Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 20, 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 2,609 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. A Ball Player, a Cop, a Janitor, and a Welfare Recipient [income inequality] (John Stapleton, Broadbent Institute) - January 16
2. Why high-quality universal child care is part of a more equal Canada for all of us
(Martha Friendly, Wellesley Institute) - January 16
3. [Ontario Social Assistance Review] UPDATE on the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (Income Security Advocacy Centre - ISAC) - January 18
4. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 18 January 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
5. [Ontario] Paths to Prosperity: Welfare to Work (PC Party of Ontario) - January 16
6. Affordable Housing in Canada: Needs, Costs & A Way Forward (Citizens for Public Justice) - January 14
7. Microlending for Women in Ontario Program (Ontario Women's Directorate) - January 2013

8. Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - January 2013
9. Action to End Poverty in Alberta Email Update - January 2013

10. [Peel Region, Ontario] Homelessness in the Suburbs : Engulfment in the Grotto of Poverty (Studies in Social Justice [journal], University of Windsor) - December 2012
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance, November 2012 - January 18
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Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011 - January 17

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

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. A Ball Player, a Cop, a Janitor, and a Welfare Recipient [income inequality]- January 16
(John Stapleton, Broadbent Institute)

From the
Broadbent Institute:

A Ball Player, a Cop, a Janitor, and a Welfare Recipient
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/john-stapleton-ball-player-cop-janitor-and-welfare-recipient
January 16, 2013
By John Stapleton
To whom do we compare ourselves when we think about reducing inequality?
(...)
Those among us who study history know that extreme income inequality is the stuff of nightmares-- concentrations of fabulous wealth in the hands of just a few, while millions live close to starvation, from Imperial China to Czarist Russia to the England of the early Industrial Revolution. Are we headed back in that direction? What can we do, from a public policy perspective, to stop the drift?
(...)
In 1993, the social assistance single rate [in Ontario] stood at 60% of full-time minimum wages ($6.35 an hour). The social assistance rate for singles now stands at 36% of the full-time minimum wage, which is $10.25 an hour.
(...)
We can do better.

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Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)
http://www.openpolicyontario.com/

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Canadians can challenge income inequality: new Broadbent Institute paper
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/canadians-can-challenge-income-inequality-new-broadbent-institute-paper
October 8, 2012
News Release
By Mike Fancie
OTTAWA—Launching the next phase of its Equality Project, the Broadbent Institute has released a new discussion paper, “Towards a More Equal Canada”, which analyses the causes of, and proposes solutions to, income inequality. The paper follows the springtime publication of a Broadbent Institute-commissioned Environics poll on income inequality that shows Canadians overwhelmingly support taking action to alleviate our growing inequality problem.

The report:

Towards A More Equal Canada (PDF - 2.3MB, 26 pages)
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/sites/default/files/documents/towards_a_more_equal_canada.pdf
October 2012
This report is part of the Broadbent Institute’s Equality Project. Launched in the spring of 2012, the project includes a Broadbent Institute-commissioned Environics poll which showed a majority of Canadians support taking action to reduce inequality, a social media campaign, and an animated video.

Source:
The Equality Project
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/project/equality-project

The Equality Project is an initiative of
The Broadbent Institute

http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/
The Broadbent Institute seeks to equip the next generation of progressive thinkers and activists with the ideas and tools they need to build a more progressive Canada.

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

2. Why high-quality universal child care is part of a more equal Canada for all of us - January 16
(Martha Friendly, Wellesley Institute)

Why high-quality universal child care is part of a more equal Canada for all of us
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/martha-friendly-why-high-quality-universal-child-care-part-more-equal-canada-all-us
January 16, 2013
By Martha Friendly
If anything positive has emerged from Canada's rising inequality, it is that a bona fide discussion about "the Canada we want" is becoming a mainstream staple of political dialogue. Not only politicians and pundits but also ordinary Canadians have begun to make the connections between health and wealth, public services and social justice, economics and the social sphere, democracy, taxation and fairness. These issues, occupying public attention since the recession began in 2008 gained strength when the Occupy Movement shone a global spotlight on inequality last year.

Martha Friendly is Director of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.

Source:

The Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/
The Broadbent Institute seeks to equip the next generation of progressive thinkers and activists with the ideas and tools they need to build a more progressive Canada.

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

3. [Ontario Social Assistance Review] UPDATE on the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit - January 18
(Income Security Advocacy Centre - ISAC)

Ontario Social Assistance Review

UPDATE by the Income Security Advocacy Centre:
Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)
http://sareview.ca/isac-news/update-csumb/
January 18, 2013

[ Version française (format Word):
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Update-CSUMB-Jan-17-2013-FRENCH.doc
]

On December 27, 2012, the provincial government announced $42 million in one-time funding for local housing and homelessness initiatives. The announcement says that the money “will assist eligible municipalities as they develop and implement their Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) [ http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9183.aspx ] plans. (...) The funds will be provided to municipalities for the period January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

The entire text of the government announcement can be read here:
http://news.ontario.ca/mcss/en/2012/12/enhancing-housing-and-homelessness-supports.html

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Tracking the Impact of the Loss of CSUMB
http://sareview.ca/isac-news/tracking-tool-loss-of-csumb
January 18, 2013

[ Version française:
http://goo.gl/PQHm8 ]

ISAC has partnered with the Wellesley Institute [ http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/ ] to create an online tool to track the impact on individuals across Ontario of the loss of the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB).
This tool is aimed at housing workers, social workers, community legal clinic workers, OW / ODSP caseworkers, and the many other advocates who work regularly to support people receiving OW and ODSP – those workers who have in the past used CSUMB to help their clients.
The tool allows people in these positions to input information about their clients’ circumstances, what expenses were required, the availability and adequacy of municipal replacement programs, and the outcomes and impacts on their clients. And a geographic mapping function will show the impacts graphically.

Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit – Information Repository
http://sareview.ca/isac-resources/csumb-info-repository/
January 18, 2013
In June 2012, ISAC partnered with our sister legal clinic ACTO (the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario - http://www.acto.ca/ ) and community legal clinics across the province to begin a campaign to protest the elimination of CSUMB from social assistance, which was announced in the March 2012 provincial budget.

In the repository, you'll find a number of resources created for that work, along with links to a number of government documents and resources about CSUMB, including information on the government’s December 27 announcement of a one-time grant of $42 million to help municipalities cope in the short-term with the funding shortfall caused by the elimination of CSUMB. In addition to the above, the repository includes links to a Letter to Liberal Leadership Candidates from ISAC / ACTO, a backgrounder paper on CSUMB and the Home Repairs Benefit (in English and in French), a study by the Wellesley Institute on the Real Cost of Cutting CSUMB and related Ontario Government resources and papers.

Source:
Social Assistance Review
http://sareview.ca/

[Income Security Advocacy Centre:
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

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

4. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 18 January 2013
( Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Media and Policy News for 18 January 2013
http://goo.gl/jMDmV

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Story: "Welfare to Work"

* Hudak releases PC’s white paper on social assistance
--- White Paper
--- Press Release
--- Coverage
* Star picks up on proposed benefit reductions
* Globe focuses on proposed downloading
* Globe : Hudak’s position is used as a wedge
--- CTV
--- Huffington Post
--- CHCH (video)
--- Sun News
--- Toronto Sun
--- Kingston Whig Standard
* Same “create welfare smart card for food” in all QMI local papers: Brantford Expositor, Brockville Recorder, Napanee Guide, Strathroy Age Dispatch, Chronicle Online, Shoreline Beacon, Thorold Edition, Barrys Bay This Week, Wallaceburg Courier Press, Norwich Gazette, Midland Free Press, Kingston This Week, Kenora Daily Miner and News, Seaforth Huron Expositor, Simcoe Reformer, Ingersoll Times, Orillia Packet, The Londoner, Sarnia This Week, Community Press, Goderich Signal Star, Bancroft This Week, Bradford Times, Lindsay Post, Midnorth Monitor, Delhi News Record, Kincardine News, Petrolia Topic, Sault This Week, Kapuskasing Times, Cochrane Times Post, Innisfil Examiner, Wiarton Echo, Frontenac This Week, Mitchell Advocate…
* Wednesday’s story about merging OW and ODSP : Toronto Sun, Owen Sound Sun Times, St. Catherine’s Standard, Sudbury Star, Welland Tribune, Sault Star, Brockville Recorder, Brantford Expositor, Intelligencer, The Lindsay Post, Stratford Beacon Herald, Timmins Press, Windsor Star, London Free Press, London FM 96, Times-Colonist, Global Toronto, Metro Toronto, Examiner.com (video), Canoe news, Canadian Charger, ‘Trapped in a Whirlpool’ blog

Other (But Not Unrelated) News

* In Australia, “welfare cuts to lone parents will not help them find work”
* Tennessee Republican Senator wants welfare recipients prohibited from buying alcohol
* UK MPP raises “welfare cash card” idea to prevent purchases of “luxury items” like cigarettes and alcohol
* Landlords’ group in Niagara County, NY, want welfare shelter payments paid directly to them
* Michigan institutes new 3-week “work readiness assessment” waiting period
* UK saves money by capping welfare benefits – perhaps for 6 years
* The State of Georgia’s war on the poor
* David Cameron’s New Year’s address includes no backing down on benefit reforms
* UK welfare transfers “increase dependency” and “push public finances to the breaking point”
* And meanwhile, more homeless people died on Toronto’s streets last year than in the past five years

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

5. [Ontario] Paths to Prosperity: Welfare to Work - January 16
(PC Party of Ontario)

From the
PC Party of Ontario:

Welfare to Work

Break Down Bureaucracy To Build Up Opportunity
http://www.ontariopc.com/news/break-down-bureaucracy-to-build-up-opportunity/
January 16, 2013
TORONTO – Ontario can help people bridge from dependency to work while saving taxpayers money if we untangle the jumble of rules and regulations around social assistance, PC Leader Tim Hudak said today. Hudak made the comments with Community and Social Services critic Toby Barrett in advance of Thursday’s release of Paths to Prosperity: Welfare to Work – the eighth in a series of PC papers on ideas to stop overspending, deliver more value to taxpayers and create jobs.

Paths to Prosperity – Welfare to Work
January 17, 2013
HTML : http://www.ontariopc.com/paths-to-prosperity/welfare-to-work/
PDF (868K, 23 pages) : http://www.ontariopc.com/media/2013/01/Hudak-White-Paper-Social-Services-E.pdf

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Summary
Ontario’s Job Crisis
Creating Opportunity from Challenge
Reducing Bureaucracy and Eliminating Waste
Better Service Delivery and Accountability
Improving Oversight and Targeting Fraud
Breaking Down Barriers for People with Disabilities
Social Impact Bonds
Ensuring Benefits Go to Necessities
Share Your Path
Contact Us

Paths to Prosperity Series
http://www.ontariopc.com/news/break-down-bureaucracy-to-build-up-opportunity/www.ontariopc.com/paths

Source:
PC Party of Ontario

http://www.ontariopc.com/

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Related link:

From
CTV News Toronto:

Tories seek to overhaul Ontario's welfare system
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/tories-seek-to-overhaul-ontario-s-welfare-system-1.1118558
January 17, 2013
Ontario Conservatives are proposing big changes to the way the province's welfare system works, including a suggestion recipients be given debit-style food cards that can't be used to buy booze or cigarettes. At a news conference Thursday morning, Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak said the proposed changes are aimed at overhauling a system he believes is long-outdated and does little to encourage peoples' return to the workforce.

Highlights of the twelve "paths to prosperity" outlined in the 22-page Tory "white paper" introduced Thursday include:

* Rolling Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program into one agency with streamlined rules;
* Submitting all social programs to "value-for-money" audits;
* Opening up social program delivery to non-profit agencies, charities or the private sector;
* Requirement for individualized employment plans that detail the monthly activities required to qualify for income support;
* Steadily declining benefits, to discourage long-term reliance on welfare cheques;
* Implementation of a "benefits-directed debit smart card system" to ensure benefits are spent on essential food items rather than other expenses.

Related stories:

* Ontario's welfare program needs transformation, commission says
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-s-welfare-program-needs-transformation-commission-says-1.1008875

* Group protests cuts to benefits for low-income Ontarians
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/group-protests-cuts-to-benefits-for-low-income-ontarians-1.1000259

* Gap between rich and poor rising quickly in Ont.: report
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/gap-between-rich-and-poor-rising-quickly-in-ont-report-1.934558

Source:
CTV News Toronto
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/

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

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

6. Affordable Housing in Canada: Needs, Costs & A Way Forward - January 2013
(Citizens for Public Justice)

A Place to Call Home
Affordable Housing in Canada: Needs, Costs & A Way Forward
(PDF - 444K, 1 page)
http://www.cpj.ca/files/docs/CPJ_Affordable_housing_infographic.pdf
Infographic
January 14, 2013
Many Canadians are homeless or living with housing need. Across the country, thousands of people are waiting–sometimes up to 9 years–for affordable housing. And rental rates in numerous cities put housing out of reach for many.

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice

http://www.cpj.ca/
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship. We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.

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

7. Microlending for Women in Ontario Program - January 2013
(
Ontario Women's Directorate)

Ontario offering loans to help low-income women start businesses
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1315510
January 15, 2013
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Ontario will spend about $760,000 over the next two years to help more than 800 low-income women become entrepreneurs. The initiative, announced Tuesday by Women’s Issues Minister Laurel Broten, includes financial training and microloans of $500 to $5,000. The money could help a single mother start a new culinary business or a recent university graduate open her own fitness centre, she said.
(...)
Participants in the Microlending for Women in Ontario program will have access to financial literacy training, entrepreneurial mentoring, skills development and life skills support. Those ready to strike out on their own will be eligible for up to 400 microloans.

32 Comments about this article:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1315510--ontario-offering-loans-to-help-low-income-women-start-businesses#comments

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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From the
Ontario Women's Directorate:
[ http://www.women.gov.on.ca/english/index.shtml ]

Helping Women Achieve Economic Security:
Microlending for Women in Ontario Program
http://www.women.gov.on.ca/english/keyprograms/microlending_program.shtml

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- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm

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

8. Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector - January 2013
(Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

Companies overlook qualified workers with disabilities, government task force says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/companies-overlook-qualified-workers-with-disabilities-government-task-force-says/article7412569/
Heather Scoffield
January 16, 2013
Many companies struggling to find the right employees are overlooking a talented pool of disabled workers, a government-commissioned panel has found. The group found that there are almost 800,000 people with disabilities who are capable of working in Canada and almost half of them have post-secondary education. Previous reports have found that even the disabled who have jobs are often dramatically underemployed. (...)
The panel spoke with 70 employers and received 130 online submissions.
Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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From Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada:
[ http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml ]

Report released on helping Canadians with disabilities find jobs
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?m=%2Findex&nid=715349
January 16, 2013
News Release
The Government of Canada has partnered with Canadian business leaders to identify successes and best practices in the employment of people with disabilities, as well as the barriers faced by employers in employing people with disabilities. Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the release of Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector, the report of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

Report of the Panel on Labour
Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities:

Rethinking disAbility in the Private Sector
2013
HTML version:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/reports/disabilities/rdsp.shtml
PDF version (1.74MB, 28 pages):
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/docs/pdf/Web_Labour_Market_Report_Panel_eng.pdf

Table of Contents:
* The challenge
* Executive Summary
* Employers speak
* Understanding the business case
* Making it work for you
* Concluding thoughts
* Selected resources
* Organizations consulted

More information about the
Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/panel/index.shtml

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- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

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

9. Action to End Poverty in Alberta Email Update - January 2013

Action to End Poverty in Alberta
Email Update - January 2013
An update from the Alberta Inter-City Forum on Social Policy's Action to End Poverty in Alberta.
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/index.php/news/66-news/1013-aepa-january-update

Poverty Costs 2.0 Back on Track
After some staffing turnover and changes, Action to End Poverty in Alberta and Vibrant Communities Calgary are back on track to publish the Poverty Costs 2.0 report by the end of March 2013. This report will include pragmatic solutions to end poverty in Alberta rather than maintaining poverty as the current system in Alberta does. The Government of Alberta will be releasing its Social Policy Framework in the spring which will be followed by a provincial poverty reduction strategy later in 2013. Our hope is that the policy recommendations in Poverty Costs 2.0 will help shape the policies the government adopts for the provincial strategy.

Leaders' Gathering Video (duration 7:17)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvxzJA0g7ks
Back in June 2012, AEPA hosted representatives from the eight municipalities working on poverty reduction plans. The video associated with that meeting is something we have meant to put in this e-newsletter for some time.

Source:
Action to End Poverty in Alberta
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/
Action to End Poverty in Alberta is a non-profit initiative that works collaboratively with all levels of government, the community and with people experiencing poverty, to help develop and implement a comprehensive strategy and action plan to end poverty in Alberta

Vibrant Communities Calgary
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/
Vibrant Communities Calgary is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively, with various stakeholders and partners, seeking to engage Calgarians and to advocate for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary.

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Related link:

Breaking the Cycle : why investing in poverty reduction would benefit all Albertans
http://www.scribd.com/doc/120665482/Breaking-the-Cycle-by-Joe-Ceci
By Joe Ceci, Coordinator of Action to End Poverty in Alberta
December 2012
(...) With the election of Alison Redford, we have a premier who seems committed to addressing the so-called inevitable problem of poverty. Her government has promised to end child poverty within five years and reduce overall poverty in 10...

Source:
The above article appeared in the December 2012 issue of AlbertaViews:

http://magazinescanada.zinio.com/browse/issues/index.jsp?skuId=416244675&prnt=&categoryId=

AlbertaViews Home Page
http://www.albertaviews.ab.ca/
Alberta Views is the must-read magazine for the people who are shaping the new Alberta. Innovators in politics, education, industry, public service and the arts share and discover fresh perspectives in our in-depth analysis of everything relevant to the public interest of Albertans.

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

10. [Peel Region, Ontario] Homelessness in the Suburbs : Engulfment in the Grotto of Poverty - December 2012
(Studies in Social Justice (journal),
University of Windsor)

Peel Region, Ontario

Homelessness in the Suburbs:
Engulfment in the Grotto of Poverty
(PDF)
http://goo.gl/YhG24
December 2012
By Isolde Daiski, Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Gail J. Mitchell and Andre Lyn
This paper describes findings from a research inquiry into the lived experience of homelessness in Peel, a suburban region located in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada. It is informed by a collaborative project undertaken by members of the Faculties of Health and Education at York University.

Source:
Studies in Social Justice

http://ojs.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/ssj
Studies in Social Justice publishes articles on issues dealing with the social, cultural, economic, political, and philosophical problems associated with the struggle for social justice.

[ University of Windsor : http://www.uwindsor.ca/ ]

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

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance, November 2012 - January 18
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Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011 - January 17

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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January 18, 2013
Employment Insurance, November 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130118/dq130118b-eng.htm
Following little change in October, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in November edged down 4,500 (-0.8%) to 528,000.
- includes two charts ("Employment Insurance beneficiaries down slightly in September" and "Number of claims unchanged nationally in September")
and one table ("Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory – Seasonally adjusted")

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

January 17, 2013
Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130117/dq130117c-eng.htm
Just over 5 million students were enrolled in public elementary and secondary school programs in Canada during the 2010/2011 school year, the lowest enrolment since 2006/2007. Over the five-year period, the number of young Canadians enrolled in an elementary or secondary public school decreased annually. This trend was consistent with the changes in the size of the school-aged population over this period.

Related subjects:

Education, training and learning
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1821&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Education indicators
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1822&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

- Go to the Education Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.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 ]

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

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

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

January 20, 2013

What's new online this week:

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

Child care platforms in two provinces - Ontario and British Columbia
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/child-care-platforms-two-provinces-ontario-and-british-colu
16 Jan 2013 | Canada
Activities leading up to choosing new premiers are underway in Ontario and British Columbia. CRRU has collected information that addresses the question --whether asked of party leaders in a provincial election or of candidates in a ruling party leadership contest: What is your position, or platform, on child care? - As premier, what would you do to improve child care in your province?

Peter Graefe: Fitting federal equality into a more equal Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/peter-graefe-fitting-federal-equality-more-equal-canada
16 Jan 2013 | Canada
Equality paper response by Peter Graefe asks, "If the driver of change is opinion and mobilization, and if neither federal or provincial governments are inherently progressive, strategic reflection should turn to the question of how to encourage federal-provincial dynamics conducive to egalitarian projects. What form should “federal leadership” (as well as needed provincial leadership) take?"

On-site approaches to quality improvement in quality rating and improvement systems: Building on the research on coaching
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/site-approaches-quality-improvement-quality-rating-and-impr
16 Jan 2013 | United States
Child Trends brief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that "a multi-level approach to quality improvement is needed to build an understanding of the interconnections between effective quality improvement strategies at a classroom level,...whole program level,...and at the level of the system".

The importance of having data; or what would Sherlock Holmes do?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/importance-having-data-or-what-would-sherlock-holmes-do
15 Jan 2013 | United States
NIEER blog talks about the need for better data on ECEC in the US and argues that, "as a field, we need to continue supporting high-quality research collecting data on policies within early childhood education programs".

Early Childhood Australia and Early Childhood Intervention Australia Position statement on the inclusion of children with a disability in early childhood education and care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/early-childhood-australia-and-early-childhood-intervention-
8 Jan 2013 | Australia and New Zealand
Position paper "will assist everyone in ECEC services, as well as support professionals, to fully include children with a disability and to achieve high quality outcomes for all children".

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.

Budget approved: Toronto council saves firefighters, breakfast program and child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/budget-approved-toronto-council-saves-firefighters-breakfast-program
16 Jan 2013 | Ontario

Family-friendly policy comes to a vote
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/family-friendly-policy-comes-vote
16 Jan 2013 | Europe

What would BC's parties do for kids?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/what-would-bcs-parties-do-kids
16 Jan 2013 | British Columbia

Cutting ratios no solution, says early years expert
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/cutting-ratios-no-solution-says-early-years-expert
16 Jan 2013 | Europe

Getting more companies to set up childcare centres on site
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/getting-more-companies-set-childcare-centres-site
15 Jan 2013 | Asia

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going
back to June 2009, check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

January 18, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/18/
Joblessness and Unemployment (3 articles)
States and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)

January 17, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/17/
State Jobless Benefits – North Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee (3 articles)

January 16, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/16/
Kids Count Report – New Mexico
Poverty Rate – Illinois (2 articles)

January 15, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/15/
Medicaid Expansion – Arizona, Ohio (2 articles)
Working Poor Families in the US (2 articles)

January 14, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/14/
Homeless Families – Wyoming, Kansas (2 articles)
Child Support and Low-income Parents – Wyoming

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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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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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

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

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

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

14. 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)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

16 January 2013 : CRINMAIL issue 1310
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4546
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Domestic worker beheaded in Saudi Arabia
- Bill to lower minimum age of criminal responsibility is back
- Ill-treatment of Baha’i mothers and infants
- Court declares sexual offences law unconstitutional
- Armed conflicts continue to cause child casualties
- Child abuse spanning six decades
- Regulating children's haircut
- Controversy over schools' use of 'isolation rooms'
- Children's rights in gay parenting debate
- New report on implementing the CRC
- Funding opportunity - European Commission
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Rwanda
Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Reports
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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.

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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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Seventeen New Definitions

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Arbitrator
\ar'-bi-tray-ter\:
- A cook who leaves Arby's to work at McDonald's.

Avoidable
\uh-voy'-duh-buhl\:
- What a bullfighter tries to do.

Bernadette
\burn'-a-det\:
- The act of torching a mortgage

Burglarize
\bur'-gler-ize\:
- What a crook sees with

Control
\kon-trol'\:
- A short, ugly inmate

Counterfeiters
\kown-ter-fit-ers\:
- Workers who put together kitchen cabinets

Eclipse
\i-klips'\:
- what an English barber does for a living

Eyedropper
\i'-drop-ur\:
- a clumsy ophthalmologist

Heroes
\hee'-rhos\:
- what a guy in a boat does

Left Bank
\left' bangk'\:
- what the robber did when his bag was full of loot

Paradox
\par'-u-doks\:
- two physicians

Parasites
\par'-uh-sites\:
- what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Polarize
\po'-lur-ize\:
- what penguins see with

Relief
\ree-leef'\:
- what trees do in the spring

Rubberneck
\rub'-er-nek\:
- what you do to relax your wife

Selfish \sel'-fish\:
- what the owner of a seafood store does

Sudafed \sood'-a-fed\:
- bringing litigation against a government official

Source:
http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/definit.htm
Click the source link for half a dozen more

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And, in closing...

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Paper beats by Andrew Huang. (video, duration 1:13)
http://www.dump.com/paperbeats/

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Too frank for the food industry
http://diablogue.org/2013/01/08/too-frank-for-the-food-industry/
"...the food services industry has a fiduciary duty to make profits and zero responsibility to protect public health."
Watch this 13-minute video before your next grocery shopping outing...

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EatLiver.com
http://www.eatliver.com/
All photos, all the time.

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Canada EZGuide Pages
http://www.ezguide.ca/

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