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 1758 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.
1. New Alberta
Agenda, new Alberta welfare department - December 2006
2. What's new from Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry:
--- Debit cards replace Alberta welfare cheques - February 13
--- Alberta Income Support Class Action Settlement AISH, Income Support and Widows' Pension clients given more time to make claims - January 11
3. What's new from Emploi et Solidarité sociale Québec:
--- asset exemption levels
--- Employment assistance statistics
4. Does the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) violate the Charter of Rights? (ODSP Support and Activism Website)
5. 2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada - February 13
6. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Canada's unemployment mosaic, 2000 to 2006 - February 15
--- Federal government revenue and spending by province : A scoreboard of winners and losers in Confederation? - February 15
--- 2006 Census: Geographic products and Census dictionary + GeoSearch2006 - February 14
--- Study: Time with the family, 2005 - February 13
--- Purchasing power parities, 1992 to 2005 - February 12
7. International Monetary Fund Praises Economic Plan of Canada’s New Government (Department of Finance Canada) - February 13
8. International Women's Day - March 8
9. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - February 16
10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social
issues and programs
11. What's New from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (U.S.):
--- Myths and Realities about the Alternative Minimum Tax - February 14
--- Myths and Realities about the tax cuts - Revised February 13
--- Implementing the TANF changes in the Deficit Reduction Act - February 9
12. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (Washington, Paris)
13. Government Social Research Bulletin (Government of the United Kingdom) - February 2007
14. Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries (UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre) - February 14
Have a great week!
1. New Alberta Agenda, new Alberta welfare department - December 2006
I missed the boat back there.
New Alberta Premier Stelmach and his Cabinet were sworn in on December 14, 2006. This was evidently at a time when I wasn't visiting provincial government websites very regularly.
I just found this on February 18, as I was preparing the weekly issue of my newsletter. I'll be updating the Alberta content in my site accordingly within the next few days.
Sorry about that.
sets new Alberta agenda: New government structure
will focus on building a stronger Alberta and improving Albertans' quality of life
December 13, 2006
"(...)Mandate of Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry (EII) [ new Department in Alberta responsible for welfare]
The ministry will include the existing programs provided by Human Resources and Employment. Takes over immigration programs (now in Human Resources and Employment; Economic Development and Advanced Education). Also responsible for economic development programs (now in Economic Development), rural development (now in Agriculture Food and Rural Development) as well as the Northern Alberta Development Council."
- includes five priorities for Stelmach's new administration and new government structure (changes in dept. mandates)
Employment, Immigration and Industry (EII)
Departmental home page
- Go to the Alberta Links page:
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm
What's new from Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry:
Alberta Works implements debit card program province wide:
Debit cards save government and Albertans with low incomes time and money
February 12, 2007
Edmonton... Starting in summer, 2007, Albertans who receive income support through Alberta Works and who do not have bank accounts will have the option to receive their benefits with a debit card. A successful six-month pilot project showed debit cards to be faster and less expensive to administer than conventional cheques and that Albertans on social assistance overwhelmingly preferred the cards. The program is the first of its kind in Canada.
- includes a backgrounder on the pilot project
Income Support Class Action Settlement
READ THIS if you or someone you know received assistance from
AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped), Widows Pension or Income Support between 1979 and 2005.
AISH, Income Support and Widows' Pension clients given more time to make claims
January 11, 2007
Edmonton... The deadline for submitting claims under a class action settlement involving social benefits has been extended to March 31, 2007.
Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry
- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm
3. What's new from Emploi
et Solidarité sociale Québec:
What's new from Emploi et Solidarité sociale Québec (English home page):
February 8th, 2007
Social Assistance Program and Social Solidarity Program
The mini brochure “Last-resort financial assistance programs and liquid assets” (cash and negotiable assets) is now available.
Brochure (PDF file - 271K, 15 pages)
February 7th, 2007
Statistics on employment-assistance recipients
Official employment-assistance statistics are available in the official databanks on the website of the Banque de données des statistiques officielles du gouvernement du Québec.
Quoi de neuf d'Emploi et Solidarité sociale Québec :
8 février 2007
Le Programme d’aide sociale et le Programme de solidarité sociale
La mini brochure « Les programmes d’aide financière de dernier recours et l’avoir liquide (sommes d’argent et actifs) » est maintenant disponible.
Brochure (fichier PDF - 322Ko., 15 pages)
7 février 2007
Les statistiques sur les prestataires de l’assistance-emploi
Les statistiques officielles de l’assistance-emploi sont disponibles dans le site Internet de la Banque de données des statistiques officielles du gouvernement du Québec.
- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm
4. Does the Ontario
Disability Support Program (ODSP) violate the Charter of Rights? -
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Open Challenge to all Ontarians
David Thomasson Challenges:
Prove that the ODSP Act / Legislation Fully Conforms to Human Rights Legislation and I Will Give You $1,000.00
NOTE: this link is hosted by the ODSP Support and
Activism Website. As a rule I don't link to individual or group
campaigns (see #2 of my link
submission guidelines), but this "$1000 Challenge" is a unique and
bold way of raising awareness about an issue that has serious
implications for the Ontario government if no one collects the $1,000
reward. The David Thomasson Challenge can be found on the ODSP Support
& Activism Website - and that site includes this great collection
Links to ODSP Resources online - 70+ links to related info
ODSP Support & Activism Website
Action Coalition (site re-launched
"The ODSP Action Coalition advocates for improvements to the income and employment supports provided by the Ontario Disability Support Program. The work of the coalition is grounded in the experience of ODSP applicants, recipients and community-based service providers. This information is received through the website, consultation and participation in meetings. The activities of the coalition include creating and disseminating materials on ODSP and making representations to various levels of government. The work of the ODSP Action Coalition is always with a focus on action to bring about change.."
- incl. links to: * Home * About us * Coalition Activities * Campaigns * Resources * Help for Recipients * Links * Contact Us
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm
5. 2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada - February 13
2007 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Table of Contents:
Status Report — A Message from the Auditor General of Canada
Chapter 1 — Advertising and Public Opinion Research
Chapter 2 — The Conservation of Federal Built Heritage
Chapter 3 — Management of Leading-Edge Research—National Research Council Canada
Chapter 4 — Managing the Coast Guard Fleet and Marine Navigational Services—Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Chapter 5 — Passport Services—Passport Canada
Chapter 6 — The Management of the Social Insurance Number—Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Chapter 7 — International Taxation—Canada Revenue Agency
Releases - Feb. 13, 2007
- links to 10 news releases on various topics raised by the 2007 report
Office of the Auditor-General of Canada
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
6. What's New from
What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
February 15, 2007
Canadian Economic Observer
February 2007 issue
* Canada's unemployment mosaic, 2000 to 2006
* Federal government revenue and spending by province : A scoreboard of winners and losers in Confederation?
Canadian Economic Observer, February 2007
- incl links to : Current economic conditions * Economic events * Feature articles * Tables * Charts * User information
PDF version (819K, 12 pages)
- link to the entire issue in one file
February 14, 2007 (Featured product)
2006 Census: Geographic products and Census dictionary
Three geographic products and the census dictionary (geography definitions only) are available today. The geographic products are: 2006 Boundary Files, Correspondence Files and a redesigned GeoSearch2006.
Redesigned for 2006, this interactive mapping application makes it easy to find many places in Canada, see them on a map, and get basic geographic and demographic data for those places. To find a specific place of interest, users can click and zoom in on a map of Canada or they can search by place name, street name, street intersection or postal code. GeoSearch will display the appropriate map showing boundaries and other features. As of March 13, 2007 (official release of the 2006 Census population and dwelling counts), GeoSearch2006 will automatically display population and dwelling counts for selected areas, and show what kind of geographic area it is and its relationship to other geographic areas.
February 13, 2007
Study: Time with the family, 2005
Spending more time at work and less time with the family? You're not alone, according to a new study that examines the time Canadian workers spend with family members during a typical workday. The study, published today in Canadian Social Trends, found that on average workers spent 45 minutes less with their family during workdays in 2005 than they did two decades earlier. Based on a 260-day work year, that amounts to 195 hours less, or the equivalent of about five 40-hour work weeks.
spent with family during a typical workday, 1986 to 2005
by Martin Turcotte
This study examines the time workers spend with family members during a typical workday. Using data from four different cycles of the General Social Survey on time use, it documents the evolution of the average time spent with family between 1986 and 2005. In particular, it accounts for factors that can contribute to an understanding of these changes.
PDF version (105K, 10 pages)
to Canadian Social trends Articles by Subject
Links to earlier issues of Canadian Social Trends
February 12, 2007
Purchasing power parities, 1992 to 2005
Understanding relative price differences is important for cross-country comparisons of productivity, economic performance and living standards. Purchasing power parities are useful in this context as they provide estimates of relative purchasing power between two or more economies. In Canada's case, such comparisons are most important with the United States. This report, "Purchasing power parities and real expenditures, United States and Canada, 1992 to 2005," updates the Canada/US bilateral study published in 2002. It provides the latest estimates of purchasing power parities, associated real expenditures and other related estimates for the United States relative to Canada for the period from 1992 to 2005.
Power Parities and Real Expenditures,
United States and Canada, 1992 to 2005 (PDF file - 248K, 40 pages)
by James Temple
- Go to the Federal
Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs)
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/work_life_balance.htm
Monetary Fund Praises Economic Plan of Canada’s New Government - February 13
International Monetary Fund Praises Economic Plan of
Canada’s New Government
February 13, 2007
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today welcomed the release of an annual International Monetary Fund (IMF) report, which praises Canada’s strong economic performance, forecasts continued growth and welcomes Advantage Canada, the long-term economic plan of Canada’s New Government.
Advantage Canada - Building a Stronger Economy for Canadians
Department of Finance Canada
2007Article IV Consultation - Staff Report;
and Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion (PDF file - 1.1MB, 34 pages)
February 13, 2007
Executive Board Concludes 2007
Article IV Consultation with Canada
Public Information Notice No. 07/18
February 13, 2007
On January 12, 2007, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Canada.
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
8. International Women's Day - March 8
- 256 websites currently linking to the IWD 2007 site
- 160 IWD 2007 events currently listed from 16 different countries ...
Women's Day 2007:
Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality
- to read more about the International Women's Day, scroll to the bottom of the IWD 2007 page --- there you'll find links to: History of International Women's Day * "Engendering the Global Agenda: The Story of Women and the United Nations" * UN Cyberschool Bus page about International Women's Day
Women's Day - from Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia
International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on 8 March every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women
From Status of Women Canada:
Ending Violence Against Women: Action for Real Results
March 8, 2007
2007 marks the 30th anniversary of International Women's Day. Established in 1977 by the United Nations, this important day provides an opportunity to celebrate the progress made to advance women's rights and to assess the challenges that remain. International Women's Day (IWD) encourages us to consider steps to bring about equality for women and girls in all their diversity and to celebrate the collective power of women past, present and future.This year, Canadians will celebrate International Women's Week (IWW) from Sunday, March 4, to Saturday, March 10, with the highlight being International Women's Day on March 8. We encourage you to promote IWD/IWW by sharing this promotional notice with others, or even better, by organizing an activity in your own community or organization.
- incl. links to: Theme * News Releases and Statements * Products Available
- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about
Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm
- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm
9. What's New
from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - February 16
What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
The Childcare Resource and Research
Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.
The content below is a selection of the collection of items included each Friday.
(I've omitted a few CRRU links to avoid duplication with links that I've already included elsewhere on my site.)
For information on the CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing, see http://www.childcarecanada.org
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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RECENT POSTINGS AVAILABLE ON THE
CHILDCARE RESOURCE AND RESEARCH UNIT'S WEBSITE
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Building a policy framework for
middle childhood : Considerations
Presentation from Canadian Policy Research Networks “takes a look at existing policies in Europe and Quebec and suggests areas where policies could be implemented.”
Benefits and costs of high
quality child care : Review of the literature
Report from the YWCA of Vancouver reviews the methodology and findings of existing benefit-cost analyses and related studies of high quality childcare programs.
UK is accused of failing children
BBC News, 14 Feb 07
Cullen slams the Conservative’s
The Northern View, 14 Feb 07
Child care demonstration attracts
Victoria Times- Colonist, 14 Feb 07
WV's day-care limits stay the
same: Council nixes move to limit new day cares to eight kids [CA-BC]
North Shore News, 14 Feb 07
Childcare figures like Playdough
Daily Telegraph (Australia), 12 Feb 07
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
Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning
and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.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
11. What's New from the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
MYTHS AND REALITIES ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE
February 14, 2007
by Aviva Aron-Dine
Public discussion of issues surrounding the AMT suffers from several misconceptions, which seem to be widespread among policymakers and others.
The Alternative Minimum Tax was created in 1969 to ensure that the highest-income households could not exploit loopholes, exclusions, and deductions to avoid paying any federal income tax. The AMT acts as a stop-gap tax system, with taxpayers owing their regular income tax or AMT liability, whichever is higher. Because the AMT parameters were never indexed for inflation, and because the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts substantially lowered taxpayers’ liability under the regular income tax without changing the structure of the AMT, the tax will affect a rapidly increasing number of taxpayers in future years in the unlikely event that no changes are made.
This piece examines 1) who pays the AMT, 2) the causes of the AMT problem, and 3) options for AMT reform.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Also from CBPP:
Cuts : Myths and Realities
Revised February 13, 2007
Since 2001, the Administration and Congress have enacted a wide array of tax cuts, including reductions in individual income tax rates, repeal of the estate tax, and reductions in capital gains and dividend taxes. Nearly all of these tax cuts are scheduled to expire by the end of 2010. Making them permanent would cost about $3.5 trillion over the next decade (when the cost of additional interest on the federal debt is included). Because important decisions about these tax policies must be made in the next few years, it is essential to understand their effects on deficits, the economy, and the distribution of income. Supporters of the tax cuts have sometimes sought to bolster their case by understating the tax cuts’ costs, overstating their economic effects, or minimizing their regressivity. Here, we address some of the myths heard most frequently in recent tax-cut debates.
the TANF changes in the Deficit Reduction Act:
“win-win” solutions for families and states
February 9, 2007
In the coming months, states will face key choices as they decide the next direction for their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs. After a lengthy and contentious reauthorization process, Congress enacted changes to TANF in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) that substantially increase the proportion of assistance recipients who must participate in work activities for a specified number of hours each week. In June 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new regulations that implement these changes and significantly limit states’ flexibility in assigning recipients to work activities. The new requirements will be challenging for most states to meet and likely will require increased investments in welfare-to-work programs and work supports. (...) This guidebook, intended for state policymakers, human service agency staff, policy analysts, and others, discusses strategies that can help states as they consider their policy options for this next phase of welfare reform.
report (PDF file - 665K, 129 pages)
Executive summary (PDF file - 156K, 6 pages)
Table of contents - download the individual chapters and appendix by clicking on the links appearing in the right-hand margin of the page:
--- Chapter 1: Changes to TANF Requirements Under the Deficit Reduction Act
--- Chapter 2: Improving Welfare-To-Work Programs and Increasing Engagement
--- Chapter 3: Income Supplements for Working Families
--- Chapter 4: Making TANF Work for Individuals with Disabilities
--- Chapter 5: Examining TANF Spending Priorities
--- Appendix: Additional Resources on Work Support Programs
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
|12. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (Washington, Paris)|
Group to Assist the Poor
With offices in Paris and Washington, DC, The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is a consortium of 33 public and private development agencies working together to expand access to a variety of financial services for the poor in the developing world. The agencies involved with this project include The World Bank, the European Commission, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For those who are less well versed in the world of microfinance, the “About Microfinance” section is a great place to begin, as is its counterpart, “Key Principles of Microfinance”. Included in the other sections (such as “Financial Transparency” and “Poverty Outreach”) are well-written briefs and reports that explain a wide range of related matters, including their poverty assessment tools, microfinance regulation, and documents on how to train people in the nuances of microfinance lending. Rounding out the site is a link where visitors can offer feedback or also just ask questions.
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.
- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
Social Research Bulletin - February 2007
(Government of the United Kingdom)
Government Social Research Bulletin (U.K)
Today we publish the latest Government Social
Research Bulletin at
You will find a host of additions to GSRweb in the
month up to 13 February, including the latest GSR news, updates on
Continuing professional development, Forthcoming research, Research
plus a Website of the month feature.
As well as news of new research publications from
* Home Office publish research on Risk, protective factors and resilience to drug use: identifying resilient young people and learning from their experiences.
* Department of Transport publish Attitudes to transport security after Jul 05 London bombings
...the bulletin also features other reports like:
* GSRU publish Ethics in social research: the view
of research participants
* UK Data Archive publish data from the first wave of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE)
* National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) publish British Social Attitudes 23rd report: perspectives on a changing society
News items, for all with an interest in Government
Social Research, will continue to be added to the homepage at http://www.gsr.gov.uk/
and to the Research news page at http://www.gsr.gov.uk/new_research/index.asp
- Go to the Government Social Research Links
in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm
14. Child Poverty in
Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries - February 14
What's New from the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre:
Poverty in Perspective :
An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries (PDF file - 64K, 2 pages)
14 February 2007
"The six dimensions taken to measure the well- being of children – material well-being, health and safety, education, peer and family relationships, behaviours and risks, and young people’s own subjective sense of well-being – offer a picture of the lives of children, and no single dimension can stand as a reliable proxy for child well-being as a whole. The landmark report shows that among all of the 21 OECD countries there are improvements to be made and that no single OECD country leads in all six of the areas."
poverty in perspective: An overview of child well-being in rich
A comprehensive assessment of the lives and well-being of children and adolescents
in the economically advanced nations (PDF file - 1.5MB, 52 pages)
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre Report Card 7
Child Well-Being in OECD Countries: Concepts and Methods
(PDF files - 778K, 117 pages)
Jonathan Bradshaw, Petra Hoelscher and Dominic Richardson
Innocenti Working Paper
Report Card 7
- includes links to the above release and report in French, Italian and Spanish, along with key findings and background papers
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) works to strengthen the capacity of UNICEF and its cooperating institutions to respond to the evolving needs of children and to develop a new global ethic for children. It promotes the effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in both developing and industrialized countries, thereby reaffirming the universality of children’s rights and of UNICEF’s mandate. [ About IRC ]
Another recent release from IRC:
Report Card no. 6
Child poverty rising in OECD countries
ranked 12th out of 21 rich nations for child welfare
February 14, 2007
A new United Nations study suggests Canada lags behind other industrialized nations when it comes to child welfare.
Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Development in Rich Countries, the seventh report from UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre, ranks Canada 12th overall for child well-being among 21 developed countries.
- Go to the International Children, Families
and Youth Links page:
- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm
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Quotes from the The American Taliban
- memorable quotes from Ann Coulter, Jerry Falwell, Laura Schlessinger and other American conservative bible-thumpin' quotables.
A Rose is a Rose
is a Rose
(Just a bit late for Valentine's Day, but keep this in a safe spot for next year!)
Although red is the most common color of rose given, there
are many colors with their own special meanings. The most common are:
A PINK ROSE says "I like you."
A WHITE ROSE says "Let's be friends."
Some of the lesser-known colors are:
A YELLOW ROSE says "I'm from Texas. Wanna go roll in some hay?"
An ORANGE ROSE says "I would be honored if you'd accompany me to the annual Halloween dance and dinner at the local VFW."
A PLAID ROSE says "Let's spend a romantic evening in my basement eating Cheez Doodles and playing "Toss Across."
A MAUVE ROSE means "I want to redecorate your apartment."
A CLEAR ROSE says "Meet me by the concession stand at the NIN concert in a half an hour my little railroad spike of love."
A FLUORESCENT GREEN ROSE means "I'm so glad Cyndi Lauper has a comeback album!"
A FLASHING YELLOW ROSE means "Proceed with caution."
A GOLD ROSE says "I just made my fortune advertising O.J. t-shirts behind Robert Shapiro on CNBC. Wanna go out for chili-dogs?"
A BLACK ROSE says "I'm sorry. I accidentally ran over your dog as it was lying asleep in your driveway. I sincerely hope this has no effect on our relationship as I would, in all likelihood never find another woman to date as long as I live. Due to my little acne problem. And the warts. Oh, who am I kidding? You couldn't possibly be attracted to a guy like me. It's the money, isn't it? Well, you can have all eleven million. I'll just be lying on the sidewalk in front of my
12-story apartment building until the fine officers come and scrape my lifeless sack of bones from the bloodied pavement. Burn in hell!"
A PURPLE ROSE says "I like you a great deal, but my son is the heir to the throne and my mother, the Queen, probably thinks you're a skank. Not that we can't meet in this hotel room once a week.