Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 20, 2011


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 2,384 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...

IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:


Canadian content


1. Population Health, In Brief (news digest, free subscription) - Canadian Institute for Health Information
2. [British Columbia] The Leadership Candidates on Poverty Reduction (BC Poverty Reduction Coalition)
- February 17
3. The Current State of Canadian Family Finances 2010 (Vanier Institute of the Family) - February 17
4. The Remaining Light - A documentary film about how we care for seniors (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - February 8
5. NEW: 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
--- British Columbia 2011 Budget - February 15
--- Northwest Territories 2011 Budget - February 3
--- Yukon 2011 Budget - February 3
6. Stephen Harper’s Hitlist : Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy (Murray Dobbin, Council of Canadians) - April 2010
7. Is census data usable? ‘Our thinking has evolved,’ chief statistician says (The Globe and Mail) - February 14
8. Minimum wages : job-killer or more BS? (Canadian Federation of Independent Business vs The Progressive Economics Forum) - October 2010
9. Changes in Household Net Worth in Canada: 1990-2009 (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) - October 2010
10. OpenParliament.ca - Keeping tabs on Parliament
11. North Rejects Conservative Agenda: Fighter Jets, Prisons, Corporate Tax Breaks (Tony Martin, NDP) - February 14
12. Calgary & Region Social Outlook, 2010 – 2015 (City of Calgary) - February 4
13. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French (RDI)
14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, January 2011 - February 18
--- Employment Insurance, December 2010 - February 17
--- Canadian Economic Observer, February 2011 - February 17
--- Leading indicators, January 2011 - February 16
--- Health Reports - February 2011 (Physical activity among First Nations people off reserve, Métis and Inuit) - February 16
--- 35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
--- The Determinants of Educational Attainment Among the Children of Immigrants - February 15
15. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - February 20

International content

16. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
17. [U.S.] The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 - February 14
18. [United Kingdom] Welfare reform plans unveiled - February 17
19. UK Releases New Mental Health Strategy (Department of Health, UK) - February 2
20. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
21. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

 

ODAGOTTAGO!
Overruling your officials: OK
Lying about it to Canadians: NOT OK.

Please sign the petition to dump Bev Oda the liar.
* 15,775 people have so far, including me
(Gilles).
---
Bev and Roy : Separated at birth?


1. Population Health, In Brief (news digest, free subscription)
(Canadian Institute for Health Information
)

Population Health, In Brief - New resource from CIHI!
- CIHI’s biweekly news digest focused on policies, programs and publications related to population health

We scan the population health landscape for you and then deliver the findings directly to your inbox. A compilation of current news, In Brief provides a comprehensive but quick overview, with links in case you’d like to know more.

- includes topics for intervention research in the field of population health, intervention news from other settings and jurisdictions in Canada, and deeper knowledge about population health in Canada. CIHI will not disclose, give or sell your email address to any person, entity or company, or use it for any distribution other than to provide you with In Brief.

To subscribe:

Send an email to emily@cihi.ca

Source:
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
CIHI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians.

Also from CIHI:

Quick stats are a series of free, publicly available, at-a-glance reports on our website. They provide aggregate-level health system data from a variety of data sources.

Recent releases and featured products
- selected content:
* Health Care in Canada 2010
* Regulated Nurses: Canadian Trends, 2005 to 2009
* National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2010
* Health Indicators 2010

Topic Index
The Topic Index is a tool that allows you to search through selected CIHI reports for terms/topics of interest.

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

2. [British Columbia] The Leadership Candidates on Poverty Reduction - February 17
(BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
)

Where are the Liberal Candidates on the Need for a BC Poverty Reduction Plan? (PDF - 98K, 1 page)
News Release
February 17, 2011
(Vancouver) Today, the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition released the results of its survey of the Liberal leadership candidates, summarizing where they stand on poverty in BC. Candidates were asked whether they support a poverty reduction plan with clear targets and timelines, as well as what direct action they would take in 7 key policy areas (such as: income assistance; minimum wage; child care; housing; and community health care). Click the above link for a summary of the BC Liberal candidates’ positions.

The Leadership Candidates on Poverty Reduction
In preparation for the BC Liberal leadership vote on February 26, the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition asked each of the five leadership candidates some questions around poverty reduction. Click this link for a short summary of each candidate's replies and a link to each of their websites.

The Coalition sent each candidate an open letter entitled:
A Call for a BC Poverty Reduction Plan (March 2010) PDF - 113K, 2 pages)
...and asked them some questions about their views concerning the content of the open letter:
The two first links above provide a summary of the candidates' answers.

Source:
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s call for a provincial plan is endorsed by over 300 BC organizations that have come together to seek the introduction of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. According to an Environics poll, 91% of people said they would feel proud if their Premier took leadership on poverty reduction.

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

3. The Current State of Canadian Family Finances 2010 - February 17
(Vanier Institute of the Family )

Vanier Institute of the Family
February 17, 2010

[ Les liens vers la version française suivent l'anglais ci-dessous.]

The Current State of Canadian Family Finances 2010 Report
Main page, includes links to over two dozen related reports.
Abstract:
The 12th report on Canadian family finances examines incomes, spending, savings, debt and net worth across family and household types. It also takes a closer look at households in the middle of the income spectrum: who they are and how they have been faring over the past two decades.

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Media Advisory:

A Six Figure Family Day
February 17, 2011
As Canadian families prepare to celebrate Family Day next week, they find themselves in six figure territory. Unfortunately it is on the wrong side of the ledger. In its 12th annual assessment of the state of Canadian family finances, the Vanier Institute of the Family reports that average family debt has now hit $100,000. Not only that, the debt-to-income ratio, which measures household debt against income, stands at a record 150%, meaning that for every thousand dollars in after-tax income, Canadian families owe one thousand five hundred dollars.

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Complete report:

The Current State of Canadian Family Finances: 2010 Report (PDF - 1.7MB, 44 pages)
By Roger Sauvé
February 2011

Source:
Vanier Institute of the Family (VIF)
The VIF is a national research and educational organization committed to the well-being of families in Canada.

People Patterns Consulting - Author Roger Sauvé's website

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Media links:

Family debt-to-income ratio hits record
Debt rises 78% in 20 years, to an average of $100,000
February 17, 2011
The average family debt-to-income ratio in Canada has now hit a record 150 per cent, the Vanier Institute of the Family said Thursday. That means for every $1,000 in after-tax income, Canadian families owe $1,500, the Institute said, while releasing its 12th annual assessment of Canadian family finances.
[ 76 comments ]
Source:
CBC

Household debt surpasses six-figure mark
February 17, 2011
By Dianne Nice
(...) For the 55 per cent of Canadian households with mortgages, the average debt figure is ... $171,500. Those are the households that are going to be the most vulnerable when interest rates inevitably rise and housing prices fall, says Roger Sauvé, the report’s author. “Their payments are going to go up and the price of their house is going to go down. It’ll be more difficult.”
NOTE : As you scroll down the article, you'll find links to these related articles:
* Credit card debt dropped during holiday season
* Students need an education in debt repayment
* Get smart: Ottawa plans crash courses on financial literacy
* Why smart people do dumb things with their money
* Putting household debt in context
* How to be a better saver
* What do the new mortgage rules mean?
Figures released Wednesday [Feb. 16] by credit bureau TransUnion echo the Vanier Institute’s findings, reporting average total debt per Canadian consumer, excluding mortgages, was $25,709 in the fourth quarter of 2010, up 5.6 per cent from $24,346 in the comparable period of 2009.
Source:
Globe and Mail

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Liens vers le français:

* L'état actuel du budget de la famille canadienne - Rapport 2010 - page principale du rapport 2010
*
Communiqué - le 17 février 2011
* L’état actuel du budget de la famille canadienne : Rapport 2010 (PDF - 1.7Mo., 48 pages) - par Roger Sauvé
* Institut Vanier de la famille - page d'accueil
* People Patterns Consulting - Site Web de l'auteur Roger Sauvé

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

4. The Remaining Light - A documentary film about how we care for seniors - February 8
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Remaining Light - A CCPA documentary film about how we care for seniors
February 8, 2011
Announcing the release of our first documentary film!
The Remaining Light journeys through an often invisible part of Canada's health care system -- the community-based services that provide care to seniors as they age and die. The film features the stories of seniors and their families, and explores themes of dignity, preventing illness and social isolation, and keeping health care costs under control as the boomer generation ages.

The Remaining Light is set in British Columbia, where the province's Ombudsperson is carrying out an investigation into a fragmented and underfunded system of seniors care. But the film's themes and stories will resonate with people across Canada who worry that we are not providing seniors with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Complete film (28 minutes)
Trailer (2:30 minutes)

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

5. NEW: 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
--- British Columbia 2011 Budget - February 15

--- Northwest Territories 2011 Budget - February 3
--- Yukon 2011 Budget - February 3

NEW:
2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2011.htm

The 2011-2012 Government Budget process shifts into high gear at this time of year.
The link above contains all of the information and links below for the first three provincial-territorial budgets for 2011-2012 fiscal year, and more...
Budget information will be posted to the 2011 Canadian Budgets Links page as budgets are tabled in different jurisdictions.

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British Columbia Budget 2011
February 15, 2011
- includes links to all news releases, backgrounders, budget highlights, Ministry Services Plans, and much more...
Source:
Ministry of Finance

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From the Budget 2011
Ministry Service Plans
page:

* Ministry of Social Development 2011/12 – 2013/14 Service Plan (PDF - 1.2MB, 22 pages) - February 2011
(Ministry responsible for welfare)

* Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF - pages) - February 2011

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BC Budget 2011
ROUND ONE DONE. WILL THERE BE A ROUND TWO?
(PDF - 466K, 3 pages)
February 15, 2011
Finance Minister Colin Hansen tabled British Columbia’s (BC) 2011 budget earlier today. The timing of this release may seem less than ideal given the political leadership uncertainties facing the province. But, the schedule was largely out of the Minister’s hands as the budget release date is specified in provincial legislation. Leading up to today’s release, Minister Hansen had indicated this would be a status quo budget, containing only minor housekeeping items and an economic and fiscal update. This is exactly what we received today. No new spending
items, tax measures or regulations were announced.
Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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B.C. finance minister
unveils ‘status quo’ budget

By Susan Lazaruk
February 15, 2011
B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen used the opportunity of his new budget to warn that if voters kill the HST, taxpayers are going to take a big hit. With a new premier coming in and the uncertainty about the future of the HST, he admitted the new budget he delivered Tuesday afternoon wasn’t what he’d call “exciting.” That means no new programs or tax or program cuts and only marginal spending hikes for health care and welfare payments and some extra money in the contingency fund for this fiscal year to provide a new government with some wiggle room.
[ 48 comments ]

Source:
The Province (Vancouver)

- Go to the BC Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

 

Northwest Territories 2011-2012 Budget
February 3, 2011
- includes Budget address, highlights, expenditures, revenue, looking forward, etc.
PDF version (738K, 58 pages)
- includes the Budget Address as well as the economic and fiscal reviews
[ version française de ces deux fichiers ]

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

COUNT ‘EM: SIX YEARS OF CONSECUTIVE SURPLUSES
2011 Northwest Territories Budget
(PDF - 440K, 3 pages)
February 3, 2011
Today, Northwest Territories’ (NWT) Finance Minister Michael Miltenberg tabled his 2011 budget. This release comes just weeks after the governments of Canada and NWT signed a devolution agreement-in-principle that includes a series of steps to be taken before full authority of Crown lands is given. After tabling a deficit in FY 09-10, the NWT government is projecting surpluses from FY 10-11 to FY 15-16.
Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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Media:

N.W.T. budget proposes $16.9M in new spending
The Northwest Territories government is proposing a $1.34-billion budget that includes $16.9 million in new spending. Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger tabled the 2011-12 budget on Thursday, saying it builds on the achievements his government has made over the last three years.
Source:
CBC Canada North

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NWT organizations chime in on territorial budget
February 4, 2011
Yellowknife, N.W.T.
"Safe" is the word some organizations are calling the territory's new budget, tabled Thursday by the GNWT. There are no new taxes planned for 2011-2012, but the executive director of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce, Tim Doyle, is a bit worried about the possibly of future taxes.
Source:
HQYellowknife.com

- Go to the Northwest Territories Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ntbkmrk.htm

 

Yukon 2011 Budget
February 3, 2011
- incl. links to all budget papers for all fiscal years back to 1998-99

2010-2011 Budget Address [ PDF - 184K]

2010-2011 Budget Highlights [ 47.30 KB]

2011-12 budget shows a healthy
savings account and invests in Yukon’s future

News Release
February 3, 2011
WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon’s 2011-12 Capital and Operations and Maintenance budget, totalling $1 billion and $89 million, was tabled in the legislative assembly today by Premier and Finance Minister Dennis Fentie. (...) Yukon is the first jurisdiction in Canada to table a surplus budget, along with a healthy savings account in 2011-12.

Source:
Yukon Department of Finance

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF SURPLUSES
2011 Yukon Budget

February 2, 2011
The 2011 Yukon budget was released yesterday. In its package, the government provided estimates for its medium-term fiscal plan. A deficit of $20 million remains the target for FY 10-11. Four consecutive years of surpluses are then anticipated in the amount of $38 million in FY 11-12, $29 million in FY 12-13, $28 million in FY 13-14 and FY 14-15. These surpluses are in the order of 1-2% of territorial GDP. By returning to fiscal order in FY 11-12, the territory becomes the first jurisdiction in Canada to convert its deficit into a surplus. In addition, the territory does not hold any debt, an accomplishment only Alberta shares.
Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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Media:

Yukon tables $1B pre-election budget
February 3, 2011
Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie has released his third $1-billion budget, as his Yukon Party government prepares for an election later this year.
Source:
CBC Canada North

- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2011.htm

6. Stephen Harper’s Hitlist : Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy - April 2010
(
Murray Dobbin, Council of Canadians)

Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy
Murray Dobbin details the harm Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing to the political and social fabric of Canada in a new, hard-hitting essay commissioned by the Council of Canadians titled Harper’s Hitlist: Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy.
- includes links to individual files for each of the 10 parts of the report.

Stephen Harper’s Hitlist:
Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy
(PDF - 683K, 36 pages)
April 2010
Table of contents:
Part 1 - Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy
Part 2 - Two Prorogations in Less Than a Year
Part 3 - Thwarting Democracy
Part 4 - Controlling Critics
Part 5 - Manipulating and Muzzling the Media
Part 6 - A Personal Agenda
Part 7 - Failing to Protect Canadian Citizens
Part 8 - Harper Attacks Rights
Part 9 - Political Advocacy Under Fire
Part 10 - Conclusion

Source:
Council of Canadians
Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

[ Author Murray Dobbin has been a freelance journalist, broadcaster and author for thirty-five years. He is also a leading activist and analyst in the movement against corporate globalization. He has written extensively on various trade agreements and their impact on democracy and on neo-liberalism’s attack on social programs. He is a past executive board member of the Council of Canadians. ]

Also by Murray Dobbin:

Harper government treatment of KAIROS is worthy of a dictatorship
February 14, 2011
"(...)Speaker Milliken stated that because of a technicality he could take no further action against Oda but made clear he would like to, stating there were '...profoundly disturbing questions that evidently remain unanswered.' Ruling that document had been 'doctored', he wrote: 'Any reasonable person confronted with what appears to have transpired would necessarily be extremely concerned, if not shocked.'"
Source:
rabble.ca

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

7. Is census data usable? ‘Our thinking has evolved,’ chief statistician says - February 14
(The Globe and Mail)

Is census data usable?
‘Our thinking has evolved,’ chief statistician says

By Steven Chase and Tavia Grant
February 14, 2011
This a full transcript of an interview with Wayne Smith, who was officially named Statistics Canada’s new chief statistician last month. He took over from Munir Sheikh, who resigned last summer amid the controversy over the Harper government’s decision to cancel the mandatory long-form census. The Conservatives defended their decision on grounds it was intrusive and coercive to force one-fifth of Canadian households to answer a detailed list of 40-plus questions on their home, work life and ethnicity.

Excerpt
(the two last questions in the interview):

Q. Would you prefer the old system to this one?

A. Obviously, I’m a public servant...

Q. Has it (the long-form Census decision) made your job harder?*

A.
[ Long answer:
It's challenging, obviously. We have changed course and changing course is obviously more complex than staying on the course you were initially on. But we have changed course very nimbly and we were ready. In terms of our ability to conduct this, we are ready. We have the systems, we've tested the systems, we're hiring the people, we’ve got the logistics in place, we're already operating, there's no problem from my perspective in terms of us being able to conduct this census. Relative to 2006, we had huge problems, we had huge problems hiring in some parts of the country in 2006, we're not seeing that this time around.
The issue now, is, to a significant extent, in the hands of Canadians. Will they participate? If they participate in large numbers, if people encourage them to participate, if they participate across the country and relatively uniformly, we can get very good data out of this survey." ]

[ Short answer, by Gilles:
* Yes. ]

[ 125 comments ]

Source:
Globe and Mail

- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

8. Minimum wages : job-killer or more BS?- October 2010
(Canadian Federation of Independent Business vs The Progressive Economics Forum)

Minimum Wage : Reframing the Debate (PDF - 4.5MB, 36 pages)
February 2011
(...) This report attempts to quantify the number of Canadian jobs affected by minimum wage increases. CFIB estimates that a 10% increase in the minimum wage across all provinces costs between 92,300 and 321,300 jobs. These job losses can take the form of hiring freezes, slower employment growth or direct job cuts during economic downturns.Not only minimum wage earners are affected by these job losses, but also those workers earning more than the minimum wage. (...) This report is intended to spark public debate on minimum wage policy and to ensure that governments explore alternatives (...) rather than focus on a blunt tool that leaves low-income earners behind. It is time to reframe the debate.
Source:
Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Counterpoint
by Andrew Jackson:

Flogging a Dead Horse:
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) on Minimum Wage

February 10, 2011
The CFIB have a new study out attacking minimum wages. Their estimate of job losses from a 10% increase in minimum wages is based on elasticities from studies which found significant negative impacts on employment and discounts the many studies which have found very small impacts. The OECD - which is more impartial - has found the effect of minimum wage increases on adult employment to be very small. Moreover, they have found that minimum wage increases reduce the gap between lower and middle income workers, promoting greater equality.
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Here's a sample of the 13 readers' comments
( scroll down past the end of the posting ):

By Paul Tulloch:
" I have yet to read a study by the Cfib that is not charged with politically beaten numbers. Every study done by that org is twisting up the numbers the way the Cfib wants to make it’s point on. Not an ounce of unbiased research has ever come from that place. They are the worst abusers of numbers I have witnessed. In fact I have a very difficult time labeling their research departments output as ’studies’. Truly they are a loud propaganda machine for small business, and stronger than most unions, but do you ever hear of small business bashing? "
Source:
Progressive Economics Forum (blog)
[ The Progressive Economics Forum ]

More PEF postings on minimum wage - links to 20+ postings

TIP : Near the top of the Canadian Social Research Links Minimum Wage Links page, you'll find links to the federal government's database on minimum wages across Canada and over time.

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Related link to a recent
U.S. study on minimum wages:

Combining Minimum Wage and Earned Income Tax Credit Policies to
Guarantee a Decent Living Standard to All U.S. Workers
(PDF - 1.4MB, 64 pages)
October 2010
By Jeannette Wicks-Lim & Jeffrey Thompson
This study advances proposals to substantially strengthen minimum wage laws and the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program in the United States, so that, in combination, they can guarantee decent living standards for all full-time U.S. workers and their families. By considering minimum wage laws and the EITC as complements, we show how these measures can operate most effectively to achieve this guarantee and, crucially, how any possible negative unintended consequences of each measure can be minimized.
Source:
Political Economy Research Institute
University of Massachusetts

- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

9. Changes in Household Net Worth in Canada: 1990-2009 - October 2010
(Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Changes in Household Net Worth in Canada: 1990-2009 (PDF - 1.4MB, 10 pages)
Research Highlight
October 2010
[Version française:
Evolution de la valeur nette des ménages au Canada, 1990 à 2009 (PDF - 1.3Mo., 10 pages) ]

This Research Highlight reviews changes from 1990 to 2009 in the assets, debts, and wealth of Canadian households. It examines the contribution of real estate to the net worth of Canadians and shows that the gap between the wealth of homeowners and renters has been widening. It finds that the collective net worth of households doubled, household debts grew faster than disposable incomes, and falling interest rates reduced debt servicing costs.

[ More 2010 Research Highlights - links to 20+ reports PLUS links (in left margin) to reports for earlier years ]

Source:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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Related links:

The evolution of wealth inequality in Canada, 1984-1999 (PDF - 432K, 59 pages)
November 2003
By R. Morissette, X. Zhang and M. Drolet

Source:
The Levy Economics Institute
Annandale-on-Hudson (New York)

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Rags and Riches: Wealth Inequality in Canada - goes back to 1970
December 2002
by Steve Kerstetter
- includes links to the report itself, the appendices and the related studies and reports
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) - BC Office

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

10. OpenParliament.ca - Keeping tabs on Parliament

OpenParliament.ca - Keeping tabs on Parliament

Debates of the House of Commons
When Parliament is in session, every word spoken by a member is faithfully transcribed, and published in a document called a Hansard. Browse or search through the Hansards of the House of Commons dating back to 1994.

Bills and Votes - links to every government and private member's bill and every House vote since 2002

Current Members of Parliament
- check this extensive dossier on each of Canada's 305 MPs : what they said in the House of Commons, how they voted on issues, any mentions in the press, what they had for dinner < kidding. >, etc.

Complementary list of MPs from the Parliamentary website
- provides some info about MPs that's not covered by OpenParliament.ca - worth a look

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm

11. North Rejects Conservative Agenda: Fighter Jets, Prisons, Corporate Tax Breaks - February 14
(Tony Martin, NDP)

North Rejects Conservative Agenda: Fighter Jets, Prisons, Corporate Tax Breaks
February 14, 2011
OTTAWA –Sault MP Tony Martin said today people in his riding “who work hard and watch their money” do not want their government buying $35 million fighter jets, building more prisons or offering corporations more tax breaks.
Source:
Tony Martin, NDP Member of Parliament

See also:

* Canada Without Poverty
* Dignity for All Campaign
* Make Poverty History
*
Bill C-545 (An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada), introduced in the House on June 17, 2010 by Tony Martin, MP (NDP)
*
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

12. Calgary & Region Social Outlook, 2010 – 2015 - February 4
(City of Calgary)

Calgary & Region Social Outlook, 2010 – 2015 (PDF - 4.1MB, 148 pages)
Released February 4, 2011
This report provides an annual review of key trends and issues and a short term outlook for the socio-economic environment. As a companion to the City of Calgary economic forecast, the report covers issues related to income security, food security, housing, the voluntary sector, diversity, arts and culture, recreation and sport, safety and community sustainability.
Source:
Social Outlooks
[ Part of Community & Neighbourhood Services ]
[ Part of City of Calgary website ]

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

13. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada

Available in French only (see English text below):

Naufragés des villes *
Série de dix émissions hebdomadaires débutant lundi le 24 janvier à 20h, heure de l'est à RDI.
Les dix émissions seront diffusées tous les lundis à 20h et rediffusées les samedis à 21h 30.
Peut-on vivre à Montréal avec 19,47 $ par jour?
Autrement dit, est-il possible de survivre avec une prestation d'aide sociale?
Cette question est à l'origine de la série documentaire Naufragés des villes qui suit pendant deux mois deux volontaires livrés à eux-mêmes au coeur de Montréal avec la somme de 19,47 $ par jour.
[ * Cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour plus de renseignements au sujet
de la série et pour visionner les épisodes en entier sur votre ordinateur. ]
Source:
Radio-Canada

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English:

Naufragés des villes (available in French only)
U
nofficial translation : Urban Castaways

Ten-part series (starting January 24, Monday nights on RDI) about life on welfare in Montreal.
All programs in the series will be broadcast on Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time on RDI and re-broadcast on Saturdays at 9:30pm
.
If you click on the program website link, you'll find a link to each episode after it's broadcast, so you can watch anytime on your computer.
If you understand French, I highly recommend the series, because there will be many comparisons throughout the ten programs between life on welfare in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada.
English abstract:
What exactly does it mean to be poor in Canada today?
We find out as two volunteers leave behind their status, résumé, network of friends and bank cards. Throughout the two-month experiment, they will have no financial resources except the $19 a day we provide them – the equivalent of welfare benefits for a person living alone. With handpicked experts and social workers watching and analyzing, their journey will be the main focus of a 10-episode series documenting their efforts to find housing, food, medical care, clothing, jobs . . . and deal with prejudice. Using hidden cameras and daily check-ins, we document their progress.
Source:
Radio-Canada (French home page)

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, January 2011 - February 18
--- Employment Insurance, December 2010 - February 17
--- Canadian Economic Observer, February 2011 - February 17
--- Leading indicators, January 2011 - February 16
--- Health Reports - February 2011 (Physical activity among First Nations people off reserve, Métis and Inuit) - February 16
--- 35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
--- The Determinants of Educational Attainment Among the Children of Immigrants
- February 15

February 18, 2011
Consumer Price Index, January 2011
Consumer prices rose 2.3% in the 12 months to January 2011, following the 2.4% increase posted in December 2010. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.3% from December 2010 to January 2011
- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit
* Consumer Price Index and major components

Related report:

The Consumer Price Index*
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
* Click the link above, then "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

Related subjects:
* Prices and price indexes
* Consumer price indexes


February 17, 2011
Employment Insurance, December 2010
In December, 659,700 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, down 9,400 (-1.4%) from November and the third consecutive monthly decrease. The number of beneficiaries declined in every province and territory, except the Northwest Territories.
- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Related link:

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps, December 2010
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
- incl. Intro to maps + link to December 2010 maps [in the left margin]

Source:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps - Product main page*
Set of maps presenting Employment Insurance Statistics. The maps show the percentage change in the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs), using 2001 Census geography. Data are also shown in a tabular format.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects
o Labour
o Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
o Non-wage benefits

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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


February 17, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer - February 2011
Table of contents:
Sections

1.Current economic conditions
2.Economic events
3.Recent feature articles
4.National accounts
5.Labour markets
6.Prices
7.International trade
8.Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
9.Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
10.Financial markets
11.Provincial
Tables
* National accounts
* Labour markets
* Prices
* International trade
* Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
* Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
* Financial markets
* Provincial
Charts
Dozens and dozens of charts, covering everything related to the economy
Appendix (survey)
User information
Related products

Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]


February 16, 2011
Leading indicators, January 2011
The composite leading index rose 0.3% in January, after increasing 0.4% in the previous two months. Growth again was led by the stock market and housing. In January, 4 of the 10 components fell, 1 less than in December.

Related subjects:
* Business performance and ownership
* Current conditions
* Economic accounts
* Leading indicators


February 16, 2011
Health Reports - February 2011 (Physical activity among First Nations people off reserve, Métis and Inuit)
A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

The February 2011 online edition of Health Reports contains two articles:

Evaluation of the factor structure of the child-reported parenting
questionnaire in the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth

By Rübab G. Arim et al.
February 2011
- compares rates of active and moderately active leisure time (versus inactive) among First Nations people off reserve, Métis and Inuit with rates among non-Aboriginal people.

Physical activity among First Nations people off reserve, Métis and Inuit
By Leanne C. Findlay
February 2011
- evaluates three child-reported parenting behaviour scales (nurturance, rejection and monitoring) in the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth.

Source:
Health Reports - product main page
Health Reports, published by the Health Analysis Division (HAD) of Statistics Canada, is a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research. It is designed for a broad audience that includes health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and through media coverage, the general public. The journal publishes articles of wide interest that contain original and timely analyses of national or provincial/territorial surveys or administrative databases.
- Click the product main page link, then "View" to read the latest issue or "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related links:
Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm


February 15, 2011
Preparing for Success in Canada and the United States:
The Determinants of Educational Attainment Among the Children of Immigrants

Abstract
This paper reviews the recent research on the determinants of the educational attainment among the children of immigrants born in Canada and the United States, also known as the second generation. The focus is on the gap in educational attainment between the second and third-and-higher generations (the children of domestic-born parents), as well as the intergenerational transmission of education between immigrants and their children.
[ PDF version (622K, 29 pages) ]
[ Similar studies from the Analytical Studies Branch ]

Source:
Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series - Product main page *
The papers in this series cover a variety of topics including labour, business firm dynamics, pensions, agriculture, mortality, language, immigration, statistical computing and simulation. The papers, written by branch staff, visiting fellows and academic associates, are intended to stimulate discussion; readers are encouraged to contact the authors with comments, criticisms and suggestions. All the papers in the Analytical Studies Branch research paper series go through institutional and peer review to ensure that they conform to Statistics Canada's mandate as a government statistical agency and adhere to generally accepted standards of good professional practice.
* Click the product main page link, then "View" to read the latest issue or "Chronological index" for earlier issues.


35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
Looking for Enumerators and
Crew Leader/Supervisors in your community!

* Available jobs
* Who should apply?
* The hiring process

[ Apply NOW - online or by mail! ]*

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1,200 jobs in the Census Data Operations Centre in Gatineau QC (April-September 2011)
NOTE : these 1,200 positions are open to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec residents only.

Source:
2011 Census of Canada
The next census will take place in May 2011.
Starting May 2, 2011, all households in Canada will receive a yellow census package.
The census questionnaire can be completed online, on paper, or not at all if you don't feel like it or you think it's too intrusive or it makes you feel queasy or anything.
And don't worry, if you *do* decide to tell the Census people roll up their questionnaire and stick it where the sun don't shine, the federal government won't do a blessed thing about it.
Yes, really.
[
No penalty for Sask. woman who refused census (January 20/11) ]


The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

15. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - February 20

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
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February 20, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Democracy and experimentation:
Two fundamental values for education

16 Feb 11
- Paper by Peter Moss and Mathias Urban argues that "at a time when managerial, technical and market approaches are increasingly influential" in education, "democracy" and "experimentation" should be explored as alternatives.

What a difference a decade makes:
Counting the benefits of investment in early childhood development in Quebec

16 Feb 11
- Article by Christa Japel in Paediatrics & Child Health reviews the lessons that can be learned more than 10 years after Quebec's child care reform.

Child care: Work place and economic development supports
16 Feb 11
- Presentation by Cornell University Planning Professor Mildred Warner

ECE Affinity Group: Something to share
16 Feb 11
- Document from the ECE Affinity Group Annual Forum contains a ideas and resources from and for faculty teaching post-secondary ECE.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· The myth of gender neutrality [CA] 14 Feb 11

· Profit motive sits uneasily with aims of childcare [AU] 14 Feb 11

· McGuinty must fix signature program [CA-ON] 14 Feb 11

· Motherlode: Revisiting the debate of working moms vs. stay-at-home moms 14 Feb 11

· The daycare disconnect [CA] 12 Feb 11

· Debate: Children are better off being raised by their parents [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Debate: Canada needs a national child-care policy [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Ontario child care facing uncertain future [CA-ON] 11 Feb 11

· Grandmother steps into the breach [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Licensed daycare rare in early 1980s [CA] 11 Feb 11

· Playing the child care guilt card [CA] 11 Feb 11

· What kids learn in daycare [CA] 9 Feb 11

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

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

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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

February 18:
Kids Count Report - Illinois
State Medicaid Program - Texas
Rural Broadband Access

February 17:
State Unemployment Insurance Funds
Welfare Reform - Britain

February 16:
Medicaid Eligibility - Arizona
Legal Aid and Foreclosures - New York

February 15:
State Medicaid Programs - California, Texas
Colorado Benefits Management System
Unemployment Insurance - Florida

February 14:
Poverty in Ziebach County, South Dakota
Legal Aid - Massachusetts
Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program - Ohio

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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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

17. [U.S.] The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 - February 14

Each year, the President of the United States submits his budget request to Congress for the following fiscal year (beginning October 1), as required by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. Current law (31 U.S.C. § 1105(a)) requires the President to submit a budget no earlier than the first Monday in January, and no later than the first Monday in February. Typically, presidents submit budgets on the first Monday in February.
Source:
Excerpt from United States federal budget
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2012
Having emerged from the worst recession in generations, the President has put forward a plan to rebuild our economy and win the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building our global competitors and creating the jobs and industries of tomorrow.
- includes links to:
* President's Message * The Budget * Overview * Terminations, Reductions, and Savings * Analytical Perspectives * Historical Tables * Supplemental Materials * Appendix * Supplementals, Amendments, and Releases * OMB Contributors to the Budget * Fact Sheets * Past Budgets
Source:
Office of Management and Budget
[ The White House ]

The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2012
Links to the Budget Message of The President, three sections on general directions and an individual section for each of over two dozen departments and govt. agencies

* FY 2012 Budget Overview (video)
* Previous Budgets 1996 - 2011
* Department FY2011 Budget Fact Sheets

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Obama budget would raise taxes
on affluent, businesses, boost aid for innovation

By Lori Montgomery
February 14, 2011
President Obama rolled out a $3.7 trillion budget blueprint Monday that would trim or terminate more than 200 federal programs next year and make key investments in education, transportation and research. The plan is aimed at boosting the nation's economy while reducing record budget deficits
Source:
Washington Post

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

18. [United Kingdom] Welfare reform plans unveiled - February 17

United Kingdom

Welfare reform plans unveiled
17 February 2011
A new Universal Credit will replace the current patchwork of benefits and credits, under plans contained in the Welfare Reform Bill. The aim is to make work pay by ensuring that people are better off for each hour they work and every pound they earn.
Hailed as the biggest shake up of the system for 60 years, the Welfare Reform Bill plans to:
* replace the patchwork of benefits and credits with a Universal Credit to make work pay
* introduce a cap, linked to average weekly earnings, which will limit the amount of benefits a household can get
* make benefits conditional, to help prevent the system being abused or defrauded
* introduce a new Personal Independence Payment for disabled people – this will involve an assessment to target support at those who really need it
* create a new system of child support which puts the interest of the child first.

* Welfare Reform Bill (PDF, 666K)
* Explanatory notes on the Welfare Reform Bill (PDF, 386K)

Benefits and Financial Support - collection of links to information an a wide range of assistance programs and measures.

Source:
Directgov - Public services all in one place
(Website of the UK government)

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Welfare Reform
- includes links to the new Welfare Reform Bill and supporting products, along with 18 papers providing a number of impact assessments
Source:
Department of Work and Pensions

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Related links:

David Cameron sets out Welfare Reform Bill plan
17 February 2011
The government is promising to "make work pay" as it sets out plans to ensure people in work are better off than the unemployed.
Source:
BBC

Related BBC stories:
* Pledge to cut poverty by million
* Q&A: Benefits overhaul
* What do the plans mean?

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Welfare reform: can it work?
By Helen Disney
17 February 2011
Today sees the launch of the coalition’s flagship Welfare Reform Bill. Looking at the gamut of reform challenges which this government has set itself – from radical NHS reform through to free schools, tuition fees, reforming policing, welfare overhaul and so on – the next few years are certainly not going to be easy. But has the task of welfare reform become politically easier and more acceptable, thanks to changes in public attitudes? While many voters are sceptical of reducing the role of the state in key public services such as health and education, research shows that they appear to be much more keen to cut the UK’s welfare bill.
Source:
Public Finance

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

19. UK Releases New Mental Health Strategy - February 2
(Department of Health, UK)

United Kingdom

UK Releases New Mental Health Strategy
February 2, 2011
The British government released its new mental health strategy on February 2, 2011. The strategy's overarching goal is to mainstream mental health, making it as important as physical health, both in terms of service delivery and how it is valued by individuals. The document outlines a focus on promoting mental health and well-being for all and improving outcomes for people with mental health problems, and builds on an outcomes- and evidence-based approach.

No health without mental health:
A cross-government mental health outcomes
strategy for people of all ages
(PDF - 705K, 103 pages)
February 2, 2011
Source:
Department of Health, UK

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

20. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content

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

Most viewed this week (ending February 20) on APO:

1. Garma Festival 2009 key forum address
2. National cultural policy: discussion framework
3. Back to the future: Australia’s interim sealift and amphibious capability
4. No quick fix
5. Supporting women from CALD backgrounds who are victim/survivors of sexual violence

[You'll find these links on the APO home page.]

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

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

21. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

Latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

16 February 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1213:
Towards a complaints mechanism

In this issue:
Complaints mechanism: update on negotiations
Latest news and reports
- Civilian uprisings: North Africa & the Middle East
- Children's freedom of association: Lebanon, Syria & Africa
- Abuse in alternative care: India & Malaysia
- Mass violations: Afghanistan & Sudan
- Radical education policy: Somalia
- Addressing violence: Jamaica & Central America
- Disappointing rights agenda: European Union
- Plight of Roma continues: Portugal
- Widespread abuse & neglect: United Kingdom
Forthcoming events
Employment
Jargon of the Week
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRINMAIL)
- links to 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET 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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Hollywood Squares

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Hollywood Squares
These great questions and answers are from the days when ' Hollywood  Squares' game show responses were spontaneous. You could tell because the comedians sitting in the boxes were just about peeing themselves laughing and trying to outdo each other. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions.

Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver : Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel : Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts : That's what's been keeping me awake.

Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie : You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.

Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde : Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie : Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie : Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde : Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A.. Paul Lynde : Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver : It got me out of the army.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your  elephant?
A. Paul Lynde : Who told you about my elephant?

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver : His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde : Point and laugh

More Hollywood Squares:
http://www.classicsquares.com/

Paul Lynde was always my favourite:
http://www.classicsquares.com/lyndesquares.html

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Funny Cat Personalities
http://animalslook.com/cat-personalities/

I have a lap cat. 
She's learning to type.
Next to my parrot cat:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/index.htm
She's very loving, but frankly, it's painful when the phone rings and she sinks her claws into me to escape that mysterious, terrifiying noise.


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Silly fun: The Scribbler
http://www.zefrank.com/scribbler/


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Tricky and confusing
http://www.grammar.net/
(The King's English, not 'Murcan)