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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 17, 2010

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.

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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...



Canadian content

1. Equality or barbarism? Ed Broadbent looks at how we've changed (Toronto Star) - October 16
2. Canadians support increase in Canada Pension Plan benefits, Old Age Security (Environics Research Group) - October 15
3. SOUNDBITES eBulletin (Social Planning Toronto) - October 15
4. Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections and Fiscal Reference Tables (Finance Canada) - October 14
5. October 19: Canada Day of Action for a Federal Housing Strategy (Canada Without Poverty + CWP Advocacy Network)
6. Working Joe vs Welfare Joe : a reality check. - October 14
7. Current welfare and other fed. & prov. benefit levels in Ontario - Oct. to Dec. 2010 (Ministry of Community and Social Services)
8. As you've made your bed... : Canada loses its bid for UN Security Council seat - October 13
9. : the Census long form questionnaire
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer - October 2010 - October 14

11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - October 16
12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
[U.S.] Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore (New York Times) - October 16
14. [France] Retirement at 62? Non! - October 14
15. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (United Nations) - October 17
16. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): The Good News of the Decade? (TEDxChange and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) - September 20
17. MDG Report Card and Development Progress Stories (Overseas Development Institute) - October 11
18. 2010 Global Hunger Index (International Food Policy Research Institute) - October 11
19. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
20. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. Equality or barbarism? Ed Broadbent looks at how we've changed - October 16
(Toronto Star)

Equality or barbarism?
October 16, 2010
Ed Broadbent (Former leader of the federal New Democratic Party)
Text of the Charles Bronfman Lecture delivered at the University of Ottawa on Oct. 14, 2010

Recommended reading!


(...) For four decades after the war Canadians joined with citizens in other North Atlantic democracies in creating the most productive and equitable societies in history. Although poverty was by no means eliminated, for the large majority this was the Golden Age.
(...) High economic growth rates were accompanied by a wide-ranging set of new social entitlements. Led by social democratic ideology in North America and Britain, as well as by many Christian Democrats in continental Europe, it came to be understood that, left to its own devices, capitalism was not only inherently unstable but would also produce a distribution of goods and services that was profoundly unfair.
(...) What emerged from this thinking was a Canada characterized by a wide range of new social and economic entitlements: government pensions, universal health care, trade union rights, comprehensive unemployment insurance, the expectation that every boy and girl with ability could go to university — and all were paid for by adequate levels of progressive taxation. What were once considered benefits appropriately provided by charitable organizations had become rights guaranteed by the state.
Long before the crash in the global economy two years ago this month, Canada and many other Western democracies had undergone a significant ideological and material reversal.
(...) Rejecting the traditional Toryism of Bill Davis and of Progressive Conservatives like Robert Stanfield, Mike Harris’s new Conservative government [in Ontario, in 1995] portrayed government itself as an enemy of progress and eviscerated the equality building projects of the welfare state. This ideological approach was brought to federal politics by the right-wing populism of Preston Manning’s Reform party.
The present Conservative government has simply continued its predecessor’s onslaught on equality. As a consequence of the continuing underfunding of social spending and irresponsible tax cuts disproportionately favouring the rich, for many Canadians it came as no surprise when we were criticized by the United Nations in 2007 for failing to live up to our obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This was followed in 2008 by an OECD report showing that growth in inequality in Canada is now among the worst in the OECD.
Given that we now know the positive impact more equality can have on the quality of freely chosen lives for everyone, all democrats should speak out. Instead of worship of the market, we should recognize its benefits but underline its limits. Instead of seeing government as the enemy, we must reclaim its possibilities. And instead of restoring the pre-2008 system, the federal government should join with the majority of provinces and launch the anti-poverty program that both the House of Commons and the Senate have called for. We must reclaim for the 21st century the ancient democratic goal of more equality.
Toronto Star

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

2. Canadians support increase in Canada Pension Plan benefits, Old Age Security - October 15
(Environics Research Group)

Canadians support increase in Canada Pension Plan benefits
October 15, 2010
More than three quarters of Canadians support increasing Canada Pension Plan benefits, according to a new national survey released today. Eighty percent of Canadians also support increasing federal payments to senior citizens and half of the survey respondents believe the government is moving too slow in reforming Canada’s pension system. The Future of Pensions poll was completed by Environics Research Group in late August for the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. It surveyed 2,020 Canadians and has a margin of error of +/-2.2 per cent 19 times out of 20. (...) T
he survey asked Canadians their views on saving and their expectations for retirement. While many Canadians have set up a Retirement Savings Plan or a Tax-Free Savings Account, four in 10 acknowledge that they are not saving for retirement—mostly because they cannot afford to. (...) Poll respondents also overwhelmingly support increasing Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplements for those living below the poverty line. OAS and GIS payments amount to only $11,000 per year.

Detailed Poll Highlights

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Together, CUPE and PSAC represent more than 800,000 public sector workers across Canada. Both organizations have been advocating for retirement security for all Canadians.

- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page:
- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

3. SOUNDBITES eBulletin - October 15
(Social Planning Toronto)

October 15, 2010
This issue:

1. TORONTO VOTES fact sheets available for download
2. Candidates Step Up to the Plate on Poverty!
3. Common Ground Symposium Draft Proceedings PDF Now Available for Download
4. One Third of Toronto Candidates Pledge to Make the City’s Budget Process More Open, Inclusive and Participatory
5. One Toronto - A Call To Action
6. Update - York South –Weston Local Immigration Partnership Project
7. "Footprint On The City" Report Released by SPT
8. Toronto Community Resource Guide for Non-Status Immigrants - 2010
9. News From Our Partners
10. Worth Repeating - Not all Torontonians get to vote
11. Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
12. About Social Planning Toronto
13. Join us on Twitter & Facebook
Social Planning Toronto

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

4. Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections and Fiscal Reference Tables - October 14
(Department of Finance Canada)

Economic Forecast Shows Federal Government Is on the Right Track
October 12, 2010
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released an update of the Government's economic and fiscal projections. The update clearly demonstrates that Canada remains on track to return to a balanced budget over the medium term. (...) Canada's Economic Action Plan has underpinned a solid and enviable economic recovery, and Canada has recouped virtually all of the output lost during the recession. As a result of this solid economic performance, nearly 423,000 jobs have been created in Canada since July 2009.

Related documents:

* Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections
* Speech by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance to the Mississauga Chinese Business Association
* Fiscal Reference Tables October 2010
* Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2009–2010

Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

5. October 19: Canada Day of Action for a Federal Housing Strategy
(Canada Without Poverty + CWP Advocacy Network)

October 14, 2010
A Message from
Rob Rainer, Executive Director
CWP Advocacy Network:

Oct 19: Canada Day of Action for a Federal Housing Strategy;
Oct 20 'fireside chat' on a federal housing strategy

1) From the east to west coasts, Red Tents will be popping open on October 19th for the Red Tent Canada Day of Action for a Federal Housing Strategy. This Day of Action takes place one day before scheduled debate, at Third Reading in the House of Commons, of Bill C-304 (An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians). The Day of Action calls for full parliamentary support of the Bill which, if passed into law, would mandate the federal government to develop a national housing strategy, in consultation with key stakeholders and appropriately rooted in a human rights framework.

The CWP Advocacy Network supports the Red Tents Campaign and, with partners such as Pivot Legal Society, ACORN CANADA , the Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness and Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain , is co-organizing the Day of Action in Ottawa on October 19th. Solidarity actions are being held in Halifax (Oct 16), London, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria – with Red Tents on hand to demand full parliamentary support (House and Senate) for Bill C-304.

The Day of Action in Ottawa will include a 9:30am press conference on Parliament Hill, followed by a rally on the Hill at 10:00am and additional rally at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin and Lisgar). Volunteers are needed to help with the opening and carrying of 100 Red Tents – for a striking visual representation of the homelessness crisis in Canada, a crisis literally at the doorstep of our parliamentarians. Those in the Ottawa area who can help with the rally – please contact our office (613-789-0115) or

2) On October 20, 1:00-2:00pm Eastern, the Population Health Improvement Research Network at the University of Ottawa is holding a cross-Canada “fireside chat” on a federal housing strategy. “Fireside Chats are pan-Canadian discussions via telephone/Internet for population health professionals - and stakeholders.” Wednesday’s chat will feature several housing experts including Michael Shapcott of the Wellesley Institute.
To register, go to

3) Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all. Housing is one of the most important factors for a healthy life.

CWP Advocacy Network
[ Canada Without Poverty ]

See also:
Dignity for All:
The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

6. Working Joe vs Welfare Joe : a reality check. - October 14

Working Joe vs Welfare Joe
This piece of garbage started doing the rounds recently, comparing the annual income of Working Joe, a poor stiff making $25/hour in construction, and Welfare Joe - parasite, Casino regular and bon-vivant. It might make a more compelling story if the facts weren't out in left field.
If anyone forwards the Working-Joe-Welfare-Joe email to you, please feel free to refer them to this page.

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

7. Current welfare and other fed. &prov. benefit levels in Ontario - October to December 2010
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

Welfare benefit levels in Ontario
and much more...

Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, October to December 2010 (PDF - 166K, 2 pages)
Prepared by the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

Recommended reading/saving/printing!
All in two pages, (just about) everything you ever
wanted to know about federal and provincial social program benefit levels in Ontario.
[This factsheet is mostly benefit levels and rates - to find corresponding program information, do a Google search using any program name from the list below...]

This factsheet contains current rate information (benefit levels)
for the following federal and Ontario programs:

* Federal Income Security and tax benefit programs
----- Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Allowance (formerly Spouse's Allowance)
----- Canada Pension Plan
----- Harmonized Sales Tax Credit
----- Medical Expense Tax Credit
----- War Veterans Allowance
----- Employment Insurance
----- Canada Child Tax Benefit (incl. the Basic Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement, the Child Disability Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit)

* Ontario income assistance programs
----- Ontario Works - Social Assistance rates + earnings exemptions and incentives
----- Ontario Disability Support Program - Social Assistance rates
----- Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (provincial top-up for Ontario seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement under the federal Old Age Security program)
----- Ontario Child Benefit
----- Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
----- Ontario Sales and Property Tax Credits
----- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Found in:
Tip Sheet List - (check this link for more recent updates)
[ Community Advocacy & Legal Centre - a non-profit community legal clinic
serving low income residents of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington counties.]

Kudos to the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre for posting this valuable resource on their website.
A Bronx Cheer to the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services for NOT posting this valuable resource on its own website.

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
- Go to the Guide to Welfare in Ontario page:
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

8. As you've made your bed... : Canada loses bid for UN Security Council seat - October 13

Alternate tagline:
The chickens have come home to roost in Harperland.

CBC coverage of Canada's failed bid
to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council:

Policy cost Canada UN seat: ex-ambassador
October 13, 2010
Experts are blaming Canada's failure to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council on its foreign policy, not political division, a day after Tuesday's surprise loss in New York. Paul Heinbecker, Canada's former ambassador to the UN and a leading critic of the government's foreign policy, said many of Canada's decisions — including decreased African aid, its support of Israel, and its stance on climate change and peacekeeping — are unpopular with the international community.


Cannon blames Ignatieff for Canada's UN vote loss
Liberal leader refuses to accept blame
October 12, 2010
Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon says the lack of support from Michael Ignatieff for Canada's bid to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council helped scuttle it, an assertion the Liberal leader called "ridiculous." Canada abruptly dropped its bid for a seat on the council after coming behind Portugal in second ballot voting Tuesday in New York.
- includes links to the following videos

* Canada's failure at the UN (Duration : 2:33)
* UN Security seat denied (Duration : 3:03)
* Canada's UN seat loss (Duration : 7:47)
* Blaming Ignatieff (Duration : 6:47)
* No UN seat for Canada (Duration 9:48)



Looks good on ya.


- Go to the United Nations Links page:

9. : the Census long form questionnaire

Ottawa spent $1-million to test run census before abrupt Tory change
By Jennifer Ditchburn
Ottawa— The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010A million-dollar test run, privacy checks and extensive consultations on the 2011 census were all in place only a month before the Conservative government decided to scrap the long questionnaire this spring.
Internal Statistics Canada documents shed light on just how abrupt the decision was for the agency, which prepares for the census and analyses the data over a period of seven years.
Globe and Mail


#1 Recommended resource for links to
comprehensive information on the Census
long form questionnaire controversy: - the most comprehensive online resource on the Census questionnaire issue! is a blog that's maintained mostly by Tracey Lauriault.
It's inspired by, which believes all levels of Canadian governments should make civic information and data accessible at no cost in open formats to their citizens.

Most recent
datalibre Census postings:

* 2006 Long Form Census compared to the Proposed National Household Survey - October 12

* 2006 Short Form Census and 2011 Census Comparison - October 11

* StatCan Cuts – Loss of Surveys & Census - October 11


Most recent
News Search Results Page
: "Canada census 2011, long form questionnaire."

Related link:

Statistics Canada's Census Home Page


- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Canadian Economic Observer - October 2010- October 14

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

October 14, 2010
Canadian Economic Observer - October 2010
1. Sections:
* Current economic conditions * Economic events * Recent feature articles * National accounts * Labour markets * Prices * International trade * Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources) * Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications) * Financial markets * Provincial (unemployment rates and Consumer Price Index)
2. Tables
3. Charts
4. Appendices
5. User information
6. Related products

Canadian Economic Observer - main product page
Click View for the latest issue of this periodical; click Chronological index for earlier editions.

Slow week on the social program front at StatCan...
Don't believe me?
Check the archives for yourself...

The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


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

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - October 16

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

October 16, 2010

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Speaking truth to power: A reader on Canadian women's inequality
13 Oct 10
- New anthology from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives features essays by prominent Canadian feminists on the continued struggle for equality.

National child care often promised, still missing
13 Oct 10
- Chapter by Martha Friendly for CCPA's new book "Speaking Truth to Power" explains why Canadian women shouldn't be silent about the struggle for child care.

Global gender gap report 2010
13 Oct 10
- Canada ranks 20th in an annual report from the World Economic Forum that assesses how well countries divide their resources and opportunities among men and women.

Career interrupted: The economic impact of motherhood
13 Oct 10
- Report from TD Economics says motherhood leads to significant wage losses for working women; length of absence less damaging than frequency of absences.

Employer top-ups
13 Oct 10
- Article from Statistics Canada's Perspectives finds one in five mothers who received parental benefits also collected top-up payments; proportion unchanged for the past decade.


child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Fallen childcare entrepreneur Eddy Groves to sue over 'botched' stock sale
[AU] 13 Oct 10

· Tories in tune with families: Poll
[CA] 12 Oct 10

· Labour pain: For moms on parental leave, wages lag
[CA] 12 Oct 10

· Canada slips in gender equality worldwide [CA] 12 Oct 10

· Schwarzenegger's child care cut hurts hardworking moms
[US-CA] 12 Oct 10

· No full-day kindergarten for First Nations kids
[CA-ON] 11 Oct 10

· Attitudes harden towards the lot of a working mother
[AU] 11 Oct 10

· Province launches pension plan for child care workers
[CA-MB] 7 Oct 10

· Half of Ontario kindergarten kids in full-day by 2012
[CA-ON] 6 Oct 10



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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)
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.

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

12. 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:

October 15:
Electronic Benefit Transfers and Bank Fees - California
Economic Integration of Schools
Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Poor
Fuel Poverty in the UK
Child Poverty in the UK
Child Care Subsidies - California
State Medicaid Programs - Montana, Florida

October 14:
Rates of Homelessness and Shelter Availability
Medicaid Enrollment - Montana

October 13:
Kids Count Report - Oklahoma
Maternal and Infant Health - Michigan

October 12:
States and Medicaid Program Costs
Poverty and Hunger - Philadelphia, PA
State Cuts to Social Services - California
CPS Investigations and Risk of Child Abuse and Neglect

October 11:
US Unemployment and Joblessness
Long-Term Unemployment and Jobless Benefits - Kansas, New Hampshire
Employment and Health Insurance Coverage


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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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:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

13. [U.S.] Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore - October 16
(New York Times)

Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore
By Robert H. Frank
October 16, 2010
People often remember the past with exaggerated fondness. Sometimes, however, important aspects of life really were better in the old days. During the three decades after World War II, for example, incomes in the United States rose rapidly and at about the same rate — almost 3 percent a year — for people at all income levels. America had an economically vibrant middle class. Roads and bridges were well maintained, and impressive new infrastructure was being built. People were optimistic.
By contrast, during the last three decades the economy has grown much more slowly, and our infrastructure has fallen into grave disrepair. Most troubling, all significant income growth has been concentrated at the top of the scale. The share of total income going to the top 1 percent of earners, which stood at 8.9 percent in 1976, rose to 23.5 percent by 2007, but during the same period, the average inflation-adjusted hourly wage declined by more than 7 percent.
New York Times

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

14. [France] Retirement at 62? Non! - October 14

Retirement at 62? Non!
By Roger Cohen
October 14, 2010
(...) Labor unions are mobilized, high school kids are out in force, oil refineries are struggling and more than one million people have taken to the streets as France rises to confront the government’s decision to lift the retirement age to 62 from 60. Yes, you read that right: to 62 (and gradually at that). The movement amounts to the broadest social challenge faced by the center-right government of President Nicolas Sarkozy. It comes as European governments from Britain to Spain — and even the lost socialist paradise of Sweden — struggle to refashion cradle-to-grave welfare systems undone by a double whammy: aging baby boomers and plunging post-crash tax revenues.
New York Times

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

15. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
(United Nations)

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2010
October 17, 2010
Theme this year : "From Poverty to Decent Work: bridging the gap"
On 22 December 1992, the General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. The resolution further invites intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of the Day, and requests the Secretary-General to take, within existing resources, the measures necessary to ensure the success of the Day's observance by the United Nations. October 17th presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.
- in the left-hand margin, you'll find links to Previous Observances of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty from 2000 to 2009

"The 2010 commemoration will take place on Monday, 18 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York."
EH? The 2010 commemoration of the declaration of October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty takes place the day AFTER the 17th??
Go figure.

Social Perspective on Development Branch
[ part of the Division for Social Policy and Development ]
[ part of the United Nations ]

Related links:

17 September 2010
Three Recent U.N. Reports on Poverty

1. Rethinking Poverty: Report on the World Social Situation 2010 - January 2010
--- Related Powerpoint presentation (PDF - 205K, 21 pages)

2. Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics - September 2010
--- Related Powerpoint presentation (PDF - 684K, 29 pages)

3. Escaping Poverty Traps (Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09) - (PDF - 5MB, 164 pages) - June 2008
--- Related Powerpoint presentation (PDF - 422K, 17 pages)

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

16. Millennium Development Goals : The Good News of the Decade? - September 20
(TEDxChange and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Millennium Development Goals:
The Good News of the Decade?
- video, 15 minutes
- A TEDxChange talk by Hans Rosling on the MDGs
September 20, 2010
Hans Rosling is Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation. Throughout his career, he has researched the links between economic development, agriculture, poverty, and health in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has served as health adviser to various aid agencies, including the World Health Organization and UNICEF. In his 15-minute TEDxChange talk, Dr. Rosling takes us to his wonderful world of statistics, where he shows concrete examples of progress in child health, shows why family planning helps save children's lives, and explains why Millennium Development Goals for child mortality are entirely possible.

Presentation from:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxChange, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxChange event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
[ TED : Ideas worth spreading ]

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Our foundation is teaming up with partners around the world to take on some tough problems: extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, the failures of America’s education system.
[ Fifteen Guiding Principles of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ]

Related links:

Gapminder Foundation - "Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view"
Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Gapminder is an operating foundation that provides services as defined by the board, sometimes as collaborative projects with universities, UN organisations, public agencies and non-governmental organisations.

World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

17. MDG Report Card and Development Progress Stories - October 11
(Overseas Development Institute)

MDG Report Card and Development Progress Stories
In 2000, every member of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight time-bound, measurable goals across a range of health and development outcomes. As the world recognizes the ten-year anniversary of the MDGs, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has published two reports that analyze progress against these goals, and highlight advances in development efforts.

The first, MDG Report Card: Measuring Progress Across Countries (PDF, 18.3MB, 118 pages), provides a country-by-country analysis of progress toward meeting the MDGs, and flags inequities and uneven progress.

The second, Development Progress Stories, is a series of case studies that highlight progress in different countries, as well as key lessons about what has worked in development, and why.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
ODI is Britain's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

18. 2010 Global Hunger Index - October 11
(International Food Policy Research Institute)

2010 Global Hunger Index
The challenge of hunger: Focus on the crisis of child undernutrition
As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which include a goal of reducing the proportion of hungry people by half – the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI) offers a useful and multidimensional overview of global hunger. The 2010 GHI shows some improvement over the 1990 GHI, falling by almost one-quarter. Nonetheless, the index for hunger in the world remains at a level characterized as “serious.” The result is unsurprising given that the overall number of hungry people surpassed 1 billion in 2009, even though it decreased to 925 million in 2010, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
- includes links to a half-dozen related resources

Improve Child Nutrition to Reduce Global Hunger, Says New Global Hunger Index
Press Release
October 11, 2010

Complete report:

2010 Global Hunger Index
The Challenge of Hunger:
Focus on the Crisis of Child Undernutrition
(PDF - 3.4MB, 56 pages)
October 2010

Background Facts and Key Findings

International Food Policy Research Institute
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations.

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

19. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content

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-government 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 (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.


Week ending October 16, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. E-Journal archiving for UK HE libraries: A draft white paper
2. National digital forum
3. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
4. The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
5.Data alert: Australia has the third largest HNWI population in the Asia-Pacific region

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2. The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
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5. Atlas of productive ageing

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At's Amore!


(With apologies to Dean Martin...)

When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
That's amore.

When an eel bites your hand
And that's not what you planned
That's a moray.

When our habits are strange
And our customs deranged
That's our mores.

When your horse munches straw
And the bales total four
That's some more hay.

When Othello's poor wife
becomes stabbed with a knife
That's a Moor, eh?

When a Japanese knight
Used his sword in a fight
That's Samurai.

When your sheep go to graze
In a damp marshy place,
That's a moor, eh?

When your boat comes home fine
And you tied up her line
 That's a moor, eh?

When you ace your last tests
Like you did all the rest
That's some more "A"s!

When on Mt. Cook you see
An aborigine,
That's a Maori.

Alley Oop's homeland has
A space gun with pizzazz,
That's a Moo ray....

A comedian-ham
With the name Amsterdam
That's a Morey.

When your chocolate graham
Is so full and so crammed
That more.

When you've had quite enough
Of this dumb rhyming stuff
That's "No more!", eh?

Found somewhere on  the internets.


And, in closing...


Dancing with Hands : We No Speak Americano (video, 2:20)
Catchy tune, amazing choreography, and such *passion* in the eyes of the performers!
Betcha can't watch it just once.


The Eternal Happy Meal


Ten Common Gestures  Easily Misunderstood Abroad


Eleven Amazing Savants Show the Power of the Human Brain


Nature sounds


How the media can manipulate our viewpoint