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July 19, 2009

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Home ownership still out of reach for most low, moderate income households (Wellesley Institute) - July 14
2. Stepping Forward: The Atkinson Legacy in Action (2008 Annual Report) - July 2009
3. Stephen Harper: “I don't believe that any taxes are good taxes” - EH?
4. Canadian links and more from AcademicInf
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5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, June 2009 - July 17
--- Leading indicators, June 2009 - July 17
--- University enrolment, 2007/2008 - July 13
--- University degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded, 2007 - July 13

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - July 19

International content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
8.
An Ambitious Plan to Reform US Health Care (Wellesley Institute) - July 16
9. Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC, Paris) Bulletin - selected recent content:
--- President Obama and antipoverty policy : What does the stimulus bill do to fight poverty, educate citizens and improve public health? - March 2009
--- Unemployment compensation in a worldwide recession
- June 2009
--- A minimum income standard for Britain in 2009
- April 2009
10.
Australian Policy Online:
--- Poverty versus inequality - July 6

Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

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


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Home ownership still out of reach for most low, moderate income households - July 14
(Wellesley Institute)

From the Wellesley Institute Blog:

Home ownership still out of reach for most low, moderate income households
July 14, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
Entry into home ownership markets remains out of financial reach for low, moderate and even middle-income Canadians, according to a new analysis from the Wellesley Institute. In its latest semi-annual review of ownership affordability in Canada (PDF - 255K, 9 pages), RBC Economics reports that “low mortgage rates and persisting downward pressure on housing prices will to continue to help repair affordability”. While the RBC’s affordability measure is easing somewhat, the bottom line is that most Canadians who haven’t been able to buy a home still won’t be able to afford to buy one. Two-thirds of Canadian households earn less than the qualifying income for a standard two-storey home using the RBC scale. The Wellesley Institute is preparing a comprehensive State of the Nation’s Housing report that will examine affordability in the private rental and ownership markets, along with government investments in a range of housing policies.

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

2. Stepping Forward: The Atkinson Legacy in Action (2008 Annual Report) - July 2009

Stepping Forward:
The Atkinson Legacy in Action

2008 Annual Report
(PDF - 3.8MB, 20 pages)
Our Mission:
...promoting social and economic justice in the tradition of our founder Joseph E. Atkinson, former publisher of the Toronto Star.

Related links:

Atkinson Charitable Foundation

Fighting Words: The Social Crusades of Joseph E. Atkinson (YouTube video)

Annual Report coverage in The Toronto Star:
Work of labour activists and child educators is bolstered by gifts of Atkinson Foundation

July 11
- Laurie Monsebraaten features two ACF partners: the campaigning of the Workers' Action Centre with temp workers, and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development’s groundbreaking research on the First Duty pilot project at Bruce Junior Public School.
Source:
Toronto Star

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

3. Stephen Harper: “I don't believe that any taxes are good taxes” - EH?

On July 16, Rob Rainer* wrote:

Jeffrey Simpson’s column in The Globe and Mail yesterday was harshly critical of Prime Minister Harper for recently saying “I don't believe that any taxes are good taxes.”
Read the column here:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/a-very-scary-pm-i-dont-believe-that-any-taxes-are-good-taxes/article1216778/

For additional perspective on the benefits of taxation, see two fine reports from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

The Social Benefits and Economic Costs of Taxation: A Comparison of High- and Low-Tax Countries
December 2006
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/National_Office_Pubs/2006/Benefits_and_Costs_of_Taxation.pdf

Canada’s Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public Spending
April 2009
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/~ASSETS/DOCUMENT/National_Office_Pubs/2009/Benefits_From_Public_Spending.pdf

* Rob Rainer is Executive Director of
CANADA WITHOUT POVERTY
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

Founded in 1971, Canada Without Poverty (formerly the National Anti-Poverty Organization) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, non-partisan, member-based organization dedicated to the eradication of poverty in Canada. We believe this ideal can be realized by 2020, if not sooner, especially in a country as wealthy as Canada
- incl. links to: * Poverty in Canada * Eliminating Poverty * First Person Stories * About Us * Support Us

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Addendum (by Gilles):

Below, Terence Corcoran of The National Post tears into Simpson, whom he calls
"an old fogie ...knee-jerk anti-Conservative" for his views on taxation and his critique of Stephen Harper's tax comment.
Simpson says: "Only libertarian anarchists believe that all taxes are bad, and that society can get along without them."
Corcoran replies: "To call Stephen Harper a libertarian anarchist is akin to calling Maurice Strong a free market capitalist."

Terence Corcoran:
The frightening thought that taxes are bad

http://tinyurl.com/lgqmrp
July 14, 2009
Jeffrey Simpson turns a sound Harper tax comment into a ‘scary, scary’ idea.
Source:
The National Post

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

4. Canadian links and more from AcademicInfo

AcademicInfo: Subject Guides & Online Degrees
"Educational resources and subject guides since 1998"
AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers). AcademicInfo was founded in 1998 by Mike Madin, a librarian coordinator, and is now maintained by multiple contributors. We currently feature over 25,000+ hand-picked resources and update the website on a daily basis.
* Subject Guides
* Educational Resources
* Education Blogs
* Online Degrees
* About & Help

From AcademicInfo:

* Canadian Studies Links & General Resources
* Canadian Studies - Directory of Online Resources on Canada
* Canadian Organizations, Associations, Centres & Societies

- Go to the Canadiana Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/patriot.htm
- Go to the Reference Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, June 2009 - July 17
--- Leading indicators, June 2009 - July 17
--- University enrolment, 2007/2008 - July 13
--- University degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded, 2007 - July 13

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

July 17, 2009
Consumer Price Index, June 2009
Consumer prices fell 0.3% in June compared with June 2008, following a 0.1% increase in May. It was the first 12-month decline in the all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI) since November 1994.
The decrease was due primarily to a 12-month decline of 19.0% in prices for energy products, particularly gasoline. Excluding energy, the CPI rose 2.1% in June.

Related links:

The Consumer Price Index June 2009
HTML version
PDF version
(519K, 66 pages)

[ earlier issues of The Consumer Price Index - back to 2001]

[ Your Guide to the Consumer Price Index (PDF - 321K, 23 pages - December 1996) ]

[ Related Documents - Online Catalogue, incl. 34 summary tables and 41 publications]

Related StatCan reports:
o Prices and price indexes
o Consumer price indexes

July 17, 2009
Leading indicators, June 2009
The composite leading index fell by 0.1% in June, after the rate of decline had slowed markedly from 1.0% in April to 0.1% in May. In June, 4 of 10 components rose, the same number as in May. Housing and the stock market continued to post the largest gains, while all the manufacturing components declined.

Related links:

Table 1 Leading indicators, January to June 2009

[ Latest issue of the Canadian Economic Observer ]

Related StatCan reports:
o Economic accounts
o Leading indicators

July 13, 2009
University enrolment, 2007/2008
Just over 1,066,000 students were enrolled in Canadian universities during the academic year 2007/2008, up 0.6% from the previous academic year. This is a much slower rate of growth than the annual average increase of 2.9% since 1998/1999.
- includes three tables:
* University enrolment by registration status, program level and gender
* University enrolment by field of study and gender
* University enrolment by province and registration status

Related StatCan reports:
o Education, training and learning
o Fields of study
o Outcomes of education
o Students

July 13, 2009
University degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded, 2007
About 241,600 students received a degree, diploma or certificate qualification from a Canadian university in 2007, a 6.9% increase from 2006. Over 80% of the increase occurred in Ontario. Nearly 61% of qualifications, or 146,700, were awarded to women, continuing a long-term trend in which female graduates outnumber their male counterparts and their proportion continues to increase.
- includes two tables:
* University qualifications awarded by program level and gender
* University qualifications awarded by field of study and gender

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The Daily Archives - select a year and month from the drop-down menu to view releases in chronological order
[ Statistics Canada ]

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

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - July 19

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

July 19, 2009

The APPLES Blossom: Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES), preliminary results through 2nd grade
15 Jul 09
- Second report in a series from NIEER discussing the long-term effects of participating in the Abbott Preschool Program.

Best interests of the child: Meaning and application in Canada
15 Jul 09
- Report by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children from a February conference discussing the best interests of the child and its application in Canada.

Families in the eyes of the law: Contemporary challenges and the grip of the past
15 Jul 09
- Report from the IRPP examining issues related to family policy and the past and present state of family law.

Aboriginal early language promotion and early intervention
15 Jul 09
- Report from Jessica Ball on supporting optimal language and literacy outcomes for Aboriginal children.

About Canada: Childcare
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.

With our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Province delays release of kindergarten report
[CA-PE] 15 Jul 09

· Federal govt 'should shape childcare'
[AU] 15 Jul 09

· Who should care for the kids?
[CA] 13 Jul 09

· Fighting for dignity on the job
[CA] 11 Jul 09

· P.E.I. educator backs kindergarten-daycare combination
[CA-PE] 29 Jun 09

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

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

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

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

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

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

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

Latest content from the Poverty Dispatch:

July 17:
Extended Jobless Benefits - Texas
Privatization Proposal for Public Assistance - California
Homeless Children - Florida
Child Poverty - Germany
State Budget Cuts and Program Cuts - Ohio, California

July 16:
Joblessness and Unemployment
Economic Stimulus Spending

July 15:
Food Stamp Program - Rhode Island, New York
Measuring Unemployment and Underemployment
State Health Insurance Plans - Wisconsin, Massachusetts
National Assessment of Educational Progress
Public Defenders and Caseloads - Missouri
Extension of Unemployment Benefits - Texas

July 14:
TANF Programs - Oklahoma, California
Income Eligibility Level for Medicaid - North Dakota
Report: Fuel Poverty - United Kingdom
Federal and State Minimum Wage Increases
Immigrant Workers and Remittances to Mexico

July 13:
Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
Increasing Need for Food Assistance
E-Verify Worker Verification System
Funding for Legal Aid Offices
Race and Unemployment - New York City

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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

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

8. An Ambitious Plan to Reform US Health Care - July 16
(Wellesley Institute)

An Ambitious Plan to Reform US Health Care
July 16, 2009
By Matt Kanter
Recently, Democrats in the US House of Representatives unveiled a 1,018 page health reform package, entitled "America's Affordable Health Choices Act," which was based on the requirements set out by President Obama to lower health care costs, let people kept their current insurance and substantially decrease the number of uninsured Americans (currently estimated at 45.7 million).
[ Full text of the bill (PDF - 1.7MB, 1018 pages) ]
[ Summary of the bill's provisions (PDF - 464K, 35 pages) ]

The proposal is very similar to, and builds on, the groundbreaking health care reforms implemented in Massachusetts in 2006 and 2008 (PDF - 259K, 28 pages)
The House Democrats seem to have learned the lessons, both positive and negative, from the Massachusetts reforms.

Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]

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

9. Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion (CERC, Paris) Bulletin - selected recent content:
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President Obama and antipoverty policy : What does the stimulus bill do to fight poverty, educate citizens and improve public health? - March 2009
--- Unemployment compensation in a worldwide recession
- June 2009
--- A minimum income standard for Britain in 2009
- April 2009

From the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

CERC Bulletin - links to all CERC semi-monthly bulletins
Subscribe - To be informed of CERC activities and to receive the bulletin

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Selected content from Bulletin N°183 (July 13, 2009)
(click on the bulletin link above to access the studies mentioned below and more...)

President Obama and antipoverty policy:
What does the stimulus bill do to fight poverty, educate citizens and improve public health?
(PDF - 239K, 3 pages)
By T. Smeeding
March 2009
Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (Madison, Wisconsin)

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Unemployment compensation in a worldwide recession (PDF - 80K, 13 pages)
By W. Vroman and V. Brusentsev
June 2009
(International data)
Source:
The Urban Institute, Washington

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A minimum income standard for Britain in 2009 (PDF - 401K, 34 pages)
By D. Hirsch, A. Davis and N. Smith
April 2009
Source:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, London

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More studies like this (this link takes you to the table of contents for Bulletin #183)

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Subscribe to CERC Bulletin - receive email notification when the bi-monthly bulletin is released.

Online Information Service
Information and online resources organized under five themes: Poverty * Social minima * In-work benefits * Minimum wage * Unemployment and return to work .
- includes links and resources for Canada...
HINT: click on the links in the right-hand margin of each theme page for more content

CERC Bulletins/Reports/Studies/Working papers
- Click on the links in the left margin of the CERC website home page for access to a large collection of online resources

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

10. Australian Policy Online:
--- Poverty versus inequality - July 6

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

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

Recent content:

Poverty versus inequality
July 6, 2009
How does income inequality compare to more traditional measures of disadvantage, like poverty, asks Robert Tanton

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

 


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