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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 19, 2007

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.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER
NEXT SUNDAY (AUGUST 26). <goin' fishing...>
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. 2007 Forum on Social Housing and Homelessness (Ontario) - (Ontario Municipal Social Services Association) --- September 18–20
2. Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) Newsletter - August 2007
3. Urban Poverty Project 2007 page updated (Canadian Council on Social Development) - August 9
4. Jordan's Principle, governments' paralysis (Canadian Medical Association Journal) - August 14
5. Canadian Housing Equality Resources (Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation)

6. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU- University of Toronto)
- August 17

International Content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - recent content (various sources)
--- Indigenous Health : Saving children's lives is a matter of long-term will
--- Australian social trends, 2007
--- The access card: briefing note
9. CRINMAIL #907 - August 16 (Child Rights Information Network)
--- Nigeria: Prisons 'appalling' and mix children with adults [news]
--- Republic of Ireland: Deported autistic boy will suffer 'voodoo child' slurs [news]
--- Canada: Governments failing native children, report says [news]
--- Somalia: Shell-Shocked - Civilians Under Siege in Mogadishu [publication]
--- Africa: Larissa award for service to ending violence against children [call for nominations]
--- Employment - EURONET [internship]
**News in Brief**
**Quiz**

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. 2007 Forum on Social Housing and Homelessness (Ontario) - September 18–20
(Ontario Municipal Social Services Association)

2007 Forum on Social Housing and Homelessness for
Service Managers, Shelter Providers and Front Line Staff
(PDF file - 1.3MB, 25 pages)
September 18–20, 2007
Toronto, Ontario
"(...)The theme for this year’s forum, “It Starts with Us”, is reflected in the main message within the keynote addresses and workshops being offered over the two-and-a-half- day forum. Delegates who deliver municipal social housing and homelessness services as well as shelter and hostel representatives from across Ontario can expect to come away from this forum with tools, resources and concrete examples of partnerships, as well as a renewed sense of the importance of collaboration as they pursue the goal of healthy communities and a home for all Ontarians."

Source:
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association

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

2. Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) Newsletter - August 2007

Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) Newsletter - August 2007
In this issue:
1. News from the Council
2. Upcoming Events
3. News from our Partners
4. Conferences and Calls
5. New Reports and Publications
6. Websites of Interest
[PDF version of this newsletter - 320K, 9 pages]
Source:
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

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

3. Urban Poverty Project 2007 updated - August 9
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

What's new from the Canadian Council on Social Development:

Urban Poverty Project 2007 update
August 9, 2007

Four new components of The Urban Poverty Project are now available:
* Poverty Data Tables
* A Lost Decade (PDF)
* Poverty by Geography (PDF)
* Dimensions of Income among Poor Households
(PDF)

"Poverty is not only about the numbers. It's about the stark realities of daily life for millions of Canadians. We hope that the numbers provided here will help communities share information, leverage resources and create solutions to the blight of urban poverty in Canada. Products in the Urban Poverty Project include community profiles, a time-series analysis of urban poverty trends over the 1990s, and a detailed snapshot of urban poverty using the 2001 Census data."

Related links:

* Measuring Poverty
* Media Release
* Community Profiles

* From the CCSD Archives: Urban Poverty Project 2000

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

4. Jordan's Principle, governments' paralysis - August 14
(Canadian Medical Association Journal)

Jordan's Principle, governments' paralysis
Noni MacDonald, M.D., M.Sc, and Amir Attaran, L.L.B., Ph.D.
August 14, 2007
Children are vulnerable members of our society. They are voiceless in decision-making, subject to the judgments and actions of others. First Nations people are also vulnerable — victims of ill-will and broken promises and suffering from the worst social, economic and health conditions in Canada. So imagine the unenviable situation to be a First Nations child, very sick and living on a reserve where there are minimal children's services.
Source:
Canadian Medical Association Journal
[ Canadian Medical Association ]

Related links:

Governments failing native children, report says
By André Picard
August 14, 2007
Hundreds of aboriginal children with severe medical problems are being reluctantly surrendered to welfare authorities and moved to institutions in big cities because federal and provincial health authorities cannot agree on who should pay to care for them in their home communities.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

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From the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS):

Five Ways to Make a Difference:
1. Register your individual or organizational support for Jordan's Principle which is a child first principle to resolving inter governmental jurisdictional disputes.
2. Help reshape the child welfare system so that it better supports Aboriginal children, youth and families by endorsing the Reconciliation in Child Welfare:
Touchstones of hope for Indigenous children and youth
.
3. Join Amnesty International Canada in putting an end to inequitable child welfare funding for First Nations children
4.Join us in supporting the Many Hands One Dream principles to guide improvements to Aboriginal health care resulting in healthier Aboriginal children and young people.
5. Learn how to respectfully engage young people in your organization's work by registering your support for the Declaration of Accountability on the Ethical Engagement of Young People and Adults in Canadian Organizations.

FNCFCS Newsletter - summer 2007 issue (PDF file - 931K, 4 pages)
[ links to earlier issues of the newsletter - back to 2002]

First Peoples Child & Family Review - 2007 issue
[ links to earlier issues of the review + call for papers for December 2007 issue ]

First Nations Links

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From the Assembly of First Nations:

AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and Former Conservative Minister
Urge Support for passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

News Release
August 9, 2007

The $9 Billion Myth Exposed: Why First Nations Poverty Endures (PDF file - 460K, 4 pages)
February 2007

AFN Publications

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From Australian Policy Online:

Indigenous Health:
Saving children's lives is a matter of long-term will
(Australia)
Posted:07-08-2007
You can't protect children without supporting and involving their community, argues Fiona Stanley, director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

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- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

5. Canadian Housing Equality Resources
( Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation)

Canadian Housing Equality Resources
This website is produced by the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), an Ontario-based non profit human rights organization that has spent the past 20 years challenging the systemic barriers and discrimination that contribute to homelessness and housing insecurity.

- incl. links to : Advocate's Guide - Human Rights - Tools - Legislation - Case Law - Other Resources

Source:
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)

Related link:

Housing rights: A Canadian web site
August 7, 2007
The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) has launched a new web site devoted to housing rights in Canada called Canadian Housing Equality Resources. It's full of interesting and important information, and is designed for everyone from the person (or household) that is experiencing housing discrimination to the housing advocate. Lawyers and legal advocates will find information on legislation and case law. And there are lots of practical tools, like dealing with the media. CERA has been active for two decades on housing issues and is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as an important partner.
Source of this brief review:
Michael Shapcott
The Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]

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

6. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - August 17
(CRRU- University of Toronto
)

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.
Here's the content of the latest issue of this bulletin.

For more information about this service, including subscription information,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

17-Aug-07

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What's New
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INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF LEAVE POLICIES AND RELATED RESEARCH 2007
Report edited by Peter Moss and Karin Wall for the UK government presents information and research on maternity, paternity and parental leave in 24 countries, including Canada.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107710

UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN: THE BIRTH OF A NEW LEARNING SCIENCE
Final publication from the OECD’s eight year “Brain and Learning” study synthesizes existing and emerging findings from cognitive and brain science.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107707

THE STATE OF EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE IN CANADA: PROCEEDINGS OF THE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL AFFAIRS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Proceedings from three meetings of the Senate’s hearings on the state of ELCC in Canada in view of the OECD report "Starting Strong II" rating Canada last among 14 countries on spending. http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107706

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND YOUNG ADULT COMPETENCIES AT AGE 16
Latest report from New Zealand's Competent Children, Competent Learners longitudinal study looks at the associations between early childhood education and young people’s competencies at age 16.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107705

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Child care in the news
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Drop-out career moms are media's darlings [CA]
Toronto Star, 16 Aug 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107701

Website exposes dodgy daycares [CA]
Toronto Star, 16 Aug 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107702

Weaken Ottawa, hobble the nation [CA]
Toronto Star, 14 Aug 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107698

Busy Bees win Leapfrog - it's easy as ABC [AU]
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Aug 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107700

Battle brews over social spending [CA]
Globe and Mail, 11 Aug 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=107699

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit
University of Toronto, Canada
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Related Links:

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

Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

- 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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes each week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

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

This week's issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 16, 2007
* Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
* Economic Security Plan for the Working Poor - New York
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* Medicaid Reform - Louisiana
* Universal Health Care Program - San Francisco, CA
* Food Stamp Program Eligibility and Participation
* WIC-only Grocery Stores - California
* Home Foreclosures - Ohio
* Effect of Neighborhood on Student Achievement
* All-Day Kindergarten - Indiana
* Editorial: Early Childhood Education - Minnesota

August 13, 2007
* States and Foster Care Age Limits
* Racial Disparities in Foster Care - Indiana, Connecticut
* Opinion: Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
* Medicaid Reform - West Virginia
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* Massachusetts Health Care Program
* Health Care and Covering the Uninsured - Indiana, Alaska
* Earned Income Tax Credit - Michigan, Georgia
* Paid Family Leave - Washington
* Opinion: Income Inequality
* No Child Left Behind and School Achievement

Search Poverty Dispatches

IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week. Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media. Persons wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - archive of weekly digests* of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
(*For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.)

- 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

8. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - recent content (various sources)
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Indigenous Health : Saving children's lives is a matter of long-term will
--- Australian social trends, 2007

--- The access card: briefing note

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60+ events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO)
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

Selected recent content from the APO Weekly Briefing:

Indigenous Health:
Saving children's lives is a matter of long-term will
(Australia)
Posted:07-08-2007
You can't protect children without supporting and involving their community, argues Fiona Stanley, director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

Australian social trends, 2007
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Posted 16-08-2007
Australian Social Trends 2007 is the 14th edition of an annual series that presents information on contemporary social issues and areas of public policy concern. By drawing primarily on a wide range of ABS statistics, and statistics from other official sources, Australian Social Trends describes aspects of Australian society, and how these are changing over time.

The access card: briefing note*
Australian Privacy Foundation
Posted 09-08-2007
Despite the Government’s claims to the contrary, the Access Card is a national identity card. Its design goes beyond what is strictly necessary for accessing health and welfare benefits, and the legislation is so weak as to allow a wide range of uses unrelated to health or welfare.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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*Related links from Canada (re. our national identity card and privacy issues):

Social Insurance Number
- incl. links to: * General Information * Frequently Asked Questions * Related Links * Legislation and Agreements * Research and Statistics *
Publications * Eligibility * Forms * Program history * How to Apply * more...
Source:
Human Resources and Social Development Canada:

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The Management of the Social Insurance Number—Human Resources and Social Development Canada
- excellent description of the SIN program, issues, shortcomings, etc...
Source:
2007 Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada (Feb. 2007)

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More links to SIN/privacy info - from Google.ca

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

9. CRINMAIL #907 - August 16
(Child Rights Information Network)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

16 August 2007 - CRINMAIL 907
- NIGERIA: Prisons 'appalling' and mix children with adults [news]
- REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Deported autistic boy will suffer 'voodoo child' slurs [news]
- CANADA: Governments failing native children, report says [news]
- SOMALIA: Shell-Shocked - Civilians Under Siege in Mogadishu [publication]
- AFRICA: Larissa award for service to ending violence against children [call for nominations]
- EMPLOYMENT - EURONET [internship]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to over 200 issues, many of which are special editions focusing on a particular theme, 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 (European Children's Network) Website.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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


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Strange Signs Found in England

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In a laundromat:
Automatic washing machines. Please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.

In a london department store:
Bargain Basement Upstairs

In an office:
Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken.

In another office:
After the tea break staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.

On a church door:
This is the gate of Heaven. Enter ye all by this door. (This door is kept locked because of the draft. Please use side entrance.)

Outside a second hand shop:
We exchange anything - bicycles, washing machines etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain.

Quicksand Warning:
Quicksand. Any person passing this point will be drowned. By order of the District Council.

Notice in a dry cleaner's window:
Anyone leaving their garments here for more than 30 days will be disposed of.

In a health food shop window:
Closed due to illness.

Spotted in a safari park:
Elephants Please Stay In Your Car

Seen during a conference:
For anyone who has children and doesn't know it, there is a day care on the first floor.

Notice in a field:
The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

Message on a leaflet:
If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons.

On a repair shop door:
We can repair anything (Please knock hard on the door - the bell doesn't work)

Spotted in a toilet in a london office block:
Toilet out of order. Please use floor below.

Source:
Found somewhere online...


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