Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 16, 2012

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 2,598 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. Ontario Government Releases Fourth Progress Report on Poverty Reduction - December 13
2. How do you replace social policy? With ‘decision-based evidence making’ (John Stapleton) - December 2012
3. Latest Media and Policy News (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - December 14
4. Canada Pension Plan reform is back on the national agenda with the coming into force of the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act - December 14
5. Harper Government™ gets an "F" in accountability and democratic reform from Democracy Watch - December 12
6. C-377: Conservative MPs show their anti-union bias in voting for flawed bill (Canadian Union of Public Employees) - December 13
7. A Better Yukon for All : Territory unveils poverty-fighting plan (Yukon Health and Social Services) - December 10
8. Latest Media and Policy News (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - December 10
9. The November 20 (2012) PQ budget : Analysis by Mathieu Dufour (Progressive Economics Forum)
- November 23
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

--- Study: Canada's immigrant labour market, 2008 to 2011 - December 14
--- National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, third quarter 2012 - December 13
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, September 2012 - December 13
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2012 - December 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2012 - December 12
--- Selected historical data from the Census of Agriculture, 2011 - December 10
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care : Europe and North America - 2012 (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research)
14. International Human Rights Day 2012 - December 10
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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Christmas 2012 Programs in Ottawa (Information compiled by 211 Ottawa)

Christmas 2012 Programs in Ottawa (PDF - 468K, 16 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ottawa_xmas_programs_2012.pdf
(Information compiled by
211 Ottawa - http://www.cominfo-ottawa.org/ )
Contents:
* Holiday Season Meals and Gatherings
* Christmas Day Lunches & Dinners
* Christmas Hampers, Vouchers and Toys
* Donations & Volunteers
* Family sponsorship programs

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

1. Ontario Government Releases Fourth Progress Report on Poverty Reduction - December 13

From the
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services

40,000 Children and Their Families Lifted Out of Poverty:
McGuinty Government Releases Fourth Progress Report on Poverty Reduction
http://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2012/12/40000-children-and-their-families-lifted-out-of-poverty.html
December 13, 2012
Ontario has helped 40,000 children and their families get out of poverty since 2008, despite a climate of global economic uncertainty. Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy 2012 Annual Report released today highlights progress made over the last four years in helping children and families emerge from poverty and raise their quality of life. The report contains many encouraging signs of progress...
(Because Statistics Canada data lags by 18 months, the 2012 Annual Report shows progress on income-based indicators for 2009 and 2010 — the first two years of the Poverty Reduction Strategy.)

Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy 2012 Annual Report
December 2012
HTML version:
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/breakingthecycle/report/2012/index.aspx
PDF version (5.6MB, 46 pages):
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/breakingthecycle/2012AnnualReport.pdf
Table of Contents:
* Minister's Message
* Executive Summary
* Introduction
* The Child and Youth Opportunity Wheel
* Early Years
* Middle Years
* Adolescence
* Early Adulthood
* Opportunities for All
* All Hands on Deck
* Conclusion
* Appendix – Measures, Indicators and Outcomes

Backgrounder and Highlights
http://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2012/12/ontarios-poverty-reduction-strategy-2012-annual-report.html

Source:
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/index.aspx

Related link:

Ontario anti-poverty efforts pull 40,000 children out of poverty
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1302078
December 13, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
About 40,000 Ontario children have been pulled out of poverty since 2008, according to the McGuinty government’s annual update on provincial efforts to cut child poverty. The report, released Thursday by Children and Youth Minister Laurel Broten, is part of the government’s commitment to help 90,000 children escape poverty by 2013. But since Statistics Canada income data lags by almost two years, Ontarians won’t know if the goal has been met until 2015.

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

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

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

2. How do you replace social policy? With ‘decision-based evidence making’ - December 2012
(Open Policy - John Stapleton)

How do you replace social policy? With ‘decision-based evidence making’
http://openpolicyontario.com/blog-2/
By John Stapleton
December 2012
Social policy, at its simplest and most active, is the articulation of ideas to effect positive change for people based on strong principles and the best available evidence. Social policy is a good thing and is historically a strong suit of governments.

Therefore, it is extremely interesting that Canada now has a federal government that appears to wish to get out of social policy. They are achieving this end in five ways:

* Through staff cuts and attrition in the government departments like Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) that do social policy;
* By declaring that large aspects of social policy like poverty reduction are the responsibility of someone else ( i.e. provinces)
* By making sure that charities do not conduct social policy that could be construed to have political ends
* By cutting or eliminating the funding of public and private agencies that engage in social policy; and
* Eliminating staff, cutting the surveys, and curtailing the census information that provide Canadians the evidence to conduct good social policy.

It is almost impossible to understand why any government would abandon social policy. Some have guessed that social policy is inconvenient to agenda-driven politics (i.e. don’t confuse me with the facts)...

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

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

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

3. Latest Media and Policy News - December 14
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Latest Media and Policy News: 14 December 2012
http://goo.gl/o6XFI
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Still the Top Story: Community Start-Up & Maintenance Benefit

Ontario Communities Uniting event in Hamilton today
And if you haven’t already, send an email to protest the decision here
Minister Milloy to meet with Peterborough community leaders Tuesday in a closed door meeting
Mamaweswen / SCAP protest over CSUMB closes road in the Soo
Health Providers Against Poverty hold protest at Eric Hoskins' office
Protests at six GTA Liberal MPPs this week over CSUMB
Protest at John Gerretsen’s office in Kingston
Protest in Ottawa
Protest at Harinder Takhar’s office

Other Social Assistance News

Toby Barrett, the PC critic on social assistance, is having a series of meetings across the province to talk about the social assistance review report.
Two articles herewith, in which issues with the report are discussed, and the elimination of CSUMB is raised as a major issue:
Sarnia Observer - Chatham Daily News
Peterborough City-County Health Unit urges $100 / month increase

Other Ontario Issues

Andrea Horwath is willing to work with new Liberal leader – not clamouring for election
Ontario releases its annual report on the Poverty Reduction Strategy

Around the Province

CMHC co-op subsidy cut leaves London residents fearing homelessness
One woman’s slide into poverty

Across the Country

Yukon releases Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy

Federal Issues

Migrant workers stripped of parental benefits
Justicia responds
Coverage of TD Bank’s report on income inequality (note the different headlines)
Star - Post - Globe
Tom Walkom on what’s killing unions

International

A guide to food speculation: How to argue with a banker

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

4. Canada Pension Plan reform is back on the national agenda with the
coming into force of the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act
- December 14

From
Finance Canada:

Harper Government Takes Final Step in Development of Pooled Registered Pension Plans
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-165-eng.asp
December 14, 2012
News Release
The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today announced the coming into force of the second and final tranche of regulatory proposals to address provisions of the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act. These regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette on October 27, 2012 for a 15-day public comment period, prior to final approval by the Government.

“This is the last package of regulations needed to complete the federal Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) framework, and it marks a significant milestone for Canada’s retirement income system,” said Minister Menzies. “With the federal framework now fully in force, our Government's efforts can serve as a model for provinces to implement their respective sides of the framework. I encourage them to do so, so PRPPs will become available to the millions of Canadians without access to a workplace pension option.”

The federal regulatory regime, which comes into force today, addresses various provisions of the PRPP Act.
Click the link above for a summary of those provisions.

Related Documents:

* Pooled Registered Pension Plans Regulations (PDF 76.20 Kb)
http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/PRPP_Dec.14-e.pdf

* Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/data/12-165_1-eng.asp

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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From the
Toronto Star:

Time to put Flaherty on the spot
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1302903
December 15, 2012
By Martin Regg Cohn
When Finance Minister Jim Flaherty debates pension reform with the provinces Monday, he’ll be counting on Canadians to tune it out so he can wait it out — yet again. We will all pay a price for his inertia and our indifference: The day of reckoning for retirement incomes is coming, and Flaherty’s shameful procrastination on pensions won’t prepare us for what must inevitably be done — sooner rather than later. The real scandal is that, after two years of delay, concrete reforms are finally within reach. Yet Flaherty seems determined to sabotage the process.

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

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Two articles by Bill Currie of the Globe and Mail (both dated December 14)
regarding Canada Pension Plan reform:

Canada Pension Plan reform back on the national agenda
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/cpp-reform-back-on-the-national-agenda/article6345274/
Canada’s finance ministers are reopening the debate on reforms to the Canada Pension Plan with an aim to increase benefits as governments come to grips with the reality that Canadians are not saving enough for retirement. (...) Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty remains reluctant to approve CPP reforms, however, and is expected to try to focus the discussion on Ottawa’s preferred option, which is voluntary pooled registered pension plans (PRPPs) that would be privately managed.

54 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/cpp-reform-back-on-the-national-agenda/article6345274/comments/

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Flaherty seeks unity on pension reform
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flaherty-seeks-unity-on-pension-reform/article6404747/
Jim Flaherty is setting a high bar for boosting the Canada Pension Plan, saying any move to increase benefits and premiums must have the unanimous support of provinces and territories given the importance of the program.
The Finance Minister’s position goes beyond the rules for amending the CPP, which mirror the formula for constitutional amendments and require the support of two-thirds of the provinces representing two-thirds of Canada’s population.

14 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flaherty-seeks-unity-on-pension-reform/article6404747/comments/

Source:
The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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COMMENT by Gilles:
Hey, Finance Canada --- give your heads a shake!

Didn't you folks read this recent C.D. Howe commentary on PRPPs?

Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Pension Savior — or a New Tax on the Poor? (PDF - 1MB, 24 pages)
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/Commentary_359.pdf
August 23, 2012
By James Pierlot and Alexandre Laurin
Ottawa needs to rethink the tax rules for Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) to realize their potential. As it is, many low- to middle-income Canadians should avoid this new retirement saving vehicle.

Source:
C.D. Howe Institute
http://www.cdhowe.org/

...or this article in the Financial Post?

Tax rules make pooled pensions a bad choice for many Canadians: C.D. Howe
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/08/23/tax-rules-make-pooled-pensions-a-bad-choice-for-most-canadians-c-d-howe/
By Barbara Shecter and Gordon Isfeld
August 23, 2012
The federal government’s proposed new pension system, mainly aimed at self-employed Canadians, is no more than an RRSP program with a “new coat of paint,” according to the C.D. Howe Institute. The Ottawa-based public-policy group also warned the pooled registered pension plan would do little to help mid- to low-income earnings save for retirement. The report, titled Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Pension Savior — or a New Tax on the Poor?, concludes that PRPPs could be “vastly improved” by changes to proposed tax rules.

Source:
Financial Post

http://www.financialpost.com/

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

- Go to the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/prpp.htm

5. Harper Government gets an "F" in accountability and democratic reform from Democracy Watch - December 12

New from
Democracy Watch:

Federal Conservatives’ accountability and democratic reform
record gets an F for breaking many promises and practising politics as usual
http://democracywatch.ca/20121212-sixth-good-government-report/
Six years after Federal Accountability Act became law, dishonesty, conflicts of interest, excessive secrecy, unlimited donations and patronage all still legal.
Another, stronger Accountability Act needed to close 100 remaining loopholes and flaws
December 12, 2012
OTTAWA – Today, Democracy Watch marked the sixth anniversary of the passage of the federal Conservatives’ so-called “Federal Accountability Act” (FAA), and the recent annual International Anti-Corruption Day, by issuing its Sixth Good Government Report Card on the FAA and the Conservatives’ overall accountability and democratic reform record.

Source:
Democracy Watch
http://democracywatch.ca/
Democracy Watch and its Government Ethics Coalition, Money in Politics Coalition and Open Government Coalition, which involve more than 50 citizen groups from across Canada with a total membership of 3.5 million Canadians, will continue pushing for these key, democratizing changes.

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

6. C-377: Conservative MPs show their anti-union bias in voting for flawed bill - December 13
(
Canadian Union of Public Employees)

C-377: Conservative MPs show their anti-union bias in voting for flawed bill
http://cupe.ca/political-action/C-377-conservative-mps-anti-union-bias
December 13, 2012

The adoption of Bill C-377 by the House of Commons on December 12 shows how far the Harper government is willing to go to silence dissent and opposition, no matter what are the consequences for Canadians.

“In their eagerness to try to limit the capacity of the labour movement to conduct political action on behalf of Canadian workers, the Conservatives took advantage of their majority in the House to fast-track the approval of a useless and fundamentally flawed bill,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist.

Ignoring the fact that unions are already accountable to their members and blinded by their desire to attack the unions, the Conservatives knowingly passed a bill that has many dangerous side effects.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees*

http://cupe.ca/
With 618,000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

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Related link from
the Canadian Bar Association (CBA):
http://www.cba.org/cba

CBA urges Parliament not to pass Bill C-377
http://www.cba.org/cba/News/2012_Releases/2012-10-25-billc377-eng.aspx
October 25, 2012
OTTAWA – The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has serious reservations about Bill C-377, Income Tax Act amendments (requirements for labour organizations) and is urging Parliament not to pass the legislation.
“The Bill contains a significant number of privacy concerns and lacks the appropriate balance between legitimate public goals and respect for privacy interests protected by law,” says the CBA in its letter to the Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 37,000 lawyers, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members

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* COMMENT (by Gilles):

A big THANK YOU to the nice folks at CUPE from the Canadian Social Research Links Guy!!
In the Fall of 2003, the number of subscribers to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter passed 1,000 and my Internet Service Provider (Rogers) informed me that I could no longer disseminate the newsletter via my Rogers email account, all because of their aggressive anti-spam policy.
[In a nutshell, Rogers' bulk email policy was "max. 150 recipients in a list, max. 1,000 emails per day, and NO, we don't care that your newsletter is a useful tool for Those Who Must Save The World. Buzzoff."]

That's I received an invitation from newsletter subscriber Theresa Healy of CUPE (who has since moved over to the Canadian Labour Congress) to administer my mailing list and distribute my newsletter via CUPE'S LISTSERV (group email software). I immediately switched to the CUPE mailing system, and my blood pressure soon came back to normal. Thanks, CUPE, for allowing me to piggyback my newsletter on your LISTSERV for all these years, and special thanks to Theresa for making that all possible!

Disclaimer: Despite this sweet buddy-buddy thing with CUPE, I remain solely responsible and accountable for the choice of links presented in my site and newsletter, how I present those links to the reader, and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

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

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

7. A Better Yukon for All : Territory unveils poverty-fighting plan - December 10
(Yukon Health and Social Services)

December 10, 2012
Yukon Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy

A Better Yukon for All:
Government of Yukon's Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy
(PDF - 1.9MB, 44 pages)
http://www.abetteryukon.ca//files/social_inclusion_strategy.pdf
December 2012
Contents (partial list):
Part 1: Executive Summary
Part 2: Introduction
Part 3: Developing the strategy
Part 4: Research
Part 5: Goals, Objectives and Initiatives
--- Goal: Improve Access to Services
--- Goal: Reduce Inequities
--- Goal: Strengthen Community Vitality
Part 6: Measuring Success
Part 7: Moving Forward
Appendix A: Social Inclusion Indicators
Appendix B: Yukon Snapshot

Source:
Yukon Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy

http://www.abetteryukon.ca//
- incl. links to : Updates | Links | About Us | Contact | Newsletters | Forum | Symposium 2010 Videos
"(...) From increasing social assistance rates by over 25 per cent, doubling and indexing the Yukon Seniors Income Supplement, increasing and indexing the Pioneer Utility Grant, increasing Child Care Subsidies, increasing the Yukon Child Benefit, constructing a residence for Single Parents—each and every day that promise is renewed—a promise which ultimately is about ending poverty and social exclusion."
[Excerpt from the Minister's Message : http://www.abetteryukon.ca//ministersmessage.php ]
The Yukon Department of Health and Social Services established the Office of Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction [ http://www.abetteryukon.ca/contact.php ] in order to guide the development, implementation and on-going management of YG's Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy. Working in partnership with other YG departments, the Business and NGO Community, the Office serves as YG's central resource and lead on issues related to social inclusion and poverty reduction.

Earlier related report
from
www.abetteryukon.ca :

Dimensions of Social Inclusion and Exclusion In Yukon, 2010 (PDF - 1.3MB, 216 pages)
http://www.abetteryukon.ca//files/2010_social_inclusion_exclusion_report.pdf
December 2010
In April 2010, we committed to developing an evidence-based Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy for Yukon. Since then, we have been working on obtaining data to inform the strategy. This report, one of several, the Dimensions of Social Inclusion and Exclusion in Yukon, 2010, provides a windowinto the conditions that cause social exclusion and poverty in Yukon. As a consequence, it gives us the information upon which to build our strategy.

Related links:

Yukon Territory unveils poverty-fighting plan
http://www.yukon-news.com/news/31457/
December 12, 2012
By Josh Kerr

The Yukon government released its long-awaited social inclusion strategy Monday.
The poverty-reduction strategy includes six key principles to guide government policy decisions and help poor and socially-isolated Yukoners access services, said Health Minister Doug Graham.
(...)
In the report, the government touts many of the things it has done to promote social inclusion and reduce poverty, like the 10 new long-term care beds in the Thomson Centre and the development of a Yukon literacy strategy. However, there were no new projects or money announced on Monday.

Source:
Yukon News

http://www.yukon-news.com/

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Yukon Government Releases Poverty Reduction Strategy
http://www.gov.yk.ca/news/12-245.html
December 10, 2012
News Release
WHITEHORSE—A strategy to change how government does business to support social inclusion and poverty reduction was released today by Health and Social Services Minister Doug Graham. (...) The strategy, A Better Yukon for All, the Government of Yukon’s Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy, includes a number of concrete initiatives that will improve the lives of Yukon’s vulnerable populations, including the expansion of the Dawson City women’s shelter and the Downtown Outreach Clinic in Whitehorse, which provides home care services to homeless people.

Source:
Yukon Health and Social Services
http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/

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Minister Graham Interviewed by CBC Radio About Strategy's Release (video, duration 5:33)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2314429138/

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

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- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

8. Latest Media and Policy News - December 10
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Latest Media and Policy News: 10 December 2012
http://goo.gl/Abm9q
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Story: Community Start Up & Maintenance BenefitThe CSUMB ends as of December 31, 2012.

Use this link to send an email to the ministers protesting the elimination of this critical benefit - and circulate it among your colleagues and friends:
http://sareview.ca/isac-news/act-now-to-save-housing-supports-for-people-on-ow-and-odsp/

Here are the most recent stories on this issue:

Northumberland County searching for solutions to CSUMB elimination and other funding cuts
Niagara Region raising taxes by 1.97%, in part to deal with loss of CSUMB
District of Parry Sound facing cuts
The face of homelessness in Peterborough
Experts say government cuts have created a 'crisis' for homeless queer youth
“You cannot eliminate community startup and maintenance and reduce discretionary benefits without change” says Niagara administrator
“The provincial government has cut funding and downloaded the problem to the city level," says Toronto Councillor
Alliance Against Poverty calls on municipalities to lead: “it pays to invest in the poor”
Cross-provincial meeting in Hamilton this Thursday
Kitchener residents protest loss of CSUMB
Ottawa residents protest loss of CSUMB
Sudbury residents protest loss of CSUMB
Women and Trans Rally against the cuts in Toronto
George Brown student newspaper
In Kawartha Lakes, because of differential need for CSUMB assistance, the problem is not as bad
LAMP Community Health Centre blog
LAMP holds a CSUMB clinic
A letter to the editor from Minister John Milloy

Liberal Leadership Race

Candidates square off on The Agenda – discussion of poverty starts minute 40:00
Former chief justice Roy McMurtry endorses Eric Hoskins for Lib leader
Letter to the Editor on Pupatello’s “coming down like a lion on welfare cheats” comment

Reports and Opportunities

Ve’Ahavta is accepting applications for their next Street Academy starting in February
Report from the CCPA Ontario: A Living Wage As a Human Right
Three great papers from Sheila Block on income inequality, for the Broadbent Institute

National Issues

Fantastic letter to the editor on growing inequality and the democratic deficit it creates
Polling: Canada’s government may be trending right, but Canadians aren’t
Underemployment is driving excessive anxiety among young workers

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

9. The November 20 (2012) PQ budget : Analysis by Mathieu Dufour - November 23
(Progressive Economics Forum)

The PQ budget : Analysis by Mathieu Dufour
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/11/23/the-pq-budget/
November 23, 2012
On Tuesday, November 20th, the Parti Québécois released its first budget since taking office. This budget was widely anticipated in view of the many fiscal promises the PQ had made during the campaign, most of which where fairly progressive in nature. In the end, the exercise was (aptly) described by Marc Van Audenrode, who followed the proceedings and interviewed with Radio-Canada, as a “non-event”. For all intents and purposes, the budget could have been delivered by a liberal government… and certainly, given its content, there was no need to rush things ahead of the usual spring schedule.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Canada's immigrant labour market, 2008 to 2011 - December 14
--- National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, third quarter 2012 - December 13
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, September 2012 - December 13
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2012 - December 12
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2012 - December 12
--- Selected historical data from the Census of Agriculture, 2011 - December 10

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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December 14, 2012
Study: Canada's immigrant labour market, 2008 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121214/dq121214b-eng.htm
In 2011, employment among landed immigrants in the core working-age group of 25 to 54 increased 4.3% from the previous year. The majority of the growth occurred among established immigrants who had been in the country for more than 10 years. Over the same period, employment among core-aged Canadian born was virtually unchanged.

December 13, 2012
National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, third quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121213/dq121213a-eng.htm
National net worth increased by over $9 billion to $6.8 trillion in the third quarter, translating to $194,100 on a per capita basis. In addition to higher prices for many assets, national saving and revaluations contributed to increased national wealth. National saving reflected sustained saving by the corporate sector.

December 13, 2012
Employment, Earnings and Hours, September 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/72-002-x/72-002-x2012009-eng.htm
Highlights
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
User information
Related products

December 12, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121212/dq121212a-eng.htm
There were 267,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses in September, up 19,000 from 12 months earlier. For every job vacancy, there were 5.3 unemployed people, down from 5.7 in September 2011.

December 12, 2012
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), second quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121212/dq121212c-eng.htm
The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds totaled $1.1 trillion at the end of the second quarter, down 1.0% from the previous quarter. It was the first decline since the third quarter of 2011.

December 10, 2012
Selected historical data from the Census of Agriculture, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121210/dq121210b-eng.htm
Data tracking the evolution of the agricultural sector from the Census of 1921 to the most recent in 2011 are now available without charge in CANSIM ttables 004-0001 to 004-0017 [ http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=004-0001..004-0017&p2=31 ].



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


Source:
The Daily

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

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

December 15, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

CUPE Ontario's public early learning and care forum [video]
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/cupe-ontarios-public-early-learning-and-care-forum-video
12 Dec 2012 - Canada
Video of Sharon Gregson from the child care forum held on November 15th at Ryerson University.

The key to lifelong health: Invest in the early years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/key-lifelong-health-invest-early-years
12 Dec 2012 | Canada
Commentary from the Canadian Paediatric Society states that "Canada needs public policy that prioritizes young children and families, supports their development, stimulates the creation of supportive environments and helps strengthen the relationships that protect children from adversity".

Daycare double duty
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/daycare-double-duty
12 Dec 2012 | Canada
Article summarizes research findings from study that set out to uncover what Canadian parents really know about their children's care.

Must do better! Professor says Government wrong on childcare policy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/must-do-better-professor-says-government-wrong-childcare-po
10 Dec 2012 | Europe
Article by Helen Penn argues that "we (England) are a high spender on early education and care. But we spend very badly. We have a very muddled system of provision, some public, some private, some focused on care, some on education, with overlapping or competitive forms of early education and childcare in wealthier areas, and very little provision in poor areas. We don't have a clear idea of what we spend or where we spend it".

Child care workers face serious challenges
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/12/child-care-workers-face-serious-challenges
5 Dec 2012 | Nova Scotia
CBC Radio Nova Scotia interviews chair of the Nova Scotia Childcare Association, Kathleen Couture who argues that early childhood educator's lost wages are subsidizing the cost of child care for families. A link to the response from Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse is also available.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/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.

People get it – fair taxes benefit everyone
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/people-get-it-%E2%80%93-fair-taxes-benefit-everyone
12 Dec 2012 | British Columbia

Strike vote for gender pay equity at UBC child care held today
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/strike-vote-gender-pay-equity-ubc-child-care-held-today
12 Dec 2012 | British Columbia

Tax breaks to help with child care costs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/tax-breaks-help-child-care-costs
12 Dec 2012 | Europe

Early learning is a better bargain than universities: Goar
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/early-learning-better-bargain-universities-goar
11 Dec 2012 | Canada

Crippling cost of childcare 'stops thousands from going to work'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/12/crippling-cost-childcare-%E2%80%98stops-thousands-going-work
10 Dec 2012 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going
back to June 2009, check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

December 14, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/14/
Child Poverty Rate – North Carolina
Youth Unemployment – France
Fuel Poverty – Scotland
Homeless Counts (3 articles)

December 13, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/13/
Child Protective Services – Arizona
Kids Living in Poverty in U.S. (3 articles)
Health Care Costs – New Jersey

December 12, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/12/
Childhood Obesity
Unemployment Rate
Healthier Teens – Minnesota

December 11, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/11/
States and Medicaid Expansion

December 10, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/12/10/
Medicaid Enrollment – New York

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

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

13. Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care : Europe and North America - 2012
(
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research )

Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care
Europe and North America
(PDF - 11.5MB, 122 pages)
http://www.euro.centre.org/data/LTC_Final.pdf
Editors : Ricardo Rodrigues / Manfred Huber / Giovanni Lamura
December 2012
The 2nd edition of the Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care provides information on the ageing phenomenon across the UNECE region.
It covers data and information on demography, social situation of older people, health, informal care, migrant care workers, public long-term care policies and expenditure for the countries of the UNECE.
It is meant as a tool to inform policy debate and inform decision-making by policy-makers. It provides easily accessible information on data and facts for academic experts and researchers to aid comparative analysis of healthy ageing and long-term care. It hopes to foster debate and raise awareness of the differences in ageing across the UNECE region and what they entail for citizens.

Contents:

Chapter 1: Demography
Chapter 2: Social connectedness
Chapter 3: Income and housing situation
Chapter 4: Health status, risk factors and prevention
Chapter 5: Informal care
Chapter 6: Migrant care work
Chapter 7: Long-term care services
Chapter 8: Expenditure on long-term care

Source:
December issue of the Newsletter of the European Centre
http://www.euro.centre.org/newsletter/Newsletter_December12.pdf
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
http://www.euro.centre.org/

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- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

14. International Human Rights Day 2012 - December 10

From the
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:

http://www.ohchr.org/

International Human Rights Day 2012
[ http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Day2012/Pages/HRD2012.aspx ]
The designated theme for Human Rights Day 2012 is ‘Inclusion and the right to participate in public life.’
- incl. links to:
* Events in Geneva and New York * Statements and messages * Social media * Visual designs * Videos * Stories

Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Human Rights Day
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12865&LangID=E
10 December 2012
(*...) Today, I salute all those who have suffered so much seeking what is rightfully theirs, and all those people in other countries who in their own way – whether it is in Santiago or Cairo, Athens or Moscow, New York or New Delhi – are also saying we have a voice, we have our rights and we want to participate in the way our societies and economies are run. Because that is how it should be.

Human Rights Day
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ABOUTUS/Pages/HumanRightsDay.aspx
Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [ http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/UDHRIndex.aspx ].
- includes links to observances of Human Rights Day from 2004 to 2011.

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From the
United Nations:
http://www.un.org/en/

International Human Rights Day 2012
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/
December 10, 2012
Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere. This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

Past Human Rights Days (2002 to 2011, incl. theme for each year):
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2012/past.shtml

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From Canada Without Poverty
(formerly the National Anti-Poverty Organization or NAPO):
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

December 10, 2012
A Message from Leilani Farha, Executive Director, Canada Without Poverty
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/2012/12/human-rights-day-where-does-canada-stand/
It’s human rights day. And the silence is audible. Funny how, on the one day a year when we are meant to talk about universal human rights, like rights to housing, to food, an adequate standard of living, self-determination, freedom from torture – we hear nothing from our elected officials, no relevant headlines in mainstream media. A quick scan of the “home pages” of our leaders is telling: Prime Minister Harper makes not a single reference to the significance of December 10th. The Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs: Nothing. Etc., etc., etc.

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

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

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

15. 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)
Latest issue:

12 December 2012 : CRINMAIL issue 1306
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4506
In this issue:
Human Rights Day 2012
- Children's right to participate in public life
Latest news and reports
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Gambia
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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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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25 Actual Newspaper Headlines

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Plane Too Close To Ground, Crash Probe Told

British Left Waffles on Falklands

Schwarzenegger Wins on Budget, but More Lies Ahead

New Vaccine May Contain AIDS

Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case

Iraqi Head Seeks Arms

Hospitals Sued By Seven Foot Doctors

Expert Says Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash

Bank Drive-in Window Blocked By Board

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

Grandmother of Eight Makes Hole in One

Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim

Dealers Will Hear Car Talk at Noon

Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax

Lawmen From Mexico Barbecue Guests

Miners Refuse to Work After Death

Two Soviet Ships Collide - One Dies

Two Sisters Reunite After Eighteen Years at Checkout Counter

Never Withhold Herpes From Loved One

Nicaragua Sets Goal to Wipe Out Literacy

Drunk Drivers Paid $1,000 in 1984

Shot Off Woman's Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66

Autos Killing 110 a Day, Let's Resolve to do Better

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly it May Last a While

Source:
http://www.funny2.com/headlinesc.htm
[Click the link for more...]

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And, in closing...

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26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year
Sometimes you need a reminder that people can do wonderful things:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/moments-that-restored-our-faith-in-humanity-this-y

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Cat Friends and Dog Friends (video, duration 2:28)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbycvPwr1Wg&feature=youtu.be
("That's a GOOD BOY!!!!")

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The 101 Most Useful Websites of 2012
http://www.labnol.org/internet/101-useful-websites/18078/

Little Known Gems for your Windows Computer
http://www.labnol.org/software/best-windows-utilities/26971/
- little-known but essential software utilities for Windows that are free, light-weight and add new and useful features to your computer.

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Free online dictation
http://ctrlq.org/dictation/
(Your computer must have a microphone to play with this)

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I Care --- (video re. NHL Woes, duration 1:32)
http://www.youtube.com/embed/GhnvKzA-6WY

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Steve Martin: The Great Flydini (video, duration 6:44)
http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/45516/detail/

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