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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 18, 2009

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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,118 subscribers.

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...

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Close Encounters of the Thirties Kind (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - October 13
2. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
3. Anti-poverty march slams N.B. for inaction (CBC New Brunswick) - October 17
4.
[Winnipeg] Consensus growing to fight poverty (Winnipeg Free Press) - October 16
5. Petition for a Canadian Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) : Citizen's Income
6. [Ontario] Commitments Made; Action Taken? (25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction) - eBulletin for October 14
7. 2009 Weiler Award - University of Toronto, October 14

8.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, September 2009 - October 16
--- Study: Family violence and shelters for abused women, 2007 -
October 15
--- Canadian Economic Observer October 2009 - October 15
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours July 2009 - October 15

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 18
10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
11. Australian Policy Online - recent content
12. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter) - October 2009

Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Close Encounters of the Thirties Kind - October 13
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Déjà vu: Ontario’s recession and the 1930s
Press Release
October 13, 2009
TORONTO – One year after the Crash of October 2008, Ontario’s recession is looking eerily like the Great Depression and governments need to do something about that, says a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Close Encounters of the Thirties Kind, by social policy expert John Stapleton, is a blow-by-blow account of the similarities between Ontario circa 1930s and today.

Close Encounters of the Thirties Kind (PDF - 219K, 8 pages)
October 2009
By John Stapleton
"... governments have chosen to remove many of the layers of protection that were put in place after the Great Depression --- cost sharing agreements, protections for municipalities, a more robust safety net, eligibility protections, benefit levels that support basic needs, civil protections, and sound leadership. We should relearn the lessons of history and ensure these protections are restored."

[ more CCPA reports by John Stapleton ]

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.

Related links:

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives sets new standard for silly studies
October 13, 2009
By Kelly McParland
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives presents a blow-by-blow account of the similarities between ancient Sumer and Ontario today.
Preview: Sumerians wore clothes. People in Ontario today wear clothes. Coincidence???
Source:
National Post

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Open Policy - John Stapleton's website

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The View From Inside a Depression
By Joe Nocera
October 16, 2009
- review of a new book dealing with the 1930s Depression, and a cautionary note about assuming that the worst of the current financial crisis in the U.S. is over...
Source:
NY Times

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

2. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17

United Nations calls for action and investment to eradicate global poverty
Conflict, chronic poverty and high food prices threaten children’s well-being in the eastern DRC
17 October 2009 – The United Nations today marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring that the fight against a scourge that afflicts over a billion people around the world is at a critical juncture.
Source:
United Nations

Related links:

Stand Up and Take Action
Last year, more than 116 million Stood Up and Took Action to end poverty and in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
This year, join the growing movement.
Stand with us.

Make Poverty History - Canada

The Millennium Development Goals (UN)

United Nations

End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign
"End poverty by 2015" is the historic promise 189 world leaders made at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed onto the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

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

3. Anti-poverty march slams N.B. for inaction - October 17
(CBC New Brunswick)

Anti-poverty march slams N.B. for inaction
October 17, 2009
New Brunswick anti-poverty activists gathered for a march in Moncton on Saturday to show their disappointment with the provincial government. One year after the province announced its poverty reduction strategy, little has changed, said Jean-Claude Basque, a march organizer. Last October, the province promised to increase welfare benefits and return more social welfare programs to government control. But the government didn't increase its welfare spending, said Basque, who is the provincial co-ordinator of the Common Front for Social Justice.
'Essentially, since last year, this government hasn't done much on the issue of reducing poverty.'—Jean-Claude Basque.
Source:
CBC New Brunswick

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

4. [Winnipeg] Consensus growing to fight poverty - October 16
(Winnipeg Free Press)

Winnipeg:

Consensus growing to fight poverty
By Harry Finnigan
October 16, 2009
According to Statistics Canada, in 2006 15.7 per cent of Winnipeggers were living in poverty. That translates into almost 100,000 people in Winnipeg being affected every day by not having enough to eat, a proper place to sleep, nor the freedom to live their lives with dignity. For people younger than 18, the percentage is even higher -- 21 per cent fall below the Low Income Cutoff indicator. Though we are no longer known as "the child poverty capital of Canada," those numbers are still cause for alarm as too often it is the children who are the victims of poverty.
Source:
Winnipeg Free Press

Related link:

Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council
The mission of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council is to significantly reduce poverty in Winnipeg in hopes of creating A City Where Everyone Belongs.

- 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

5. Petition for a Canadian Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) : Citizen's Income

Petition for a Canadian
Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) : Citizen's Income
Sign if you support:
- the GAI (Guaranteed Annual Income) - also known as CI (Citizen’s Income) - as a solution to persistent poverty in Canada.
- the full maintenance and improvement of the EI (Employment Insurance) and CPP (Canada Pension Plan) programs toward full universality.
- the elimination of means-tested welfare to be replaced by the GAI as a universal social right of Canadian citizenship.
- the belief that this is a requirement for Canada to meet the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) objectives in achieving income security, social inclusion and human dignity for all of its citizens.
I signed, because I support these views.
Gilles

For much more on guaranteed annual income initiatives in Canada and elsewhere in the world,
go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

6. [Ontario] Commitments Made; Action Taken? - eBulletin for October 14
(25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction)

Ontario

25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
Commitments Made; Action Taken?

eBulletin for October 14, 2009
Table of contents:
1. Quote of the Week: This is Our Chance to Get it Right
2. How is the Government Doing on Poverty Reduction?
3. Action Alert: No Cherry Picking on Early Learning
4. An Update from the Housing Network of Ontario
5. Dental Treatment for Low-Income Ontarians
6. Star Editorial Suggests We "Do the Math"
7. Ontario's Food Banks Hard Hit
Source:
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty. We have organized ourselves around the call for a Poverty Reduction Plan with a goal to reduce poverty in Ontario by 25% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years.

- 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

7. 2009 Weiler Award - University of Toronto, October 14

2009 Weiler Award
The Weiler Award ceremony took place at the University of Toronto this past Wednesday. The award is presented annually to acknowledge and honour exceptional contributions to community and social development in Canada, and this year's co-recipients were Marge Reitsma-Street, Ph.D, of the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria, and me. Congratulations to Marge and thanks again to everyone involved in making it a very special occasion.
I want to take this opportunity to thank subscribers who sent me congratulatory emails during the past week; I was touched...
But rather than commit the next three days to replying to everyone individually, I hope that this newsletter is an appropriate vehicle to convey my appreciation for your support.
< !! Virtual Hug !! >

My Weiler Award acceptance speech
October 14, 2009
No, there won't be a quiz on this.
I just thought it would be appropriate to post it on my site for those nice West Coast folks who nominated me (thanks, you guys...) and others who couldn't make it to Toronto for the event.

Past Weiler Award winners
- this is the link to the 2009 Weiler Award page - scroll down that page for the complete list of winners right back to 1996, including another BC hero of mine, my friend Michael Goldberg (2005), former Research Director of the Social Planning and Research Council in Vancouver.

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, September 2009 - October 16
--- Study: Family violence and shelters for abused women, 2007 -
October 15
--- Canadian Economic Observer October 2009 - October 15
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours July 2009 - October 15

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

October 16, 2009
Consumer Price Index, September 2009
Consumer prices fell 0.9% in the 12 months to September, following a 0.8% decrease in August. Excluding energy, the Consumer Price Index rose 1.3% on a year-over-year basis. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.1% from August to September.
- scroll to the bottom of the highlights page for links to tables
[ Related report: The Consumer Price Index, September 2009 ]

October 15, 2009
Study: Family violence and shelters for abused women, 2007
Family violence accounted for about 23% of all police-reported violent crime in 2007. Of the nearly 75,800 incidents of police-reported family violence, about 40,200, or 53%, were violent incidents perpetrated by a current or former spouse or common-law partner. Spousal violence was more likely to occur between current spouses or common-law partners than between former spouses or partners.
- includes two tables:
* Number of violent crimes by sex of victim and relationship to accused in 2007 and
* Number of shelters for abused women by type of facility, Canada, provinces and territories, 2007/2008

[ Complete study : Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2009 ]
The 2009 edition of Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile is a profile of shelters that provide residential services to women and children fleeing abusive situations. The 2009 edition also presents fact sheets, data tables and figures on spousal violence, family violence against children and youth, family violence against seniors aged 65 and older, and family-related homicides. ]

October 15, 2009
Canadian Economic Observer October 2009
1. Sections 2. Tables 3. Charts 4. Appendices 5. User information 6. Related products

October 15, 2009
Employment, Earnings and Hours July 2009
Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 74,300 in July, up 0.5% from June. This was the first increase since payroll employment peaked in October 2008. The proportion of industries experiencing job gains rose for the third consecutive month in July to 57%, up from 47% in June.

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

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

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 18

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

October 18

Childcare legislation in The Netherlands
14 Oct 09
- Seminar presentations from The International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare looking at changes to child care in the Netherlands- from supply-side public solutions to market-led private provision.

Childcare settings and childcare quality
14 Oct 09
- Seminar presentations from ICMEC discussing how the relationship between childcare quality and children's development has been measured in the UK, implications for provision and an analysis of the effectiveness of this approach from a system-wide perspective.

National strategy for early literacy
14 Oct 09
- Report from the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network with an action plan for improving literacy skills for young Canadians.

Needers to leaders: CARS for women and children in rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities
14 Oct 09
- Report from Communities Achieving Responsive Services (CARS) and the Canadian Women’s Health Network on a project empowering mothers in RRNA communities.

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
16 Sep 09
- New report from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit looks at the current state of ECEC spaces, finances and policy developments.

30 quick facts about Canadian ECEC: Trends & Analysis 2008
16 Sep 09
- Companion document to ECEC in Canada 2008 highlights important facts about Canadian child care.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· ABC Learning Centres value of $650m written off
[AU] 14 Oct 09

· GTA’s harsh realities
[CA-ON] 14 Oct 09

· After school initiatives worth the time
[CA-ON] 14 Oct 09

· Child care centres worry about lack of children
[CA-PE] 8 Oct 09

· Education talk put to the test
[CA-ON] 6 Oct 09

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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

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

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

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

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

Latest content from the Poverty Dispatch:

October 16:
Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
Joblessness and Unemployment Insurance - Massachusetts
States and Budget Cuts
National Assessment of Educational Progress

October 15:
Reports on World Hunger
Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
Low-income Housing - New York City

October 14:
Migrant Workers and Remittances
Neighborhoods and Access to Groceries - Los Angeles, CA

October 13:
Opinion: Poverty Measurement in the US
Decrease in Minimum Wage - Colorado
Children’s Health Insurance Coverage - Michigan

October 12:
Exhaustion of Jobless Benefits - New York
Stimulus Spending on Broadband in Rural Areas
Public Defender Eligibility - Wisconsin
States and Medicaid Shortfalls

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

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

11. Australian Policy Online - recent content

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

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

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

12. CRINMAIL - October 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

15 October 2009 - CRINMAIL 1117
* GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Global summit turns to children's rights [news]
* IRAN: UN rights chief criticises latest execution of juvenile offender [news]
* MOROCCO: Abuse sentence 'lenient' [news]
* GUATEMALA: Only ten agents to fight human trafficking [news]
* INDIA: Child labour ban mostly on paper [news]
* UNITED STATES: Children's Studies Fourth Child Policy Forum [event]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

13 October 2009 - CRINMAIL 1116
* CRIN REVIEW 23: Measuring Maturity - Understanding children's 'evolving capacities' [publication]
* GREECE: Unsafe and Unwelcoming Shores [publication]
* DENMARK: UN unhappy at criminal age proposal [news]
* CRC20: Observations from working groups [news]
* ETHIOPIA: 2nd Civil Society Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child [event]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Sweden
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

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Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

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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Cheers!
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E-MAIL:
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New Definitions

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abdicate (v), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

balderdash (n), a rapidly receding hairline.

carcinoma (n), a valley in California, notable for its heavy smog.

circumvent (n), the opening in the front of boxer shorts.

coffee (n), a person who is coughed upon.

esplanade (v), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

flabbergasted (adj), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

flatulence (n), the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

gargoyle (n), an olive-flavored mouthwash.

lymph (v), to walk with a lisp.

marionettes (n), residents of Washington DC who have been jerked around by the mayor.

negligent (adj), describes a condition where you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie.

oyster (n), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.

rectitude (n), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.

semantics (n), pranks conducted by young men studying for the priesthood, including such things as gluing the pages of the priest's prayer book together just before mass.

testicle (n), a humorous question on an exam.

willy-nilly (adj), impotent.

Source:
http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/morendef.htm


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