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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 15, 2008

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 1884 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Canadians Celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 14 (The Fraser Institute) - June 13
2. Why Inequality Matters: Presentation to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention (Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 27
3. Aboriginal Day - June 21
4. Transition Child Benefit Fact Sheet / Ontario Child Benefit (Income Security Advocacy Centre) - June 2008
5. The Right to Learn : Access to Public Education for Non-Status Immigrants (Community Social Planning Council of Toronto) - June 2008
6. Govt. of Canada apologizes to former students of Indian Residential Schools - June 11
7. Cost and Affordability of a Nutritious Diet in Nova Scotia in 2007 (Nova Scotia Food Security Network) - April 2008
8. Ontario : 'Have the guts to help,' poor tell the province (The Toronto Star) - June 10
9.
What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, first quarter 2008 - June 13
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, First quarter 2008 - June 13
--- Study: Food prices: A boon for producers, a buffer for consumers, June 2008 - June 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Fourth quarter 2007 - June 12
--- General Social Survey: 20th anniversary, 1985 to 2006 (article: Violent Victimization in Canada) - June 12
--- Study: Hate-motivated crime, 2006 - June 9
--- Labour Force Survey, May 11 to 17, 2008 - June 6
--- Adult correctional services, 2005/2006 - June 6
--- National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Quarterly Estimates, First quarter 2008 - June 6
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - June 13

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
12. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
13. CRINMAIL 989, 990 (June 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Canadians Celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 14 - June 13
(The Fraser Institute)

Canadians celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 14th in 2008, four days earlier than 2007
June 13, 2008
VANCOUVER, BC— Tax Freedom Day, the day Canadians have paid off the total tax bill imposed on them by government and can finally start working for themselves, arrives on June 14th, four days earlier than in 2007, according to The Fraser Institute’s annual Tax Freedom Day calculations.

Canadians Celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 14
Executive summary
Complete report
(PDF - 100K, 9 pages)

Source:
The Fraser Institute

Kindred spirits and similar initiatives:

The Tax Foundation (U.S.)
Adam Smith Institute (U.K.)

Related links:

Taxes and human purpose
December 9, 2005
By Neil Brooks
"(...) In support of their vision of the future, business interests and right-wing political parties keep warning us about the terrible legacy we are leaving our children in the form of a national debt and a bloated public sector. In fact, the much worse legacy we are in danger of leaving our children if we decrease taxes and continue to diminish the role of government in our collective lives is a fractured and divided society, without a sense of itself or its collective responsibility, and in which the economic elite is ever more able to defend itself politically. This would be a truly unjust and truly irresponsible legacy to leave our children."

Tax Freedom Day: A Cause for Celebration or Consternation?
By Sheena Starky, Economics Division
September 18, 2006
HTML version
PDF version
(108K, 13 pages)
"(...) critics question the usefulness of the Tax Freedom Day indicator since it considers only the tax burden without regard to the benefits received in exchange."
- includes links to online related resources
Source:
Virtual Library
[ Parliament of Canada ]

"Tax Freedom Day" Google.ca Web Search
"Tax Freedom Day" Google.ca News Search
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

2. Why Inequality Matters: Presentation to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention - May 27
(Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Why Inequality Matters: Presentation to the Canadian Labour Congress Convention (PDF - 106K, 6 pages)
May 27, 2008
By Armine Yalnizyan
"(...) Unions are [also] looking at poverty through new lenses — not just the importance of improving inadequate incomes, but the necessity of affordability for basics like housing, child care, education, to make sure we are all set on the right path in life.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

3. Aboriginal Day - June 21

Aboriginal Day (June 21) - Share in the Celebration!
On June 21st, 2008, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast.
- incl. links to : * Media Kit * Events * Products and Resources * History * Kid's Stop * Public Service Announcement
Source:
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Related link:

CBC Aboriginal
"CBC ABORIGINAL features current and archival content with accompanying history and background to topical issues. Content includes weekly news stories, art and culture insights, regional content, on-line polls and profiles of aboriginal personalities."
TIP: scroll to the bottom of the CBC Aboriginal home page for links to :* History: Aboriginal Canadians * Canada's Aboriginal Languages * 2006 Census Release | Aboriginal Peoples * National Aboriginal Day
* Women and Politics * B.C. Treaty Referendum * The Métis

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

4. Transition Child Benefit Fact Sheet / Ontario Child Benefit - June 2008
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Transition Child Benefit Fact Sheet (Word file - 95K, 4 pages)
June 2008
The Transition Child Benefit was created to ensure that no family would receive less under the new Ontario Child Benefit starting in July 2008.
For eligible families, the Transitional Child Benefit will make up the difference between current social assistance rates and the new rates that start in July 2008.

Ontario Child Benefit
In July 2008, the provincial government will launch the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB). This will be a monthly payment to eligible low-income families who have dependent children under 18. Parents who get social assistance (Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program) as well as those who are employed are eligible for the OCB.

New social assistance rates
for families effective July 2008
(PDF - 48K, 4 pages)

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Related link:

Ontario Child Benefit - from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

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

5. The Right to Learn : Access to Public Education for Non-Status Immigrants - June 2008
(Community Social Planning Council of Toronto)

Non-status children facing unjust barriers to education (PDF - 32K, 1 page)
Press Release
TORONTO, June 11 - Fear, struggle, and misinformation confront non-status immigrant families trying to enroll their children in Toronto schools, despite laws that say all children have a right to education regardless of status, according to a new report. The Right to Learn, a new report by the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto, is the first Canadian study to document the barriers that non-status immigrant families face in accessing public education for their children.

Complete report:

The Right to Learn : Access to Public Education
for Non-Status Immigrants
(PDf - 608K, 38 pages)
June 2008

Source:
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

Related Toronto Star article:

`Don't Ask' policy urged for children of migrants
Ontario schools should avoid questions about kids' status, study says
June 11, 2008
Source:
Parent Central
[ Toronto Star ]

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

6. Govt. of Canada apologizes to former students of Indian Residential Schools - June 11, 2008

From the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada:

Prime Minister Harper offers full apology
on behalf of Canadians for the Indian Residential Schools system
11 June 2008
On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered an historic formal apology today to former students of Indian Residential Schools and sought forgiveness for the students’ suffering and for the damaging impact the schools had on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language.

Related links:

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada
"(...) On May 10, 2006, the Government of Canada announced the approval of a final Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The settlement provides for a Common Experience Payment a lump sum payment will be available to former students who lived at one of the listed residential schools. Payments will be $10,000 for the first school year plus $3,000 for each school year after that..."
Source:
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian Residential Schools Class Action Settlement (Official Court website)
- incl. links to: *Summary Notice * Detailed Notice * Claim Forms * CEP Appeals * National Administration Committee (NAC) * Settlement Agreement * List of Residential Schools * Truth and Reconciliation * Independent Assessment Process * The Lawyers * Updates * Court Documents * Contact the Administrator

From the CBC:

*Aboriginal Canadians : Indian residential schools
* Truth and Reconciliation: Stolen Children
* Timeline of residential schools

Gosh, those Conservatives are a compassionate lot, aren't they?
OR ARE THEY?

Conservative MP apologizes for 'hurtful' comments on aboriginal people
June 12, 2008
A Conservative MP who on Wednesday told an Ottawa radio station that former residential school students need a stronger work ethic, not more compensation dollars, has apologized for his comments.
Source:
CBC

Loose cannon or The Real Face of the Conservatives?
You decide.

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- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

7. Cost and Affordability of a Nutritious Diet in Nova Scotia in 2007 - April 2008
(Nova Scotia Food Security Network)

Cost and Affordability of a Nutritious Diet in Nova Scotia:
Report of 2007 Food Costing
(PDF - 1.3MB, 28 pages)
Released April/2008
A project of the Nova Scotia Food Security Network in partnership with community partners, the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, and Mount Saint Vincent University

Related link:

Rising food costs hitting home
Already many in Nova Scotia can’t afford to eat properly

June 11, 2008
"(...) The 2007 food costing research found that many households in our province, especially families who are getting by on low-wage incomes or social assistance, simply cannot afford to fill their cupboards and refrigerators with healthy foods.
(...) A woman raising two children on a minimum wage paycheque is at especially high risk for food insecurity, according to the project’s 2007 findings released this spring. Every month, after all the expenses of shelter, utilities, transportation, clothing and food are factored in, this young mother would be in a deficit of $8.31. She’d be even worse off when her little girl turned six and she no longer received the Universal Child Care Benefit of $100 a month. If that same woman were on welfare, she would have $127.96 a month to spend on "extras," but only if she were receiving additional financial assistance to go to school or look for work. Without that extra money, she would be even further behind...."
Source:
Halifax Chronicle-Herald

COMMENT : The Welfare Wall
[By Gilles]
The preceding paragraph comparing the financial situation of a woman with two kids on welfare vs minimum wage income is a good illustration of what is called "the welfare wall" in welfare reform parlance. All Canadian welfare programs offer some types of non-cash assistance assistance to their clients, such as coverage for prescription drugs, dental and vision care - although these types of aid are generally limited by restrictive terms and conditions (e.g., some provinces require an employable person to be in receipt of welfare for a specified time period before they qualify for non-emergency dental care).

In the above example, the household on welfare would have just under $130/month left after paying for shelter, utilities, transportation, clothing and food. If the head of that household gets a full-time job at minimum wage (which is not likely, since most minimum wage earners don't work for the full year), the family would be $8 in the hole each month --- hardly an incentive for someone to make the leap to the workforce. Recognizing this, several jurisdictions offer special work-related allowances for such things as transportation and work-appropriate clothing to encourage people to join or rejoin the labour force, and many also offer extended coverage for some non-cash health-related benefits. Note that these are not new options in the ongoing efforts to reform Canadian welfare programs --- the Canada Assistance Plan (federal legislation that enabled federal contributions to provincial welfare costs) shared in the cost of these incentives from 1966-67 until it was replaced in 1996 by the Canada Health and Social Transfer.

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

8. Ontario : 'Have the guts to help,' poor tell the province - June 10
(The Toronto Star)

'Have the guts to help,' poor tell the province
June 10, 2008
(...) Some 1.3 million Ontarians live in poverty and the Liberals have promised to have a poverty-reduction strategy – and targets to measure the government's progress – in place by year's end. Ontarians had their first chance to publicly air their views on the government's plans at three meetings yesterday across the city of Toronto attended by Liberal MPPs.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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

9. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, first quarter 2008 - June 13
---
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, First quarter 2008 - June 13
--- Study: Food prices: A boon for producers, a buffer for consumers, June 2008 - June 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Fourth quarter 2007 - June 12
--- General Social Survey: 20th anniversary, 1985 to 2006 (article: Violent Victimization in Canada) - June 12
--- Study: Hate-motivated crime, 2006 - June 9
--- Labour Force Survey, May 11 to 17, 2008 - June 6
--- Adult correctional services, 2005/2006 - June 6
--- National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Quarterly Estimates, First quarter 2008 - June 6

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

June 13, 2008
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, first quarter 2008
In the first quarter of 2008, the labour productivity of Canadian businesses declined for a second consecutive quarter, in a context of inclement weather, reduced working hours, and a widespread drop in manufacturing output, especially in the motor vehicle industry. On the other hand, Canadian businesses saw their unit labour costs in US dollars edge down for the first time in a year.

June 13
New Product
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, First quarter 2008
- incl. * GDP by income and by expenditure * GDP by industry * Balance of international payments * Financial flows * Labour productivity * more...
[ earlier reports in this series ]

June 12, 2008
Study: Food prices: A boon for producers, a buffer for consumers, June 2008
Canada is uniquely positioned to weather the storm of sharply-rising prices for grains and rice, and is even poised to profit from the current surge, according to a study released today in the Canadian Economic Observer.

Complete article (PDF - 332K, 10 pages)
[ earlier feature articles ]

June 12, 2008
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Fourth quarter 2007
The market value of retirement savings held in employer-sponsored pension funds increased at its slowest pace in five years in 2007 with only marginal gains in the last two quarters of the year. Assets in these pension funds closed 2007 with a market value of $966.0 billion, up 4.8% over 2006. This was the smallest increase in value since the devaluations of assets in 2001 and 2002.

June 12, 2008
General Social Survey: 20th anniversary (1985 to 2006)
For 20 years, Statistics Canada's General Social Survey (GSS) has been collecting information on the social conditions of Canadians. To mark the 20th anniversary, the Agency is publishing a series of analytical fact sheets called Matter of Fact, which highlight important developments in Canadian society discovered through the analysis of GSS data during the past two decades. Each issue of Matter of Fact will look at a single theme. The inaugural article, released today, is titled "Violent victimization in Canada."

Complete article:

Violent victimization in Canada
By Robyn Brazeau and Jodi-Anne Brzozowski
[ PDF version - 324K, 3 pages]
Source:
Matter of Fact (Product main page)

June 9, 2008
Study: Hate-motivated crime, 2006
Hate-motivated incidents account for a relatively small proportion of both police-reported and self-reported crime. In both cases, race/ethnicity is the most common motivation for these crimes.In 2006, police services covering 87% of Canada's population reported 892 hate-motivated crimes, of which 6 in 10 were motivated by race/ethnicity. Another one-quarter of hate crimes were motivated by religion and 1 in 10 by sexual orientation. Hate crimes accounted for less than 1% of all criminal incidents reported by police.

Complete report (PDF - 352K, 20 pages)
Highlights - HTML
Findings - HTML
Abstract and Preface - HTML (incl. related links)

June 6, 2008
Labour Force Survey, May 2008
Following two months of small increases, employment was unchanged in May, and the unemployment rate remained at 6.1%. Over the past 12 months, employment in Canada has risen by 339,000 (+2.0%).

Related links:

Labour Force Information, May 11 to 17, 2008
HTML version
PDF version
(444K, 59 pages)
[ Related StatCan products ]
- incl. * Highlights * Analysis — May 2008 * Tables * Charts * Data quality, concepts and methodology * User information * Related products

June 6, 2008
Adult correctional services, 2005/2006
About 6 out of every 10 adults admitted to provincial or territorial custody in the fiscal year 2005/2006 were being held in remand while they awaited trial or sentencing, according to a new report.

Related links:

Adult Correctional Services in Canada, 2005/2006
Complete report (PDF - 252K, 26 pages)
Highlights - HTML
Intro - HTML (incl. related links)
More StatCan crime stats (200+ links, going back to 1995)

June 6, 2008
New Products
National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Quarterly Estimates, First quarter 2008
This publication presents quarterly information on Canada's National Income and Expenditure Accounts (NIEA). It contains data on gross domestic product (GDP) by income and by expenditure, saving and investment, borrowing and lending of each of four broad sectors of the economy: (i) persons and unincorporated businesses, (ii) corporate and government business enterprises, (iii) governments and (iv) non-residents.

Complete report (72K, 148 pages)
Highlights (HTML)
[ Other issues in this series ]

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

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - June 13

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

June 13, 2008

If it don't make dollars, does that mean that it don't make sense?
13 Jun 08
- Report by Gordon Cleveland for the City of Toronto examining the significant quality differences between for profit and nonprofit child care centres.

Child care report cards
13 Jun 08
- Report cards from the Canadian Labour Congress grading provinces and territories on their delivery of child-care. The federal government was graded as incomplete.

Inside the content of infant-toddler early learning guidelines
13 Jun 08
- Report from Columbia University reviewing and providing recommendations on the content of state early learning guides for infants and toddlers in the U.S.

Development of social-support networks by recent Chinese immigrant women with young children living in London, Ontario
13 Jun 08
- Report from CERIS conveying that child care is one of the major barriers for professional immigrant women pursuing careers after immigration.

Full-day kindergarten: Exploring an option for extended learning
13 Jun 08
- Booklet from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory providing a brief literature review and highlighting important considerations when implementing full day programs.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news


· Ottawa, provinces get poor grades for child care: Union [CA]
12 Jun 08

· The president of Chile endorses the signing of a cooperation agreement to optimize early childhood development [CA]
11 Jun 08

· ABC of profit: Centre lift fees [AU]
11 Jun 08

· Council freezes subsidies over big box daycare fears [CA-ON]
11 Jun 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

11. 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 twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

June 12, 2008
* 2008 Kids Count Data Book
* 2008 Kids Count Data Book - Midwest States
* Medicaid Reform and Spending - West Virginia, Utah
* State Children's Health Insurance Program - Colorado
* Rent Assistance Program for Hurricane Katrina Victims
* Food Stamp Debit Cards and Subsidies for Grocers - Iowa
* Unemployment Insurance Benefits
* Paid Sick Leave - Ohio
* Health Coverage and the Underinsured

June 9, 2008
* Report: Child Poverty - Philadelphia, PA
* Study: Living Arrangements of Foster Families
* Single Parent Families and Assistance Programs - Texas
* Families and Access to Grocery Stores
* Food Stamp Program Enrollment - Ohio, South Dakota
* Earned Income Tax Credit
* Gas Prices and Income of Rural Workers
* Low-income Home Energy Assistance
* Low-income Students' Success in College - Michigan
* Post-Katrina Temporary Housing
* U.S. Unemployment Rate
* Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
* Federal Minimum Wage Increase - El Paso, TX
* Immigrant Families and Immigration Laws and Enforcement

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

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

12. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

13. CRINMAIL 989, 990 (June 2008)
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

12 June 2008 - CRINMAIL 990
* COMMUNICATIONS PROCEDURE: Committee on the Rights of the Child endorses campaign [news]
* GLOBAL: World Day Against Child Labour [news]
* DISCRIMINATION: Canada apology for native schools [news]
* IRAN: Concern over impending execution of four juvenile offenders [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Defence for Children International
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

10 June 2008 - CRINMAIL 989
* EGYPT: FGM is criminalised [news]
* SPAIN: Improve Care for Migrant Children [news]
* NIGERIA: Federal States shunning Child Rights Act [news]
* UAE: Non-violent discipline is key [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Children 'demonised' [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: UNICEF
**FROM THE FRONTLINE** Tom Kennedy [interview]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ 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.

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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Classic Lateral Thinking Quiz

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You can find the answers on this page:
http://www.wilk4.com/humor/humore14.htm
...along with ten more lateral thinking questions

1. A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son! " How can this be?
  
2. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, coat, gloves and ski mask. He is walking down a back street with all the street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him with its light off but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?

3. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?
(This is logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle that can be solved by lateral thinking techniques. It is supposedly used by a very well-known software company as an interview question for prospective employees.)

4. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the first man not die?

5. A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says 'Thank you' and walks out. (This puzzle claims to be the best of the genre. It is simple in its statement, absolutely baffling and yet with a completely satisfying solution.)

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And, in closing...
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Top 10 Summer Dangers to Kids:
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=23558
* Poisoning * Head Injury * Drowning * Vehicle Accidents * Playground Injuries * Sun Damage * Insect Bites * Injuries While Home Alone * Lightning and Thunderstorms * Boating and Personal Water Craft Injuries

Summer Dangers : Children and heat exposure in vehicles!
http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/childwelfare/SummerHeatDangers.htm

Summer Dangers for Cats
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/230848/summer_dangers_for_cats.html

Summer Dangers for Dogs
http://www.i-pets.com/rpet23.html

Have a safe and happy summer!
Gilles