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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 16, 2009

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,070 subscribers.

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


Canadian content

1.  Tories would leave jobless workers behind (Mike Savage and Marlene Jennings in the Toronto Star) - August 12
2. Foster Care Council of Canada

3. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer, August 2009 - August 13
--- Canadian Economic Observer: Historical Statistical Supplement (1961 to 2008) - August 13

4. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 16

International content

5. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
6. AgeSource/AgeStats Worldwide (AARP - formerly called the American Association of Retired Persons)
7.  United States Health Care Reform update - August 10
8. Australian Policy Online
9. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter) - Summer 2009

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


1. Tories would leave jobless workers behind - August 12
(Mike Savage and Marlene Jennings in the Toronto Star)

Tories would leave jobless workers behind
August 12, 2009
By Mike Savage
Liberal MP for Dartmouth–Cole Harbour
and Marlene Jennings
Liberal MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Lachine
On June 17, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed to form a working group that would look at reforms to employment insurance to improve fairness in eligibility requirements for Canadians laid off during this recession. (...) With 58 different [Employment Insurance eligibility] standards across the country, there are communities where one person is eligible for benefits while her neighbour across the street with the same number of hours worked will not qualify. This makes no sense, as the Prime Minister admitted back in June. This is why many of Canada's premiers have supported the call for a single national standard for EI eligibility. They are joined by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Labour Congress, TD Bank economists and the C.D. Howe Institute, among others.

Marlene Jennings and Mike Savage are Liberal members of the Employment Insurance Working Group.
The Toronto Star

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page :

2. Foster Care Council of Canada

Foster Care Council of Canada
The Foster Care Council of Canada is a non-profit organization made up of people who have lived in foster care and their supporters. (...) The Council's mission is to involve current and former child-welfare service clients and their supporters in the process of improving the quality and accountability of child-welfare services through a strong and united voice.
- includes links to :
* NEWS * About Us * Campaigns * Enforcement * Message Board * Resources * Contact Us

Foster Care News (blog)
The Foster Care Council of Canada, keeping you informed of child-welfare related matters in Canada including enforcement issues, legislative updates, public campaigns and more.

Message Board - discussion forum on a variety of issues related to child welfare

Related link:

Canada Court Watch Program - Family Justice Review Committee
A program of the National Association for Public and Private Accountability
"Protecting the public's interest in the administration of Justice"
Canada's only independent media source dedicated exclusively to news and information related to the Canadian Justice System and Canada's system of child protection

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:

3. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer, August 2009 - August 13
--- Canadian Economic Observer: Historical Statistical Supplement (1961 to 2008) - August 13

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

August 13, 2009
Canadian Economic Observer, August 2009
* Current economic conditions
* Economic events
* Feature article
* Recent feature articles
* National accounts
* Labour markets
* Prices
* International trade
* Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
* Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
* Financial markets
* Provincial
Canadian Economic Observer
Product main page
[Click "Chronological index" for earlier editions of the Canadian Economic Observer]

August 13, 2009
Canadian Economic Observer:
Historical Statistical Supplement (1961 to 2008)
- incl. tables covering the following areas:
* National accounts
* Labour markets
* Prices
* International trade
* Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
* Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
*Financial markets
* Provincial
Canadian Economic Observer:
Historical Statistical Supplement

Product main page
[Click "Chronological index" for earlier editions of the Canadian Economic Observer
This companion volume contains historical annual series that correspond to those published in the monthly tables. It includes Canada-wide data on the national accounts, prices, international and domestic trade, labour and financial markets, as well as provincial data on employment earnings, retail trade, housing and consumer price indexes.

The Daily Archives - select a year and month from the drop-down menu to view releases in chronological order
[ Statistics Canada ]

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

4. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 16

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

August 16, 2009

What does the report say about the role of municipalities? What does the report say about funding for infants to four year olds?
12 Aug 09
- Bulletin No.3 from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care exploring what the early learning report says about municipalities and care for infants-four year olds.

Beyond the school yard: Pre-K collaborations with community-based partners
12 Aug 09
- Report from the PEW Center on the States on how to implement partnerships effectively for high quality pre-K between K-12 leaders and community-based providers.

Social and emotional development in early childhood: What every policymaker should know
12 Aug 09
- Brief from the National Center for Children in Poverty focusing on young children’s social, emotional, and behavioral problems, and barriers to accessing services.

Disparities in early learning and development: Lessons from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study- Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
12 Aug 09 - Report from Child Trends on research tracing the cognitive, social-emotional, and health outcomes of a US sample of infants at 9 months and 24 months of age.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.


child care in the news

· For our children
[MY] 9 Aug 09

· Just one in 10 in B.C. finds daycare affordable
[CA-BC] 8 Aug 09

· City gives approval to expand daycare
[BC] 7 Aug 09

· Child-care advocates asking premiers to lobby gov’t for more funding
[CA-SK] 6 Aug 09

· Nursery child protection concern
[UK] 30 Jul 09


Related Links:

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Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest content from the Poverty Dispatch:

August 14:
Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
Health Care Reform and the Homeless
Medicaid Enrollment - Alabama
Former Foster Youth and Housing Programs

August 13:
Iraqi Immigrants to the U.S.
State Budget Impasse and Social Services - Pennsylvania
Stimulus Spending on Broadband in Rural Areas
No Child Left Behind and School Progress - Minnesota
States and Cuts to College Financial Aid

August 12:
Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
Applications to Food Stamp Program - Texas, Utah
Study: Food Stamp Distribution and Recipients’ Body Weight
Media Coverage of Poverty on the Gulf Coast
Low-income Families and Access to Financial Services

August 11:
Poverty Measurement in the U.S.
State Spending on Corrections
Free School Meals - England
Summer Food Programs - Oregon
Juvenile Justice System and Mental Illness

August 10:
Cuts to Antipoverty Programs - Michigan, Connecticut
Opium Production and Poverty - Afghanistan
Report: Attacks on the Homeless

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

6. AgeSource/AgeStats Worldwide
AARP (formerly called the American Association of Retired Persons)

AgeSource/AgeStats Worldwide
AgeSource Worldwide identifies several hundred information resources in some 25 countries which are significant either in size or in their unique coverage of particular aging-related issues. The resources include, among others, clearinghouses, libraries, databases, training materials, major reports, and Web metasites.
AgeStats Worldwide
provides access to statistical data that compare the situation of older adults across countries or regions around a variety of issues, such as demography, pensions, health and long-term care. The most recent data and projections as far ahead as 2050 are provided where available. You may search either or both databases at one time. Access is free-of-charge. AgeSource and AgeStats Worldwide have been created by AARP to facilitate the international exchange of policy and program-relevant information in aging.

AARP (formerly called the American Association of Retired Persons)
"AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; advocate on legislative, consumer, and legal issues; assist members to serve their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits,special products, and services for our members."

Site review
by The Scout Report:
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) covers aging and aging-related topics quite well, and this website is one of their many compelling initiatives. The databases, AgeSource and AgeStats, on AARP's international website are designed to "facilitate the international exchange of policy and program-relevant information in aging." Under the "Aging Everywhere" tab is an interactive map that allows the visitor to read "Country Profiles" as well as read articles about a region selected from the map. A "Comparative Data Search" can also be done by clicking on the link above the map. There are multiple ways to search the information in the databases. On the left hand menu visitors can explore by topic or by region. Some of the topics include "Aging & Society", "Economic Retirement & Security", "Livable Communities" and "Long-Term Care". Searching for a particular topic can be accomplished by using the keyword search box in the middle of the page. The search can be further limited by deciding which databases to search, and by information type, geographic coverage, and language.
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2009.

Internet Resources Related to Aging (U.S.)
List of Contents - like a site map, incl. links to sites organized under the following headings : General Interest - Government - Health - Housing - Income - Law - Leisure - Libraries, Clearinghouses and Databases - Social Services - States and Communities - Statistics and Research - Listservs - Newsgroups - Electronic Magazines - Search Tools - Alphabetical Index

Other Internet Directories Related to Aging - links to 9 directories, most from the U.S. Administration on Aging, including state and even local links to resources for seniors

Links to AARP sites in all states

AARP Online U.S. Pension Calculator

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

7. United States Health Care Reform update - August 13

Health Insurance Reform
Reality Check

"Whether or not you have health insurance right now, the reforms we seek will bring stability and security that you don't have today. This isn't about politics. This is about people's lives . This is about people's businesses. This is about our future." [President Barack Obama]
- incl. links to short (3 min.) videos to debunk the disinformation
that's being heard in some town hall meetings on the following topics:
* Reform will eliminate insurance discrimination against the disabled
* The return of the viral email
* Reform will stop "rationing" - not increase it
* The "euthanasia" distortion on help for families
* Vets' health care is safe and sound
* Reform will benefit small business - not burden it
* Your Medicare is safe, and stronger with reform
* You can keep your own insurance
The White House

[This is an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.]
"President Obama is committed to working with Congress to pass comprehensive health reform this year in order to control rising health care costs, guarantee choice of doctor, and assure high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans."
- incl. links to : * About * Reports (Online Series on Health Reform - White House Reports on Health Reform - Health and Human Services Reports) * Forums * Newsroom * Contact Us


Health care reform in the United States
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
* Costs * Uninsured * Comparisons with other health care systems * History of reform efforts * Health reform and the 2008 presidential election * Barriers to reform * Public policy debate (Common arguments for and against a national health care system - Other arguments for publicly funded health care - Other arguments against publicly funded health care) * Current reform proposals (Obama administration proposals - Congressional proposals) * States * Public opinion * Prescription drug prices * See also * References * Further reading * External links


How To Fight Healthcare Fearmongers and Demagogues
August 12, 2009, 12:13PM
My friend, Keith, from New Orleans, just emailed to say he attended a local "town meeting" on health care and tried to get a word in favor but was almost hounded out of the room. Why are these meetings brimming with so much anger? Because Republican Astroturfers have joined the same old right-wing broadcast demagogues that have been spewing hate and fear for years, to create a tempest. But why are they getting away with it? Why aren't progressives -- indeed, why aren't ordinary citizens -- taking the meetings back?
Mainly because there's still no healthcare plan.
Robert Reich's Blog
Robert Reich was the nation's 22nd Secretary of Labor and is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley.


Is US Going Insane over Health Care?
Town halls 'gone wild' part of right's well-oiled fake freakout against reform.
August 10, 2009
Canadians might understandably despair over the state of U.S. political culture, seeing the wild claims and public tantrums there against Obama-supported reforms that would move the United States toward the kind of universal health care enjoyed in this country. But this report unveils how the far right is faking the freak-out. With U.S. federal lawmakers returning home last week to begin their month-long recess, the far right is welcoming them with large, angry throngs at "town halls gone wild."
The Tyee


Canada, stop scaring the Americans!
Posted August 11, 2009
I have spent time in Canada and think the world of Canadians. However my experience has been a bit different than some who praise the health care system. (...) You see I never went to a Canadian hospital but I have a friend who suffered for over a year due to infected tonsils. A relatively simple thing here in the states yet it was dragged out for over a year in the Canadian system...
RantRave - "A place to rant and rave about everything that matters"


Health Care Facts: Health Insurance Coverage (PDF - 48K, 3 pages)
July 2009
Several studies estimate the number of uninsured Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2007, their latest data available. (...) A recent study shows that based on the effects of the recession alone (not job loss), it is projected that nearly seven (7) million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage between 2008 and 2010. Urban Institute researchers estimate that if unemployment reaches 10 percent (unemployment was at 9.7% in July 2009), another six (6) million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage. Taking these numbers together, it is conceivable that by next year, 57 to 60 million Americans will be uninsured. (...) Nearly 90 million people – about one-third of the population below the age of 65 spent a portion of either 2007 or 2008 without health coverage.
National Coalition for Health Care
The National Coalition on Health Care is the nation's largest and most broadly representative alliance working to improve America's health care. The Coalition, which was founded in 1990 and is non-profit and rigorously non-partisan, is comprised of more than 70 organizations, employing or representing about 150 million Americans. Members are united in the belief that we need - and can achieve - better, more affordable health care for all Americans.


A Canadian experience with Canadian health-care
July 16, 2009
Watching the debate in the US over health-care from a Canadian point of view, is probably another diary all together, but I would like to share a typical Canadian experience with our good but not-perfect health-care system. [First-hand account of the birth of the author's child in Ontario, including hospital procedures, tests, supports, costs, etc.]
- incl. links to related sites
Watching the Watchers


Why Canadians should care about healthcare reform in the U.S. - podcast* (19-minute audio file)
By Lorraine Chisholm
August 8, 2009
Health policy researcher Colleen Fuller says the debate about reform has huge significance for Canadians in our efforts to strengthen Medicare. She outlines the various options being considered in the States and talks about the pressures that led Obama to abandon a single-payer healthcare system.
* NOTE: Click the Play button next to the speaker icon on the page to listen online, or click the "Download MP3" button
in the left-hand margin to save the file to your hard drive so you can transfer it to your iPod or other MP3 player for listening at your leisure.]
rabble podcast network
The rpn is a growing collection of Canadian podcasts (radio and video you can subscribe to) which offer an alternative take on politics, entertainment, society, stories, community and life in general.
[ ]


- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:

8. Australian Policy Online

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia. [ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

9. CRINMAIL - Summer 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

13 August 2009 - CRINMAIL 1099
* SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: Their Protection is in Our Hands – The State of Global Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes [publication]
* GLOBAL: Teens 'ignorant’ about safe sex to prevent HIV [news]
* NAMIBIA: The basic income grant - helping to lift children out of poverty [news]
* UNITED STATES: Laws Protecting Against Child Exploitation: Selective Summary of U.S. Laws [publication]
* MALAWI: Child marriage law condemned [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Human rights committee to scrutinise Child Poverty Bill [news]

11 August 2009 - CRINMAIL 1098
* SECURITY COUNCIL: UN to name those that kill children in war [news]
* ALTERNATIVE CARE: Lobby your government [news]
* CHINA: Parents seek answers after children abducted [news]
* UNITED STATES: Impairing Education Corporal Punishment of Students with Disabilities in US Public Schools [publication]
* BELIZE: Plans to abolish corporal punishment in schools [news]
* ARMED CONFLICT: Engaging non-state armed groups through human rights education: Reflections and lessons learned [publication]
* EMPLOYMENT: NGO Group for the CRC


Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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New Definitions


Arbitrator \ar'-bi-tray-ter\:
A cook who leaves Arby's to work at McDonald's.

Avoidable \uh-voy'-duh-buhl\:
What a bullfighter tries to do.

Baloney \buh-lo'-nee\:
Where some hemlines fall

Bernadette \burn'-a-det\:
The act of torching a mortgage

Burglarize \bur'-gler-ize\:
What a crook sees with

Control \kon-trol'\:
A short, ugly inmate

Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers \:
Workers who put together kitchen cabinets

Eclipse \i-klips'\:
what an English barber does for a living

Eyedropper \i'-drop-ur\:
a clumsy ophthalmologist

Heroes \hee'-rhos\:
what a guy in a boat does

Left Bank \left' bangk'\:
what the robber did when his bag was full of loot

Misty \mis'-tee\:
How golfers create divots

Paradox \par'-u-doks\:
two physicians

Parasites \par'-uh-sites\:
what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Pharmacist \farm'-uh-sist\:
a helper on the farm

Polarize \po'-lur-ize\:
what penguins see with

Primate \pri'-mat\:
removing your spouse from in front of the TV

Relief \ree-leef'\:
what trees do in the spring

Rubberneck \rub'-er-nek\:
what you do to relax your wife

Seamstress \seem'-stres\:
describes 250 pounds in a size six

Selfish \sel'-fish\:
what the owner of a seafood store does

Subdued \sub-dood'\:
like, a guy, like, works on one of those, like, submarines, man

Sudafed \sood'-a-fed\:
bringing litigation against a government official



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