Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 19, 2013

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 2,641 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. Ontario welfare earnings exemptions : "not too high; not too low; just right" (By John Stapleton, Open Policy) - May 2013
2. The Canada Social Transfer and the Social Determinants of Health : Final Report (Canadian Association of Social Workers) - March 2013
3. The History of Unemployment Insurance (1940 to 1993) / Historique de l'assurance-chômage (1940 à 1993)
4. Call for Proposals : Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women (Status of Women Canada) - deadline May 31
5. The National Shelter Study 2005-2009 (Homelessness Strategy, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - Posted April 2013
6. Recent releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
----- Private money, public programs? There will always be strings -May 2013
----- Federal Policy Monitor, April 2013
----- Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, April 2013

7. Filling the Gap: Measuring Ontario's Balance with the Federal Government (Noah Zon, The Mowat Centre) - March 2013
8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- The Consumer Price Index, April 2013 - May 17
--- Measuring wealth - March 20
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2012 - May 15
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Education Indicators in Canada : Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program, May 2013 - May 14
9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. [United Kingdom] Child poverty: time for honesty and a new approach + The Condition of Britain (Institute for Public Policy Research)
- May 13
12. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. Ontario welfare earnings exemptions : "not too high; not too low; just right"
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

Establishing a ‘Goldilocks Standard’ for people earning money
while receiving social assistance : What should we make of the Ontario Budget
measure to exempt the first $200 in earnings?
(PDF - 124K, 8 pages)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/How-should-we-think-about-the-earnings-of-social-assistance-recipients.pdf
By John Stapleton
May 2013
(...)
Depending what bothers governments most about the current system of incentives tends to guide how they deal with the earnings exemptions each will implement. But Kathleen Wynne has followed the case made in Brighter Prospects in a fairly sensible way and one that will make even more sense should minimum wages be raised. She is recognizing the need to get into work force, to stay in the work force and to pay attention to politically contentious ‘surface’ equity issues respecting the working poor. All in all, she is making a reasonable start under the circumstances.

Source:
Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)

http://openpolicyontario.com/

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

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

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

2. The Canada Social Transfer and the Social Determinants of Health : Final Report - March 2013
(Canadian Association of Social Workers)

The Canada Social Transfer and
the Social Determinants of Health:
Final Report
(PDF - 508K, 45 pages)
http://goo.gl/zHr5V
PDF file dated March 2013
By
Ashley Lacombe Duncan and Jenna van Draanen
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Version française:
Le Transfert canadien en matière de services
sociaux et les déterminants sociaux de la santé:
Rapport final
(fichier PDF - 528K, 49 pages)
http://goo.gl/1o09i
Date du fichier PDF : mars 2013
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The Canada Social Transfer (CST) is the primary source of federal funding in Canada that supports provincial and territorial social programs, specifically, post secondary education, social assistance and social services, and programs for children. (...) Canadian advocates of human rights and equitable public policy are increasingly concerned with accountability and have called for the government to introduce conditions and standards associated with the CST to improve accountability and to ensure that Canadians, regardless of location, have equal access to adequate social programming. (...) This paper investigates the adequacy of government provision and accountability in delivering social services through an in-depth exploration of income security funding at the national, provincial, and local level in Canada.
[Excerpts from the Executive Summary]

Executive Summary only (PDF - 100K, 4 pages)
http://goo.gl/uPiUW
(...)
The funding provided through the Canada Social Transfer is insufficient to meet most provincial spending on just income assistance, and falls even more drastically short of the actual funding that would be required to provide adequate social assistance, social services, childcare and early childhood education, and post-secondary education.

Source:
Defending Social Programs for a Stronger Canada
http://www.defendingsocialprograms.ca/
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Version française:
Défense des Programmes Sociaux
http://defensedesprogrammessociaux.ca/
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Defending Social Programs is a website of the
Canadian Association of Social Workers
http://www.casw-acts.ca/
Association canadienne des travailleuses et
travailleurs sociaux (ACTS)

Send a letter to your
Minister of Social Services:
http://defendingsocialprograms.ca/take-action
- includes suggested text that you can edit and "sign"
NOTE : In the absence of an "About this site" page, I'd suggest that you click the link immediately above and read the introductory text and the prepared message to find out more about this campaign.
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Version française:
http://defensedesprogrammessociaux.ca/node/5

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- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

3. The History of Unemployment Insurance (1940 to 1993) / Historique de l'assurance-chômage (1940 à 1993)

From the
Internet Archive:
http://archive.org/

The History of Unemployment Insurance (1940 to 1993)
http://web.archive.org/web/20020804170133/http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/ae-ei/hist/history_of_unemployment_insurance.shtml
Excerpt/paraphrase from the Foreword:
This book is a general account of legislative and program changes to the Canadian Unemployment Insurance program from 1940 to 1993. While it contains considerable detail, it does not attempt to list every regulatory change or operational innovation. It is meant to help people understand the history of the program, as well as the social, economic and policy forces that have helped shape UI. This book builds on A Chronology of Response: The Evolution of Unemployment Insurance from 1940 to 1980.
(...)
In 1993, the Department of Human Resources Development, which had assumed responsibility for UI as a result of a federal departmental reorganization, decided to update and reissue the history to also include UI developments from 1980 to 1993.
Recommended reading for UI/EI historians!

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Version française:
Historique de l'assurance-chômage

http://web.archive.org/web/20020612232858/http://hrdc.gc.ca/ae-ei/hist/historique_de_lassurance-chomage.shtml

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

4. Call for Proposals : Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women - deadline May 31
(Status of Women Canada)

From
Status of Women Canada:
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

Call for Proposals : Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/cfp-adp/2013-1/index-eng.html
Status of Women Canada is launching a Call for Proposals for projects that will both increase economic security and promote prosperity for women in communities across Canada. All projects will include a number of predetermined elements, which organizations must address in their proposals.
- incl. links to more info on the types of eligible projects that are acceptable along with an application guide and the application form

Projects under this Call for Proposals fall into three thematic areas:

* Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
* Increasing Economic Options for Women
* Improving Prosperity for Immigrant Women

The deadline for applications under this Call for Proposals is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, May 31, 2013.
All required documents must be provided at the time of submission. Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Source:
Status of Women Canada

http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

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- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

5. The National Shelter Study 2005-2009 - Posted April 2013
(Homelessness Strategy, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

From
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

The National Shelter Study 2005-2009
HTML : http://www.homelesshub.ca/Library/The-National-Shelter-Study-2005-2009-55787.aspx
PDF (2MB, 6 pages): http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/communities/homelessness/reports/shelter_study.pdf
Posted April 2013
The National Shelter Study is the first national analysis using consistent shelter data collected over an extended period of time to establish a baseline count and description of the characteristics of the homeless population in Canada. This study uses information gathered from emergency homeless shelters using the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) and emergency homeless shelters in the City of Toronto.

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Version française :
Étude nationale sur les refuges 2005-2009
HTML : http://www.rhdcc.gc.ca/fra/communautes/sans_abri/rapports/etude_refuges.shtml
PDF (3.1MB, 6 pages) : http://www.rhdcc.gc.ca/fra/communautes/sans_abri/rapports/etude_refuges.pdf
Affiché au site : avril 2013

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Table of Contents:
* About HIFIS
* Methods
* A National Portrait of Homelessness
* Quick facts
* Demographic Trends
* Quick facts
* Conclusion

NOTE:
At the time of the study, there were nearly 400 emergency shelters with over 15,400 beds across Canada.

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Related links:

National Homelessness Information System (NHIS)
http://hifis.hrsdc.gc.ca/index-eng.shtml
The National Homelessness Information System (NHIS) is a federal data development initiative designed to collect and analyze baseline data on the use of shelters in Canada. NHIS supports the implementation and deployment of the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) software, HIFIS training at the community level, and projects related to community shelter data coordination.
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More about HIFIS:
http://hifis.hrsdc.gc.ca/depliant-brochure/index-eng.shtml

Source:
Homelessness Strategy
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/communities/homelessness/index.shtml
The Homelessness Strategy is part of
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada:

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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

- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

6. Recent releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
----- Private money, public programs? There will always be strings -May 2013
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Federal Policy Monitor, April 2013
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Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, April 2013

Recent releases from
the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Private money, public programs? There will always be strings (PDF - 28K, 2 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1010ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
May 2013

In response to the perpetual shortage of funding for a wide range of social needs, Ottawa just announced its commitment to the use of social impact bonds. The emerging sphere of social finance throughout the world opens many new fiscal doors. Social finance is a term that refers to a range of instruments, including social impact bonds, which blend public and private money to tackle tough social problems.

The potential problem with social impact bonds is not the fact that they bring private capital into the social equation. The primary concern with this instrument is the obsession with quantifiable performance outcomes. These expectations can lead to perverse outcomes, such as selecting the participants most likely to succeed in a program rather than the ones who need most help. The question of whose benefits are being measured must also be considered. Finally, patient capital is required in order to achieve real social change.

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Federal Policy Monitor, April 2013 (PDF - 44K, 4 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Federal/2013-04.pdf
The Caledon Institute regularly scans for the release of federal government policies that impact areas of interest, including income security, disabilities, health, housing, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth.
In this issue:
* Aboriginals * Disability * Employment * Education * Governance * Health * Housing * Income Security *

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Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, April 2013 (PDF - 92K, 10 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2013-04.pdf
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy regularly scans provincial and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our core work and interests. A partial list includes: disability, education, health, housing, income security, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth. This tracking is intended to inform our analysis of policy trends.

NOTE : Both the federal and provincial/territorial monitors are searchable by date, jurisdiction and category.
If you prefer to browse through the past issues, go to the source link below, then click on a year and then a month to read the monitor for that month.
The federal monitor archive contains links to monthly issues from January to April 2013 only, while the provincial/territorial monitor goes right back to 2008.
Recommended reading!

Source:
Federal Policy Monitor*
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/
[*NOTE : For links to the provincial/territorial monitor, scroll down the page.]
The Caledon Institute regularly scans for the release of federal government policies that impact areas of interest, including income security, disabilities, health, housing, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth.

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The Policy Monitor is produced by the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
The Caledon Institute is a social policy think tank. Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. Caledon does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector. [About Caledon : http://www.caledoninst.org/About%20us/ ]

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

7. Filling the Gap: Measuring Ontario's Balance with the Federal Government - March 2013
(Noah Zon, The Mowat Centre)

Filling the Gap: Measuring Ontario's Balance with the Federal Government (PDF - 3.1MB, 14 pages)
http://www.mowatcentre.ca/pdfs/mowatResearch/79.pdf By Noah Zon
March 28, 2013
This Mowat Note examines the balance between what Ontarians pay to the federal government and the amount returned in services and transfers to Ontario and Ontarians. We find that based on the latest available figures, Ontarians transfer approximately $11B on net to the rest of Canada. This transfer is equivalent to 1.9% of the province’s GDP.

Source:
The Mowat Centre

http://www.mowatcentre.ca/
The Mowat Centre is an independent public policy research centre at the University of Toronto, offering non-partisan, evidence-based perspectives on public policy. The Centre undertakes collaborative applied policy research, proposes innovative research-driven recommendations, and engages in public dialogue on Canada’s most important national issues.

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

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- The Consumer Price Index, April 2013 - May 17
--- Measuring wealth - March 20
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2012 - May 15
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Education Indicators in Canada : Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program, May 2013 - May 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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May 17, 2013
Consumer Price Index, April 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130517/dq130517a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 0.4% in the 12 months to April, following a 1.0% increase in March. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index decreased 0.4% in April, after posting no change in March.

Report:

The Consumer Price Index - April 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/62-001-x/62-001-x2013004-eng.htm
Highlights
Analysis
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products

NOTE:
According to the StatCan "note to readers" that you'll find in the blue text box near the bottom of the February 2013 CPI page
[ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130327/dq130327a-eng.htm ]:

"As announced in The Daily on January 25, 2013 [ http://goo.gl/bUkDH ], Statistics Canada has updated the weights in the basket of goods and services used in the calculation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI)."
The note includes several links to more detailed info about this change to the way CPI is calculated.

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Enhancing the CPI : StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng/cs-sc/enhancing-cpi
February 20, 2013
At Statistics Canada, there are price indexes galore—housing, energy, intercity prices, machinery and equipment, commercial software—to name a few on the StatCan hit parade. But the index that touches people most directly is the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Pension cheques, tax bra­ckets, rent controls, transfer payments and collective agreements are linked to the CPI. The Bank of Canada uses the CPI to help set monetary policy, which affects the cost of borrowing.

Related subjects:

Statistical methods
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1356&id=1356&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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Related link from the
The Progressive Economics Forum:

[ http://www.progressive-economics.ca/ ]

Recalculating inflation: billions in savings for governments and employers paid for by workers and pensioners
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/02/13/recalculating-inflation-billions-in-savings-for-governments-and-employers-paid-for-by-workers-and-pensioners/
By Toby Sanger
February 13, 2012
[incl. 13 comments about the article]
The top story in the Globe and Mail today reports on something I warned about a year ago: Statistics Canada is making changes to the way it calculates the Consumer Price Index. At that time I suspected changes to calculations of the CPI would be introduced as part of the renewal of the inflation target with the Bank of Canada, and they were clearly planning it at the time, but wanted to keep it under wraps. While these changes may seem like obscure “refinements”, they could eventually lead to billions of dollars in lower payments from the federal and provincial government in Old Age Security Payments alone, billions in higher personal income tax revenues, and even higher savings from all employers from lower wage increases implicitly tied to CPI increases.

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Source:
The Consumer Price Index
- product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&lang=eng
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
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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.

[ Earlier editions of this report (back to 2001):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&chropg=1&lang=eng ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-557-X&lang=eng

Related subjects:

* Prices and price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3956&lang=eng&more=0

* Consumer price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3956&id=2178&lang=eng&more=0

Statistical methods
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1356&id=1356&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Here's an not-so oldie
that I also found on the StatCan Blog:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/interaction/eng

March 20, 2013
Measuring wealth
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/interaction/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/measuring-wealth
In fall 2012, some 20,000 households across Canada were asked to open their doors to Statistics Canada interviewers, and share details of their financial lives, assets, debts, income, and pensions as part of the
Survey of Financial Security
:
http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=2620&lang=en&db=imdb&adm=8&dis=2

Table : Assets and debts held by family units, total amounts : 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/interaction/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/wealth-tbl1
This survey provides information of the net worth (wealth) of Canadian families, that is, the value of their assets less their debts.
- includes national figures for 1999 and 2005, along with a column showing the changes during that same period.

Pension and Wealth Research Paper Series
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=13F0026M&chropg=1&lang=eng

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Household assets, debts and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=1989&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Household spending and savings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2180&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

May 15, 2013
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130515/dq130515b-eng.htm
Preliminary 2012 data and revised 2007 to 2011 data on provincial and territorial labour productivity and its related variables for the business sector by industry are now available.

Available in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table383-0029 to 383-0031:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=383-0029..383-0031&p2=31

Related subjects:

Economic accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3764&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Productivity accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3355&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Hours of work and work arrangements
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=311&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Wages, salaries and other earnings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=238&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

May 14, 2013
Education Indicators in Canada:
Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program, May 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-582-x/81-582-x2013001-eng.htm
The Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) is an ongoing initiative of the Canadian Education Statistics Council, a partnership between Statistics Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.
- includes links to tables, fact sheets, an international perspective from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and a handbook (guide) with brief, general descriptions of the data sources and methodology behind the indicators.

Handbook for the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-582-g/81-582-g2013001-eng.htm
May 2013

The Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) is an ongoing initiative of the Canadian Education Statistics Council, a partnership between Statistics Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education [ http://www.cmec.ca/en/ ] of Canada.

Earlier edition of this report (2007)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-582-x/81-582-x2007001-eng.htm

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 ]


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

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

May 19, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Preschool education and its lasting effects: Research and policy implications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/preschool-education-and-its-lasting-effects-research-and-po
15 May 2013 | United States
Article by Steven Barnett (NIEER) summarizes research regarding the short-and long-term effects of preschool education, with particular attention given to what is known about influences on program effectiveness.

Call for contributions: Special issue on professionalism in the Canadian early childhood education and care sector, for Canadian Children, 2014 online edition
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/call-contributions-special-issue-professionalism-canadian-e
15 May 2013 | Canada
The aim of the special issue is to open up a lively dialogue about the ECEC profession in Canada that broadens and deepens our understandings of professionalism. Early childhood educators, researchers, curriculum developers and policy makers are invited to submit an abstract for this issue of Canadian Children to Rachel Langford by September 30, 2013

New website: Forest School Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/new-website-forest-school-canada
15 May 2013 | Canada
Forest School Canada is a national education initiative with a mission to "foster rich learning experiences, ecological literacy, and healthy living by connecting children to nature through the use of the Forest School model in the early, primary, and secondary years".

Accord on early learning and early childhood education: Association of Canadian Deans of Education
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/accord-early-learning-and-early-childhood-education-associa
14 May 2013 | Canada
The Accord on Early Learning, as one of ACDE's family of Accords, represents a commitment among members to advancing a set of shared goals and principles pertaining to this topic.

Quality early childhood services for all: Addressing disparities in access for children from migrant and low-income families
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/05/quality-early-childhood-services-all-addressing-disparities
14 May 2013 | International
Report from the first meeting of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years that brings together "leading scientists, practitioners, civil society members, business leaders and political decision-makers from Europe and North America...[to]explore policies and projects supporting the early childhood development of children from migrant and low-income families".

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

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

Provincial government allocates five hundred new child care spaces across Saskatchewan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/provincial-government-allocates-five-hundred-new-child-care-spaces-a
17 May 2013 | Saskatchewan

What universal child care does for Norway
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/what-universal-child-care-does-norway
16 May 2013 | Canada

About 5,000 hit the street against daycare cuts
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/parents-worried-daycares-closing-city-adapts-provincially-mandated-f
15 May 2013 | Quebec
Parents worried by daycare's closing: City adapts to provincially mandated full-day kindergarten

National Women's Law Center and children deliver 30,000 letters and art work to White House, thanking President Obama for his Preschool for All Initiative
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/05/nwlc-and-children-deliver-30000-letters-and-art-work-white-house-tha
15 May 2013 | United States

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

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

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived further down on the page you're now reading.

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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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
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:

May 17, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/17/
April 2013 State Unemployment (2 articles)
Income Inequality in Developed Countries (3 articles)
Mixed-Income Housing – Nashville, TN

May 16, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/16/
Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)

May 15, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/15/
Farm Bill and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Jobless Benefits (2 articles)

May 14, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/14/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Pennsylvania

May 13, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/05/13/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – New York City
Jobless Benefits – Wisconsin, Florida (2 articles)

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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

11. [United Kingdom] Child poverty: time for honesty and a new approach / The Condition of Britain - May 13
(Institute for Public Policy Research)

From the
Institute for Public Policy Research:

Child poverty: time for honesty and a new approach
http://www.ippr.org/articles/56/10758/child-poverty-time-for-honesty-and-a-new-approach
13 May 2013
The latest analysis of child poverty figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies reiterates yet again that the goal of ending child poverty by 2020, as enshrined in the Child Poverty Act, is now all but impossible to meet. Relative income poverty among families with children looks set to rise considerably over the next decade, cancelling out all of the progress made under the last Labour government.

The Condition of Britain
http://www.ippr.org/research-project/44/10307/the-condition-of-britain
In the early 1990s, IPPR ran the Commission on Social Justice and redefined the mainstream political response to core social policy questions. In our major new flagship programme – The Condition of Britain – we focus on the resilience and resources in British society and consider how to harness the state, market and community to advance core social goals.

Source:
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

http://www.ippr.org/
IPPR is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank. We are an independent charitable organisation with more than 40 staff members, paid interns and visiting fellows. Our main office is in London, with IPPR North, IPPR’s dedicated thinktank for the North of England, operating out of offices in Newcastle and Manchester.

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

12. 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)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

15 May 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1327
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4726
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Call to abolish violent punishment against children
- NGO says child recruitment ‘rampant’ in conflict areas
- Call to let girls play sport
- Police raid ‘baby factory’
- Dictator found guilty of genocide
- UN report exposes scale of sexual violence
- Call for contributions on human rights defenders
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on the Czech Republic
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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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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Proofreading is a Dying Art

The proof's in the headlines.

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Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

Miners Refuse to Work after Death

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

War Dims Hope for Peace

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

London Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Source:
http://spiritauthors.com/news/proofreading-is-a-dying-art-too-funny-not-to-share/

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And, in closing:

In case you missed it...
Astronaut Chris Hadfield bids adieu to ISS with "Space Oddity" cover.
(video, duration 5:30)
http://www.wimp.com/bidsadieu/

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Sad Cat Diary (video, duration 3:21)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKffm2uI4dk

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Beautiful sounds from a hang drum by Yuki Koshimoto. (video, duration 3:03)
http://www.dump.com/soundshang/

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Cheap air conditioning!
http://i.imgur.com/w4c4PX7.jpg

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