Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 15, 2013

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 2,662 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. Caledon Institute of Social Policy Launches Data Rescue Campaign - September 12
2. Government of Canada Moving Forward With Its Plan for Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity (Finance Canada) - September 13
3. Canadian Mental Health Association 2013 National Conference (Ottawa) update - September 13
4. Fact Sheets : 2013-2018 Renewal of New Brunswick Poverty Reduction Plan (New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice) - September 13
5. Degrees of Uncertainty : Navigating the changing terrain of university finance (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - September 11
6. Making Women Count : Research that makes a difference in the lives of women in Canada (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - September 9
7. Behind the Numbers (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives blog) - September 13
8. Media and Policy News for September 12 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
9. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto] - September 11 issue
10. Social well-being in Canada: how do the provinces measure up? (The Broadbent Institute) - September 9
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- University tuition fees, 2013/2014 - September 12
--- 2011 National Household Survey: Income of Canadians - September 11
--- 2011 National Household Survey: Homeownership and shelter costs in Canada - September 11
--- New StatCan products and studies (links to 29 National Household Survey tables) - September 11
--- Study: Caregivers in Canada, 2012 - September 10

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

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [U.S.] - Official Poverty Measure Masks Gains Made Over Last 50 Years (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - September 13
15, [U.S.] Mindlessly Gutting Food Stamps (New York Times) - September 8
16. World Happiness Report 2013 (UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network) - September 9
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Caledon Institute of Social Policy Launches Data Rescue Campaign (Welfare Incomes) - September 12

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Launches Data Rescue Campaign

(Welfare Incomes)
September 12, 2013
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy is pleased to announce the launch of our Data Rescue crowdfunding campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to help raise funds for the report Welfare Incomes that had been published regularly since 1989 by the National Council of Welfare.

In 2012, the federal government announced – with no warning – that it was dismantling the National Council of Welfare and cutting all its work, including Welfare Incomes.
[ For more info about the Council, see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm ]

After much deliberation, we decided at Caledon that we need to keep alive this vital source of information. We had developed the original methodology and knew how very difficult it would be to reconstruct credible numbers. We need to sustain Welfare Incomes, which provides credible evidence to make the case for decent incomes and for welfare reform.

Please watch our video:

Data Rescue - Caledon Rescues Welfare Incomes (duration 2:32)
http://youtu.be/8Ql46baO0dg

...and help us by contributing $20 (or more if possible) to our Giveffect campaign:
https://www.giveffect.org/campaigns/159-data-rescue

And please forward this notice to friends and networks, send a Tweet and/or post this link to your Facebook.

Together we can preserve this powerful weapon in the war on poverty. Thank you!

Ken Battle
President
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.

Related link:

Welfare Incomes, 2009 (PDF - 6MB, 117 pages)
http://www.sixthestate.net/docs/welfare/welfareincomes2009.pdf
This was the last complete report on welfare incomes released by the Council.

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COMMENT (by Gilles):

I wholeheartedly encourage you to make a donation to support Caledon in its endeavour to rescue this project of the now-defunct National Council of Welfare.

It's important to keep the Welfare Incomes project alive, in my view, because it's the only report to my knowledge that compares welfare incomes not just across Canadian jurisdictions, but also with measures of adequacy such as After-tax Low Income Cutoffs, the Market Basket Measure and after-tax incomes.

Welfare Incomes is a collection of 17 reports going back to the mid-to-late 1980s and reporting on annual welfare incomes in each province and territory for four different case types. Each of those 17 reports was rigorously verified (in draft form) by *all* provincial and territorial governments for factual accuracy before the report was published.

There are two reasons why I support Caledon's Giveffect crowdfunding campaign:

1. Welfare Incomes is a valuable resource for both government officials responsible for the administration of Canada's social programs (sharing best practices, comparing relative welfare "generosity " across provinces, etc.) and for social justice and other advocacy groups in their ongoing mission to keep federal and provincial governments' feet to the fire. It's called accountability, and it matters to me. If governments won't support the continuation of this project, Caledon is to be congratulated for and supported in their commitment to rescuing it for social researchers of every stripe.

2. "As the watering hole gets smaller, the animals start eyeing one another." (Anon.)
Let's face it --- the Harper Government™ has vacated the field social program information and most related funding, and the provinces are presumably doing their own individual - and internal - analyses of what's going on elsewhere in Canada in matters relating to welfare. Revenue sources for non-governmental groups doing social research have long dried up for the most part, and many such groups have turned to social networks seeking funding for their project(s). A recent arrival in the field of crowdfunding, Giveffect, is a promising new approach to raising funds for projects: "Giveffect is a #NextGenDonor crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for charitable campaigns & causes."
I'm anxious to see how successful the Caledon campaign will be, and I know that many small NGOs are too.
Giveffect may not be the silver bullet solution for all situations, but it's definitely another helpful resource.

Check their website:

Giveffect
https://www.giveffect.org/

Related link (from last week's newsletter):

Giveffect : A new way to keep the war on poverty alive
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/09/04/new_way_to_keep_the_war_on_poverty_alive_goar.html
By Carol Goar
September 4, 2013
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy turns to crowdfunding to raise money and reach younger generations.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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I've made a donation to keep Welfare Incomes alive.
Won't you?

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Related links:

Welfare in Canada : The Tangled Safety Net
(PDF - 2.7MB, 131 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1987_tangled_safety_net.pdf
1987
This was the Council's first report that included interprovincial welfare rate comparisons.
All information was vetted by provincial/territorial officials before finalizing the report.
The model and the methodology have remained constant for every subsequent edition of the report (with the exception of the Person with a Disability category, which was added in as of the 1989 edition).

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Earlier editions of Welfare Incomes
http://sixthestate.net/?p=6350
(Jump down about two-thirds down the page to see the Welfare Incomes collection)

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Publications Canada search results page for "Welfare incomes"
http://goo.gl/dnp4O
This is a pretty complete collection of links to the Welfare Incomes series of reports

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

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

2. Government of Canada Moving Forward With Its Plan for Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity - September 13
(Finance Canada)

Government of Canada Moving Forward With Its Plan for Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-117-eng.asp
September 13, 2013

The Department of Finance today released for consultation draft legislative proposals that would implement a number of tax measures from Economic Action Plan 2013.
The draft legislative proposals include tax measures in the following areas:
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Personal Income Tax * Business Income Tax * International Taxation * Sales Tax

Related document:

Legislative Proposals Relating to the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act, and the Income Tax Regulations
http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/ita-lir0913-eng.asp
September 2013

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to Canada’s Economic Action Plan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/economic_action_plan.htm

3. Canadian Mental Health Association 2013 National Conference (Ottawa) update - September 13

September 13 update:

The CMHA National Conference to be held here in Ottawa Oct. 17-18 is still accepting applications for poster sessions and table talks. The theme is addressing the social determinants of mental health and addictions.

For more information, visit the conference website:

Changing Perspectives : Addressing the Social Determinants
of Mental Health & Addictions
Canadian Mental Health National Conference
https://conference.cmha.ca/
October 17-18, 2013
Ottawa

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

4. Fact Sheets : 2013-2018 Renewal of New Brunswick Poverty Reduction Plan - September 13
(New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice)

New Brunswick

Fact Sheets : 2013-2018 Renewal of NB Poverty Reduction Plan
September 13, 2013

The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice has published a series of Fact Sheets with proposals to reduce poverty.

Fact Sheets
http://www.frontnb.ca/default.asp?id=127
September 2013
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[NOTE : The fact sheet links are in the paragraph under "Did you know?" - move your cursor over the text to find the links.]
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Click the link above to access a collection of 10 short PDF files (one or two pages each) on the following topics:
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Basic welfare rates
* Food banks
* Seniors
* Taxation
* Minimum Wage
* Child Care
* Drug Plan
* Pay Equity
* Home support workers
* Disability

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice

http://www.frontnb.ca/
The Common Front for Social Justice is fighting to build a more human society based on the respect and dignity of all. We want a New Brunswick without poverty. We want a society which give each and everyone a decent living, in particular by having a minimum wage and social income on which citizens can to live on and not just exist.

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Fiches d'information
Version française
http://www.frontnb.ca/default.asp?id=127
Pour la version française de cette collection de fiches d'information, cliquez le lien ci-dessus, ensuite cliquez le lien vers le site en français (coin droit, haut de la page). Les liens vers chacune des fiches se trouvent dans le paragraphe "Saviez-vous?". Les fiches touchent le sujets suivants :
Banques alimentaires - Taux de base de l'assistance sociale - Impôts - Salaire minimum - Aînés - Garderies - Invalidités - .Assurance-médicaments - Aides familiales - Équité salariale.

Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale
du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.
http://www.frontnb.ca/Default.asp

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

5. Degrees of Uncertainty : Navigating the changing terrain of university finance - September 11
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Cost of university education to rise 13% over next four years: study
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/cost-university-education-rise-13-over-next-four-years-study
News Release
September 11, 2013
OTTAWA—The average cost of tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will rise by almost 13% over the next four years, from $6,610 this fall to an estimated $7,437 in 2016-17, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The complete study:

Degrees of Uncertainty
Navigating the changing terrain of university finance
(PDF - 952K, 42 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2013/09/Degrees_of_Uncertainty.pdf
By Erika Shaker David Macdonald
September 11, 2013
This study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and ranks the provinces on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

6. Making Women Count : Research that makes a difference in the lives of women in Canada - September 9
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Also from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Making Women Count:
Research that makes a difference in the lives of women in Canada

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/research-makes-difference-lives-women-canada
News Release
September 9, 2013

We are proud to introduce CCPA’s exciting new initiative: Making Women Count—research that makes a difference in the lives of women in Canada. Headed by CCPA Research Associate, Kate McInturff, this project will help us to produce essential research and analysis of the barriers to achieving gender equality and the public policy solutions that will create a more inclusive Canada.

Already, Making Women Count is putting women’s well-being back in the spotlight.
Our report on Canada’s gender gap:
[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/closing-canadas-gender-gap ]
...received national attention.

CCPA produced one of the only analyses of the impact of the federal budget on women:
[ PDF - http://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2013chapters/Womens_Equality.pdf ].

Our most recent study, on the high cost of violence against women in Canada:
[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/gap-gender-gap ]
... contributes to the growing support for a national policy to end violence against women.

And we've only just begun.

Click the link below to read more about the work we’re doing and to find out how you can help support the project.

Making Women Count - the website
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/projects/making-women-count

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

7. Behind the Numbers (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives blog) - September 13

CCPA's national blog, Behind the Numbers, delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Go behind the numbers with these latest posts:

* Jeopardy, Jackpot, or Wheel of (Mis)Fortune?, by Erika Shaker
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/09/13/jeopardy-jackpot-or-wheel-of-misfortune/

* Student job market is tighter than a pair of skinny jeans, by Kayle Hatt
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/09/12/student-job-market-is-tighter-than-a-pair-of-skinny-jeans/

* National Household Survey provides blurred look at housing, by Armine Yalnizyan
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/09/12/national-household-survey-provides-blurred-look-at-housing/

* Memo to Obama: Canada’s carbon problem IS the tar sands, by Marc Lee
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/09/10/memo-to-obama-canadas-carbon-problem-is-the-tar-sands/

* Maintaining ignorance: the political economy of Ontario’s media, by Daniel Wilson
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/09/09/maintaining-ignorance-the-political-economy-of-ontarios-media/

* Lowering Our Standards, by Trish Hennessy
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/09/03/lowering-our-standards/

* Leaving Children out in the Cold, by Kate McInturff
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/08/23/leaving-children-out-in-the-cold/

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

8. Media and Policy News for September 12
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 12 September 2013
http://goo.gl/43LT6c

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

Good social policy can make a big difference
More information on household income
A snapshot of Canadians
The implications of the NHS and the data it presents
A blurred look at housing
The ODSP Action Coalition writes to Minister McMeekin about differential social assistance rate increases this year:

See ISAC’s fact sheets on social assistance changes here:
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=d33929d184&e=f67f28a7b9

Poverty Reduction Consultations

OCASI says consultations are an important opportunity to raise employment equity
Affordable transit should be a priority
A toolkit and key messages from ISAC
Upcoming community-organized consultation in Toronto

Other Ontario

Unifor supports the call for a $14 minimum wage
Look who is lobbying to keep wages low
Migrant workers win major victory; Ontario challenges decision
The press release from Justicia on the challenge
Tuition fees to increase by 13% in the next four years, and Ontario’s are the highest
Ontario Works caseload numbers are down Bruce County
An editorial from Wawa on the value of exploring a guaranteed annual income

Cool Stuff

Upcoming forum on youth unemployment in Toronto
A great grassroots group in Halton called Voices for Change just released their annual report

National

The freeze on EI premiums leaves unemployed Canadians in the cold
What some economists are saying about recent job growth data
And what others are saying...
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board just bought Neiman Marcus for $6 billion
Canadians working longer but still don’t have enough to live on
Canadians delaying their retirements

International

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the birth of New Zealand's welfare state
“Employment per se has nothing to do with how heavily Americans rely on public benefits. Rather, the issue is wages”
“A petty, cynical obfuscation” of the reasons referrals are made to UK food banks
An interesting approach to poverty reduction in Kansas
“Massive increases in child poverty” are now forecast after UK welfare cuts
China working to create more income security
"The only years with greater income inequality than 2012 were the two years before the Great Recession and the year before the Great Depression"
Oxfam calls on European governments to end austerity

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

9. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - September 11 issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of SPARmonitor:

SPARmonitor : September 11 - issue 1132 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_112.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø 2011 National Household Survey: Income of Canadians
Ø Canada’s Immigrant Selection Policies
Ø Finding the Right Fit: Age-Friendly Community Planning
Ø Predicting Recessions in Real-Time: Mining Google Trends and Electronic Payments Data for Clues
Ø The Parenting Gap
Ø World Happiness Report 2013
Ø The Price of Public Health Care Insurance 2013

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this website, where you'll find links to two dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

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

10. Social well-being in Canada: how do the provinces measure up? - September 9
(The Broadbent Institute)

Social well-being in Canada: how do the provinces measure up?
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/social-well-being-canada-how-do-provinces-measure
By Jennifer Mason
September 9, 2013
(...) Overall, the provinces share relatively similar well-being outcomes, with the exception of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which perform poorly compared to the other provinces. (...) There are many social, economic, environmental, cultural, and other factors that may explain variances and similarities in well-being outcomes among the Canadian provinces. Here, four potentially explanatory factors will be explored: 1) Provincial GDP per capita, 2) Levels of income inequality, 3) Outlier provinces, and 4) Provincial social spending and federal support.

NOTE : This post is the executive summary of a full-length PDF report (790K, 20 pages) by the same name:
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/sites/default/files/documents/final_report-_j_mason-_wellness_outcomes_-_jul_28.pdf

Source:
The Broadbent Blog
https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/

This blog is a feature of
The Broadbent Institute

https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en

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

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- University tuition fees, 2013/2014
- September 12
--- 2011 National Household Survey: Income of Canadians
- September 11
--- 2011 National Household Survey: Homeownership and shelter costs in Canada
- September 11
--- New StatCan products and studies (link to 29 National Household Survey tables)
- September 11
--- Study: Caregivers in Canada, 2012
- September 10

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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September 12, 2013
University tuition fees, 2013/2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130912/dq130912b-eng.htm
Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs paid 3.3% more on average in tuition fees for the 2013/2014 academic year this fall than they did a year earlier.

September 11, 2013
2011 National Household Survey: Income of Canadians
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130911/dq130911a-eng.htm
New data from the 2011 National Household Survey show that more than 95% of the approximately 27.3 million Canadians aged 15 and over received some form of income in 2010, totalling $1.1 trillion.
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Note to readers (from StatCan):
Comparability of low-income estimates
Low-income estimates from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) compared with previous censuses show markedly different trends than those derived from other surveys and administrative data such as the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics or the T1 Family File. (...) This is the third and final release of data from the National Household Survey.

Related StatCan subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

September 11, 2013
2011 National Household Survey: Homeownership and shelter costs in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130911/dq130911b-eng.htm
New data from the National Household Survey show almost 7 out of 10 Canadian households, or 9.2 million out of a total of 13.3 million households, owned their dwellings in 2011.

Related StatCan subjects:

Families, households and housing
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Housing and dwelling characteristics
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=2921&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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Related link from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

National Household Survey provides blurred look at housing
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2013/09/12/national-household-survey-provides-blurred-look-at-housing/

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Related link from the
Toronto Star:

National Household Survey: Immigrants, minorities struggle in Canada
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/09/11/national_household_survey_immigrants_minorities_struggle_in_canada.html
The latest Statistics Canada data illustrate what appears to be a growing divide between rich and poor in Canada, one that seems defined, at least in part, by divisions of age and race.

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Related link from
the Globe and Mail:

Even a bad survey cannot blind us to income inequality
By Andrew Jackson
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/even-a-bad-survey-cannot-blind-us-to-income-inequality/article14251936/

September 11, 2013
New StatCan products and studies
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130911/pn130911-eng.htm
Links to 29 National Household Survey tables on income and housing

September 10, 2013
Study: Caregivers in Canada, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130910/dq130910a-eng.htm
In 2012, about 8.1 million individuals, or 28% of Canadians aged 15 years and older, provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs.

Related link:

Family caregiving: What are the consequences?
Insights on Canadian Society
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11858-eng.htm
By Martin Turcotte

PDF version of this article (1MB, 16 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11858-eng.pdf

Contents:
Overview of the study
Introduction
Nearly 3 in 10 people are family caregivers
A full-time job for some
Psychological consequences
Health consequences
Financial and professional consequences
Resources available for family caregivers
Conclusion
Related material for this article

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Health care services
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2967&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Seniors
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Care and social support
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70001&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Volunteering and donating
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=80&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.



Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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

12. 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

September 15, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Finding quality child care: A guide for parents in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/finding-quality-child-care-guide-parents-canada
21 Aug 2013 | Canada
New website, available in English and French, for Canadian parents is now publicly available. Parents can find out why it's hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve their chances of accessing high-quality child care.

2011 National Household Survey: Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/2011-national-household-survey-income-pensions-spending-and
11 Sep 2013 | Canada
New data from the National Household Survey (NHS)sheds light on the financial well-being of Canadian individuals, families, and households. Summary notes that "with the new methodology of the NHS, estimates of low income are not comparable with the census-based estimates produced in the past".

Prince Edward Island's Preschool Excellence Initiative: First year implementation report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/prince-edward-islands-preschool-excellence-initiative-first
10 Sep 2013 | Prince Edward Island
Report from the Government of PEI uses a mixed methods approach to evaluate governance, access, quality and sustainability of ECEC across the province.

Rights, raises and respect for early childhood teachers: A four decade perspective
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/rights-raises-and-respect-early-childhood-teachers-four-dec
10 Sep 2013 | United States
Article co-authored by Marcy Whitebook and Rory Darrah argues that "amidst this focus on what [early childhood] teachers need to know and be able to do, and developing policies to assess their practice, there is almost no discussion of educators’ rights".

The case for a Canada-wide policy for early childhood education
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/case-canada-wide-policy-early-childhood-education
10 Sep 2013 | British Columbia
Interview with Martha Friendly on CBC Radio BC is part of a series on how parents are accessing opportunities for early childhood education for their children.

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

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

Charter of Quebec Values: Daycares risk losing Muslim educators, group warns
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/charter-quebec-values-daycares-risk-losing-muslim-educators-group-wa
11 Sep 2013 | Quebec

It’s not cheap to raise children: Fraser Institute report tries to let goverments off the hook
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/it%E2%80%99s-not-cheap-raise-children-fraser-institute-report-tries-let-gove
11 Sep 2013 | Canada

Baby boom and poverty 'fuelling nursery education crisis'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/baby-boom-and-poverty-fuelling-nursery-education-crisis
11 Sep 2013 | Europe

There's no Saskaboom on the childcare front
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/theres-no-saskaboom-childcare-front
11 Sep 2013 | Saskatchewan

Daycare in funding fight with city over full-day kindergarten
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/daycare-funding-fight-city-over-full-day-kindergarten
10 Sep 2013 | Ontario

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.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

13. 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:

September 13, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/13/
States and the Affordable Care Act (4 articles)
Medicaid Enrollment – Buffalo, NY

September 12, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/12/
Suburban Poverty in the US
State Minimum Wage – California

September 11, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/11/
Recovery after the Great Recession

September 10, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/10/
Homelessness Among Teen Parents – Massachusetts (2 articles)
Public Assistance Programs – Oregon

September 9, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/09/
Poverty in New Jersey (2 articles)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – North Carolina (2 articles)

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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/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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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

14. [U.S.] - Official Poverty Measure Masks Gains Made Over Last 50 Years - September 13
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

[U.S.] - Official Poverty Measure Masks Gains Made Over Last 50 Years
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4015
By Arloc Sherman
September 13, 12013
With the Census Bureau due to release updated figures about poverty in America on September 17, some policymakers and commentators surely will compare today’s poverty rate to those of 1960s and conclude that the last half-century of federal efforts to alleviate poverty have largely failed — that, as some critics put it glibly, “the government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.” But that’s simply not valid or accurate. Comparing today’s official poverty rate with those of the 1960s yields highly distorted results because the official poverty measure captures so little of the poverty relief that today’s safety net now provides.

View the full report:
HTML :
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4015
PDF (9 pages) : http://www.cbpp.org/files/9-13-13pov.pdf

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

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- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

15. [U.S.] Mindlessly Gutting Food Stamps- September 8
(New York Times)

[U.S.] - Mindlessly Gutting Food Stamps
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/opinion/mindlessly-gutting-food-stamps.html
September 8, 2013
Among the many scars of the recession, the most intolerable should be the pangs of chronic hunger that still assail a stunning 14.5 percent of the nation’s households, according to the Department of Agriculture’s latest survey (See Related Link below). A decade ago, the figure was 11 percent — a group defined as regularly suffering food “insecurity,” or having 26 percent less to spend on food than households not going hungry. The survey shows that food insecurity rose with the recession and has remained stubbornly high.

Source:
New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/

Related link:

Household Food Security in the United States in 2012
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err155.aspxB
By Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Mark Nord, and Anita Singh
September 2013
- main report page, includes links to the complete report, an executive summary, related topics, related data and more

More info:
U.S. Dept of Agriculture

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome

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

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

16. World Happiness Report 2013 - September 9
(UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network)

World Happiness Report 2013
http://unsdsn.org/happiness/
Report calls on policy makers to make happiness a key measure and target of development
Report ranks the happiest countries, with Northern Europe in the lead
NEW YORK,
September 9, 2013
As heads of state get ready for the United Nations General Assembly in two weeks, the second World Happiness Report further strengthens the case that well-being should be a critical component of how the world measures its economic and social development. The report is published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Download the complete report:

PDF version (2.3MB, 156 pages)
http://unsdsn.org/files/2013/09/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf

Online version (requires Flash Player)
http://issuu.com/earthinstitute/docs/worldhappinessreport2013_online

Online Annexes:
http://unsdsn.org/happiness/#related
* World Happiness: Trends, Explanations and Distribution (Distribution tables for chapter 2 - no text)
* How mental health affects life-satisfaction by Sarah Flèche (mostly stats)

Source:
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
http://unsdsn.org/

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Related link:

Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world, study finds
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-is-one-of-the-happiest-countries-in-the-world-study-finds/article14183382/
By Tavia Grant
September 9, 2013
Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world, according to a global ranking of well-being that uses measures such as life expectancy and corruption to assess the progress of nations. Canada ranks sixth in the United Nations’ second world happiness report. That's down a notch from the last ranking – not because Canadians are any less happy, but because Switzerland leapfrogged into the top five. Denmark tops the list, followed by Norway.

87 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-is-one-of-the-happiest-countries-in-the-world-study-finds/article14183382/comments/

Source:
The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

17. 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)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

11 September 2013 - CRINMAIL 1344
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4872

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Japan court rules on equal inheritance rights
- Draft bill to deny child custody for gay parents
- Regional mechanism regrets State's withdrawal
- Health survey violates children's right to provacy
- UN study looks at male violence against women
- Children removed from sect after police raids
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Cape Verde
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is 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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Dead Horses and the Canadian Senate

The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that:

"When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."
However, in any form of government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And, of course...

12. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

All the above are logical reasons why we still have a Canadian Senate

Source:
Email

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See also "25 ways to Ride a Dead Horse"
http://www.tonycooke.org/free_resources/stories_illustrations/25_ways.html

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And, in closing...

Rainy Mood
http://www.rainymood.com/watch?v=FswxdLZ7G3U

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simplynoise
http://simplynoise.com/

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IMDB Top 250 Movies of All Time
http://www.listchallenges.com/imdb-top-250

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The Best Examples of Street Art in 2012 (48 photos)
http://memolition.com/2013/02/02/the-best-examples-of-street-art-in-2012-48-pictures/

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Frame THIS! (video, duration 1:12)
http://www.wimp.com/blowmind/

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10 Facts About Food You Need To Know Now
http://www.thecanadiandaily.ca/2013/03/28/moms-across-canada-10-facts-about-food-you-need-to-know-no/

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