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IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Official Opening of Service Canada - centralized information on federal govt. programs (Government of Canada) - September 14
Opening of Service Canada (centralized information on federal govt. programs)
- September 14
Canada Opens the Door to Improved Services for Canadians
September 14, 2005
"(...)Service Canada integrates services from a number of federal departments to form an easy-to-access service delivery network. These services touch all aspects of the lives of Canadians: from parental and pension benefits, to matching employers with job seekers, applying for a passport and obtaining a Social Insurance Number. Today, this network brings together 320 points of service in communities throughout Canada; a national 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232) telephone service providing Canadians with information about all federal government services; and a range of on-line services at servicecanada.gc.ca. (...) In 2006, Service Canada's points of service will double, reaching 1.25 million more Canadians and giving access to many remote and rural communities previously under-served."
"Service Canada was introduced by the Government of Canada in this year's budget, to provide Canadians with one-stop, easy access to the benefits and services they need, through the channel of their choice, whether that is by phone, in-person, or the Internet. Full implementation of Service Canada will roll out over the next three years." [Service Canada FAQ]
- "Connecting you to Government Benefits"
If you click on the "Financial Benefits" link on the Service Canada home page, the next page that opens up is the CanadaBenefits.gc.ca page. There's some overlap in content between these two pages, and I'm sure that the CanadaBenefits page will disappear at some point as the Service Canada site evolves. For the time being, though, both of these federal government sites allow you to customize by province or territory the information on government programs that you're looking for. If you explore the Canada Benefits site a bit more, however, you'll note that the search results include *both* federal and provincial-territorial government programs and services, whereas Service Canada's "Services Where You Live" feature covers only *federal* programs where you live...
- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm
Ontario moves to the Ministry of Community and
Social Services - September 2005
From the Ministry of Community and Social Services:
Ontario’s Communities Accessible for all its Citizens
A message from Sandra Pupatello
Minister Responsible for Ontarians with Disabilities
September 1, 2005
"We have already begun to see the results from our efforts – the passage into law of the historic Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and support from people with disabilities, the private sector, the broader public sector, all government ministries and individuals from every walk of life.(...) I am excited about my new role as minister responsible for people with disabilities."
to Equal Opportunity
"The Government of Ontario presents the Gateway to Diversity and the Gateway to Accessibility with resources for business and service providers that will help them create inclusive workplaces and to remove the barriers which prevent full independence and opportunity for people with disabilities."
Links - to 1200+ organizations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world, mostly disability-related.
A-Z Index of resources --- thousdands of online resources, organized by subject
to Government of Ontario Programs and Services for People with Disabilities
- 3rd edition (revised)
News - Paths to Equal Opportunity (Govt. of Ontario)
Online Newsletter (monthly)
Content of the Summer 2005 issue:
* Architects Report Demand for Accessible Housing
* Productivity Through Health
* Mainstream Now!
* Coalition of Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committees
* Travel Market Expands
* Accessibility Standards Advisory Council
Newsletter Archive - back to November 2001
Paths to Equal Opportunity
[ Accessibility Ontario ]
[ Ministry of Community and Social Services ]
Go to the Disability Links page:
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm
Columbia Budget 2005 : September Update - September 14
Support for Seniors at Heart of Budget Debate
BC Ministry of Finance
Sept. 14, 2005
"VICTORIA – Improved support for senior citizens is at the heart of new budget measures that also include a significant fund for First Nations and tax reductions to help keep B.C.’s economy strong, Finance Minister Carole Taylor announced with the release of the September Budget Update. The September Budget Update provides an additional $242 million over three years to improve the lives of senior citizens. New measures include:
· Renewing the Seniors’ Supplement, to provide a monthly benefit for approximately 40,000 low income seniors;
· Doubling annual funding for the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program, to improve subsidies for lower income seniors who rent, and expand coverage to those who own manufactured homes and pay monthly pad rentals; the changes will apply to approximately 12,000 seniors already receiving SAFER benefits and open the program to an additional 7,200 senior citizens; and
· Updating existing seniors’ health facilities and strengthening and modernizing the full range of services for seniors, to help them live as independently as possible."
Update - Balanced Budget 2005
BC Ministry of Finance
Sept. 14, 2005
- incl. links to all budget papers as well as the BC Government Strategic Plan for 2005/06 – 2007/08 and Service Plans Updates for all BC ministries, for example:
--- Employment and Income Assistance
--- Children and Family Development
--- Community Services
NOTE: these service plan updates often contain interesting program and policy nuggets --- use the links in the left-hand margin of each Ministry's page (above) to explore the content of each plan.
Web Search Results : "british columbia,
budget, september 2005"
Google News search Results : "british columbia, budget, september 2005"
Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
4. PovNet website updated to September 2005
PovNet Website Updated!
- September 2005
* stories about the failure of the welfare to work program in BC
* Social Planning Council newsletter from Winnipeg
* link to community services in Alberta
* Make Poverty History march and rally
* discrimination against the poor in New Brunswick
* report on low-paid workers in Canada
* CBA test case on legal aid
* Pro Bono Partnership Guide for BC
* Nova Scotia Safe Street Act
* federal persons with disabilities consultation
* Centre for Native Policy and Research
Also stories about housing and homelessness, women and poverty and new resources including a street survival guide from Calgary, a new publication from Legal Services Society of BC about consumer law and credit/debt law, and a link to finding your provincial and/or federal elected official (thanks to Alice for the suggestion)."
PovNet "...is for advocates, people on welfare, and community groups and individuals involved in anti-poverty work. It provides up-to-date information about welfare and housing laws and resources in British Columbia, Canada. PovNet links to current anti-poverty issues and also provides links to other anti-poverty organizations and resources in Canada and internationally."
- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
releases from the Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Recent releases from the Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
Manitoba's Minimum Wage? Be Realistic! - PDF file - 32K, 2 pages)
August 4, 2005
"A job at $10.00 per hour, with benefits and opportunities for advancement, would draw many into the labour force. Such jobs provide dignity and respect. A wage of $7.25 does not. Nor does it make economic sense."
- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm
for the Long Haul: Women’s Organizations in Manitoba - PDF File
- 199 K, 24 pages)
August 16, 2005
"Just as women in Manitoba have done for decades past, feminist and women’s organizing for cultural, economic, political, and social change continues unabated. Indeed, many of the issues remain the same as during the second wave women’s movement. Although there may not be a province-wide group mobilizing women under one banner, this study has demonstrated that there is a substantial amount of activity taking place across a wide range of issues emanating from diverse perspectives and experiences."
- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm
Let’s Make a (New) Deal
September 2, 2005
"Just a year ago, Ottawa geared up its official propaganda machine to praise NAFTA’s 15-year record at stimulating trade and boosting efficiency (seemingly oblivious to the almost weekly headlines bemoaning Canada’s poor productivity performance). Now, quickly, most Canadians (even in official circles) acknowledge the painful truth: this trade deal is a dud."
- Go to the Globalization Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/global.htm
Manitoba Office Publications (CCPA)
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm
from Human Resources and Skills Development
What's New from
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:
Ahead: A Ten-Year Outlook for the Canadian Labour Market, 2004-2013
- October 2004 (posted to the website August 2005)
This report reviews developments in the Canadian labour market over the 1987-2003 period and presents an outlook of labour demand and supply in Canada by industry, skill level and occupation for the 2004-2013 period.
Employment Insurance (EI) Information on-line provides you with the
ability to view information about your EI claim, such as:
- View and update your personal information including your mailing address, telephone number and banking information for direct deposit.
- View your current EI claim information.
- View payment information on your current claim including deduction details.
- View your previous claims for EI benefits.
- Link to the Internet Reporting Service and Job Bank.
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
from Statistics Canada:
What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
National balance sheet accounts - Second quarter, 2005
National net worth reached $4.4 trillion by the end of the second quarter, or $135,000 per capita. The gain in net worth resulted from an increase in national wealth (economy-wide non-financial assets) as well as a further reduction in net foreign debt. (...and no, you *can't* go to the Bank of Canada and withdraw your $135K and move to an atoll in the Pacific, OK?)
September 13, 2005
OECD Regions at a Glance
In most member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), national growth is strongly concentrated in a few regions. Thus, national growth is largely determined by the performance of only a few regions, according to a new OECD report. The report OECD Regions at a Glance shows that about three-quarters of Canadian job growth was concentrated in 10% of Canada's 288 census divisions between 1996 and 2001.
See also SourceOECD - "The OECD's Online Library of Statistical Databases, Books and Periodicals"
Provincial and territorial government finance: Assets and liabilities - March 31, 2004
"At March 31, 2004, the net debt (defined as the excess of liabilities over financial assets) of provincial and territorial general governments reached $264.7 billion, up $8.8 billion (+3.5%) over March 31, 2003. The financial assets stood at $278.8 billion and total liabilities at $543.5 billion."
Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans
Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm
8. What's New
from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 16
What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.
Divided and distracted: Regionalism as obstacle to reducing poverty and Inequality
AU: Yalnizyan, Armine
SOURCE: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [CA]
Report says federal reinvestments in social programs have failed to relieve poverty in Canada due to no national unity of purpose.
Losing ground in early childhood education: Declining workforce qualifications
in an expanding industry, 1979-2004
AU: Herzenberg, Stephen; Price, Mark & Bradley, David
SOURCE: Economic Policy Institute [US]
Report finds less that one-third of ECE teachers in the United States now have college degrees, down 13% from the 1980s.
Major child care funding to benefit families, providers
SOURCE: Government of British Columbia. Ministry of Children and Family Development
Press release announces new investments in child care that will flow from the upcoming bilateral agreement with the federal government.
Healthy early childhood development in British Columbia: From words to action
AU: Morley, Jane
SOURCE: Government of British Columbia. Office of the Child and Youth Officer for British Columbia
Report sees child care as a "cornerstone of an effective early childhood development strategy"; calls for funding to support quality.
CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
More money needed for more kinds of child care [CA-BC]
SOURCE Vancouver Sun, Sept. 15, 2005
There need to be enough child care places to meet demand before and after school, either on school premises on nearby, with pick-up and drop-off provided -- at every public school in B.C.
Home day cares slam proposal [CA-SK]
SOURCE Leader-Post (Regina), Sept 15, 2005
Two home child care operators in Regina say proposed amendments to zoning regulations will create more problems than they will solve.
Small steps towards campus child care [INT]
SOURCE Nature, September 14, 2005
For women researchers, child care can be a major obstacle to getting back to the lab.
Day care deal will still help all N.B. parents: premier [CA-NB]
SOURCE Telegraph-Journal, Sept 14, 2005
New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord said he is sticking to his guns to secure a deal that is good for all New Brunswickers.
Day care deal appears imminent [CA-NB]
SOURCE Telegraph-Journal, Sept 13, 2005
New Brunswick is so close to signing a five-year, $100-million day-care deal with Ottawa that the two sides have started talking about how they will announce the hard-won agreement.
Federal child care subsidies to begin Oct. 1 [CA-BC]
SOURCE Globe and Mail, Sept 10, 2005
Although British Columbia hasn't officially signed a child care deal with the federal government, the province has announced $32-million in federal money for child care subsidies for parents as well as operating and capital grants for day cares.
89 Chestnut Street (behind Toronto City Hall), Toronto, Ontario
Oct 13, 2005 (8:30-4:00)
The Common Table was formed in February 2005 in an effort to promote collaboration in advocacy and the delivery of services to children and families. Terms of reference and recommendations were struck and interest in the Common Table continues to grow among many provincial stakeholders and grassroots agencies. The Common Table forum will bring together policy developers and advocates from across the province to discuss the implementation of the group’s recommendations. The forum will also be addressing the province’s Best Start Plan and how the recommendations can affect it. This important all-day provincial forum will include workshops and an expert panel. The Hon. Mary Anne Chambers, Minister for Children and Youth Services, has also been invited to address the forum.
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University of Toronto, Canada
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New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
Also from CRRU:
childhood education and care in Canada 2004
By Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
6th edition, May 2005, 232 pp
"Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2004 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care, kindergarten, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information."
- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm
|9. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- September 15
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.
the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch
(click the link above to read all of these articles)
September 15, 2005
Today's subjects include: Hurricane Evacuees and Social Services // Medicaid - Editorial // Hurricane Victims, Poverty & Race - Opinion // Hurricane Evacuees and Public Schools // Early College High Schools and At-Risk Students // GED Program for Teenage Mothers // Marriage and Child Well-Being // Health Insurance Costs // Uninsured and Follow-Up Care // Social Services Reductions - Oregon // School Funding - California
September 12, 2005
Today's subjects include: Affordable Housing - Baltimore // Children in Grandparent-Headed Households // Food Stamp Program - Michigan // Health Insurance for Low-Income Children - California // Heating Costs & Public Assistance - Indiana // Homelessness - Minnesota // Hurricane Katrina & Health Care for the Poor - Opinion // Hurricane Victims, Poverty, & Race // Medicaid Costs // Medicaid Reforms - South Carolina (Opinion) // Poverty & Federal Block Grants - Milwaukee // Poverty Statistics - Opinion, Pennsylvania, Southwest // Working Poor - Opinion
of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]
The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.
to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < email@example.com > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]
For the current week's digest, click on the
POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:
DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 50+
links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.
- Go to the Links
to American Government Social Research page:
- 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
World Summit - September 14-16
14-16 September 2005
- includes links to : General Assembly - Information for the Media - Calendar of Events - UN 60 - Documents - Statements - News Centre - Webcast - Radio - Photos - Links - Un Home
Documents - incl. links to main documents, resolutions and related UN reports
UN General Assembly 60th Session
United Nations General Assembly
Google News search
Results : "2005 world summit, united nations"
Google Web Search Results : "2005 world summit, united nations"
- Go to the United Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm
|11. Social Watch Annual Report 2005 - September 14|
Goals: Poverty is not a statistic
"MONTEVIDEO, Sep 14 - Fighting poverty requires, among other things, tools for measuring the phenomenon in all its complexity. Poverty cannot be defined by having an income of one or two dollars a day, nor is there any advantage in distinguishing the very poor from the "almost" very poor, says the annual report by Social Watch, a global coalition of around 400 citizens' groups and non-governmental organisations from more than 50 countries. Although poverty basically reflects drastically unequal distribution of income, it also involves unequal access to goods, job opportunities, information and social services and reduced participation in society, says the Social Watch Report 2005, titled "Roars and Whispers. Gender and Poverty: Promises vs. Action", released Wednesday in New York."
Watch Report 2005
Roars and Whispers
Gender and poverty: promises vs. action
- includes several dozen links links to thematic reports (e.g., Poverty and globalization), reports measuring progress in specific areas (e.g., gender) and 50 country reports (Albania to Zambia).
Canada Social Watch Country
Report for 2005:
Divided and distracted: regionalism as an obstacle
to reducing poverty and inequality (PDF file - 104K, 3 pages)
By Armine Yalnizyan for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
"Canada’s political agenda is increasingly marked by regional differences. The focus on decentralization and tightly controlled growth in government spending has resulted in more privatization of public goods, intensification of inequality, and heightened federal-provincial rancour. Genuine progress on poverty reduction or gender equality requires committed federal-provincial unity of purpose. The new dynamic unleashed by a minority federal government could lead to either greater inter-governmental cooperation or further balkanization."
"Social Watch is an international network informed by national citizens' groups aiming at following up the fulfillment of the internationally agreed commitments on poverty eradication and equality. These national groups report, through the national Social Watch report, on the progress - or regression- towards these commitments and goals."
Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm
- Go to the United Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm
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Misunderstood Song Lyrics
[ also known as "Mondegreens" - see http://www.corsinet.com/braincandy/wrlyric.html ]
(with apologies to those of you who are too young to know some of these great old artists and groups...)
Baking carrot biscuits.
Taking care of business.
Big girl, small fry
Big Girls Don't Cry
(The Four Seasons)
Big ole Jed had a light on.
Big old jet airliner.
(Steve Miller Band)
Donuts make my brown eyes blue.
Don't it make my brown eyes blue.
Every time you go away you take a piece of meat with you.
Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you.
I, I, I, I sing in the light, sing in the light.
Stayin' Alive, Stayin' alive.
I'll never leave your pizza burning.
I'll never be your beast of burden.
In-a-gadda-da-vita . . .
In the garden of Eden, honey.
The band, themselves, while drunk in 1968, botched the lyrics, and decided to keep them this way.
I was so mad!
I'm a soul man
Michelle, Ma Belle, Sunday Monkey Play No Piano Song, No Piano Song.
Michelle, ma belle.
Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble,
Tres bien ensemble.
Life in the Vaseline
Life in the Fast Lane
Please relieve me - let me go
Please Release Me
Pretty Woman, won't you lick my leg
Pretty Woman, won't you look my way
'Scuse me while I kiss this guy
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky
Sweet dreams are made of cheese
Sweet dreams are made of this
The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind.
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
The girl with colitis goes by.
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
The heart of rock and roll is in Cleveland.
The heart of rock and roll is still beating.
(Huey Lewis and the News)
There's a bathroom on the right.
There's a bad moon on the rise.
You made the rice, I made the gravy
You may be right, I may be crazy