, pressure, hunger, thirst, fullness of the stomach, need to urinate, need to defecate, and blood carbon dioxide levels.

8. Hair and fingernails do not continue to grow after a person dies. Rather, the skin dries and shrinks away from the bases of hairs and nails, giving the appearance of growth.

9. A penny dropped from the Empire State Building will not kill a person or crack the sidewalk.[195] The terminal velocity of a falling penny is about 30·50 miles per hour, and the penny will not exceed that speed regardless of the height from which it is dropped. At that speed, its energy is not enough to penetrate a human skull or crack concrete, as demonstrated on an episode of Mythbusters.

10. Eating less than an hour before swimming does not increase the risk of experiencing muscle cramps or drowning. One study shows a correlation between alcohol consumption and drowning, but there is no evidence cited regarding stomach cramps or the consumption of food.

[Click the source link for dozens more misconceptions.]


And, in closing...


World's shortest fishing season


Manitoba flooding 
and controlled dike breach:

1. Six-minute video from the CBC with commentary
by the provincial mergency measures minister:

2. Three-minute video from YouTube showing the breach itself
(no commentary or voice-over; the first trickle of water is at 1:10 or so):


War dogs


Honda : The Cog (video)


The making of Honda : The Cog (video)


They don't make Pyrex like they used to.
(Please read this if you use Pyrexware at home!)