Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 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 2,672 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. The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario : What are the factors causing this trend? (John Stapleton, Metcalf Foundation) - December 13
2. Welfare in Canada 2012 (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - December 11
3. Media and Policy News for December 11 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Income Inequality in Canada : An Overview (House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance) - December 2013
5. The Future We Want : Recommendations for the 2014 Budget [federal] (House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance)
6. Here’s a thought : The Canada Skills Grant (By Michael Mendelson, Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - December 2013
7. Status of Women Canada Commemoration Sites
8. Conservatives dismantling social programs built over generations (Toronto Star) - December 9
9. Maverick Conservative Senator Segal supports unions and the Rand Formula (Unifor - December 7), then announces his retirement from the Senate
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
---- National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, third quarter 2013 - December 13
--- Canadian Survey of Economic Well-being, 2013 - December 12
--- Household food insecurity, 2011-2012 - December 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2013 - December 11
--- 2011 National Household Survey : Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity - December 11
--- High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 2011 - December 9
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [United States] Trends in Poverty with an Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure
(Christopher Wimer, Columbia University) - December 5
14. [United States] Making the poor — and the U.S. — poorer still (Washington Post) - December 8
15. [International] Human Rights Day : December 10
16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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Nelson Mandela, R.I.P. - December 5



"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell and got back up again."
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
R.I.P.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/05/nelson-mandela-quotes_n_4394365.html


1. The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario : What are the factors causing this trend? - December 13
(John Stapleton, Metcalf Foundation)

The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario
http://metcalffoundation.com/publications-resources/view/the-welfareization-of-disability-incomes-in-ontario-report/
By John Stapleton
2013
Canada’s disability income expenditures are rising at an unsustainable rate and the largest and fastest growing program is social assistance. Nowhere is this more evident than in Ontario where ODSP expenditures increased 44.8% between 2005 and 2010.
The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario: What are the factors causing this trend? by Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton, provides critical insight into the intricate drivers behind the alarming rise of disability income expenditures.

Complete report:

The “Welfareization” of Disability Incomes in Ontario
What are the factors causing this trend?
(PDF - 3MB, 38 pages)
http://metcalffoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Welfareization-of-Disability-Incomes-in-Ontario.pdf
By John Stapleton
December 2013

Source:
Metcalf Foundation
http://metcalffoundation.com/
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.

Open Policy Ontario - Author John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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NOTE : The above paper focuses on Ontario. An earlier version of this paper (dated February 2013) covering all of Canada was published by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities under the title “What is Happening to Disability Income Systems in Canada?” :
http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/socialpolicy/poverty-citizenship/income-security-reform/disability-income-systems

Source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

http://www.abilities.ca/
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Related link from
The Toronto Star:

Disabled in Ontario increasingly forced onto welfare:
The changing nature of work means more Ontarians who
become sick, injured or disabled are forced to rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/12/13/disabled_in_ontario_increasingly_forced_onto_welfare.html
December 13, 2013
By Laurie Monsebraaten
From its origins in the 1960s as the disability benefit of last resort, the Ontario Disability Support Program has become the only financial assistance available for a growing number of Ontarians, says a new report on the “welfareization” of incomes for the disabled. Due to the rise of part-time, contract and other forms of non-standard work, more and more Ontarians who become sick, injured or disabled no longer qualify for Employment Insurance sickness benefits, workers’ compensation or workplace disability benefits, says the Metcalf Foundation report being released Friday.

Of almost 740,000 Ontarians who rely on disability benefits to survive, up to 42 per cent receive Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) cheques, making it the largest of eight disability income programs available in the province, says social policy expert John Stapleton, the report’s author.

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

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- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

2. Welfare in Canada 2012 - December 11
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Welfare in Canada 2012
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1031
News Release
December 11, 2013
This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.” It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the now-defunct National Council of Welfare [ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm ].
- includes highlights of the report

The complete report:

Welfare in Canada 2012
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1031ENG.pdf (PDF - 256K, 92 pages)
By Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
December 2013

Table of contents:

Introduction
What is welfare?
Assets
Income
Welfare incomes
Welfare incomes over time
Adequacy of welfare incomes
Poverty measures
Low income cut-offs
Market Basket Measure
Income measures
After-tax average incomes
After-tax median incomes
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Tables:
* Liquid Asset Exemption Levels as of January 2012 : Provisions for Applicants and Recipients
* Monthly Earnings Exemption Levels as of January 2012 : Provisions for Applications and Recipients
* Comparison of 2012 Welfare Incomes with After-Tax Low Income Cut-offs (LICOS)
* Comparison of 2012 Welfare Incomes with Market Basket Measure (MBM)
* 2012 Welfare Incomes as a Percentage of After-tax Average Incomes
* 2012 Welfare Incomes as a Percentage of After-tax Median Incomes
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Appendices:
* 2012 Welfare Incomes, by Household Component
* Total Welfare Incomes Over Time, in Constant 2012 Dollars, by province/territory

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
The Caledon Institute is a social policy think tank. Established in 1992 as a private, nonprofit organization, it performs high-quality research and analysis. It seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy.

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Historical/Contextual information:

In 2012, the federal government announced – with no warning – that it was dismantling the National Council of Welfare and terminating all of its reports, including Welfare Incomes. After some deliberation, Caledon decided that it was important to keep alive this vital source of information. Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman had developed the original methodology back in the mid-1980s, so it was a logical next step that they should repatriate the project after the Council's demise, and to update the report to cover estimated welfare incomes in 2012. It was also logical to hire Anne Tweddle (Gilles Seguin's spouse - proactive disclosure) to help update the report, given her participation in the project in past years.

Ensuring the Welfare of ‘Welfare Incomes’ (PDF - 60K, 10 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1009ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
April 2013
This paper is the text of a speech on the “Role of Evidence in Policy-Making” delivered at the 2013 Queen’s Policy Forum held in Kingston on April 26, 2013. The paper discusses the importance of the Welfare Incomes reports and why the Caledon Institute decided to step in to save this work when Ottawa announced the dismantling of the National Council of Welfare.

Saving Welfare Incomes and Poverty Profile (PDF - 44K, 6 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/989ENG.pdf
By Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
June 2012

In September 2013, Caledon launched a fund-raising campaign to cover costs related to the production of the 2012 Welfare Incomes report.
Watch this related two-minute video by Sherri Torjman:
Data Rescue - Caledon Rescues Welfare Incomes (duration 2:32)
http://youtu.be/8Ql46baO0dg
When the crowdfunding campaign ended later in the fall, Caledon had not only reached its goal of $20,000 --- the target was exceeded by over $5,000!

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Earlier versions of Welfare Incomes:

2011 Welfare Incomes by province/territory
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_incomes_2011.htm
The 2011 edition of Welfare Incomes consisted mainly of an update to the numbers from the previous (2009) edition.

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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 National Council of Welfare.
It contains detailed information on the methodology used in the production of the Welfare Incomes series of reports.

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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 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 reasonably complete collection of links to the Welfare Incomes series of reports.

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- Go to the Welfare in Canada 2013 page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_in_canada_2012.htm

3. Media and Policy News for December 11
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley :
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 11 December 2013
http://goo.gl/YEOMQK

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

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Top Stories

Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey says the government has “no interest” in providing more funding for local homelessness and other social services programs, while local councils like Hamilton “limp along”
Dec 10 was International Human Rights Day: Why 2013 was a bummer year for housing rights
Ontario fills the federal health care gap for refugees
- Comment by Wellesley Institute
- Star coverage
Next action for a $14 minimum wage on December 14
New anti-union group emerges in time for a spring election
Conservative Senator Hugh Segal, on why unions are critically important
500 Kellogg’s workers in London losing jobs as plant to close by end of year
CBC Business: “The entire system underpinning the global economy is rigged”

Resources

Ontario College of Family Physicians brochure: Take Care of Your Income
StatsCan: The top 5% of tax filers held 23.8% of the nation's income in 2011
Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto releases “Toward a Poverty Elimination Strategy for Toronto”
Metro Morning’s three-part series: Fighting Poverty

Around the Province

With cost pressures mounting, Peel considers privatizing more social services programs
But as part of its poverty reduction plan, Peel introduces low income transit pass pilot for people on Ontario Works
Low-income families in Windsor at risk as food costs rise, health unit reports
North York Food Bank moves into the classroom to teach kids how to cook
The reality of working poor in Peterborough
Unpaid taxes, property liens, and economic hardship in Hamilton

Across the Country

Atlantic Canadians asked for input on impacts of recent EI changes
Winnipeg signs on to UN campaign to reduce violence against women
New Brunswick launches new drug plan as part of poverty reduction efforts; 70,000 people will now have coverage
ACORN calls for affordable internet service in Vancouver

National

Bring back postal banking at Canada Post, for affordable financial services
Globe editorial: A bigger CPP is the right way to go
Advocates see support for CPP expansion growing
Conservative support slipping among seniors over CPP
CBC’s The Current: Climbing the Socio-Economic Class Ladder
Growing precarity in Canada’s labour market

International

Migrant workers in Singapore riot over working conditions
More coverage of the fast food wage pushback in the US
As the US cuts food benefits to the poor, “it’s hard to reconcile values of hard work and generosity with levels of poverty and fear of hunger"
Atlanta, where poverty has risen 122%, is the symbol of the new American poverty
A New York Times feature on children who are homeless
How the financial system is used to create unproductive wealth for a few
Rethinking a guaranteed annual income for all, in the US
In the UK, 2.5 million people will have to take out loans to heat their homes at Christmas
UK Minister tells Domino’s to increase wages rather than expect government to increase immigration to fill labour shortage
UK’s first “social supermarket” provides inexpensive surplus food plus social programming
In Wales, The Truth and Lies About Poverty

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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, 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

4. Income Inequality in Canada : An Overview - December 2013
(House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance)

From the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance:

House Finance Committee Releases Report on Income Inequality
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6382538&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
December 10, 2013
Today, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance released a report entitled Income Inequality in Canada: An Overview. The report contains 24 recommendations pertaining to equality of opportunity, First Nations, education, newcomers, the tax system, financial regulations, labour markets and government supports. The study of income inequality in Canada by the Finance Committee was based on a motion (M-315) introduced by Mr. Scott Brison, Honourable Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, and adopted in the House of Commons on June 13, 2012.

Complete report:

Income Inequality in Canada : An Overview (PDF - 1.3MB, 82 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6380060/412_FINA_Rpt03_PDF/412_FINA_Rpt03-e.pdf
Report of the Standing Committee on Finance

41st Parliament, Second Session
James Rajotte, Chair
December 2013

Contents:

INCOME INEQUALITY IN CANADA: AN OVERVIEW
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER TWO: MEASUREMENT OF INCOME INEQUALITY AND ECONOMIC DISPARITY IN CANADA
A. Background
B. Witness Views
CHAPTER THREE: POSSIBLE REASONS FOR INCOME INEQUALITY IN CANADA
A. Background
B. Witness Views
CHAPTER FOUR: POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF INCOME INEQUALITY IN CANADA
A. Background
B. Witness Views
CHAPTER FIVE: WITNESS VIEWS ON REDUCING INCOME INEQUALITY AND ITS IMPACTS IN CANADA
A. Federal Tax System
B. Federal Transfers to the Provinces/Territories
C. Employment Factors
D. Education
E. Health
F. Specific Groups
CHAPTER SIX: COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

APPENDIX A — PERSONAL INCOME TAXATION AND SUPPORT IN CANADA
Taxable Income and Tax Rates
Income Support
A. Federal Benefits in the Income Tax Act
B. Federal Benefits Not Provided Through the Tax System
C. Federal Transfers to the Provinces/Territories
APPENDIX B: LIST OF WITNESSES
APPENDIX C: LIST OF BRIEFS
REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
SUPPLEMENTARY OPINION OF THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CANADA
SUPPLEMENTARY OPINION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA

Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

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Related links:

From
Citizens for Public Justice:

House of Commons income inequality report fails poor Canadians
http://www.cpj.ca/content/house-commons-income-inequality-report-fails-poor-canadians
December 11, 2013
OTTAWA– A report on income inequality released by the House of Commons’ Finance Committee yesterday [see the link above] doesn’t do nearly enough to address the needs of low-income Canadians, says national faith-based organization Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).

According to CPJ’s Making Ends Meet report, released today, low-income families are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living. Making Ends Meet is the final report in CPJ’s Poverty Trends Scorecard series and notes that since the 2008-09 recession, the average price of goods and services has risen 6.7 per cent. Meanwhile, the average after-tax income for the poorest 20 per cent of households fell by 1.3 per cent over that same period. Many low-income families are turning to food banks, shelters, and credit cards to get by.
(...)

The Finance Committee’s report, quietly released hours before the House of Commons rose for an early Christmas break, contains 24 recommendations on issues ranging from labour markets to education.

Complete report:

Making Ends Meet (PDF - 2.1MB, 21 pages)
http://www.cpj.ca/sites/default/files/docs/files/CPJ-MakingEndsMeetreportweb.pdf
December 2013
This report highlights how low-income Canadians spent less money on food (down 7.5 per cent), health and personal care (down 5.5 per cent), and clothing (including diapers) (down 7.9 per cent) in 2011 than in 2010.

Source:
Poverty Trends Scorecard
http://www.cpj.ca/poverty-trends-scorecard
CPJ's Poverty Trends Scorecard is a four-part series of in-depth reports on poverty in Canada being released in 2012 and 2013. Each report includes an overview and a series of stand-alone fact sheets, summarizing key trends through tables, charts, and text.

The four reports in the series are:

Making Ends Meet
http://www.cpj.ca/making-ends-meet-report
December 2013

Labour Market Trends
http://www.cpj.ca/labour-market-trends-report
July 2013

Poverty Trends Scorecard: Canada 2012
http://www.cpj.ca/poverty-trends-scorecard-canada-2012
(October 2012)

Income, Wealth, and Inequality
http://www.cpj.ca/income-wealth-and-inequality-report
(April 2013)

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The Poverty Trends Scorecard is a project of
Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)
http://www.cpj.ca/
Citizens for Public Justice is a member-driven, faith-based public policy organization and co-lead of Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada.

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From the
Toronto Star:

Tories shrug off income equality : Tory-dominated finance committee
tables a vacuous report on income inequality as Parliament shuts down for Christmas.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/12/12/tories_shrug_off_income_equality_goar.html
By Carol Goar
December 12, 2013

In the final hours before Parliament adjourned for its eight-week Christmas recess, James Rajotte , chair of the finance committee, quietly tabled Income Equality in Canada: An Overview. A quick glance at the 69-page report shows why the Conservative MP waited until the last possible moment to release it, precluding parliamentary debate and minimizing public attention. It is a pathetic piece of work. It heaps praise on Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his regressive policies. It says nothing about lifting low-income Canadians out of poverty, nothing about tackling the desperate shortage of affordable housing in the country, nothing about increasing the Canada Child Tax Benefit, nothing about improving public pensions and nothing about shoring up the country’s deteriorating social programs.
(...)
As Rajotte presented the uninspired report to Parliament, he requested a “comprehensive response” from the government.
That shouldn’t be hard. A simple “thanks, boys” from the Prime Minister will fill the bill.

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

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

5. The Future We Want : Recommendations for the 2014 Budget (federal) - December 10
(House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance)

Also from the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance:

The Future We Want : Recommendations for the 2014 Budget (federal)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6382466&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
December 10, 2013
Today, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance tabled its report on pre-budget consultations for 2013.
The report, entitled The Future We Want: Recommendations for the 2014 Budget, contains 48 recommendations related to 6 topics:
* fiscal sustainability and economic growth
* vulnerable Canadians
* research and innovation
* rural and urban communities
* government efficiency
* employment opportunities

Complete report:

The Future We Want: Recommendations for the 2014 Budget (PDF - 1.5MB, 132 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6380037/412_FINA_Rpt02_PDF/412_FINA_Rpt02-e.pdf
Report of the Standing Committee on Finance
James Rajotte, Chair
December 2013
NOTE : This report contains hundreds of links to briefs and submissions by groups and individuals (in the fall of 2013) to the 2014 federal budget consultation, along with some links to information about federal programs mentioned in those briefs. The report is divided into sections covering each of the six topics mentioned above.

Pre-Budget Consultations
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6264805&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
You may skip the summary and go directly to this alphabetical list of submissions and briefs by a few hundred groups and individuals to the Finance Committee. Each brief is presented in a small (~300K) PDF file.

Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

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

6. Here’s a thought : The Canada Skills Grant - December 2013
(By Michael Mendelson, Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Here’s a thought : The Canada Skills Grant
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1030ENG.pdf
By Michael Mendelson
December 2013
The provinces and territories have unanimously rejected the Canada Job Grant. What should Ottawa do? It can try to unilaterally deliver some version of the Canada Job Grant without provincial cooperation but this will create chaos in the skills training sector. Or it can make another choice. It can take a pragmatic approach, look at alternatives and test what works best to ensure that Canada’s workers are at least as highly skilled as any in the world. This paper sets out one alternative approach which might gain the support of all stakeholders, which we call the Canada Skills Grant. The new Skills Grant would operate under the current Employment Insurance Act that allows for "innovative projects that identify ways of helping persons prepare for, return to or keep employment and be productive participants in the labour market.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

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

7. Status of Women Canada Commemoration Sites

New (recent) online resource
from Status of Women Canada

Commemoration Sites:

International Women's Day (March 8)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-eng.html

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Women's History Month (October)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/whm-mhf/index-eng.html

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International Day of the Girl (October 11)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/idg-jif/index-eng.html

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Persons Day (October 18)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/pd-jp/index-eng.html

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Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case (October)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/initiatives/gg/index-eng.html

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6)
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/index-eng.html

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

8. Conservatives dismantling social programs built over generations - December 9
(Toronto Star)

NEW from
The Toronto Star:

Conservatives dismantling social programs built over generations
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/12/09/conservatives_dismantling_social_programs_built_over_generations.html
December 9, 2013
RECOMMENDED READING!
A Toronto Star analysis has for the first time pulled together a detailed account of the range of recent cuts seen under Stephen Harper’s government.
(...)
From the unemployed to low-income families and poor seniors, more people than ever are struggling with grim choices as they try to cope in the leaner, meaner Canada presided over by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (...) Social programs long valued by Canadians are in the Conservatives’ crosshairs.
(...)
The government does not provide a comprehensive list showing all the federal programs that have been cut or eliminated, or naming the non-government groups that have seen part or all of their funding axed by Ottawa. A Star analysis has for the first time pulled together a detailed account of the full range of recent cuts.

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

Notes:
1. This detailed directory lists over 100 Harper Government™ cuts since 2006 to a wide range of programs, services and non-government agencies. Click the link above and then (on the next page that opens) scroll down to the graphic and click "VIEW MAP". The graphic is interactive --- if you click one of the 15 target groups (women, seniors, Aboriginals, the unemployed, etc.), a list of recent and planned cuts appears in the centre of the pie graphic, some including links to earlier related articles in the Toronto Star.
2. The graphic doesn't work (for me) in Google Chrome (v.25), but is fine in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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

9. Maverick Conservative Senator Segal supports unions and the Rand Formula - (Unifor) - December 7
...then announces his retirement from the Senate
.

Canada needs unions in order to prosper: Hugh Segal
http://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/news/canada-needs-unions-order-prosper-hugh-segal
December
7, 2013
Active unions and free collective bargaining are essential to building a prosperous Canada and a stable middle class, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal told Unifor's Ontario Regional Council this morning, downtown Toronto.
"My Canada is one where trade unions and free collective bargaining make Canada a better place to live," Segal said in an unconventional address by a high-profile Conservative to a union gathering. Earlier this year, Segal led Senate efforts to amend the Harper government's anti-union Bill 377.

Source:
Unifor

http://www.unifor.org/
Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 300,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy. Unifor was officially formed on August 31, 2013, at a Founding Convention in Toronto, Ontario. It marked the coming together of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) – two of Canada’s largest and most influential labour unions.

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Hugh Segal, Tory senator, to retire for Massey College job
3rd Conservative senator in a month to announce early departure
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/hugh-segal-tory-senator-to-retire-for-massey-college-job-1.2461832
By Laura Payton
CBC News
Dec 12, 2013
By Gilles : Senator Segal's retirement is sad news indeed for the Canadian social advocacy community.
Thanks for your contribution, Hugh.
Best wishes at Massey College..

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

 


FACTOID:
The Vatican manages a banking empire with approximately $7 Billion in assets.

[ Source : http://goo.gl/5OzfHm ]


10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
---- National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, third quarter 2013 - December 13
--- Canadian Survey of Economic Well-being, 2013 - December 12
--- Household food insecurity, 2011-2012 - December 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2013 - December 11
--- 2011 National Household Survey : Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity - December 11
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High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 2011 - December 9

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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December 13, 2013
National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, third quarter 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131213/dq131213a-eng.htm

National net worth increased to $7.5 trillion in the third quarter, up 2.1% from the second quarter, to reach $212,700 on a per capita basis. This compares with a 3.2% rise in the second quarter.

December 12, 2013
Canadian Survey of Economic Well-being, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131212/dq131212f-eng.htm
Data from the Canadian Survey of Economic Well-being are now available for 2013. The purpose of this survey is to provide information to the Government of Canada on the economic well-being of Canadian households. The main objective is to examine and assess their basic economic needs and financial circumstances.
- includes contact information if youère looking for more detailed info, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release.

Related 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

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Wages, salaries and other earnings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=238&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

December 12, 2013
Household food insecurity, 2011-2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2013001/article/11889-eng.htm
Food security is commonly understood to exist in a household when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for an active and healthy life.1 Conversely, food insecurity occurs when food quality and/or quantity are compromised, typically associated with limited financial resources. (...) The 2011-2012 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collected national data on household food insecurity, with a focus on whether members of a given household could afford to buy the food they need. The food insecurity questions resulted in an overall household measure of food insecurity, as well as separate adult and child measures.
(...)
In 2011-2012, 8.3% of households, or almost 1.1 million households, experienced food insecurity. Of that amount, 5.8% was reported as moderate and 2.5% was severe. Lone parent households had the highest incidence of food insecurity for all living arrangements, for both adult and child measures. Couples without children had the lowest rate.

CANSIM Data Tables:

105-0545 : http://goo.gl/9RUoVV
105-0546 : http://goo.gl/FDMrh4
105-0547 : http://goo.gl/ulN644

Source:
Health Fact Sheets
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/82-625-x2013001-eng.htm
Health Indicators
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131212/dq131212g-eng.htm
Health Indicators have been updated to include information on household food insecurity as well as selected Canadian Cancer Registry and Vital Statistics indicators by census metropolitan area.

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

December 11, 2013
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131211/dq131211a-eng.htm
The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds totalled $1.2 trillion at the end of the second quarter, virtually unchanged from the previous quarter.
Pension fund investments in stocks declined 1.8% in the second quarter, as the value of shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange fell 2.7% during the same period.

Under New products and studies for December 11, you'll find links to:

2011 National Household Survey : Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=99-010-X2011039&lang=eng
- includes recent releases of data under the following topics : Mother Tongue, First Official Language Spoken, Employment Income Statistics in 2010, Immigrant Status and Period of Immigration, Highest Certificate, Diploma or Degree, Age Groups and Sex for the Population Aged 15 Years and Over Who Worked Since 2010, in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations,

NOTE: Click "VIEW" to see the latest data; Click "Chronological index" for earlier data.

December 9, 2013
High-income trends among Canadian taxfilers, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131209/dq131209b-eng.htm
High income tax filers received virtually the same share of the nation's total income in 2011 as in 2010, according to new data from the Longitudinal Administrative Databank. Top income shares fell in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and were relatively stable in 2010 and 2011. The top 5% of tax filers held 23.8% of the nation's income in both 2010 and 2011 while the shares for the top 1%, top 0.1% and 0.01% were 10.6%, 3.7%, and 1.3% respectively in both years.

Related table:
Percentage of total income received by income group and province, 2010 and 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131209/t131209b001-eng.htm

CANSIM Tables:
Table 204-0001 :
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=204-0001&p2=31
Table CANSIM table204-0002 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=204-0002&p2=31

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.

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.
Source:
The Daily

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

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

11. 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

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

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

Income inequality in Canada: An overview
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/income-inequality-canada-overview
11 Dec 2013 | Canada
Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance recommends that "federal government take steps, in consultation with the provincial and territorial governments, to make early childhood education and child care more accessible and affordable in all areas of the country, including through increased support for affordable early childhood education and care programs."

Welfare in Canada 2012
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/welfare-canada-2012
11 Dec 2013 | Canada
Report from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy "focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as "welfare." It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare".

PISA 2012: What 15-year-olds know and what they can do with what they know: Key results from PISA 2012
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/pisa-2012-what-15-year-olds-know-and-what-they-can-do-what-
11 Dec 2013 | International
PISA 2012 is the OECD programme's 5th survey. It assessed the competencies of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science (with a focus on mathematics) in 65 countries and economies.

Early childhood education and care in Europe: re-thinking, re-searching and re-conceptualising policies and practices
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/early-childhood-education-and-care-europe-re-thinking-re-se
11 Dec 2013 | Europe
Special issue of European Journal of Education "addresses current European trends and developments in the ?eld of early childhood education and care from three interconnected perspectives: it provides a platform for exploring policies, practices and theoretical underpinnings relating to the institutions set up to support young children and their families in Europe".

Without a safety net: The series
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/12/without-safety-net-series
11 Dec 2013 | Canada
Series in the Toronto Star draws attention to Canada's eroding social safety net and the fact that "dozens of groups dedicated to improving human rights or the well-being of the most vulnerable citizens have seen their funding reduced or eliminated as Ottawa redraws its priorities and budget allocations". The series asks, what kind of country do Canadians want and what kind of Canada will we be left with?

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

Childcare funding earmarked for wage rises to be diverted to training
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/childcare-funding-earmarked-wage-rises-be-diverted-training
11 Dec 2013 | Australia and New Zealand

Can we not act on improving childcare now?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/can-we-not-act-improving-childcare-now
11 Dec 2013 | Europe

Without a Safety Net: What kind of country do Canadians want?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/without-safety-net-what-kind-country-do-canadians-want
11 Dec 2013 | Canada

Why paying for preschool in New York City with tax increases benefits everyone
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/why-paying-preschool-new-york-city-tax-increases-benefits-everyone
11 Dec 2013 | United States

Budget committee to debate child care, land transfer tax
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/12/budget-committee-debate-child-care-land-transfer-tax
10 Dec 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):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would 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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
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:

December 13, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/13/
Extended Unemployment Benefits (2 articles)
Kids Count Report – Iowa
Arizona Daily Star Series on Foster Care

December 12, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/12/
Poverty Measurement in the US

December 11, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/11/
Minimum Wage
Affordable Housing and Homelessness (3 articles)
Poverty Rate – Rochester, NY (2 articles)

December 10, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/10/
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Coverage (6 articles)
Funding for Low-Income Students – California

December 9, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/12/09/
Poverty Measurement – New York City
Legal Assistance – New Jersey

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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

13. [United States] Trends in Poverty with an Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure- December 5
(Christopher Wimer, Columbia University)

Trends in Poverty with an
Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure
(PDF - 684K, 25 pages)
http://goo.gl/lZiCg5
By Christopher Wimer et al.
December 5, 2013

Excerpt from the Intro:
Poverty measures set a poverty line or threshold and then evaluate resources against that threshold. The official poverty measure is flawed on both counts: it uses thresholds that are outdated and are not adjusted appropriately for the needs of different types of individuals and households; and it uses an incomplete measure of resources which fails to take into account the full range of income and expenses that individuals and households have.

Excerpt from the Conclusion:
Government programs today are cutting poverty nearly in half (from 29% to 16%) while in 1967 they only cut poverty by about a one percentage point. Results are particularly striking for child poverty and deep child poverty. In 2012, government programs reduced both child poverty and deep child poverty by 11 percentage points. In 1967, by contrast government programs (through the tax system) actually increased child poverty rates, and reduced deep child poverty rates by only 4 percentage points.

Source:
Columbia University

http://www.columbia.edu/

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Related link:

U.S. poverty rate decreased over past half-century thanks to safety-net programs : Study
http://goo.gl/l4yFj4
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
December 9, 2013
Government programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance have made significant progress in easing the plight of the poor in the half-century since the launch of the war on poverty, according to a major new study [see above]. But the nation’s economy has made far less progress lifting people out of poverty without the need for government services.

The findings by a group of academic researchers at Columbia University paint a mixed picture of the United States nearly 50 years after Lyndon B. Johnson announced in his January 1964 State of the Union address [ http://goo.gl/aFgQ1 ] that he would wage a war on poverty. They also contradict the official poverty rate, which suggests there has been no decline in the percentage of Americans experiencing poverty since then.

Source:
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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

14. [United States] Making the poor — and the U.S. — poorer still - December 8
(Washington Post)

[United States] Making the poor — and the U.S. — poorer still
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/making-the-poor--and-the-us--poorer-still/2013/12/08/cda50c26-5dd1-11e3-95c2-13623eb2b0e1_story.html
By Robert E. Rubin, Roger C. Altman and Melissa Kearney
December 8, 2013
Congress may take up legislation this week to cut food stamps. The Senate passed a bill in June mandating $4?billion in cuts over 10 years; the House version, passed in September, imposes nearly $40?billion in reductions. A conference committee has been charged with resolving these differences. Somehow, this negotiation is occurring amid the worst poverty levels in two decades, a weak overall economy and rapidly falling budget deficits. Under these circumstances, it would be economically and morally unsound to carry out the cuts.

NOTE: This article contains almost two dozen links
to related and contextual information from the Washington Post.

252 comments about this article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/making-the-poor--and-the-us--poorer-still/2013/12/08/cda50c26-5dd1-11e3-95c2-13623eb2b0e1_allComments.html

Source:
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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

15. [International] Human Rights Day : December 10

December 10 : International Human Rights Day
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

2013 Theme: 20 Years Working for Your Rights
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon : "As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, let us intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere."

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. In 2013, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment.

The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2013/about.shtml

Secretary-General's Message
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2013/sgmessage.shtml

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx

Past Human Rights Days
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2013/past.shtml

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights : 20th Anniversary
http://at20.ohchr.org/
As we continue to strive towards a world that acknowledges the rights of all human beings, the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action, adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, still sets the agenda for much of our work.

Source:
United Nations
http://www.un.org/en/index.shtml

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United Nations Human Rights page
http://www.un.org/rights/
- incl. links to : UN Bodies - Thematic Issues - International Courts and Tribunals - Other Resources - Past Conferences

High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
http://www.ohchr.org/
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Human Rights Day:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Day

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From
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada:

http://www.international.gc.ca/

Canada Reaffirms Commitment to Championing Human Rights
http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2013/12/10a.aspx
December 10, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the occasion of Human Rights Day:
“This year’s Human Rights Day comes at a time of global remembrance for Nelson Mandela, one of the last century’s greatest champions of human rights. His unrelenting commitment to the cause was an inspiration to all of us, and in 2001 he became the first living person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship.

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December 10, 2013
Public Service Announcement:

Government of Canada Announces New
Human Rights Initiative to Eliminate Poverty, Homelessness & Hunger

http://goo.gl/TrQYgk
Always check the small print.

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- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

16. 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)

Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

11 December 2013 - CRINmail issue 1357
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4974
In this issue:
Human Rights Day 2013
News in Brief
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Tajikistan
Upcoming events
Employment
CRIN announcements: new website, new office!
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 issue 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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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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Just when you think you've heard it all...

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY!

International Mountain Day - 11th December 2013
"Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future"
http://www.fao.org/forestry/internationalmountainday/en/
"International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands."

Source:
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
http://www.fao.org/

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Excuse me while I rush out to buy my International Mountain Day greeting cards to send to family and friends...
(...and NO, this isn't from The Onion [ http://www.theonion.com/ ]

Disclaimer:
If you're a mountain-hugger, please understand that I wholly and enthusiastically support mountains in general and don't load up my Inbox with your nasty emails. I love mountains so much that I've been known to make molehills into them occasionally. But an actual DAY to appreciate mountains??
HUMPH.

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Are your favourite charities behaving badly? Do this.
http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/11/23/are_your_favourite_charities_behaving_badly_do_this.html
Here are summary answers to six perennial questions about the ethics of charity donations.

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Two hours of Elvis Presley (videos, 2:14:00)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDm4mbnF-NI

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Two minutes of David Thibault (Elvis impersonator) singing "Blue Christmas") (video, 2:25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VwWRpIinxs
This 16-year-old kid from St-Raymond-Portneuf (just outside Québec) Out-Elvises Elvis!
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Time to get into the Spirit!

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas (video, duration 2:44)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqdx47Rp0tY

Time to go overboard!
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/XMAS/noel.htm

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We No Speak Americano (video, duration 2:19)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iANRO3I30nM
Finger-tappin', knee-slappin', hand dancin' by Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding!

Hands - Up & Over It (video, duration 4:40)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwNEpQUeILE
Another side of Cleary and Harding, fer sure.
(You can skip directly to 2:10 for the new material.)

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