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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 17, 2009

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1.  Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories - Updated to January 2009 (Finance Canada)
2. British Columbia : Employable welfare cases up 49.8% in one year (Strategic Thoughts.com) - May 15
3. International Day of Families (Vanier Institute of the Family) - May 15
4. Video presentations from Ontario housing summit in Toronto on May 11, 2009 (Wellesley Institute) - May 14
5. Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - May 2009
6. Ontario : Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates (Apr-Jun 2009) - Ministry of Community & Social Services
7. Saskatchewan launches new program for people with disabilities - May 13
8. British Columbia General Election: Liberals win their third straight term - May 12
9. Employment Insurance and Women: What You Should Know (New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women) - April 2009
10. What's new in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
--- Canadian Economic Observer - May 2009 - May 14
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2008 - May 13
--- Juristat - May 2009 - May 13:
***** Residents of Canada's shelters for abused women, 2008
***** Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2007
***** Youth custody and community services in Canada, 2007/2008
***** Trends in police-reported drug offences in Canada
--- Canadian Social Trends, May 2009 online edition - May 12:
***** First Nations people: Selected findings of the 2006 Census
***** Going on vacation: Benefits sought from pleasure travel
***** Life in metropolitan areas
***** Who participates in active leisure?
***** Immigrants in Canada who work in a language other than English or French
***** The impact of working in a non-official language on the occupations and earnings of immigrants in Canada
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Métis in Canada: Selected findings of the 2006 Census
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 13
12. Canadian Social Forum (Calgary, May 19-22, 2009) - Final program

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
14. Society at a Glance 2009 - OECD Social Indicators (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) - May 15
15. Australian Policy Online
16. CRINMAIL (May 2009) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories - Updated to January 2009
(Finance Canada)

From Finance Canada - Updated to January 2009

NOTE: This is a key resource for anyone who wants to know about federal transfers to provinces and territories for health, post-secondary education, social assistance (welfare) and social services (including early childhood development). Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories is a permanent - and helpful (thanks, Finance Canada folks!) feature of the Department's website; it was most recently updated in January 2009.

Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories
This is the most comprehensive collection of federal government information you'll find online concerning federal transfers to the provinces and territories for health, post-secondary education, social assistance and social services (including early childhood development). From April 1996 until March 2004, federal government contributions for these program areas were combined in a single block transfer called the Canada Health and Social Transfer. In April 2004, the CHSt was split into (1) the Canada Health Transfer, to cover a portion of provincial-territorial health costs, and (2) the Canada Social Transfer, to cover the rest of the areas listed in the first sentence in this paragraph

Major Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories
- transfers to each province and territory, covering the latest five-year period, for the four major transfer programs:
the Canada Health Transfer, the Canada Social Transfer, Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing.
The following links are to brief descriptions of each of those transfers.

Canada Health Transfer
"the primary federal transfer to provinces and territories in support of health care"

Canada Social Transfer
"...a federal block transfer to provinces and territories in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, including early childhood development and early learning and childcare"

Equalization Program

Associated Equalization

Territorial Formula FinancingTax Transfers

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Brief History of the Health and Social Transfers
- covers the period from the launch of the Canada Assistance Plan in 1966 until 2007

Federal Support for Children (and investments over time)
- incl. a brief description of, and payment information for, the Universal Child Care Plan (2006 and 2007), the Early Learning and Child Care Initiative (2005), the Early Learning and Child Care Framework Agreement (2003), Support for First Nations and Aboriginal Children (ongoing) and the Early Childhood Development Agreement (2000)

Related link:

A Study of Federal Transfers to the Provinces and Territories
December 2008
"(...) The federal government uses a number of mechanisms to transfer funds to the provinces and territories for general areas of spending such as health or for specific purposes such as improving infrastructure. In 2006–07, these federal transfers amounted to approximately $50 billion, or just under 23 percent of federal spending. Our study examined the three main mechanisms used by the federal government to transfer funds to the provinces and territories. We also looked at the nature and extent of conditions attached to these transfers."
Source:
Chapter 1 of the
2008 December Report of the Auditor General of Canada

February 5, 2009

[
Office of the Auditor General of Canada ]

- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

2. British Columbia : Employable welfare cases up 49.8% in one year - May 15
(Strategic Thoughts.com)

Welfare in BC Up 49.8% - Revealed Post Election
May 15, 2009
The first crumb of what will likely be a lot more previously hidden bad news came out three days after the election when the Ministry of Housing and Social Services released welfare statistics (see "Related links" below) that should have been released by the end of April. The statistics for March 2009 show that for the category of "temporary assistance expected to work" the caseload increased by 49.8% between March 2008 and March 2009. The total welfare caseload is up 13.6% relative to a year earlier, and stands at the highest level since 2002. The welfare caseload has not only been increasing, but the increase has been accelerating. That was taking place in 2008 when Premier Campbell was still claiming that BC would duck the worst of the recession. It was worst yet during the election campaign when Premier Campbell was saying "Keep BC Strong". Thousands of British Columbians aren't looking at "keeping" BC strong, they just desperately want to regain their own strength.
Source:
Strategic Thoughts.com
The website of David Schreck, retired NDP MLA and active political pundit.

Related links:

BC Employment and Assistance Cases by Program - March 2009 (PDF - 80K, 6 pages)
Source:
Ministry of Housing and Social Services

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

3. International Day of Families - May 15
(Vanier Institute of the Family)

International Day of Families, 15 May 2009
Theme: "Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World"

Message of the Secretary General (PDF 19K, 1 page)
15 May 2009

Official Documents on the Family
- incl. links to Secretary General Reports and General Assembly Resolutions from 1987 to 2007

Source:
United Nations Programme on the Family
The United Nations Programme on the Family is the focal point within the United Nations system on matters related to family.

Related link:

May 15 - International Day of Families (PDF - 128K, 1 page)
During the past century, countries around the world have seen remarkable changes in family structure and family dynamics. Whether it is fertility rates, trends in marriage and divorce, or new forms of co-habitation and household living arrangements, international comparisons help illuminate our similarities and differences.
Source:
Fascinating Families (fact sheets)
[ Vanier Institute of the Family ]

- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm

4. Video presentations from Ontario housing summit in Toronto (May 11, 2009) - May 14
(Wellesley Institute)

Video presentations from Ontario housing summit
in Toronto (May 11, 2009)

May 14, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
About 100 housing leaders from across Ontario gathered in Toronto on May 11 for the Housing Network of Ontario's first provincial summit. The group is preparing for the upcoming consultation by the Ontario government to create a province-wide, comprehensive affordable housing plan. More info on the consultation, key resources and a special place to tell your housing stories is available here. The Wellesley Institute is working with a number of provincial and local groups to ensure that Ontario gets a solid and realistic housing plan that ensures everyone has a healthy and affordable home.
Links to the key presentations at the forum
(YouTube videos):
* Affordability and income (Ann Fitzpatrick)
*
Housing supply and stock (Harvey Cooper)
*
Supportive housing (Phillip Dufresne)
*
Housing indicators and measures (Lynne Browne)
*
Housing / homelessness report card (Lynne Browne)

Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]

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

5. Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund - May 2009
(Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

What's new in May 2009 from
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund
Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government is investing $75 million of new funding over two years to establish the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund. The fund will support short-term, focused initiatives designed to help Aboriginal people get the specific skills they require to benefit from economic opportunities, including those generated by the federal stimulus package.

See also:

* Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership

* Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy

* Apprenticeship Completion Grant

* Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

Source:
Economic Action Plan – Support for Workers and the Unemployed
[
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ]

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

6. Ontario : Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates (Apr-Jun 2009)
(Ministry of Community & Social Services)

Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates (Apr-Jun 2009) (PDF- 162K, 2 pages)
Prepared by the Statistics and Analysis Unit,
Social Policy Development Division
Ministry of Community & Social Services
Recommended reading --- detailed welfare rate information plus benefit info for a number of provincial and federal financial assistance programs.
[ Link to the latest version - updated several times a year. ]

Thanks to the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (Belleville) for making this valuable resource available online...
...especially considering this information doesn't even appear on the website of the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. (Eh?)

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

7. Saskatchewan launches new program for people with disabilities - May 13

SASKATCHEWAN LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
News Release
May 13, 2009
Beginning this fall, thousands of Saskatchewan people will no longer need to depend on social assistance for their basic living costs, following the announcement today of a new income support program for people with disabilities. (...) The new program will begin on October 1, 2009, when the first group of recipients - an estimated 3,000 Saskatchewan people with disabilities - will be enrolled and begin to receive benefits. The initial group will be individuals currently on social assistance with long-standing and well-documented disabilities. Over time, enrollment in the new program is expected to reach between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

Backgrounder - Final Recommendations of the
Task Team on Income Support for People with Disabilities
(PDF - 18K, 17 pages)

Appendices of the Task Team
on Income Support for People with Disabilities
(PDF - 815K, 133 pages)

Source:
Department of Social Services
[ Government of Saskatchewan ]

Related links:

Sask. introducing income support program for people with disabilities
May 13, 2009
Saskatchewan people with disabilities who can't earn income will no longer have to go on social assistance but will instead have their own tailored income-support program, the provincial government said Wednesday. While it won't immediately mean more money for people with disabilities, improvements to the program should be easier down the road because the assistance will be targeted, said Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer.
Source:
CBC

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

8. British Columbia General Election: Liberals win their third straight term - May 12

The British Columbia general election took place on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.

Campbell wins third straight term in B.C.
Referendum on electoral reform fails
May 13, 2009
B.C. Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell has won an historic third straight term as the province's premier. The results in Tuesday's B.C. election show Campbell's Liberals leading with 45.7 per cent of the popular vote, ahead of Carole James's NDP at 42.2 per cent. (...) By midnight Tuesday, the Liberals were ahead in 47 ridings, having been elected in 45. The NDP led in 38 ridings, with New Democrats declared elected in 34 of those. Six new seats were added to the provincial legislature in Victoria for this election, raising the total number of seats to 85. That means to win a majority, a party needs to elect candidates in at least 43 ridings.
Source:
CBC

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B.C. Liberals win third straight term
May 12, 2009
Newly elected Premier Gordon Campbell says he will not disappoint British Columbians during his third term leading the province. "We will not let them down. We will build small business, build jobs and economic opportunities in every corner of this province." The Liberals have won a majority government for a third straight term, beating out the New Democrats. (...) The Liberals were elected or leading in 48 ridings, surpassing the 43 seats needed to form a majority in the 85-seat B.C. legislature. The NDP remain the official provincial opposition; candidates were leading or had won 37 seats.
Source:
CTV-BC

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2009 Preliminary Voting Results
Final voting results will not be available until after the conclusion of final count, which will commence on May 25, 2009.
- incl. general election results by party and by candidate, along with results of the referendum on elctoral reform by electoral district (see below)
Source:
Elections B.C.
- govt. site, includes links to info about parties, candidates, ridings and other election logistics

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The Single Transferable Vote Referendum:

2009 Referendum on Electoral Reform Results by Electoral District
The 2009 referendum on electoral reform was held together with the May 12, 2009 provincial general election. During this referendum, voters were asked which electoral system British Columbia should use to elect members to the Legislative Assembly: the existing electoral system (First-Past-the-Post) or the single transferable vote electoral system (BC-STV) proposed by the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.
Source:
Elections B.C.
See also:
* No to BC-STV

* British Columbians for STV
* Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform

British Columbians reject STV voting reform
British Columbians rejected voting reform for the second time Tuesday night, decisively rejecting the referendum on Single Transferable Vote. Voters were asked whether or not to abandon the First-Past-The-Post voting system, also known as the "winner takes all" method, in favour of proportional representation in the form of the Single-Transferable-Vote, or STV. The referendum required 60 per cent support, and at least 50 per cent support in 51 per cent of ridings, in order to pass. As of 11:00 p.m. local time, fewer than 40 per cent of British Columbians appear to have embraced the reform.
Source:
CTV-BC

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Related links:

The BC Liberal Party Platform
Source:
BC Liberal Party

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From TheTyee.ca:

BC Election Central - blog

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10 reasons why the B.C. Liberals won the provincial election
By Charlie Smith
Source:
Straight.com - "Vancouver's online source for news, arts, entertainment, culture and lifestyle"

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

9. Employment Insurance and Women: What You Should Know - April 2009
(New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women)

Employment Insurance and Women: What You Should Know (PDF - 130K, 6 pages)
[* includes links to nearly three dozen online resources]
April 2009
Table of contents:
1. Fewer Women Qualify
2. Accumulating Those Magic Hours
3. When Caring Conflicts With Work
4. Women’s Benefits Are Low
5. Inadequate Sickness Benefits
6. A Poor Plan For Parents
7. Quebec Parents Have It
8. Inadequate Caregiving Leave
9. What Women Want
10. In Support of Effective Policies
Source:
Source:
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women
NOTE: the home page contains links to several dozen more reports

Related link:

Women and the Employment Insurance Program (PDF file - 796K, 40 pages)
By Monica Townson & Kevin Hayes
November 2007
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

10. What's new in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
---
Canadian Economic Observer - May 2009 - May 14
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2008 - May 13
--- Juristat - May 2009 - May 13
:
***** Residents of Canada's shelters for abused women, 2008
***** Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2007
***** Youth custody and community services in Canada, 2007/2008
***** Trends in police-reported drug offences in Canada

--- Canadian Social Trends, May 2009 online edition - May 12
:
***** First Nations people: Selected findings of the 2006 Census
***** Going on vacation: Benefits sought from pleasure travel
***** Life in metropolitan areas
***** Who participates in active leisure?
***** Immigrants in Canada who work in a language other than English or French
***** The impact of working in a non-official language on the occupations and earnings of immigrants in Canada
***** Métis in Canada: Selected findings of the 2006 Census

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

May 14, 2009
Canadian Economic Observer - May 2009
- latest public info on :
* Current economic conditions * Economic events * Feature article * Recent feature articles * National accounts * Labour markets * Prices * International trade * Goods-producing industries * Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications) *Financial markets * Provincial
[ earlier editions of this product ]
[ related StatCan products ]

May 13, 2009
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2008
Labour productivity rose in four provinces and one territory in 2008, led by Saskatchewan with a gain of 1.8% and Nunavut with an increase of 9.5%. The largest productivity declines were in British Columbia and in the Northwest Territories. Nationally, productivity declined 0.5% in 2008, after rising 0.5% in 2007.

May 13, 2009
Juristat - May 2009
The May 2009 issue of Juristat contains four articles.
(Click the link above for links to the articles below.)

* Residents of Canada's shelters for abused women, 2008
This article focuses on the residents of shelters that assist female victims of violence and their children.

* Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2007
This article examines the nature and extent of hate-motivated crimes reported to Canadian police services.

* Youth custody and community services in Canada, 2007/2008
This article provides an overview of youth admitted to and released from custody and community services in 2007/2008 and examines trends in admissions and releases since the Youth Criminal Justice Act came into effect.

* Trends in police-reported drug offences in Canada
This article explores long-term trends in the possession, trafficking, production, importing and exporting of illegal drugs.

[ earlier editions of Juristat ]

May 12, 2009
Canadian Social Trends, May 2009 online edition
The May 2009 issue of Canadian Social Trends, available today, includes the following articles:
(Click the link above for links to the articles below.)

* First Nations people: Selected findings of the 2006 Census highlights where First Nations people live, their demographic characteristics, their ability to speak an Aboriginal language, their postsecondary education, their employment situation, their income, and their housing conditions.

* Going on vacation: Benefits sought from pleasure travel uses 2006 data from the Travel and Activity Motivation Survey. This article uses an eight-point index to quantify the value of the three most popular benefits of vacation or pleasure travel: rest and relaxation; nurturing family and friendship ties; and learning and discovery.

* Life in metropolitan areas --- Are suburban residents really less physically active?

* Who participates in active leisure?

* Immigrants in Canada who work in a language other than English or French

* The impact of working in a non-official language on the occupations and earnings of immigrants in Canada

* Métis in Canada: Selected findings of the 2006 Census

[ earlier editions of Canadian Social Trends ]

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The Daily Archives - select a year and month from the drop-down menu to view releases in chronological order
[ Statistics Canada ]

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

11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 13

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

May 13, 2009

The family work week
13 May 09
- Article from Statistics Canada’s Perspectives on Labour and Income examines trends in the hours worked by employed couples and perceptions of work–life balance and personal stress.

Inquiry into the provision of childcare
13 May 09
- Materials from an Australian Senate inquiry launched in the wake of the collapse of ABC Learning Centres; submissions from Deb Brennan and Early Childhood Australia.

Supporting employers in Canada’s (ECEC) sector: Main report
13 May 09
- Final report from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council’s Supporting Employers in ECEC Project provides an in-depth analysis of all findings.

Creating communities for young children: A toolkit for change
13 May 09
- Resource from the Human Early Learning Partnership is designed to help communities understand the work of the ECD Mapping Project and to provide practical support.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Daycare buckpassing [CA-ON]
14 May 09

· Province has 'momentum' in early childhood development [CA-NB]
13 May 09

· Queen's Park commits funds to save 9,000 daycare spaces [CA-ON]
12 May 09

· Early Learning and Child Care Act reintroduced [CA]
12 May 09

· Government claims thousands of new child-care spaces created in Alberta [CA-AB]
12 May 09

· Former PM says governing Tories not committed to early childhood development [CA]
11 May 09

· More spaces, more jobs [CA-SK]
11 May 09

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

12. Canadian Social Forum (Calgary, May 19-22, 2009) - Final Program

Canadian Social Forum
(Calgary, May 19-22, 2009)
The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) invites you to the first Canadian Social Forum, which will take place in Calgary, May 19-22, 2009. We're bringing together a dynamic combination of unusual suspects from social development, public health, environment, community safety and recreation to brainstorm about poverty.

Registration for the Canadian Social Forum ended May 11.

Final Program (PDF - 5.8MB, 40 pages)
I'm going - hope to see you there!

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

May 14, 2009
* Aid Programs and Application Processes - Maryland, Colorado
* Food Assistance Programs
* Homelessness and Housing
* States and Unemployment Benefits
* States and Health Insurance Coverage
* Low-income Families and Basic Needs - Pennsylvania
* High School Dropout Rate - California
* State Budget Shortfalls and Cuts
* Out-of-wedlock Birth Rates
* Minimum Wage - United Kingdom
* Opinion: Renewable Energy and the World's Poor

May 11, 2009
* State Public Assistance Programs
* Kids Count Report - El Paso, TX
* Homelessness and Housing
* Dental Care for Low-income Children - Wisconsin
* Medicaid and Charity Care
* Economic Stimulus Spending
* Unemployment Benefits and Job Training
* Immigrant Workers and Unemployment
* Adult Literacy in the US
* Editorial: Second Chance Act and Prisoner Re-entry
* Opinion: The Economy and Poverty and Homelessness

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

- 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

14. Society at a Glance 2009 - OECD Social Indicators - May 15
(Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)

The happiest taxes on earth
Commentary: More people are satisfied in heavily tariffed nations
By Thomas Kostigen
May 15, 2009
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Northern Europeans are the happiest people on the planet, according to a new survey.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says people in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands are the most content with their lives. The three ranked first, second and third, respectively, in the OECD's rankings of "life satisfaction," or happiness. There are myriad reasons, of course, for happiness: health, welfare, prosperity, leisure time, strong family, social connections and so on. But there is another common denominator among this group of happy people: taxes. Northern Europeans pay some of the highest taxes in the world. Danes pay about two-thirds of their income in taxes. Why be so happy about that? It all comes down to what you get in return. (...) Maybe it's time that we looked at taxes differently. We have to pay them anyway. So they might as well make us happy. If Northern Europe is any benchmark, the more we'd pay the happier we just may be.
Source:
MarketWatch.com
(member of The Wall Street Digital Network)

Related links:

Society at a Glance 2009 - OECD Social Indicators
How are OECD societies progressing? How effective are their actions in promoting social progress? Society at a Glance provides a basis for addressing these twin questions. It offers a concise overview of quantitative social trends and policies across the OECD. This 2009 edition includes a wide range of information on social issues – such as demography and family characteristics, employment and unemployment, poverty and inequality, social and health care expenditure, and work and life satisfaction – as well as a guide to help readers understand the structure of OECD social indicators, a set of headline social indicators summarising social well-being and a special chapter examining leisure time across the OECD.
- incl. links to : Press material and country notes (12 countries) - How to obtain this publication - Data and indicators - Previous versions

Country Notes - Canada (PDF - 153K, 1 page)
Excerpt:
Life satisfaction - Canadians are happy with their lives, but less so than they used to be. While Canada ranks 8th in terms of life satisfaction for OECD countries, it is one of only five countries that registered a decline between 2000 and 2006, along with Portugal, Hungary, the US and Japan.

Life satisfaction chart:
Average points of life satisfaction on an 11-step ladder from 0-10, 2006
(small Excel file)
...Considerable differences between countries regarding life satisfaction

See also:

* OECD Regions at A Glance 2009
* OECD Factbook 2009: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

Source:
SourceOECD
The OECD's Online Library of Statistical Databases, Books and Periodicals
[ Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
The OECD groups 30 member countries committed to democratic government and the market economy and provides a forum where governments can compare and exchange policy experiences, identify good practices and promote decisions and recommendations.]

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

15. Australian Policy Online

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-governement organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia. [ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

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

16. CRINMAIL - May 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

14 May 2009 - CRINMAIL 1084
* SANITATION: Fatal neglect - How health systems are failing to comprehensively address child mortality [publication]
* SUDAN/ETHIOPIA: Reports on harmful traditional practices/FGM [publication]
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: US back in the human rights fold [news]
* SRI LANKA: UN officials denounce impact of conflict on children [news]
* THAILAND: Child rights defender ignored for human rights commission [news]
* AWARD: Children's Peace Prize
* **From the Frontline** Maia Gedevanishvili
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

12 May 2009 - CRINMAIL 1083
* EDUCATION: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education [publication]
* EXPLOITATION: Handbook on the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography [publication]
* LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN: The Invisible Face of Child Labour [publication]
* IRAQ: Primary school study reveals major health, safety concerns [news]
* BRAZIL: Guaraní teenagers choosing suicide [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Finland - Child-to-Child Trust
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A Dozen More One Liners

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1.  I was such an ugly kid that when I played in the sandbox the cat kept covering me up.

2. If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child.

3. I always take life with a grain of salt, …plus a slice of lemon, …and a shot of tequila.

4. By the time a man realises that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

5. My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.

6. If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you’ll have trouble putting on your pants.

7. Hospitality: making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were.

8. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

9. I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

10. A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

11. I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian

12. I took a course in speed waiting. Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes.


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