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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 18, 2008

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Manitoba: The Social Inclusion and Anti-Poverty Act, Bill 226 (Second Reading scheduled for May 22)
2. Envisioning Canada Without Poverty: A CPJ Call to Action (Citizens for Public Justice)
3. Wealth, Low-Wage Work and Welfare: The Unintended Costs of Provincial Needs-tests (Social and Enterprise Development Innovations) - April 2008
4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Youth crime, 2006 - May 16
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2007 - May 14
--- Canada's immigrant labour market, 2007 -
May 13
5. Improvements to Life Income Funds Give Canadians More Financial Flexibility (Department of Finance Canada) - May 8
6. Newfoundland and Labrador Income Support Assistance: Children and Families, 1991 to 2006 (Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency)
7. Work Isn’t Working for Ontario Families : The Role of Good Jobs in Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (Campaign 2000) - May 12
8. Poverty profile 2004 (National Council of Welfare) - April 2008
9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 16
10. International Productivity Monitor - Spring 2008 issue (Centre for the Study of Living Standards) - May 12

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
12. Poverty Action Lab - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
13. Barack Obama supports John Edwards' plan to cut poverty in the U.S. by half in ten years - May 14
14. What's new from Europa ("Gateway to the European Union"):
--- Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2008
--- Social Protection in the 27 Member States of the European Union on 1 January 2007
--- Organisation of social protection in the European Union

15. OECD Factbook 2008 (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) - April 8
16. Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC, Paris) Bulletin - selected content
17. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
18. CRINMAIL 982, 983 (May 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Manitoba: The Social Inclusion and Anti-Poverty Act, Bill 226 (Second Reading scheduled for May 22)

NOTE: if poverty reduction is a subject that interests you, you'll be pleased to know that Manitoba is the second province in Canada to enshrine a poverty reduction plan in legislation (Quebec is the first).
For more information, go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

Manitoba:
The Social Inclusion and Anti-Poverty Act, Bill 226
Second reading on May 22, 2008
At the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg
[ To attend the second reading, please email georgina.sabeksy@leg.gov.mb.ca ]
"The goal of this bill is to tackle Manitoba’s poverty epidemic head on by implementing various strategies to achieve the goal of reducing Manitoba’s 2008 poverty level by 50% by 2012.
(..)
Bill 226 – The Social Inclusion and Anti-Poverty act – calls for the government to:
o Set a specific target of reducing Manitoba’s 2008 poverty level by 50 per cent by 2012
o Set up a standing committee with individuals from social justice groups like the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg to develop, implement and evaluate the provincial strategy to fight poverty
o Look at ways to improve social inclusion – access to education, housing, employment etc
o Report annually on progress made towards achieving goals set out in the provincial strategy"

Explanatory Note:

This Bill requires the government to establish and implement a provincial strategy to combat poverty and social exclusion. The strategy must be oriented toward
* preventing poverty and social exclusion;
* strengthening the social and economic safety net;
* promoting access to employment and increasing the attractiveness of work;
* promoting the involvement of society as a whole in combatting poverty and social exclusion; and
* ensuring that interventions are consistent and coherent at all levels.
The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg is designated as the minister's advisory council on poverty and social exclusion.
Annual reporting is required on updates and revisions to the provincial strategy, and on the measures implemented and the progress made in combatting poverty and social exclusion.

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

2. Envisioning Canada Without Poverty: A CPJ Call to Action
(Citizens for Public Justice)

Envisioning Canada Without Poverty: A CPJ Call to Action
Momentum for poverty reduction is growing across Canada. As Ontario and Nova Scotia follow in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador's footsteps by committing to poverty reduction strategies, the leadership of the provinces is setting an example for the federal government to follow. We believe that the time has come to increase the pressure on the federal government to develop a federal poverty reduction strategy for Canada.

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has recently launched the Envisioning Canada Without Poverty: A CPJ Call to Action campaign. It is aimed at empowering citizens to advocate for a poverty reduction strategy. Our website offers both introductory information and a more detailed examination of poverty and poverty reduction strategies, as well as step by step instructions on writing your MP or arranging a meeting. We are calling for concerned citizens to write or visit your MP to ask for their commitment to working towards a federal poverty reduction strategy announced in Budget 2009.

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

3. Wealth, Low-Wage Work and Welfare: The Unintended Costs of Provincial Needs-tests - April 2008
(Social and Enterprise Development Innovations)

What's new from
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI)
:

Wealth, Low-Wage Work and Welfare:
The Unintended Costs of Provincial Needs-tests
(PDF - 604K, 8 pages)
April 2008
"(...)Assets do matter as an important, but so far largely undervalued, factor in well-being. Assets are more than stored-up income, they are stored-up hope, agency and aspiration. To the degree that welfare policy is ultimately concerned with well-being - and we believe it is - far greater attention should be paid to assets." (Excerpt, p.7)
- includes detailed info on what constitutes assets in the Canadian welfare system as well as asset exemption levels in all Canadian jurisdictions and a number of options for provincial/territorial governments wishing to promote greater asset development within their welfare program.

Source:
Asset-building Program

SEDI Program Areas
To fulfill SEDI's mission statement and to pursue its organizational objectives, SEDI has been working in four broad issue areas: self- employment, youth, asset-building and financial capability. Click the link above and then, on the next page, select one of the programs areas in the left-hand margin for more detailed information and further links.

SEDI Publications List - 100+ links!

Source:
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI)
SEDI is a national charitable organization dedicated to enabling poor and unemployed Canadians become self-sufficient. We take a variety of leading-edge social and economic approaches to this goal in areas such as policy development, program management, capacity building, public education, and research.

- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Youth crime, 2006 - May 16
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2007 - May 14
--- Canada's immigrant labour market, 2007 -
May 13

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

May 16, 2008
Youth crime, 2006
The crime rate among young people aged 12 to 17 climbed 3% between 2005 and 2006, but was 6% lower than a decade earlier, according to data reported by Canadian police services. While property crime rates among youth declined over the previous decade, rates for other types of offences, including violent crime, increased.

Related report:
Youth Crime in Canada, 2006 (PDF - 196K, 16 pages)
by Andrea Taylor-Butts and Angela Bressan

May 14, 2008
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2007
Newfoundland and Labrador led the nation in labour productivity growth in 2007, while Alberta had the largest decline. In both cases, changes in the relative contribution of conventional crude oil extraction to their respective provincial economies played a large role.

May 13, 2008
Canada's immigrant labour market, 2007
Employment among immigrants aged 25 to 54, that is, core working age, increased 2.1% in 2007, thanks in large part to gains among immigrants in Quebec. Despite this increase, the employment rate gap between immigrants and the Canadian born widened.

The Canadian Immigrant Labour Market in 2007
Source:
The Immigrant Labour Force Analysis Series
(incl. links to earlier related products)

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

5. Improvements to Life Income Funds Give Canadians More Financial Flexibility - May 8
(Department of Finance Canada)

Improvements to Life Income Funds Give Canadians More Financial Flexibility
News Release
May 8, 2008
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced regulatory changes are now in effect allowing Canadians to take advantage of Budget 2008 improvements to the administration of Life Income Funds (LIFs).

- includes links to the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, Regulatory Changes Related to Federally Regulated Life Income Funds and Locked-in Registered Retirement Savings Plans, Effective May 8,2008, Questions and Answers and Regulations Amending the Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985.

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

6. Newfoundland and Labrador Income Support Assistance: Children and Families (1991 to 2006)
(Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency
)

Newfoundland and Labrador

Income Support Assistance: Children and Families, 2001-2006
- includes a wealth of welfare caseload profile information such as breakdown of the caseload by family size (number of children by age), profiles of lone-parent families and unattached individuals, average benefits, average duration on assistance (months per year), and much more, for the period from 2001 to 2006.

NOTE: in the left-hand margin of the income support assistance page, you'll find links to similar tables for 1995 to 2000
and for 1991 to 1994, as well as links that allow you to compare communities or regions.

Source:
Community Accounts
Excellent collection of Newfoundland & Labrador statistics launched by the Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency in the spring of 2005. Information is presented by community, region or economic zone, and topics include income, education, health, labour market, employment, housing, population by age and sex and environmental facts.
[ TIP: Income Support Assistance (welfare) and Employment Insurance tables appear in the "Employment and Working Conditions" category.]
Community Accounts online tutorials - watch these to learn how to use the features of the website.

Related link:

Historical Statistics of Newfoundland and Labrador
- incl. social assistance stats from 1951-1969 (under "Health and Welfare")

- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

7. Work Isn’t Working for Ontario Families : The Role of Good Jobs in Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy - May 12
(Campaign 2000)

Work isn't working for Ontario Families
Poverty Reduction requires a Jobs Strategy, says Campaign 2000
News alert
May 12, 2008
Toronto – In the face of mounting evidence on the role of the labour market in family poverty, today Campaign 2000, the coalition working to end child and family poverty, joined with the Toronto & York Region Labour Council and the Canadian Labour Congress (Ontario Region) to call for the inclusion of a good jobs strategy in the provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy. Their joint report, Work Isn’t Working for Ontario Families: The Role of Good Jobs in Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy establishes that many Ontario parents cannot achieve financial security for their families not because they can’t find work, but because they can’t find a good job.

Complete report:

Work Isn’t Working for Ontario Families:
The Role of Good Jobs in Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
(PDF - 180K, 28 pages)

Source:
Campaign 2000

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

8. Poverty profile 2004 - April 2008
(National Council of Welfare)

From the National Council of Welfare:

Poverty profile 2004 - Web-only data <=== links to over two dozen tables!
April 2008
Poverty Profile is a regular publication of the Council that is based on survey data from Statistics Canada.
NOTE : The NCW will not be publishing a 2004 issue of the report Poverty Profile, but clicking on the link above will take you to a page of links to over two dozen tables for 2004.
[For contextual and methodological information, see the 2002/2003 edition of this report (PDF - 3.5MB, 165 pages)]
- includes:
* Poverty rates, Canada (Trends - Persons, by age and sex - Families - Unattached individuals)
* Poverty rates by province (Persons - Families - Unattached individuals - Children - Seniors)
* Children (Family type - Ages of children)
* Depth of Poverty (Dollars below the poverty line - Percentage of the poverty line - Total poverty gap ($) - Incomes of less than half the poverty line)
* Persistence of Poverty (Age group - Education - Transitions in and out of poverty)
*
Poverty and Paid Work (Number of earners - Weeks of work - Work patterns - Working poor
* Sources of Income (Transfer payments - Primary sources of income #1 - Primary sources of income #2
*
Inequality (Income shares - Average income by quintile)
Source:
Poverty Profile <=== incl. links to four earlier online editions of Poverty Profile back to 1998.

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

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - May 16

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

May 16, 2008

State of the world’s mothers 2007: Saving the lives of children under 5
16 May 08
- Annual report from Save the Children ranking and examining how well mothers are faring in countries around the world.

Rural childcare in Manitoba: New economic evidence
16 May 08
- Article from Susan Prentice examining the impact of child care in Thompson, Manitoba using an economist’s technique of input-output analysis.

The mixed economy of childcare and the needs of disadvantaged children
16 May 08
- Presentation notes from the ICMEC seminar series held in May discussing governments’ approaches to the early years provision in a diverse market.

Preschool class for 6-year olds in Sweden: A bridge between early childhood and compulsory schooling
16 May 08
- Policy brief from UNESCO with excerpts from an interview discussing the integration of six-year olds into the compulsory school system in Sweden.

The economics of early childhood policy: What the dismal science has to say about investing in children
16 May 08
- Report from RAND describing how insights from the field of economics provide science-based guidance for early childhood policy.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Frozen fish, canned potatoes on menu at city daycares [CA-ON]
15 May 08

· Early childhood initiatives to benefit individuals, the community and the economy [AU]
14 May 08

· Nurseries now required to admit three-month-olds [VN]
13 May 08

· Report warns against increased role for private sector in daycare [CA]
12 May 08

· Desperate parents use extreme tactics to land daycare spot [CA]
10 May 08

· Supporting mothers; supporting women [CA]
10 May 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

10. International Productivity Monitor - Spring 2008
(Centre for the Study of Living Standards - CSLS)

International Productivity Monitor - Spring 2008
[ version française ]
On May 12, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS), a national, independent, not-for-profit, economic research organization, released the Spring 2008 issue of the International Productivity Monitor. The issue contains five articles : two on the productivity performance of the Canadian economy and three in a symposium on data needs for better productivity measurement.
* Editor’s Overview
* Business Sector Productivity in Canada: What Do We Know? By Paul Boothe and Richard Roy
* An Analysis of the Causes of Weak Labour Productivity Growth in Canada since 2000 - By Jean-François Arsenault and Andrew Sharpe
* Symposium on Data Needs for Better Productivity Measurement
--- What Is To Be Done for Better Productivity Measurement - By Erwin Diewert
--- The State of Data for Services Productivity Measurement in the United States - By Jack E. Triplett and Barry P. Bosworth
--- Data for Productivity Measurement in Market Services: An International Comparison - By Robert Inklaar, Marcel P. Timmer and Bart van Ark

Earlier Issues of the Monitor (16 issues , back to Fall 2000)

Also from CSLS:

Index of Economic Well-being
Has economic well-being increased or decreased in recent years, and is it higher or lower in one country compared to others? Traditionally these questions have been answered by looking at trends in and comparisons of GDP per capita, but this is a poor measure of economic well-being. It measures consumption incompletely, ignoring the value of leisure and longer life spans, and it also ignores the value of accumulation for future generations. Furthermore, since it is an average, GDP per capita gives no indication of the likelihood that an individual will share in prosperity nor of the degree of anxiety with which individuals contemplate their futures."
- incl. links to:
Introduction and Methodology - The Index for Canada -The Index for Canada and the United States - The Index for Canada and the Provinces - The Index for OECD Countries - An Index of Labour Market Well-being - Weighting tool for Canada and OECD Countries

Source:
Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) - Ottawa
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards is a non-profit, national, independent organization that seeks to contribute to a better understanding of trends in and determinants of productivity, living standards and economic and
social well-being through research.

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.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). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

May 15, 2008
* State Health Care Plans - Iowa, Minnesota
* Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
* Editorial: Poverty Measurement
* Kids Count Report - Minnesota
* Child Welfare Removal Policies - New York City
* Food Stamp Program Enrollment - Florida
* The Farm Bill and the Food Stamp Program
* Medicaid Rule Change and Doctor Training Programs - New York
* Safety-net Hospitals and Quality of Care
* Paid Family Leave - New Jersey
* Payday Lending Legislation - Ohio
* Academic Achievement of American Indian Students - Oklahoma
* Study: Level of Education and Life Expectancy

May 12, 2008
* State Programs for Welfare Leavers
* Children on Medicaid and Lead Poisoning - Ohio
* State Children's Health Insurance Program - Indiana
* Massachusetts State Health Insurance Program
* Information Technology and State Health Programs - Minnesota, Illinois
* Food Prices and Increased Need for Assistance
* Trends in Wages for Low-income Workers - Virginia
* Public Housing and Rental Vouchers - Columbus, OH
* High School Dropout Age - Minnesota
* No Child Left Behind and Gifted Students
* Subprime Lending and Home Foreclosures - Ohio
* Payday Lending Law - Illinois
* Voter ID and Proof of Citizenship
* Undocumented Immigrants and Access to Health Care

Search Poverty Dispatches

IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.
Anyone wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

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

12. Poverty Action Lab - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Poverty Action Lab (MIT)
http://www.povertyactionlab.org/

Many laboratories focus their attention on topics like Alzheimer's research, but this laboratory at MIT focuses on poverty. The objective of their work at the Poverty Action Lab is "to improve the effectiveness of poverty programs by providing policy makers with clear scientific results that help shape successful polices to combat poverty." The Lab was started in June 2003 by a group of professors at MIT and their collaborators. Visitors to the site will note that the materials here are divided into sections that include "Research", "People", "News", and "Courses". The "Research" section is a great place to start as policy makers and others can look over their completed projects (such as "Discrimination in the Job Market") and their publications. Moving on, visitors can click on the "People" section to learn more about their staff and directors. Finally, those who are curious about the reach of the Poverty Lab's work will want to look at their media features in the "News" section.
Review by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.
http://scout.wisc.edu/

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

13. Barack Obama supports John Edwards' plan to cut U.S. poverty by half in ten years - May 14

Edwards Poverty Campaign Met With Media Blackout
Posted May 15, 2008
On Tuesday, the day before he announced his support for Barack Obama, former Senator John Edwards launched a campaign to cut the nation's poverty rate in half in the next ten years. You can be excused if you hadn't heard about it. Only one major daily newspaper -- the Philadelphia Inquirer -- covered the event, which took place at a Baptist church in North Philadelphia.
(...)
The Half in Ten campaign will focus on policy solutions identified in the Center for American Progress' poverty task force report issued last year. These include expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit; raising both state and federal minimum wages; increasing the number of low-income families receiving child care assistance; increasing eligibility for unemployment insurance; and preventing predatory lending practices and preserving home ownership. The last time the U.S. committed itself to dramatically tackling poverty was during the early 1960s.
Source:
Huffington Post
[NOTE : recommended reading --- includes a good snapshot of the poverty situation in the U.S., along with an historical overview of poverty and poverty reduction from President Johnson's War on Poverty (mid-60s) to date, and links to related information - Gilles]

Edwards backs Obama
By Chuck Babbington, Associated Press
May 14, 2008
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Democrat John Edwards endorsed former rival Barack Obama on Wednesday, a move designed to help solidify support for the party's likely presidential nominee even as Hillary Rodham Clinton refuses to give up her long-shot candidacy. (...)He said Mr. Obama “stands with me” in a fight to cut poverty in half within 10 years.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

Groups Launch "Half in Ten" Anti-Poverty Campaign
May 13, 2008
On May 13, four of the nation's most prominent social justice organizations announced a new multi-year campaign to cut poverty in America in half in 10 years. The campaign, Half in Ten, will be chaired by former presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards, D. N.C. (...) "Half in Ten" is a partnership of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF), the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN), and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR).
Source:
CivilRights.org
"The civil rights coailition for the 21st century"

Half in Ten : From Poverty to Prosperity
A Campaign to Cut Poverty in the United States in Half in Ten Years
Site launched May 13

Details of the Strategy:

From Poverty to Prosperity:
A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half
Executive summary (HTML)
Complete report
(PDF - 8.1MB, 80 pages)
Source:
Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty

The three links below point to relevant content from the Barack Obama and John Edwards websites on the subject of poverty.
[ NOTE : both plans below predate the launch of Half in Ten, so both websites will likely be updated in the near future to reflect the renewed commitment to poverty reduction. I assume.]

A National Goal: End Poverty Within 30 Years
NOTE: it appears that John Edwards has raised the bar with respect to his anti-poverty goals since dropping out of the presidential election campaign at the end of January 2008. The new Half in Ten goal is a ramped-up version of the anti-poverty commitments from the John Edwards' presidentail campaign website. On that site, John Edwards calls poverty 'the great moral issue of our time', and he challenges our country to cut it by a third in a decade [bolding added] and end it within 30 years.
Source:
John Edwards campaign website

Barack Obama's Plan to Fight Poverty in America (PDF - 64K, 8 pages)
File dated April 20, 2008

Barack Obama : Plan to Combat Poverty
(undated Issues page - no timeframes or targets)
At a Glance:
* Expand Access to Jobs
* Make Work Pay for All Americans
* Strengthen Families
* Increase the Supply of Affordable Housing
* Tackle Concentrated Poverty

Source:
OBAMA '08

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

14. What's new from Europa ("Gateway to the European Union"):
---
Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2008
--- Social Protection in the 27 Member States of the European Union on 1 January 2007
--- Organisation of social protection in the European Union

From Europa - Gateway of the European Union:

Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2008
Press Release
Brussels, 25 February 2008
The report examines the Member States' integrated national strategies on social inclusion, pensions, healthcare and long-term care. It reviews the main trends across the EU and at national level. The 2008 report focuses on child poverty, older workers, private pension provision, health inequalities and long-term care.

Complete report (PDF - 144K, 14 pages)
On 29 February 2008 the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council and the Commission jointly adopted the 2008 Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion.
This fourth Report examines more in depth a set of themes identified in last year's edition:
* child poverty,
* health inequalities, access to health care and evolving long-term care needs,
* longer working lives and privately managed pensions.
The report also outlines envisaged improvements of the working methods of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on social protection and social inclusion which should further reinforce the efficiency of the process.

Accompanying document to the
Proposal for the Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2008
(PDF - 748K, 109 pages)
Commission Staff working Paper
Brussels, 30 January .2008
This supporting document complements the 2008 Joint Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion with a more detailed account of the work carried out in the framework of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion in 2007.

Source:
Mutual Information System on Social Protection
The Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSOC) was established in 1990 by the European Commission as an instrument to serve the continuous and comprehensive exchange of information on social protection between the EU Member States. MISSOC has since been further developed and has become an important central source of information on social protection in all Member States of the European Union. Today, the information system includes the 27 Member States, the three countries of the European Economic Area – Iceland, Liechtens tein, Norway– and Switzerland.

See also:
Joint reports
- Joint Reports assess progress made in the implementation of the OMC, set key priorities and identify good practice and innovative approaches of common interest to the Member States.
[ Europa - Gateway of the European Union ]

Also from Europa:

Comparative Tables on Social Protection in the 27 Member States
of the European Union, in the European Economic Area and in Switzerland:
Situation on 1 January 2007

This report is divided into a number of files, each containing the following info for 3-4 countries:
* Financing * Health care * Sickness * Cash benefits * Maternity/Paternity * Invalidity * Old-Age * Survivors * Employment injuries and occupational diseases * Family benefits * Unemployment * Guaranteeing of sufficient resources (welfare) * Long-term care

Related links:

Organisation of social protection on 1 January 2007 - Charts and descriptions (PDF - 1.4MB, 73 pages)
- includes a one-page description of how the various programs fit together in each of the member states along with an org chart showing how these programs are organized within the government structure

Source:
Europa - Gateway of the European Union
EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the websites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties. (About Europa)

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

15. OECD Factbook 2008 - April 8
(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
)

Factbook 2008 shows wide variations in productivity across OECD countries
April 8, 2008 - Labour productivity has grown strongly in the Slovak Republic, Hungary and Korea in recent years while growth rates in some other OECD countries such as Italy, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand have slowed markedly. The differences can be clearly seen in OECD’s new Factbook 2008, an annual digest of economic, social and environmental statistics. Gross domestic product (GDP) per hour worked grew at above 4 percent a year on average between 2001 and 2006 in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea and the Slovak Republic.

OECD Factbook 2008: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics
- includes Canada in all comparisons, charts and analyses!
Topics include:
* Population and migration * Macroeconomic trends * Economic globalisation * Prices * Energy * Labour * Science and technology * Environment * Education * Public Finance * Quality of Life (e.g., income inequality,
prison population) * Productivity
NOTE: clicking on any topic on the OECD Factbook home page will open a subdirectory of the content within that topic.

Related links:

Social and Welfare Statistics
Social policies statistics cover an array of interdependent issues: family-friendly policies, employment-oriented social policies and social assistance policies for the working age population, disability policies, and ageing related policies.

Social Expenditure Database
The OECD Social Expenditure Database, containing data on social expenditure broken down by program, previously available on SourceOECD in Beyond 20/20 views, is now available both through the new data browser (in beta release) and as Excel files.

Social Policies Home Page
Social policies affect people at different stages of their lives and have to address a range of issues: child-development, combining family and work responsibilities, social benefits and disability policies for periods out of work, spells of poverty (and more generally income distribution), and pension policies for the elderly. In all areas, taking a gender perspective is an important for policy design.

OECD statistical publications and databases
OECD.Stat contains complete databases and is freely available as a beta release via OECD’s iLibrary, SourceOECD for the first half of 2008.

Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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

16. Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC, Paris) Bulletin - selected content

From the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

CERC Bulletin - links to all CERC semi-monthly bulletins
Subscribe - To be informed of CERC activities and to receive the bulletin

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Selected content from CERC Bulletin #153 ( May 13, 2008):
(click on the bulletin link above to access the studies mentioned below and more...)

. Change of norm? In-work poverty in a comparative perspective (PDF - 800K, 137 pages)
2008
I. Airio
Kela
, Helsinki, Studies in social security and health
Geographical area : International comparisons

. The circumstances of persistently poor families with children : Evidence from the Families and Children Study (FACS) (PDF - 2.4MB, 100 pages)
May 2008
M. Barnes, A. Conolly and W. Tomaszewski
Department for Work and Pensions, London.
Geographical area : United Kingdom

. On public support for working parents (Word - 170K, 17 pages)
May 2008
Z. Kravchenko
Luxembourg Income Study, Luxembourg
Geographical area : Russia

. Poverty facts : 2004 (PDF - 108K, 15 pages)
2008
The Urban Institute, Washington
Geographical area : United States

. A quarter century of economic inequality in Canada : 1981-2006, (PDF - 996K, 46 pages)
April 2008
L. Osberg
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Toronto
Geographical area : Canada

. Social protection in the European Union, (PDF - 332K, 12 pages)
2008
A. Petrasova
Eurostat, Luxembourg
Geographical area : Europe

Source:
CERC Bulletin #153 --- much more...

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Online Information Service
Information and online resources organized under five themes: Poverty * Social minima * In-work benefits * Minimum wage * Unemployment and return to work .
- includes links and resources for Canada...
HINT: click on the links in the right-hand margin of each theme page for more content

CERC Bulletins/Reports/Studies/Working papers
- Click on the links in the left margin of the CERC website home page for access to a large collection of online resources

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

17. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

18. CRINMAIL 982, 983 (May 2008)
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

15 May 2008 - CRINMAIL 983
Special edition on the rights of children with disabilities
* Introduction: Landmark treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities enters into force
* A Guide to Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities - call for comments
* It’s About Ability - An explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
* Resources: Campaigns - Laws - News - Publications - Contribute
**Interview** Gerison Lansdown
**Quiz special on the rights of children with disabilities**

13 May 2008 - CRINMAIL 982
* SOUTH AFRICA: Children's rights in criminal justice system neglected [news]
* BANGLADESH: Govt to investigate issue of children in conflict with law [news]
* HEALTH: Sexuality and life skills: Participatory practices on sexual and reproductive health with young people [publication]
* CHILD LABOUR: Invitation to comment on paper [publication]
* COUNCIL OF EUROPE: Raise your hand against smacking! [event]
* EMPLOYMENT: International Social Service - War Child [5] - Child-to-Child Trust
***FROM THE FRONTLINE** Nevena Vuc(kovic' Šahovic' [interview]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ 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.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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

 

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