Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 18, 2011

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 2,506 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. Canadian Public Health Association 2012 Annual Conference - Edmonton, Alberta (June 11-14, 2012)
2. Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems - October 2011 (University of Victoria conference proceedings)
3. IMPACT Newsletter [Winter 2011/2012 issue] (Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, U. of Ottawa Faculty of Social Sciences) - December 14
4. Provincial and federal governments partner toward introduction of Pooled Registered Pension Plans (Finance Canada) - December 14
5. Battle of the Wages : Who gets paid more, public or private sector workers? (Canadian Union of Public Employees) - December 13
6. 2011 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area : Regional Hunger Maps (Daily Bread Food Bank - Toronto) - December 12
7. Harper's Plan to Dismantle Canada's Safety Nets (The Tyee) - November 7
8. Charity Intelligence Canada
9. WE ARE THE 10% : Poverty in Canada
(The Current - CBC Radio) - December 2
10. Ontario’s Corporate Welfare Bill: $27.7 billion (Fraser Institute) - December 5
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance, October 2011 - December 16
--- Leading indicators, November 2011 - December 14
--- Women in Canada - December 14
--- Length of Time between High School Graduation and Enrolling in Postsecondary Education: Who Delays and Who Does Not? - December 14
--- Postsecondary Education Participation among Underrepresented and Minority Groups - December 14
--- Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) - new tables for December 2011 + PCEIP Handbook - December 14
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America’s Cities : A 29-City Survey (U.S. Conference of Mayors) - December 15
15. From the U.S. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
--- Taking Stock of the Safety Net : Series - December 14
--- Hardship in America Series - November 21
--- Income Inequality Series - November 28
---TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) at 15 - August 22
--- Key Things to Know About Unemployment Insurance - December 16
--- A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality - November 28

16. More Money or More Development : What Have the MDGs Achieved? (Center for Global Development) - December 12
17. Commitment to Development Index 2011
18. Mind the OECD Credibility Gap [OECD report on inequality] (Andrew Jackson in the Progressive Economics Forum) - December 6
19. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Canadian Public Health Association 2012 Annual Conference - Edmonton, Alberta (June 11-14, 2012)

Canadian Public Health Association 2012 Annual Conference
http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012.aspx
Edmonton, Alberta
June 11-14, 2012
[ Version française de la page d'accueil - y compris les liens ci-dessous en français:
http://www.cpha.ca/fr/conferences/conf2012/overview.aspx ]

Public health and environmental health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics and students from across the country and around the world will meet in Edmonton, Alberta for the 2012 Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA).

* Conference Overview
http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012/overview.aspx
(...)the CPHA 2012 Annual Conference will explore the role of public health in creating and sustaining a diverse range of healthy environments using the following tracks: * Built Environment * Economics & Development * Ecosystem Health * Leadership & Communications * Society & Culture.

[ More information about each of these five tracks:
http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012/tracks.aspx ]

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012/sponsor.aspx
- Why become a conference sponsor or exhibitor
- Sponsorship levels and benefits
- A unique exhibiting opportunity

Exhibit at the CPHA 2012 Annual Conference
and stay ahead of your competitors!
http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012/exhibit.aspx
Space is limited – Reserve now!
- incl. links to : Application for Exhibits - Exhibit Hall Floor Plan - Rental Fee - Exhibition Dates - Terms and Conditions - Cancellation Policy

* Registration information
http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012/registration.aspx
- dates and fee structure for different groups of attendees (Registration Opens February 2, 2012.)

In collaboration with the:

* Canadian Institute for Health Information
http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=home_e

* Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health
http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/13777.html

* National Collaborating Centres for Public Health
http://www.nccph.ca/

* National Specialty Society for Community Medicine
http://www.nsscm.ca/

* Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

In association with:

Alberta Public Health Association
http://www.apha.ab.ca/

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

2. Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems - October 2011
(University of Victoria conference proceedings)

Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems
http://web.uvic.ca/jmc/events/sep2011-aug2012/2011-10-modes-of-gov/

On October 14-15, 2011 the University of Victoria hosted a successful conference entitled Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems. Almost 100 people (representing academia, practitioners, students, NGOs, business and citizens) heard 32 presentations from leading Canadian and European scholars and practitioners on:
* why compare Canada and the European Union;
* how multilevel governance in Canada and the European Union actually work;
* Canadian and EU experiences with employment and training, postsecondary education and social inclusion governance; and
* the courts as arbiters of multilevel governance.
Those who attended noted that they found the EU comparison and the ensuing conversation about similarities and differences to Canada useful as a way of reflecting on Canadian governance practices.

The conference website has now been updated with a summary of proceedings, the powerpoints/presentations, as well as video clips from selected presenters, see http://web.uvic.ca/jmc/events/sep2011-aug2012/2011-10-modes-of-gov/

Summary of Proceedings (PDF - 276K, 18 pages)
http://goo.gl/YsBeq

Links to presentations and reports
http://web.uvic.ca/jmc/events/sep2011-aug2012/2011-10-modes-of-gov/papers.php
- 27 papers and presentations organized by panel and by presenter's name
NOTE : The names each of the seven panels and the titles of presentations don't appear in
the list - only names of presenters.
You can click each of the 27 links to check its content,
OR
You can open the conference program:
http://web.uvic.ca/jmc/events/sep2011-aug2012/2011-10-modes-of-gov/program.php

... where you'll find the names of the participants on each panel and the title of all presentations.
Select a paper or presentation, then return to the 27 Presentations page to click the link to that item.

Panels:
Panel A : Conceptualizing Multilevel Governance and Federalism. Why Compare Canada and the European Union (EU) and How?
Panel B : The Practice of Governance in Canada and the European Union
Panel C : Managing Shared Governance in Employment and Training Policy
Panel D : Managing Shared Governance in Post-secondary Education Policy
Panel E : Managing Shared Governance in Social Inclusion Policy
Panel F : Managing Shared Governance in Social Inclusion Policy
Panel G : The Courts as Arbiters of Multilevel Governance

Speakers/presenters include (to name but a few) : Amy Verdun - André Juneau - Harvey Lazar - Donna E. Wood (conference organizer) - Thomas Townsend - Sheila Regehr - Keith Banting - Terrance Hunsley - many more...

Source:
Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union:
Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems

http://web.uvic.ca/jmc/events/sep2011-aug2012/2011-10-modes-of-gov/
Conference (October 14-15, 2011)
University of Victoria

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

3. IMPACT Newsletter (Winter 2011/2012 issue) - December 14
(Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services
, U. of Ottawa Faculty of Social Sciences)

From the
Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (U. of Ottawa):

IMPACT : Winter 2011/2012
(PDF - 1.1MB, 19 pages)
http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/crecs/eng/documents/impact_11_12_14.pdf
December 14, 2011

Table des matières / Table of Contents:
* Comparaison de la stabilité de logement au sein d’une population itinérante diversifiée
* Evaluation Capacity Building in India Moves to Second Cycle
* Students who use AWHC (Academic Writing Help Centre ) and SASS (Student Academic Success Service) services enjoy higher level of academic success and retention rates
* New Sounds of Learning Project : Examining the parameters of educational music?
* SHARP-E: Supported Housing Addiction Recovery Program Evaluation
* Outcomes from an evaluation of the Bon Appétit!: University of Ottawa’s food bank
* Nouvelles et Évenements Récents/Recent News and Events
* Sommes-nous sur la bonne voie? Résumé d'une évaluation de l'évaluabilité d'un cours de conduite pour adultes âgés
* Cultural Competence Evaluation and Health Equity Needs Assessment for Work with Ethno-Cultural Minority Clients at Centretown Community Health Centre
* Personnel List
* List of Senior & Affiliate Researcher

Earlier issues of IMPACT
http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/crecs/eng/pub_newsletter.asp
- links to 17 issues of the newsletter back to the Winter of 2001

Liens vers les 17 numéros précédents du bulletin:
http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/crecs/fra/pub_bulletin.asp

Source:
Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services
http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/crecs/eng/index.asp
Part of:
Faculty of Social Sciences:

http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/eng/index.asp
Part of:
University of Ottawa
http://www.uottawa.ca/welcome.html

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

4. Provincial and federal governments partner toward introduction of Pooled Registered Pension Plans - December 14
(Finance Canada)

Provincial and federal governments partner toward introduction of Pooled Registered Pension Plans
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-134-eng.asp
News Release
December 14, 2011
The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today announced that the Government released for consultation a package of draft legislative proposals for changes to the Income Tax Act and the Income Tax Regulations to accommodate Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs). In December 2010, there was unanimous agreement among provinces, territories and the federal government to move forward with the framework for PRPPs. The rules announced today will set the stage for all provinces to introduce legislation to implement PRPPs.

Related Documents:

* Income Tax Legislative Proposals in Respect of Pooled Registered Pension Plans and Explanatory Notes
http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/prpp-rpac1211-eng.asp
December 14, 2011

* Backgrounder: Key Measures Included in Income Tax Legislative Proposals in Respect of Pooled Registered Pension Plans
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/data/11-134_1-eng.asp
December 14, 2011

* News Release: Harper Government Introduces the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-119-eng.asp
November 17, 2011

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


Related links:

From CTV:

Pension experts call for expansion of the CPP
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111213/cpp-pension-expansion-appeal-111213
December 13, 2011
OTTAWA — A group of pension experts, including a former chief actuary of the Canada Pension Plan, is calling on Canada's finance ministers to commit to expanding the CPP. In an open letter Tuesday to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and his provincial and territorial counterparts, the group said a growing body of research indicates that many Canadians will likely have inadequate savings to maintain their standard of living in retirement.
(...)
The other signatories included
- Bob Baldwin, an expert adviser for the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions;
- Keith Horner, a pensions consultant and a former federal Finance Department official;
- Jonathan Rhys Kesselman, the Canada research chair in public finance at Simon Fraser University;
- Monica Townson, an economic consultant who served on the Pension Commission of Ontario, and
- Michael Wolfson, the Canada research chair in population health modelling/populomics at the University of Ottawa.
Canada's finance ministers are to meet in Victoria next week.
Source:
CTV.ca

http://www.ctv.ca/

Also from CTV:

National Affairs: Paying for federal pensions
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111213/cpp-pension-expansion-appeal-111213
Click the video link for an eight-minute video featuring C.D. Howe Institute President and CEO William Robson and Larry Rousseau, executive vice president for the national capital region of PSAC, debating whether Ottawa can afford to pay for the pensions of federal employees.

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From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Pooled Registered Pension Plans not the answer to pension crisis: study
http://goo.gl/FYUgj
December 7, 2011
OTTAWA—The newly proposed Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) program will do nothing to solve Canada’s pension crisis, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
The study, by pension expert and CCPA research associate Monica Townson, provides an analysis of the PRPP program and argues that expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) would provide better retirement pensions to virtually all Canadians

Complete report:

Pension Breakdown:
How The Finance Ministers Bungled Pension Reform
(PDF - 788K, 34 pages)
http://goo.gl/iwE3z
- includes a ten-page chapter entitled "Barriers to CPP Expansion"

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.

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

5. Battle of the Wages : Who gets paid more, public or private sector workers? - December 13
(Canadian Union of Public Employees)

Battle of the Wages:
Who gets paid more, public or private sector workers?
(PDF - 1.5MB, 33 pages)
http://cupe.ca/updir/Battle_of_the_Wage_ENG_Final-0.pdf
December 13, 2011
Analysis of Census data at the most detailed level available shows that overall average salaries for comparable occupation are very similar between public and private sectors in Canada.

Related CUPE news release:

New study dispels myths about public sector pay
http://cupe.ca/economics/study-dispels-myths-public-sector-pay
December 13, 2011

OTTAWA - There is no evidence the average pay of public sector workers in Canada is consistently higher than comparable occupations in the private sector, reports a new study released today by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Battle of the Wages: Who gets paid more, public or private sector workers analyzes Census data at the most detailed occupational level available. By comparing average pay in comparable occupations, the study gives the most accurate snap-shot of how public sector workers pay compares to the private sector.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

6. 2011 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area : Regional Hunger Maps - December 12
(Daily Bread Food Bank - Toronto)

Toronto Regional Hunger Statistics
Posted December 12, 2011

From Toronto's
Daily Bread Food Bank:

Who's Hungry : Fighting Hunger
2011 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area

Greater Toronto Area Hunger Statistics - Google Map
http://www.dailybread.ca/learning-centre/hunger-statistics/
Scroll down the page to "Regional Statistics" and click on a coloured section of the map for statistics for that region of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Stats include demographics (age groups, household composition, education, disability), hunger, income, housing, and transportation barriers.
- includes links to previous editions of the Daily Bread's annual Who's Hungry reports and key hunger statistics for the GTA back to 2005.

http://goo.gl/YcNya <=== This link takes you to a full-screen version of the same Google Map as above, with links to the same stats as above for each of six Toronto's regions.

Related links:

Who's Hungry : Fighting Hunger
2011 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area
(PDF - 1.6MB, 15 pages)
http://www.dailybread.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/WhosHungryReport2011-FINAL.pdf
September 21, 2011
Unlike food, paying the rent every month is non-negotiable. The cost of housing is a key reason people go hungry and have to come to a food bank, regardless of any other circumstances...

Key findings in the 2011 report

Source:
Daily Bread Food Bank
The Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. As Canada’s largest food bank, Daily Bread serves people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in approximately 170 member agencies.

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

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

7. Harper's Plan to Dismantle Canada's Safety Nets - November 7
(The Tyee)

Harper's Plan to Dismantle Canada's Safety Nets
His social engineering aim is to privatize social services and leave the job to charities.

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/11/07/Harper_Dismantles_Safetynets/
By Murray Dobbin
7 Nov 2011
The Harper government's announcement that it will change the laws regarding capital gains taxes to encourage more charitable giving strikes an ominous note for the country's political culture. Harper is mimicking -- through tax incentives -- the Conservatives in Britain who are trying to pull the same trick with what they call the Big Society initiative: promoting the privatization of social services through increased private giving. Both efforts smack of social engineering from the right. When Harper stated that we would not recognize the country after he was through, this is in part what he was talking about.
(...)
The political process of reversing 40 years of nation-building (begun by Brian Mulroney and Paul Martin) consists of two stages.
The crucial second stage, the gradual dismantling of federal government activism, depends on the first: the gutting of federal revenues. Logically, that stage was implemented early on with the huge, five-year, $60 billion tax cut plan implemented by Jim Flaherty in 2007, the year following Harper’s first election victory. That move, and the cut to the GST, created the deficit -- the useful crisis Harper needed.
Source:
TheTyee.ca
http://thetyee.ca/

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Ottawa looks at rewriting rules on charitable giving
http://goo.gl/eYDw9
By Bill Curry
October 28, 2011
Ottawa is conducting a sweeping overhaul of the way it finances charities and non-profit organizations, pledging a new era of accountability in which businesses and citizens shoulder more of the cost of giving.

[ 447 comments:
http://goo.gl/UXAfa ]

This article is part of The Globe and Mail’s in-depth look at the evolution of philanthropy:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/giving/

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

8. Charity Intelligence Canada

Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci)

Who is Charity Intelligence Canada?
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1087646--who-is-charity-intelligence-canada
November 15, 2011
Charity Intelligence Canada is a registered charity launched in 2008 to do for donors what financial analysts do for investors: provide research-based advice that helps people decide where to put their money. The services are free. Based out of a downtown condo unit, Charity Intelligence is run by two paid staff members and about 25 volunteers, including 10 Bay St. financial analysts who come in after work to crunch numbers. (...) As well as providing advice, Charity Intelligence will take your money and distribute it to one or more charities on your behalf. In 2010, it handled $442,000 in transactions for donors across the country. And no, it does not keep a cut.
Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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Charity Intelligence Canada (Ci)
http://www.charityintelligence.ca/

Ci's Mission: To help donors make informed and intelligent giving decisions that have impact for Canadians in need. Ci is one of the only objective analysts with a national scope working for donors in Canada. Ci has been doing rigorous research and analysis on Canadian charities since 2006, analyzing over 350 Canadian charities, and re-reviewing some on an annual basis.

Top Picks for 2011 - Report (PDF - 1.9MB, 80 pages)
http://www.charityintelligence.ca/images/toppicks/ci_top_picks_2011.pdf
NOTE: This report contains the profiles of all 33 recommended charities for 2011, as well as a section that explains how Ci analyzes charities for its list of top picks. Because Ci itself is a registered charity, donors can write one cheque to Ci which will be forwarded to the Top Picks according to the donor’s instructions. For example, a donor may want to give to a few Top Picks that are of particular interest, or with one cheque support all the Top Pick Charities. (...) Furthermore, you can either have all your money go to your designated charities or, if you wish, you can provide a stipend to support Ci’s on-going research. Your money, your choice. No charge.

Top Picks for 2011 - Charity Profiles
http://goo.gl/WMI0J
Profiles for each of the top 33 charities recommended for 2011 (from a total of 237 charities contacted). Each profile includes:
* Mission Statement * About * Social Results * Financial Overview * Investment Highlights * History * Management * Community Needs * Funding Need * Investment Risks * Audited Financial Statements

Here’s how we can be both smart and good
http://goo.gl/uS9dd
By Margaret Wente
October 28, 2011
(...) I only have a dim idea how much I give away, or what good it does. I have no idea whether it makes a difference. “As donors, it’s time for us not just to give more but to give better – to make sure our giving is going where we think it’s going,” says Kate Bahen, managing director of Charity Intelligence Canada, a Toronto-based organization that advises donors.The competition for money has created a sort of charity arms race, which pushes charities to spend more and more money in order to raise their profile and attract donations.
Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

9. WE ARE THE 10% : Poverty in Canada - December 2
(The Current - CBC Radio)

WE ARE THE 10% :
Poverty in Canada
A Special Edition of The Current
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/12/02/a-special-edition-on-poverty-in-canada/
December 2, 2011
... a glimpse into what it means to one of the ten percent of Canadians who live without.
Click the link above for links to audio podcasts for each of the three parts of the radio show:
Pt 1: Personal stories on being poor in Canada
Pt 2: Child Poverty
Pt 3: Paying more being poor

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A phone-in edition on being poor in Canada
http://goo.gl/CKvjH
December 8, 2011
Last Friday we heard about how poverty can isolate and silence a person. But after last Friday's special, many people found their voice. The emails, the voice messages, the heartfelt reaction overwhelmed us all. So today we dedicated the program to a special call-In edition to hear what it is like to be poor in Canada. West Coast poet Lorna was our guest host for a program concentrating on the ten-percent - at least 10% of Canadians are poor.

* Fast facts on poverty in Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/books/2011/12/08/fast-facts-about-poverty-in-canada/index.html

* Part 1 : The 10% have their say - Mail/Response to Friday
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/interview-panel/2011/12/08/the-10-have-their-say---mailresponse-to-friday/index.html

* Part 2 : The 10% have their say: Phone Calls Part 1
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/interview-panel/2011/12/08/the-10-have-their-say-phone-calls-pt-2/index.html

* Part 3 : The 10% have their say: Phone Calls Part 2
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/interview-panel/2011/12/08/the-10-have-their-say-phone-calls-pt-2/index.html

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Meet Canadians living in poverty (Audio podcasts)
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/12/08/canadians-living-in-poverty
December 8, 2011
Read a short blurb about each of these organizations:
- Ma's Soup Kitchen in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
- My Sister's Place in London, Ontario
- The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto, Ontario
- Christmas Cheer Board in Winnipeg, Manitoba
- The Smile People Dental Health Clinic in Salmon Arm, B.C.

...then click the "Listen" button to hear compelling stories from some of the people who depend on their services.
Each of the stories is under two minutes.

Source:
The Current
with Anna Maria Tremonti
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/

[ CBC Radio:
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ ]

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

10. Ontario’s Corporate Welfare Bill: $27.7 billion - December 5
(Fraser Institute)

More than $27 billion spent by Ontario governments on corporate welfare since 1991
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=2147483989
News Release
December 8, 2011
TORONTO, ON—Ontario governments are addicted to dispensing corporate welfare.
Between 1991 and 2009, Ontario governments of all political stripes spent more than $27.7 billion on direct subsidies to corporations, says a new report released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank. “Subsidies to businesses, whether bailouts, loans that may not be repaid, or straight grants are all forms of corporate welfare and do nothing to benefit Ontario families,” said Mark Milke, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of Ontario’s Corporate Welfare Bill: $27.7 billion.

The report:

Ontario’s Corporate Welfare Bill: $27.7 billion (PDF - 324K, 10 pages)
http://goo.gl/V0XhV
December 2011
(...) In 2008/09 alone, the bill for corporate welfare [i.e., subsidies to business and industry] amounted to almost $2.7 billion. For anyone who paid income tax in 2008, the cost of corporate welfare was $424 per Ontarian. (...) Ontario’s corporate welfare expenditures could have been redirected to personal or corporate income tax reductions in equal dollar amounts in the current fiscal year, among other measures.

[ Comment : The Fraser Institute's solution to corporate welfare is to redirect Ontario’s corporate welfare expenditures (i.e., subsidies to business and industry) to personal or corporate income tax reductions, going so far as to suggest a corporate tax rate of 8% in 2011/12, a $2.9 billion revenue loss to the Province. "If this option were chosen, Ontario would have the lowest corporate income tax rate in the country." Surprise, surprise. So listen up, corporations --- we're going to terminate your subsidies to make it look like we're tough on everyone, but we'll decrease your corporate income tax rates to compensate. Suffer, Baby... - By Gilles]

Source:
The Fraser Institute
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/
"A free and prosperous world through
choice, markets and responsibility"

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But wait!!
How do you really feel about the Fraser Institute??

The Fraser Institute Produces Junk: Graham Steele (Nova Scotia Finance Minister)
By Alex Boutilier
September 13, 2011
After delivering an update on Nova Scotia's 2011-2012 budget forecast, Finance Minister Graham Steele was asked what he thinks about a new report from the Fraser Institute that ranked Premier Darrell Dexter first among sitting Canadian premiers in terms of fiscal restraint.
(...)
The Fraser Institute produces junk. It is not a serious institution, it is a political organization. And it is no accident that their focus is on the Ontario election (Premier Dalton McGuinty came second last). They're trying to make themselves relevant to the Ontario election. It is no accident that the three premiers they rank at the bottom (PEI's Robert Ghiz, McGuinty, and Quebec Premier Jean Charest) are three non-Conservative premiers who are up for re-election right now. So the next time the Fraser Institute issues something that has Nova Scotia at the bottom, remember that when they put us at the top, my answer is still: the Fraser Institute produces junk. It does not deserve any serious consideration.
[Speaking directly to the interviewer:]
Remember that the next time you ask me about something else the Fraser Institute produces, that even when I could say 'yes, this is validation of what we're saying.' It's ... it's crap.
Source:
Metro News Halifax

HEAR, HEAR.
[Gilles]

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From the
National Post:

Corporate ‘welfare’ costs Ontario $3-billion a year: report
http://goo.gl/LY4aP
Dec 8, 2011
By Tristin Hopper
Source:
National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/

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- Go to the Banks and Business Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

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

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Employment Insurance, October 2011 - December 16
--- Leading indicators, November 2011 - December 14
--- Women in Canada - December 14
--- Length of Time between High School Graduation and Enrolling in Postsecondary Education: Who Delays and Who Does Not? - December 14
--- Postsecondary Education Participation among Underrepresented and Minority Groups - December 14
--- Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) - new tables for December 2011 + PCEIP Handbook
- December 14

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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December 16, 2011
Employment Insurance, October 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/111216/tdq111216-eng.htm
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits declined slightly (-5,400 or -1.0%) to 541,200 in October, continuing a year-long downward trend.
- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Related link:

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps, October 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/73-002-x/73-002-x2011010-eng.htm
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
- incl. Intro to maps + link to September 2011 maps [in the left margin]

Source:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps - Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=73-002-X&lang=eng
Set of maps presenting Employment Insurance Statistics. The maps show the percentage change in the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs), using 2001 Census geography. Data are also shown in a tabular format.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Tables by subject: Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/ind01/l3_2621_2627-eng.htm?hili_none

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
* Non-wage benefits

[ earlier editions of this report ]


Related links:

From the
Vancouver Sun:

Decline in EI recipients could signal renewed health in B.C. labour market
http://goo.gl/8jhR9
By Evan Duggan
December 16, 2011
A decline in the number of British Columbians receiving employment insurance benefits could be a sign the labour market is recovering from the beating it took beginning with the global recession in 2008, according to a Vancouver economist.New numbers published by Statistics Canada show that 9,170 fewer people in Metro Vancouver received EI benefits in October 2011 when compared to October 2010 — a 32 per cent drop. Throughout B.C. there was a 28 per cent drop year-over-year fewer recipients across the province.
(...)
While the number of employment insurance beneficiaries has been falling, the total number of British Columbians receiving provincial income assistance has remained steady at roughly 180,000 over the past year, according to statistics provided by the Ministry of Social Development. “Numbers do fluctuate with seasonal work,” said David Haslam, a spokesman with the Ministry of Social Development. “We have not seen any indication that the decline in the number of EI recipients is having a significant impact on the province’s income assistance caseload.”
Source:
Vancouver Sun
http://www.vancouversun.com/

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From the
Progressive Economics Forum (PEF):

EI Coverage Falls Below 40%
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2011/12/16/employment-insurance-below-40/
By Erin Weir
December 16, 2011
It may be a grim Christmas for thousands of unemployed Canadians. Today’s Employment Insurance figures show that fewer workers received benefits in October, even as more became unemployed and filed EI claims.

[ More PEF postings on Employment Insurance:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/category/employment-insurance/ ]

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

Other selected StatCan reports:

December 14, 2011
Leading indicators, November 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/111214/dq111214c-eng.htm
The composite leading index increased 0.8% in November, the largest increase in five months. Manufacturing posted broad gains after slowing in recent months. Household spending was mixed, while the stock market continued to decline.

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
* Current conditions
* Economic accounts
* Leading indicators

December 14, 2011
Women in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/111214/dq111214d-eng.htm
Available online today are four new chapters of the publication Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report, which explores the socio-demographic and economic circumstances of Canadian women in general. These chapters examine the health of Canadian women, their education, their family arrangements and the activity limitations with which some live.

Eight chapters were released previously online.
All 12 chapters are now available in
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report, 2010-2011, sixth edition

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-503-x/89-503-x2010001-eng.htm

Table of contents:
* Paid work
* Economic Well-being
* Women and the Criminal Justice System
* First Nations, Métis and Inuit Women
* Senior Women
* Female population
* Visible Minority Women
* Immigrant Women
* Women and Education
* Women and Health
* Families, Living Arrangements and Unpaid Work
* Women with activity limitations
* Tables and charts
* More information
* Other issues in this series

Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=89-503-X&lang=eng
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest report in this series; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.
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Related subjects:

* Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3867&lang=eng&more=0

* Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=75&lang=eng&more=0

* Women and gender
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=75&id=78&lang=eng&more=0

December 14, 2011
Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, December 2011
The December 2011 issue of Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada contains two articles.

The first article, Length of Time between High School Graduation and Enrolling in Postsecondary Education: Who Delays and Who Does Not?:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-004-x/2011004/article/11594-eng.htm
... summarizes the main findings of a recent research report that measured median delay times between high school graduation and starting a first postsecondary program and identified the factors associated with either speeding up or slowing down this transition.

The second article, Postsecondary Education Participation among Underrepresented and Minority Groups:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-004-x/2011004/article/11595-eng.htm
...summarizes the key findings of a recent research report that examined the characteristics of young people who historically have been underrepresented in the postsecondary student population and the factors that play a role in the decision to pursue postsecondary studies.

Also in the same issue of Education Matters:

Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP)

* New Tables (December 2011)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-582-x/81-582-x2011002-eng.htm

Education Indicators in Canada:
Handbook for the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program
(December 2011)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-582-g/81-582-g2011002-eng.htm

Source:
Education Matters:
Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada
- main product page*
This free online periodical provides summary information on issues and gives access to education indicators and Canadian education analysis. It presents information, statistics and analysis in a non-technical, highly readable format for teachers, students, parents, education associations, researchers and policy makers [ This free online periodical provides summary information on issues and gives access to education indicators and Canadian education analysis. It presents information, statistics and analysis in a non-technical, highly readable format for teachers, students, parents, education associations, researchers and policy makers
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:
* Education, training and learning

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=1821&lang=eng&more=0

The Daily Archives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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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

12. 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

December 17, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Short-term impact analysis of an expansion of regulated early learning and care in Nova Scotia
http://goo.gl/cmSuw
16 Dec 2011

A matter of choice: A critical discourse analysis of ECEC policy in Canada's 2006 federal election
http://goo.gl/5NFwt
14 Dec 2011
Occasional Paper No. 25 from CRRU is now available online; presents Brooke Richardson's research that uses Critical Discourse Analysis to analyze the representation of ECEC in the 2006 federal election in Canada.

Making the case for universal child care
http://goo.gl/r7Oec
14 Dec 2011
Report from UK's Institute for Public Policy Research "adds economic benefits to social justice case for improving UK’s childcare provision."

Long-term effects of early childhood care and education
http://goo.gl/sbPVd
14 Dec 2011
Discussion paper from IZA examines the evidence for long term effects of parental leave and early childhood education programs; concludes that "favorable consequences requires an institutional structure where high quality non-parental care is available and affordable."

Recent expansion of corporate child care in Canada
http://goo.gl/ORvDx
14 Dec 2011
With the announcement this week that Edleun - Canada's first publicly traded child care corporation - is acquiring 7 centres in Ontario, CRRU has created an Issue File that collects information on the corporation's recent growth across Canada.

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.

Aid for child care drops when it is needed most
http://goo.gl/s0y9l
16 Dec 2011 United States

Generations disagree on public funding priorities: UBC poll
http://goo.gl/Ox2IC
16 Dec 2011 British Columbia

N.S. mulls changes to rules, spending on care of children
http://goo.gl/UpcCJ
16 Dec 2011 Nova Scotia

The road to higher female employment?
http://goo.gl/njZBH
15 Dec 2011 Europe

Province needs child care plan
http://goo.gl/nB95w
15 Dec 2011 Ontario

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

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

13. 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:

December 16:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/16/
States and Medicaid
Homeless Military Veterans
Newark, NJ Kids Count Report
Child Welfare Reform - Nebraska

December 15:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/15/
Extension of Jobless Benefits
Census Data on Income and Poverty
Stateline.org Series on State Agency Backlogs
Child Care Subsidies

December 14:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/14/
Child Support and Poverty
Child and Family Homelessness
Child Abuse and Neglect in the US

December 13:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/13/
Charter Schools
Joblessness and Unemployment
US Teen Birthrate
Economic Mobility in the US

December 12:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/12/
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
San Francisco Minimum Wage
State Budgets and Medicaid

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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

14. A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America’s Cities : A 29-City Survey - December 15
(U.S. Conference of Mayors)

From the
U.S. Conference of Mayors:

Hunger and Homelessness Survey
A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America’s Cities
A 29-City Survey
(PDF - 9.2MB, 107 pages)
http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2011-hhreport.pdf
December 2011

News Release
Joblessness leads to more hungry and homeless families in the U.S. cities (PDF - 192K, 3 pages)
http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/20111215-release-hhr-en.pdf
December 15, 2011
Washington, D.C. – In the midst of a struggling economy and continuing high levels of unemployment, U.S. cities are feeling the pressure from increased numbers of hungry and homeless families according to a U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) report on the status of Hunger and Homelessness in 29 cities in America (below) that was released today by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on a news conference call.

Source:
U.S. Conference of Mayors
http://www.usmayors.org/
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today, each represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.

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From CBS News:

Census data : Half of U.S. poor or low income
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57343397/census-data-half-of-u.s-poor-or-low-income/
December 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data* depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.
(...) Mayors in 29 cities say more than 1 in 4 people needing emergency food assistance did not receive it. Many middle-class Americans are dropping below the low-income threshold — roughly $45,000 for a family of four — because of pay cuts, a forced reduction of work hours or a spouse losing a job. Housing and child-care costs are consuming up to half of a family's income. (...) A survey of 29 cities conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors being released Thursday points to a gloomy outlook for those on the lower end of the income scale.

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* "Latest Census data" refers to the release of the following report by the Census Bureau:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010 (September 13, 2011)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm#income_poverty_and_health_insurance_coverage
NOTE : This link will take you to a section of the U.S. Government Links page of this website, where you'll find a link to the report itself, along with a collection of ~50 links to related fact sheets, NGO analysis of the report, media coverage, historical tables and much more
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Related links from CBS News:

* New data shows poverty at an all-time high (Video, duration 2:33)
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7387553n
(Undated, likely September 2011)

* Poverty in America: The faces behind the figures
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/19/national/main20108085.shtml
September 19, 2011

* Poverty continues to rise in U.S., now 15.1%
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/13/national/main20105376.shtml
September 13, 2011

* Most U.S. unemployed no longer receive benefits
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57319258/
November 5, 2011

Source:
CBS News

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

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

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

15. From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
--- Taking Stock of the Safety Net : Series - December 14
--- Hardship in America Series - November 21
--- Income Inequality Series - November 28
---TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) at 15 - August 22
--- Key Things to Know About Unemployment Insurance - December 16
--- A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality - November 28

United States

From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
http://www.cbpp.org/

Taking Stock of the Safety Net : Series
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tag/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-series/
We will issue a series of posts in the coming days that will look back at some of the major programs that helped struggling families during the year — their goals, impact, and issues facing policymakers in 2012. Today, we’ll begin by setting the context.

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-1-overview/
December 14, 2011

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 2: Meeting Families’ Basic Needs Through TANF
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-2-meeting-families-basic-needs-through-tanf/
December 15, 2011

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 3: Helping Families Afford Decent Housing
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-3-helping-families-afford-decent-housing/
December 16, 2011

Related Series and Posts:

Hardship in America Series: Parts 1-4
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tag/hardship-in-america-series
November 21, 2011

Income Inequality Series: Parts 1-5
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tag/income-inequality-series/
November 28, 2011

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) at 15
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tag/tanf-at-15/
August 22, 2011

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP):
http://www.cbpp.org/
CBPPis 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.

Also from CBPP:

Key Things to Know About Unemployment Insurance
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3646
By Hannah Shaw and Chad Stone
December 16, 2011
In the heat of the battle over how to address the imminent expiration of federal emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits (and the payroll tax cut), policymakers should not lose sight of what UI is and how it has functioned over the years

A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality (14 pages)
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3629
By Chad Stone, Hannah Shaw, Danilo Trisi and Arloc Sherman
November 28, 2011
This guide consists of four sections. The first describes the commonly used sources and statistics on income and discusses their relative strengths and limitations in understanding trends in income and inequality. The second provides an overview of the trends revealed in those key data sources. The third and fourth sections supply additional information on wealth, which complements the income data as a measure of how the most well-off Americans are doing; and poverty, which measures how the least well-off Americans are doing.

More CBPP reports on Poverty and Income
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=36

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

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

16. More Money or More Development : What Have the MDGs Achieved? - December 12
(Center for Global Development)

Don’t equate declarations with success in fighting poverty
http://goo.gl/9bNj9
By Kate Heartfield
December 15, 2011
In 2000, the member states of the United Nations declared, “We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected.” To that end, they agreed to the Millennium Development Goals — a set of eight goals and 21 targets dealing with health, education, hunger, gender equality and environmental sustainability.
So did the MDGs work?
(...) a new working paper from the Center for Global Development points out that assessing the usefulness of the MDGs is not as simple as asking whether we’re going to meet the targets.
Source:
Ottawa Citizen

The working paper from
the Center for Global Development:

More Money or More Development:
What Have the MDGs Achieved? - Working Paper 278
(PDF - 1.7MB, 45 pages)
http://www.cgdev.org/files/1425806_file_Kenny_Sumner_MDGs_FINAL.pdf
December 12, 2011
By Charles Kenny and Andy Sumner
This paper reflects on the global goal setting experience of the MDGs and what might be done differently if there is new round of MDGs after 2015.
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Excerpt from the abstract:
What have the MDGs achieved? And what might their achievements mean for any second generation of MDGs or MDGs 2.0? We argue that the MDGs may have played a role in increasing aid and that development policies beyond aid quantity have seen some limited improvement in rich countries (the evidence on policy change in poor countries is weaker).

Source:
Center for Global Development (Washington)
http://www.cgdev.org
The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all.

More publications from the Center for Global Development:
http://www.cgdev.org/section/publications

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

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

17. Commitment to Development Index 2011 - November 1
(Center for Global Development)

Commitment to Development Index 2011 (PDF, 207K, 6 pages)
http://www.cgdev.org/content/publications/detail/1425586/
David Roodman
November 1, 2011
The Commitment to Development Index ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5.5 billion people living in poorer nations. Moving beyond standard comparisons of foreign aid volumes, the CDI quantifies a range of rich-country policies that affect poor people in developing countries.
Policies:
* Quantity and quality of aid * Openness to exports * Investment policies * Migration policies * Environmental policies * Security policies * Support for new technologies

2011 Commitment to Development Index
http://www.cgdev.org/section/initiatives/_active/cdi/
Which wealthy nations are helping poor ones most? Rich and poor are linked in many ways. Each year, the CDI scores wealthy governments on helping poor countries via seven linkages: aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology.
To see how well countries are living up to their potential to help, scoring adjusts for size. So small countries can beat big ones. Scores are scaled so 5 is average.

Source:
Center for Global Development

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

18. Mind the OECD Credibility Gap [OECD report on inequality] - December 6
(Andrew Jackson in
the Progressive Economics Forum)

Commentary on the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Report on inequality

Mind the OECD Credibility Gap
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2011/12/06/mind-the-oecd-credibility-gap/
By Andrew Jackson
December 6, 2011
The OECD report on inequality is well worth a careful read. It bolsters, through careful empirical and cross country analysis, two key arguments long advanced by the labour movement and progressive economists:
1. Key trends in the labour market – widening wage disparity between top earners and the rest, and the disproportionate growth of precarious jobs – are the major driving force behind rising inequality of individual earnings which has in turn been a major force behind increased inequality of family incomes
2. The impact of growing earnings inequality on the distribution of family income has been compounded by major regressive changes to the redistributive role of the tax and transfer system. “Globalization” is found to have played a lesser role – though a link is drawn from greater competition and closer economic integration with developing countries to the erosion of pro equality institutions (eg. unions and collective bargaining) and policies (eg labour market regulation, and tax and transfer policies.)
(...)
It is ironic, though, that this OECD report (emanating from the employment and social policy side of the organization, DELSA) flags as the underlying causes of inequality precisely those policies which the economic side (ECO) advocated for so strenuously through at least the 1990s and much of the past decade as well.
(...)
[In the 1990s] The OECD endorsed the draconian Liberal Government cuts to social programs – cuts to UI and cuts in transfers to the provinces to finance social assistance – which are now seen as a key driving force of the surge in inequality in Canada which began in the mid 1990s. The OECD also raised no criticism of personal income tax changes which increased after tax income inequality, notably the cut from 75% to 50% of capital gains included in income tax. Now they tell us that the Canadian tax/transfer system offsets only 40% of any increase in market income inequality – one of the lowest proportions in the OECD – compared to 70% in the mid 1990s when Canada’s redistributive effort was at near Nordic levels!

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

Link to the report
and related coverage in the Globe and Mail:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm#international
- this link takes you to the international section of the Inequality Links page of this site.

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- Go to the top of the Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

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

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

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

14 December 2011 - CRINMAIL 1255:
Special Edition on Human Rights Defenders
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=3999
In this issue:
Human Rights Day 2011
- Children's rights defenders around the world
- Children as human rights defenders
- Human rights advocacy through new media
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- links to 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)
http://www.crin.org/email/

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

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


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Twelve Reasons Why
Athletes Can't Find Regular Jobs

1. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model:
"I wan' all dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan' all de kids to copulate me."

2. New Orleans Saints' RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season:
"I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first."

3. And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the 'Skin's say:
"I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl!"
Matt Millen of the Raiders said: "To win, I'd run over Joe's Mom, too."

4. Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins:
"He treat us like mens. He let us wear earrings.."

5. Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann:
"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

6. Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh:
"I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."

7. Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach:
"You guys line up alphabetically by height.." And, "You guys pair up in groups of three, and then line up in a circle."

8. Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson going to prison:
"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton ."

9. Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks' left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker:
"That's so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my clothes."

10. Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regimen of heavyweight Andrew Golota:
"He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning, regardless of what time it is."

11. Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: "My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt.

12. Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president, on a former player:
"I asked him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?'
He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'"

Source:
Email

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And, in closing...

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Proof that laughter is contagious:
The Subway GiggleFest (Video, duration 2:58):
http://www.wimp.com/laughtercontagious/

Need more proof?
http://www.break.com/index/four-old-ladies-car-accident-voicemail-2263337

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Consumer Reports
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm

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Skateboarding? You ain't seen NUTHIN yet! (video, duration 2:15)
http://youtu.be/hmd4NqtcUBE

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The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011
http://goo.gl/MS3Bc

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25 of the funniest signs you've ever seen
http://list25.com/25-of-the-funniest-signs-youve-ever-seen/

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Top 10 Date Movies You’ll BOTH Enjoy
[ from http://www.bestseniordatingsites.org/ ]
http://www.bestseniordatingsites.org/top-10-date-movies-you%E2%80%99ll-both-enjoy/
NOTE: This is a serious website for seniors interested in dating, but the selection of movies could actually be entitled "Chick Flicks that Guys Might Actually Like"
[Any James Bond movie will do nicely.]