Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 16, 2011

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 alert for this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,485 subscribers.


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...


Canadian content

1. Tax isn't a four-letter word (Alex Himelfarb in the Globe and Mail) - October 14
2. History of welfare in Canada : selected readings - A new Canadian Social Research Links page
3. Oldie Goldies : Three recommended reports on the history of welfare in Canada from the National Council of Welfare
4. 150+ Submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario - August/September 2011
5. At Home/Chez Soi : Research Demonstration Project in Mental Health and Homelessness (Toronto Site) - October 2011 Update
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Sources of stress among workers, 2010 - October 13
--- Canadian Economic Observer (October 2011)

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. Occupy Wall Street
10. [U.S.] States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare (New York Times)
- October 10
11. [U.K.] 400,000 children will fall into relative poverty by 2015, warns Institute for Fiscal Studies (The Guardian)
- October 10
12. 2011 Global Hunger Index - The Challenge of Hunger: Taming Price Spikes and Excessive Food Price Volatility (International Food Policy Research Institute) - October 11
13. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. Tax isn't a four-letter word - October 14
(Alex Himelfarb in the Globe and Mail)

Tax isn't a four-letter word
Alex Himelfarb
October 14, 2011
Ironically, it is in the anti-tax United States that a conversation has erupted on taxes. Warren Buffett and a few other billionaires helped to open the door, if only a crack, and President Barack Obama made taxing the rich a key means of funding his jobs plan (though it was ultimately ill-fated). In the context of all that is happening right now on Wall Street and beyond, these now seem like small and belated steps. Bigger things are in the air. But the conversation on taxes is now engaged and, judging from the reaction – accusations of class warfare, “no-tax” pledges – tax is a proxy for these bigger things.


[ Alex Himelfarb is a former clerk of the Privy Council. He gave a speech on this subject in Toronto this week that was co-produced by the Literary Review of Canada and TV Ontario. ]

Globe and Mail

Related ink:

Alex Himelfarb on the consequences of tax cuts (video, duration 4:03)
Alex Himelfarb, former clerk of the Privy Council, looks at how tax cuts became a bad word in Canada. He argues that a continued commitment to tax cuts will lead to greater inequality, the erosion of services, and to a meaner and less just society. This is an excerpt from his full lecture that will air on TVO's Big Ideas on November 12th. The lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

2. History of welfare in Canada : selected readings

History of welfare in Canada : selected readings
This is a new Canadian Social Research Links page containing links to a collection of historical reports and studies about welfare and welfare reforms in Canada. All links on this page are from the Canadian Social Research Links theme pages and jurisdictional pages, and more links will be added to other relevant historical resources.

3. Oldie Goldies : Three recommended reports on the history of welfare in Canada from the National Council of Welfare

From the
National Council of Welfare

Over the years, the Council has produced many reports on poverty and welfare, but there are three that stand out in my mind as milestone reports on the history of welfare in Canada, at least since the 1980s.

1. 1987
Welfare in Canada: The Tangled Safety Net
(PDF - 2.7MB, 131 pages)
November 1987
Tangled Safety Net examines the following issues in Canadian social assistance network of programs:
* Complex rules * Needs-testing * Rates of assistance * Enforcement * Appeals * Recommendations
This report is the first comprehensive national analysis of social assistance programs operated by the provincial, territorial and municipal governments. These programs function as the safety net for Canadians and are better known by their everyday name ‘welfare’.

Version française :
Le bien-être social au Canada : Un filet de sécurité troué (PDF - 3Mo., 138 pages)
Novembre 1987


2. 1992
Welfare Reform
(PDF - 2.8MB, 61 pages)
Summer 1992
This report is an update of the 1987 Tangled Safety Net, but it presents information by jurisdiction rather than by issue - covers all provinces and territories.

Version française:
Réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 3,5Mo., 63 pages)


3. 1997
Another Look at Welfare Reform
(PDF - 6.75MB, 134 pages)
Autumn 1997
- an in-depth analysis of changes in Canadian welfare programs in the 1990s. The report focuses on the provincial and territorial reforms that preceded the repeal of the Canada Assistance Plan and those that followed the implementation of the Canada Health and Social Transferin April 1996.

Version française:
Un autre regard sur la réforme du bien-être social (PDF - 8Mo., 148 pages)

National Council of Welfare
[ Conseil national du bien-être social ]
Established in 1969, the Council is an advisory group to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (originally the Minister of Health and Welfare Canada). The mandate of the Council is to advise the Minister regarding any matter relating to social development that the Minister may refer to the Council for its consideration or that the Council considers appropriate.


- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

- Go to the History of Welfare in Canada : selected readings page:

4. 150+ Submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario - August/September 2011

150+ Submissions to the
Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario

(mostly August/September 2011)

COMMENT [by Gilles]:
I highly recommend this collection of Ontario social assistance review submissions - it's an extensive analysis of the province's social assistance program from a multitude of perspectives. Anyone who spends any amount of time doing social research already knows this, but submissions to program reviews contain a wealth of information on the initiative(s) under review (and not just for Ontario!).

Some context:

Commission for the Review
of Social Assistance in Ontario

If you're not familiar with the context of this review, you should start on this page.

Sample submission from
a non-governmental organization:

Submission to the Commission for
the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
(Word file - 241K, 25 pages)
By the Income Security Advocacy Centre
September 1, 2011
Excerpt from the Conclusion:
The current system has been shown to have serious limitations that require thoughtful and active intervention. It's time for a new vision for Ontario Works that moves away from the punitive negative financial eligibility and coercive work-first / workfare model to a program that uses opportunity planning to effectively intervene to help people who require assistance move to a better place, providing for both sustainable employment and long-term support where needed. And it's time to bring ODSP program rules and employment supports in line with the program's stated objectives of both providing adequate income and supporting employment aspirations.
Income Security Advocacy Centre
See also:
Social Assistance Review ( An initiative of the Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Sample Submission from
a private individual:

A Discussion Paper : Issues and Ideas (PDF - 1.6MB, 17 pages)
Submission by Hristo Assadourian
Comments on:
* the vision
* issue 1: reasonable expectations and necessary supports to employment
* issue 2: appropriate benefit structure
* issue 3: easier to understand
* issue 4: viable over the long term
The submission generally views the Ontario Disability Support Program but the change in philosophy underlying it applies, to a higher degree perhaps, to the system of general welfare.

[ Hristo Assadourian, the author of this submission, is an employee of the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the ministry responsible for social assistance in Ontario.]

All written submissions to the Commission - links to 150+ submissions from groups and individuals

The Discussion paper:

A Discussion Paper: Issues and Ideas
June 2011
PDF version - 478K, 50 pages
Word version (.doc) (404K, 50 pages)
In the 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Ontario government committed to reviewing social assistance — Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) — with a focus on removing barriers and increasing opportunities for people to work. It subsequently appointed the Social Assistance Review Advisory Council (SARAC) to provide advice on a proposed scope for the review. Taking into account the advice of the Council, the government established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario in November 2010.   The Commission’s task is to carry out a comprehensive review and provide specific recommendations and a concrete action plan for reforming the social assistance system. The Commissioners are expected to submit a final report to the government by June 30, 2012.
[Excerpt, page 7]

Commission for the Review
of Social Assistance in Ontario


- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:

5. At Home/Chez Soi : Research Demonstration Project in Mental Health and Homelessness (Toronto Site)
October 2011 Update

New release:

At Home/Chez Soi
Research Demonstration Project in Mental Health and Homelessness : Toronto Site
October 2011 Update
(PDF - 222K, 4 pages)"At Home/Chez Soi" Toronto Site Update #4: October 2011 (PDF attached).

580 people are now enrolled in "At Home/Chez Soi" in Toronto. This update includes some of what we've learned so far about participants and their experiences, as well as updates from the different groups involved in the project.

"At Home/Chez Soi" Research Demonstration Project in Mental Health and Homelessness is a five-city national research project exploring ways to help the growing number of homeless people across Canada who have mental health problems. The project is funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

To learn more about the Toronto site, visit

For past issues of the "At Home/Chez Soi" Toronto Site Update, visit

To subscribe to/be removed from this list,
or to provide comments, please contact Emily Holton at

At Home
The At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project is investigating mental health
and homelessness in five Canadian cities: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

What's happening in each of the five participating cities?

Moncton: one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with a shortage of services for Anglophones and Francophones.

Montreal: different mental health services provided to homeless people in Quebec.

Toronto: ethno-cultural diversity including new immigrants who are non-English speaking.

Winnipeg: urban Aboriginal population.

Vancouver: people who struggle with substance abuse and addictions.

Links to more information about At Home/Chez Soi - this link takes you to a search results page with more related resources.


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

- Go to the Municipal Links page:

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Sources of stress among workers, 2010 -
October 13
Canadian Economic Observer (October 2011)

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:


October 13, 2011
Study: Sources of stress among workers, 2010
In 2010, about 27% of working adults, roughly 3.7 million people, described their lives on most days as 'quite a bit' or 'extremely' stressful, meaning that they went through a regular day feeling a high level of stress. Another 6.3 million (46%) said they were 'a bit' stressed. This study shows that highly stressed workers' demographic and socioeconomic characteristics differed depending on the source of their stress.

Related link:

What’s stressing the stressed?
Main sources of stress among workers
By Susan Crompton
October 13, 2011
HTML version
PDF version (183K, 10 pages)
This article is based on the 2010 General Social Survey on Time Use. It examines how workers who report being highly stressed differ from those who report being somewhat stressed. Then it outlines the five main issues that highly stressed workers identified as their primary source of stress and compares their selected characteristics by source of stress—for instance, differences between workers who are anxious about work compared to those concerned about their finances or about a family situation.
Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical;
click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]
[ Canadian Social Trends Articles by Subject

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Unpaid work
* Society and community
* Time use

October 13, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer - October 2011
1.Current economic conditions
2.Economic events
3.Recent feature articles
4.National accounts
5.Labour markets
7.International trade
8.Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
9.Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
10.Financial markets
- also includes : Tables - Charts - Appendices - User information - Related products
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
* Current conditions
* Economic accounts
* Leading indicators

The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily


The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


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

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

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

October 15, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

What is the future of learning in Canada?
12 Oct 2011
The Canadian Council on Learning's final report says state of early childhood education "illustrates a paradox that runs through each phase of learning in this country: huge discrepancies between what Canadians purport to believe and the actual programs and practices to which they have access. The discrepancies are due to the dysfunctional relationships among governments and the consequent absence of national goals."

Seamless day schools
12 Oct 2011
Video from the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development documents a full-day kindergarten classroom in Waterloo, Ontario that features school board operated extended-day programming.

The tragedy of child care in America
12 Oct 2011
Preface of 2009 book by Edward Zigler, Katherine Marshland and Heather Lord available online. Book aims to "serve as a starting point for discussions about how we can remedy the child care problem and better address the needs of both working parents and their children."

An investigation of the career paths of internationally trained early childhood educators transitioning into early learning programs
12 Oct 2011
Report from the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education for the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario examines "the experiences of internationally trained professionals in the ECE Bridging Program (first step in the accreditation process in Ontario for internationally trained educators)".

Locality-based evaluation of Pathways to the Future — Nga Huarahi Arataki
5 Oct 2011
Report for New Zealand's Ministry of Education provides a longitudinal evaluation of effectiveness of the national 2002-2012 strategic plan for ECEC.

MORE research, policy & practice

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

'Think like a Beaver': A deal for families
12 Oct 2011 Canada

Cree immersion classes begin at Alexander First Nation
12 Oct 2011 Alberta

Policy creates latch-key kids
12 Oct 2011 Canada

Edleun stock pops as daycare operator plans five acquisitions in B.C., Alta.
12 Oct 2011 Alberta

How Toronto lost its groove
11 Oct 2011 Ontario

MORE child care in the news


Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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:

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.)
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.

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:

October 14:
State Medicaid Programs - Texas, Indiana, New York
Food Aid Program - EU
Federal Housing Vouchers in Suburban Areas
State Minimum Wages

October 13:
Medicaid Program - Virginia
International Food Aid for Children
Schools and Poverty - Sioux Falls, SD

October 12:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Poverty Rate - UK

October 11:
Extension of Jobless Benefits
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs

October 10:
US Household Income
Los Angeles County Health Program
Long-Term Unemployment


NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website


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:

9. Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City[ based in Zuccotti Park, formerly "Liberty Plaza Park". The protest was originally called for by the Canadian activist group Adbusters. The action has been compared to the Arab Spring movement (particularly the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo, which initiated the 2011 Egyptian revolution) and the Spanish Indignants.
The participants of the event, who have called themselves the "99 percenters", are mainly protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns. By October 9, similar demonstrations had been held or were ongoing in 70 major cities and more than 600 communities.

We are the 99 percent
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.

Occupy Wall St. is the unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street. We are an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements.

OCCUPY TOGETHER is an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.

The Occupy Protests - a Toronto Star special feature with news about the Canadian, U.S. and international Occupy movements

Occupy Canada Facebook page - In solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet, @OccupyToronto, and the countless other @Occupy movements across the world.


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

10. [U.S.] States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare - October 10
(New York Times)

Coming soon to a
social assistance program near you?

States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare
By A. G. Sulzberger
October 10, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As more Americans turn to government programs for refuge from a merciless economy, a growing number are encountering a new price of admission to the social safety net: a urine sample. Policy makers in three dozen states this year proposed drug testing for people receiving benefits like welfare, unemployment assistance, job training, food stamps and public housing. Such laws, which proponents say ensure that tax dollars are not being misused and critics say reinforce stereotypes about the poor, have passed in states including Arizona, Indiana and Missouri.
New York Times

Drug testing coming to Canadian welfare programs?
Déja vu, all over again.
Does anyone from Ontario still remember ten years ago, when the Harris Tories held a province-wide consultation regarding mandatory drug testing for welfare applicants? In January 2001, Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services John Baird (why does that name ring a bell?) stated: "Our government believes we must provide drug treatment, and it must be mandatory". The consultation wasn't about whether or not drug testing would happen - it had been part of the Tory platform in the 1999 election campaign. Baird moved on to another portfolio, the drug testing trial balloon didn't go any further and the Liberals won the 2003 provincial election.

Below, you can read a few of the submissions that the Ontario Government received in the course of the 2001 consultation.

Consultation on Mandatory
Drug Treatment for Welfare Recipients
(PDF - 40K, 5 pages)
February 6, 2001
Brief Submitted (to the Ontario Government)
by The Medical Reform Group of Ontario
During the 1999 election campaign, the Progressive Conservative Party's "Blueprint" document outlined a plan to test all welfare recipients in Ontario for drug use, based on an argument that drug use among welfare recipients constitutes a barrier to obtaining and maintaining employment. On November 14th 2000, John Baird, Minister of Community and Social Services, announced that the government of Ontario was seeking consultations regarding its plan to mandate drug testing of welfare
recipients. The Medical Reform Group of Ontario is responding to the invitation for consultations.

In addition to being in contravention to the Ontario Human Rights Code which considers addiction as a disability, mandatory testing and treatment of welfare recipients violates their constitutional rights, encourages base stereotypes, is of unproven efficacy, is unlikely to be more effective than voluntary testing, may be harmful, and will likely be a wasteful expenditure of public moneys.

The Medical Reform Group of Ontario
The Medical Reform Group of Ontario is a group of 200 practising physicians and medical students.


Science misapplied: mandatory addiction screening
and treatment for welfare recipients in Ontario
(PDF - 167K, 2 pages)
August 2001
The Ontario government plans to refer welfare recipients for a compulsory “professional, comprehensive assess ment” and to demand that some recipients attend outpatient programs for mandatory treatment as a condition of receiving benefits. Both diagnosis and treatment will require the involvement of physicians and both could occur under duress and coercion. Physicians, guided by professional ethics, will need to determine whether their allegiance is to the state or to the individual patient. The Board of Trustees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has publicly opposed mandatory drug testing and treatment. Medical associations and professional regulatory bodies should follow its example and take a public stand against the Ontario government’s plan to force welfare recipients to undergo screening, assessment and treatment for addiction.
Canadian Medical Association


Mandatory Drug Testing and Treatment of Welfare Recipients Position Statement
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) does not support mandatory drug testing and treatment for people on welfare. Research has shown that drug testing has limited utility in confirming substance use problems and treatment needs. Such an approach would also serve to perpetuate the stigma associated with poverty and addiction and may lead to detrimental individual and social consequences. CAMH is also concerned about the ethical and legal implications of that infringement on the human rights of its patients and clients who are on welfare.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

More information on this initiative - this link takes you to a Google Search Results page with several relevant resources.


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

- Go to the Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients (Ontario) Links page:

11. [U.K.] 400,000 children will fall into relative poverty by 2015, warns Institute for Fiscal Studies - October 10
(The Guardian)

400,000 children will fall into relative poverty by 2015, warns Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)
Number of children in absolute poverty in 2015 will rise by 500,000 to 3 million, says Institute for Fiscal Studies

By Randeep Ramesh
11 October 2011
The government shakeup of the tax and benefits system will result in a further 400,000 children falling into relative poverty during this parliament, leaving Britain on course to miss legally binding targets to reduce child poverty by 2020, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. In a bleak assessment of changes in the government's new social contract, the IFS said the number of children in absolute poverty in 2015 will rise by 500,000 to 3 million. Even worse, by 2020 3.3 million young people – almost one in four children – will find themselves in relative child poverty.

[ 316 comments on this article ]

The Guardian

The IFS report:

Child and Working Age Poverty and Inequality in UK: 2010 (PDF - 668K, 69 pages)
October 2011
This Commentary presents forecasts of relative and absolute income poverty in the UK among children and working-age adults for each year between 2010---11 and 2015---16, and for 2020---21, using a static microsimulation model augmented with forecasts of key economic and
demographic characteristics. (...)
The Child Poverty Act, passed with all-party support in 2010, commits successive governments to the eradication of child poverty by 2020. The Act lists four measures of child poverty, each with their own target which needs to be met for child poverty to be said to be eradicated, but this Commentary concentrates on relative and absolute poverty, as the other measures cannot yet be modelled.

Institute for Fiscal Studies
Our goal at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to promote effective economic and social policies by understanding better their impact on individuals, families, businesses and the government's finances.


- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

12. 2011 Global Hunger Index - The Challenge of Hunger: Taming Price Spikes and Excessive Food Price Volatility - October 11
(International Food Policy Research Institute)

2011 Global Hunger Index Launched
The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility

News Release
October 11, 2011
Today marks the launch of the 2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, the sixth in an annual series, which presents a multidimensional measure of global, regional, and national hunger. This year's report shows that although the world has made some progress in reducing hunger, the proportion of hungry people remains high. The 2011 GHI has improved by slightly more than one-quarter over the 1990 GHI, but globally, hunger remains at a level categorized as “serious.”

Complete report:

2011 Global Hunger Index
The Challenge of Hunger: Taming Price Spikes and Excessive Food Price Volatility
(PDF - 3.7MB, 64 pages)
October 2011
This year’s Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that global hunger has declined since 1990, but not dramatically, and remains at a level characterized as “serious.” Across regions and countries, GHI scores vary greatly. The highest GHI scores occur in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. South Asia reduced its GHI score substantially between 1990 and 1996, but this fast progress could not be maintained. (...) Food prices will always fluctuate in response to shifts in supply and demand, but excessive volatility in food prices greatly complicates efforts to reduce hunger among the world’s poorest people and among food producers themselves.

International Food Policy Research Institute
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations.

Related links:

World Hunger Education Service (WHES)
For the past 34 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes (see the next link below), which:
inform the community of people interested in issues of hunger and poverty, the public, and policymakers, about the causes, extent, and efforts to end hunger and poverty in the United States and the world.
* further understanding, which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on hunger and poverty.
* facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions.
* promote individual and collective commitment to solutions to the hunger and poverty that confront hundreds of millions of the people of the world.

World Hunger Notes - An online publication of the World Hunger Education Service


- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

13. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

12 October 2011 - CRINMAIL issue 1246
Special Edition on Violence Against Children

In this issue:
Shocking levels of violence against children worldwide
Children's rights at the General Assembly
Latest News and Reports:
- Reports of child torture: Syria, Afghanistan
- Monitoring Children's Rights: Africa
- Reforms target child witness tactics: New Zealand
- Corporal punishment: Pakistan
- Committee on the Rights of the Child in the news: Sweden
- Travellers' rights: Ireland
- Children in conflict with the law: United Kingdom
- Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to 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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More Rhetorical Questions

Do people in Australia call the rest of the world 'up over'?

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?

Do steam rollers really roll steam?

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Do witches run spell checkers?

Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

Does a man-eating shark eat women, too?

Does killing time damage eternity?

Does that screwdriver really belong to Phillip?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

Have you ever seen a toad on a toadstool?

How can someone "draw a blank"?

How can there be self-help "groups"?

How can you tell when it is time to tune your bagpipes?

What do you say if you're talking to God, and he sneezes?

What does Geronimo say when he jumps out of a plane?

What hair color do they put on the driver's license of a bald man?

What happened to the first 6 UP's?

What happens if you get scared half to death, ...twice? --Steven Wright

What happens if you go on a survival course - and you don't pass?

What happens if you take No-Doze and wash it down with Nyquil?

What happens to an 18 hour bra after 18 hours?

What happens when none of your bees wax?

What happens when you swallow your pride?

What if hell really did freeze over? What would we be using instead?

Unknown - received by email
a long, long time ago



And, in closing...


Remember Will It Blend, the entertaining and compelling infomercial for Blendtech home and commercial blenders??

Now Watch It Shred!
(Industrial shredders)
My favourites are the 16-lb bowling balls and the refrigerator.


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