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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 17, 2005

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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1406 subscribers.

This week --- CSR News Lite!
(I was away part of the week on an out-of-town trip. - Gilles)

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.



Canadian Content

1. Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile - 2005 (Statistics Canada) - July 14
2. CitizenSHIFT - National Film Board
3. Voluntary Sector Awareness Project (Canadian Council on Social Development) - July 5, 2005
4. Food and Human Rights Symposium (University of British Columbia) - September 28-29, 2005
5. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit ( University of Toronto) - July 15

International Content

6. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- July 14

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


1. Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile - 2005 - July 14
(Statistics Canada)

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

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile - 2005
An estimated 7% of women and 6% of men in a current or previous spousal relationship encountered spousal violence during the five years up to and including 2004, according to a comprehensive new report on family violence. The report, which uses data from the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS), showed that the overall five-year rate of spousal violence has remained unchanged at 7% since 1999. This means that an estimated 653,000 women and 546,000 men encountered some form of violence by a current or previous spouse or common-law partner.
Complete report:
Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile (PDF file - 468K, 89 pages)

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page:
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

2. CitizenSHIFT - National Film Board

"We are an independent, socially active, and nationally representative web magazine, that gives activists, organizations, and socially conscious media producers a forum for watching, listening, reading, and interacting with the issues that Canadians are dealing with, that may not have representation in the mainstream media. Our mission is to give a place for the voices of those that are less heard, or ignored, who do not have the chance to represent themselves in the media. CitizenSHIFT is a valuable tool for organizations and individuals to have their issues talked about, and utilizing all the forums that multimedia interaction can offer.
Our content is dictated by the submissions that we receive, but there are often shared themes between groups and media makers. Currently we are showcasing different activist artists’ work and perspectives on poverty and homelessness in the different chapters of the web magazine. In the chapter, REEL COMMUNITY – the film and its filmmakers of “Hide and Go Homeless” are featured, telling their rigorous journey to get their film finished against all odds. In REBELS WITH A CAUSE – CitizenSHIFT features Craig Chivers, a photosensitive artist whose activism through photography is showcased, along with interviews with Craig."
National Film Board

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
- Go to the Media Links page:
- Go to the Socialist Links page:

3. Voluntary Sector Awareness Project - July 5, 2005
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

Voluntary Sector Awareness Project
July 5, 2005
"The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) is one of eight national organizations that have come together to launch a new project intended to raise awareness about the Canadian Voluntary Sector. (...) The Voluntary Sector Awareness Project (funded by Social Development Canada and lead by Imagine Canada) is one of the last "deliverables" of the Voluntary Sector Initiative. The purpose of the project is to develop and launch a public awareness campaign in the summer of 2006 to be delivered by the sector using communications tools and resources provided by the project. The campaign will be directed inside the sector and out toward the public and will be informed by a series of Community Conversations to be held across the country in the fall of 2005."
- incl. links to : Tools | Resources | Canadian research | Social innovation| Funding Matters Home

Also from the CCSD:

Funding Matters...for our community - Phase 2 of the Funding Matters project
In 2003, CCSD released Funding Matters [see below], a report on the impact of current funding arrangements on nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations in Canada. We are now in Phase 2 of the Funding Matters project, and asking the question: What can we do to create a more stable and predictable funding environment, where adequate levels of funding cover the cost of operations and enable the pursuit of key goals. [October 29, 2004]"

Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)

Also from the CCSD:

Funding Matters: The Impact of Canada's New Funding Regime on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (2003)
June 2003
Katherine Scott
- incl. Summary Report, Communiqué, Fact Sheets and the [free!] complete report broken down into individual chapters.
The full report is approx. 175 pages.

- Go to the Voluntary Sector Links page:

4. Food and Human Rights Symposium - September 28-29, 2005
(University of British Columbia)

Food and Human Rights: Hunger, Health and Social Well-Being
International Symposium
University of British Columbia
September 28-29, 2005
Co-chairs: Kimberly Azyan, President, Social Work Alumni Association and
Graham Riches, Director, The School of Social Work and Family Studies.
"The UBC School of Social Work and Family Studies, in partnership with the UBC Social Work Alumni Association, cordially invite you to a thought provoking and informative public forum on the growth of hunger and food insecurity internationally and in Canada, and what to do about it. Explore the tensions and complexities of the global food system and learn about the right to food as an effective tool for action at home and overseas. Celebrate the role of food and nutrition in building healthy and sustainable communities and participate in drafting recommendations for achieving food security to be directed to international institutions, governments (all levels) and civil society."
(1.03MB, 2 pages)
NOTE: the PDF version includes a registration form and fee info ($75 for all sessions, lower fees for low income participants/students)

Register on-line at the UBC Alumni website

Please register by September 9, 2005.

School of Social Work and Family Studies
[University of British Columbia]
Celebrating 75 Years of Social Work Education at UBC!

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page:
- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
- Go to the Human Rights Links page:

5. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - July 15 ( University of Toronto)

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.



>> The National Post and the Nanny State: Framing the child care debate in Canada
by Thérieaut, Luc
Paper from the Canadian Council on Social Development’s Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference analyses and critiques a series on child care from the National Post.

>> Child care workers to see increased wages, education and training incentives
by Government of Manitoba. Department of Family Services and Housing
Press release from the Government of Manitoba announces the first stage of their action plan to “improve quality, affordability and accessibility of child care”.

>> Assessing the quality of early years learning environments
by Walsh, Glenda & Gardner, John
Article from Early Childhood Research and Practice describes a means of evaluating early years classrooms from the perspective of the child's experience.

>> Effects of welfare and employment policies on young children: New findings on policy experiments conducted in the early 1990s
by Morris, Pamela A.; Gennetian, Lisa A. & Duncan, Greg J.
Paper from Society for Research in Child Development (US) analyses findings on the effects of welfare policies on children, including the increased use of centre-based child care arrangements.


>> Timing of poverty in childhood critical to later outcomes [US]
Society for Research in Child Development, 14 Jul 05
It is well known that children who live in poverty have more trouble in school and more problems socially than other children. Now investigators funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Development (US) find that while children who live in chronic poverty from birth through age 9 score lowest on tests of school readiness and social competence, poverty at any time during early childhood is detrimental.

>> Child poverty rates on their way up in B.C., but stats may not show full problem in Burnaby [CA-BC]
Burnaby Now, 13 Jul 05
New figures from Statistics Canada suggest that B.C.'s child poverty rates are significantly rising, but a representative from one Burnaby community group feels that the problem is greater than the numbers suggest.

>> Child care pay to rise [CA-MB]
Winnipeg Free Press, 13 Jul 05
Manitoba has unveiled the first steps of its new child care program, promising to spend over $14 million to improve wages and training programs for early childhood educators. Child care workers are elated, noting the low wages for early childhood educators has meant recruiting and retaining quality staff has been next to impossible.

>> Dig deep to make Sure Start just as brilliant as it can be [GB]
Guardian, 13 Jul 05
The British government has tried to create a universal child care network without providing anything like the money needed. Its decision to fund this network through credits instead of biting the bullet and subsidising nurseries needs an urgent review.

>> Day care deal bails out parents: 'It's like a second mortgage,' dad says of costs [CA-AB]
Calgary Herald, 8 Jul 05
Facing a monthly child care bill of $1,400, Calgarian Ralph Kroll hopes a new day care agreement between the province and Ottawa will give parents a financial boost.

This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the CRRU e-mail notifier,
including subscription instructions , see
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto, Canada)

Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
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

Also from CRRU:

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
By Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
6th edition, May 2005, 232 pp

"Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2004 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care, kindergarten, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information."

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

6. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- July 14

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)

July 14, 2005

Today's subjects include:  High School Graduation Criteria // Education Database Proposal // Medicaid and Co-Payments // Poverty and State Lottery - Wisconsin // Welfare and Work - Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Utah // Child Support Enforcement and Child Care - New York // Health Insurance Program - New Jersey // Health Care Program - Minnesota, Tennessee // Summer Free Meal Program - Texas // Educational Achievement - Wisconsin // No Child Left Behind Act - Denver, CO // Head Start Summer Program - Houston, TX // Panhandling - Cleveland, OH

July 11, 2005

Today's subjects include: Possible Cuts in SCHIP // Budget for Food and Nutrition Programs - Editorial // Appalachian Poverty // Antipoverty Efforts - Northwest Area Foundation // Inner-City Economics - Milwaukee // Cuts in State Welfare Program - Washington // Welfare and Work - Massachusetts // Glitch in Welfare Computer System - California // Fixing State's Computerized Benefits System - Colorado // Need for Hispanic Foster Parents - Utah // State Budget and Medicaid - Pennsylvania // Shortage of Public Housing - Arizona

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
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 < > 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:

- July 7, 2005
- June 30
- June 23
- June 9
- June 2

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

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A Summer CSR Newsletter that's light on links is perhaps forgiveable,
but I'd worry about recriminations and mass unsubscriptions if there were no funny at the bottom of the newsletter, so...

21 Reasons Why The English Language Is Hard To Learn:

 1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
 2) The farm was used to produce produce.
 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
 4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was  time to present the present.
 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
 10) I did not object to the object.
 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
 13) They were too close to the door to close it.
 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
 18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
 19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
 20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
 21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?