Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 18, 2012

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 2,591 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. [Guaranteed Annual Income] Any reform to help Canada’s poor will probably be incremental and piecemeal (Andrew Coyne in the Ottawa Citizen) - November 16
2. [Ontario] The Real Cost Of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (Wellesley Institute) - November 14
3. Canadian Child Care Federation Launches New Website - November 14
4. Harper Government touts progress on new pension plan and fiscal literacy (Finance Canada) - November 14
5. Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan (Intercontinental Cry) - November 9
6. A social policy framework for Alberta: Fairness and justice for all (Alberta College of Social Workers and Parkland Institute) - November 1
7. Health Council of Canada launches new Health Innovation Portal - November 1
8. Updated Legal Guides : Welfare (Ontario Works) Law and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Law (Simon Shields, LLB, Isthatlegal.ca)
9. Fewer Unemployed Eligible for Benefits (Angella MacEwen in Progressive Economics Forum) - November 5

10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S.] The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2011 (Census Bureau) - November 14
14.
Call for papers : Twelfth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress - New York (May 9-11, 2013)
15. State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 : Prosperity of Cities (United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT) - November 12
16. Living Wage - A special collection of links in The Guardian (U.K.)
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. [Guaranteed Annual Income] Any reform to help Canada’s poor will probably be incremental and piecemeal - November 16
(Andrew Coyne in the Ottawa Citizen)

Guaranteed Annual Income

Any reform to help Canada’s poor will probably be incremental and piecemeal — but we’re already part way there
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/reform+help+Canada+poor+will+probably+incremental/7562433/story.html
By Andrew Coyne
November 16, 2012
For much of the past two years, much of the media has been obsessed with a tiny number of very rich people — “the one per cent.” Rather less coverage has been devoted to the far greater numbers of the very poor: the bottom 10 per cent. This suggests a certain loss of perspective. Surely if there is a problem that merits our concern, it is not that we have too many rich people, but too many poor.
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Every so often this enduring problem produces a spasm of reform efforts, usually inconclusive. With federal and provincial finances in their current disarray, and given the premium, as the ranks of the retired swell, on freeing every available person-hour for work, perhaps it is time to try again. Some impetus was provided by the recent report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, the first the province has undertaken in more than 20 years. More radically, there is renewed interest in that hardy perennial, the guaranteed annual income, as championed by the indefatigable Sen. Hugh Segal.

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Most of these programs that the GAI would replace are provincial, and the provinces are notoriously unwilling to give up turf. Moreover, it’s not clear just how many you’d even want to scrap. Some GAI models envisage replacing not only welfare, but employment insurance, daycare and pensions. But these are very different programs, designed for different purposes: EI, for instance, is properly about income replacement, not income support. It’s probable some current social assistance programs are ineffective and unnecessary; it’s not obvious all of them are.

So any reform will probably be incremental and piecemeal, rather than the kind of revolution some proponents have in mind. The good news is: We’re already part way there. The Guaranteed Income Supplement for the elderly, the National Child Benefit for parents with children, and the Working Income Tax Benefit for the working poor are all very GAI-like, as is the GST credit available to those on low income generally. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of building on those foundations.

Source:
Ottawa Citizen

http://www.ottawacitizen.com

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NOTE : The fourth item from the bottom in this newsletter is a Call for Papers for the
Twelfth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress taking place in May of 2013 in New York City.

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

2. [Ontario] The Real Cost Of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit - November 14
(Wellesley Institute)

Ontario

The Real Cost Of Cutting the
Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit

http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/publication/the-real-cost-of-cutting-csumb/
November 14, 2012
In its 2012 budget, the Ontario government announced that it was eliminating the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) as of January 1, 2013. The CSUMB is designed to assist people receiving social assistance who have large or unexpected housing-related costs. Having access to this kind of immediate and flexible fund can often be the difference between getting a home and staying in a shelter or staying housed and losing one’s home. It can also be the critical support for people to leave abusive situations.
Access to housing that is safe and affordable is a key determinant of health and the cancellation of the CSUMB has the potential to increase the number of low income Ontarians who are precariously housed or who are homeless. This paper sets out some of the potential health implications of this decision through an equity lens.

Complete report:

The Real Cost of Cutting the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit:
A Health Equity Impact Assessment
(PDF - 812K, 13 pages)
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/The-Real-Cost-of-Cutting-CSUMB.pdf
November 2012

Source:
Wellesley Institute

http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/

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From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre's
Social Assistance Review website:

Act Now to Save Housing Supports for People on OW and ODSP!
http://sareview.ca/isac-news/act-now-to-save-housing-supports-for-people-on-ow-and-odsp/
June 4
Save Housing Supports!
The Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit and the Home Repairs Benefit were both eliminated in the 2012 budget. The cuts will come into force in January 2013.
Cutting these benefits is the wrong decision! CSUMB.
See what *you* can do to help save the CSUMB.

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

3. Canadian Child Care Federation Launches New Website - November 14

Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) Launches New Website
Offering Early Childhood Education and Care Sector Direct
Access to Resources and Community Dialogue

http://goo.gl/8S9CC
November 14, 2012
OTTAWA – The Canadian Child Care Federation has launched its new website [ http://www.cccf-fcsge.ca/ ] offering a single online point of reference for all of Canada’s early learning and child care sector. New and experienced practitioners, students, educators and parents will have direct access to our research, best practices, resources, publications, events and relevant news easily and quickly.
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The new design includes:
* enhanced social networking capability
* simpler and secure online purchasing of our evidence based resources
* a new cross referenced child care topics menu
* expanded professional development section
* a new parent section
* CCCF’s flagship publication, Interaction, accessed in an online format for registered members of the CCCF
* Members section for online membership registration and access to discounted or expanded resources

Source:
Canadian Child Care Federation

http://www.cccf-fcsge.ca/

Our organization is about the value of children. We value children. In order to protect and enhance our children, to promote their safety and their healthy growth and development, we are committed to providing Canadians with the very best in early learning and child care knowledge and best practices. Our tools are research and knowledge dissemination, the creation and nurturing of active networks.

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

4. Harper Government touts progress on new pension plan and fiscal literacy - November 14
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government touts progress on new pension plan and fiscal literacy
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-144-eng.asp
November 14, 2012
News Release

The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today spoke to the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce about the role of private sector pension innovation in supporting a strong retirement income system for Canadians and highlighted the importance of financial literacy.
“Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canada’s retirement income system remains effective and well-balanced in an ever-changing world that is full of challenges,” said Minister Menzies. “These challenges are real. It is estimated that more than 60 per cent of Canadians do not have access to a workplace pension plan.”

The recent passage by the House of Commons of the federal Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) framework is an important step towards offering an innovative, new, low-cost private pension option to the millions of Canadians currently without access to a workplace pension plan, including employers, employees and the self-employed. Once operational, PRPPs will allow many small business owners and their employees to have access to such a plan for the very first time.

Related Document:

Backgrounder: Recent Financial Consumer Initiatives
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/data/12-142_1-eng.asp
The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) [ http://www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca/ ] undertakes a number of financial literacy initiatives, focusing mainly on the creation of tools, programs and publications to build awareness and develop the financial literacy of Canadians. The FCAC also collaborates with public and private stakeholders to contribute to and support initiatives to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians.

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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- Go to the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/prpp.htm

5. Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan - November 9
(Intercontinental Cry)

Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan:
As Negotiating Tables Legitimize Canada’s Colonialism
http://goo.gl/GJK8z
By Russell Diablo
November 9, 2012
On September 4 (2012), the Harper government clearly signaled its intention to:
1) Focus all its efforts to assimilate First Nations into the existing federal and provincial orders of government of Canada;
2) Terminate the constitutionally protected and internationally recognized Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights of First Nations.
Termination in this context means the ending of First Nations pre-existing sovereign status through federal coercion of First Nations into Land Claims and Self-Government Final Agreements that convert First Nations into municipalities, their reserves into fee simple lands and extinguishment of their Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. To do this the Harper government announced three new policy measures.
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Given their silence over the Harper government’s “results based” “take it or leave it” negotiations approach, it seems many of the negotiating First Nations at the Comprehensive Claims and/or Self-Government tables are still contemplating concluding Agreements under Canada’s termination policies. This can only lead to further division among First Nations across Canada as more First Nations compromise their constitutional and international rights by consenting to final settlement agreements under the terms and conditions of Canada’s termination policies, while undermining the political positions of the non-negotiating First Nations.
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If there is no organized protest and resistance to the Harper government’s termination plan, First Nations should accept their place at the bottom of all social, cultural and economic indicators in Canada, just buy into Harper’s jobs and economic action plan—and be quiet about their rights.  

38 comments about this article:
http://intercontinentalcry.org/harper-launches-major-first-nations-termination-plan-as-negotiating-tables-legitimize-canadas-colonialism/#comments

Source:
Intercontinental Cry --- Essential news and film on the world's Indigenous Peoples

http://intercontinentalcry.org/

The above editorial was originally featured in:
First Nations Strategic Bulletin, June-October 2012 (PDF - 1MB, 20 pages)
http://intercontinentalcry.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FNSB-July-Oct-12.pdf
The First Nations Strategic Bulletin is a publication of the First Nations Strategic Policy Counsel [no website found for this group] --- an informal group of individuals who are practitioners in either First Nations policy or law. The publication is a volunteer non-profit effort and is part of a series. For Back Issues Go To: Canada Library & Archives - Electronic Collections.
[NOTE by Gilles : I couldn't find any back issues of this bulletin in the Canada Library & Archives Electronic Collections.]
Russell Diabo is the Publisher and Editor of First Nations Strategic Bulletin.

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

6. A social policy framework for Alberta: Fairness and justice for all - November 1
(Alberta College of Social Workers and Parkland Institute)

From Parkland Institute and
the Alberta College of Social Workers:

Alberta has the richest rich and the poorest poor in Canada
New report highlights dangers and causes of rapidly growing disparity in the province
http://www.acsw.ab.ca/news/new_social_policy_framework_highlights_disparity_in_alberta
Media Release
November 1, 2012
EDMONTON – A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute and the Alberta College of Social Workers says that despite Alberta’s obvious wealth, inequality and disparity in the province are growing faster than almost anywhere else in the country. The report, titled A social policy framework for Alberta: Fairness and justice for all, comes as the Alberta government continues to consult on what it says will be a comprehensive social policy framework for the province.

Executive Summary
http://parklandinstitute.ca/research/summary/a_social_policy_framework_for_alberta/
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The key elements of the ACSW social policy framework are:
1. Improve quality of life;
2. Ensure dignity and an adequate income for the most vulnerable;
3. Implement progressive revenue reform;
4. Protect workers;
5. Strengthen democracy and good governance;
6. Invest in housing affordability; and
7. Strengthen community services.

Complete report:

A social policy framework for Alberta: Fairness and justice for all (PDF - 620K, 43 pages)
http://www.acsw.ab.ca/pdfs/ab_socialpolicyframework_2012_web.pdf

Source:
Alberta College of Social Workers
http://www.acsw.ab.ca/

Parkland Institute
http://parklandinstitute.ca/
The Parkland Institute is a non-partisan public policy research institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

7. Health Council of Canada launches new Health Innovation Portal - November 1

Health Council of Canada launches new Health Innovation Portal (PDF - 40K, 1 page)
http://healthcouncilcanada.ca/tree/HIP-_Press_Release_FINAL_ENG.pdf
Toronto, ON
November 1, 2012
Today the Health Council of Canada launches its new Health Innovation Portal. The Health Innovation Portal is a website that houses innovative health care practices, policies, programs and services from across Canada. The portal includes a searchable database of innovative practices, an overview and explanation of the Health Council’s Innovative Practices Evaluation Framework, information for identifying and sharing health innovations and information on the Health Council’s Health Innovation Challenge for students. The user-friendly, searchable database features over 240 innovative practices, with a range of keyword search options and intuitive outputs, such as dynamic PDFs of practice descriptions and links to original source material.

Health Innovation Portal
http://innovation.healthcouncilcanada.ca/

Source:
Health Council of Canada
http://www.healthcouncilcanada.ca/
Canada's Prime Minister and the provincial and territorial premiers established the Health Council of Canada and later enhanced our role through two agreements referred to as "the Accords" - the 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal [ http://goo.gl/nPW6x ] , and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care [ http://goo.gl/4hp4U ].
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Funded by Health Canada, we are an independent, non-profit organization.
[ About Us - http://www.healthcouncilcanada.ca/content.php?mnu=5 ]

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- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

8. Updated Legal Guides : Welfare (Ontario Works) Law and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Law
(Simon Shields, LLB, Isthatlegal.ca)

From
Isthatlegal.ca (Ontario):

Legal Guide : Welfare (Ontario Works) Law
http://www.isthatlegal.ca/index.php?name=start.welfare_law_ontario
Updated to August 15, 2012

Table of contents:
* Overview * Claimants * Basic Assistance*. Benefits * Information Eligibility * Income Rules * Asset Rules * Applications and Procedures * Administrator Decisions * Appeals and Other Remedies * Workfare * Fraud and Prosecutions * Advocacy

Legal Guide : Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Law
http://www.isthatlegal.ca/index.php?name=start.odsp
Updated to November 1, 2012

Table of contents:
* Overview * Claimants * Income Support * Benefits * Severely Handicapped Children * Information Eligibility * Income Rules * Asset Rules * "Person With a Disability" * Applications and Procedures * Director Decisions * Appeals and Other Remedies * Workfare * Fraud and Prosecutions * Advocacy * Appendices (Sources and Forms, Currency of Law, Cases Considered)

Source:
Guides to Ontario and Canadian Law
http://www.isthatlegal.ca/index.php?name=homepage
Click the link to access guides in the following areas:
* Income Maintenance : Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program (see the links above) * Civil and Administrative Litigation * Family Law * Estates and Related Law * Consumer Law * Constitutional, Human Rights and Related * Criminal and Regulatory Offences * Property Law * Animal Law * Employment Law * Freedom of Information and Privacy Law * Legislative Process * Miscellaneous Law
NOTE : Some of the above guides are produced and maintained by Simon Shields, while others are from outside sources (the source of each guide is duly noted.)

Guides to Ontario and Canadian Law is part of
Isthatlegal.ca (Ontario)
http://www.isthatlegal.ca/
Legal Guides to Ontario and Canadian Law
Simon Shields, LLB :
Online lawyer and Isthatlegal.ca author

The purpose of the Isthatlegal.ca website is to provide, in one convenient and generally accessible on-line location, detailed and thorough legal guides to areas of Ontario and Canadian law of general importance to the economically vulnerable in our society, and to their advocates.
March 2012 revision:
Over time a second purpose evolved as high internet traffic offered a chance to shift my law practice entirely on-line, thus facilitating world travel.

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All users should ensure that they read the Mandatory Conditions of Use of the Isthatlegal.ca Website.
[ Mandatory Conditions of use:
http://www.isthatlegal.ca/index.php?name=termsofuse ]
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More about this site and its author:
* http://www.isthatlegal.ca/index.php?name=about
* http://www.isthatlegal.ca/index.php?name=about_me.online_law_practice

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Case Law (Court Decisions)
- direct links to the Decisions page of each of the following:
* Ontario Court of Justice (most family and criminal cases in Ontario)
* Ontario Superior Court (main civil court in Ontario, some family and criminal)
* Ontario Divisional Court (administrative appeals, judicial reviews and smaller civil appeals)
* Ontario Court of Appeal (highest Ontario Court)
* Federal Court - Trial Division (first level court for matters under federal jurisdiction such as telecommunications, intellectual property, rail/air/shipping, maritime, immigration etc)
* Federal Court of Appeal (appeals from Federal Court - Trial Division)
* Supreme Court of Canada
* International Courts
* Worldwide Case Law
* UK and Ireland Cases (British cases are often relevant to the interpretation of Canadian law)
* Australia and NZ Cases (also useful in interpretation)

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

9. Fewer Unemployed Eligible for Benefits - November 5
(
Angella MacEwen in Progressive Economics Forum)

Fewer Unemployed Eligible for Benefits
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/11/05/14167/

Posted by Angella MacEwen under employment, Employment Insurance, fiscal policy, public infrastructure, temporary workers.
November 5th, 2012
Comments: none

The annual Employment Insurance Coverage Survey is out. The rate of eligibility for regular benefits from Employment Insurance is the lowest since 2003, the earliest year that there is comparable data. To qualify, a person must have worked in the past 12 months and contributed to Employment Insurance, they must have left their job for a valid reason (layoff is valid, quitting usually is not), and they must have worked between 420 & 700 hours depending on the unemployment rate in their region.

The reason for the lower eligibility rate in 2011 was an increase in the number of workers without sufficient qualifying hours. In 2011, 150,000 otherwise qualified unemployed workers did not work sufficient hours to qualify for E.I. benefits. The reason for this, Statistics Canada says, is an increase in the proportion of unemployed workers who last worked a temporary, non-seasonal job.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

What's new from 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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Nothing much to report from StatCan this past week.

To check for yourself, click the link below to past issues of The Daily.



Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.


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

11. 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

November 17, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Canadian Child Care Federation launches new website
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/canadian-child-care-federation-launches-new-website
14 Nov 2012 | Canada
The Canadian Child Care Federation has launched their new website. The new design includes an expanded professional development section and enhanced social networking capability.

Profiting from public value? The case of Social Impact Bonds
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/profiting-public-value-case-social-impact-bonds
14 Nov 2012 | United States
Draft paper prepared by Mildred Warner looks at three emerging SIB [Social Impact Bond] schemes in the UK and the US, including some program projections regarding early childhood education.

Let's re-think child care - you're not alone [poster]
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/lets-re-think-child-care-youre-not-alone-poster
14 Nov 2012 | Canada
Poster from CUPE National available in print or to download in pdf.

UN report affirms child care advocates' messages
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/un-report-affirms-child-care-advocates-messages
13 Nov 2012 | Canada
Advocacy update from the CCAAC concludes that "Canadians can and must demand that our governments live up to their human rights commitments. It is time to hold our elected representatives responsible. It is time for Canada to build an accessible, affordable, high quality system of Early Learning and Child Care for our children, for women, for families, our communities and economy".

Making the difference: The impact of staff qualifications on children's learning in early years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/making-difference-impact-staff-qualifications-childrens-lea
12 Nov 2012 | Europe
Evidence gathered through Education Scotland's pre-school inspections shows "early indications that having staff with relevant higher level qualifications [is having] a positive effect on practice".

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

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

Have we learned from our ABCs? 15 Nov 2012 | Australia and New Zealand
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/have-we-learned-our-abcs
Feds introduce controversial ‘social impact bonds’ to fund social services
14 Nov 2012 | Canada

15 of 18 Kelowna daycares cited for infractions
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/15-18-kelowna-daycares-cited-infractions
14 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

What the city’s childcare needs is some good old-fashion promotion
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/what-city%E2%80%99s-childcare-needs-some-good-old-fashion-promotion
14 Nov 2012 | Ontario

Musings on the state of women's equality in Canada: Based on a true forum
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/musings-state-womens-equality-canada-based-true-forum
13 Nov 2012 | Canada

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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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
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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

12. 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/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

November 16, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/16/
Supplemental Poverty Measure (3 articles)
Income Inequality in the US (3 articles)
Extended Jobless Benefits
Denver Post Series on Child Welfare System

November 15, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/15/
Income Inequality in the US (2 articles)
Medicaid, South Dakota, States (2 articles)
Child Poverty in the UK

November 14, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/14/
Supplemental Poverty Measure (2 articles)

November 13, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/13/

November 12, 2012 - 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

13. [U.S.] The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2011 - November 14
(Census Bureau)

From the
U.S. Census Bureau:

Census Bureau Releases 2011 New Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) Research Findings
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/poverty/cb12-215.html
November 14, 2012
The Census Bureau, with support from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, today released its second annual report, The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2011, describing research on a new supplemental poverty measure. This measure extends information provided by the official poverty measure, released Sept. 12, by explicitly including benefits from many of the government programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals.

Today's report compares 2011 supplemental poverty estimates to 2011 official poverty estimates for numerous demographic groups at the national level. In addition, for the first time, the report presents supplemental poverty estimates for states, using three-year averages. At the national level, the report also compares 2010 supplemental poverty estimates with 2011 estimates and examines the effect of excluding individual resource or expenditure elements.

According to the report, the supplemental poverty measure rate was 16.1 percent last year, which was higher than the official measure of 15.0 percent. Neither the supplemental measure nor the official poverty rate was significantly different from the corresponding rate in 2010.

Complete report:

The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2011 (812K, 32 pages)
http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p60-244.pdf
By Kathleen Short
November 2012
This report provides a third year of estimates of a new Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) for the United States. (...) The results illustrate differences between the
official measure of poverty and a poverty measure that takes account of in-kind benefits received by families and nondiscretionary expenses that they must pay. The SPM also employs a new poverty threshold that is updated with information on expenses for food, clothing, shelter, and utilities. Results showed higher poverty rates using the SPM than the official measure for most groups. [Excerpt, p.21]

Previous edition of this report:

The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010 (PDF - 876K, 24 pages)
http://www.census.gov/hhes/povmeas/methodology/supplemental/research/Short_ResearchSPM2010.pdf

Latest releases from the Census Bureau
on the Supplemental Poverty Measure
http://www.census.gov/hhes/
- incl. links to another five recent releases concerning the SPM

Source:
Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/

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Related link:

[U.S.] The Power of the Safety Net: What the Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows
http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/ExclusiveCommentary.aspx?id=8dcf0e2f-ca41-4c0f-be8c-64f0b6a0862c
By Arloc Sherman
November 14, 2012
The safety net – both permanent provisions and recent expansions enacted to help respond to the recession – kicked in to fight rising poverty in recent years, and a new measure shows how much it accomplished. The Census Bureau today [see below] released data on a new poverty measure, the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), that reveals a broader view of the safety net. Building on recommendations from a National Academy of Sciences panel in 1995, the SPM counts non-cash benefits and tax credits as income. The official poverty measure only counts cash benefits and other cash income. The SPM also subtracts taxes, child care and other work expenses, and out-of-pocket medical expenses from income and modestly revises the poverty line.

Source:
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

See also:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

14. Call for papers : Twelfth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress - New York (May 9-11, 2013)

Call for Papers and Presentations:
Basic Income and Economic Citizenship
Twelfth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress
May 9-11, 2013, New York City
http://www.usbig.net/index.php
[The basic income guarantee (BIG) is a government insured guarantee that no citizen's income will fall below some minimal level for any reason.]
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The Twelfth Annual North American Basic Income Congress, Basic Income and Economic Citizenship, will take place in New York City on Thursday, May 9th through Saturday, May 11th, 2013. The congress is organized by the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) in cooperation with the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN).

The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2012.

Click either of the two source links below for more information about the event and the call for papers and presentations.

Source:
U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG)
http://www.usbig.net/
Basic Income Canada Network
(BICN)
http://biencanada.ca/

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

15. State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 : Prosperity of Cities - November 12
(United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT)

From the
United Nations Human Settlements Programme:

State of the world’s cities 2012/2013 : Prosperity of cities
http://apo.org.au/research/state-world%E2%80%99s-cities-20122013
12 November 2012
This report by the UN looks into the prosperity and the changing urban landscape of major cities all around the globe. As the world moves into the urban age, the dynamism and intense vitality of cities become even more prominent.
(...)
Amidst multiple challenges facing cities today, a focus on poverty reduction and/or responses to the economic crisis is gradually shifting to a broader and more general understanding of the need to harness the transformative dynamics and potentials which, to varying degrees, characterize any city anywhere in the world.

Complete report:

State of the world’s cities 2012/2013 : Prosperity of cities (PDF - 5.5MB, 152 pages)
http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/getElectronicVersion.aspx?nr=3387&alt=1
(...) This report focuses on the notion of prosperity and its realisation in urban areas. More specifically, this report advocates a shift in attention around the world in favour of a more robust notion of development – one that looks beyond the narrow domain of economic growth that has dominated ill-balanced policy agendas over the last decades. The gist of this report is the need for transformative change towards people-centred, sustainable urban development, and this is what a revised notion of prosperity can provide.
[Excerpt : Introduction, p. 6]

Source:
UN Habitat

http://www.unhabitat.org/
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

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- Go to the Municipal Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

- Go to the United Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

16. Living Wage - A special collection of links in The Guardian (U.K.)

Living Wage - A special collection of links in The Guardian (U.K.)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/living-wage

Selected content:

Living wage campaigners insist: it's not just about the money
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/11/living-wage-not-about-the-money
11 Nov 2012: Family values and a strong civic society are key values for low-pay protesters

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Living Wage: Whitehall show the way in this right and decent campaign
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/11/observer-editorial-bring-on-living-wage
11 Nov 2012: Observer editorial: A voluntary living wage carries a moral and an economic imperative

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He cleaned Nick Clegg's office – and was punished for wanting a living wage
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/10/living-wage-cleaner-clegg
10 Nov 2012: The idea of a living wage is still not popular with many companies, as Valdemar Ventura's story makes clear

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A living wage is in everyone's interests
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/03/miliband-prentis-living-wage
3 Nov 2012: David Miliband and Dave Prentis: It's not just the poor who benefit from fair pay.

Source:
The Guardian (U.K.)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Other related link collections in The Guardian:

* Minimum wage - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/minimum-wage
* Poverty - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/poverty
* Social Exclusion - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/socialexclusion
* Benefits - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/benefits
* Welfare - http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/welfare
* Child Benefit - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/child-benefit

Related link:

Living Wage Week (4-10 November 2012)
http://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week
The first ever UK wide celebration of the Living Wage & Living Wage Employers took place last week, 4-10 November 2012.

Source:
Living Wage Foundation U.K.
http://www.livingwage.org.uk/
The Living Wage Foundation supports, recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage Employers in the UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

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

17. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

14 November 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1302
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4473
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Call to redraft regional human rights declaration
- Church's response to child abuse to be investigated
- Civilians targets of brutal killings
- Companies withdraw funding over anti-gay policy
- Girl advocate inspires school initiative
- Facebook page ban raises censorship concerns
- School segregation leads to productivity losses
- Child workers union demands rights in new bill
- Voters enshrine child rights in Constitution
- In other news
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Austria
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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Error! Error!

I often wonder how things like the below go unnoticed. Was it truly human error, or was it a disgruntled employee trying to make himself feel better before walking out the door. Perhaps it was just someone having a little fun at the expense of others. Regardless, these are pretty funny!

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IMPORTANT NOTICE : If you’re one of hundreds of parachuting enthusiasts who bought our Easy Sky Diving book, please make the following correction on page 8, line 7, the words “state zip code” should have read “pull rip cord.”

It was incorrectly reported last Friday that today is “T-shirt Appreciation Day”. In fact, it’s actually “Teacher Appreciation Day”.

There was a mistake in an item sent in two weeks ago which stated that Ed Burnham entertained a party at “crap shooting”. It should have been “trap shooting”.

There are two important corrections to the information in the update on our Deep Relaxation professional development program.
First, the program will include “meditation”, not “medication”. Second, it is “experiential”, not “experimental”.

In the City Beat section of Friday’s paper, firefighter Dwight Brady was misidentified. His department nickname is “Dewey”. It is another firefighter who’s nicknamed “Weirdo”. We apologize for our mistake.

Our newspaper carried the notice last week that Mr. Oscar Hoffnagleis a “defective” on the police force. This was a typographical error. Mr. Hoffnagle is, of course, a “detective” on the police farce.

In a recent edition, we referred to the chairman of Chrysler Corporation as Lee “Iacoocoo”. His real name is Lee “Iacacca”.
The Gazette regrets the terror.

Apology I originally wrote, “Woodrow Wilson’s wife grazed sheep on front lawn of the White House.” I’m sorry that typesetting inadvertently left out the word “sheep.”

In one edition of today’s Food Section, an inaccurate number of jalapeno peppers was given for Jeanette Crowley’s Southwestern chicken salad recipe. The recipe should call for “2? (two), not “21?, jalapeno peppers.

The marriage of Miss Freda vanAmburg and Willie Branton, which was announced in this paper a few weeks ago, was a mistake which we wish to correct.

Source:
http://www.bloggingwv.com/error-error/

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The Twitter Guide Book
http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/
Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, and thousands more are signing up every day to send short messages to groups of friends. But where's the user manual for Twitter? Where do new Twitter users go to learn about Tweeting, retweets, hashtags and customizing your Twitter profile?
[COMMENT : I don't tweet personally except when I have a Roger Whittaker album on the gramophone.
If you're a Twit-nut, though, I'm sure you'll find some interesting insights here...]

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Life Hacks
http://imgur.com/gallery/0WuXw
My favourite tip --- and it WORKS! - is to extend the range of a remote key fob by pointing it at your head when you click the button.
Apparently a human head is "a close enough approximation to a parabolic reflector todirect some extra energy forward, giving you extra distance."
[VERY useful tip when you're halfway from your car to the shopping centre and you realize that you probably didn't lock it...]
===> this also works with the TV remote and (probably) your electric garage door opener.

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50 Movies You Should See Before You Die (in No Particular Order)
http://goo.gl/t8QiO

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13 Internet Slang Terms You Need to Know
http://blog.conduit.com/2012/08/14/13-internet-slang-terms-you-need-to-know/

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The Worst Things for Sale
http://theworstthingsforsale.com/
(My favourite is the Peepee Teepee. It's now on my Christmas Wish List!)

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