Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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 2,393 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...


Canadian content

1. Québec Budget 2011-2012 - March 17
2. Disaster in Japan
3. Danny Williams’ Post-Secondary Education Legacy
(Keith Dunne and Nick Falvo in Academic Matters) - March 18
4. Are the poor part of the problem or misjudged? - March 1, March 4
5. Canadian and American investment accounts (MoneySmarts blog)
6. Alternative Federal Budget 2011 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - March 15
7. Need help? Don't look to Ottawa (Toronto Star) - March 15
8. The Non-Simple Economics of the Minimum Wage (Jim Stanford in the Progressive Economics Forum) - February 22
9. Poverty: PM’s policy is to do nothing (Toronto Star) - March 12

10. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French (RDI)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2011 - March 18
--- Canadian Economic Observer for March 2011 - March 18
--- Health Reports - March 2011 issue:
------ Potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 among Status Indians, 1991 to 2001 - March 16
------ Potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 among Métis and non-Status Indians, 1991 to 2001
- March 16
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, Fourth quarter 2010
- March 15
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
13. - Keep tabs on Parliament.

International content

14. [U.S.] It's the Inequality, Stupid (Mother Jones) - March/April 2011
15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. [U.S.] How the Recession Has Left Millions of Workers Without Health Insurance (The Commonwealth Fund) - March 16
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. Québec Budget 2011-2012 - March 17

NOTA : les liens vers le français suivent l'anglais ci-dessous.

Québec Budget 2011-2012
March 17, 2011
- includes links to all Budget documents, press releases and budgets for previous years

Press release No. 1
2011-2012 Budget: Looking to the Future: A Plan for Québec (PDF - 452K, 3 pages)
Québec, March 17, 2011 – “To control its choices and destiny, a people must control its public finances. That is my responsibility towards present and future Quebecers,” the Minister of Finance, Raymond Bachand, said today in tabling the Québec government’s 2011-2012 Budget.

Budget Press Releases
Click the link above to access any of the
nine other press releases whose titles appear below:
* A Plan for Public Finances
* A Plan to Control Government Spending
* A Plan to Develop Our Territory and Our Natural Resources
* A Plan for Our Young People
* A Fair and Balanced Plan for Funding Our Universities
* A Plan to Secure Adequate Retirement Income and Capitalize on the Skills of Our Experienced Workers
* A Plan to Position Québec in the New Global Economy
* A Plan to Consolidate Our Solidarity Tools
* A Plan to Celebrate Québec Culture

Ministère des finances(English home page)


TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

Québec Chugs Along Back to Balance (PDF - 464K, 4 pages)
March 17, 2011
Québec Finance Minister Raymond Bachand tabled his second provincial budget earlier today. We were promised a document that showed that the deficit elimination course was on schedule and a return to surplus would be realized come FY 13-14. This is exactly what we received.

2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]


Other recent
releases from TD Economics:

2011 Government Budget Balances and Net Debt (PDF - 419K, 4 pages)
March 18, 2011
- covers fiscal years 1986-87 to 2011-12
- includes all federal, provincial territorial government budget balances and net debt as of March 18, 2011

Special Reports/Observations:

Looking Ahead To The 2011 Federal Budget (PDF - 664K, 5 pages)
March 10, 2011



From CBC News:

Quebec budget tackles deficit at consumer cost
March 17, 2011
Quebec's Liberal government is staying the course to master the province’s massive debt, with a new $69.1 billion budget that caps program spending and raises consumer fees including tuition. Quebec is ahead of schedule to reduce its looming deficit and is on track to achieve a balanced ledger, said Finance Minister Raymond Bachand, who tabled his budget 2011-2012 on Thursday.

Related CBC Links:
* Finance Minister Raymond Bachand's budget speech (PDF - 728K, 56 pages)
* Quebec budget slaps lower, middle classes: critics
* External Link:
--- Montreal Economic Institute: Quebec Debt Clock

CBC News

Version française:

Budget du Québec 2011-2012
Le 17 mars 2011
- liens vers le message du Ministre des Finances, les documents budgétaires, les communiqués, les budgets précédents et plus encore...

Communiqué N°1
Bugdet 2011-2012
Tournés vers l’avenir : un plan pour le Québec
(PDF - 450K, 3 pages)
Québec, le 17 mars 2011 – « Quand un peuple contrôle ses finances publiques, il reste maître de ses choix et de son destin. Voilà ma responsabilité envers les Québécois d’aujourd’hui et ceux de demain », a déclaré aujourd’hui le ministre des Finances, M. Raymond Bachand, au moment de rendre public le budget 2011-2012 du gouvernement du Québec.
Communiqués de presse, Budget 2011-2012
Cliquez le lien ci-dessuspour accéder les neuf autres
communiqués pertinents au budget 2011-2012, dont les titres figurent ci-dessous:
* Un plan pour les finances publiques
* Un plan pour le contrôle des dépenses du gouvernement
* Un plan pour mettre en valeur notre territoire et nos ressources naturelles
* Un plan pour nos jeunes
* Un plan équitable et équilibré pour financer nos universités
* Un plan pour assurer des revenus de retraite adéquats et pour bénéficier des compétences de nos travailleurs expérimentés
* Un plan pour positionner le Québec dans la nouvelle économie mondiale
* Un plan pour consolider nos outils de solidarité
* Un plan pour célébrer notre culture

Ministère des Finances

Analyse et faits
saillants de Radio-Canada:

Les faits saillants du budget
Québec maintient le cap
Dans son deuxième budget, le ministre des Finances Raymond Bachand croit qu’il atteindra l’équilibre budgétaire lors de l’exercice financier 2013-2014. D’ici là, les contribuables devront payer davantage de taxes au cours de l’année.


- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

2. Disaster in Japan

CBC Special Report: Disaster in Japan


Donate to the Canadian Red Cross
Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami Effort

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ resources related to the 2011 Japan Crisis:
* Donations (U.S. & International) * Resources * Useful maps * Latest news

3. Danny Williams’ Post-Secondary Education Legacy - March 18
(Keith Dunne and Nick Falvo in Academic Matters)

Danny Williams’ Post-Secondary Education Legacy
Last December, Danny Williams stepped down as premier of
Newfoundland and Labrador. When he did, he was the most popular premier in Canada.

March 18, 2011
By Keith Dunne and Nick Falvo
While Williams will be remembered by most as a fighter who brought his province from have-not to have status, one of the best-kept secrets in Canadian social policy is that he was also one of Canada’s greatest champions of affordable post-secondary education. (...) Since 2003, the Williams government has increased funding for post-secondary education in Newfoundland and Labrador by about 82 per cent. (...) Today, average undergraduate tuition fees in Newfoundland and Labrador are $2,624 per year for a domestic student, compared with $5,138 for Canada as a whole, $5,318 in oil-rich Alberta, and $6,307 in Ontario. (...)
When Premier Williams stepped down, Angus Reid’s vice-president stated that Williams’ popularity was “extraordinary by Canadian standards.” By contrast, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is behind in the polls by a considerable margin as university students in his province pay the highest tuition fees in Canada. As McGuinty tries to differentiate himself from other party leaders, he’d be well advised to look at Danny Williams’ record on post-secondary education. If making a post-secondary education affordable worked on the Rock, it can work in other provinces too.
[ Keith Dunne is Newfoundland and Labrador Organizer for the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). Nick Falvo is a PhD candidate at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration and Vice-President Finance of Carleton’s Graduate Students’ Association.]
Academic Matters


Related link:

From the
Québec Budget 2011-2012
(March 17, 2011):

Tuition hike sparks anger among Que. students
Budget sets out increases of $1,625 over five years

March 18, 2011
Quebec university students angry about five years of tuition hikes are planning to show the province's finance minister their opposition in person on Friday. The Quebec Federation of University Students (FECQ) is planning a noon-hour rally outside a downtown Montreal hotel where Finance Minister Raymond Bachand will speak to business leaders. Bachand, in his provincial budget tabled Thursday, announced that post-secondary tuition will be going up $325 per year for each of the next five years to help cash-strapped universities deal with funding shortfalls.
CBC News


- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:

4. Are the poor part of the problem or misjudged? - March 1, March 4

Lies, damn lies, statistics...
... and cherrypicking the polls.

Survey finds many Canadians believe poor are 'part of the problem'
By Shannon Proudfoot
March 1, 2011
More than half of Canadians think a family of four can get by on $30,000 a year or less, while a similar number believe that if poor people really want to work, “they can always find a job.”
Financial Post


Judging the Poor
March 4, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
Do you think poor people fall into poverty because they’re lazy?
If so, sorry to be the one to inform you, but most Canadians disagree with you.
In fact, according to a recent poll, you are among a small minority of Canadians – 23 per cent, to be precise. But if you – like me – work to keep poverty reduction on the public agenda and you read this story [the link above, to the Proudfoot article] about what the public thinks of poverty, you might be forgiven if you despaired at the thought that Canadians hold harsh judgments against the poor.
Framed in Canada (Trish Hennessy's personal blog)
Trish is with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
[ Her publications at the CCPA ]

Related links:

* Myths about Poverty Persist Throughout Canada
- this is the March 1 (2011) Salvation Army report that inspired the above article in the Financial Post and the reaction by Trish Hennessy.

* October 2008 Environics poll showing that a majority of Canadians want leadership on poverty


NOTE: the Salvation Army report noted above was included in the March 6 (2011) issue of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter, but I thought that the two above items by Proudfoot and Hennessy that I just found in the past few days were worth sharing as an example of how the media can shape our views concerning an issue or event.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

5. Canadian and American investment accounts
(MoneySmarts blog)


Whether you're in Canada or the U.S., if you're fortunate enough to have a few discretionary bucks left at income tax time, good luck with your deliberation concerning which investment account to choose. I stumbled across the MoneySmarts blog while searching for something else, but found it helpful enough to include a link to some of its content here.

MoneySmarts Blog : Investing and Personal Finance
This is the personal blog of Mike Holman of Toronto, who has worked in the Canadian financial industry for almost two decades. The site offers information about and links to related resources for : the the Canadian RRSP and the American 401(k), the Canadian TFSA and the American Roth IRA, the Canadian RESP vs American 529 plan.

Selected site content:

* 2011 RRSP Contribution Limits and Contribution Deadline

* Registered Education Saving Plan Rules and Strategy

* Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) rules

* Canadian TFSA Vs American Roth IRA

Related American link:

U.S. Roth IRA
Roth IRA Rules and other useful information provides you with the information and resources you need for managing your retirement accounts. Each person’s needs are different, but having all of the information about Roth IRA’s and other retirement vehicles can help you to make the right decisions regarding your financial future. The site provides information from Sandy Baker, author of several books on tax and estate planning and retirement, who has worked in the industry, helping people to build retirement accounts and to build financial wealth for years.


- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:

6. Alternative Federal Budget 2011 - March 15
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Alternative Federal Budget 2011
Rethink, Rebuild, Renew: A Post-Recession Recovery Plan

March 15, 2011

Complete budget (PDF - 1.8MB, 156 pages)
AFB 2011 presents a comprehensive recovery plan designed to:
• get Canadians working in good jobs again;
• reduce record-high income inequality, strengthen Canada’s middle class, and improve supports for Canada’s poor and most vulnerable;
• protect public programs that all Canadians rely on — including public health care and public pensions;
• more...
(Excerpt from the Introduction)

The AFB adopts the following indicators, targets, and timelines:
• Reduce Canada’s poverty rate by 25% within five years (by 2016), and by 75% within a decade.
• Ensure the poverty rate for children and youth under 18, lone-mother households, single senior women, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and recent immigrants likewise declines by 25% in five years, and by 75% in 10 years, in recognition that poverty is concentrated within these populations.
• In two years, ensure every person in Canada has an income that reaches at least 75% of the poverty line.
• In two years, ensure no one has to sleep outside, and end all homelessness within ten years by ensuring all people who are homeless have good quality, appropriate housing.
• more...
(Excerpt, p. 90)

Related materials:

* Budget in Brief (PDF - 649K)
* 10 solutions for the federal budget (PDF - 160 KB)
* Alternative Federal Budget Updates - related links from CCPA

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)


Related link:

An Alternative Budget: Making Jobs, Not War
By Armine Yalnizyan
March 15, 2011
"(...) Canadians can afford more of just about anything we want. Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world, with a fraction of the population of other large economies. But the distribution of our economic power and strength has grown increasingly lopsided. Not since the 1920s have so few Canadians captured so much of the gains of economic growth. Not since the 1920s have so few Canadians controlled so much of our wealth. Not since the 1920s have Canadian millionaires paid such low taxes."
Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) - blog
[ The Progressive Economics Forum ]


- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

7. Need help? Don't look to Ottawa - March 15
(Toronto Star)

Need help? Don't look to Ottawa
March 15, 2011
By Carol Goar
They call her Diane the Dinosaur. They remember every judgmental remark the human resources minister has made about the poor, the unemployed and parents desperate for child care. But community workers still harboured a slim hope that Diane Finley would show some humanity in her response to the poverty reduction plan produced by Parliament's all-party committee on human resources. (...) When asked by the Liberals how she could ignore the voices of Canada's churches, food banks and child welfare agencies and 3 million Canadians living in poverty, she was indignant. “Our government has taken several steps to reduce poverty in Canada, including introducing and increasing the working income tax benefits and creating jobs. We believe that lower taxes create jobs.” Her attitude wasn't a surprise. This was the minister, after all, who refused to extend employment insurance benefits to laid-off workers during the recession on the grounds that “we do not want to make it lucrative for them to stay home and get paid for it.” (...)
The advice Finley spurned wasn't radical or left-wing. Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada was drafted by a committee chaired by a Conservative MP. It had six Tory members, two Liberals, two members from the Bloc Québécois and one New Democrat.

Politicians at all levels are taking their cue from the public. Canadians either want them — or allow them — to overlook those tossed aside by market forces. It is easy to condemn Finley. She is brazenly callous and self-righteous about it. But the heart of the problem lies closer to home

Toronto Star


- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

8. The Non-Simple Economics of the Minimum Wage - February 22
(Jim Stanford in the Progressive Economics Forum)

The Non-Simple Economics of the Minimum Wage
By Jim Stanford
February 22, 2011
Canadian Auto Workers Economist and renowned author Jim Stanford vs the Fraser Institute on the subject of minimum wage.
"(...) Gradual increases in minimum wages, within reasonable bounds, have virtually no impact on employment at all, in either direction. So long as levels are set realistically relative to productivity and profitability, minimum wages can be increased with no measurable damage to employment."

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

Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) - blog
[ The Progressive Economics Forum ]

Related link:

Does hike in minimum wage cut poverty? Findings say no
By Stephen Gordon
March 18, 2011
The British Columbia government’s decision to increase its minimum wage to $10.25 an hour from $8 - an increase of more than 25 per cent - by May 1, 2012 is apparently based on its government’s stated desire to help lower-income families. The NDP opposition’s position is that the measure is long overdue, and is only a "first step" towards reducing poverty. These are noble sentiments, but if the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. NDP believe that the minimum will help reduce poverty and inequality, then they are likely to be disappointed.


[ Related article : Clark increases B.C. minimum wage after decade-long freeze, March 16, Globe and Mail ]

Globe and Mail


- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page:

9. Poverty: PM’s policy is to do nothing - March 12
(Toronto Star)

NOTE : This article is a followup to the next item below on the subject of
the federal government's [non-] response to a Parliamentary report calling for a national poverty reduction plan.

Poverty: PM’s policy is to do nothing
March 12, 2011
More than 3 million Canadians live in poverty but it’s not a problem that requires urgent federal action or, really, any new action at all. At least that’s the message coming from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government. The latest blueprint to reduce poverty — this time produced by a House of Commons committee — was dismissed outright by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. According to her, Ottawa is already doing what it takes to fight poverty: growing the economy. The MPs who spent three years studying the matter felt differently. Their report, released late last year, runs to 300 pages. Its 58 recommendations for change include a national housing strategy, increased federal assistance for low-income families and a refundable tax credit for disabled Canadians.

[ Comments (78) ]

Toronto Star


- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

10. 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. ]



Naufragés des villes (available in French only)
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.
Radio-Canada (French home page)


- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2011 - March 18
--- Canadian Economic Observer for March 2011 - March 18
--- Health Reports - March 2011 issue:
------ Potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 among Status Indians, 1991 to 2001 - March 16
------ Potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 among Métis and non-Status Indians, 1991 to 2001
- March 16
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, Fourth quarter 2010
- March 15

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:

March 18, 2011
Consumer Price Index, February 2011
Consumer prices rose 2.2% in the 12 months to February, following the 2.3% increase posted in January. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices remained unchanged in February.
- 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 - main product page*
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 main product page link above 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


March 18, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer - March 2011
Table of contents:

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
* National accounts
* Labour markets
* Prices
* International trade
* Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
* Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
* Financial markets
* Provincial
Dozens and dozens of charts, covering everything related to the economy
Appendix (survey)
User information
Related products

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. ]


March 16, 2011
Health Reports - March 2011
The March 2011 online issue of Health Reports contains two articles.

Potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 among Status Indians, 1991 to 2001 presents estimates of potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 for Status Indians living on or off reserve, identifies the causes of death for which disparities between Status Indians and non-Aboriginal Canadians were greatest, and examines the effects of socio-economic factors on those differences.

Potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 among Métis and non-Status Indians, 1991 to 2001 examines potential years of life lost at ages 25 to 74 by cause of death among Métis and non-Status Indians, compared with non-Aboriginal adults, and assesses the influence of socio-economic factors on disparities in premature mortality.

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.


March 15, 2011
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, Fourth quarter 2010
* GDP by income and by expenditure
* GDP by industry
* Balance of international payments
* Financial flows
* Labour productivity
* International investment position
* National balance sheet accounts

Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - main product page*
This publication presents an overview of the economic developments reported in Canada's national accounts for the most recent quarter. The overview covers several broad areas: 1) gross domestic product (GDP) by income and by expenditure; 2) GDP by industry; 3) balance of international payments accounts; 4) labour productivity and other related variables; 5) international investment position; and, 6) national balance
Click View for the latest issue of this periodical; click Chronological index for earlier editions.
[ * On the product main page,click "View"
to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]


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


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

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.

2011 Census of Canada
The next census will take place in May 2011.


The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)


March 20, 2011

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

Fundamental questions about early childhood education and care in Canada: Why do we do what we do? How can we do better?
16 Mar 11
- Article by Martha Friendly for the Manitoba Child Care Association's "Child Care Bridges" magazine reflects on how Canada's political ideas and structures have limited our development of a national ECEC program.

Laying the table. Recommendations for national food and nutrition guidance for early years settings in England
16 Mar 11
- British report by the national Advisory Panel on Food and Nutrition in Early Years calls for child care menu guidelines to promote healthy lifestyles.

Rethink, rebuild, renew. A post-recession recovery plan
16 Mar 11
- Alternative Federal Budget 2011 from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls for a national system of ECEC with public plans, public expansion, public funding, and public reporting.

Evaluating the effectiveness of Tennessee's voluntary pre-K program: Initial results
16 Mar 11
- Study from Vanderbilt University finds "children who attended pre-K gained an average of 82 percent more on early literacy and math skills than comparable children who did not attend"


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

· Childcare promise 'impossible'
[AU] 17 Mar 11

· Need help? Don't look to Ottawa
[CA] 16 Mar 11

· Childcare failing on hygiene, safety
[AU] 15 Mar 11

· Wages only just cover child care fees
[AU] 15 Mar 11

· Think-tank says government priorities wrong
[CA] 15 Mar 11

· YWCA presses Ottawa to create national child care program
[CA] 14 Mar 11

· 12M Pounds boost for Northern Ireland childcare welcomed
11 Mar 11

· On-campus flash mob rallies in support of a national child care system
[CA-ON] 10 Mar 11

· Saskatchewan worst province in Canada for child care availability
[CA-SK] 7 Mar 11

· Call for nursery menu guidelines to promote healthy lifestyles
[UK] 4 Mar 11



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ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

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

13. - Keep tabs on Parliament. - Keep tabs on Parliament.
MPs - Bills - Debates


- Go to the General Federal Government Links page:

14. 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:

March 16
Kids Count Report - Minnesota
Long-Term Unemployment
Unemployment and Health Insurance Coverage
--- Report: Unemployment adds 9 million uninsured in U.S.
--- Job loss, health costs pushed uninsured to 52 million in U.S.
Public Housing System - Singapore

March 15
Restrictions on Spending Welfare Money - Minnesota
Exhaustion of Jobless Benefits - Colorado

March 14
Child Welfare System - Milwaukee, WI
SeniorCare Drug Plan - Wisconsin
Medicaid Expansion - Minnesota


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

15. [U.S.] It's the Inequality, Stupid - March/April 2011
(Mother Jones)

United States:

It's the Inequality, Stupid
Eleven charts that explain everything that's wrong with America.

A huge share of the nation's economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us $31,244.
NOTE: includes links to sources of all data used in the charts
Mother Jones, March/April 2011 issue
[ Mother Jones home page ]
Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting. We currently have two main "platforms": an award-winning bimonthly national magazine (circulation 240,000), and a website featuring new, original reporting 24-7.


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

16. [U.S.] How the Recession Has Left Millions of Workers Without Health Insurance - March 16
(The Commonwealth Fund)

New Health Insurance Survey: 9 Million Adults Joined Ranks of Uninsured
Due to Job Loss in 2010; Few Viable Health Insurance Options Exist for Unemployed

News Release
March 16, 2011 - An estimated nine million working-age adults—57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost—became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.

The Survey:

Help on the Horizon: How the Recession Has Left Millions of Workers
Without Health Insurance, and How Health Reform Will Bring Relief

- includes an overview and executive summary along with a summary of findings and links to related resources

Full Report (PDF - 747K, 54 pages)

* Chartpack (PDF - 5.5MB)
* Chartpack (PowerPoint - 5.6MB)

Commonwealth Fund
The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.


Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:

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

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

16 March 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1216*

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- In the wake of the storm: Japan
- State violence intensifies: Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran
- Investigating teacher violence: India
- Trafficking disabled children: Pakistan
- Making room for children: Jamaica
- 'You dress according to the rules': Russia
- Breaching its duties: Vatican court
- Moving forward: Ireland
Jargon of the week
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

* NOTE: the March 16 (above) issue of CRINMAIL was incorrectly identified as #1216.
The link to issue #1216 appears below. I'm sure this error will soon be corrected to #1217, perhaps by the time you read this.

10 March 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1216
In this issue:
* Special report: HRC: Day on the Rights of the Child
* Latest news and reports:
- Update on State violence in MENA: Libya, Yemen, Egypt
- Children's freedoms: Azerbaijan & Lebanon
- Children's rights in policing: Israel, HRC & Pakistan
- Challenging blasphemy laws: Pakistan
- Child marriage persists: Saudi Arabia, India & Kenya
- Working children's rights: Bolivia
- Highlighting "youthcides": Mexico
- Pushing for siblings' rights: United States
* Employment
* Weekly quiz!
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

NOTE: see
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- 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.

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


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


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Funny Newspaper Headlines

Unintentional puns are called double entendres, and they occur everywhere.
Graduate students at the Columbia School of Journalism for years collected those that occurred around the world in newspaper headlines. Here is a healthy selection of funny newspaper headlines.

Autos killing 110 a Day; Let's Resolve to do Better
Blind Woman Gets New Kidney from Dad she Hasn't Seen in Years
Child's Stool Great for Use in Garden
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Dealers will Hear Car Talk at Noon
Dr. Ruth to Talk about Sex with Newspaper Editors
If Strike isn't Settled Quickly it May Last a While
Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
Juvenile Court Tries Shooting Defendant
Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Queen Mary Having Bottom Scraped
Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should be Belted
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say
Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim
Stolen Painting Found by Tree
Teacher Strikes Idle Kids
Two Sisters Reunite after Eighteen Years at Checkout Counter
Two Soviet Ships Collide - One Dies
War Dims Hope for Peace
William Kelly was Fed Secretary
Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft



And, in closing...


100 Best  Comedy Movies of All Time


Social media at its finest:

My Dad,  his cancer and social media
By  Natasha Fatah


Koalas to the Max dot com
Small things amuse small minds.
I couldn't stop for almost 15 minutes --- it had the same mesmerizing effect as bubble wrap.


So ya think your kid's so frikkin' smart, eh?