Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 17, 2011

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 2,443 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2008 (Federal-Provincial-Territorial Directors of Income Support) - July 2011
2. [British Columbia] Lack of action on poverty costs BC $8-$9 billion annually (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - July 14
3. Canada Inequality : Is Canada becoming more unequal? (Conference Board of Canada) - July 13
4. [Ontario] Facilitator’s Guide for a Workshop on the Social Assistance Review (ODSP Action Coalition / Income Security Advocacy Centre / Schizophrenia Society of Ontario) - July 12
5. [ links deleted]
6. Free Printable Job Applications for over 1,000 of the world's largest employers
7. Google Books
8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer, July 2011 - July 14
--- General Social Survey: Time use, 2010 - July 12
--- Study: Generational change in paid and unpaid work, 2010 - July 12
--- Measurement of Real Income in the System of National Accounts: An Application to North American Economies - July 12
9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. [U.S.] America's Children : Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011 (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics) - July 8
12. [United Kingdom] Report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support Published - July 4
13. [European Union] Exclusion from Material Resources among Older People in EU Countries (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research) - July 2011
14. [United Kingdom] Institute for Public Policy Research “Welfare to Work” symposium (March 21-22, 2011)
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2008 - Posted July 2011
(Federal-Provincial-Territorial Directors of Income Support
)

New from
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2008
[Posted online July 2011]
Produced by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Directors of Income Support
This report includes a description of, and statistics related to, the welfare system in each province and territory, information about federal-provincial-territorial jurisdictional and funding issues, a bit of historical info on the Canada Assistance Plan and the Canada Health and Social Transfer, etc.

"In recognition of the growing public demand for comprehensive information on provincial and territorial social assistance programs and caseloads, the Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2008 is the fifth annual joint publication by federal, provincial and territorial governments. The report provides a general overview of social assistance in Canada, as well as a description of income support-related/social assistance programs in each jurisdiction. This report does not include social assistance rates as this information is currently available to the public on most provincial and territorial government Web sites."
(Excerpt from Chapter 1 - Summary)

NOTE: Chapter Two of the report is a seven-page descriptive overview of social assistance in Canada in 2008, comprising a (very) brief history of federal social assistance since 1966 and general information about how welfare works in Canadian provinces and territories (including the treatment of federal child benefits under welfare programs, welfare eligibility conditions and administrative rules, etc.). Other chapters of the report provide, for each province and territory, information on eligibility (including asset and income exemption levels) and benefits (but no actual benefit levels), as well as an impressive number of statistical tables, graphs and charts providing numbers of cases and beneficiaries (time series statistics going back as far as the mid-1990s, depending on the jurisdiction), profile information (age/education/sex of household head, cases by reason for assistance) and even (for most jurisdictions) the percentage of households reporting income.

Complete report
in one PDF file
- (606K, 141 pages)

Links to the earlier editions of this report:
* Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2007
* Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2006
* Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2005
*
Social Assistance Statistical Report: 2004

Source:
Social Policy
[ Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ]

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

2. [British Columbia] Lack of action on poverty costs BC $8-$9 billion annually - July 14
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Lack of action on poverty costs BC $8-$9 billion annually: study calculates healthcare, justice and productivity costs
News Release
July 14, 2011
(Vancouver) Governments frequently claim that they can’t afford to take action on poverty, but a new study shows that it’s much more costly to allow poverty to continue and pay for the consequences.Poverty is consistently linked to poor health, lower literacy, poor school performance for children, more crime, and greater stress. Now, for the first time, actual dollar figures have been calculated for the cost of poverty to government and society as a whole, including higher public health care costs, increased policing and crime costs, lost productivity, and foregone economic activity.

The Cost of Poverty in BC (PDF - 1.6MB, 45 pages)
By Iglika Ivanova
July 2011
The estimated cost of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan in BC, per year : $3 to $4 billion
The estimated yearly cost of doing nothing : $8.1 to $9.2 billion

 

What is poverty costing us in BC? (YouTube video, duration 3:02)
Study author Iglika Ivanova explains how *not* doing anything about poverty in BC can cost the province over $9 billion a year.
[ Links to more CCPA videos on YouTube ]

Source:
BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
Co-published with:
* Public Health Association of BC
* Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC).

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

3. Canada Inequality : Is Canada becoming more unequal? - July 13
(Conference Board of Canada)

Canada’s income gap growing
July 13, 2011
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Income inequality in Canada is widening as the rich get richer and poor and middle-income Canadians lose ground, says the Conference Board of Canada in a report being released Wednesday. (...) The 33-year trend which has accelerated since 1993, raises questions about the country’s economic well-being, including whether Canada is using all the skills and talents of its citizens and whether social cohesion and fairness are being undermined, says How Canada Performs: Is Canada becoming more unequal?

[ Comments (44) ]

Source:
Toronto Star

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From the
Conference Board of Canada:

How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada
This website—How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada—assesses Canada’s quality of life compared with that of its peer countries. The 2008–09 financial crisis and resulting global recession caused massive turbulence in the major Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) economies, making it hard to draw meaningful conclusions from the preliminary data from that period. While we wait for actual post-recession data to be released later this year so we can update the six performance category report cards, we are releasing a series of 10 “hot topic” analyses.
[NOTE : "Canada Inequality" is one of the 10 hot topics.]

Rich Canadians Are Getting Richer
New release
July 13, 2011 — The richest group of Canadians increased their share of total national income while poor and middle-income individuals lost ground since 1993, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs analysis of income inequality. Even though income levels for the poorest group of Canadians also rose, albeit minimally, the gap between the rich and poor in Canada widened.

Hot Topic: Canada Inequality
Is Canada becoming more unequal?
July 2011
Key Messages:
* Income inequality in Canada has increased over the past 20 years.
* The richest group of Canadians increased its share of total national income between 1993 and 2008, while the poorest group lost share. Middle-income Canadians also lost share.
* Although the gap between the rich and poor widened, Canadians in the poorest income group still saw their income levels rise, albeit minimally.
NOTE: includes detailed information and stats related to inequality in question-and-answer format; also includes links to other related Conference Board articles and to outside source material.

[ See all Hot Topics ]

Source:
Conference Board of Canada

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

4. [Ontario] Facilitator’s Guide for a Workshop on the Social Assistance Review - July 12
(ODSP Action Coalition / Income Security Advocacy Centre / Schizophrenia Society of Ontario)

Facilitator’s Guide for a Workshop on the Social Assistance Review
July 12, 2011
Interested in organizing in your community around Ontario's Social Assistance Review this summer? Not sure where to begin or want some support? You're not alone! That's why the ODSP Action Coalition, with support from the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, have developed a Facilitator's Guide for a workshop on the Social Assistance Review.

[ ODSP = Ontario Disability Support Program = welfare for people with disabilities]

SAR Workshop Facilitator’s Guide (Word file - 417K, 29 pages)
[SAR = Social Assistance Review]
[Le Guide d’animation sera disponible en français a compter du 18 juillet.]
If you’re a community leader or working at a community-based organization – and you’re planning to organize a discussion about the Review – you may find our facilitator’s guide a very valuable tool.

Other documents - the facilitator's guide main page includes links to Powerpoint presentations, discussion questions, activity sheets, handouts, info sheets and more

Source:
ODSP Action Coalition
With the support of
* Income Security Advocacy Centre
* Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

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Related link:

For residents of Ottawa:

Ottawa Social Assistance Review Consultation (PDF - 184K, 1 page)
July 27, 2011
The Province of Ontario is doing a review of Social Assistance (Ontario Works and the Ontario Diosability Support Program) and the two Commissioners are coming to Ottawa. They want to hear from people on assistance, service providers, employers and the general public about how Social Assistance can be improved.

There will be two opportunities for the community to have their voices heard on July 27 at St. Joe’s Church (Cumberland & Wilbrod).

· 1-4pm – this session will be reserved for people affected by social assistance, service providers and community organizations. To protect people’s privacy, the media will not be present.

· 6:30-9pm - open to everyone including the media

Bus tickets and childcare costs will be provided for low-income participants who register.
[Click the PDF link above for registration and contact information.]

For more info about the Commission and their work,
see http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/home

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- Go to the Ontario Government Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

5. [Links deleted]

 

6. Free Printable Job Applications

Job-Applications.com - #1 Online Job Application Form Resource Site
Job-Applications.com provides direct access to job applications for over 1,000 of the world’s largest employers. Find Printable Applications, Apply Online for Full-time Employment, Part-time Vacancies, Seasonal or Holiday Work Now! Whether you are a recent graduate from college, a student looking for a part-time job or vacancy, are a mom returning to work, someone rebounding from a recent layoff, a teen-ager looking for summer employment, or just looking to switch careers, you can find or download printable employment applications or find your next employer by completing a job application online through job-applications.com now.

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- Go to the Labour Market and Job Information section of the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm#labour

7. Google Books

Google Books
Seven million books, digitized and searchable!!
Check the FAQ and "more info" pages, then try the Google Book search engine; you can search by title or keyword.

FAQ : Using Google Books

More info about Google Books - including information on how to do a book search, the Google Books Settlement Agreement and the three-year court case that started with a class action lawsuit against Google Books by the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and a handful of authors and publishers.

Google Books search


 

 

Below, you'll find links to three Canadian social policy classics that I found on the Google Books site.
NOTE: Copyright legislation doesn't allow Google Books to post links to free full-text books unless the copyright has expired or the book is in the public domain. However, Google *can* publish snippets - sometimes large chunks, in fact - of the content of those books. Check the three links below to see exactly HOW much of the content is reproduced. The user interface is a bit daunting at first, but it works well when you get the hang of it.
TIP: The first thing you should do after clicking a link to the Google Books collection (including those below) is to ensure that the scroll bar on the right-hand side of your screen is at the top of the vertical column. (That's because the links are search result links and they often link to an anchor partway down on a page; if that's the case, scroll up all the way to see the whole page.)

Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis
By Graham Riches
1986

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The Emergence of Social Security in Canada
Third Edition
By Dennis Guest
1997

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The welfare state in Canada: a selected bibliography, 1840 to 1978
By Allan Moscovitch, Theresa Jennissen, Peter Findlay
1983

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CAUTION : this site is addictive --- even if you're not remotely interested in social policy, there's something here to suit every taste under the sun.
How about:
* The Complete Book of Fly Fishing by Tom McNally
* 400 Knitting Stitch Patterns by Murdoch Books
* Seabiscuit : An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
* Popular Mechanics February 1992 issue
* Popular Mechanics collection
--- these are good examples of how generous the "snippets" of content from the books can be...

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- Go to the Reference Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer, July 2011 - July 14
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General Social Survey: Time use, 2010 - July 12
--- Study: Generational change in paid and unpaid work, 2010 - July 12
--- Measurement of Real Income in the System of National Accounts: An Application to North American Economies - July 12

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

July 14, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer, July 2011
Sections
Tables
Charts
Appendices
User information
Related products
Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

 

July 12, 2011
General Social Survey: Time use, 2010
Canadians who performed unpaid work, such as housework, childcare, and civic and voluntary activities, reported spending 4 hours 4 minutes on these activities on any given day in 2010, up 8 minutes from 1998.
Source:
General Social Survey - 2010: Overview of the Time Use of Canadians - Product main page*
This publication provides an overview of the time use of Canadians produced from the 2010 General Social Survey on Time Stress and Well-being. It presents information on participation rates and average amount of time spent on various activities and compares recent data with information obtained from a similar survey conducted in 1998. In addition, it examines Canadians' perceptions of time stress.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this publication; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Commuting to work
* Society and community
* Time use

 

July 12, 2011
Study: Generational change in paid and unpaid work, 2010
Using General Social Survey - Time use data from 1986, 1998 and 2010 this article examines the changes in the participation in, and time spent on paid work and unpaid household work of individuals aged 20 to 29 from three generations—late baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y. The final section looks at the distribution of time spent on paid and unpaid work within dual-earner couples.

Complete article:

Generational change in paid and unpaid work
by Katherine Marshall
July 12, 2011
HTML
PDF (129K, 14 pages)

Source:
Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical;
click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]

 

July 12, 2011
Measurement of Real Income in the System of National Accounts: An Application to North American Economies
by Ryan Macdonald
This paper makes use of both output and income statistics derived from the System of National Accounts to examine performance in the three North American countries. (...) The paper compares real output and income measures for Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

The paper was prepared for the “Measuring Progress and Social Welfare” seminar held on November 4
and 5, 2009, at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, Mexico.

Complete paper:

Main page
Table of contents:
Abstract
Executive summary
Main article
Tables
Charts
Appendices
User information
PDF version (327K, 22 pages)

Source:
Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series<===links to dozens of reports in the EA series

 

The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
:

July 17, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Documents from the City of Toronto Core Services Review for the Standing Committee on Community Development and Recreation
13 Jul 2011
Consulting firm's report to the City of Toronto recommends cutting 2,000 child care subsidies, privatizing directly operated child care centres and eliminating quality assessments.

Facts and figures 2010: Pre-school activities, school-age childcare, schools and adult education in Sweden
13 Jul 2011
Report from the Swedish National Agency for Education provides an up-to-date and comprehensive description of Swedish pre-school and school-age childcare; describes the organization, spaces, expenditure and staffing requirements.

Increasing choice or inequality? Pathways through early education in Andhra Pradesh, India
13 Jul 2011
Report from the Bernard van Leer Foundation highlights policy challenges stemming from weak governance of the rapidly-growing private pre-school sector in India.

Child care choices and children’s cognitive achievement: The case of single mothers
13 Jul 2011
2006 working paper from Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research discusses research now recently published in the Journal of Labor Economics; finds formal child care better than informal child care for cognitive development of children of single mothers.

Breaking down barriers: Making work pay for families of disabled children
6 Jul 2011
Report from the UK's Family Fund sets out the findings of a survey of families of children with disabilities; finds high cost and lack of inclusive child care settings prevent families of children with disabilities from partaking in employment.

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Unloading city-run daycares, seniors' homes, could be a challenge
14 Jul 2011 Ontario

Losing subsidized daycare means not working for this parent
14 Jul 2011 Ontario

Child-care task force to hunt for funding sources
13 Jul 2011 Ontario

City can cut 2,000 child care spots, merge fire and EMS to save money: report
13 Jul 2011 Ontario

Why preschool shouldn't be like school
13 Jul 2011 Canada

MORE Child care in the news

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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

10. 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 several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

July 15:
State Medicaid Programs - Georgia, Utah
SSI Program Enrollment
Low-Income Families and Banking
Innovation Schools - Massachusetts
Charter School for Children in Foster Care - New York

July 14:
Child Poverty - California
Census Data on Children in the US
Medicaid and In-Home Care - Washington

July 13:
Welfare Time Limits - Michigan
Weatherization Program - California
Neighborhoods and Access to Groceries

July 12:
The Recession and Job Retraining
The Recession and Black Economic Security
Income Inequality in the US

July 11:
Health and Poverty - Texas
Poverty and HIV Infection

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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To subscribe to this email list, send an email to:
povdispatch-request@ssc.wisc.edu subject=subscribe

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

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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

11. [U.S.] America's Children : Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011 - July 8
(Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics)

Federal report shows drop in adolescent birth rate
Annual statistics compilation notes increases in 8th grade drug use, child poverty
Press Release
July 8, 2011
The adolescent birth rate declined for the second consecutive year, preterm births declined for the third consecutive year, adolescent injury deaths declined, and fewer 12th graders binge drank, according to the federal government's annual statistical report on the well-being of the nation's children and youth. However, a higher proportion of 8th graders used illicit drugs, more children were likely to live in poverty, and fewer children were likely to live with at least one parent working year round, full time, according to the report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011. The report was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 22 federal agencies that collect, analyze, and convey data on issues related to children and families. The report uses the most recently available major federal statistics on children and youth to measure family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

America's Children : Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011
- main page of the report, includes the following table of contents:
* Introduction
* Demographic Background
* Family and Social Environment
* Economic Circumstances
* Health Care
* Physical Environment and Safety
* Behavior
* Education
* Health
* Special Feature: Adoption
* America's Children at a Glance
* Forum Agencies
* List of Tables
* List of Figures
* Data Source Descriptions
* PDF version of the complete report (5.3MB, 223 pages)

Source:
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
The Forum is a working group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families. The Forum has partners from 22 Federal agencies as well as partners in private research organizations. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being is the Forum's signature annual report.

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

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

12. [United Kingdom] Report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support Published - July 4
(Commission on Funding of Care and Support)

United Kingdom

Report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support Published
July 4, 2011
The Commission on Funding of Care and Support has presented its findings to the Government in its report Fairer Care Funding, published on 4th July 2011.The independent commission, set up by the Government last July, was asked to recommend a fair and sustainable funding system for adult social care in England. Click the link below to read the letter to the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Health sent with the report.

Letter to the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Health (PDF: 149KB)
Among the recommendations in the report are:
* Individuals’ lifetime contributions towards their social care costs – which are currently potentially unlimited – should be capped. After the cap is reached, individuals would be eligible for full state support. This cap should be between £25,000 and £50,000. We consider that £35,000 is the most appropriate and fair figure;
* The means-tested threshold, above which people are liable for their full care costs, should be increased from £23,250 to £100,000;
* National eligibility criteria and portable assessments should be introduced to ensure greater consistency; and
* All those who enter adulthood with a care and support need should be eligible for free state support immediately rather than being subjected to a means test.
The Commission estimates that its proposals – based on a cap of £35,000 – would cost the State around £1.7billion.

The report:

Fairer Care Funding – Report (PDF: 2,343KB)
Fairer Care Funding – Easy Read (PDF: 4,556KB)
Fairer Care Funding Pamphlet (PDF: 2,666KB)
Volume II Evidence and Analysis (PDF: 3,254KB)
Volume III Supporting Documents (PDF: 3,821KB
Presentation of Report Recommendations (PDF: 160KB)

Source:
Commission on Funding of Care and Support (Government of the U.K.)

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

13. [European Union] Exclusion from Material Resources among Older People in EU Countries - July 2011
(European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research)

Exclusion from Material Resources among Older People
in EU Countries: New Evidence on Poverty and Capability Deprivation
(PDF - 1.5MB, 18 pages)
By Asghar Zaidi
July 2011 Policy Brief
The salient features of the current European economic climate are not easy to view with optimism: an uncertain recovery from recession, uncomfortably high levels of unemployment, Eurozone debt crises and the longer-term challenges of population ageing and sustainability of social welfare systems - all make for hard reading. (...) This Policy Brief examines the picture for the current generation of older people, with particular reference to their exclusion from material resources, an absence which triggers and identifies other forms of exclusions for older people. Income is used as a primary measure of exclusion (following Atkinson), but Sen's ideas, emphasising agency freedom and capability aspects of welfare, are also adopted.
Source:
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

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- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

14. [United Kingdom] Institute for Public Policy Research “Welfare to Work” symposium (March 21-22, 2011)

United Kingdom

Institute for Public Policy Research “Welfare to Work” symposium
This report [see the link below] summarizes the presentations and discussion from the IPPR’s Welfare to Work symposium held in London, England in March 2011. This conference was an important contribution to ISAC’s ongoing research into policy recommendations for improvements to Ontario Works and ODSP within the context of the provincial government’s Review of Social Assistance in Ontario. [...] One of the most crucial messages taken from the symposium, however, is that the “work first” approach, pioneered in the 1980s and 1990s by governments anxious to move people off welfare caseloads and into the labour market, has had very limited success and has created a number of other problems that must now be addressed.
Source:
Social Assistance Review
from the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

The report:

IPPR "Welfare to Work" symposium (Word file - 143K, 18 pages)
[This symposium took place March 21 / 22, 2011]
Report posted July 7, 2011
By Jennefer Laidley (Research and Policy Analyst, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Related link:

Institute for Public Policy Research
The Institute for Public Policy Research is a non-partisan, progressive think tank in the UK that works with all political parties to ensure “fairness, democracy and sustainability” in public policy. IPPR is committed to “combating inequality, empowering citizens, promoting social responsibility, creating a sustainable economy, and revitalising democracy
”.

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

15. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

13 July 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1233
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Rising death toll: Somalia
- Social marginalisation: Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Lebanon
- Call to boycott ‘human safari park’: India
- Stricter laws on “faith healing”: United States
- Violence against children: Belize, Kuwait
- New publications: Education, media, emergencies
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm

 

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California Driver's test - Actual Answers


The following test questions from a California remedial driver-training class reportedly are real. Incredibly, so are the answers, drawn from test taken by drivers who had been cited for moving violations and ordered to attend the Saturday sessions.

Q. Do you yield when a blind pedestrian is crossing the road?
A. What for? He can't see my license plate.

Q. Who has the right-of-way when four cars approach a four-way stop at the same time?
A. The pickup truck with the gun rack and the bumper sticker saying, "Guns don't kill people, I do."

Q. When driving through the fog, what should you use?
A. Your car.

Q. How can you reduce the possibility of having an accident?
A. Be too blitzed to find your keys.

Q. What problems would you face if you were arrested for drunk driving?
A. I'd probably lose my buzz a lot faster.

Q. What changes would occur in your lifestyle if you could no longer drive lawfully?
A. I would be forced to drive unlawfully.

Q. What is the difference between a flashing red traffic light and a flashing yellow traffic light?
A. The color.

Q. How do you deal with heavy traffic?
A. Heavy psychedelics.

Q. What can you do to help ease a heavy traffic problem?
A. Carry loaded weapons.

Source:
http://www.sickjokes.net/index.php/cat18/beware-california-drivers-actual-test-answers

 

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Stories etc.
http://stories-etc.com/

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12 Video Sites That Are Better Than YouTube
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-12-sites-watch-videos-youtube/

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Amazing Photography Rube Goldberg Machine
http://videosift.com/video/Amazing-Photography-Rube-Goldberg-Machine

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The top 50 passwords you should never use
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/12/15/the-top-50-passwords-you-should-never-use/

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Superhuman - the incredible savant brain
http://imgur.com/gallery/b1tKA

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Ninite - "The Easiest, Fastest Way to Update or Install Software"
http://ninite.com/

Ninite review
http://www.winextra.com/archives/if-windows-users-want-to-give-themselves-some-lovin-then-you-need-ninite/

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