Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 16, 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 2,648 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. Canada at a Glance, 2013 (Statistics Canada) - April 30
2. Report of Findings from Angels of the Road : 16 Months of Living with Canada’s Homeless (Bonny L. Cameron) - June 2013
3. BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Newsletter : June 2013
4. Abbotsford (B.C) city staff caught spreading manure over a homeless camp (12 links, mostly to Abbotsford Today articles) - June 5

5. Canada Without Poverty News - April/May 2013
6. Who Spends More: Left or Right? (Montreal Economic Institute) - March 27, 2013
7. Network Tools : PDF Mergy and Google Scholar (Found in The Scout Report)
8.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Saving and Wealth: The Adequacy of Household Saving in Canada - June 14
--- Youth court statistics, 2011/2012 - June 13
--- Adult criminal court statistics in Canada, 2011/2012 - June 13
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fourth quarter 2012 - June 12
--- Study: Unemployment dynamics among Canada's youth, 1977 to 2012 - June 11

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

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. [United States] New/Updated American Government content:
----- The 2012 Statistical Abstract (U.S. Census Bureau)
----- 2013 (Annual) Update of the Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines
----- Welfare in America - Reports to Congress (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families + Indicators of Welfare Dependence)
----- Food Insecurity in Households With Children: Prevalence, Severity, and Household Characteristics, 2010-11
12. 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. Canada at a Glance, 2013 - April 30
(Statistics Canada)

Canada at a Glance, 2013
April 30, 2013
HTML version
- incl. links (in the left margin) to sections on:
* Population * Health * Education * Crime * Housing * Income, spending * Government * International comparisons * Labour * Economy * International trade * Energy * Manufacturing * Agriculture * Environment * Travel, transport
PDF version (7.3MB, 27 pages) - complete report in one file

Source:
Canada at a Glance - Product main page*
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=12-581-X&lang=eng
* Click View for the latest edition of the publication; click Chronological index for earlier editions (back to 2000).

Canada at a Glance presents current Canadian demographic, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market, household, economic, travel, financial, agricultural, foreign trade and environmental statistics. This booklet also includes important international comparisons, so that readers can see how Canada stacks up against its neighbours. Updated yearly, Canada at a Glance is a very useful reference for those who want quick access to current Canadian statistics.

[ Earlier editions of this report ]

Source:
Statistics Canada

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Summary tables
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/index-eng.htm

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* Statistics by subject
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/index?lang=eng

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

2. Report of Findings from Angels of the Road : 16 Months of Living with Canada’s Homeless - June 2013
(Bonny L. Cameron)

An Examination of the Shelter Industry in Canada & the Efficacy of
Program Delivery as It Impacts Client Outcomes
Report of Findings from Angels of the Road : 16 Months
of Living with Canada’s Homeless
(PDF - 356K, 28 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/angels_of_the_road.pdf
By Bonny L. Cameron
June 2013

Abstract:
This observer/participant study involved almost two years of information gathering which was done from May 2009 – October 2011. The study took place in 15 cities throughout Canada, except (due to accessibility and funding issues) the far north. Over that period of time I lived in 12 shelters with capacities ranging from 8 – 300 occupants. Attended programs offered to the homeless through 15 drop-in centres and accessed 24 meal programs. The study involved total immersion with the subject population. Stays varied from 3 weeks to 4 months depending on the size of the homeless population with whom I was assimilating.

Summary
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/summary.pdf
Anyone who tells you that they can eradicate homelessness is deluding themselves. There will always be street people; those among us whose addictions outweigh any other consideration in their lives; a perfect society will build communities with room for everyone, even street people. It is however possible to reduce homelessness by 70% through affordable home ownership initiatives for the 50% working poor and supportive housing programs for the 20% with medical issues. Priority needs to be given to keeping medicals and working poor in the homes they have.

Author Bonny Cameron is a self-described social activist for the homeless & street populations.
[ More info about the author :
http://www.angelsoftheroad.com/page20.php ]

Angels of the Road (Bonny Cameron's website)
http://www.angelsoftheroad.com/

Bonny Cameron's Blog
http://angelsoftheroad.blogspot.ca/

Please direct any questions, requests or comments to:
blcameron51@gmail.com

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

3. BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Newsletter : June 2013

June 2013 E-Newsletter
http://goo.gl/ztncb

Contents:
* Doctors prescribe raising income;
* Child labour is no accident;
* Nunavut passes Collaboration for Poverty Reduction Act;
* Calgary endorses poverty reduction strategy
* Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Source:
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/
We are a coalition that includes community and non-profit groups, faith groups, health organizations, First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, businesses, labour organizations, and social policy groups. (...) We seek to improve the health and wellbeing of all British Columbians. We have 35 Coalition Members and over 375 supporting organizations that have joined the call for a poverty reduction plan

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

4. Abbotsford (B.C) city staff caught spreading manure over a homeless camp - June 5
(12 links, mostly to Abbotsford Today articles)

Abbotsford (B.C). sorry for using manure to drive out homeless:
'War on the homeless' treats homeless like 'animals,' local advocate says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/06/05/bc-abbotsford-homeless-manure.html
June 5, 2013
The City of Abbotsford has apologized for spreading chicken manure over a popular gathering place for the homeless in an apparent bid to drive them out of the city. "I am deeply sorry for our actions," city manager George Murray wrote in an email obtained by CBC News. (...)
The practice of using chicken manure to drive away the homeless came to light after local homelessness advocate James W. Breckenridge wrote a column titled "This Stinks" in the Abbotsford Today community newspaper.
[To read the Breckenridge column, go to http://goo.gl/bJDkh and scroll down the page to "This Stinks."]
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The City of Surrey used a similar tactic in 2009 — spreading chicken manure outside a busy resource centre for the homeless — but was forced to remove it following outrage from community members.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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MAIN COVERAGE - ABBOTSFORD TODAY
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Abbotsford Spreads Chicken Manure In City To Rid Itself Of The Homeless
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/abbotsford-spreads-chicken-manure-to-rid-itself-of-the-homeless/
June 5, 2013

Breaking News: Abbotsford City Manager George Murray Apologizes For Chicken Manure Homeless Incident
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/breaking-news-george-murray-apologizes-for-chicken-manure-homeless-incident/
June 5, 2013

Taking Responsibility Means Resigning
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/taking-responsibiloity-means-resigning/ (url is correct, despite the misspelling)
June 6, 2013

Jesus Would Be Ashamed
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/jesus-would-be-ashamed/
June 8, 2013

Is Abbotsford Sally Ann Using Hunger, Thirst To Get Rid Of Homeless?
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/by-ambrose-bierce-is-abbotsford-sally-ann-using-hunger-thirst-to-get-rid-of-homeless/
June 10, 2013

Sally Ann Changes Course – Begins Feeding The Homeless
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/sally-ann-changes-course-begins-feeding-the-homeless/
June 10, 2013

Answers Needed
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/answers-needed/
June 10, 2013

More Abbotsford Today coverage of this incident (links to 16 articles incl. the seven links above)
http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/?s=Chicken+Manure+Homeless+Incident

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GLOBE AND MAIL
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BC Town Apologizes After Manure Used to Repel Homeless People
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-town-apologizes-after-manure-used-to-repel-homeless-people/article12377586/
June 5, 2013

Something had to be done about Abbotsford homeless, resident says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/something-had-to-be-done-about-abbotsford-homeless-resident-says/article12412670/
June 7, 2013

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Port Coquitlam used chicken fertilizer to drive away homeless man
http://westcoastnativenews.com/port-coquitlam-used-chicken-fertilizer-to-drive-away-homeless-man
June 16, 2013

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

5. Canada Without Poverty News - April/May 2013

Canada Without Poverty News
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/news/
[Click the link above to access any of the news articles below.]

* Yukon Housing Action Plan Progress Report - May 6, 2013
* Right to Housing Charter Challenge in the Courts - May 27, 2013
* Poverty plan for Calgary moves closer to the finish line - May 21, 2013
* From Wrong to Wright: An Open Letter from CWP - May 16, 2013
* Living wage: incomes that reflect actual costs of living - May 9, 2013
* Press Release: Canada’s Human Rights Record Challenged - April 30, 2013

NOTE: In addition to the above news items, be sure to check out the links in the "Categories" box on the right-hand side of the page.
It includes many valuable resources, organized under the following topics:
* Appointments * Articles * Engage Ottawa Project * Events * Huffington Post * Legislative Updates * News * Reports * Uncategorized * Videos

Source:
Canada Without Poverty
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.

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

6. Who Spends More: Left or Right? (Montreal Economic Institute) - March 27, 2013

Who Spends More: Left or Right? (PDF - 3.4MB, 4 pages)
http://www.iedm.org/files/note0413_en.pdf
By Michel Kelly-Gagnon and Vincent Geloso
April 2013
Economic Note showing the absence of correlation between the governing party's ideology and the evolution of public spending as a share of GDP.

Abstract
http://www.iedm.org/43572-who-spends-more-left-or-right
Public policy debates are often coloured by ideological preconceptions. For example, we expect political parties on "the left" to have a tendency to increase public spending when they are in power, and parties on "the right" to have a tendency to reduce it. This perception clearly stems from official statements that emphasize different goals. But what is the reality?

Source:
Montreal Economic Institute (MEI)
http://www.iedm.org/e

Version française du site :

Institut économique de Montréal
http://www.iedm.org/fr/e

Related link:

Canadian politics just got turned upside down [Who Spends More: Left or Right?]
http://brighterlife.ca/2013/03/27/canadian-politics-just-got-turned-upside-down/
By Kevin Press
March 27, 2013
Fundamental to our understanding of democratic politics across the developed world is that conservative parties stand for relatively low levels of government spending, while those on the left of the political spectrum are prone to higher spending. A new study, released yesterday by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), blows a hole through that conventional wisdom.
(...)
MEI’s study examined government spending in Canada, Quebec and the U.S., dating back to the Pierre Trudeau, Robert Bourassa and Richard Nixon administrations respectively. “In all three cases,” reads the report, “it is actually left-wing governments that most reduced the relative size of government.”

Source:
BrighterLife.ca

http://brighterlife.ca/
"Sharing ideas about money, health and family"

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

7. Network Tools : PDF Mergy and Google Scholar
(Found in The Scout Report)

PDF Mergy
https://scout.wisc.edu/archives/g30835
Merging PDF files just got much easer with PDF Mergy.
This application gives users the ability to simply drag and drop files that need to be merged into a handy window. Users move the documents from either their hard drive or Google Drive into the desired order, click Merge, and download the single-file version. This Web app is compatible with all operating systems.

Google Scholar
http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en
For scholars young and old, Google Scholar is a great way to find key academic resources from all over the world. The homepage features a basic search engine, along with the ability to look through millions of patents and legal documents. Visitors can use the My Citations area to craft their own set of resources and they are also welcome to use the Metrics area for rigorous data. The advanced search options, links to articles citing the pieces users find, and connections to pdfs and local university libraries make Google Scholar an indispensable aid in conducting literature reviews. This version is compatible with all operating systems.

Source:
The Scout Report

Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013
https://www.scout.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Reference Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Saving and Wealth: The Adequacy of Household Saving in Canada - June 14
--- Youth court statistics, 2011/2012 - June 13
--- Adult criminal court statistics in Canada, 2011/2012 - June 13
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fourth quarter 2012 - June 12
--- Study: Unemployment dynamics among Canada's youth, 1977 to 2012 - June 11

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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June 14, 2013
(Under New products and studies):
The Canadian Economy in Transition:
"Saving and Wealth: The Adequacy of Household Saving in Canada"

HTML version : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-622-m/11-622-m2013029-eng.htm
PDF version (528K, 44 pages) : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-622-m/11-622-m2013029-eng.pdf
By Huju Liu, Yuri Ostrovsky and Jie Zhou
This paper examines one dimension of the overall state of financial preparedness for retirement in Canada by assessing the adequacy of households’ private saving.

Available in CANSIM:
CANSIM table 252-0064 to 252-0074:

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=252-0064..252-0074&p2=31

June 13, 2013
Youth court statistics, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130613/dq130613d-eng.htm
Canadian youth courts, which handle cases involving 12 to 17 year-olds, completed about 48,000 cases in 2011/2012, down 10% from the previous year. The 2011/2012 decrease marks the third consecutive annual decline and the lowest number of cases completed in youth courts since national data were first collected in 1991/1992.
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COMMENT by Gilles:

Cases down by 10% since last year?
Third consecutive annual decline?
Lowest number of cases since 1991?
Harper Government™ Response:
"Hey, let's build more prisons!!"
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Related subjects:

Children and youth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Crime and justice (youth)
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20002&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

Crimes and offences
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2102&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Criminal courts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2695&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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More StatCan reports on crime, justice, the court system, etc.
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm#crime
(This link takes you to the "crime/justice stats" section of the Stat links page of this website.

June 13, 2013
Adult criminal court statistics in Canada, 2011/2012
HTML version :
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11804-eng.htm
PDF version (748K, 28 pages) : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11804-eng.pdf

Highlights
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11804/hl-fs-eng.htm
* In 2011/2012, about 386,500 cases involving almost 1.2 million Criminal Code and other federal statute offences were completed in Canadian adult criminal courts, representing a 6% decrease from the previous year.
* All provinces and territories reported a decrease in the number of cases completed, except Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec. The largest declines in 2011/2012 occurred in the Northwest Territories (-17%), Prince Edward Island (-13%) and Yukon (-10%).
* In 2011/2012, there were fewer cases completed involving almost all types of offences.
* Slightly more than three-quarters (76%) of cases completed in adult criminal courts in 2011/2012 involved offences that were non-violent in nature.

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COMMENT by Gilles:

Cases completed down by 6% since last year?
Decrease in the number of cases completed (except NL and QC)?
Probation STILL the most commonly imposed sentence for adults found guilty in 2011/2012?
The Harper Government™ Response:
"Hey, let's build more prisons!!"
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Source:
Juristat

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=85-002-XIE&lang=eng
This publication provides in-depth analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Topics include crime, victimization, homicide, civil, family and criminal courts, and correctional services

June 12, 2013
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fourth quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130612/dq130612b-eng.htm
The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds totaled $1.2 trillion at the end of the fourth quarter, up 3.1% from the third quarter. On an annual basis, the value of pension fund assets increased 9.3% in 2012, following gains of 4.3% in 2011 and 14.2% in 2010.

June 11, 2013
Longitudinal Administrative Databank, 2009 and 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130611/dq130611c-eng.htm
Information from Tax Free Savings Accounts for 2009 and 2010 has been added to the Longitudinal Administrative Databank.
($) Custom tabulations (various prices) are now available.

Related subjects:

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

Household, family and personal income
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2812&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

June 11, 2013
Study: Unemployment dynamics among Canada's youth, 1977 to 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130611/dq130611a-eng.htm
This article reports on differences between youths and adults in terms of unemployment inflow and outflow rates, factors that contribute to a better understanding of the gap between the unemployment rates of youths and adults.
In 2012, the unemployment rate of youths aged 15 to 24 was 14.3%, compared with a rate of 6.0% for core-age adults aged 25 to 54. A significant gap between the unemployment rates of youths and adults have been observed every year since 1977.

Related subjects:

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

Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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



Source:
The Daily

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


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

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

9. 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

June 16, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Longitudinal study on the effects of mothers' employment on children's development
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/longitudinal-study-effects-mothers-employment-childrens-dev
12 Jun 2013 | Europe
The Academy of Social Sciences released a report describing the findings of Heather Joshi's longitudinal study on the effects of mothers' employment on children's development.

Early Development Instrument (EDI) "from results to action survey" report
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/early-development-instrument-edi-results-action-survey-repo
12 Jun 2013 | Canada
"This report offers a glimpse of the myriad of programs and projects being realised with the help from data collected on early childhood development, including, but not limited to, the EDI".

Q&A: Report on childcare provision in the Member States and study on the gender pension gap
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/qa-report-childcare-provision-member-states-and-study-gende
12 Jun 2013 | Europe
Memo from the European Commission explains the purpose of the 'Barcelona targets' to improve the provision of child care and largely focuses on how far member states have come on meeting them.

Dear Mr. Harper: Letter from the Canadian Child Care Federation
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/dear-mr-harper-letter-canadian-child-care-federation
12 Jun 2013 | Canada
Letter to Stephen Harper calls on "the political parties in Canada to make children, their care, development and safety a priority so that we can avoid tragedies and provide parents with assurances that their children are in monitored and regulated environments".

Nature guide for ECEs: Survey
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/06/nature-guide-eces-survey
12 Jun 2013 | Ontario
Humber College and the Back to Nature Network have begun an exciting new project that is going to produce a guide that ECE practitioners feel speaks to them and is easy to use. The survey aims to collect content ideas from practitioner's experiences with connecting children to nature and the outdoors.

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.

Non-profit group hopes to raise $1M for NorQuest day care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/non-profit-group-hopes-raise-1m-norquest-day-care
12 Jun 2013 | Alberta

What Ottawa parents will do for daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/what-ottawa-parents-will-do-daycare
12 Jun 2013 | Ontario

Guelph outdoor preschool takes the classroom to the meadow
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/guelph-outdoor-preschool-takes-classroom-meadow
12 Jun 2013 | Ontario

Nursery ratio changes being scrapped, Nick Clegg says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/nursery-ratio-changes-being-scrapped-nick-clegg-says
7 Jun 2013 | Europe

Power to the preschoolers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/06/power-preschoolers
6 Jun 2013 | United States

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 of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

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

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this 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 further down on the page you're now reading.

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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

10. 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:

June 14, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/14/
States and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)
Medicaid Reform – Florida
Public Criminal Defense System – Michigan

June 13, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/13/
Child Poverty in the UK (2 articles)

June 12, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/12/
Advanced Placement Classes – Michigan
State Minimum Wage – Iowa, Massachusetts

June 11, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/11/
Kids Count Report – Tennessee (2 articles)
The Farm Bill and SNAP (3 articles)

June 10, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/06/10/
States and Medicaid Expansion (4 articles)
College Education and Earnings

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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:
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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

11. [United States] New/Updated American Government content:
----- The 2012 Statistical Abstract (U.S. Census Bureau)
----- 2013 (Annual) Update of the Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines
----- Welfare in America - Reports to Congress (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families + Indicators of Welfare Dependence)
----- Food Insecurity in Households With Children: Prevalence, Severity, and Household Characteristics, 2010-11

United States

From the
U.S. Census Bureau:

The 2012 Statistical Abstract
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.
[ Click the link above to scan the latest (2012) Statistical Abstract Table of contents. Move your cursor over the list of sections in the left-hand margin to see the content of each of those sections. ]

Overview of the 2012 Statistical Abstract
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/overview.html

Source:
U.S. Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/

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From
Health and Human Services:

2013 Health and Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm
The 2013 HHS Poverty Guidelines for the 48 contiguous states* and the District of Columbia are as follows:
# of Persons in Family --------- Poverty Guideline
1 ------------------------------------- $11,490
2 ------------------------------------- $15,510
3 ------------------------------------- $19,530
4 ------------------------------------- $23,550
5 ------------------------------------- $27,570
6 ------------------------------------- $31,590
7 ------------------------------------- $35,610
8 ------------------------------------- $39,630
For each additional person, add - $4,020
[ *The HHS Poverty Guidelines are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.

There are two slightly different versions of the federal poverty measure: the poverty thresholds and the poverty guidelines.

The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure. They are updated each year by the Census Bureau and they are used mainly for statistical purposes — for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year.

The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs.
[ What programs use the poverty guidelines? http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.cfm#programs ]

Key differences between poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.shtml#differences
(From "Frequently Asked Questions")

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NOTE: For links to more info about poverty measures and poverty measurement in the U.S.,
go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

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Welfare in America - Reports to Congress

Indicators of Welfare Dependence, Twelfth Annual Report to Congress, 2009-2013 (PDF- 2.1MB, 168 Pages)
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/13/Indicators/rpt.pdf
March 2013
As directed by the Welfare Indicators Act, this report focuses on benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, formerly the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps); and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
TIP : See Appendix A of the report for 48 pages of program info and stats on these three programs (TANF - SNAP - SSI)

Source:
Human Services Policy (HSP)
http://aspe.hhs.gov/office_specific/hsp.cfm

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation ASPE)
http://aspe.hhs.gov/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
http://www.hhs.gov

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) :
Ninth Annual Report to Congress
(PDF - 1.3MB, 173 pages)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ofa/9th_report_to_congress_3_26_12.pdf
June 1, 2012
[Excerpt] TANF caseloads declined slightly throughout FY 2007 and continued to decline from the official start of the recession in December 2007 through July 2008. TANF caseloads then began to rise. From the low in July 2008 through September 2009, close to 199,000 families were added to the TANF rolls, representing an increase of 12 percent. Child-only cases continued to comprise a large fraction of the total TANF caseload. These are cases where no adult is included in the benefit calculation and only the children are aided. In FY 2009, child-only cases represented 48.1 percent of the total TANF caseload.

Appendix (PDF - 2.7MB, 421 pages)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ofa/ar9appendix.pdf
June 2012
- includes detailed information and tables on the following aspects of welfare for able-bodied families with children in America :
Caseload - Expenditures and Balances - Work Participation Rates - Work and Earnings - High Performance Bonus - Child Support Collections - Formation and Maintenance of Married Two-Parent Families - Out-of-Wedlock Births - Child Poverty and TANF - Characteristics and Financial Circumstances of TANF Recipients - Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Native Employment Works - Specific Provisions of State Programs - TANF Research and Evaluation - State Profiles

Source:
Administration for Children and Families
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/

Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.dhhs.gov/

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From the
U.S. Dept of Agriculture:

Food Insecurity in Households With Children:
Prevalence, Severity, and Household Characteristics, 2010-11
(PDF - 1MB, 59 pages)
http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1120651/eib-113.pdf
By Alisha Coleman-Jensen, William McFall, and Mark Nord
May 2013
An estimated 79 percent of households with children were food secure throughout the year in 2011, meaning that all the household members had consistent access to adequate food for active, healthy lives. This report examines the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in households with children by selected household characteristics.

Report Summary (small PDF file)
http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1120647/eib113-summary.pdf

Related Topics and Data
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/eib-economic-information-bulletin/eib113.aspx

Source:
U.S. Dept of Agriculture

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

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
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12. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

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

12 June 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1331
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4762
In this issue:
World Day Against Child Labour
Latest news and reports
- Extremists execute three children
- Albania and Spain ratify CRC complaints mechanism
- Age assessment methods criticised
- Insufficient investigations into missing children
- New publication on child marriage
- Proposed anti-gay law criminalises opposition views
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Nigeria
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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

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

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only 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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Seventeen Funny Sayings, Quotes and Phrases

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.

"One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." -George W. Bush

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

The road to success is always under construction.

When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

I poured Spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.

When you're right, no one remembers. When you're wrong, no one forgets.

Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.

If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

I stopped fighting my inner demons, were on the same side now.

Well-behaved women rarely make history

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong

He who laughs last, didn't get it.

We live in an age where pizza gets to your home before police.

"You have a cough? Go home tonight, eat a whole box of Ex-Lax, tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough."

"He's so optimistic he'd buy a burial suit with two pairs of pants."

Source:
100 Funny Sayings, Quotes and Phrases
http://fresh2def05.hubpages.com/hub/100-Funny-Sayings-Quotes-and-Phrases
(Click the link to see the rest of the 100)

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And, in closing...
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Finding Mr. Right: A 1950s Guide to Dating
http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/274670/a-1950s-guide-to-dating/

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22 Signs That Demand An Explanation
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/22-signs-that-demand-an-explanation

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Overcrowding in California Prisons (18 photos)
http://imgur.com/a/cCmOG

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For the geeks:
What a difference 25 years makes!
http://imgur.com/r/pics/uK5vrBq

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Converseen (open source image converter and resizer)
http://converseen.sourceforge.net/
- supports more than 100 image formats
- allows you to convert, resize, rotate and flip automatically an unlimited number of images.
- simple --- it features a very simple user interface without strange options.

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10 Bizarre Things People Believe In
http://listverse.com/2013/06/12/10-bizarre-things-people-believe-in/

 

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