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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 18, 2010

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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. New in The Mark from John Stapleton:
--- Imagine a World Without Taxes
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April 14
--- Employment Insurance Spells Post-Recession Welfare - April 14

2. [Ontario] The Income Security Advocacy Centre responds to the cancellation of the Special Diet Allowance Program - April 13
3. The Tyee report on (shipping) container housing - April 12-14
4. New Brunswick poverty reduction plan update - April 14
5. openparliament.ca - Keeping tabs on Canada's Parliament
6. The Income Gap Between Aboriginal Peoples and the Rest of Canada (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 2010

7. What's
New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Observer April 2010 - April 15

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - April 17

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
10.
[U.S.] Fourteen Myths About Socialism and the Land of Opportunity - April 12
11. Census to Redefine Poverty (Brookings Institution) - March 12
12. Australian Policy Online - recent content
13 Gender brief
(Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) - 21 March 2010
14. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

1. New in The Mark:
--- Imagine a World Without Taxes
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April 14
--- Employment Insurance Spells Post-Recession Welfare - April 14

New from John Stapleton
in
The Mark:

Imagine a World Without Taxes
If all taxes are bad, surely getting rid of them would make the country a much better place.

April 14, 2010
(...) there already are a few countries where people pay very few taxes and government is very small. Haiti, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Afghanistan lead that list. They have it figured out. What are we waiting for? Our leaders have seen the light. What's wrong with the rest of us?

Employment Insurance Spells Post-Recession Welfare
If increased welfare [dependency] rates after the crisis don’t surprise you, who’s on that welfare might.

By John Stapleton
April 14, 2010
With every recession in the past, welfare caseloads peaked after the immediate crisis was over. The recession of the early 1980s hit Canada hardest in 1981, but the number of welfare recipients in Ontario topped out in March 1983. The Canadian economy suffered another blow in 1991 and 1992, but the number of Ontarians on welfare was at its highest in March 1994 as the long recovery was beginning. The reason for this lag effect can be spelled out very simply: Employment Insurance or EI.
(...)
With the implementation of a $10.25 an hour minimum wage in Ontario on March 31, a 37.5-hour work week for a person earning minimum wage will result in gross income of $20,000 a year, while the single welfare rate pays just over $7,000 a year in maximum benefits. This means single people who choose or are forced to choose welfare are settling for an income that’s just over one third what they would make with steady work.

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Earlier in The Mark
by the same author:

Back to Scratch
With the recent increase in Ontario's minimum wage, the gap between the minimum wage and the welfare rate is as wide as it was during the Depression....
March 31, 2010

The Recession Continues
Economists measure economic recovery using statistics that ignore the reality faced by the majority of the population....
February 24, 2010

Source:
The Mark
The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians.

Related link:

Open Policy - John Stapleton's personal website

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

2. [Ontario] The Income Security Advocacy Centre responds to the
cancellation of the Special Diet Allowance Program - April 13

Ontario Special Diet Allowance Program

Government Has Decided to Eliminate the Special Diet Allowance Program
Posted April 13, 2010
On March 25, as part of its 2010 budget, the provincial government announced that it will cancel the Special Diet Allowance Program and replace it with a new program. The government has said very little at this point about what the new program will be.

Read ISAC's backgrounder about what the
government has said and how they are justifying the decision
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The decision is a cut to welfare rates. It means that $200 million will come out of the pockets of people on OW and ODSP. For single people with disabilities who get the maximum allowance, this will mean a cut in benefits of up to 20%.The decision is also equality with a vengeance. This is because it makes everyone on assistance equal by giving nothing to everyone.

Read ISAC's analysis of what this
decision means and how it will affect
the people who rely on it to maintain their health.

The decision to end the Special Diet Allowance program increases insecurity for people on social assistance in Ontario.
Read ISAC's response to the
2010 Budget and the decision to end Special Diet.

This decision responds in part to a recent Order by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, which found that the way the program was providing benefits to three individuals with medical conditions violated the Human Rights Code.

Read more about the Tribunal's
decision and ISAC's role in the legal proceedings.

Resources:

* ISAC backgrounder on what happened to the Special Diet program (PDF - 37K)
* ISAC analysis of what this decision means (PDF - 41K)
* ISAC backgrounder on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario's decision on Special Diet

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
ISAC was established in 2001 by Legal Aid Ontario to serve low income Ontarians by conducting test case and Charter litigation relating to provincial and federal income security programs. These programs include Ontario Works , the Ontario Disability Support Program, (un)Employment Insurance, and the Canada Pension Plan.

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

3. The Tyee report on (shipping) container housing - April 12-14

Green Homes, Out of the Box
Shipping containers revolutionized the global economy, making trade possible on a scale never before seen. Now, these big steel boxes hold the potential to revolutionize urban living and design. In this series, The Tyee reports on how these containers are being refashioned into affordable, green buildings in Europe and Asia and examines how they could be used to solve North America's housing problems as well.
Three-part series:
[Click the link above to access the individual articles.]
* Green and Affordable Homes, Out of the Box - 12 Apr 2010
* Is this Canada's Most Affordable Green Home? - 13 April 2010
* Homeless Housing For Less - 14 April 2010
Source:
The Tyee

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

4. New Brunswick poverty reduction plan update - April 14

Poverty Reduction plan needs serious debate
April 14, 2010
The surprise announcement that this Friday will see the end of this Legislature session means that several bills now awaiting the attention of legislators will be rammed through without much debate. One of these is Bill 39, the Economic and Social Inclusion Act. This is the bill that gives legs to the government's poverty reduction plan announced several months ago. The Conservatives participated in and endorsed the plan so there is a good chance this bill will see swift passage. It is also one that hasn't received much scrutiny precisely because the Official Opposition was part of the process that developed it.
Source:
Telegraph-Journal

Group wants changes to proposed poverty bill
April 14, 2010
Proposed provincial legislation to create a new Crown corporation to administer the Poverty Reduction Plan of government needs to be amended to recognize both official languages and better represent the plight of New Brunswick's poor, says the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice co-chairman. In a statement, Linda McCaustlin said Bill 39, to create the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, should also change the make-up of its proposed board of directors in order to eliminate any possible political influence.
Source:
Times & Transcript

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Related link from the
Common Front for Social Justice :

NB Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation needs
real representation of people currently living in poverty,
says co-chair of the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
(PDF - 58K, 2 pages)
News Release
April 7, 2010
(...) There has to be real representation of people currently living in poverty, the process has to be open and language of service needs to be included in the new proposed Bill 39, Economic and Social Inclusion Act...

Source:
Common Front for Social Justice
The Common Front for Social Justice is fighting to build a more human society based on the respect and dignity of all. We want a New Brunswick without poverty. We want a society which give each and everyone a decent living, in particular by having a minimum wage and social income on which citizens can to live on and not just exist

More recent letters, commentaries
and articles by the Common Front for Social Justice:*

Income Gaps and Food Banks (PDF - 98K) - brochure, April 2010

Food Banks and Soup Kitchens: An Overview (PDF - 151K) - March 2010

It all boils down to unfair distribution (PDF - 88K) - editorial by Ed Finn

Food crisis, root causes and solutions (PDF - 1.3MB) - Auréa Cormier, October 17, 2009

Equal Opportunities Program under attack (PDF - 82K) - commentary by Ysabel Provencher, PhD, Université Laval

The Second Report Card on Homelessness in Greater Moncton, 2009 (PDF - 3.5MB) - The Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee

Commentary (53K) - Jean-Claude Basque, March 2010

These are the faces of poverty and social injustices in New Brunswick (PDF - 10K) - for The Daily Gleaner, March 3, 2010.

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* Recherchistes francophones:
Sur la version française du site Web du
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...vous trouverez les liens vers la version française de chacun
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Related link:

Poverty Reduction Plan ‘not all that rosy,’ says advocate
By Gilean Watts
April 7, 2010
Shawn Graham’s Poverty Reduction Plan only benefits a very small number of welfare recipients, says a leading provincial poverty advocacy group.
“If you listen to the media it seems that the Poverty Reduction Plan was a real good thing, but if you look at it and analyze between the lines then you start wondering if it’s really not all that rosy,” said Auréa Cormier of the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice at a public discussion at St. Thomas University last Thursday. According to Cormier, 97 per cent of welfare recipients will not be affected by the province’s Poverty Reduction Plan, which was introduced in November. The three per cent that will benefit are those in the interim assistance program, which provides money to employed welfare recipients.
Source:
New Brunswick Beacon

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the New Brunswick Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

5. openparliament.ca - Keeping tabs on Canada's Parliament

Recommended new resource for political accountability:

openparliament.ca - Keeping tabs on Canada's Parliament
Info on what your representatives are doing in Ottawa can be hard to find and use. Browse MPs, or find someone quickly by entering a name or postal code in the search box on the home page. See what your representatives are saying, and what laws they're proposing.

Members of Parliament (including MPs back to 1994)

Bills & Votes
Most votes in the House are related to a particular bill, and clicking a bill below will show you the relevant votes. But some votes aren't tied to a bill. The vote list for this session includes all votes.

Debates of the House of Commons
When Parliament is in session, every word spoken by a member is faithfully transcribed, and published in a document called a Hansard. We have the Hansards of the House of Commons dating back to 1994. Browse or search for a specific topic.
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NOTE: this is the most comprehensive index to Hansard that I've ever seen.
Never mind the fact that it's the only index of Hansard that I've ever seen..
After you've explored this vast and interesting resource for awhile, you may wonder, as I did, why the Hansard website itself doesn't have such an index.
Now I guess they don't need one - maybe the Parliamentary website folks could use this as a model for an index of House and Senate Committee reports and evidence presented at Committee meetings...
Highly recommended!
Gilles

Related link:

How'd They Vote?
Have you ever wondered how your member of parliament has been voting? We've made it easy for you to find out! Contained herein are many of the pivotal votes in the House of Commons, complete with voting history, dissension, attendance and speaking habits.
- incl. links to : * Find your MP * MP Statistics * Voting History * List of Bills * Downloads * About Us
[ Last database update 2010-04-11 ]

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm

6. The Income Gap Between Aboriginal Peoples and the Rest of Canada - April 8
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
)

Income gap for Aboriginal peoples stubbornly high: Report
News Release
April 8, 2010
OTTAWA – Income inequality between Aboriginal peoples and the rest of Canadians is stubbornly high, says a groundbreaking new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). For every dollar non-Aboriginals earned in 2006, Aboriginal peoples earned only 70 cents – a slight narrowing from 1996 when it was 56 cents for every dollar, say co-authors Dan Wilson and David Macdonald, who dug into 2006 Census data to quantify, for the first time ever, the Aboriginal income gap in Canada.

Complete report:

The Income Gap Between
Aboriginal Peoples and the Rest of Canada
(PDF - 995K, 34 pages)
By Daniel Wilson and David Macdonald
April 2010

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Canadian Economic Observer April 2010 - April 15

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

Lean week at StatsCan for social researchers...
- click the Daily Archives link below to check the daily releases for yourself...

April 15, 2010
Canadian Economic Observer April 2010
Table of contents:
1. Sections 2. Tables 3. Charts 4. Appendices 5. User information 6. Related products
Feature article:
Year-end review of 2009
By Philip Cross

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - April 17

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

April 17, 2010

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

Full-day early learning-kindergarten program (draft version)
14 Apr 10
- Draft document from the Ontario Ministry of Education provides "learning expectations" for the new full-day early learning program to be implemented September 2010.

Province invests $5 million in child care
14 Apr 10
- Press release from the Government of Nova Scotia promises funding for fee subsidies and an Early Childhood Enhancement grant.

CUPE Nova Scotia welcomes new child care money-but says it raises many questions
14 Apr 10
- Press release from CUPE Nova Scotia expresses concern that the province's new funding is open to for-profit operators.

New Brunswick early learning and child care act: Two organizations recommend modifications
14 Apr 10
- Press release from the New Brunswick Child Care Coalition recommends that NB "move away from a model where the government funds parents and work towards a model where funds flow directly to child care early childhood education programs."

Supporting parenting
14 Apr 10
- Latest issue of Bernard van Leer's Early Childhood in Focus looks at parenting support programs in five countries; identifies practical questions for policy makers, advocates and practitioners to consider.

Can early childhood education and care help keep Canada's promise of respect for diversity?
9 Apr 10
- Occasional Paper by Martha Friendly and Nina Prabhu explores "the role that public policy could play in positioning ECEC programs to contribute to realization of Canada's promise of respect for diversity."

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

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

Kids first is proper strategy
Stephenson, Marilla
Publication date: 14 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

N.B Child Care Coalition wants to change act
Times and Transcript
Publication date: 13 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 05

Help with child care costs
Borden Colley, Sherri
Publication date: 13 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

Analysis: More woman trouble for Stephen Harper and his cabinet
Delacourt, Susan
Publication date: 12 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

Full-day learning draws last-minute fears
Brown, Louise
Publication date: 12 Apr 10 --- Posting date: 14 Apr 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sitesin 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)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 16:
State Unemployment Rates
Cuts to Programs for the Poor - New Jersey
Payday Lending Legislation - Wisconsin
Tax Burden on the Poor - California
Medicaid Drug Plan - Ohio
Medicaid Reform - Florida

April 15:
Microlending and Bank Profits
Aging Out of Foster Care - New York City
Rent Subsidies and Work Requirements - New York City
Kids Count Report - Rhode Island

April 14:
TANF Programs - Wisconsin, Minnesota
Global Maternal Deaths
Race to the Top Funding- Tennessee

April 13:
Kids Count Report - Colorado
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Extension of Jobless Benefits

April 12:
TANF Time Limits and Work Requirements
Suburban Poverty - Lakeland, FL
Extension of Jobless Benefits

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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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

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

10. [U.S.] Fourteen Myths About Socialism and the Land of Opportunity - April 12

Nine Myths About Socialism in the US
April 12, 2010
By Bill Quigley
Attention Glenn Beck and other far right multi-millionaires and their supporters: As Sen. Patrick Moynihan used to say "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. But everyone is not entitled to their own facts." The fact is that the US is not really all that generous to our working and poor people compared to other countries.

Click the link above to read the facts about the the following myths:

Myth No. 1: The US Government Is Involved in Class Warfare, Attacking the Rich to Lift Up the Poor.
Myth No. 2: The US Already Has the Greatest Health Care System in the World.
Myth No. 3: There Is Less Poverty in the US Than Anywhere.
Myth No. 4: The US Is Generous in Its Treatment of Families With Children.
Myth No. 5: The US Is Very Supportive of Its Workers.
Myth No. 6: Poor People Have More Chance of Becoming Rich in the US Than Anywhere Else.
Myth No. 7: The US Spends Generously on Public Education.
Myth No. 8: The US Government Is Redistributing Income From the Rich to the Poor.
Myth No. 9: The US Generously Gives Foreign Aid to Countries Across the World.

Source:
Truthout
Truthout works to broaden and diversify the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on undercovered issues and unconventional thinking. (...) We are devoted to the principles of equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice.

Related link:

Five Myths About Our Land of Opportunity
By Isabel V. Sawhill and Ron Haskins
November 01, 2009
Americans have always believed that their country is unique in providing the opportunity to get ahead. Just combine hard work with a bit of talent and you'll climb the ladder—or so we've told ourselves for generations. But rising unemployment and financial turmoil are puncturing that self-image. The reality of this "land of opportunity" is considerably more complex than the myths would suggest:
1. Americans enjoy more economic opportunity than people in other countries.
2. In the United States, each generation does better than the past one.
3. Immigrant workers and the offshoring of jobs drive poverty and inequality in the United States.
4. If we want to increase opportunities for children, we should give their families more income.
5. We can fund new programs to boost opportunity by cutting waste and abuse in the federal budget.
Source:
Brookings Institution

COMMENT:
No, this isn't Pick-on-the-U.S.-Day here at Canadian Social Research Links Central.
I rather like the U.S., especially since President Obama took office last year, so I was pleased when I found the first link ("Nine Myths...") above.
It's a fact-based debunking of some of the main talking points of the Tea Party / Anti-Obamacare / Sarah Palin Fanclub set.
The second link above ("Five Myths") caught my attention as a sidebar to the article below ("Census to Redefine Poverty") from the Brookings Institute.
I thought I'd add a link to this complementary piece for anyone who was curious enough to check out the first nine myths...

See also:
The Socialist-Free Purity Pledge (U.S.)

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

11. Census to Redefine Poverty - March 12
(Brookings Institution)

United States Census 2010 - Home Page
Census Day was April 1 in the U.S. - the day when all Americans were counted by the Census Bureau.
The last day to return completed Census 2010 questionnaires was April 16.

[ 2010 United States Census - from Wikipedia ]

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OOPS!
April 19, 2010

The new Supplemental Poverty Measure (the SPM, described below) was described in a recent Canadian Social Research Newsletter as an intrinsic part of the 2010 U.S. Census.
This was incorrect.
The SPM is distinct from the 2010 Census.

Read the words of the kind anonymous contributor
who set the record straight in an email earlier today:

"The U.S. Census Bureau’s new Supplemental Poverty Measure is completely separate from the U.S. 2010 Decennial Census. The 2010 Decennial Census (unlike earlier Decennial Censuses) does not contain any questions about income, so it cannot be used to measure poverty. The income data used to measure poverty according to both the current official poverty measure and the new Supplemental Poverty Measure will be taken from the Current Population Survey (and presumably also the American Community Survey); these surveys are separate from the Decennial Census."

[Thank you for this correction,
kind anonymous contributor...]
Gilles

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Census to Redefine Poverty
By Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Doug Nelson , CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundations
March 12, 2010
With so many policy debates mired in partisan politics, the announcement last week by the U.S. Census Bureau that it plans to develop a supplemental poverty measure and then open it to public scrutiny is something both Republicans and Democrats can agree on.
Source:
Brookings Institution

Related links:

Observations from the
Interagency Technical Working Group
on Developing a Supplemental Poverty Measure
(PDF - 138K, 8 pages)
March 2010
(...)The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) would not replace the official poverty measure. The Working Group has designed it as an experimental measure that defines thresholds and resources in a manner different from the official poverty measure. The SPM should be considered a work in progress, with the expectation that there will be improvements to it over time. (...) The official statistical poverty measure, as defined in OMB Statistical Policy Directive No. 14, will continue to be produced and updated every year. This is the statistical measure that is released annually in the fall and is sometimes identified in legislation regarding program eligibility and funding distribution.
Source:
Poverty resources page
[ U.S. Census Bureau]

[ United States Census 2010 - Home Page ]
Americans were required to mail in their completed 2010 Census forms by Friday, April 16

[ 2010 United States Census - from Wikipedia ]

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Supplemental Federal Poverty Measure Explained (2.5 minute video)
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will be developing an alternative way to measure poverty. This new method will better reflect the realities facing struggling families and ways in which current government programs can help them to get back on their feet. Unlike the traditional poverty measure, which is based in a 1960s reality, this supplemental measure will provide a more accurate accounting of household budgets and better determination of whether a family has enough resources to meet its most basic needs.
Source:
Half in Ten: From Poverty to Prosperity
The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years

More than thirty-seven million Americans live below the official poverty line (which is now $21,203 for a family of four), and more than 13.3 million children are poor in this country. Inequality has reached record highs – it is greater than at any time since 1929. (...)

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From
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
:

* The Measuring American Poverty Act

* Links to Federal Poverty Measurement Resources

* Poverty Measure Research

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- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

12. Australian Policy Online - recent content

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

Most viewed this week:
1. National cultural policy: discussion framework
2.
Strengthening evidence-based policy in the Australian federation
3. Where will we need childcare and aged care?
4. A contract worth fighting for
5. Turning victims into criminals
[Click the APO home page link above to access these reports.]

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New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Most viewed this week:
1. National cultural policy: discussion framework
2. Strengthening evidence-based policy in the Australian federation
3. Where will we need childcare and aged care?
4. A contract worth fighting for
5. Turning victims into criminals
[Click the New Research link above to access these reports.]

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

13. Gender brief - 21 March 2010
(Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development)

Found on the Australian Policy Online website this week:

Gender brief
21 March 2010
Despite numerous improvements in women’s employment outcomes, there are still many gender gaps that need to be addressed. This report provides an overview of gender differences in OECD countries. On average, across OECD countries, the proportion of women in paid work is high (62%). However, women in OECD countries earn 18% less than men, only about one-third of managerial posts are held by a woman, many more women work in part-time jobs than men (25% and 6% respectively). These gender differences are even wider with the presence of children since women are more likely to adjust their employment practices upon the arrival of a child much more than men.

Full text:
Gender Brief (PDF - 2.4MB, 35 pages)
March 2010
Prepared by the
OECD Social Policy Division

Coverage:
Australia, Europe, North America (incl. Canada), New Zealand, UK
The report provides a range of statistics grouped under three headings:
• family structures,
• women's employment and income status,
• public policies towards families.
Source:
Social Policy Division
[ Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) ]

- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm

14. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issues of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

15 April 2010 - CRINMAIL 1166
* EUROPE: Roma say woes deepen amid economic crisis [news]
* SENEGAL: Boys in many Quranic schools suffer severe abuse [publication]
* LEBANON: Women must have the right to pass on nationality to their children [news]
* UNITED STATES: Girl sues for $1m over arrest for desk scribble [news]
* SOUTH KOREA: Children face gaming curfew [news]
* CHINA-TIBET: Quake kills 400, injures thousands [news]
* VIOLENCE: 10th Anniversary of the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse [event]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

13 April 2010 - CRINMAIL 1165
* GLOBAL: Prominent British atheists endorse efforts to seek Pope's arrest [news]
* ONLINE SAFETY: Facebook resists installing on-site 'panic button' [news]
* CENTRAL ASIA: Risks and Realities of Child Trafficking and Exploitation in Central Asia [publication]
* SAUDI ARABIA: Lawmakers back UN child rights pact [news]
* SOUTH AFRICA: First test of child justice law [news]
* VIETNAM: Living with Agent Orange [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: International Disability Alliance
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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QUIZ: The Ten Most
Overused Movie Catchphrases

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ATTENTION MOVIE BUFFS!!

Guess the movie and the speaker in each case, write your answers on a piece of paper,
then check your answers by clicking the source link at the bottom of this list.
BONUS: the source link contains short video clips of each of the top ten.

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10. "You had me at hello."

9. "I'm the king of the world!"

8. "Say hello to my little friend!"

7. "Run Forrest, run!" ('Forrest Gump')

6. "Show me the money!" ('Jerry Maguire')

5. "You can't handle the truth!"

4. "May the force be with you."

3. "Houston, we have a problem."

2. "... Bond. James Bond."

1. "I'll be back."

[ Nope -  no "Yipee-Kai-Yay"... ]

Source:
(answers & video clips)
http://www.moviefone.ca/2010/04/08/most-over-used-movie-catchphrases/



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Time-Killer: Binball Wizard!
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