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March 18, 2007

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a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1.  A Decent Living For All : An Open letter to Prime Minister Harper and Premier McGuinty (Toronto Summit 2007) - March 16
2. Timely lessons on child poverty (Comment on OECD child poverty study) by Carol Goar of The Toronto Star - March 16
3.
Federal and Ontario Budge alerts : March 19 for the feds, March 22 for Ontario
4. Alternative Federal Budget (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - March 15
5. Good News Budget? (federal) Toronto Star - March 17
6. Will federal budget deliver new housing program? (The Wellesley Institute Blog) - March 16, 2007
7. Ontario Alternative Budget 2007 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
8.
Tories abandon child-care plan (The Ottawa Citizen) - March 15
9. Government of New Brunswick Budget 2007-2008 and Capital Estimates - March 13
10. Jobs & Justice : Strategies and Solutions for Economic Security Conference (Economic Security Project) - Vancouver, March 29-31
11.Whither the Social Welfare Policy Conference? (Canadian Council on Social Development)
12. Quebec General Elections - March 26, 2007
13. Saskatchewan Welfare Department name changed - April 2006
14.Service Canada's regional information portal - partial information is better than no information?
15. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - March 15

International Content

16. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
17.
The U.S. Senate's Budget Plan (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - March 16
18. Kids’ Share 2007: How Children Fare in the Federal Budget (The Urban Institute) - March 15
19. Government Social Research Bulletin : March 2007 (U.K. Government Social Research)

Have a great week!
Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. A Decent Living For All : An Open letter to Prime Minister Harper and Premier McGuinty - March 16
(Toronto Summit 2007)

A Decent Living For All:
An Open letter to Prime Minister Harper and Premier McGuinty

March 16, 2007
"On February 26-27, over 600 leaders from across the Toronto Region met at the Toronto Summit 2007 to discuss key challenges facing our city, province, and country. One of the major topics at the Summit was the need for urgent action to address poverty. Specifically, leaders discussed the report of the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults – an unprecedented coalition of leaders from business, community agencies, labour unions, the public sector, and leading social policy institutions. The Task Force’s May 2006 report, Time for a Fair Deal, delivered a roadmap for modernizing income security in Canada. We are writing you today to urge your governments to follow that roadmap and take action to assist low-income working-age adults in lifting themselves and their families out of poverty."
[This open letter appeared in The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail on March 16]
HTML version
PDF version
(1.6MB, 10 pages)
NOTE: the PDF version of this file is very large because it contains the electronic signatures of MISWAA Task Force and Working Group members. Unless you're a graphologist, the HTML version of the letter gives you all the information you need, and it's a much shorter download...

Source:
Toronto City Summit Alliance
"The Toronto City Summit Alliance is a coalition of civic leaders in the Toronto region. The Alliance was formed to address challenges to the future of Toronto such as expanding knowledge-based industry, poor economic integration of immigrants, decaying infrastructure, and affordable housing."

Related links:

Toronto Summit 2007: Making Big Things Happen
- incl. links to 10 summit backgrounders on a number of topics such as transit and transportation infrastructure, waterfront revitalization, diversity, strong neighbourhoods and more.
The two backgrounders that I chose to highlight from the collection deal with incomes and housing:
* A Decent Living For All (PDF file - 78K, 4 pages)
* Affordable and Adequate Housing for All (PDF file - 92K, 4 pages)
[Go to the Toronto Summit 2007 page for links to the other backgrounders.]

St. Christopher House
St. Chris has 92 years of experience working with diverse individuals, families and groups. We provide support to people of all ages, including immigrants and people who are lower-income. We are not a religious organization in any way. St. Christopher House is strongly committed to community development in all aspects of our work.

Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults ("MISWAA")
MISWAA was formed in the fall of 2004 by the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a broad-based coalition of civic leaders in the Toronto region, and by St. Christopher House, a multi-service neighbourhood centre that works with low-income people in Toronto. The Task Force is a diverse group made-up of over fifty experts and leaders from major employers, policy institutes, labour unions, academia, community organizations, advocacy groups, foundations and governments, as well as individuals with first-hand knowledge of income security programs.

- incl. links to : In the News · Press Releases · Task Force and Working Group Members · Contact Us · Papers · Frequently Asked Questions

Time for a Fair Deal: Report of the Task Force on
Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults
(PDF file - 282K, 67 pages)
May 2006

War on Poverty - from The Toronto Star
- series of articles and editorials about the plight of Canada's needy and possible reforms to the social programs that assist them.

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

2. Timely lessons on child poverty (Comment on OECD child poverty study) - March 16
(Carol Goar - The Toronto Star)

Timely lessons on child poverty
March 16, 2007
Carol Goar
The last time the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development made headlines in Canada, it won few friends. The Paris-based institute wanted to move from free trade to borderless private investment. Its crusade ran aground in 1998, to widespread public relief. This time, the agency has the potential to play a more positive role in Canadian affairs. It has just released an exhaustive study of child poverty, comparing the policies and performances of 28 Western countries. The analysis contains important lessons for Canada. The goal of its authors – one Australian, the other Dutch – was to find out which works better to reduce child poverty: employment incentives or strong social safety nets.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Related link:

What Works Best in Reducing Child Poverty:
A Benefit or Work Strategy?
(PDF file - 450K, 54 pages)
March 5, 2007
By Peter Whiteford and Willem Adema
Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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

3. Federal and Ontario Budget alerts:
March 19 for the feds, March 22 for Ontario

The 2007 Federal Budget will be available Monday, March 19th at approximately 4:00 p.m. (DST)
Source: Department of Finance Canada
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The 2007 Ontario Budget will be available Thursday, March 22 at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance

4. Alternative Federal Budget - March 15
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

What's New from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Federal surplus evaporating: Think-tank
Harper plan at odds with Canadian priorities

Press Release - Alternative Federal Budget
March 15, 2007
OTTAWA — The Harper government is on the brink of exhausting its fiscal surplus on a pre-election spending plan that is at odds with what Canadians want, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.The Centre released a national Environics poll today showing that any government that takes concrete action to reduce Canada’s growing income gap would enjoy support from the majority of Canadians.

* Alternative Federal Budget 2007: Strength in Numbers - PDF File, 855 Kb
* Alternative Federal Budget 2007: Poverty Primer: A Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Inequality in Canada - PDF File, 119 Kb
* What Can Governments Do About Canada's Growing Gap? Canadian Attitudes Towards Income Inequality - PDF File, 1065 Kb
* Alternative Federal Budget 2007: Budget in Brief - PDF File, 159 Kb

Related links:

March 15, 2007
National Chief welcomes today’s 2007 Alternate Federal Budget’s
commitment to close the First Nations poverty gap with rest of Canada
"(...)The 2007 Alternate Federal Budget, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, allocates a total of $6.1 billion in spending for First Nations over the next three years. 'This represents an ideal budgetary response to the needs of First Nations. It meets the requirements of First Nations after years of failed promises and commitments that have not been met. It is also consistent with what was promised in the 2005 Kelowna Accord,' said National Chief Phil Fontaine."
Source:
Assembly of First Nations

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

5. Good News Budget? (federal) - March 17
(Toronto Star)

Good news budget?
March 17, 2007
Helen Henderson
There could be some good news in Monday's federal budget for people with disabilities and their families. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is expected to announce a registered disability savings plan that would help parents set aside money to provide a future for their children. Last year, Flaherty set up a panel of experts to look into the matter. If he follows their recommendations, the plan would work very much like a registered education savings plan and be available to people who qualify for the current disability tax credit.
Source:
The Toronto Star

- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

6. Will federal budget deliver new housing program? - March 16, 2007
(The Wellesley Institute Blog)

Will federal budget deliver new housing program?
Michael Shapcott
March 16, 2007
The Harper government will deliver its second federal budget on Monday, March 19, 2007. Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, and the federal government continues to run multi-billion dollar surpluses (largely because of huge spending cuts - including housing spending - in the 1980s and 1990s). The Wellesley Institute’s 2007 federal pre-budget housing backgrounder (PDF file - 60K, 2 pages) looks at some key issues.
Source:
The Wellesley Institute Blog

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

7. Ontario Alternative Budget 2007
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Ontario Alternative Budget gives Liberals a failing grade, sets out plan to rebuild public services
Press Release
March 5, 2007
TORONTO—Four years after the McGuinty Liberals have been in office, Ontario is still living under the shadow of the Mike Harris/Ernie Eves government, says the 2007 Ontario Alternative Budget (OAB).

Ontario Alternative Budget 2007: No Time to Lose – An Action Blueprint for Ontario (PDF File, 2.1MB, 64 pages)
March 2007
The McGuinty Liberals were elected in 2003 on the strength of Ontarians’ hopes that their new government would lift the dark cloud over public services left behind by the Harris-Eves Conservative era. There was great promise this new government would restore Ontario to a position of leadership on the key issues of the day. Measured against those expectations, the McGuinty government has, quite simply, been a disappointment.

Ontario Alternative Budget 2007: Budget in Brief (PDF file - 166K, 10 pages)
March 2007

Fourteen cents a day won't build many homes (PDF file - 150K, 6 pages)
Ontario Alternative Budget Technical Paper #2
February 2007
The Ontario government spends about 14 cents per person per day on affordable housing — less than half the amount spent in 2000 — even though the province’s population and its housing needs continue to grow significantly.

A spinner of tales: Ontario’s Minister of Finance
prepares for his (re-)election budget
(PDF file - 111K, 8 pages)
Ontario Alternative Budget Technical Paper #1
November 15, 2006
In evaluating Ontario’s budget balance forecasts for 2006–07 and beyond, it is important to take note of two key facts. First, the government has adopted a practice of underestimating revenue and overestimating expenditures in its budget forecasts. (...) This has enabled the government to claim extraordinary progress towards its goal of eliminating the deficit that it inherited in 2003-04. Second, Finance Minister Gregory Sorbara is also the chair of the Liberals’ re-election campaign.
Press Release:
Ontario’s finances in better shape than Liberals let on, says Ontario Alternative Budget
November 15, 2006

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm

8. Tories abandon child-care plan - March 15
(The Ottawa Citizen)

Tories abandon child-care plan
Program to provide business incentives to create spaces dumped; provinces will get cash instead
Norma Greenaway
March 15, 2007
The minority Conservative government has dropped its much-maligned plan to rely heavily on businesses to create 125,000 new child-care spaces over five years. It has decided instead to channel directly to provincial and territorial governments the $250 million a year it had earmarked for tax incentives and grants to businesses and other private organizations.

Source:
The Ottawa Citizen

Related link:

Child Care Spaces Initiative
- part of Canada's Universal Child Care Plan - "Choice. Support. Spaces."

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm

9. Government of New Brunswick Budget 2007-2008
and Capital Estimates
- March 13

Budget 2007-2008 and Capital Estimates
March 13, 2007
The 2007-2008 Budget was tabled in the New Brunswick Legislature by Victor Boudreau Minister of Finance on March 13, 2007.
- incl. links to:
* Budget Speech * News release * Fact Sheets * The New Brunswick Economy * Main Estimates * 2007-2008 Pre-Budget Consultation Document
Source:
New Brunswick Department of Finance

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the New Brunswick Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

10. Jobs & Justice : Strategies and Solutions for Economic Security Conference (Vancouver, March 29-31)
(Economic Security Project)

Jobs & Justice
Strategies and Solutions for Economic Security Confrerence

March 29-31, 2007
Vancouver, British Columbia
A labour-community-academic gathering to look at the current state of work and employment in BC, Canada and internationally. Workshops will focus on policy solutions, successful mobilizations, innovative organizing strategies and international experiences.

Detailed Conference Program

In addition to a free public forum featuring Guy Standing, formerly with the International Labour Organization, and Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour, the program includes the following speakers, to name but a few:
*
Rodney Bickerstaffe (National Pensioners Convention, UK)
* Kent Wong (Center for Labor Research and Education, University of California in Los Angeles)
* Roy Adams (McMaster University)
* Jinny Sims (BC Teachers’ Federation)
* Angus McAllister (McAllister Opinion Research)
* Carla Lipsig-Mumme (Monash University)
* Junaid S. Ahmad (National Interfaith Committee on Worker Justice)
* Elaine Bernard (Labor and Worklife, Harvard Law School)
* Marjorie Griffin Cohen (Simon Fraser University)

Hosted by the
The Economic Security Project
(a research alliance led by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Simon Fraser University).

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

11. Whither the Social Welfare Policy Conference?
(
Canadian Council on Social Development)

From the Canadian Council on Social Development:

The Social Welfare Policy Conference (A biennial event)
Normally at this time of year, people have already booked their travel to the Social Welfare Policy Conference, and the list of sessions and speakers is pretty much set.
I've attended all but one of the conferences since the series started back in 1982, and I find it a very special event, because of the mix of government people, NGO front-liners and academics.
So why haven't we heard any details about where or when this special event will take place?

The latest word from the CCSD:
"As you might imagine, the transitions within the federal government and bureaucracy slowed down much of the work around applications to support consultations and conferences. Certainly this event is one of those. And although the funding remains in limbo at this time we are firmly committed to the importance of this conference as part of the social development work that is going on in Canada. We have not been able to commit to a date without some funding. We are working with the University of Manitoba on this, and have some great ideas for a conference in the inner city. We promise to keep you posted."

Other upcoming conferences of interest to the social policy community
New feature on the website of the Canadian Council on Social Development! There are currently seven conferences listed for the period from March to June.
If you'd like to have your social policy conference listed, send details (conference title, dates, location, host, website address) to the CCSD using the email address provided

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

12. Quebec General Elections - March 26, 2007

Quebec General Elections - March 26, 2007
- includes links to : Electors - Parties and Candidates - Election Schedule - Info on Electoral Divisions - Documentation and history - Forms and manuals - Latest election news - voting info by postal code - much more...
Source:
Directeur Général des élections (Chief Electoral Officer - English home page)

Élections générales - le 26 mars 2007
- liens vers les infos suivantes : Électeurs - Partis et candidats - Agenda électoral - infos sur les circonscriptions - Documentation et historique - Formulaires et manuels - infos sur les scrutins par code postal - beaucoup plus...
Source:
Directeur général des élections du Québec

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"quebec elections, 2007"
Web search results page
News search results page
Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm
- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

13. Saskatchewan Welfare Department name changed - April 2006

Saskatchewan
After a Saskatchewan government reorganization in April 2006, a number of departments' mandates were changed, including the department responsible for welfare. The old Department of Social Services had changed its name to Community Resources and Employment back in 2003, and the 2006 shuffle saw the "Employment" segment (including the
Provincial Training Allowance) moved over to Advanced Education and Employment.
Saskatchewan Community Resources is the name of the Department responsible for welfare in Saskatchewan.

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

14. Service Canada's regional information portal - partial information is better than no information?

Service Canada Regional Information portal --- 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."
What it *doesn't* say on the portal page is that the services are ONLY those of the federal government.
Someone who is looking for information on provincial and territorial welfare programs
must click the Financial Benefits link on the Service Canada portal, because that's the link that includes both federal AND provincial/territorial programs. It would be a lot easier to search for info on the Service Canada website if they told folks up front that Service Canada? "will help you find FEDERAL services close to your home", dontcha think??

Back to welfare info: Once you're on the Financial Benefits page, 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 links to needs-tested welfare program(s) in the selected jurisdiction.

OR you can find wayyyy more welfare information by using the Canadian Social Research Links Key Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm

15. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - March 15
(University of Toronto)

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 consists of excerpts from this past Friday's issue of CRRU Recent Postings.

For information on the CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing, see http://www.childcarecanada.org

15-Mar-07

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What's New
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ALTERNATIVE FEDERAL BUDGET 2007: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Alternative budget from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives recommends the federal government dedicate $2 billion to ELCC in 2007.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97941

ONTARIO ALTERNATIVE BUDGET: NO TIME TO LOSE – AN ACTION BLUEPRINT FOR ONTARIO
Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls on the Ontario government to renew the promise of Best Start by increasing provincial funding of ELCC.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97939

GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN PEOPLE WHO SERVE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Government of Alberta announces $13.5 million annually for recruiting and retaining staff to work in day care centres and family day homes, agencies contracted by Children's Services and women's shelters.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97937

STARTING SCHOOL: THE EFFECT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD FACTORS ON CHILD WELL-BEING
Working paper from the Danish National Institute of Social Research examines the relationship between maternal employment, family structure and family life, and future child well-being.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97938

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Child Care in the News
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Tories reverse course on child care [CA]
Macleans, 15 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97935

Tories expected to flip-flop on child care spaces [CA]
Ottawa Citizen, 15 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97934

It's not too late to keep child care promise [CA-ON]
Toronto Star, 14 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97931

Economics feed baby boom: Albertans having more children but face dearth of day-care facilities [CA-AB]
Edmonton Journal, 14 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97932

Politicians rallying for childcare funding [CA-BC]
Vancouver Island News Group, 13 Mar 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=97933

Related Links:

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

16. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty 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.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.

Poverty 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.

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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

17. The U.S. Senate's Budget Plan - March 16
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

What's New from the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP):

Policy Points:
ADDRESSING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE NEW SENATE BUDGET PLAN
March 16, 2007
The new Senate budget resolution is a bigger break with recent congressional budget practices — and a larger step in the direction of fiscal responsibility — than some initial media reports suggest.
http://www.cbpp.org/policy-points3-16-07.htm
http://www.cbpp.org/policy-points3-16-07.pdf
- 2pp

THE SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE'S BUDGET PLAN: A Brief Analysis
By James Horney
This analysis examines various aspects of the budget plan including:
* the adherence to Pay-As-You-Go rules,
* provisions for funding discretionary and entitlement programs,
* revenue assumptions, and
* effects on the deficit.
http://www.cbpp.org/3-16-07bud.htm
http://www.cbpp.org/3-16-07bud.pdf
- 5pp

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

18. Kids’ Share 2007: How Children Fare in the Federal Budget - March 15
(The Urban Institute)

Federal Resources for Children Challenged
by Automatic Growth in Adult Entitlement Programs

News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2007 -- Caught between ever-rising expenditures on adult health care and retirement programs and their own programs that often lack automatic growth, children will see their shares of federal domestic spending and the gross national product decline by double digits over the next decade, according to a report released today by the nonpartisan Urban Institute.

Kids’ Share 2007: How Children Fare in the Federal Budget
- trends in federal spending on children from 1960 to 2017, looking across over 100 major federal programs, including tax credits and exemptions.

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

19. Government Social Research Bulletin : March 2007
(U.K. Government Social Research)

Government Social Research Bulletin: March 2007
The links below are just a sample of the content of the latest issue of this monthly research bulletin.

* Community engagement: practical lessons from a pilot project (Development and Practice Report 48 ) (PDF)

* The abuse of research - article in The Guardian 13 February 2007, says that the funding and political agendas of think tanks mean their reports need to be treated with care and that the politicisation of research can lead to serious distortions in debates on policy issues.

* Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science 9-18 March 2007 - the festival will celebrate some of the very best British social science research, highlighting the ways in which it makes a difference to our lives.

* National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) publish Community cohesion for children, young people and their families - highlights research, best practice, current initiatives and identifies gaps in knowledge. Based on systematic searches of 61 websites, at least 120 website areas, 8 databases, plus requests for information via networks. In total 175 documents, press notices and other pieces of information were consulted.

* Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) launch Britain Today: the state of the nation - showcases the diversity of ESRC-funded research around the state of the nation in 2007. It offers a concise analysis of research and topical issues concerning Britain today.Contents include: What makes a good childhood?; Can parents ensure their children enjoy growing up?; Unequal employment: is disadvantage caused by discrimination?; Britons' changing identities: changing social attitudes in Britain; Learning to live: how best to teach essential life skills to the 14-19 age group.

Mathematica publish semimonthly update - Contents include: Making health care a reality for low-Income kids and families; New citizenship requirements cause confusion for children's health programs; Early Childhood experts presenting at SRCD in March.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) publish Gender Equality Network Newsletter (PDF) - Contents include: Why are policies that would give fathers a real choice to do unpaid care-work largely overlooked in the UK?; Does men's contribution to domestic labour act as a buffer against divorce?; Should work-life policies focus more specifically on reducing stress and pressure at work?

Website of the Month:
NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks - "provides a systematic introduction to the world's most prominent and innovative public policy research institutes, better known as think tanks.
- incl. basic organizational information on approximately 500 institutions from 100 countries.

For all with an interest in Government Social Research, News items 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

Bulletin Archive - back to 2002

Source:
U.K. Government Social Research
[ HM Treasury website ]

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



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Bad English Translations on International Signs


In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: TEETH EXTRACTED BY THE LATEST METHODISTS.

A translated sentence from a Russian chess book: A LOT OF WATER HAS BEEN PASSED UNDER THE BRIDGE SINCE THIS VARIATION HAS BEEN PLAYED.

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency: TAKE ONE OF OUR HORSE-DRIVEN CITY TOURS - WE GUARANTEE NO MISCARRIAGES.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand: WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?

On the faucet in a Finnish washroom: TO STOP THE DRIP, TURN COCK TO RIGHT.

In the window of a Swedish furrier: FUR COATS MADE FOR LADIES FROM THEIR OWN SKIN.

On the box of a clockwork toy made in Hong Kong: GUARANTEED TO WORK THROUGHOUT ITS USEFUL LIFE.

Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan: STOP: DRIVE SIDEWAYS.

In a Swiss mountain inn: SPECIAL TODAY - NO ICE CREAM.

In a Bangkok temple: IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN EVEN A FOREIGNER IF DRESSED AS A MAN.

In a Tokyo bar: SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office: WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room: IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE USSR, YOU ARE WELCOME TO IT.

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.

At a Budapest zoo: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY.

In the office of a Romanian doctor: SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.

In an Acapulco hotel: THE MANAGER HAS PERSONALLY PASSED ALL THE WATER SERVED HERE.

In a Tokyo shop: OUR NYLONS COST MORE THAN COMMON, BUT YOU'LL FIND THEY ARE BEST IN THE LONG RUN.

From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner: COOLES AND HEATES: IF YOU WANT JUST CONDITION OF WARM IN YOUR ROOM, PLEASE CONTROL YOURSELF.

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo: WHEN PASSENGER OF FOOT HEAVE IN SIGHT, TOOTLE THE HORN. TRUMPET HIM MELODIOUSLY AT FIRST, BUT IF HE STILL OBSTACLES YOUR PASSAGE THEN TOOTLE HIM WITH VIGOR.

Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance: ENGLISH WELL TALKING. HERE SPEECHING AMERICAN.

Outside a Paris dress shop: DRESSES FOR STREET WALKING.

Source:
Found somewhere online...