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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 17, 2008

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 1870 subscribers.

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


Canadian content

1.  Romanow article on the Canadian Index of Well-Being (March 2008)
2. Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network - PLAN)
3. No progress on poverty (Senator Art Eggleton) - August 9
4. What's New from Statistics Canada
5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 15

International  content

6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
EconStats (U.S./International)
8. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
9. CRINMAIL (August 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


1. Romanow article on the Canadian Index of Well-Being (March 2008)

Romanow article on the Canadian Index of Well-Being (March 2008)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been very active in the months since the Second World Forum on 'Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies' that took place in Istanbul in June 2007. Following on the heels of the success of the keynote plenary speech given by The Honourable Roy J. Romanow, he is pleased to have an article in the first issue of the OECD’s “Measuring the Progress of Societies” newsletter published in March 2008 (See the link below). This is an important opportunity to share what is happening around the world to advance overall societal progress. Commitment to measuring and fostering genuine progress is highlighted on four continents in this first issue.
CIW e-bulletin - August 2008
[ Canadian Index of Well-Being ]
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Measuring the Progress of Societies Newsletter (PDF - 929K, 10 pages)
March 2008
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Istanbul World Forum - Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies
June 27-30, Istanbul, Turkey

- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:
- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

2. Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog
(Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network - PLAN)

Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog
Everything you wanted to know about the RDSP....

In 2007, Canada became the first country in the world to create a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). The RDSP will present families with a way to provide for the future financial security of their loved ones with disabilities. An estimated three quarters of a million people across Canada will benefit from this initiative, and future impacts of the RDSP go well beyond this simple planning tool. This blog is intended to provide families across Canada with the most up-to-date information available on the RDSP. As new developments occur, we will post the announcements here. The information you will find is meant as a resource for families to assist in learning more about the RDSP; however, this information does not replace the advice of a qualified professional and should be used as a reference tool only. This is an interactive blog, meaning we encourage you to contribute with your own questions and comments related to the subject.

- incl. links to : * Home * About * Disability Tax Credit Form * RDSP FactSheet * RDSP updates and contacts for provinces and territories * monthly archives back to June 2007

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

PLAN is a non-profit organization, established in 1989 by and for families committed to future planning and securing a good life for their relative with a disability.

Recent posting on the RDSP Blog:

TOP 10 Reasons Provinces/Territories Should Exempt
the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) as an Asset and Income

August 14, 2008
By Doug Brodhead
Not including BC, Newfoundland and Yukon (who have all already exempted the RDSP), many provinces/territories are in the midst of deciding how the RDSP will affect someone who is receiving Disability Benefits. We decided to put together a Top 10 list of why we think it is important these provinces/territories exempt the RDSP as an asset and income.
Recommended reading for all provincial-territorial government welfare / Disability Benefits administrators!

In the determination of financial eligibility for needs-tested welfare or disability benefits,
each province and territory decides how it will treat income from various sources, both at the point of application and on an ongoing basis.

Related link:

Our disability welfare system needs rebuilding (PDF - 36K, 3 pages)
Provinces and territories must amend legislation
to ensure benefits are not clawed back

By Andre Picard
Globe and Mail
July 31, 2008

- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:

3. No progress on poverty - August 9
(Senator Art Eggleton)

No progress on poverty
August 9, 2008
The Chronicle-Herald
In 1970, a special Senate committee, chaired by Senator David Croll, examined poverty in Canada. The Croll Report, as it came to be known, brought poverty out of the shadows and focused public attention on a problem many would prefer to have ignored. (...) Today, 38 years later, the challenge of poverty still echoes and the "ugly subculture of poverty" that Croll described is still a way of life for far too many of our fellow citizens.
Issues : Poverty (see the links in the left margin to more articles about the work of Senator Eggleton's Committee)
[ Art Eggleton's website ]
Art Eggleton is a Senator from Toronto and
Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Cities
of the
Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

4. What's New from Statistics Canada

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

Canadian Economic Observer
August 2008
- incl. links to : * Current economic conditions * Economic events * Feature article * Tables
* PDF version (1.4MB, 419 pages)

Check The Daily for August:
August 2008 archives
Click the HTML link beside a date to see the releases for that day;
to see earlier months, use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the list.

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

5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 15

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

August 15, 2008

The Chief Public Health Officer’s report on the state of public health in Canada 2008
15 Aug 08
- This first annual report from Public Health Canada explores different public health issues in Canada. Quebec reveals a steady decline in poverty as a result of policy and economic growth.

Improving the economic security of casual workers in B.C.
15 Aug 08
- Study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examining the contradiction between B.C’s booming economy and the lack of job security for workers.

Ensuring quality care for low-income babies: Contracting directly with providers to expand and improve infant and toddler care
15 Aug 08
- Paper from the Center for Law and Social Policy discussing the use of contracts to address issues of supply and quality in the provision of infant and toddler child care.

Changes in the characteristics, services and performance of preschoolers with disabilities from 2003-04 to 2004-05 15
Aug 08
- Report from the Institute of Education Sciences (U.S.) examining preschoolers with disabilities, services they received, and their transition to and performances in school over time.

Good childhood conflict: National Childcare Week policy debate
15 Aug 08
- Report on the debate coordinated by Daycare Trust in the UK that explored the policy issues of balancing parent, child and employer needs.


child care in the news

· ABC offloads British outfit to Computershare [AU]
14 Aug 08

· Issues- Childcare costs not the only problem [CA-AB]
14 Aug 08

· Daycare delight- more space [CA-QC]
13 Aug 08

· Is child care out of control [AU]
13 Aug 08

· Full-day kindergarten: one smart investment [CA-BC] 11 Aug 08


Related Links:

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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

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

6. 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.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

August 14, 2008
* Study: Working Poor Living in Concentrated Poverty
* States and Medicaid Programs and Funding
* Children's Health Insurance Programs - Wisconsin, Texas, Utah
* Low-income Children and Exposure to Secondhand Smoke - West Virginia
* Iowa Flooding and Residents Living in Poverty
* Safety Net Hospitals and Covering the Uninsured
* Homeless Families and School Children - Minnesota, Florida, California
* GED Completion Rate - Wisconsin
* Home Energy Costs and Assistance Programs
* Prison Nursery Programs - Ohio
* States and Prison Health Care
* Alternatives to Payday Lending
* Payday Lending Ballot Initiative - Ohio

August 11, 2008
* State TANF Programs - Maine, North Dakota, Minnesota
* Antipoverty Programs and Men
* Job Growth in Cities and Poverty Reduction
* Medicaid Reform and Children's Coverage - West Virginia
* Biological Fathers' and Stepfathers' Parenting in Fragile Families
* Child Welfare and Foster Care - Ohio
* Programs to Reduce Homelessness
* Section 8 Housing Programs - California, Wisconsin
* Food Assistance - Maine, Arizona
* Home Energy Costs and Assistance Programs
* Voting Eligibility for the Homeless and Felons
* States and Payday Lending Legislation
* Editorials: Privatization of Social Services - Indiana

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

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

- 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:

7. EconStats (U.S./International)


For anyone looking for a vast cornucopia of economic statistics culled from all over the world, they need look no further than the EconStats website. The homepage is a bit visually cluttered, but one couldn't ask for better and more complete data, as visitors can quickly access a wide range of economic data from the United States, such as information about inflation, unemployment levels, productivity, new factory orders, and the price of crude oil. The homepage also contains links to economic data from Canada, Britain, Germany, the European Union, France, Italy, Russia, and China. On the right-hand side of the page, visitors can click through to interest rates for dozens of countries, check in on various stock markets, and look up commodity and futures prices. Those individuals looking for quick help with pressing questions can post queries to the "Econ Chat" section of the homepage.

Reviewed by:
The Scout Report,
Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:

8. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

9. CRINMAIL - August 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

14 August 2008 - CRINMAIL 1007
* BRAZIL: World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents [event]
* GUINEA: New Leader Should Address Rights Abuses [news]
* CHAD: Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict [publication]
* SOMALIA: Numbers of children suffering malnutrition rise sharply [news]
* DRC: UN probes India 'abuses' in Congo [news]
* EUROPE: Migrant children and education: a challenge for EU education systems [news]

12 August 2008 - CRINMAIL 1006
* BELARUS: Implementation of the CRC [publication]
* POLAND: Government to close Gypsy-only classes [news]
* MEXICO: New Action Agenda Sought for Children With HIV and AIDS [news]
* AFRICA: Nearly half sub-Saharan children malnourished [publication]
* FINLAND: Roma face threat of losing children [news]
* ETHIOPIA: VI African regional conference on child abuse and neglect [event]
* EMPLOYMENT - African Child Policy Forum

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ earlier weekly issues
, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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Famous Epitaphs


On the grave of Ezekiel Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
 Here lies
 Ezekiel Aikle
 Age 102
 The Good
 Die Young.

In a London, England cemetery:
 Ann Mann
 Here lies Ann Mann,
 Who lived an old maid
 But died an old Mann.
 Dec. 8, 1767

Memory of an accident in a Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery:
 Here lies the body
 of Jonathan Blake
 Stepped on the gas
 Instead of the brake.

A lawyer's epitaph in England:
 Sir John Strange
 Here lies an honest lawyer,
 And that is Strange.

Someone determined to be anonymous in Stowe, Vermont:
 I was somebody.
 Who, is no business
 Of yours.

In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
 Here lays Butch,
 We planted him raw.
 He was quick on the trigger,
 But slow on the draw.

In a Georgia cemetery:
 "I told you I was sick!"

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:
 Born 1903--Died 1942
 Looked up the elevator shaft to see if
 the car was on the way down. It was.

In a Thurmont, Maryland cemetery:
 Here lies an Atheist
 All dressed up
 And no place to go.

More famous epitaphs:

And, in closing...

Crazy Patents

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