Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 18, 2012

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.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,536 subscribers.

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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...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Update on the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario - March 15
2. Alternative Federal Budget 2012 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - March 15
3. One hundred things not to do if you hate taxes (National Union of Public and General Employees) - March 15
4. Harper's Democratic Deficit (National Union of Public and General Employees) - March 2012
5. B.C. looks to send welfare recipients north for job training (Kamloops Daily News) - March 13
6. [City of Toronto] SPAR (Social Policy Analysis & Research) Social Research Bulletin - March 14
7. Legal Help for British Columbians (Clicklaw) - March 2012
8. Nunavut 2012-13 Budget - February 22
9.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer - March 2012 issue
- March 16
--- Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2010/2011 - March 14
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Third quarter 2011
- March 13

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. Inequality: The role of unions and race (Richard Florida in The Atlantic) - March 8
13. U.N. Update
--- International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
--- Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Update on the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario - March 15

Update on the
Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario:
March 15, 2012

On February 3, 2012, Commissioners Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh released Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform and announced the start of the second phase of the Commission's engagement process. Discussion Paper 2 seeks feedback about the different approaches to improving social assistance that are being considered based on what was heard and learned through the consultation and research.

The deadline for input was Friday, March 16, 2012.

In the yellow box below, you'll find links to Discussion Paper #2 and a summary of the feedback on the first discussion paper.
Below the yellow box, you'll find a selection of responses to Discussion Paper #2, from:
* the Income Security Advocacy Centre
* the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
* Poverty Free Ontario

NOTE: Skip down past the yellow box below for an in-depth
analysis of Discussion Paper #2 by the Income Security Advocacy Centre


The Commission's progress report:

Approaches for Reform
Discussion Paper 2

February 2012

PDF version (1.2MB, 77 pages)
http://goo.gl/RyvnX

Word version (445K, 77 pages)
http://goo.gl/iMydq

(...) This paper advances the dialogue with Ontarians that we began in our first discussion paper:
Issues and Ideas[ http://goo.gl/wa1qx - 478K, 50 pages]
...in June 2011, and continued over the summer and fall through community visits and other opportunities to engage with people and organizations with diverse perspectives on social assistance. (...) Our purpose in this paper is to discuss different approaches to improving some of the key areas of the social assistance system. This paper provides opportunities for further discussion, as opposed to final recommendations. (...)

NOTE : The deadline for input was Friday, March 16, 2012.

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Feedback in response to the first discussion paper
The Commission has summarized the feedback received in response to the first (June 2011) discussion paper in What We Heard: A Summary of Discussions on Social Assistance. We encourage you to read the summary below as a companion to the second discussion paper.

What We Heard: A Summary of Discussions on Social Assistance
February 2012

PDF version (696K, 44 pages)
http://goo.gl/uwKUU

Word version (1.1MB, 44 pages)
http://goo.gl/p5XaZ

Source:
Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/

Commission d'examen du système d'aide sociale de l'Ontario
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/accueil

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Responses to Discussion Paper 2

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From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

ISAC Responses to the Commission’s Second Discussion Paper
http://goo.gl/K9hH5
March 12, 2012
Since the release of the Commission’s second discussion paper, ISAC has been reviewing the paper in detail to both provide information on what the paper says [ http://sareview.ca/isac-resources/options-paper-webinar/ ] and to craft the best response possible by the Commission’s March 16 feedback deadline.

ISAC staff have been working with partners in the community legal clinic system and community partners with concerns around the impact of social assistance on people with disabilities, women, members of racialized communities, and newcomers. Below, you'll find links to short papers on a number of issues related to the review. ISAC will post links to the issues below as soon as they are completed.

Each of the links below will take you to a 2-3-pager in Word format.

March 13, 2012

* Introduction and Overview
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/0-Introduction-and-overview.doc

* An Equity Approach to Employment Supports
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/1-Employment-Supports.doc

* Redefining Income Tradeoffs
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Redefining-Tradeoffs.doc

* Simplification and Adequacy
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2-Simplification-and-Adequacy.doc

* Audits and Rule Changes
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/3-Audits-and-Rule-Changes.doc

* Assets

* Program Delivery

* Interactions with Other Programs
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Interactions-With-Other-Programs.doc

* Program for People with Disabilities
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Proposed-transformation-of-ODSP.doc

NOTE : The list above was current as at 7:00am on March 18.
Click here [ http://goo.gl/K9hH5 ] to see if the two remaining texts (Assets and
Program Delivery) have been uploaded since then.

Source:
Social Assistance Review
http://sareview.ca/

[ Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]
ISAC works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.

Related link:

Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/

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From the
ODSP Action Coalition:

Positive or Punitive: What Will Reform Mean for People with Disabilities?
Response to "Approaches for Reform", the 2nd Discussion Paper of the
Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
(Word file - 123K, 25 pages)
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Positive-or-Punitive-march-15.doc
(...) What is the fundamental goal of these reforms? Is it reducing the poverty of people in Ontario? Or is it reducing the ODSP caseload and saving money for government? Our most important message is to remind you that the review of social assistance was originally part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The recommendations you make, therefore, should have lifting people out of poverty as their primary focus. The design of a new income support system for both people with disabilities and those in need for other reasons must recognize the value to our society of investing in people.

Source:
ODSP Action Coalition
http://www.odspaction.ca/

NOTE : The ODSP Action Coalition submitted two papers to the Commission during the first phase of consultation. Dignity, Adequacy, Inclusion outlines our comprehensive vision for an income and employment supports program that implements the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and An Activation Agenda for People with Disabilities focuses on key questions related to employment. Both papers are posted on the Commission's web site:
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/

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From the
Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition:

A Tale of Two Reports
http://isarc.ca/news.php?id=1000
March 12, 2012
(...) Ontario and Canada need a holistic, cross-government approach to addressing poverty and social inequality. Such a new approach would focus on poverty and inequality as both ethical and financial challenges.

Response to the Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform
Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
(PDF - 436K, 9 pages)
http://goo.gl/wnjBZ
March 8, 2012
(...) The paper acknowledges that the stigma of living on low-income is reinforced at many places in the social assistance system. It recognizes the policies that plummet people into deep poverty by depleting their assets, thereby reducing people’s financial resilience, making it hard to get back on their feet, and undermining their future financial stability. (...) At the same time, we are disappointed in the lack of a message for urgent action to our political representatives, policy makers, and the general public to immediately address the reality of deep poverty for many Ontarians living on low-income.

More from ISARC on Ontario’s Social Assistance Review
http://isarc.ca/projects.php?id=537
January 28, 2012
- includes info on the anticipated outcomes of the review, terms of reference for the Commission, the Commission’s approach, links to the Commission's reports, ISARC’s response to the first discussion paper and the Put Food in the Budget Campaign.

Source:
Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)
http://isarc.ca/
ISARC is a provincial network of faith groups working together for greater social justice. ISARC was born out of the hope that together a coalition of faith groups could contribute to new public policies based upon greater justice and dignity for Ontarians marginalised by poverty.

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From
Poverty Free Ontario:

Poverty Free Ontario Bulletin #9:
Social Assistance Review Discussion Paper 2: Missed Opportunity, Even Backsliding, as Austerity Agenda Looms
http://goo.gl/H1VXc
February 6, 2012
The Social Assistance Review Commissioners issued a low-key release of their “Options” paper on its web site late Thursday, February 2 (see the link below). Although promoted for months as an “Options Paper”, it is actually framed as Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform. While various ways to go for reform of social assistance in the long-term are presented in a technical policy terms, the paper lacks any clear, compelling overall direction to end poverty for social assistance recipients. Questions and problems raised are barely advanced from the first Discussion Paper of last fall and, on some issues such as establishing a poverty measure for adequacy in benefit levels, the Paper actually moves the process backwards. The Commissioners ask for further input on their discussion questions from the community by March 16. Their final report with recommendations is targeted for release in June 2012.

Source:
Poverty Free Ontario
http://www.povertyfreeontario.ca

Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the
Social Planning Network of Ontario
:
http://www.spno.ca/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

2. Alternative Federal Budget 2012 - March 15
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Federal Budget 2012: It’s time to address income inequality, think-tank says
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1146302
March 15, 2012
By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—The Harper government should use the March 29 budget to address growing income inequality, says an Ottawa think-tank in a pre-budget analysis being released Thursday. “Income inequality in Canada is at a 30-year high, rising at a faster pace than in the U.S.,” says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in a study entitled “A Budget for the Rest of Us.”
(...)
“The federal government is enacting deep cuts to public programs, ostensibly to reduce the deficit, while also cutting tax rates for highly profitable corporations. There’s a better way,” the CCPA says.
Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
releases Alternative Federal Budget 2012

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/ccpa-releases-alternative-federal-budget-2012
News Release
March 15, 2012
Today, the CCPA releases the Alternative Federal Budget 2012: A Budget for the Rest of Us. This year's AFB presents a public investment plan that promotes a better quality of life for all Canadians, not just an elite few.

The AFB is designed to:
* tackle poverty and income inequality by investing in public programs like education, affordable housing, public pensions, universal pharmacare, and national child care;
* get Canadians working again by creating jobs and lowering the unemployment rate;
* close tax loopholes for the wealthy, and put an end to the federal government’s failed corporate tax cut experiment;
* get serious about environmental leadership with a forward-looking green strategy;
* repair our cities and build sustainable communities with a long-term physical infrastructure program.
The full budget document, two page summary, and infographics are available in both English and French.

See also:

Think tank calls on feds to scrap spending cut plans
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/think-tank-calls-feds-scrap-spending-cut-plans
March 15, 2012

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NOTA : Ces documents sont disponibles en français à l'adresse suivante:
Alternative Budgétaire Pour le Gouvernement Fédéral 2012
Un budget pour le reste d'entre nous

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/abgf2012
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Alternative Federal Budget 2012
A Budget for the Rest of Us
(PDF - 1.6MB, 202 pages)
http://goo.gl/uQsDE
From its beginnings, the fundamental premise of Alternative Federal Budget is that budgets are about choices and choices reflect the values and priorities of those who make them. The afB starts from a set of social justice values—human dignity and freedom, fairness, equality, environmental sustainability and the public good-embraced by representatives of a broad spectrum of civil society organizations: labour, environment, anti-poverty, church, students, teachers, education and health care, cultural, social development, child development, women, disability, Aboriginal, etc
[Excerpt, p. 198]

Thirsty for Change?
AFB 2012 Infographics
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ThirstyforChange
Budgets are about choices that reflect a government's values and priorities. With a $250 billion federal budget, the Harper Government could choose to invest in programs like national child care and universal pharmacare—instead, their priorities include tax loopholes for the wealthy, subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, and military spending. Are you thirsty for change?

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

3. One hundred things not to do if you hate taxes - March 15
(National Union of Public and General Employees)

100 things not to do if you hate taxes
or, why saying taxes are not worth what we get for them is just plain stupid
(PDF - 348K, 7 pages)
http://goo.gl/SH5v6
March 2012
The so-called free market can’t and won’t take care of everything; the public sector can and must play a constructive and compassionate role in our society and economy. We’re going to keep working hard to make that truth as obvious to all Canadians as the sun rising in the east. We won’t stop until we win the battle of ideas and values when it comes to taxes. In the meantime, we offer this handy list of 100 things not to do for all those people who hate paying taxes and the public sector.
1. Do not visit your doctor’s office or local hospital.
2. Do not send your kids to public schools.
3. Do not support the Canadian Forces.
4. Do not expect the Canadian Coast Guard to save you from an emergency at sea.
5. Do not expect the government to intervene and boost the economy during a recession.
(...)
After reading this list, we hope people have a better appreciation that there is a very real connection between their taxes and the services and programs they use.

Please click the source link below and join the campaign.
There are many ways you can get involved, so join the conversation and help set the record straight.

Source:
All Together Now!
A national campaign
For Public Services and Tax Fairness
http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/

National Union of Public and General Employees
http://nupge.ca/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

4. Harper's Democratic Deficit - March 2012
(National Union of Public and General Employees)

From the
National Union of Public and General Employees:

Harper's Democratic Deficit
http://nupge.ca/issues/harpers-democratic-deficit
March 2012
Stephen Harper tightly controls the voices in his government and tries to extend that control to as many civil society groups as possible. He's made it clear that he's prepared to do whatever it takes to avoid public scrutiny and silence dissenting voices. This behaviour diminishes our democracy. Since Harper became prime minister in 2006, there has been a consistent pattern of anti-democratic behaviour. Below are broad categories that show just how serious, ongoing and widespread this behaviour has been. Each item contains links to important stories that make the argument for that category.
Categories:
* Creating enemies of the state
* Dictate not negotiate
* The dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board
* Shaming Canada on the international stage
* Prorogation and other parliamentary parlor tricks
* Pushing out opposing voices from within
* Maintaining Secrecy - What whistleblowers? Whose access to information?
* Shutting down the public
* Silencing parliamentary watchdogs and science
* Squeezing Non-Governmental Organizations

Source:
National Union of Public and General Employees
http://nupge.ca/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

5. B.C. looks to send welfare recipients north for job training - March 13
(Kamloops Daily News)

B.C. looks to send welfare recipients north for job training
http://goo.gl/dVp6A
March 13, 2012
By Cam Fortems
The B.C. Liberal government is developing a program to move employable people on welfare to northern B.C., where they will be trained and housed. B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon mentioned the program under development Tuesday during a budget-style speech to the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. While details are not yet available, Falcon said in an interview with reporters that government is developing a welfare-to-work program. "We're working across government to put together a package to find a way to fly them up to where work is, provide accommodation and training, if necessary, and put them into high-paying jobs."
Source:
Kamloops Daily News

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/

Back to the Future...(?)

From The Canadian Encyclopedia:

Unemployment Relief Camps
In October 1932, at the end of the third year of the Great Depression, and on the recommendation of Maj-Gen A.G.L. MCNAUGHTON, chief of the general staff, PM BENNETT sanctioned the creation of a nationwide system of camps to house and provide work for single, unemployed, homeless Canadian males. The camps were placed under the Department of NATIONAL DEFENCE in consultation with the Department of Labour, and staffed with civilians. Occupants voluntarily entered the camps through the Employment Service of Canada and were free to leave at any time. In return for bunkhouse residence, 3 meals a day, work clothes, medical care and 20 cents a day, the "Royal Twenty Centers" worked 44-hr weeks clearing bush, building roads, planting trees and constructing public buildings. Critics argued that the federal government had established the camps in lieu of a reasonable program of work and wages*. The most dramatic demonstration of this resentment occurred in Apr 1935, when 1500 men from BC camps went on strike and after 2 months' agitation in Vancouver set forth on the abortive ON TO OTTAWA TREK. By the time the camps were closed in June 1936, they had been home for 170,248 men who had been provided 10 201 103 man-days of relief.
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* Bolding added to highlight the Back to the Future creepiness factor...
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Source:
Unemployment Relief Camps

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/unemployment-relief-camps

The Canadian Encyclopedia
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

6. SPAR (Social Policy Analysis & Research) Social Research Bulletin - March 14
(City of Toronto)

From the
City of Toronto:

SPAR Monitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
This bi-weekly bulletin is a quick inventory of recent social research information. Its purpose is to promptly
disseminate the most current external and internal research relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : March 14, 2012 (PDF - 164K, 6 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_76.pdf
Table of contents of this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)

Ø The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World
Ø Factors Associated with Voting
Ø Permanently Temporary? Agricultural Migrant Workers and Their Integration in Canada
Ø How Well Are American Students Learning? The 2012 Brown Center Report on American Education
Ø The Social Democracy of Canadian Federalism
Ø Older Workers Stampede into the Labour Market
Ø Approaches for Reform Discussion Paper 2
Ø Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Out of Sight, Not out of Mind
Ø Social Determinants of Health and Populations at Risk Chapter 12
Ø The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration ]
[ City of Toronto ]

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

7. Legal Help for British Columbians - March 2012
(Clicklaw)

Legal Help for British Columbians:
A Guide to Help Non-legal Professionals Make Legal Referrals for Clients

http://wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca/index.php?title=Legal_Help_for_British_Columbians
This user-friendly guide helps people with low incomes take first steps to address legal problems and learn options of where to get help. Covers 40 common legal problems and a listing of the best sources for information and assistance. Now online as a wiki, making it easy to navigate and search.
Source:
Clicklaw
http://clicklaw.bc.ca/
Clicklaw is a website aimed at enhancing access to justice in British Columbia. It features legal information and education, but it is not a site of laws. Instead, Clicklaw features legal information and education designed for the public from over 24 contributor organizations, as well as selected others.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

8. Nunavut 2012-13 Budget - February 22

From the
Nunavut Ministry of Finance:

Nunavut budgets main page
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets
This page contains links to the 2012 Nunavut budget papers (Budget Address - Highlights - Supplementary Information - Main Estimates - Capital Estimates - Supplementary Appropriations) and links to earlier budgets back to 2003.

February 22, 2012
2012-13 Budget Address (PDF - 328K, 10 pages)
http://goo.gl/CLtZd

2012-13 Budget Highlights (PDF - 256K, 2 pages)
http://goo.gl/O62GK

Source:
Nunavut Department of Finance

http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/

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Related link:

Nunavut forecasts $37.7M surplus
Finance Minister said territory still faces financial challenges
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/02/22/north-nunavut-budget.html
February 22, 2012
After several consecutive deficit budgets, Nunavut’s finance minister announced a $37.7 million surplus. Keith Peterson said, while that is good news, the forecast depends on the territory’s ability to collect on its predicted revenues and to control spending. "We must remain vigilant about our fiscal situation," he said to the legislative assembly. More than 90 per cent of Nunavut’s revenue comes from the federal government. He said Ottawa could change the amount of money it gives the territory, and the economy might not grow as quickly as expected.
- incl. Housing crisis - Health care gets most funding - Education, debt limit mentioned in budget

Source:
Nunavut Department of Finance

http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

- Go to the Nunavut Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nunavut.htm

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer - March 2012 issue
- March 16
--- Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2010/2011 - March 14
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Third quarter 2011
- March 13

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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March 16, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer - March 2012 issue
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-010-x/11-010-x2012003-eng.htm
Sections:
1. Current economic conditions
2. Economic events
3. Recent feature articles
4. National accounts
5. Labour markets
6. Prices
7. International trade
8. Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
9. Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
10. Financial markets
11. Provincial (latest Unemployment rates and Consumer Price Index)
Tables
Charts
Appendices
User information
Related products

Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2239&lang=eng&more=0

* Current conditions
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2239&id=712&lang=eng&more=0

* Economic accounts
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3764&lang=eng&more=0

* Leading indicators
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3764&id=1880&lang=eng&more=0

March 14, 2012
Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2010/2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85f0015x/85f0015x2011000-eng.htm
Data on resource and caseload statistics for legal aid in Canada are now available for 2010/2011. The data summarized in the tables are drawn from the Legal Aid Survey, which is conducted annually on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31).
[Only two of the links from the report are highlighted below; click the link above to access the rest.]

* Highlights
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85f0015x/2011000/part-partie1-eng.htm
* Tables
* Data quality, concepts and methodology
* Appendices
* User information
* Related products
* PDF version (568K, 128 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85f0015x/85f0015x2011000-eng.pdf

NOTE : Here's the link to the 2000/2001 edition of the same report if you want to compare two snapshots ten years apart
(PDF - 108K, 20 pages):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85f0015x/85f0015x2001000-eng.pdf
[see the source below for links to earlier editions back to 1997/1998]

Source:
Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics
- Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=85F0015XWE&lang=eng
Access to justice in Canada is a concern for governments and policy makers, legal professionals and the public. One characteristic of accessibility is the availability of legal services. Legal aid plans have been established in all provinces and territories, with the common goal of assisting low-income Canadians who require professional legal counsel. This report presents information on the operation of Canada's 13 legal aid plans. The report includes information on the legal aid plans, personnel resources, revenues and expenditures, as well as information concerning applications for legal aid. It presents a broad analytical overview of legal aid in Canada and provides data tables and figures at both the provincial/territorial and national levels. Most of the information for the report is based on data collected from the Legal Aid Survey, conducted annually by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.
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[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]

Source:
The Daily
:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[ Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

Related subjects:

* Crime and justice
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2693&lang=eng&more=0

* Legal aid
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2693&id=2594&lang=eng&more=0

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

March 13, 2012
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), Third quarter 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120313/dq120313a-eng.htm
The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds totalled $1.06 trillion at the end of the third quarter, down 1.7% from the second quarter.

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=70008&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Seniors
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Income, pensions and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=70000&id=70005&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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The Daily Archives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

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- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

March 18, 2012

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Alternative Federal Budget 2012: A budget for the rest of us
http://goo.gl/Xwncg
15 Mar 2012 | Canada
The 2012 Alternative Federal Budget calls on the Government of Canada to scrap spending cuts and table a detailed budget that restores Canadians' trust in the economy, public institutions, and democracy. A "national accessible" childhood education and child care program is among the AFB's "Top 10 ways to make the federal budget work for the rest of us".

Ontario budget 2012: Austerity is bad for our health
http://goo.gl/YRJY4
14 Mar 2012 | Ontario
Sheila Block from the Wellesley Institute explains how "implementing the Drummond Report’s recommendations on social spending will result in diminished services and reduced incomes for marginalized children and adults."

Review of early education and childcare qualifications: Interim report
http://goo.gl/alsCF
14 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report highlights preliminary findings from an ongoing independent review, led by Professor Cathy Nutbrown, to consider how best to strengthen qualifications and career pathways in the ECEC workforce in the UK.

Municipal child care in Alberta: An alternative approach to the funding and delivery of early learning and care for children and their families
http://goo.gl/0joeD
14 Mar 2012 | Alberta
Report from the Muttart Foundation outlines the history of municipal involvement in early learning and care in Alberta, describes the current four municipal models, and aims to "promote discussion on the potential for such models to play a greater role in the Alberta early learning and care landscape."

Roma early childhood inclusion: Overview report
http://goo.gl/xoK0n
12 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report by John Bennet provides an overview of the Roma Early Childhood Inclusion national reports from the Czech Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. Report concludes that "Roma children are valuable: Europe and its member states can no longer afford to neglect their future. The barriers to their access must be torn down."

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Federal Budget 2012: It’s time to address income inequality, think-tank says
http://goo.gl/5cUft
15 Mar 2012 | Canada

Bronwen Cohen: SNP’s pledge on childcare doesn’t go far enough
http://goo.gl/vqnBV
14 Mar 2012 | Europe

Edleun acquires eighth Ontario centre
http://goo.gl/zpDQK
14 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Ken Livingstone pledges childcare fund for London
http://goo.gl/TvRWZ
14 Mar 2012 | Europe

Nutbrown review: interim report spells out key messages for qualifications reform
http://goo.gl/9cb5Z
14 Mar 2012 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
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
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
http://www.childcarecanada.org
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.

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

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily 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.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

March 16:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/16/
State Funding for Higher Education
Fuel Poverty - England
Minimum Wage - Connecticut
Jobless Benefit Claims

March 15:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/15/
State Medicaid Cuts - Wisconsin, Texas
Juvenile Justice System - Arkansas
Jobless Benefits and Job Training - Arizona

March 14:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/14/
Unemployment System - South Carolina
Low-income Car Ownership
Medicaid and Adult Care - North Carolina

March 13:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/13/
Juvenile Justice System - New York
Foster Children and Legal Assistance

March 12:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/12/
Poverty Rate - New York
Foster Care Payments - Tennessee
Medicaid and Childbirth Costs - Illinois

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- 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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

12. Inequality: The role of unions and race - March 8
(Richard Florida in The Atlantic)

Inequality: The role of unions and race
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/inequality-role-unions-and-race
March 8, 2012
The University of Toronto's Richard Florida has an important two-part series (see below) in The Atlantic focusing on what is driving the growing income gap in American cities. In particular, he and colleague Charlotta Mellander look at what is driving the differences in income inequality, since it's not a one-size-fits-all phenomenon, even in the U.S. (...) Florida writes that his findings "suggest that the full story of inequality across American cities goes beyond technology, globalization, skills and wages, and includes unions, race and poverty."
Source of this news release:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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Part One:

The Inequality of American Cities
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/03/inequality-american-cities/861/
By Richard Florida
March 5, 2012
Inequality is shaping up to be one of the biggest issues in the 2012 presidential election. The Occupy movement may have waned since last fall, but its focus on the privileges of the top one percent has yet to go away.

Part Two:

The Inequality Puzzle in U.S. Cities
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/03/inequality-puzzle-us-cities/858/
By Richard Florida
March 7, 2012
What lies behind the inequality of American cities? The conventional explanation blames the rise of the globalized, knowledge economy which has eliminated family-supporting factory jobs and cleaved the workforce into high-paying, high-skill and low-paying, low-skill jobs. But ...wage inequality only explains a very small part of income inequality. How to explain this apparent discrepancy? What other factors lie behind rising inequality across America's cities? To answer that question, I reviewed several powerful theories that try to explain persistent economic and social disadvantage across cities.
* The first focuses not just on trends in skills and wages, but on shifts in populations. (...)
* A second calls attention to declining rates of unionization. (...)
* A third focuses on the intersection of race, poverty and economic disadvantage.(...)

Related paper:

The Inequality of Cities: Differences and Determinants of Wage and Income Inequity across U.S. Metros
January 19, 2012
By Richard Florida and Charlotta Mellander

Abstract
http://goo.gl/eqUz5
This paper examines the geographic variation in wage inequality and income inequality across US metropolitan areas and analyzes the factors associated with each. A large literature focuses on the role of skill-biased technical change in shaping inequality; other recent studies have noted the connection between inequality and metro size. We map both types of inequality and conduct regression analyses of the determinants of each.
[more...]

Complete paper (PDF - 496K, 26 pages)
http://research.martinprosperity.org/papers/Inequality-of-cities-formatted.pdf

Source:
Richard Florida is Senior Editor at The Atlantic [ http://www.theatlantic.com/ ] and
Director of The Martin Prosperity Institute [
http://martinprosperity.org/ ]
The Lloyd & Delphine Martin Prosperity Institute is the world’s leading think-tank on the role of sub-national factors – location, place and city-regions – in global economic prosperity. We take an integrated view of prosperity, looking beyond economic measures to include the importance of quality of place and the development of people’s creative potential.

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

13. U.N. Update
--- International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
--- Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Canada’s 19th/20th periodic report under the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was reviewed Feb 22-23 in Geneva. The ICERD Committee has just posted its Concluding Observations. We got our wrists slapped on issues related to violence against Aboriginal women, treatment of African Canadians and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Persons (esp. with respect to 1. Governmental oversight of corporate responsibility for Cdn mining companies working overseas and 2. Free, prior and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples, a requirement under the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity).

You can find Canada’s report, all of the shadow reports submitted by NGOs and civil society, and the Concluding Observations on the ICERD Committtee’s website:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/cerds80.htm

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Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

The U.N. Committee under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is considering an inquiry into the murder and disappearance of Aboriginal Women in Canada. This will be only the second such inquiry under the Optional Protocol to CEDAW, the first having looked into the similar systematic murder/disappearance of women in Juarez, Mexico (2005).
Quite a lot of info is available about this.
Here's a selection of related links:

The CEDAW Committee website and press release:
* http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/
* http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/CanadaInquiry_Press_Release.pdf

The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s letter to the CEDAW Committee requesting an inquiry:
http://www.nwac.ca/sites/default/files/imce/NWAC%20and%20FAIIA%20-%20%20FEB%208%2C%202012%20-%20FINAL.pdf

MP Carolyn Bennett addressed the issue in her own submission to the ICERD Committee and has been following the issue quite well on her own website:
* http://carolynbennett.liberal.ca/files/2012/02/Bennett-Letter-to-CERD-February-20-2012.pdf
* https://carolynbennett.liberal.ca/blog/on-international-womens-day-questions-in-the-senate-on-the-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-and-girls/

Misc. info from Cdn. civil society:

* CEDAW Looking at Canada’s Missing and Murdered Women Issue
http://fnbc.info/cedaw-looking-canada%E2%80%99s-missing-and-murdered-women-issue
December 15, 2011

* UN Will Conduct Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
http://fafia-afai.org/en/news/2011/un-will-conduct-inquiry-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-canada
13 December 2011

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The human rights arm of the Organization of American States is also holding a hearing on this issue on March 28, 2012 in Washington DC following a request by the Native Women’s Association of Canada and its two partners. The hearing will be public and a webcast will be available. For more information, see:
http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2012/027.asp

(With thanks to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter subscriber who submitted the text and links above) - Gilles

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- Go to the United Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

14. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

14 March 2012, CRINMAIL issue 1267
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4139
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Landmark ICC verdict on use of child soldiers
- No let up in juvenile executions in Iran
- Iraqi teenagers stoned for their appearance
- Call for fair response to migrant rise in Luxembourg
- Former detainees speak of torture in Syria
- New Principles to press businesses on child rights
- Schoolboys in UK strip-searched for drugs
- Japanese children still struggling year after disaster
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Thailand
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2:
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Government Strategies
and Dead Horses

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation:
“When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, best strategy is to dismount “.

However, in government, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And of course....

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

Source:
http://chroniques.wordpress.com/2006/08/29/wisdom-from-the-dakota-indians/

 

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And, in closing...

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OK : Yoga Poses I
http://www.yogacards.com/yoga-pose-cards.html

OK : Yoga Poses II
http://goo.gl/NiUTw

Not OK : Yoga Poses III
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/images/yoga.jpg

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Feel the Inukness (video, duration 3:50)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iawDXQGQsr0

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Ten Funniest Literal Music Videos On Youtube (videos, various duration)
http://www.standardmadness.com/offbeat/ten-funniest-literal-music-videos-on-youtube

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A Collection of Funny Signs from Around the World
http://www.gadling.com/2007/06/08/a-collection-of-funny-signs-from-around-the-world/

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Pour les francophones...

Hein?
http://www.protegez-vous.ca/chronique-hein.html
Modes d'emploi hilarants, erreurs de traduction, étiquettes absurdes... Le rire est parfois là où les consommateurs ne l'attendent pas. Voici les meilleurs exemples soumis par nos internautes et nos lecteurs.