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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 19,  2008

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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1909 subscribers.

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


Canadian content

1. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (United Nations) - October 17
2. World Food Day (United Nations) - October 16
3. Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Launches Poverty Reduction Consultations - October 16
4. 2008
Federal Election Results (Canadian Social Research Links)

5. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
--- Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007 - October 16
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 15

International  content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
8. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
9. CRINMAIL (October 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


1. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
(United Nations)

From the United Nations:

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
Through resolution 47/196 adopted on 22 December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution."

International Day 2008
In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the theme for this year's observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is "Human Rights and Dignity of People Living in Poverty".

Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
In December 2007, the General Assembly proclaimed the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) reiterating that eradicating poverty was the greatest global challenge facing the world and a core requirement for sustainable development, especially for developing countries. The proclamation recalls the outcomes of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly
- includes links to related resources in the text and in the left margin of the page

First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006)
- incl. links to : Information on the Decade - Reports and resolutions (current and previous sessions) - Bulletin on Poverty Eradication - Meetings/Events - more...

October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
"The United Nations General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, to be observed beginning in 1993. It noted that activities undertaken with respect to the Day will take into account those undertaken each 17 October by certain non-governmental organizations and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities on the eradication of poverty and destitution. The General Assembly also invited intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to assist States, at their request, in organizing national activities for the observance of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, paying due attention to the specific problems of the destitute."
[General Assembly resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992]
- incl. links to messages from the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, official press release, press briefing and conference, summary of events planned around the world and more...

World Economic and Social Survey 2008:
Overcoming Economic Insecurity

The World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) provides objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies. The analyses are supported by analytical research and data included in the annex.

United Nations
Economic and Social Development

Related UN Links:

* Millennium Development Goals
* United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
* UN News Centre
* UN Economic and Social Council
* United Nations Economic and Social Development

Related links:

- third annual Stand Up mobilization coordinated by the Millennium Campaign and the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) to coincide with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17.
About Stand Up

In Canada:

Stand Up and Take Action - October 17-19th
Join millions worldwide to STAND UP and TAKE ACTION against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals at events across Canada, October 17th to 19th. Last year, over 43 million people Stood Up to demand that world leaders keep their promises to end poverty and inequality . This year, help us break that record and send an even louder message to our governments.
Make Poverty History (Canada)

Glimmers of hope in poverty fight
October 17, 2008
By Carol Goar
Today, people of conscience in every country will take time to mark International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Canadians will meet in council chambers and classrooms, homes and churches to renew their commitment to fight poverty. The tradition began 15 years ago, when the United Nations designated Oct. 17 as a day for humanity to stand together against the most ruthless killer and greatest cause of suffering in the world. It has been observed – usually by a devoted few – ever since. For Canadian anti-poverty campaigners, this year's anniversary comes at a particularly challenging time.
Although the Conservatives won Tuesday's federal election, the three opposition parties captured more than half of the seats in Parliament. The Liberals, New Democrats and Bloc Québécois all want Ottawa to tackle poverty. Their policies are very similar. If they are prepared to use their combined strength to advance policies that will help struggling Canadians, they have the votes to make headway. It will take political maturity and a strong prod from the Canadians who voted for them. But there is potential for progress under a minority government. (...) For those working tirelessly to lift their fellow citizens out poverty at home and abroad, promising glimmers and isolated success stories don't provide a lot of sustenance. Luckily, they don't need a lot.
The Toronto Star

- Go to the United Nations Links page:

2. World Food Day - October 16
(United Nations)

From the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:

World Food Day, 16 October
World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy
World Food Day provides an occasion to once again highlight the plight of 923 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in rural areas where their main source of income is the agricultural sector. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008
Biofuels: prospects, risks and opportunities

"(...) explores the implications of the recent rapid growth in production of biofuels based on agricultural commodities."

World Food Situation
- includes links to : FAO News - New Reports - Key Issues - Related links - Partners - Media - more...

Policy measures taken by governments to reduce the impact of soaring prices
New policies or changes to existing measures since last report (Crop Prospects and Food Situation)
April 2008

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
The FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy.

Related link:

The Challenge of Hunger 2008
October 14, 2008
Thirty-three countries have alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger, according to the 2008 Global Hunger Index, released for World Food Day.
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
FPRI seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations.

Also from IFPRI:

Blog World Hunger


From the United Nations World Food Programme:

World Food Day reminder of daily crisis borne by millions, say UN officials
Josette Sheeran, WFP Executive Director
16 October 2008
As the eyes of the world continue to watch the ups and downs of global markets amid the current financial turmoil, United Nations officials are calling attention today to another global crisis – hunger – which affects millions daily and kills a child every six seconds.

World Food Day: 7 things to do
For WFP, every day is World Food Day
Rome, 15 October 2008
World Food Day is held every year on October 16 to mark the day that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in 1945. FAO was the first agency created by the United Nations to address global hunger. Among other things, World Food Day is an opportunity to learn about global hunger and join in the fight against it! Here are seven things you can do right now, without leaving your computer.
- includes the suggestion : "Play FreeRice" - try it!

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Among the Millennium Development Goals which the United Nations has set for the 21st century, halving the proportion of hungry people in the world is top of the list. (...) WFP is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.

See also:

The Hunger Site
Click on the graphic or text link to donate food

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

3. Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Launches Poverty Reduction Consultations - October 16

Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
Launches Poverty Reduction Consultations

October 16, 2008
The Provincial Government is planning a series of public consultations to strengthen its Poverty Reduction Strategy. This will include a series of public sessions, round tables, focus groups, and a website. These consultations are designed to engage individuals living in poverty, the community and the general public in a dialogue on the strategy’s themes, goals and objectives. (...) The Provincial Government will hold public consultation sessions and roundtables in 15 communities across the nine rural secretariat regions of the province. Individuals and groups can also provide their feedback and views. [click the link above for other means of providing input into the consultation]
The deadline for consultation submissions is December 15, 2008.

2008 Consultations
In 2006, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released Reducing Poverty: An Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF file - 1.6MB, 60 pages). This Action Plan was developed with input from community-based organizations, business, labour and people living in and vulnerable to poverty. The Poverty Reduction Strategy outlines Government’s plan to transform Newfoundland and Labrador from a province with the most poverty to one with the least, within 10 years. Over three budget cycles, and on an ongoing yearly basis, the Provincial Government is investing over $100 million in initiatives aimed to prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty. The Provincial Government has also improved many programs and services. The Provincial Government is now planning for the next phase of the strategy.
- incl. links to
more info on:
* Understanding Poverty * Role for the Provincial Government * Progress to Date * Key Themes * Review of Goals and Objectives * Questions for Consideration * Participate in the Consultation Process * * Annex 1 - Groups Helped by Poverty Reduction Strategy * Annex 2 - Description of Poverty Reduction Strategy Initiatives

Poverty Reduction Strategy
2008 Consultation Booklet
(PDF - 792K, 36 pages)

Dept. of Human Resources, Labour and Employment

[ Govt. of Newfoundland and Labrador ]

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

4. 2008 Federal Election Results - October 14


The election in 60 seconds (Flash graphic)
- from The Toronto Star
Who won each of the 308 ridings and which seats changed hands?
[NOTE : this Flash file may not work if you're behind a corporate or university network firewall.]


From Elections Canada:

Election Night Results
- results displayed nationally, or by electoral district, major centre, postal code, province/territory, or party leader.

National results for all registered parties
- including popular vote for each party

NOTE : at the bottom of the table of national results, you'll note the following disparaging news:

Voter turnout 2008:
13,832,972 of 23,401,064 registered electors --- 59.1%
Voter turnout 2006:
14,815,680 of 22,812,683 registered electors --- 64.9%
See also:
Voter Turnout at Federal Elections and Referendums, 1867-2006


2008 Federal Election Coverage - from The Toronto Star


Federal Election 2008 - from The Globe and Mail


Canada Votes 2008 - from CBC


Federal Election 2008 - from CTV


2008 Election Headquarters - from


Links to the latest Canadian election news (from

- Go to the 2008 Federal Election and General Political Links page:

5. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
--- Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007
- October 16

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

October 16, 2008
Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007
October 2008
In 2007, Canada had the highest proportion of people employed in at least three decades and the national unemployment rate sank to a 33-year low of 5.8%. While the 2002 to 2007 period was marked by strong gains in employment, some concerns have arisen over the quality of these new jobs.
Feature article in the
Canadian Economic Observer - October 2008 (PDF - 1.1MB, 122 pages)
- complete issue of the Canadian Economic Observer
[ Canadian Economic Observer - home page ]

The Daily Archives - select a month and a date from the drop-down menu

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 15

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

October 15, 2008

Quality in leisure time centres: Guidelines and comments
15 Oct 08
- Report from the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) describes the curriculum for school-age child care and discusses strategies for ensuring high quality.

Building on our strengths: A child care plan for Victoria
15 Oct 08
- Report of the Victoria Regional Child Care Council sets out a vision of a regional child care system that provides high quality, affordable care to all families that require it.

Family day home standards manual
15 Oct 08
- New guide from the Government of Alberta sets the minimum operating standards for approved family day homes in the province.

Preschool education and its lasting effects: Research and policy implications
15 Oct 08
- Policy brief from National Institute for Early Education Research (US) reviews the research on the effects of preschool education; offers policy recommendations.


child care in the news

· Losing a fortune's as easy as ABC [AU]
14 Oct 08

· Adding up childcare costs [IE]
13 Oct 08

· The price of child care [CA-BC]
10 Oct 08

· Who claims the family policy agenda? [US]
10 Oct 08

· National child care program must be established now [CA]
9 Oct 08

· No licensed child care for majority of Canadian kids [CA]
5 Oct 08


Related Links:

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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

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

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 twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

October 16, 2008
* Report: The Working Poor and Basic Needs
* State Antipoverty Initiatives - Pennsylvania
* Food Assistance Programs - Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas
* Schools and Homeless Children
* Homelessness and Housing - Minnesota, Utah, Massachusetts
* Medicaid Reform - West Virginia, Florida
* Kids Count Report - Alabama
* U.S. Foster Care Legislation
* Affordable Housing - Illinois, Virginia
* No Child Left Behind - Texas, South Carolina
* Income, Life Expectancy, and Health Inequities
* U.S. Infant Mortality Rate
* Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment
* Low-income Students and Recess Time - Georgia

October 13, 2008
* People Living in Poverty - Charlottesville, VA
* Medicaid Enrollment and Low-wage Workers
* States and Health Insurance Coverage
* Census: Small Area Health Insurance Estimates
* Report: Employer-based Health Insurance Coverage
* Post-Katrina New Orleans and Subsidized Housing
* Racial Unemployment Gap - Milwaukee, WI
* Strengthening Families Initiative - Texas
* Home Energy Assistance and Utility Shutoffs
* Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting
* Poor Schools and Teacher Quality - Tennessee
* No Child Left Behind and School Progress
* Charities, Donations, and Increasing Need for Services
* Car Ownership Programs for Low-income Workers

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

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

8. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

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...
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
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.

APO Weekly Briefing - selected recent content:

Social inclusion - origins, concepts and key themes (PDF - 475K, 50 pages)
October 2008
Alan Hayes, Matthew Gray and Ben Edwards / Australian Institute of Family Studies
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Posted: 18-10-2008
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the origins of the concepts of social inclusion and exclusion and of key themes and emerging debates about social inclusion in Australia and selected overseas countries [incl. Canada]. The concepts of social inclusion and exclusion are closely related, and it is difficult to discuss social inclusion without also discussing social exclusion. Throughout this paper, the discussion switches between social exclusion and inclusion as two ends of a single dimension.

Guide to the federal wage safety net
Posted 14-10-2008
Steve O'Neill / Information and Research Services, Parliamentary Library
This Research Paper sets out some of the key features associated with the safety net/s for wages and employment conditions. It outlines the widened coverage of the federal system, the role of specific parts of the federal safety net , and a case study to indicate how the legislated safety net works in practice.

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

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

9. CRINMAIL - September/October 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

16 October 2008 - CRINMAIL 1025
* CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: Towards the Universal Prohibition of All Violent Punishment of Children [publication]
* WHO: World Health Report 2008 [publication]
* EUROPE: EU Parliament Acts Against Child Trafficking [news]
* MALTA: 'Children must be heard in court' [news]
* UNITED STATES: The Convention on the Rights of the Child - why it is time to ratify [event]
* NICARAGUA: State attacks 'trojan horse' NGOs [news]
* KENYA: Child-centred approaches to HIV/AIDS: A Child-to-Child Approach [event]

14 October 2008 - CRINMAIL 1024
Special edition on child rights and the UN General Assembly

* DEATH PENALTY: UN urged to end executions of juvenile offenders
* UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: What has it got to do with child rights?
* UN SECURITY COUNCIL: Reform process to begin next month
* RESOLUTIONS: Rights of the Child - Violence against Children - the Girl Child
* REPORTS: The Status of Child Rights

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ earlier weekly issues
, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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What collectors are called


1. The name for a teddy bear collector is archtophilist or arctophile.

2. Collectors of dolls are called plangonologists.

3. A collector of paper money, coins, tokens, and related objects is called a numismatist.

4. A collector of paper money is called a notaphilist.

5. A labeorphilist is a collector of beer bottles.
( in: "Now  that I'm retired, I can devote more time to
my volunteer work as a labeorphilist ."

6. A collector of butterflies is called a lepidopterist.

7. Conchologists collect animal shells.

8. A collector of matchbooks and matchbook covers is a phillumenist.

9. A collector of antiques is an antiquarian.

10. If you collect obsidian and syenite you are called a rock hound.


Click the link for eleven more collector names.
You'll also find out the difference between a spermologist and a spermologer!


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