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1. The Federal Government must Renew the
Women's Program! DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network - September 14
2. What's New from the British Columbia Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance:
--- Community Assistance Program Transition - September 7
--- New Employment Program Means More Job Success - July 26
--- More Support for Low-Income Families - July 12
3. What's New from Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment:
--- Reducing Poverty: an Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - June 2006
--- 2004-05 Annual Report - Dept. of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
4. What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- National balance sheet accounts, Second quarter, 2006 - September 15, 2006
--- Canadian Economic Observer (Sept. '06 issue) - September 14
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, second quarter 2006 - September 13
--- Study: Disability and well-being, 1991 - September 12
5. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - September 15
6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
7. OpenCourseWare (free educational resources) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
8. Comparing Wealth Distribution Across Rich Countries: First Results from the Luxembourg Wealth Study (Luxembourg Wealth Study) - August 2006
9. Bulletin N°110 (Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris) - September 11
Have a great week!
1. The Federal Government must Renew the Women's
Program! - September 14
The Federal Government must Renew the Women's Program!
September 14, 2006
- incl. : Intro * The Women`s Program * Standing Committee on the Status of Women Recommendations to improve the Women's program * The Context : women's inequality remains deeply entrenched * A Lack of Political Will to Address the problem * And this was Brought to you by the Women's Movement * Past Federal Acknowledgment of the Important Role played by Women's Groups * International support for the funding of Women's Groups * Conclusion
DAWN Ontario: DisAbled Women's Network
- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm
What's New from the British Columbia Ministry of Employment and Income
What's new from the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance:
Assistance Program Transition
Sept. 7, 2006
VICTORIA – The Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance is renewing its Community Assistance Program (CAP) to focus solely on life-skills and advocacy services for the most vulnerable income assistance clients and will launch the new program on Oct. 2, 2006.
Employment Program Means More Job Success
July 26, 2006
KAMLOOPS – The new $35-million BC Employment Program has been successfully launched by the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance. This means 15,000 income assistance clients in British Columbia will have an even better chance of finding and keeping a job this year. (...) The new BC Employment Program replaces two existing programs – the Job Placement Program and Training for Jobs – and is managed by GT Hiring Solutions (2005) Inc., the BC Society of Training for Health and Employment (THEO BC) and WCG International Consultants Limited."
July 12, 2006
More Support for Low-Income B.C. Families (PDF file - 21K, 2 pages)
- two-page document highlighting the accomplishments of the BC Government with respect to low-income families.
2006 - Focus on Children (video)
"...more information on increased government supports for British Columbia’s children."
British Columbia Budget 2006 - February 21, 2006
- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm
3. What's New from
Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Human Resources, Labour and
From the Dept. of Human Resources, Labour and Employment:
Poverty: An Action Plan for
Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF file - 1.6MB, 60 pages)
"The 2005 Speech from the Throne (p. 22) affirmed Government’s Blueprint commitment to transform Newfoundland and Labrador over a ten-year period from a province with the most poverty to a province with the least poverty."
papers on poverty reduction
in Newfoundland and Labrador
2004-05 Annual Report - Department of Human Resources & Employment (PDF file - 5.2MB, 29 pages)
Service Canada Regional Information:
Newfoundland and Labrador
This page provides information on region specific services for Individuals, Business and Organizations.
Human Resources and Social Development Canada
NOTE: The Service
Canada Regional Information portal is part of the enormous federal
government home page, Canada.Gc.Ca
The portal page claims that it "will help you find services close to your home."
They just forgot to mention *which* services. They include: Jobs * Financial Benefits * Employment Insurance * Taxes * Training and Careers * Identification Cards * Travel and Passports * Health * Consumer Information * Canada and the World * Environment and Resources * Economy * Public Safety * Culture and Recreation * Science and Technology.
If you want to find links to information on social assistance (welfare) programs, you must click the Financial Benefits link on the Service Canada portal, then click on "In need of social assistance...", and then, on the Canadian map that appears in the next screen, click the name of any province or territory. The next screen (finally!) offers you links to needs-tested welfare program(s) in the jurisdiction that you selected. If you're looking for financial assistance programs for people with disabilities, you'll also have to click on A person with a disability... in the Service Canada portal page.
OR you can find wayyyy more welfare
information by using the Canadian Social Research Links Key Welfare
- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm
4. What's New from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
September 15, 2006
National balance sheet accounts, Second quarter, 2006
National net worth reached $4.7 trillion by the end of the second quarter, or $142,900 per person. The gain in net worth resulted from an increase in national wealth (economy-wide non-financial assets) which was partially offset by increased net foreign debt. The growth in national net worth slowed to 1.2% in the second quarter, less than the average of 1.6% for the previous four quarters.
balance sheet accounts, Second quarter 2006
- incl. links to : Highlights * Statistical tables * Related products * Related documentation * More information * PDF version
Earlier editions of National balance sheet accounts
September 14, 2006
Canadian Economic Observer - September 2006 issue (PDF file - 799K, 113 pages)
- incl. links to : Current economic conditions * Economic Events * Feature article (“The Alberta Economic Juggernaut: The Boom on the Rose”) * Recent feature articles
Earlier editions of the Canadian Economic Observer
September 13, 2006
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, second quarter 2006 (PDF file - 254K, 47 pages)
This publication presents an overview of the economic developments reported in Canada's national accounts for the most recent quarter. The overview covers several broad areas:1) Gross domestic product (GDP) by income and by expenditure, 2) GDP by industry, 3) Balance of international payments, 4) Financial flow accounts 5) Labour productivity and other related variables, 6) International investment position and 7) National balance sheet.
Earlier editions of Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review
September 12, 2006
Study: Disability and well-being, 1991
Canadians born with a disability are likely to be happier than individuals who experienced a disability later in life, according to a new study that explores the determinants of subjective well-being among people with disabilities. The study found that well-being, measured as self-reported levels of happiness, is independent of the type of physical disability. However, people with mental disabilities have lower levels of well-being than those with physical disabilities. Also, people with more severe disabilities are less happy than those with less severe disabilities. Overall, about 21% of people with disabilities reported being "very happy", 65% "pretty happy", and the remaining 14% "not too happy".
1. The study "Impact of the timing, type and severity of disability on the subjective well-being of individuals with disabilities," was published in Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 63(2). A one-paragraph abstract is available, in English only, online (www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02779536). The complete report costs $30 (order from the abstract page).
Related links from StatCan:
and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS)
Survey of Canadian adults and children whose day-to-day activities may be limited because of a condition or health problem. The survey covers themes such as activity limitations, help with everyday activities, education, employment status, social participation and economic characteristics.
Survey years available at this site:
Health and Activity Limitation Survey - older studies in 1991 and 1986
- Go to the Disability Links page:
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
5. What's New
from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 15
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.
CHILD CARE UPDATE FOR THE SCHOOL
Letter from Linda Reid, B.C.'s Minister of State for Childcare, informs parents and child care providers that subsidy levels will be “protected and maintained by the province”.
A FOCUSED PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN
CHILD CARE SERVICES ENHANCES CANADA'S PLACE IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada’s brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
SUPPORTING CANADA'S FAMILIES,
BUILDING CANADA’S CHILDCARE SYSTEM
Brief from the Child Care Coalition of Manitoba to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
CHILDCARE ACT 2006
British legislation passed into law on July 11, 2006 is the first ever in Britain exclusively concerned with early years and child care.
Child Care in the News
Better childcare services urged
in rural communities [NZ]
Radio New Zealand, 13 Sep 06
Subsidy program protected [CA-BC]
Cariboo Press, 13 Sep 06
Childcare king tops BRW Young
Rich List [AU]
Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Sep 06
Tories' child-care plan falls
flat, poll says [CA]
Globe and Mail, 11 Sep 06
Scarborough child care will not
be cut to support new spaces downtown [CA-ON]
Scarborough Mirror, 11 Sep 06
Child-care benefit doesn't have
to be for child care: Tories [CA]
CanWest News Service, 6 Sep 06
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New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
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
- Go to the Non-Governmental
Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/work_life_balance.htm
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.
Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from
August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.
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: 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
OpenCourseWare (free educational resources)
From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):
"...a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century."
list of free MIT courses
* Aeronautics and Astronautics * Anthropology * Architecture * Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation * Biological Engineering * Biology * Brain and Cognitive Sciences * Chemical Engineering * Chemistry * Civil and Environmental Engineering * Comparative Media Studies * Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences * Economics * Electrical Engineering and Computer Science * Engineering Systems Division * Foreign Languages and Literatures
* Health Sciences and Technology * History * Linguistics and Philosophy * Literature * Materials Science and Engineering * Mathematics * Mechanical Engineering * Media Arts and Sciences * Music and Theater Arts * Nuclear Science and Engineering * Physics * Political Science * Science, Technology, and Society * Sloan School of Management * Special Programs * Urban Studies and Planning * Women's Studies * Writing and Humanistic Studies
- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm
Comparing Wealth Distribution Across Rich Countries: First Results from
the Luxembourg Wealth Study - August 2006
(Luxembourg Wealth Study)
Comparing Wealth Distribution Across Rich Countries:
First Results from the Luxembourg Wealth Study (535K, 35 pages)
August 9, 2006
The new Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) creates for the first time a harmonized cross national database on household assets and liabilities. This paper describes the project, outlines conceptual and practical issues that need to be addressed in preparing harmonized and comparable wealth data across countries, and summarizes the initial results for the eight countries participating in the initial phase: Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway,Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS)
Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)
**[ Links to 445 studies ]**
- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm
Bulletin N°110 - September 11
(Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris)
New from the Council for Employment,
Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC[version française]
September 11, 2006
Below, you'll find a few selections from Bulletin
#110 of the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion.
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Lone parents and work :
Developing new survey measures of the choices and constraints
(PDF file - 1.07MB, 184 pages)(United Kingdom), D. Collins and alii,
London, Working paper, n° 34, September (2006).
Department for Work and Pensions
long-term unemployed : Lessons from wage subsidies (PDF
file - 107K, 17 pages)(United Kingdom), R. Welters and J. Muysken, ,
Callaghan, Working paper, n° 06-04, August (2006).
This paper concentrates on the labour demand side to explain the incidence of long-term unemployment. We introduce a novel way to infer employer search behaviour, through deadweight loss incidence in wage subsidy schemes. Using a dataset on British firms participating in such schemes we distinguish between intensive and extensive employer search. Since intensive and extensive search behaviour affect the job find probability of (long-term) unemployed, our conclusions have significant labour market policy relevance. We find that firm size, firm structure and proposed hours worked influence the willingness of employers to recruit from long-term unemployed.
Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE)
Nine years of
neglect : Federal minimum wage remains unchanged for ninth straight
year, falls to lowest level in more than half a century
(PDF file - 78K, 6 pages)
(United States), J. Bernstein and I. Shapiro, Washington, August (2006).
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Economic Policy Institute
[ Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm ]
models, growth and the international monetary system : Implications for
Europe and the United States, (PDF file - 296K, 28 pages)L.
Costabile and R. Scazzieri, Amherst, Working paper series, n° 117,
This paper explores the relationship between economic growth and the welfare state. We argue that: (i) the institutional constraints set by the international monetary system may be at least as effective determinants of growth differentials between countries as the different dimensions of their welfare states. We show how this international system may impose an asymmetric discipline/flexibility mix on the macroeconomic policies of different countries, thereby influencing their growth performance.; (ii) the European currency reshapes some of the pre-existing constraints and also open up new opportunities; (iii) in the new international setting, Europe is facing a choice between alternative models. In one alternative, the “welfare system” needs to be reduced to a minimum; in the second, its role should be enhanced and made more active, through an appropriate mix of welfare policies oriented towards the promotion of social well-being and policies oriented towards the promotion of productive capacities.
Political Economy Research Institute
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Information and online resources organized under five themes: poverty, social minima, in-work benefits, minimum wage and return-to-work programmes. The last theme was just recently added to the list, so you should explore that one first. However, as you click through the myriad reports and studies on that topic as well as links to online resources for France and for the rest of the world, I'm sure you'll want to check out the remaining themes. Includes links and resources for Canada...
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