Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 17, 2013

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,619 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. Free Webinar : Cost Benefit Analysis (Webinar by John Stapleton)
2. When does it make sense to invest in an RRSP – and when doesn’t it? (By Preet Banerjee in the Globe and Mail) - February 8

3. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for February 12, 2013 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Fairness by Design : A Framework for Tax Reform in Canada (Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - February 13
5. Understanding inequality and what to do about it (Miles Corak) - February 12
6. A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years - 3 Year Progress Report (Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness) - February 2013
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

--- Charitable donors, 2011 - February 13
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2011 - February 11
--- Investment income, 2011 - February 11
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. [U.S.] This Week in Poverty: Revealing the Real TANF [Temporary Assistance to Needy Families] (The Nation) - February 8
11. [U.S.] Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth (Joseph Stiglitz in the New York Times) - February 16
12. [U.S.] Striking it Richer : The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States (Berkeley University of California) - February 15
13. [U.S.] 2012 and 2013 Poverty Guidelines and Thresholds (Health and Human Services - HHS)
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. Free Webinar : Cost Benefit Analysis - February 19 at 1pm (EST)
(Webinar by John Stapleton)

Free Webinar : Cost Benefit Analysis
http://www.spotlightonlearning.ca/content/february-2013
Date: Tuesday February 19, 2013
Time : 13:00 (Toronto time)
Presenter : John Stapleton

Register now!
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/154973998

Webinar Description:

Contrary to popular belief, cost-benefit analysis is not just about doing things cheaper and better.
So what really is cost benefit analysis and how does it apply to policy?
In this free, one hour webinar, participants will:
• Be introduced to cost benefit analysis; who rejects and accepts it
• Discover the findings and importance of narrative
• Take a look at famous cost benefit analysis cases
• Learn how cost benefits are conceived in the public
There will time for questions at the end of the webinar.

Source:
Spotlight on Learning
http://www.spotlightonlearning.ca/
Dedicated to professional development in literacy and essential skills.

Related link:

Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)
http://www.openpolicyontario.com/

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

2. When does it make sense to invest in an RRSP – and when doesn’t it? - February 8
(By Preet Banerjee in the Globe and Mail)

When does it make sense to invest in an RRSP – and when doesn’t it?
http://goo.gl/UY3Sb
February 8, 2013
By Preet Banerjee
(...)
Ultimately, the [RRSP] withdrawal is treated as taxable income at the time it is taken out, which can have a devastating effect on a [low-income] senior’s Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefit. It is not only subject to tax, it can also reduce GIS at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar. That’s like getting a 20 per cent refund when making a contribution but being subject to a 70 per cent tax on withdrawal.

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm

3. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for February 12, 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Media and Policy News for 12 February 2013
http://goo.gl/SwcSD

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

Top Stories

* “The Premier’s Office: The New Team”
* Press Release
* On Ted McMeekin, the new Minister of Community and Social Services
* Wynne calls for a “fair society”
* Four challenges ahead
* On the new Finance Minister:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontarios-new-finance-minister-a-nice-guy-finishes-first/article8479202/

Other Ontario

* Andrea Horwath makes the list of NDP priorities public
* Editorial says the “social assistance mess” should be Wynne’s top priority
* Letter to editor in response, from Jennefer
* Ontario looking to revoke payday loan company licenses
* More on the Conference Board of Canada’s report – author says the problem of inequality “can be fixed through public and political will”
* And another take, from Michael Laxer, on poverty as Canada's greatest child abuse problem
* Report should be a call to action

Around the Province

* It's Kenora's Week of Action Against Poverty
* Northumberland seems not to know that they are required to consult with the public on their housing and homelessness plans
* Peel activists call for Wynne to take action on “silent epidemic” of poverty
* Remember: Ontario is not Greece
* Youth and working poverty is rising in Niagara
* Good blog from Sudbury on what’s happened with CSUMB
* Poverty Reduction Strategy open house meeting in Thunder Bay

Across the Country

* Pennies for kids in poverty strikes a chord with Nova Scotia MLA
* Nova Scotia set to deliver new housing strategy next month
* Meanwhile, BC’s housing minister calls a social housing challenge “unrealistic”
* News from BC’s poverty reduction coalition
* Looking at reducing poverty in small town Alberta
New poverty report on the Bow Valley

National

* CMA says it’s time to end the national disgrace of Aboriginal poverty
* Anti-poverty and human rights groups stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Idle No More
* Did you know the Finance Committee was instructed by Parliament to do a study of income inequality in Canada? Apparently, neither did they.
* Heather Mallick says Canada is becoming the Slytherin house of international Hogwarts

International

* Welfare fraud "a drop in the bucket" compared to tax avoidance
* Measuring poverty in the UK: more than 2 million kids not counted
* Nearly 2/3 of Americans are delaying retirement because they can’t afford it
* The White House outlines what government spending cuts would mean on the ground
* Pleading for more cash assistance in Minnesota
* Youth poverty rising in Germany’s former primary industrial region

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the 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. Fairness by Design : A Framework for Tax Reform in Canada - February 13
(Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

New from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Canada’s tax system needs fairness overhaul: study
http://goo.gl/jEGmq
February 13, 2013
OTTAWA—Canada’s tax system is in dire need of reform, says a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
According to the study, by CCPA economists Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova, ad-hoc tax changes over the last two decades have seriously weakened the redistributive role of Canada’s tax system at a time when market inequalities call for more, not less, redistribution.

Complete study:

Fairness by Design:
A Framework for Tax Reform in Canada
(PDF - 939K, 44 pages)
http://goo.gl/rh1zH
By Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova
February 13, 2013
This study finds that ad-hoc tax changes over the last two decades have seriously weakened the redistributive role of Canada’s tax system at a time when market inequalities call for more, not less, redistribution. The authors present a framework for a progressive tax reform strategy and recommend the establishment of a Fair Tax Commission to examine how federal taxes and transfers work together as a system and make recommendations for changes.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

5. Understanding inequality and what to do about it - February 12
(Miles Corak)

Understanding inequality and what to do about it (PDF - 532K, 32 pages)
http://goo.gl/pPh6y
February 12, 2013
By Miles Corak
Presentation by Miles Corak, Professor of economics at Ottawa University, to the federal All-Party Anti-Poverty caucus yesterday.
It looks at three questions:
1) has inequality increased in Canada?
(2) what explains the changes?
(3) why is it important for public policy?

Source:
milescorak.com/
http://milescorak.com/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

6. A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years - 3 Year Progress Report - February 2013
(Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness)

A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years - 3 Year Progress Report
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/documents/homelessness-3-year-progress-report.pdf
February 2013
In 2009, Alberta became the first province in Canada to commit to ending homelessness. For the next four years, the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness developed and monitored the implementation of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years. The Secretariat also provided strategic advice on A Plan for Alberta to Minister Hancock. The 3 Year Secretariat Report shows that Alberta is on the right track to ending homelessness, not to just manage it.

Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/homelessness/16051.html
In January 2013, the Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness was established. It was created to enhance community input and participation in guiding the future direction of the 10-year plan Homelessness is a complex issue that must be addressed through coordinated action by a broader range of stakeholders than in the past. The Alberta Interagency Council brings together these stakeholders, including leaders of community-based organizations, shelters, other orders of government, and other provincial ministries.

Alberta Statistics on Homelessness
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/homelessness/16052.html

Source:
Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness

http://humanservices.alberta.ca/homelessness/14628.html
The Secretariat was established in January 2008 to produce the province’s long-term strategic plan to end homelessness. Accepted by the Government of Alberta in March 2009, A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years represents a fundamental shift in Alberta’s approach to homelessness. Instead of managing homelessness, the Plan offers a roadmap to end homelessness

Alberta Human Services
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/

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A Plan For Alberta : Ending Homelessness in 10 years (PDF - 1.8MB, 48 pages)
http://www.housing.alberta.ca/documents/PlanForAB_Secretariat_final.pdf
October 2008
Prepared By:
The Alberta Secretariat
For Action On Homelessness
http://www.housing.alberta.ca/Alberta_Secretariat.cfm

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

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

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Charitable donors, 2011 - February 13
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2011 - February 11
--- Investment income, 2011 - February 11

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

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February 13, 2013
Charitable donors, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130213/dq130213a-eng.htm
Charitable donations reported by taxfilers increased 2.6% from 2010 to just under $8.5 billion in 2011. At the same time, the number of people reporting charitable donations on their 2011 income tax return decreased by 0.6% to 5.7 million. In 2011, 23.0% of all taxfilers claimed charitable donations. The highest percentage of taxfilers declaring a donation occurred in Manitoba (25.9%), followed by Saskatchewan (25.0%) and Prince Edward Island (24.9%).
- includes links to two tables:
1. Charitable donations — Canada, provinces and territories
2. Charitable donations — Census metropolitan areas

Related subjects:

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

* Household spending and savings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2180&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Volunteering and donating
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=80&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

February 11, 2013
Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130211/dq130211a-eng.htm
Total contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) amounted to $34.4 billion in 2011, up 1.6% from 2010. Data are based on tax returns filed for 2011. Just under 6.0 million taxfilers contributed to an RRSP in 2011, virtually unchanged from 2010.
- includes links to two tables:
1. Registered retirement savings plan contributors – Canada, provinces and territories
2. Registered retirement savings plan contributors – Census metropolitan areas

Related subjects:

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

* Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=70008&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Seniors
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Income, pensions and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70005&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

February 11, 2013
Investment income, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130211/dq130211b-eng.htm
In 2011, the number of taxfilers reporting investment income rose 0.7% from 2010, while the amount of investment income reported for the same period increased by 8.2% (in constant dollars). Nationally, more than 7.5 million people reported income from investments totaling $55.7 billion, according to income tax returns for 2011.
- includes links to two tables:
1. Investment income – Canada, provinces and territories
2. Investment income – Census metropolitan areas



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


Source:
The Daily

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


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

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

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

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

February 17, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

You Bet We Still Care!
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/you-bet-we-still-care
15 Feb 2013 | Canada
After months of consultation with the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, the results from the You Bet We Still Care! workforce survey are in. A highlights report and powerpoint presentation are available online. In light of the dissolution of the CCHRSC and limited capacity to share the findings from this important study, you are encouraged to use these two key outputs to share the findings from the project with your networks and colleagues working in child care.

France's childcare system - French lessons
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/frances-childcare-system-french-lessons
13 Feb 2013 | Europe
Article in Nursery World explains the pluses and minuses of the French system of child care.

Investing in our children: A plan to expand access to preschool and child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/investing-our-children-plan-expand-access-preschool-and-chi
13 Feb 2013 | United States
Report from the Center for American Progress presents a plan to expand education opportunities and care for children ages 0-5 years old.

Choices in the real world: The use of family, friend and neighbor child care by single Chicago mothers working nontraditional schedules
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/choices-real-world-use-family-friend-and-neighbor-child-car
12 Feb 2013 | United States
Findings from interviews with 50 single parents working nontraditional hours finds that "cost, flexibility, and availability during nontraditional hours frequently led low-income parents to use license-exempt family, friend and neighbor (FFN) child care providers".

On the edges: Child care assistance policies that affect parents, providers, and children
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/02/edges-child-care-assistance-policies-effect-parents-provide
11 Feb 2013 | United States
Fact sheet from the National Women's Law Centre (U.S.) explains how "State policy decisions on eligibility criteria, reimbursement, and additional aspects of child care assistance all affect families' access to the stable, high-quality child care that parents need to work and children need to be ready for school".

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

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

Throne Speech childcare pledges too vague, advocacy groups say
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/throne-speech-childcare-pledges-too-vague-advocacy-groups-say
15 Feb 2013 | British Columbia

Yes, President Obama: Working families desperately need access to preschool -- and childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/yes-president-obama-working-families-desperately-need-access-prescho
13 Feb 2013 | United States

The debate over for-profit child care heats up
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/debate-over-profit-child-care-heats
13 Feb 2013 | Canada

State Of The Union proposes major preschool expansion
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/state-union-proposes-major-preschool-expansion
13 Feb 2013 | United States

Little steps: Early-years education can mean better school results later
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/02/little-steps-early-years-education-can-mean-better-school-results-la
13 Feb 2013 | United States

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

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CRRU Archive

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

All new content* since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website at the link above.

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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

9. 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)

February 15, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/15/
Kids Count Report – Illinois (3 articles)
Earned Income Tax Credit – North Carolina
Early Childhood Education
Access to Assistance Centers – Minneapolis, MN
Families of Prisoners and Long-Distance Calling
Charter Schools – Washington, DC

February 14, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/14/
Federal Minimum Wage
--- Raising minimum wage would ease income gap but carries political risks
--- The impact of a $9 minimum wage
--- Minimum wage in Europe offers ammunition in U.S. debate
--- Obama’s call for higher minimum wage could have ripple effect
--- Reaction mixed to Obama’s bid to hike minimum wage

February 13, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/13/
Jobless Benefits – North Carolina
States and Medicaid Expansion (7 articles)

February 12, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/12/
Early Childhood Development – New Orleans, LA
Child Care Subsidies – Kentucky
Early College Programs (3 articles)

February 11, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/02/11/
US Teen Birth Rates (2 articles)
Medicaid and Dental Care – Colorado

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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

10. [U.S.] This Week in Poverty: Revealing the Real TANF [Temporary Assistance to Needy Families] - February 8
(The Nation)

United States

This Week in Poverty: Revealing the Real TANF
[Temporary Assistance to Needy Families]
http://www.thenation.com/blog/172767/week-poverty-revealing-real-tanf
By Greg Kaufmann
February 8, 2013
...the American people have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program created in 1996. Both parties tout it as a “success,” but if you look at the numbers—and at the real lives of people who turn to the program for assistance when they are out of work—the picture is bleak, to say the least.
(...)
Before welfare reform, for every 100 families with children in poverty in the US, 68 were able to access cash assistance; now that number has fallen to just 27.
[ For more detailed info, see http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tanf-weakening-as-a-safety-net/ ]

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

11. [U.S.] Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth - February 16
(Joseph Stiglitz in the New York Times)

United States

Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/equal-opportunity-our-national-myth/
February 16, 2013
By Joseph Stiglitz
President Obama’s second Inaugural Address used soaring language to reaffirm America’s commitment to the dream of equality of opportunity.
(...)
Today, the United States has less equality of opportunity than almost any other advanced industrial country. Study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity. This is especially tragic: While Americans may differ on the desirability of equality of outcomes, there is near-universal consensus that inequality of opportunity is indefensible. The Pew Research Center has found [ http://www.people-press.org/files/legacy-pdf/517.pdf ] that some 90 percent of Americans believe that the government should do everything it can to ensure equality of opportunity.

Source:
The Great Divide : a series about inequality

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/the-great-divide/
The Great Divide is a series on inequality — the haves, the have-nots and everyone in between — in the United States and around the world, and its implications for economics, politics, society and culture. The series moderator is Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, a Columbia professor and a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist for the World Bank.

Also in the Great Divide series:

* February 9, 2013 : In China, a Vast Chasm Between the Rich and the Rest
* February 2, 2013 : The Boys at the Back
* January 26, 2013 : The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy
* January 19, 2013 : Inequality Is Holding Back the Recovery
[Click the link above to access any of these articles.]

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

12. [U.S.] Striking it Richer : The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States - February 15
(Berkeley University of California)

United States

From the
New York Times
:
http://www.nytimes.com/

Incomes Flat in Recovery, but Not for the 1%
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/business/economy/income-gains-after-recession-went-mostly-to-top-1.html
By Annie Lowrey
February 15, 2013
WASHINGTON — Incomes rose more than 11 percent for the top 1 percent of earners during the economic recovery, but not at all for everybody else, according to new data.

The new data:

Striking it Richer:
The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States
(PDF - 292K, 10 pages)
http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~saez/saez-UStopincomes-2011.pdf
(Updated with 2011 estimates)
By Emmanuel Saez
January 23, 2013
The labor market has been creating much more inequality over the last thirty years, with the very top earners capturing a large fraction of macroeconomic productivity gains. A number of factors may help explain this increase in inequality, not only underlying technological changes but also the retreat of institutions developed during the New Deal and World War II - such as progressive tax policies, powerful unions, corporate provision of health and retirement benefits, and changing social norms regarding pay inequality. We need to decide as a society whether this increase in income inequality is efficient and acceptable and, if not, what mix of institutional and tax reforms should be developed to counter it.

Source:
Berkeley University of California
http://berkeley.edu/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

13. 2012 and 2013 Poverty Guidelines and Thresholds
(
Health and Human Services - HHS)

United States

2013 HHS Poverty Guidelines:
One Version of the [U.S.] Federal Poverty Measure
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm
January 24, 2013
"The following figures are the 2013 HHS poverty guidelines which are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2013.
(Additional information* will be posted after the guidelines are published.)"
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* NOTE by Gilles:
As at February 16, 2013, the additional information had not yet been posted to the site. ("Additional Information" will include the same files as for 2012 - see below).
When these files are posted, you'll find them at the link above. The guideline for 2013 appears immediately below, along with links to the 2012 poverty guidelines and all complementary resources.
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2013 HHS Poverty Guidelines:
January 24, 2013

# of Persons in Family --------- Poverty Guideline
1 ------------------------------------- $11,490
2 ------------------------------------- 15,510
3 ------------------------------------- 19,530
4 ------------------------------------- 23,550
5 ------------------------------------- 27,570
6 ------------------------------------- 31,590
7 ------------------------------------- 35,610
8 ------------------------------------- 39,630
+ $4,020 for each additional person

NOTE : The HHS Poverty Guidelines are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.
Click the link above to see guidelines for these two states.

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The 2012 HHS Poverty Guidelines
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/12poverty.shtml
January 26, 2012

2012 Poverty guidelines:

# of Persons in Family --------- Poverty Guideline
1 ------------------------------------- $11,170
2 ------------------------------------- 15,130
3 ------------------------------------- 19,090
4 ------------------------------------- 23,050
5 ------------------------------------- 27,010
6 ------------------------------------- 30,970
7 ------------------------------------- 34,930
8 ------------------------------------- 38,890
+
$3,960 for each additional person
(Same caveats re. Alaska and Hawaii as above)

Additional Information
for 2012 poverty guidelines:

Federal Register Notice, January 26, 2012 — Full text:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/12fedreg.shtml

Prior Poverty Guidelines and Federal Register References Since 1982
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/figures-fed-reg.shtml

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.shtml

Further Resources on Poverty Measurement, Poverty Lines, and Their History
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/contacts.shtml

Computations for the 2012 Poverty Guidelines
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/12computations.shtml

Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.cfm

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NOTE:

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

The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure. They are updated each year by the Census Bureau (although they were originally developed by Mollie Orshansky of the Social Security Administration).
[ http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/papers/hptgssiv.htm ]

The thresholds are used mainly for statistical purposes — for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year. (In other words, all official poverty population figures are calculated using the poverty thresholds, not the guidelines.)

The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs.

The poverty guidelines are sometimes loosely referred to as the “federal poverty level” (FPL), but that phrase is ambiguous and should be avoided, especially in situations (e.g., legislative or administrative) where precision is important.

Key differences between poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines are outlined in a table under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
[ http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.shtml#differences ]

See also the discussion of this topic on the Institute for Research on Poverty’s web site.
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/faqs/faq1.htm

Source:
Office of Human Services Policy:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/index.shtml

[Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/ ]

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

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COMMENT:
There's an important distinction between the Canadian and American government poverty measurement --- in the U.S., a person's or household's eligibility for certain programs [ http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.shtml#programs ] is actually tied to an official federal government poverty measure. (However, eligibility for state welfare programs that fall under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families umbrella is means-tested and not related to any poverty measure.) In Canada, eligibility for all provincial and territorial welfare programs for individuals and families is "needs-tested". Needs-testing and means-testing mean the same thing in this context --- they both involve a test that takes into account a household's financial resources and its needs.
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Related Reading:
- highly recommended!

Further Resources on Poverty Measurement, Poverty Lines, and Their History
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/contacts.shtml
Table of Contents:
- Introduction
- Background Paper on the Poverty Guidelines
- Programs That Do — and Don’t — Use the Poverty Guidelines
- The Official Federal Statistical Definition of Poverty
- Mollie Orshansky’s Development of the Poverty Thresholds
- Research on Alternative Approaches to Poverty Measurement
- Papers by ASPE Staff Relating to the History of Poverty Lines
- For Further Questions

The Development and History of the Poverty Thresholds
http://www.ssa.gov/history/fisheronpoverty.html
By Gordon M. Fisher
Social Security Bulletin
Volume 55, Number 4
1992

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

14. 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)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

13 February 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1314
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4581

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Pope resigns, but sex abuse victims prosecute
- New report on the case law of the CRC
- Children targeted by firearms industry marketing
- Child abuse case underlines need for protection law
- More action needed to tackle sexual violence
- Vaccination workers treating children killed
- Equal rights upheld
- Migrant children in a freedom of movement area
- Launch of global child policy data
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Zimbabwe
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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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Twenty Antagonyms

Antagonyms : Words (and phrases) with definitions that contradict each other.

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Anxious:
Full of mental distress because of apprehensionof danger or misfortune [in effect, seeking to avoid] (We were anxious about the nearby gunshots.) vs. Eager orlooking forward to (Until you returned, I was anxious to see you.)

Apparent:
Not clear or certain (For now, he is the apparent winner of the contest.) vs.Obvious (The solution to the problem was apparent to all.)

Assume:
To actually have (To assume office) vs.To hope to have ("He assumed he would be elected.")

Bound:
Moving ("I was bound for Chicago") vs.Unable to move ("I was bound to a post", or less literally,"I was bound to my desk")

Buckle:
To hold together (e.g. buckle your belt) vs.to fall apart (e.g., buckle under pressure)

Cite, Citation:
For doing good (such as military gallantry) vs. for doing bad (such as from a traffic policeman)

Clip:
To attach vs. to cut off

Cool:
Positive sense (cool web-sites) vs.negative sense(cool reception).

Cut:
Get in (as in line or queue) vs. get out (as in a school class)

Dust:
To remove dust vs. To applydust (as in fingerprinting)

Enjoin:
To order someone to do something vs.to stop someone from doing something [such as in law by an injunction]

Fast:
Moving rapidly vs. Unable to move ("I was held fast to my bed.")

Fix:
To restore to function (fixing the refrigerator) vs.to make non-functional (fixing the dog)

Fearful:
Causing fear vs. Being afraid

Hysterical:
Being overwhelmed with fear [in some cases] vs. Being funny

Inflammable:
Burns easily vs. [the incorrect assumption by many that the prefixin- makes it mean:] Does not burn
Only the first definition is correct; the risk of confusion has removed this word from gasoline trucks!

Last:
Recent vs. final (My last book will be my last publication)

Lease, Let, Rent:
To loan out for money vs. to "borrow" for money

Left:
To remain vs. to have gone (Of all those who came, only Fred's left.
[Does it mean he's the only one who still remains or that he's the first to depart?])

License:
Liberty or permission to do something vs.Undue or excessive freedom or liberty

Source:
http://www.english-for-students.com/Antagonyms.html

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And, in closing...

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Snopes : 25 Hottest Urban Legends
http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp
This page compiles the 25 urban legends currently circulating most widely, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage.

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The next generation of surveillance (video, duration 4:40)
http://www.dump.com/nextsurveillance/
Big Brother is watching, on steroids...

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Switcheroo
http://sincerelyhana.com/projects/switcheroo/

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Funniest Super Bowl Commercials of 2013 (video, duration 8:44)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8qy8v1ghy38

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Steve Martin : The Great Flydini (video, duration 6:44)
http://rubytooth.com/link/45516
Steve Martin in a classic comedy sketch as a magician with a unique ability.
From the Johnny Carson show.

 

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