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IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Federal Budget 2006 Online Pre-Budget
Consultation (Department of Finance Canada) - April 6-19
2. Horizons - April 2006 issue : Work and Life Balance (Policy Research Initiative)
3. Accessibility News - Online Disability Newsletter (Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services) - April 2006 issue
4. Disability Research Digest (Society for Manitobans with Disabilities) - April 2006 issue
5. Education Indicators in Canada, 2005 (Statistics Canada) - April 12
6. The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) and economic, social and cultural rights education
7. Federal Accountability Act introduced (Prime Minister of Canada) - April 11
8. What's New from the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA):
--- Strengthening the Canada Social Transfer: A Call to Account - April 11
--- FAFIA's Position on Child Care - March 2006
9. Registered Education Savings Plans for Food Bank Clients? (Daily Bread Food Bank) April 10
10. Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) Bulletin - March 2006 Issue (National Homelessness Initiative)
11. Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payment amounts 1998 to 2006 (Canada Revenue Agency)
12. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2006 initiatives of the Dept. of Human Resources, Labour and Employment (increased welfare rates)
and the Dept. of Health and Community Services (better supports for people with disabilities)
13. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - April 13
14. Poverty Dispatch
Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- April 13
15. Human Rights Watch World Report 2006 - January 2006
Have a great week!
1. Federal Budget
2006 Online Pre-Budget Consultation - April 6-19
From the Department of Finance Canada:
Pre-Budget Consultations for Budget 2006 and Beyond
Launched April 6
Until April 19, 2006, all Canadians are invited to share their views with the Department of Finance on the upcoming federal Budget.
Read the news release and the invitation below from the Minister of Finance, and then let them know how you feel by e-mail, regular mail or fax.
Launches National Web-Based
Pre-Budget Consultations: A First for Canada
April 6, 2006
"For the first time ever, a federal government is encouraging Canadians from coast to coast to coast to participate in the budget process online. Minister of Finance James M. Flaherty today launched an online consultation process on the Department’s website to give Canadians an opportunity to provide their views to the Government during the pre-budget consultation period.
Invitation by the Honourable James M. Flaherty, P.C., MP, Minister of Finance, to Pre-Budget Web Consultations
Key Consultations Issues
1. What would you like to see in Budget 2006 and future budgets?
2. If you propose further tax cuts - or spending increases - where should the government spend less?
3. How can the government deliver programs more efficiently and effectively?
Why not speak directly to the Department of Finance if you have some answers to these questions?
...In case you're wondering what happened to the
2005 fed-prov agreements concerning child care, see:
The state of the national child care program and provincial/territorial contexts, March 2006 [PDF file - 4pp, 186KB]
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
2. Horizons - April 2006 issue : Work
and Life Balance
Horizons - April 2006 issue : Work and Life Balance (PDF file - 553K, 60 pages)
Volume 8 - Number 3
This issue of Horizons explores the topic of work-life balance and its related consequences. While a few of the articles address work-life balance directly, many also speak to some of the fundamental causes and outcomes of the time-stress numerous Canadians feel.
Table of contents:
*Work-Life Balance in an Aging Population * Time-Related Stress: Incidence and Risk Factors * Self-Employed Women’s Work-Life Imbalance: An Urgent Need for Policy Response * Gender Models for Family and Work * Informal Caregivers: Balancing Work and Life Responsibilities * Policy Implications of Delayed Reproduction and Low Fertility Rates * Equality of Opportunity and Inequality Across the Generations: Challenges Ahead * Changing Nature of the Family * Lifetime Labour Force Transitions
Policy Research Initiative
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page:
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm
3. Accessibility News (Online Disability
Newsletter) - April 2006 issue
From the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services:
News - Online Disability Newsletter (monthly)
Content of the April 2006 issue:
* Guidelines for Disability Equality Training
* Disability Travel: Most Popular American Cities
* Removing Barriers: A Can-Do Attitude
* Durham College and UOIT
* Creating Mental Health Friendly Work Environments
* Living with HIV
* Inclusion in School Playgrounds
Archive - back to November 2001
Paths to Equal Opportunity
[ Accessibility Ontario ]
[ Ministry of Community and Social Services ]
- Go to the Disability Links page:
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm
4. Disability Research Digest - April 2006 issue
Research Digest (Manitoba)
- includes links to all monthly issues, with archives back to the beginning of 2004, available in both HTML and PDF format.
- each issue of the digest varies from 12 to 25+ printed pages --- 125-150 links!
- content of each issue is organized under the following headings:
Accessibility- Advocacy - Employment - Ethics - General Interest - Government - Health - Legal - Medical - Media arts - Policy/Research - Rehabilitation - Technology -Wellness - Conferences
April 2006 Issue
PDF (252K, 22 pages)
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities
- Go to the Disability Links page:
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm
5. Education Indicators in Canada, 2005 - April 12
What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
April 12, 2006
Education Indicators in Canada, 2005
The fourth edition of Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program, available today, provides a wealth of statistical information on education.
Education indicators in Canada:
Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program 2005
HTML version (includes links to highlights, figures and tables and earlier issues of the report, also free)
PDF version (this is an HTML page with links to separate PDF files for (1) the complete report, (2) the report appendices, (3) the report tables and (4) committees and organizations.
- Go to the Education Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
6. The Centre for Equality Rights in
The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
and economic, social and cultural rights education
"In addition to using provincial human rights legislation to forward housing equality, CERA works on a national and international level promoting social and economic rights, such as the right to housing and an adequate standard of living. Specifically, we work to promote interpretations of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protect the rights of poor people and are consistent with Canada's international human rights obligations."
- includes over a dozen links to relevant documents (by govt, NGO, and UN), either prepared for the upcoming (May 2006) meeting of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Review of Canada or presented as contextual/historical information. Recommended reading!
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation - CERA
- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm
7. Federal Accountability Act introduced - April 11
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Treasury Board President
John Baird Announce the Federal Accountability Act
11 April 2006
"(..) Treasury Board President John Baird went on to say: "People who work hard, pay their taxes and play by the rules want accountability from their government and we owe them no less. Accountability is about trust. But trust must be earned. Our government will work hard – every day – to earn that trust."
Prime Minister of Canada
Related Link - speaking of earning trust:
PM fires another salvo at the press
April 12, 2006
OTTAWA -- Stephen Harper's dispute with the Parliamentary Press Gallery escalated yesterday when he reluctantly ceded control over which journalists could ask about his proposed federal accountability act -- and then took questions from just two of them.
The Globe and Mail
- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm
8. What's New from the Canadian Feminist Alliance for
International Action (FAFIA):
What's New from the Canadian Feminist Alliance
for International Action (FAFIA):
Qui de neuf à l'Alliance canadienne féministe pour l'action internationale (AFAI):
Improve Federal/Provincial Fiscal Arrangements, Federal Social Transfer
Must be Strengthened, Say Women’s Groups
April 11, 2006
"Ottawa: While Premiers meet in Montreal today to discuss the “fiscal imbalance”, FAFIA, a broad alliance of women’s and human rights groups, is calling on governments to strengthen social programs and services for Canadians in all jurisdictions."
the Canada Social Transfer: A Call to Account (PDF file -
130K, 23 pages)
- incl. Introduction - The Canada Social Transfer and Women’s Human’s Rights - The National Context for the Canada Social Transfer - Funding Formulas, Designations and Standards - Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability
"FAFIA (the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action) looks forward to a revitalization of the Canadian social union and to reengagement by governments in the work of developing and sustaining social programs and services that meet Canada’s human rights commitments."
Backgrounder (Word file - 39K, 2 pages)
More recent links from FAFIA:
Position on Child care
FAFIA encourages the federal government to keep the agreed upon deals between the federal government and provinces to develop Canada's provision of early learning and childcare.
JOIN FAFIA in
supporting a national child care program in Canada
March 8, 2006
FAFIA is focusing on the status of Canada’s national child care program for International Women’s Day. To this end, we are inviting all of our members to sign onto an open letter from a FAFIA partner organization, the Childcare Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC). It asks the Prime Minister, other federal party leaders and the provincial premiers to honor the existing childcare agreements between federal and provincial/territorial governments.
- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning
and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm
- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm
9. Registered Education Savings Plans for Food Bank
Clients? April 10
The Daily Bread Food Bank announces education savings
program to help break poverty cycle
Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation facilitates starting an RESP for Daily Bread clients
TORONTO, April 10, 2006/CNW/ - The Daily Bread Food Bank announced today a newpartnership designed to help break the poverty cycle through an accessible education savings program. Recognizing the importance of saving for post-secondary education in reducing the barriers to higher education and encouraging self-sustainability, Daily Bread and Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (C.S.T.) have partnered to help low-income families take advantage of the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) program by setting up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).
Daily Bread Food
Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
Canada Education Savings Grant
Registered Education Savings Plan
Canada Learning Bond
- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links
- Go to the Education Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm
10. Homeless Individuals and Families Information System
(HIFIS) Bulletin - March 2006 Issue
Homeless Individuals and Families
Information System (HIFIS) Bulletin - March 2006 Issue (PDF file - 159K, 4 pages)
The latest edition of the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) Bulletin features a name change for the Homelessness Secretariat (now called Housing and Homelessness Branch, Human Resources and Social Development Canada), an article on the [Ottawa] Alliance to End Homelessness' Second Report Card on Homelessness in Ottawa as well as a letter announcing the official donation of computers to shelters through the Digital Inclusion Partnership (DIP) for Homelessness.
editions of the HIFIS Bulletin
- links to 12 issues going back to June 2004
National Homelessness Initiative
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm
Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payment amounts 1998 to 2001, 2002 to
Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payment amounts 2002 to
Includes the following info for 2002 to 2006:
- the basic benefit
- the supplement for the 3rd and following child(ren)
- the supplement for children under age seven
- the base threshold
- benefit reduction rates, one child and two or more children
- the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) amount for the first child, the second child and each additional child
- the NCBS threshold
- the NCBS phase-out rate, one child, two children and three or more children
- the Child Disability Amount (CDB)
- the CDB threshold
- the CDB phase-out rate, one child, two children and three or more children
Payment Amounts: July 1998 to July 2001
- same info as above but no CDB (because it started in 2004)
Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
[Part of the Child and Family Benefits Page]
[Part of the Canada Revenue Agency]
National Child Benefit - "A unique partnership of the Government of Canada, Provinces and Territories and First Nations"
- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm
Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2006 initiatives of the Dept. of Human
Resources, Labour and Employment
income support rates will add up to reduced poverty: Minister*
March 29, 2006
Budget 2006 will make major investments in a broad range of programs and services that will help the working poor, youth-at-risk, and families with low incomes, says Paul Shelley, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, and the lead minister for government’s poverty reduction strategy.
Human Resources, Labour and Employment
*NOTE: as part of its increased supports to people in need, the provincial govt. will start indexing welfare benefit levels as of 2007-08; rates will be tied to the Newfoundland and Labrador Consumer Price Index. Québec is the only other Canadian jurisdiction that indexes its rates every year based on the prevailing rate of inflation. This is a sound policy that prevents households receiving welfare from falling further behind because of ongoing increases in the cost of living. Congratulations, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, on this progressive social policy!
strengthens resources for persons with disabilities
April 12, 2006
In keeping with its commitment to supporting persons with disabilities, the Williams’ government is investing over $4 million in Budget 2006 to enhance services and support for individuals and families living with disabilities said Health and Community Services Minister Tom Osborne. The investment includes addressing the wait list for home support for new clients; increasing social work positions to assist persons with disabilities; and, changing the Special Child Welfare Allowance (SCWA) program to eliminate RESP/RRSPs from the financial assessment process.
Health and Community Services
- Go to the Newfoundland and
Labrador Links page:
13. What's New
from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - April 13
What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.
Because of the prominence of the child care issue in the new Canadian Parliament, CRRU has expanded its weekly e-mail news notifier to include links to content in the House of Commons Hansard pertaining to child care.
Links to this week's Hansards:
Early childhood development and child care: What do we know?
Presentations from March 27, 2006 Round Table
Proceedings from the IRPP/HELP Round Table held on March 27, 2006 feature presentations by Martha Friendly, Paul Kershaw, Christa Japel, Lynell Anderson, and Kevin Milligan.
Early childhood centres and family resilience
by Duncan, Judith; Bowden, Chris & Smith, Anne B.
Report for the Government of New Zealand "examined whether early childhood centres were perceived by participants to have helped them cope with challenging and stressful times, and if so, how."
Strengthening the Canada Social Transfer: A call to account
by Brodsky, Gwen & Day, Shelagh
Report from the Feminist Alliance for International Action discusses the recent creation of the Canada Social Transfer and how it "provides a new opening to revisit what CAP offered and how it can be improved upon."
Child Care in the News
Families need day care spaces [CA]
by DuBois, JoAnne (Community Legal Clinic, Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk)/
Simcoe Reformer, 13 Apr 06
Opposition takes aim at child allowance plan [CA]
by McCharles, Tonda / Toronto Star, 13 Apr 06
Tories missing point of day-care support [CA]
by Stephenson, Marilla / Halifax Chronicle Herald, 12 Apr 06
Tories amend child-care blueprint [CA]
by McCharles, Tonda / Toronto Star, 11 Apr 06
Tax incentives won't likely lure employers into child-care quagmire:
by Bailey, Sue / Canadian Press, 11 Apr 06
Message to Harper: Honour day-care deal [CA]
CBC News Online, 11 Apr 06
Tom misdirects outrage over child care waits: Letter [CA-MB]
by Prentice, Susan / Winnipeg Sun, 11 Apr 06
Honour previous child-care deal [CA]
by Grinspun, Doris (Executive Director of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario) / Toronto Star, 10 Apr 06
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New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm
Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- April 13
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.
Here's the complete collection of U.S. media
articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)
April 13, 2006
Today's subjects include: Marriage Promotion – Opinion // Study of Long-Term Welfare Caseload – Minnesota // Welfare Reform – Massachusetts // Health Care Plan – Massachusetts // Massachusetts Health Care Plan – Editorials and Opinion // Health Care for Illegal Immigrants – Minnesota // Legal Aid for Poor Children – Indiana // Parent Coaching Programs – Ohio // Child Well-Being – Colorado // Academic Achievement Gap – South Carolina // Teacher Shortage – California // Minimum Wage – California // Homelessness – Dane County, WI
April 10, 2006
Today's subjects include: Measuring Poverty - Opinion // Helping the Poor, for $10,000 per Person - Opinion // Massachusetts Health Plan as Model for Other States // Massachusetts Health Plan - Editorials and Opinion // Black/White Wealth Disparity - Editorial // Plight of Young Black Men - Philadelphia // Working Poor - Duluth, MN // Welfare Reform and Jobs - West Virginia // Welfare and Work - Michigan // Welfare Rolls - New York City, Moore County, NC // Reaction to TV Report on Poverty - Lynch, KY // Student Poverty - Illinois // Childhood Poverty and Literacy - Allen County, IN // Living Wage - Connecticut
Each of the
weekly digests offers dozens of links or more to media articles that
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]
The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.
Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf [ email@example.com ] to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]
For the current week's digest, click on the
POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:
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DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to August
2005, 50+ links per issue
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- 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
|15. Human Rights Watch
World Report 2006 - January
(Human Rights Watch)
Human Rights Watch World Report 2006
U.S. Policy of Abuse Undermines Rights Worldwide
January 18, 2006
Washington, D.C. – New evidence demonstrated in 2005 that torture and mistreatment have been a deliberate part of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism strategy, undermining the global defense of human rights, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2006.
Rights Watch World Report 2006
The Human Rights Watch World Report 2006 contains information on human rights developments in more than 60 countries in 2005. Mouse over the map or view the regional listings below for country information.
- includes links to audio commentaries, the press conference Video, the complete report, and introduction by Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and two other articles.
Discusses: U.S. Counterterrorism and torture, British complicity and Canada's position, the role of Russia and China, Darfur and the African Union and more...
Complete report (PDF file - 2.4MB, 544 pages)
Human Rights Watch
- Go to the Human Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm
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