Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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 2,626 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. 2013 Human Development Report (United Nations Development Program) - March 14
2. Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - March 11
3. The Hunger Game : Food banks may compound the very problems they should be solving - April 2013 issue of The Walrus
4. 2013 Alberta Budget Analysis (Edmonton Social Planning Council) - March 2013
5. Say goodbye to effective Parliamentary Budget Office, feds about to destroy it, says outgoing PBO Page (The Hill Times) - March 11
6. Chris Hedges: Harper is “venal”, U.S. politics is “totally rigged” (The Straight - Vancouver) - July 2012
7. Harper Government Centralizing, Slashing Federal Web Info (Huffington Post Canada) - March 10
8. Northwest Territories Income Security Programs : Residents have access, but there are weaknesses in delivery (2013 March Report of the Auditor General of Canada) - March 7
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

--- National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, fourth quarter 2012 - March 15
--- The Evolution of Canadian Wages over the Last Three Decades - March 15
--- Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2011/2012 - March 13
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), third quarter 2012
- March 12
10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)
13. Pope Francis - March 14

Have a great week!

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

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1. 2013 Human Development Report - March 14
(United Nations Development Program)

From the
Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Canada falls out of top 10 in UN’s human development index
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-falls-out-of-top-10-in-uns-human-development-index/article9758218/
March 14, 2013
Canada has slipped slightly in the UN rankings of human progress as slower advances in areas such as education deprived this country of bragging rights as one of the top 10. The United Nations’ annual human development index for 2012 puts Canada in 11th place – now passed by Japan, and just ahead of South Korea and Hong Kong. (...) Canada boasted that it topped the rankings in the 1990s. It was sixth when the 2011 index was released last year – although the ratings are not comparable. Data for 2011 have been updated, and the methodology was shifted, and the UN calculates that using the current method, Canada should have been 10th in the 2011 report.
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A version of the index adjusted for inequality sees Canada drop to 15th, behind such countries as Iceland, Denmark and Slovenia, mainly because of the high level of disparity in incomes.

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From the
United Nations Development Program:
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html

Launch of the 2013 Human Development Report
http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2013/
March 14, 2013
The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" – examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

Human Development Index in 2013 Report shows major gains since 2000 in most countries of South
http://goo.gl/skV0E
14 March 2013
Press Release
Additional updated indices in the 2013 Human Development Report measure gender equity, extreme poverty, and HDI inequalities

Complete report in one file:

The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World (PDF - 5.7MB, 216 pages)
http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2013_EN_complete.pdf

Complete report in multiple files:
http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2013/download/
Click this link to select any of the following files from the
2013 Human Development Report:

* Summary [PDF - 786 KB]
* Table of contents [PDF - 38 KB]
* Overview [PDF - 126 KB]
* Introduction [PDF - 532 KB]
* The state of human development [PDF - 1,335 KB]
* A more global South [PDF - 2,034 KB]
* Drivers of development transformation [PDF - 324 KB]
* Sustaining momentum [PDF - 498 KB]
* Governance and partnerships for a new era [PDF - 247 KB]
* Notes and References [PDF - 118 KB]
* Statistics [PDF - 614 KB]

Canada Country Profile: Human Development Indicators
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/CAN.html

All country profiles:
http://hdr.undp.org/en/data/profiles/

Source:
Human Development Index (HDI)

http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/hdi/
The first Human Development Report [ http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr1990/ ]
introduced a new way of measuring development by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income into a composite human development index, the HDI. The breakthrough for the HDI was the creation of a single statistic which was to serve as a frame of reference for both social and economic development.

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- Go to the United Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

2. Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together - March 11
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives releases Alternative Federal Budget 2013
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/ccpa-releases-alternative-federal-budget-2013
March 11, 2013
Today, the CCPA releases the Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together. This year's AFB shows how growth-killing austerity can be replaced by a plan that strengthens the economy, leads to a better quality of life for all Canadians, and eliminates the deficit by 2016.
This year's Alternative Federal Budget:
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reduces poverty and inequality by investing in child care, pharmacare, affordable housing, income supports, and post-secondary education,
* tackles the ongoing crisis for First Nations housing, drinking water, education,
* implements a long term, transparent and public plan for investments in infrastructure,
* creates 300,000 jobs, lowering the unemployment rate to 6% by 2014, and
* introduces a new top personal income tax bracket, closes the biggest tax loopholes, and introduces a withholding tax on tax havens.

Alternative Federal Budget 2013
http:// www.policyalternatives.ca/afb2013
- includes links to the full 171-page report along with the budget in brief and four infographics showing what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously tackle Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns.

Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together (PDF - 1.9MB, 171 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2013/03/AFB2013_MainDocument.pdf

NOTA : La version française de chacun de ces textes se trouve à l'adreese suivante
Alternative Budgétaire Pour le Gouvernement Fédéral 2013
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/abgf2013

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

3. The Hunger Game : Food banks may compound the very problems they should be solving - April 2013 issue of The Walrus

The Hunger Game:
Food banks may compound the very problems they should be solving
http://thewalrus.ca/the-hunger-game/
By Nick Saul
April 2013
(...) Each time I visit food bank warehouses, I find myself alternating between hope and despair. Hope born of the understanding that all of this is motivated by the human urge to help others with that most basic of needs: food. Despair because this effort, and that of food banks all over Canada, has not solved the problem of hunger. On the contrary, I believe food banking makes it worse.
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Food banks, with all of their collecting and sorting and distributing and thanking, are meeting the needs of everyone except the people they were set up to help: the poor and hungry. This emergency handout approach divides us as citizens, breaking down our society into us and them, givers and takers. The former feel generous and kind, while the latter feel ashamed, their agency, their health, and their dignity diminished. We not only can do better, we must do better.

Source:
April 2013 issue of
The Walrus

http://thewalrus.ca/
The magazine about Canada and its place in the world, published by the non-profit charitable Walrus Foundation [ http://thewalrus.ca/foundation/ ].

The author of the above article, Nick Saul, is president and CEO of
Community Food Centres Canada
http://www.cfccanada.ca/
Community Food Centres Canada provides ideas, resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada so they can establish responsive, financially stable Community Food Centres. These centres work to bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. With our partners and communities, we are working toward a healthy and fair food system.
A Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. CFCs provide people with emergency access to high-quality food in a dignified setting that doesn’t compromise their self-worth.

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

4. 2013 Alberta Budget Analysis - March 2013
(Edmonton Social Planning Council)

NOTE: The URL for the below was revised on March 18, 2013 at the request of the
Edmonton Social Planning Council.

Alberta 2013 Alberta Budget Analysis
March 2013 fACT sheet
(PDF - 428K, 2 pages)
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/images/stories/pdf/FactSheet/fact_sheet_alberta_budget_march_2013.pdf
Exerpt from Concluding Comments:
Budget 2013 is a post-election budget. The slogan for this year’s budget is ‘Responsible Change.’ Yet, with the exception of early childhood intervention, the changes being implemented are entirely in the direction of either freezes or outright reductions. Other cuts that will negatively impact low income Albertans include reduced support to the voluntary sector through the elimination of the Community Spirit matching grants, and the elimination of the Safer Communities Innovation Fund focusing on crime prevention. The Alberta government spent much of the past year developing a social policy framework. The framework has not resulted in any significant initiatives to eliminate child poverty in 5 years or reduce overall poverty in 10 years.

The analysis covers a number of areas:
* Ten Year Homeless Plan
* Affordable Housing and Rents
* Income Support (Alberta Works program)
* Income Support (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped - AISH)
* Employment and Training Programs
* Persons with Developmental Disabilities
* Seniors Programs
* Child Care
* Child Intervention and Protection
* Family Violence and Early Intervention
* Concluding Comments

Source:
Edmonton Social Planning Council
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/

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For links to all Alberta 2013 Budget Papers and to analysis and critique from various sources, see
the Alberta section of the 2013 budgets page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm#ab

5. Say goodbye to effective Parliamentary Budget Office, feds about to destroy it, says outgoing PBO Page - March 11
(The Hill Times)

Say goodbye to effective Parliamentary Budget Office, feds about to destroy it, says outgoing PBO Page
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2013/03/11/say-goodbye-to-effective-parliamentary-budget-office-feds-about-to-destroy-it-page/33964
March 11, 2013
Feds name Parliamentary Librarian Sonia L’Heureux as interim PBO, and Kevin Page says the PBO will soon be an institution of the past.
PBO Kevin Page says Canadians, Parliamentarians and the media should stand up for an independent PBO if they want a true legislative budget office.

Source:
The Hill Times

http://www.hilltimes.com/

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

6. Chris Hedges: Harper is “venal”, U.S. politics is “totally rigged” - July 2012
(The Straight - Vancouver)

Chris Hedges: Harper is “venal”, U.S. politics is “totally rigged”
http://www.straight.com/life/chris-hedges-harper-venal-us-politics-totally-rigged
By Adrian Mack
July 14, 2012
Chris Hedges, co-author of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt [http://goo.gl/sjhkb ] was in New York when the Georgia Straight reached him to discuss the book, Occupy, his career, Stephen Harper, and more...
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"[Prime Minister] Harper is sort of a poster child for corporate malfeasance and corporate power, just sort of dismantling everything that’s good about Canada, including walking out on Kyoto and this egregious assault on civil liberties, which, of course, is very far advanced in the United States. So he’s the kind of species that rises to political power and is utterly subservient to corporate interests at the expense of the citizenry. Yeah, he’s a pretty venal figure."
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ve·nal : /'venl/
Adjective
Showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery: "venal politicians".
Synonyms
- corrupt - corruptible - bribable - mercenary
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Source:
The Straight (Vancouver)
http://www.straight.com/

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Related link:

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
- more info and ordering details:
http://www.amazon.com/Days-Destruction-Revolt-Chris-Hedges/dp/1568586434
By Chris Hedges (Author) and Joe Sacco Chris Hedges (author) and Joe Sacco (illustrator)

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

7. Harper Government Centralizing, Slashing Federal Web Info - March 10
(Huffington Post Canada)

Harper Government Centralizing, Slashing Federal Web Info
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/vincent-gogolek/harper-government-websites-access-to-information_b_2838916.html
By Vincent Gogolek
March 10, 2013
(...)
Authorized by the prime minister himself, the federal government's Web Renewal Action Plan (see the links below) clearly outlines the government's intention to drastically cut the number of government websites available to Canadians. Initially, the page count will be slashed to six, with the ultimate goal of consolidating all online Government of Canada information into one big website.

[ Vincent Gogolek is the Executive Director of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association. ]

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

Related links:

Web Renewal Action Plan - Part 1 (PDF - 2MB, 9 pages)
http://fipa.bc.ca/library/Government%20Documents/GoC_web_plan_Part1.pdf

Web Renewal Action Plan - Part 2 (PDF - 1.9MB, 7 pages)
http://fipa.bc.ca/library/Government%20Documents/GoC_web_plan_Part2.pdf

Source:
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
http://fipa.bc.ca/home/

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Stephen Harper’s war on transparency: The Conservative government
seems to think that stonewalling, foot-dragging and contempt of Parliament pay.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/03/11/stephen_harpers_war_on_transparency_editorial.html
March 11, 2013
Editorial
Kevin Page's job as parliamentary budget officer ends in March 2013. Evidently, the Conservatives are tired of fighting with him. The job description for the next PBO asks for a candidate who is "tactful and discreet" and capable of "achieving consensus."

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

8. Northwest Territories Income Security Programs : Residents have access, but there are weaknesses in delivery - March 7
(
2013 March Report of the Auditor General of Canada)

From the
Office of the Auditor General of Canada:

Residents have access to income security programs, but there are weaknesses in delivery
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_20130307_e_37891.html
News Release
Yellowknife, 7 March 2013—The Department of Education, Culture and Employment ensures that residents have reasonable access to income security programs in communities across the Northwest Territories, but it does not follow applicable requirements when delivering these programs, says Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, in his Report delivered today to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

The complete report:

2013 March Report of the Auditor General of Canada:
Northwest Territories Income Security Programs—Department of Education, Culture and Employment
HTML version : http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/nwt_201303_e_37886.html
PDF version (808K, 44 pages) : http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/docs/nwt_201303_e_37886.pdf )
March 2013
The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is responsible for delivering several key income security programs in the Northwest Territories: the Income Assistance program, the Student Financial Assistance program, the Child Care User Subsidy, and the Senior Home Heating Subsidy. The Department spends a total of about $30 million annually on these programs.
We examined whether the Department is delivering its income security programs in accordance with key elements of applicable legislation and policies. We also examined whether the Department assesses program performance to ensure that the objective it has set out for its income security programs is being met.

Source:
Office of the Auditor General of Canada

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/admin_e_41.html

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Related links:

Yellowknife woman slams income assistance program
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/03/13/north-yellowknife-woman-slams-income-support.html
Miranda Currie says staff repeatedly lost her paperwork and made her travel back and forth to office
CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2013

NT Education, Culture and Employment Minister on Hot Seat Over Scathing Report:
Transcript of radio coverage related to the report.
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nt_auditor_2013.htm
CJCD Radio, Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Participants:
* Bob Bromley, MLA, Weledeh (Yellowknife)
* Miranda Curry (author of a poem detailing her struggles to get income assistance in Yellowknife). :
* John McFadden, CJCD Mix 100 radio coverage News Director
* Josh Long, CKLB Radio

Miranda's poem:

Income Outcome (PDF - 196K, 6 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/miranda_currie_poem.pdf
By Miranda Currie
February 20, 2013
NOTE : Miranda’s poem starts on page 3 of this excerpt from NT Hansard.
The poem was read in the NT Legislative Assembly by Bob Bromley, Yellowknife MP, on March 12, 2013.

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- Go to the Northwest Territories Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ntbkmrk.htm

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, fourth quarter 2012 - March 15
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The Evolution of Canadian Wages over the Last Three Decades - March 15
--- Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2011/2012
- March 13
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), third quarter 2012
- March 12

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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March 15, 2013
National balance sheet and financial flow accounts, fourth quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130315/dq130315a-eng.htm
National net worth increased to $6.9 trillion in the fourth quarter, up 1.0% from the third quarter of 2012 to reach $195,900 on a per capita basis. Higher prices for many assets led the advance, while national saving accounted for 29% of the increase in national net worth.

March 15, 2013
The Evolution of Canadian Wages over the Last Three Decades
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2013347-eng.htm
This study examines how real wages of Canadian workers evolved from 1981 to 2011 across five dimensions: gender, age, education, industry, and occupation.
[ PDF version of this document (796K, 54 pages) ]:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2013347-eng.pdf
Contents:
Note of Appreciation
Abstract
Executive summary
Main article
Tables
Charts
References
User information

March 13, 2013
Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130313/dq130313b-eng.htm
Data from the Corrections Key Indicator Report for Adults and Young Offenders are now available for 2011/2012.
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Available in CANSIM:
Table 251-0005 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=251-0005&p2=31
Table 251-0006 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=251-0006&p2=31
Table 251-0008 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=251-0008&p2=31

March 12, 2013
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), third quarter 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130312/dq130312a-eng.htm
The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds totalled $1,200 billion at the end of the third quarter, up 2.6% from the previous quarter. The increase followed a 1.3% decline in the second quarter.



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

10. 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

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

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

Alternative federal budget 2013: Doing better together
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/alternative-federal-budget-2013-doing-better-together
11 Mar 2013 | Canada
Alternative federal budget from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives "shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously tackle Canadians' largest social, economic, and environmental concerns", including early childhood education and care.

Should employers accommodate shift workers with child care needs?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/should-employers-accommodate-shift-workers-child-care-needs
11 Mar 2013 | Canada
CBC's the Current examines the implications of the Fiona Johnstone case for working parents and employers.

An open letter on March 8, 2013 on International Women’s Day 11
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/open-letter-march-8-2013-international-women%E2%80%99s-day
Mar 2013 | Canada
Open letter from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada "calls for leadership to bring Canada's 20th century child care and early childhood education conditions into the 21st century".

Rethinkchildcare.ca
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/rethinkchildcareca
10 Mar 2013 | Canada
Website launched by Canadian unions and child care advocates as part of a campaign to put child care back on the national agenda.

New poll shows Nova Scotians strongly support government role in child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/new-poll-shows-nova-scotians-strongly-support-government-ro
7 Mar 2013 | Nova Scotia
Environics poll conducted on behalf of CUPE Nova Scotia finds that "a strong majority of Nova Scotians (87%) believe it's important for government to be involved in making sure families' child care needs are met".

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.

Hundreds of Vancouverites turn out to rally for $10 a day childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/hundreds-vancouverites-turn-out-rally-10-day-childcare
11 Mar 2013 | British Columbia

Child care now!
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/child-care-now
11 Mar 2013 | Canada

B.C. child-care advocates say sector is in crisis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/bc-child-care-advocates-say-sector-crisis
7 Mar 2013 | British Columbia

Column: No easy solution for child-care conundrum
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/column-no-easy-solution-child-care-conundrum
7 Mar 2013 | British Columbia

With two women leaders, can we build a gender-balanced budget in Ontario?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/two-women-leaders-can-we-build-gender-balanced-budget-ontario
7 Mar 2013 | Ontario

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
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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

11. 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:

March 15, 2013 - no Poverty Dispatch today

March 14, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/14/
State Minimum Wage – Minnesota (2 articles)

March 13, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/13/
Affordable Housing in the US (3 articles)

March 12, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/12/
States and Medicaid Expansion – Arizona, Florida (2 articles)
High School Dropout Age – Kentucky (2 articles)

March 11, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/11/
Early Childhood Education – Oklahoma

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

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Source:
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

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

CRINMAIL 1318 - Special edition on the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4647
13 March 2013
In this issue:
Children's rights at the Human Rights Council
- Annual day on the rights of the child
- The week's highlights
Latest news and reports
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Malta
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

13. Pope Francis - March 14

From the
Globe and Mail:

Argentine Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires
chosen as the 266th pontiff of the Catholic church

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/pope-francis-a-man-of-contrasts/article9757801/
March 13, 2013

By Gilles:
At first, I was, like, YAYYYYY!

"The Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits are called, is a teaching and missionary order, long associated with independence from secular authority and a passion for social justice."

But then I was, like, AWWWWWWWW.
"Although an advocate for the poor, he is a conservative on abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage, like his two predecessors. He was deeply opposed to the legalization of gay marriage in 2010 in Argentina, declaring it a “destructive attack on God’s plan.” He also spoke out against adoption by same-sex couples, insisting it would deprive children of the human growth that God wanted them given by a father and a mother.”

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/


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Fifteen Questionable Analogies by High School Students:
Things that make you say "Hmm..."

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Captain Burton stood at the bow of his massive sailing ship, his weathered face resembling improperly cured leather that wouldn't even be used to make a coat or something.

Losing is like fertilizer: it stinks for a while, then you get used to it.

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30.

Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.

Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.

He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

Just as a bicycle rider lifts his butt from the seat when he sees a bump coming, so Bob pulled back, emotionally, when Alice got angry.

After sending in my entries for the Style Invitational, I feel relieved and apprehensive, like a little boy who has just wet his bed.

The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.

She felt used and unwanted, like the two chocolate halves of an Oreo cookie after someone has already licked the cream out of them.

Chicken: it's like a cow, but different.

Source:
http://www.funny2.com/questionableanalogies.htm
Click the source link for more...

 

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House of The Rising Sun - Musical Tesla Coils (video, duration 4:52)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgll-XTqcS4

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Fast Food Calories: 13 Single Fast Food Items With Over 1,000 Calories
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/11/fast-food-calories_n_2838920.html
(Bye-bye Boston Pizza Fried Wings --- a double order weighs in at 1240 calories and boasts 3420 mg of sodium, about twice as much as the adult recommended daily intake.)

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Brass band multitasker (video, duration 3:03)
http://www.wimp.com/brassband/

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Merriam-Webster vocabulary quiz
http://www.merriam-webster.com/quiz/index.htm
I scored 3760 on my third try.
Beat that.
Thanks, Trish Hennessy, for this precious time-waster!
Not recommended for addictive personalities, like moi.
Also includes:
Spell It : The commonly misspelled words quiz
Name That Thing: visual vocabulary quiz
True or False? a quick quiz about stuff worth knowing




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