Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 16, 2014

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 2,684 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. Economic Action Plan 2014 : The 2014 federal budget (Department of Finance Canada) - February 11 (+ more recent)
2. The Rise and Fall of Social Assistance Use in Canada, 1969–2012 (University of Calgary) - Posted February 13
3. Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the Northwest Territories - June 2013
4. Media and Policy News for February 10 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

5. British Columbia renews housing strategy - February 6

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Victim Services Survey, 2011/2012 - February 13
--- Annual Levels of Immigration and Immigrant Entry Earnings in Canada - February 13
-- Study: Parenting and child support after separation or divorce, 2011 - February 12
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. U.S. Health Insurance ("Obamacare") update

10. 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. Economic Action Plan 2014 : The 2014 federal budget - February 11
(Department of Finance Canada)

From the
Department of Finance Canada:

[ http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp ]

Economic Action Plan 2014
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en/blog/economic-action-plan-2014

Minister of Finance Confirms Return to Balanced Budgets in 2015
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-019-eng.asp
News Release
February 11, 2014
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty today tabled Economic Action Plan 2014, which confirms that the Government is on track to return to balanced budgets in 2015, with new measures that will create jobs and opportunities in an uncertain global economy.
- includes budget highlights (Supporting Jobs and Growth --- Supporting Families and Communities* --- Balancing the Budget)
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* Comment (by Gilles) : I had to laugh - but only figuratively - when I read (under Supporting Families...) the following:
"Expanding the Funeral and Burial Program so modern day veterans have access to a dignified funeral and burial."
Good of you to throw this bone to the vets, many of whom lost life and limb while serving our country in the Middle East, and to those returning from the war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Want to offer the vets some *real* dignity, Mister Harper? You can start by throwing that disrespectful piece of shit Bully-Boy Fantino out with the other trash. [ http://goo.gl/mKQNQx ]
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Budget Plan (427 pages)
HTML version:
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html
PDF version (3MB) : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/plan/pdf/budget2014-eng.pdf

Budget in Brief (PDF - 1.9MB, 18 pages)
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/bb/pdf/brief-bref-eng.pdf

Budget Speech
HTML version :
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/speech-discours/2014-02-11-eng.html
PDF version (1.8MB, 10 pages) :
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/speech-discours/pdf/speech-discours-e.pdf

Related Products:

* Jobs Report: The State of the Canadian Labour Market (PDF 1.4MB)
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/jobs-emplois/pdf/jobs-emplois-eng.pdf

[NOTE : The three backgrounders below are also available in PDF format;
if you click a backgrounder link, the PDF link will appear on the next page.]

* Backgrounder: The Road to Balance
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/themes/road-voie-eng.html

* Backgrounder: Supporting Families and Communities
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/themes/famcom-famcol-eng.html

* Backgrounder: Jobs and Growth
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/themes/jobs-emplois-eng.html

* EAP 2014 Overview Video
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/docs/media/Videos/overview-apercu-eng.html

Source:
Canada's Economic Action Plan - home page
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en

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Media coverage

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From the Toronto Star:
[ http://www.thestar.com/ ]

Ten highlights of the 2014 federal budget released Tuesday
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/10_highlights_of_the_federal_budget.html

Flaherty budget a masterpiece of hype: Walkom
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/flaherty_budget_a_masterpiece_of_hype_walkom.html

Jim Flaherty unveils grab bag federal budget
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/jim_flaherty_unveils_grab_bag_federal_budget.html

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From the Globe and Mail:
[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]

Jim Flaherty’s public finance on autopilot
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/jim-flahertys-public-finance-on-autopilot/article16812006/

Squeezing public-sector benefit plan is key to Tories' budget balancing act
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/budget-head/article16805408/

Federal budget takes aim at erasing deficit by 2015
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flaherty-delivers-federal-budget/article16788927/

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From CBC News:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/news ]

Budget 2014 at a glance
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/budget-2014/

Budget 2014: Government to thwart suspended senators’ pension eligibility
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/budget-2014-government-to-thwart-suspended-senators-pension-eligibility-1.2530711

Federal budget a political road map to next election
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservative-budget-a-political-road-map-to-next-election-1.2533070

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From CTV News:
[ http://www.ctvnews.ca/ ]

Flaherty touts 'common-sense' budget; opposition says it falls short
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/flaherty-touts-common-sense-budget-opposition-says-it-falls-short-1.1682521

Reaction to 2014 federal budget: What the critics think
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/reaction-to-2014-federal-budget-what-the-critics-think-1.1681410

Federal budget 2014: Skills training, infrastructure top the agenda
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/federal-budget-2014-skills-training-infrastructure-top-the-agenda-1.1681254

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Budget analysis by NGOs

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From rabble.ca:
[ http://rabble.ca/ ]

Young workers left behind in budget 2014
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/behind-numbers/2014/02/young-workers-left-behind-budget-2014

Comments on Budget 2014
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/council-canadians/2014/02/comments-on-bdgt14-harpers-trade-policy-and-jobs

Missing in action: Federal budget 2014
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2014/02/missing-action-federal-budget-2014

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From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

2014 Federal Budget Analysis
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/2014-federal-budget-analysis
- includes budget analysis by: Assembly of First Nations - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Canadians for Tax Fairness - Canadian Union of Public Employees - Council of Canadians

Who will they come for next? Charities and the federal budget
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/02/11/who-will-they-come-for-next/

Budget 2014: Let stagnation reign
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/02/11/budget-2014-let-stagnation-reign/

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From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

[ http://www.caledoninst.org/ ]

The 2014 Unbalanced Budget (PDF - 116K, 33 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1037ENG.pdf
Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
February 2014
A balanced Budget is the holy grail of finance – and of Finance. This year, it was not to be. The 2014 federal Budget was not in balance. Because the 2014 Budget has a $3.0 billion contingency fund and a $2.9 billion deficit, it is actually projected to be balanced from a fiscal perspective. But it is severely unbalanced in that it fails to address serious social problems currently plaguing the country.

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From the
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

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.

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

2. The Rise and Fall of Social Assistance Use in Canada, 1969–2012 - Posted February 13
(University of Calgary)

Ontario struggling with welfare usage rates compared to most other provinces
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1305833/ontario-struggling-with-welfare-usage-rates-compared-to-most-other-provinces
February 13, 2014
A report released today by The School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary offers a national scan of social assistance usage rates to identify trends amongst the Canadian provinces. Based on their analysis, Ron Kneebone and Katherine White conclude that Ontario has the biggest problem with welfare usage (over 7 per cent in 2012) - Alberta maintains the lowest usage rate (roughly 3 per cent in 2012).

Source:
CNW
(formerly Canada Newswire)
http://www.newswire.ca/

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The report:

The Rise and Fall of Social-Assistance Use in Canada, 1969–2012
By Ronald Kneebone and Katherine White
February 2014
HTML version : http://policyschool.ucalgary.ca/?q=content/rise-and-fall-social-assistance-use-canada-1969-2012
PDF version (668K, 20 pages) :
http://policyschool.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/research/kneebone-white-social-assistance.pdf

An explanation that deserves attention is the replacement, in 1996, of shared federal-provincial financing of social assistance under the Canada Assistance Plan with its replacement, the Canada Health and Social Transfer, putting the sole responsibility* for financing on provinces. No longer able to spend “50-cent dollars” as under CAP, the provinces introduced significant changes in program design, rules and regulations.

Source:
School of Public Policy

[ http://policyschool.ucalgary.ca/ ]
University of Calgary
[ http://ucalgary.ca/ ]

* NOTE (by Gilles):
It's misleading to state that the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) put the sole responsibility for financing provincial social assistance programs. The provinces (and territories) were no longer able to spend '50-cent dollars' because the federal funding formula was changed in 1996 from a federal contribution equal to 50% of approved provincial-territorial welfare costs to a block fund that included social assistance and social services AND health insurance AND post-secondary education.

As noted in the National Council of Welfare's 1997 report Another Look at Welfare Reform (PDF - 6.75MB, 134 pages):
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1997_another_look_at_welfare_reform.pdf ]
... (page 4) "The new funding arrangements started with the 1996-97 fiscal year on April 1996 and ushered in sizable [sic] cuts in combined federal support for medicare, post-secondary education, welfare and social services. In the 1994-95 fiscal year, the federal government paid $29.4 billion to the provinces and territories for the four programs, partly in cash and partly in taxing powers that Ottawa had originally given up in 1977. By 1997-98, total federal support would fall by 14 percent to $25.2 billion
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The federal contribution to provincial social assistance decreased between 1994 and 1998, but it wasn't eliminated. Ottawa allowed provinces to apportion the (decreased) federal dollars among the aforementioned programs as they saw fit, thus giving them more flexibility in the administration and financing of their programs. BTW- this is NOT an endorsement of the demise of the Canada Assistance Plan in favour of the CHST. I agree with most progressive program analysts, who saw the 1996 federal funding switch as regressive, with the National Council of Welfare going so far as to call it "the worst policy initiative undertaken by the federal government in more than a generation."

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NOTE 2:
The nit-picker in me bubbles to the surface once in awhile, and today's one of those days --- "social assistance" (without the hyphen) is the correct spelling of the name of this program.

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For links to much more info about the Canada Assistance Plan and the CHST, go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

3. Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the Northwest Territories - June 2013

Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Action Plan Released
http://www.yhssa.org/news/news-release-anti-poverty-action-plan-released
News Release
YELLOWKNIFE (February 11, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Anti-Poverty Action Plan, tabled yesterday in the Legislative Assembly, describes the commitments the GNWT has made to address the needs of those NWT residents most vulnerable and those at risk of falling into poverty. The Action Plan identifies investments of $2.6 million and outlines actions the GNWT is taking now, or is committed to take, to address poverty, including supporting day shelter programs in Yellowknife and Inuvik, building new housing in small communities and providing nutritious food directly to children and youth through established programs.

Report : Government of the Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Action Plan
February 2014
Complete report (PDF - 936K, 11 pages):
http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/gnwt-anti-poverty-action-plan.pdf
Summary (PDF - 432K, 3 pages)
http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/gnwt-anti-poverty-action-plan-summary.pdf

Related earlier reports:

Building on the Strengths of Northerners:
A Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT
(PDF - 3.8MB, 48 pages)
http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/anti-poverty_report.pdf
June 2013
Building on the Strengths of Northerners is a strategic policy framework, the first step in a long-term plan to eliminate poverty in the NWT. It provides an overview of what we are doing now and what we need to do in the future to realize our vision of a poverty-free NWT.

Three Ways Poverty Costs Us:
1. Direct costs : Social programs such as income support and services for people living in poverty.
2. Indirect costs : The burden of poverty is felt in emergency wards, law enforcement, the criminal justice system and other public services.
3, Social costs : Lost potential, poor health, diminished contribution to community life.

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Summary of the NWT Anti-Poverty Strategic Framework (PDF - 3.2MB, 24 pages)
http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/anti-poverty_summary.pdf
November 2013

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A Charter for Working Together Toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT (PDF - 400K, 4 pages)
http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/anti-poverty_accord.pdf
November 29, 2013

Source:
Health and Social Services

http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/
Government of the Northwest Territories

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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 Northwest Territories Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ntbkmrk.htm

4. Media and Policy News for February 10
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 10 Feb 2014

http://goo.gl/iRbXPm

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

Top Stories

Does a minimum wage increase hurt workers? The problem is only the smallness of their spoons
Premier Wynne to go “on trial” over social assistance rates
Moving into election, Manitoba’s NDP agrees to hike welfare shelter rates to 75% of the median market rate
Does Jim Flaherty disagree with Harper about income splitting?
And how much is $3 billion in income splitting anyway?
Radwanski: The Ontario NDP is winning voters over with less policy, not more
Ontario’s Partnership Council to boost jobs for people with disabilities greeted with some skepticism

Cool Things

Ontario Campaign 2000 – webinar on child support and social assistance (with ISAC background and information)
Who pays the highest taxes in Ontario? Poor seniors, that’s who
No matter where you live in Ontario, you can calculate your energy bill here

Around the Province

Poverty Challenge underway in Kenora
Windsor Star on Hudak’s Right to Work plan

Across the Country

Even on Family Day, there’s still no child poverty reduction plan in BC
A new job prep course starts in Prince Albert, SK

National

CCPA warns a “do-nothing” federal budget could harm the economy
Federation of Canadian Municipalities say Harper has no plan on housing and poverty
CCPA’s David Macdonald on the Alternative Federal Budget
Andrew Jackson on January’s employment numbers
Jack Mintz says simple changes could help low income seniors more than revamping the CPP (Ed note: Why not both?)
The Globe on 10 key ways the feds are changing citizenship requirements

International

Improving opportunity won’t reduce poverty
NYT: More on the minimum wage debate in the US
Some US polling data on poverty – interesting stuff
The number of children dying in Detroit is a public health emergency
Fare protesters in Rio take over transit station to let passengers ride free
Behind the scenes with a Walmart manager
As Cuba cuts social spending, poverty is on the increase
Why there’s no outcry
The Rev. Al Sharpton: It’s a battle of minimum wage vs. maximum greed
A message from one of America’s “used-to-have’s”

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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

5. British Columbia renews housing strategy - February 6

British Columbia renews housing strategy
http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017//2014MNGD0006-000131.htm
News Release
February 6, 2014
VICTORIA – The B.C. government has updated the Province’s housing strategy, Housing Matters BC, to direct new affordable housing investments and better serve the future needs of B.C. residents.
The update builds on seven years of best practices, and establishes three priorities that will guide future investments and projects:
• Take meaningful steps to improve safety, enhance affordability and promote healthy homes and communities.
• Create greater housing stability in a manner that increases confidence for renters, landlords and strata owners.
• Develop partnerships in a manner that creates more choices and increases affordable housing options for all British Columbians.
- includes a backgrounder with more detailed information

Launched in 2006, Housing Matters BC remains the most progressive housing strategy in Canada. The strategy has guided more than $2.5 billion since 2006 for housing programs and infrastructure and it has transformed affordable housing in British Columbia. To learn more about Housing Matters BC, visit: http://www.housingmattersbc.ca/

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- Go to the BC Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Victim Services Survey, 2011/2012 - February 13
--- Annual Levels of Immigration and Immigrant Entry Earnings in Canada - February 13
--- Study: Parenting and child support after separation or divorce, 2011 - February 12

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

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February 13, 2014
Victim Services Survey, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140213/dq140213b-eng.htm
Between April 1, 2011, and March 31, 2012, 760 victim service providers reporting to the Victim Services Survey helped almost 460,000 victims of crime. The survey looked at services provided to both those directly victimized (primary victims) and persons affected by the victimization of another (secondary victims, such as family members of homicide victims).

Related subjects:

•Crime and justice
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2693&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

•Victims and victimization
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=455&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Annual Levels of Immigration and Immigrant Entry Earnings in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2014356-eng.htm
By Feng Hou and Garnett Picot
February 13, 2014
CONTENTS:
Abstract
Executive summary
1 Introduction
2 Cohort size and economic outcomes
3 Data, measures, and methods
4 Results
5 Conclusion

February 12, 2014
Study: Parenting and child support after separation or divorce, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140212/dq140212a-eng.htm
Approximately 5 million Canadians separated or divorced within the last 20 years, according to data from the 2011 General Social Survey on Families. Of these, about one-quarter (24%) had at least one child together aged 18 or younger at the time of the survey.

Related subjects:

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

•Divorce and separation
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40001&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.

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

7. 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

February 16, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Organizations, service providers and early childhood leaders: You are invited to sign an open letter regarding changes to regulations in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/organizations-service-providers-and-early-childhood-leaders
12 Feb 2014 | Ontario
The Ontario government has proposed changes to key child care regulations including reductions to adult: child ratios and increases to group sizes. In response, an open letter outlines the research on these important program elements and raises concerns about the proposed change's impact on quality and on early childhood staff. The letter urges the Minister of Education Ontario government to engage in fuller consultation in a broader, holistic approach to ECEC policy development.

What does the research say about multi-age grouping for infants, toddlers and preschoolers?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/what-does-research-say-about-multi-age-grouping-infants-tod
12 Feb 2014 | Ontario
CRRU BRIEFing NOTE looks at multi-age grouping in early childhood programs to inform the dialogue about a proposal by the Ontario government to introduce regulations for multi-age grouping models in the province.

ChildCare2020: from vision to action - National child care conference
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/childcare2020-vision-action-national-child-care-conference
12 Feb 2014 | Canada
Come back to Winnipeg for Canada's fourth national child care policy conference. Don't miss this rare opportunity to help create a vision for early childhood education and care in Canada for the next decade and beyond.

Another February 6: One more year -- and whaddya get? (Not more and better child care)
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/another-february-6-one-more-year-and-whaddya-get-not-more-a
12 Feb 2014 | Canada
Child care Canada NOW blog - "Another February 6th, and for those of us in the child care community, it's a time to reflect on Canada's close-but-no-cigar national child care program. You remember, right?".

Federal budget 2014 12 Feb 2014 | Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/federal-budget-2014
Links to the full text of the 2014 federal budget and a collection of responses compiled by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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

Daycare cuts deferred once again by Thunder Bay council
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/daycare-cuts-deferred-once-again-thunder-bay-council
12 Feb 2014 | Ontario

State rejects no-immunisation, no-childcare plan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/state-rejects-no-immunisation-no-childcare-plan
12 Feb 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

One-stop shop for child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/one-stop-shop-child-care
12 Feb 2014 | Ontario

The MomShift: Having children can actually boost your career, Toronto author Reva Seth says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/momshift-having-children-can-actually-boost-your-career-toronto-auth
12 Feb 2014 | Canada

Daycare service cuts trouble Thunder Bay dad on wait list
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/daycare-service-cuts-trouble-thunder-bay-dad-wait-list
12 Feb 2014 | 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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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

8. 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/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

February 14, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/14/
Long-term Unemployment Benefits

February 13, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/13/
Foster Care – Minnesota

February 12, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/12/
Earned Income Tax Credit
US Poverty Rate

February 11, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/11/
State Medicaid Programs (3 articles)

February 10, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/10/
States and Job Creation
Homelessness and Housing (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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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

9. U.S. Health Insurance ("Obamacare") update

The Simplest Explanation Of Obamacare. Ever. (video, duration 6:53)
http://www.upworthy.com/the-simplest-explanation-of-obamacare-ever

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From
The White House:

Health Reform in Action
http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform
The health insurance marketplace is open.
Find health coverage that meets your needs and budget.
- includes links to:
* At a Glance * About the new law * Relief for you * Myths & Facts * Recent health care news * Health care maps * About the Affordable Care Act (Stronger Rights & Protections - Better Access to Care - More Affordable Coverage - Stronger Medicare - special coverage info for: * Women & Families * Employers * Young Adults * Health Care Providers * Seniors * People with Disabilities

HealthCare. Gov
https://www.healthcare.gov/
HealthCare.Gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [ http://www.cms.gov/ ].

Health Insurance Blog
https://www.healthcare.gov/blog/

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The Simplest Explanation Of Obamacare. Ever. (video, duration 6:53)
http://www.upworthy.com/the-simplest-explanation-of-obamacare-ever

Affordable Care Act: Obamacare & Health Reform Facts
http://healthreform.kaiserpermanente.org/

Understanding the Impact of Obamacare on Medicare
http://blog.ehealthmedicare.com/media-center/infographics/?pid=11

What does Marketplace health insurance cover?
https://www.healthcare.gov/what-does-marketplace-health-insurance-cover/

Affordable Care Act: State-by-State Impact:
http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/bystate/statebystate.html

The Lifestyle Revolutionaries Guide to Addiction Intervention (PDF - 316K, 18 pages):
http://www.lakeviewhealth.com/InterventionGuide.pdf

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

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

10. [U.S.] What does inequality mean in the real world?


20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/20-things-the-rich-do-every-day
1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.


20 things the poor really do every day

http://benirwin.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/20-things-the-poor-do-every-day/

1. Search for affordable housing.
2. Try to make $133 worth of food last a whole month.
3. Subsist on poor quality food.
4. Skip a meal.
5. Work longer and harder than most of us.
6. Go to bed 3 hours before their first job starts.
7. Try to avoid getting beat up by someone they love.
8. Put themselves in harm’s way, only to be kicked to the streets afterward.
9. Pay more than their fair share of taxes.
10. Fall further behind.
11. Raise kids who will be poor.
12. Vote less.
13. When they do vote… vote pretty much the same as the rest of us.
14. Live with chronic pain.
15. Live shorter lives.
16. Use drugs and alcohol pretty much the same as (or less than) everyone else.
17. Receive less in subsidized benefits than corporations.
18. Get themselves off welfare as soon as possible.
19. Have about the same number of children as everyone else.
20. Accomplish one single goal: stay alive.


11. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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It was 50 years ago today (or so), that the Beatles came to play

The Beatles: 50 years after 'Ed Sullivan' they're everywhere, in everything
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2014/0209/The-Beatles-50-years-after-Ed-Sullivan-they-re-everywhere-in-everything-video

CBS's 'Grammy Salute' Belongs to McCartney and Starr
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/arts/television/cbs-grammy-salute-belongs-to-mccartney-and-starr.html

The guy who brought The Beatles to America
http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/09/opinion/greene-ed-sullivan-beatles/

A Rare Look at the Origins of Beatlemania: Watch the Throwback Footage
http://entertainment.time.com/2014/02/09/beatles-50th-anniversary-ed-sullivan-show-beatlemania/

What the critics wrote about the Beatles in 1964
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-beatles-quotes-20140209,0,1146431.story

The Beatles "White Album:" The Untold Story
http://www.forbes.com/sites/bobbyowsinski/2014/02/09/the-beatles-white-album-the-untold-story/

On February 9th, John, Paul, Ringo, and George came to play on Mr. Sullivan's "big shew" and everything changed. Americans were introduced to the Beatles through the wonder of television, people screamed with joy at home, and some critics were less than receptive to the four lads from Liverpool. By the time the Beatles appeared on Sullivan's show, they were already on the music charts in Britain and even some Americans were already exposed to their music. It's hard to realize this now, but they were quite unusual for their time. Not only did the Fab Four write all of their own music, but they had little formal classical training. This week, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr made an appearance on a CBS special dedicated to the Beatles and dozens of journalists weighed in on their lasting legacy. No doubt the encomia will continue and certainly we haven't heard the last of the four fine fellows. [KMG]

The first link will take visitors to a wonderful appreciation of the Beatles and their legacy via Noelle Swan of the Christian Science Monitor. The second link leads to a writeup of the CBS Beatles tribute that aired on Sunday. Moving along, interested parties will find another bit of commentary from noted columnist, Bob Greene, on the man who brought the Beatles to America, Ed Sullivan. The fourth link leads to a great video clip courtesy of TIME that documents the true mania of "Beatlemania." Next up, is an amusing collection of what critics (including William F. Buckley) had to say about the Beatles in 1964. Finally, visitors will find a great behind-the-scenes look at the making of the White Album, courtesy of Forbes

Source: The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.
https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

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Watch a Couple Break Up Using 154 Movie Titles (video, duration 3:51)
http://jezebel.com/watch-a-couple-break-up-using-154-movie-titles-1520919552

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Proverbes anglais avec leur équivalent en français!
http://www.anglaisfacile.com/free/proverbes.php

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Nifty candlestick recycles candle wax...
http://imgur.com/gallery/VEMfB

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Ten most interesting lists
http://the10mostknown.com/
Ten most interesting : bridges - sacred caves - opera houses - beach drinks - chocolatiers - islands - Las Vegas attractions - extreme water sports - most relaxing places - amazing hotels - more (bottom of the page)

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Vertigo, anyone? (video, duration 1:36)
http://www.wimp.com/handssweat/