Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 18, 2014

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 2,693 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. No piece of cake! Linda Chamberlain applies for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) (John Stapleton, Open Policy) - May 16
2. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - May 14 (2014) issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
3. The situation of indigenous peoples in Canada : Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya
- May 2014
4. The Case for a Stronger Fair Wage Policy in Ontario (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 8
5. Long Form Census Elimination - Payback Time:
--- Lots of Missing Data
(May 10)
--- Voluntary surveys do not give us the reliable information we need (May 4)
6. Post-secondary tuition fees: progressive or not? (Alex Usher - Nick Falvo) - May 9
7. Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage (By Seth Klein, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC) - May 9
8. Hennessy‘s Index for May 2014 : Middle Class Angst (By Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 5
9. Data.gc.ca
10 . Open Government Action Plan 2.0 Consultation (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) - April 24
11. Federal Public Service Renewal : Destination 2020 (Clerk of the Privy Council) - May 2014
12.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Income of immigrants: Ontario, 2011 - May 16
--- Study: The distribution of employment growth rates in Canada : The role of high-growth and rapidly shrinking firms, 2000 to 2009 - May 15
--- Income of immigrants: Manitoba, 2011- May 15
--- Income of immigrants: Saskatchewan, 2011 - May 14
--- Income of immigrants: Alberta, 2011 - May 13
--- Guide to the Labour Force Survey, 2014 - May 13
--- Correctional services key indicators, 2012/2013 - May 12
--- Income of immigrants: British Columbia, 2011 - May 12

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

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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Pause for reflection...

1. No piece of cake! Linda Chamberlain applies for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) - May 16
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

No piece of cake! Linda Chamberlain applies for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
http://openpolicyontario.com/blog-2/
May 16, 2014
By John Stapleton
After several years of speaking, counselling and writing about retiring on a low income [ http://openpolicyontario.com/retiring-on-a-low-income-3/ ], John Stapleton thought it would be a breeze to help his friend Linda Chamberlain to apply for the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), an income-tested top-up to the Old Age Security pension. Follow John and Linda's zany adventures in their dealings with the federal bureacrazy.
To be continued...

Source:
Open Policy (John Stapleton's blog)

http://openpolicyontario.com/

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More information about the
Old Age Security (OAS) program, including the GIS:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/oas/index.shtml

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Federal Dept responsible for OAS/GIS:
Employment and Social Development Canada
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

2. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - May 14 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : May 14 (2014) - issue 130 (PDF - 178K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_130.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø National Final Report: Cross-Site at Home/Chez Soi Project
Ø The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005 – 2012
Ø Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States
Ø Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada: Are They Really Filling Labour Shortages?
Ø How are Ontarians Really Doing?
Ø Labour Force Survey, April 2014

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Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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

3. The situation of indigenous peoples in Canada : Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya - May 2014

Canada's aboriginal well-being efforts 'insufficient,' UN envoy says
UN factfinder urges Ottawa to call national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-s-aboriginal-well-being-efforts-insufficient-un-envoy-says-1.2639509
By Susana Mas
May 12, 2014
Canada has made "notable efforts" to improve the social and economic well-being of indigenous people, but needs to do much more to improve their overall living conditions, says a report by a United Nations human rights envoy.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

The report:

The situation of indigenous peoples in Canada:
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya

HTML version : http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/country-reports/the-situation-of-indigenous-peoples-in-canada
PDF version (26 pages) : http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/docs/countries/2014-report-canada-a-hrc-27-52-add-2-en-auversion.pdf
May 7, 2014

Source:
James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/
These are the final country reports (Panama, Canada, Peru) to be issued by James Anaya before he ends his mandate in June 2014. The Special Rapporteur will be briefly discussing these reports during this statement and interactive dialogue before the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, from 1 to 3 pm

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Government response to the report:

Statement by federal Minister Valcourt in reaction to
Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=847009
(May 12, 2014
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today issued the following statement in response to the report of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: “The report published by the Special Rapporteur today acknowledges that, while many challenges remain, many positive steps have been taken by the Government of Canada to improve the overall well-being and prosperity of Aboriginal people in Canada."

Related links:

Backgrounder: Canada's Endorsement Of
The United Nations Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1292353979814/1292354016174

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Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples: UN report
UN rapporteur on indigenous rights James Anaya talks about his report on Canada
(video, duration 7:09)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/Power%2B&%2BPolitics/ID/2456194174/

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UN report on Canada’s treatment of aboriginal people in spotlight Monday
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/un-report-on-canada-s-treatment-of-aboriginal-people-in-spotlight-monday-1.2638988

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RCMP confirm report of more than 1,000 murdered aboriginal women
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rcmp-confirm-report-of-more-than-1-000-murdered-aboriginal-women-1.2630456

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First Nations education act 'on hold,' minister's office says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/un-report-on-canada-s-treatment-of-aboriginal-people-in-spotlight-monday-1.2638988

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Visit CBC Aboriginal for more top stories
http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal

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Related link
from rabble.ca:

Harper's assimilation agenda just collided with First Nations resistance -- and lost
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/pamela-palmater/2014/05/harpers-assimilation-agenda-just-collided-first-nations-resis
By Pamela Palmater
May 16, 2014
This has been a difficult month for Prime Minister Stephen Harper in terms of Crown-First Nations relations. Harper seemed too busy picking fights with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin and defending another "dodgy" Senate appointment, to notice that Canada's already brittle relationship with First Nations was crumbling.
(...)
While the United Nations has been consistently critical of Canada's treatment of indigenous peoples [see above], the Bertelsmann Foundation [ http://goo.gl/sr567T ] is the latest to note that Canada's record on governance has declined under Harper, especially when it comes to indigenous peoples.

Source:
rabble.ca
http://rabble.ca/

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

4. The Case for a Stronger Fair Wage Policy in Ontario - May 8
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Case for a Stronger Fair Wage Policy in Ontario
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/case-stronger-fair-wage-policy-ontario
By Josh Mandryk
May 8, 2014
Abstract
This report analyzes Ontario’s fair wage policy, which has not been modernized since it was introduced in 1995. It draws from a broad range of examples to show how a modernized fair wage policy can be a critical link to bring construction tendering policy in line with government policy objectives pertaining to skills training and apprenticeships, improved health and safety outcomes, and tackling the underground economy in construction.

Complete report:

The Case for a Stronger Fair Wage Policy in Ontario (PDF - 71K, 47 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/2014/05/Fair_Wage_FINAL.pdf
(...)
This report also examines the cost impact of fair wage policies, the main argument of those seeking the repeal of such policies. A review of the extant research comes to a surprising finding: fair wage policies do not significantly increase overall construction costs, contrary to the claims of critics.

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

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

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

5. Long Form Census Elimination : Payback time.
--- Lots of Missing Data
(May 10)
--- Voluntary surveys do not give us the reliable information we need (May 4)

Long Form Census Elimination Means Lots Of Missing Data, Says Internal Government Survey
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/10/long-form-census-canada_n_5300330.html
By Dean Beeby
May 10, 2014
The Conservative government has touted the thousands of databases it is making public as proof of its openness and transparency. But key data users in a Treasury Board survey complained about one giant database that has actually disappeared: the long-form census, killed by the Harper government in 2011 and again for the 2016 census.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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We are missing fundamentally important data
Voluntary surveys do not give us the reliable information we need

http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4501441-we-are-missing-fundamentally-important-data/
By Stephanie Baker Collins
May 6, 2014

We live in an information-rich world. We take for granted having accessible information at our fingertips on the World Wide Web. Beneath this easy assumption a darker reality is emerging. Canada as a nation is becoming information poor, especially poor in the form of independent, public information. And this poverty of information threatens our democracy.
(...)
Publicly available, independent information is essential to a healthy democracy. We know the same information can be used to different purposes and it can be used in manipulative ways. This doesn't mean, as some have concluded, that statistics are useless. On the contrary. It means it is vitally important to have an independent, public source of information that researchers can test for themselves and draw independent conclusions about those data.

[Stephanie Baker Collins is an associate professor at McMaster University
School of Social Work and a member of McMaster Community Poverty Initiative.]

Source:
Hamilton Spectator
http://www.thespec.com/

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- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm <<======================= 489 links!

6. Post-secondary tuition fees: progressive or not? - May 9
(Alex Usher - Nick Falvo)

Who’s Progressive?
http://higheredstrategy.com/whos-progressive/
May 9, 2014
By Alex Usher
To the extent that finances act as a barrier to higher education, they are an obstacle to those without resources – that is, those who tend to come from lower-income backgrounds. It is, therefore, simply common sense that if you want to relieve financial barriers, you concentrate resources among those with the fewest means. Except, it doesn’t seem to be common sense among many of those who consider themselves “progressive” in Canada. “Progressives”, for reasons that are almost incomprehensible, prefer solutions that give far more money to students from high-SES backgrounds. Why? Good question...

[Alex Usher is the President of Higher Education Strategy Associates
and Editor-in-Chief of Global Higher Education Strategy Monitor.]

Source:
Higher Education Strategy Associates
http://higheredstrategy.com/
Higher Education Strategy Associates believes that plotting the right strategy is the key to ongoing success in the higher education market.

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Alex Usher is Wrong on Tuition Fees
http://www.academicmatters.ca/2014/05/alex-usher-is-wrong-on-tuition-fees/
By Nick Falvo
May 12, 2014
One of Canada’s best-known post-secondary education pundits, Alex Usher, recently wrote a blog post [ http://goo.gl/hz7eTE ] suggesting that Canada’s status quo system of high tuition fees (and means-tested financial aid for students) is in fact progressive. Specifically, he argued that lowering tuition fees would reward higher-income earners rather than lower-income earners. Ergo: no government that wants to help lower-income households should seriously consider trying to reduce tuition fees.

Here are five reasons why I think Mr. Usher is wrong:

1. Administrative Costs.
2. Marginal Tax Rates.
3. Lack of Perfect Information.
4. Smoke and Mirrors.

[Nick Falvo is a Ph.D. candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa. His area of research is social policy, with a focus on poverty, housing, homelessness and social assistance. He has a budding interest in post-secondary education policy.]

Source:
Academic Matters

http://www.academicmatters.ca/

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Responding to Nick Falvo on tuition fees
http://www.academicmatters.ca/2014/05/responding-to-nick-falvo-on-tuition-fees/
May 15, 2014
By Alex Usher
Recently, on my daily blog, I wrote an analysis (link to: http://higheredstrategy.com/whos-progressive/) of distributional effects of tuition reductions versus those of targeted grant programs and concluded that the latter were far more progressive in their impact than the former.

Source:
Academic Matters

http://www.academicmatters.ca/

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

7. Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage - May 9
(By Seth Klein, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC)

Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage
http://www.policynote.ca/clarifying-the-difference-between-the-minimum-and-living-wage/
May 9, 2014
By Seth Klein
BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Seth Klein, responds to an earlier opinion piece (the difference between the minimum and living wage) in the Vancouver Sun by Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President (Western Canada) of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. The original piece by von Schellwitz is no longer online, but Seth's short clarification is worth a read if you're not sure what IS the difference between minimum wage and a living wage...

Source:
Policy Note

http://www.policynote.ca/
Policy Note is the blog of the BC Office
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc
...of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

8. Hennessy‘s Index for May 2014 : Middle Class Angst - May 5, 2014
(By Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Hennessy‘s Index for May 2014:
Middle Class Angst

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/hennessy%E2%80%98s-index-may-2014
May 5, 2014
Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
NOTE : Each of the items in Hennesssy's Index contains a link to the source information.
Click the link above for links to all items and their sources.

47
Percentage of Canadians who self-identify as middle class, down from almost 70 per cent in 2002.

5
Percentage increase in the market income of the richest 20 per cent of Canadian households in 2011 compared to 2006.

6
Percentage drop in the market income of the poorest 20 per cent of Canadian households in 2011 compared to 2006.

59
Percentage increase in the number of Canadians who were working for the minimum wage in 2012 compared to 2006.

32
Share of income gains from economic growth that Canada’s richest 1 per cent enjoyed between 1997 and 2007.

165
Percentage of Canadians’ household incomes that was taken up by household debt in 2012. That amount of household debt is worse than in the U.S. or U.K.

1
Canada tops the list of countries with the worst (that is, highest) price-to-rent ratio - an indicator some economists interpret as having an overvalued housing market.

11
Percentage of Canadians working in the private sector who are covered by a traditional (defined benefit) pension plan (down from 28.6 per cent in 1982)

53
Percentage of Canadians who think Canada is in some kind of recession.

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For earlier months of Hennessy's Index, visit:
http://policyalternatives.ca/index

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Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

9. Data.gc.ca

Data.gc.ca
http://data.gc.ca/
Data.gc.ca provides one-stop access to the Government of Canada’s searchable open data* and open information, together with open dialogue, as part of the federal government’s commitment to enhance transparency and accountability. We encourage the participation of all citizens to make data.gc.ca better.
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* Open Data is a practice that makes data freely available by way of portals, metadata, and search tools for reuse by governments, citizens, voluntary organizations, academia, and the private sector in new and unanticipated ways.
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The data published on data.gc.ca is made available by Government of Canada departments and Crown corporations. While each of these entities is responsible for managing their own data, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is responsible for the governance, including guidelines and policies, applicable to the data.

data.gc.ca is a public site and all data published here and on related Websites is public data that is not sensitive in nature (i.e. data which is NOT personal or confidential) and does not identify or provide ways to identify individuals.

How can we improve the data.gc.ca?
Give us your feedback:
http://data.gc.ca/eng/forms/contact-us

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Canada's Action Plan on Open Government
http://data.gc.ca/eng/canadas-action-plan-open-government
Table of Contents:
* Introduction
* The Evolution of Canada's Open Government Strategy
* Canada's Action Plan on Open Government
* Our Commitments
* Foundational Commitments
* Activity Stream 1 – Open Information
* Activity Stream 2 – Open Data
* Activity Stream 3 – Open Dialogue
* Conclusion

Excerpt from the conclusion:
Canada is committed to Open Government and is ready to be an active participant in the Open Government Partnership*. We support the principles of the Open Government Partnership which we believe will propel innovation, economic opportunity and deeper democratic engagement worldwide.
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* Open Government Partnership (OGP)
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/
OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 64 participating countries indicated on the map below. In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.
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Canada and the OGP
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/canada
Within Canada, the Open Government Partnership provides us with a real opportunity to accelerate the transformation of our public service and of our government through a fundamental openness to working with Canadians coupled with the effective use of emerging technologies.

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- Go to the Open Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/open_govt.htm

10. Open Government Action Plan 2.0 Consultation - April 24
(Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)

Minister Clement Launches Consultations on Open Government
Government of Canada Seeks Input on Open Data, Open Information, and Open Dialogue
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=842049
April 24, 2014
Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, launched a three-part consultation* regarding Canada's Action Plan on Open Government. The objective of the first phase, taking place online at data.gc.ca, is to determine how Canadians want to be engaged and informed on Open Government, and how citizens prefer to provide feedback to advance the Government's second Action Plan on Open Government.
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Phase 1: Consultation Plan
Phase 2: Idea Dialogue – Coming Soon
Phase 3: Commitment Discussion – Coming in May / June
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Source:
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/

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From Data.gc.ca:
http://data.gc.ca/

Open Government Action Plan 2.0 Consultation
http://data.gc.ca/eng/consultations/open-government-action-plan-20-consultation
In 2012, Canada joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to improve the quality of the programs and services that citizens receive. As we near the end of our first two years as a member of the Open Government Partnership, it is time to engage with Canadians on the development of Canada's Open Government Action Plan 2.0.

Please have a look at the Consultation Plan [ http://goo.gl/7sOAMS ] and [ http://goo.gl/WskcZx ] on these key questions:

* How can we make the consultation plan better?
* Will you participate in Open Government consultations? Why or why not?
* Can you name any public interest groups or organizations that would be interested in participating? If so, please share with us.

Open Data in Canada
http://data.gc.ca/eng/maps/open-data-canada

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Open government
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_government
Open government is the governing doctrine which holds that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight.[1] In its broadest construction it opposes reason of state and other considerations, which have tended to legitimize extensive state secrecy. The origins of open government arguments can be dated to the time of the European Enlightenment: to debates about the proper construction of a then nascent democratic society.

Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/

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- Go to the Open Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/open_govt.htm

11. Federal Public Service Renewal : Destination 2020 - May 2014
(Clerk of the Privy Council)

Federal Public Service Renewal

Destination 2020
HTML version :
http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=378
PDF version (6.9MB, 48 pages) : http://www.clerk.gc.ca/local_grfx/d2020/Destination2020-eng.pdf
May 2014
(...)
Destination 2020 highlights some of the impressive ideas public servants have generated to date through the
Blueprint 2020 process
:
[ http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=349 ].

Table of contents:

Foreword: Message from the Prime Minister
Message from the Clerk of the Privy Council
Building Canada's Public Service Together
Five Priority Areas for Action
Innovative Practices and Networking
Processes and Empowerment
Technology
People Management
Fundamentals of Public Service
The Way Forward
Want to Hear More? Read On!
Improving Service to Canadians
Change Management
Mentorship Matters: Building Supportive Relationships
Engaging Public Servants from Coast to Coast to Coast
External Outreach

Related link:

Twenty-First Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada
HTML version :
http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=371
PDF version (11MB) : http://www.clerk.gc.ca/local_grfx/docs/rpt/rpt2014-eng.pdf
May 2, 2014
(...)
In June 2013, I [Clerk of the Privy Council] launched Blueprint 2020, engaging directly with public servants in an unprecedented variety of ways across Canada and around the world—complementing traditional town hall gatherings with more modern social media technologies to hear from public servants.

Source:
Clerk of the Privy Council
http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

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From cpsrenewal:

Unsolicited Thoughts on Destination 2020
http://www.cpsrenewal.ca/2014/05/unsolicited-thoughts-on-destination-2020.html
By Nicholas Charney
May 16, 2014
(...)
There are hundreds of briefing notes and decks being written across the public service as your read this that are using the Clerk's report as leverage. A quotation from the report on the front page, a photo of the Clerk and another quotation on the back. If an initiative can be tied to any of the report's pillars, it will be. This is to be expected. After all a Clerk's report is never about the actual report — it's about what we all do with it.

[Nicholas Charney is "...a public servant, blogger, speaker, digital citizen, father and husband."
He has been a journeyman public servant since 2007, and he is founder of CPSRenewal.]

Source:
cpsrenewal
(Canadian Public Service Renewal)
http://www.cpsrenewal.ca/

Related link:

Scheming Virtuously:
A Handbook for Public Servants
(PDF - 12.3MB, 24 pages)
http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15190944/schemingvirtuously.pdf
PDF file dated July 2011
"...the handbook is a collection of practical tactics that will help public servants foster a more collaborative and innovative public service culture while upholding core public service values."

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

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Income of immigrants: Ontario, 2011 - May 16
--- Study: The distribution of employment growth rates in Canada : The role of high-growth and rapidly shrinking firms, 2000 to 2009 - May 15
--- Income of immigrants: Manitoba, 2011- May 15
--- Income of immigrants: Saskatchewan, 2011 - May 14
--- Income of immigrants: Alberta, 2011 - May 13
--- Guide to the Labour Force Survey, 2014 - May 13
--- Correctional services key indicators, 2012/2013 - May 12
--- Income of immigrants: British Columbia, 2011 - May 12

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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May 16, 2014
Income of immigrants: Ontario, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140516/dq140516f-eng.htm
Data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database for Ontario are now available for 1980 to 2011. Tables at the Canada level were released in The Daily on December 23, 2013 [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131223/dq131223h-eng.htm ].

Available in CANSIM:
* Table 054-0012 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0012&p2=31
* Table 054-0013 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0013&p2=31

NOTE : For a more detailed description of immigrant admission categories from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/glossary.asp

May 15, 2014
Study: The distribution of employment growth rates in Canada:
The role of high-growth and rapidly shrinking firms, 2000 to 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140515/dq140515b-eng.htm
Studies on job growth typically seek answers to questions such as: What is the source of the growth of jobs? Does job growth lie predominantly in small, large, young or old firms? Where is job growth strongest? Where is it most volatile? An earlier Statistics Canada study , published in The Daily on July 5, 2012 [ http://goo.gl/P56ZcC ], showed that the average annual rate of job growth does not differ significantly for firms of different sizes once the age of the firm is taken into account. A new study looks at whether large positive or negative growth rates can be found among growing and declining firms.

Related research paper:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11F0027M2014091&lang=eng

Similar studies
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/economicanalysis

May 15, 2014
Income of immigrants: Manitoba, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140515/dq140515d-eng.htm
Data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database for Manitoba are now available for 1980 to 2011

Available in CANSIM:
* Table 054-0010 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0010&p2=31
* Table 054-0011 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0011&p2=31

May 14, 2014
Income of immigrants: Saskatchewan, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140514/dq140514c-eng.htm
Data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database for Saskatchewan are now available for 1980 to 2011.

Available in CANSIM:
* Table 054-0008 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0008&p2=31
* Table054-0009 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0009&p2=31

May 13, 2014
Income of immigrants: Alberta, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140513/dq140513d-eng.htm
Data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database for Alberta are now available for 1980 to 2011.

Available in CANSIM:
* Table 054-0006 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0006&p2=31
* Table054-0006 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0007&p2=31

May 13, 2014
Guide to the Labour Force Survey, 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-543-g/71-543-g2014001-eng.htm
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a household survey carried out monthly by Statistics Canada. Since its inception in 1945, the objectives of the LFS have been to divide the working-age population into three mutually exclusive classifications - employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force - and to provide descriptive and explanatory data on each of these categories.

May 12, 2014
Correctional services key indicators, 2012/2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140512/dq140512a-eng.htm
Data from the Corrections Key Indicator Report for Adults and Youth are now available for 2012/2013.

Available in CANSIM:
* Table 054-0005 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=251-0005&p2=31
* Table 054-0006 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=251-0006&p2=31
* Table 054-0008: http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=251-0008&p2=31

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The Juristat bulletin "Correctional services key indicators, 2012/2013" is now available:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=85-002-X201400114007&lang=eng

May 12, 2014
Income of immigrants: British Columbia, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140512/dq140512b-eng.htm
Data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database for British Columbia are now available for 1980 to 2011

Available in CANSIM:
* Table 054-0004 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0004&p2=31
* Table 054-0005 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=054-0005&p2=31

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
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

13. 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

May 18, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Research, evidence and policy: Mobilizing knowledge
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/05/research-evidence-and-policy-mobilizing-knowledge
14 May 2014 | Canada
Winnipeg, November 13, 2014: A one-day early childhood education and child care policy research conference, organized to capitalize on the fourth national child care policy conference "ChildCare2020: From vision to action"

The state of preschool 2013
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/05/state-preschool-2013
14 May 2014 | United States
Findings in annual report from the US National Institute for Early Education Research "raise serious concerns about the quality and availability of pre-K education" in the United States.

Study: Living arrangements of children in Canada, 1901 to 2011
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/05/study-living-arrangements-children-canada-1901-2011
14 May 2014 | Canada
Study from Statistics Canada shows that the family circumstances and living arrangements of Canadians have evolved substantially over the last century due to the many social, economic, legislative, and cultural changes in Canada.

Early childhood education and child care in the 2014 Ontario election
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/05/early-childhood-education-and-child-care-2014-ontario-elect
14 May 2014 | Ontario
CRRU has selected materials from political parties, NGOs and news media to explain how ECEC is positioned in the Ontario election campaign.

Child care in BC: 15,000 more children but only 2,000 more spaces + higher parent fees = ongoing crisis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/05/child-care-bc-15000-more-children-only-2000-more-spaces-hig
14 May 2014 | British Columbia
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC says the province's recent announcement of capital funding doesn't go far enough, as "only 18% of children under age 12 have access to a child care space in BC today".

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

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

Hudak to cut 100,000 public sector jobs if Tories win election
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/05/hudak-cut-100000-public-sector-jobs-if-tories-win-election
14 May 2014 | Ontario

Ontario needs a good child care strategy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/05/ontario-needs-good-child-care-strategy
14 May 2014 | Ontario

Parents need child care to work, party leaders told
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/05/parents-need-child-care-work-party-leaders-told
14 May 2014 | Ontario

NDP child care pledge welcome but not enough, advocate says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/05/ndp-child-care-pledge-welcome-not-enough-advocate-says
14 May 2014 | Ontario

PC platform includes larger class sizes, cancels teacher pay hikes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/05/pc-platform-includes-larger-class-sizes-cancels-teacher-pay-hikes
14 May 2014 | Ontario

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.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

14. 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/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

May 16, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/05/16/
April 2014 State Unemployment Rates
Delaware Kids Count Report

May 15, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/05/15/
Elder Poverty Among Women
Shift in Government Aid

May 14, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/05/14/
Suburban Poverty
SNAP Participation
Income Inequality

May 13, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/05/13/
States and Medicaid Expansion

May 12, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today

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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/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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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

15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

14 May 2014 - CRINmail issue 1377
http://www.crinarchive.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=5059
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- UN appoints new human rights experts
- Civilian discontent over Nigerian girls’ abduction
- Crimes against humanity in South Sudan
- Exemption of youth sex offenders from registration laws
- LGBT children’s rights
- Hundreds of Afghan children killed in conflict
- Indoctrination through textbooks in Venezuela
Children's access to justice in Indonesia
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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The Dentist and the Golfer

A man and his wife walk into a dentist's office.
The man said to the dentist: "Doc, I'm in one heck of a hurry --- I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf, so forget about the anaesthetic, I don't have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! We have a 10:00 AM tee time at the best golf course in town and it's 9:30 already... I don't have time to wait for the anaesthetic to work!'
The dentist thinks to himself, "My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain."
The dentist asks him, "Which tooth is it sir?"
The man turns to his wife and says, "Open your mouth, Honey, and show him."

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You Shower Too Much! (video, duration 3:21)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmj_G6VxgT4

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Jimmy Johns Kinetic Typography (video, duration 0:50)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJeObEQ83tE
How fast is that? Jimmy Johns Fast!

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Seven reasons why you're probably going to read this list
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/7-reasons-why-you-re-probably-going-to-read-this-list-1.2643876

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Black & White
http://imgur.com/gallery/ReT6j

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100 years of selective breeding
http://imgur.com/gallery/6ECML

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What the World eats for Breakfast
http://imgur.com/gallery/3FxfV

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20th Century Fox Gave Him $25,000 To Make A Movie Trailer. Here's What He Did Instead. (video, duration 6:45)
http://www.upworthy.com/20th-century-fox-gave-him-25000-to-make-a-movie-trailer-heres-what-he-did-instead?c=ufb2

 

 

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