Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 20, 2014

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,685 subscribers.

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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...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Media and Policy News for 17 April (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Unions, Democracy and Equality (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 17
3. [Toronto] SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin (Social Planning Toronto) - April 16
4. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Disability Policy Highlights, April 2014 - April 16
--- Federal Policy Monitor, March 2014
--- Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, March 2014
--- Municipal Policy Monitor, March 2014
5. [Ottawa] 2013 Report Card on Ending Homelessness & 10-year progress report on homelessness (Alliance to End Homelessness) - April 15
6. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - April 2 + April 16 (2014) issues [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
7. Hennessy’s Index: April 2014 : Ontario Equal Pay Day Facts (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 16
8. [Free webinar] A Safe & Decent Place to Live : Towards a Housing First Framework for Youth (Homeless Hub) - April 22
9. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to Fraser Institute: you're wrong about public pension (PressProgress) - April 13
10. Prince Edward Island 2014-2015 Budget - April 6
11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2014 - April 17
--- Employment Insurance, February 2014
- April 17
--- Perceived barriers to primary care among western Canadians with chronic conditions
--- Trends in out-of-pocket health care expenditures in Canada, by household income, 1997 to 2009
--- Health Profile, December 2013- April 16
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in January 2014 - April 15
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Media and Policy News for 17 April
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 17 April 2014

http://goo.gl/JQDDIy

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

Top Stories

More than 40 organizations join ISAC and Campaign 2000 to urge Ontario to let single parents on social assistance keep their child support
BC lawyers say that province’s child support clawback violates human rights
Times Colonist editorial on BC’s “cheapskate policy”
There’s no more perverse policy than this, says Vaughn Palmer
Ontario’s first Equal Pay Day April 16 raises awareness of the gender pay gap
Hennessy’s Index on Equal Pay Facts
Equal Pay Coalition petition
Workers Action Centre
McDonald’s the subject of migrant foreign worker investigation
Meanwhile, McDonald’s CEO makes more than $9200 / hour
Foreign workers from Belize call working for McDonald’s “slavery”
Coverage in the International Business Times
Globe and Mail says we need more people coming as new citizens instead of as temporary foreign workers
And Carol Goar takes on the CFIB’s claims that Canadians’ poor work ethic drives them to hire temporary foreign workers
New Stats Can study shows poverty makes you sick and costs you more
One doctor’s prescription for health treats poverty like a disease
CCPA Study: University students must work 2-7 times longer to pay for university than a generation ago

Here’s CCPA’s very cool interactive report app
And, more and more analysts say the current post-secondary tax credit system is just not good public policy

Cool Stuff

Upcoming Tax Justice and Human Rights Symposium
People who lived at Huronia, Rideau or Southwestern can get more money from recent settlements with the Ontario government
Yalnizyan: Slow growth is a gift, if we’re willing to take it

Ontario

Hennessy: Why taxes shouldn’t be off the table in funding transit
AODA Customer Service Standards to ensure access for people with disabilities are currently under review
The fight for a $14 minimum wage continued on April 14

Around the Province

Homeless Connect Toronto connects people who are homeless with services they need
Meanwhile, Windsor editorial writer condemns “street pests” and those who give them money
Sudbury letter to the editor on the government’s pledge not to merge OW and ODSP

Across the Country

Tsartlip First Nation wants to manage wealth instead of managing poverty
Very different coverage of the impact of the new EI regions in PEI
Payments will be reduced, says the Guardian
Payments will increase, says the Journal Pioneer:
PEI cuts social assistance budget by $1.7 M because of “underutilization”
Advocates urge increasing benefit rates instead of cutting the budget
Op-ed says lack of need “defies belief”

National

What to do about the looming retirement income crisis
Manufacturing sales return to pre-recession peak, especially in Ontario
The problem with a new federal bill to count Canada’s homeless population
What would you rather? Income splitting? Or child care?
Immigrants facing unreasonable hurdles to getting Old Age Security
Fraser Institute fosters CPP "unfunded liability" panic
But CPP board says Fraser Institute shows a "fundamental lack of understanding regarding the CPP"
Financial Post covers last week’s Metcalf report launch on exploitation of temporary foreign workers
And, how dividend income can get you out of paying taxes [not advice for the little guy]

International

The elites are talking inequality at an IMF / World Bank policy conference
What it’s like to be among the long-term unemployed
Corporate tax dodgers cost the average US taxpayer $1,259 each year
Protests in Ireland against social welfare benefit cuts
California jurisdictions respond to homelessness with laws to ban sleeping in cars

Ed Note: Have a good long weekend!
[ You too, Jennefer - andf THANKS for this wonderful media scan service!
Gilles ]

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

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

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

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

2. Unions, Democracy and Equality - April 17
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

New from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Unions, Democracy and Equality
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/rand-formula
This CCPA series documents the critical role unions have played in reducing inequality and enhancing democracy in Canada, and examines the forces working to undermine union strength.

Reports

* Unions and Democracy by Christopher Schenk
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/unions-and-democracy
This report examines how unions have also had a positive influence in their communities, in society at large and on the quality of our democracy.

* Understanding Union Security and its Effects
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/understanding-union-security-and-its-effects
This paper looks at how Conservative proposals, imported from the US, would threaten union security in Ontario by removing the Rand Formula requirement of mandatory dues payment, and allowing workers to opt out of the bargaining unit.

* The Creation of a Shared Prosperity in Canada: Unions, Corporations and Countervailing Power
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/creation-shared-prosperity-canada
This report looks at the ways union renewal could play a crucial role in restoring the middle class in Canada

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

3. [Toronto] SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - April 16
(Social Planning Toronto)

From
Social Planning Toronto
:

SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin
http://goo.gl/GeakN7
April 16, 2014
[NOTE : Click the link above to access any of the articles below and related links]

This issue:

* SPT's 2014 Annual General Meeting- April 29
* City of Toronto Strategy to Reduce and Eliminate Poverty
* SPT Executive Director's Forum- Election 2014- May 5
* Research Participants: Access to Ont. Post-Secondary Education for Non-Status Immigrants
* Decent Work, Decent Lives Campaign
* Join SPT!
* SPT Partner News
* Interesting Reads
* Worth Repeating:
Income inequality: How you doin'?
Joe Fiorito (Toronto Star), March 26, 2014
"The people on top don't give a damn; pass the gravy, please. The people stuck in the middle hiss like geese at the thought of losing what they have. And the poor are quietly drowning."

More issues of SOUNDBITES
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm#spt
- this link will take you parttway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this site.

SPT Member Organizations
http://socialplanningtoronto.org/about-us/member-organizations
- links to over 130 member organizations in Toronto, from ACCESS EMPLOYMENT to YWCA of Greater Toronto

Source:
Social Planning Toronto
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/
For more than 50 years, SPT and its predecessor organizations have served as a vital voice for the non-profit community sector in Toronto – conducting research and supporting community mobilization that has made a real difference for our organizations, our communities, and the most vulnerable residents in our city.

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

4. New from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Disability Policy Highlights, April 2014 - April 16
--- Federal Policy Monitor, March 2014
--- Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, March 2014
--- Municipal Policy Monitor, March 2014

New from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

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Disability Policy Highlights (PDF - 96K, 21 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1041ENG.pdf
By Sherri Torjman
April 2014
This paper is the text of a speech delivered to the Ontario Cluster of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy [ http://www.crwdp.ca/ ], which is housed at the Institute for Work and Health [ http://www.iwh.on.ca/ ] in Toronto.

Abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1041
Excerpt:
This paper presents an overview of disability policy highlights from 2006 to the present. It traces major developments in legislative, program and data/research areas, including the creation of the Registered Disability Savings Plan, Opportunities Fund, Enabling Accessibility Fund and post-secondary education grants. It also discusses the various federal-provincial/territorial labour market agreements that help enhance the employability of Canadians with disabilities.

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Federal Policy Monitor, March 2014
http://caledoninst.org/Policy/Federal/2014-03.pdf
The Caledon Institute (www.caledoninst.org) regularly scans for the release of federal government policies and programs that impact areas of interest, including income security, disabilities, health, housing, poverty reduction, recreation, seniors and youth.

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Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor, March 2014
http://caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2014-03.pdf

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Municipal Policy Monitor, March 2014
http://caledoninst.org/Policy/Municipal/2014-03.pdf
Coordinated by the Caledon Institute, the Municipal Monitor tracks municipal government activities in selected urban centres around several key social policy areas related to food security, housing and homelessness, income security, recreation, transportation and people.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

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

5. [Ottawa] 2013 Report Card on Ending Homelessness & 10-year progress report on homelessness - April 15, 2014
(Alliance to End Homelessness)

Alliance to End Homelessness releases 2013 Report Card on Ending Homelessness
& 10-year progress report on homelessness in Ottawa

http://endhomelessnessottawa.ca/alliance-to-end-homelessness-releases-2013-report-card-on-ending-homelessness-10-year-progress-report-on-homelessness-in-ottawa/
Media Release
April 15, 2014
[ (La version française suit l'anglais dans le communiqué.]

The 10th annual Report Card on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa was released by the Alliance to End Homelessness (ATEH) Ottawa on April 15, 2014. For the third year in a row, grades range from “A” to “F” — measuring yearly change in four areas affecting homelessness in Ottawa during 2013.

* An “A” was given for the reduction in the total number of homeless individuals and family members who stayed in an emergency shelter.
* An “F” was awarded for the average amount of time spent in an emergency shelter before housing is found.
* A “D” was given for an increase in new affordable units, with special mention given to the City of Ottawa for rescuing 344 housing allowances that would have been lost as provincial funding ended.
* Another “F” was given regarding the affordability of housing.

Complete report card:

2013 Report Card on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa
HTML version :
http://endhomelessnessottawa.ca/annual-report-card-2013/
PDF version (4.2MB, 16 pages) : http://endhomelessnessottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/alliance-to-end-homelessness-en.pdf
Contents:
* Community Success Stories
* 10-Year Retrospective
* Families First: 2 ½ years later
* A plan to end chronic homelessness!
* The Policy Landscape

Source:
Alliance to End Homelessness

http://endhomelessnessottawa.ca/
The Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa (ATEH) is a provincially incorporated non-profit organization which seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its member organizations [ http://endhomelessnessottawa.ca/about-ateh/list-of-members/ ].

Related link:

From the
Ottawa Citizen:

Homeless in Ottawa: Fewer people using shelters, but length of stays increasing, report finds
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Homelessness+Ottawa+Fewer+people+using+shelters+length+stays+increasing+report+finds/9740632/story.html
By Carys Mills
April 15, 2014

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

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

6. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - April 2 + April 16 (2014) issues
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issues of the
SPARmonitor:

SPARmonitor : April 16 (2014) - issue 128 (PDF - 178K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_128.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø For Health or Wealth? The Evidence Regarding Private Clinics and User Fees in Ontario
Ø Measuring Choice and Competition in Canadian Education
Ø Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada
Ø Social Progress Index 2014
Ø Older Adults and Technology Use
Ø Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools 2014
Ø Profiting from the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers

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SPARmonitor : April 2 (2014) - issue 127 (PDF - 190K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_127.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø How Well Are American Students Learning?
Ø The Plummeting Labour Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults
Ø Public Consultation Report on Montreal Development Plan
Ø Evaluating Public-Sector Pensions: How Much Do They Really Cost?
Ø Simulated Replacement Rates for CPP Reform Options
Ø Repairing Shattered Lives: Brain Injury and its Implications for Criminal Justice
Ø The Black Experience Project

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Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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

7. Hennessy’s Index: April 2014 : Ontario Equal Pay Day Facts - April 16
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Ontario Equal Pay Day Facts
Hennessy’s Index: April 2014
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/facts-infographics/henneseys-index-april-2014
By Trish Hennessy
April 16, 2014

Excerpts:

31.5
Percentage pay gap between men and women in Ontario in 2011, the most recent year of data available, based on average annual earnings.
That’s up from a 28% gender pay gap in 2010.

68.5 cents
How much Ontario working women made in 2011 for every man’s dollar.
That’s down from 72 cents in 2010.

$200
Increase in Ontario men’s average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $49,000 in 2011.

$1,400
Decrease in Ontario women’s average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $33,600 in 2011.

(...)

Source:
A Growing Concern: Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap
(PDF - 710K, 35 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office%2C%20Ontario%20Office/2014/04/Ont_Equal_Pay_Day.pdf
By Mary Cornish
April 15, 2014
News Release:
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/price-inaction


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Hennessy's Index
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/index
Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
- includes links to all earlier indices

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

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

8. [Free webinar] A Safe & Decent Place to Live : Towards a Housing First Framework for Youth - April 22
(Homeless Hub)

FREE WEBINAR!
(No cost, but registration is required.)

A Safe & Decent Place to Live: Towards a Housing First Framework for Youth
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8994606905693385474
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Noon - 2:00 PM EDT
Join Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network/Homeless Hub, in this FREE 1-hour webinar where he will present this Framework for Housing First for Youth. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A period. Everyone is welcome to participate.
[Click the link above for more info and registration form.]

Related links:

The Homeless Hub
http://www.homelesshub.ca/
Building on the success of the Canadian Conference on Homelessness (2005), the Homeless Hub was created to address the need for a single access point to find homelessness information from across Canada. Launched in 2007, the Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information center representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance knowledge mobilization and networking.

Canadian Homelessness Research Network
http://homelessresearch.net/
The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) brings together top researchers on homelessness in Canada. Working in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders and institutions (in the non-profit sector and in government), the CHRN is committed to enhancing the impact of research on the homelessness crisis.

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

9. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to Fraser Institute: you're wrong about public pension - April 13
(PressProgress)

From the
Fraser Institute:

Each Canadian taxpayer owes $243,476 as total government liabilities reach $4.1 trillion
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=21020
News Release
April 1, 2014
VANCOUVER, B.C.—Government liabilities include much more than direct debt, and when all federal, provincial, and local government liabilities are combined, each Canadian taxpayer owes $243,476, notes a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study:

Canadian Government Debt 2014:
A Guide to the Indebtedness of Canada and the Provinces (3.3MB, 61 pages)
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/publications/canadian-government-debt-2014.pdf
By Milagros Palacios, Hugh MacIntyre, and Charles Lammam
April 2014

Source:
Fraser Institute
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/
"Our vision is a free and prosperous world where individuals benefit from greater choice, competitive markets, and personal responsibility."

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Later that same day, from PressProgress:

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to Fraser Institute: you're wrong about public pension
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/cpp-investment-board-fraser-institute-youre-wrong-about-public-pension
April 1, 2014
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board isn't mincing words. The crown corporation established in 1997 to invest the funds of the CPP says the Fraser Institute is just plain wrong about the health of the nationally administered pension plan. Or, more specifically, shows a "fundamental lack of understanding regarding the CPP."

The right-wing think tank based in Vancouver recently released a report, claiming that if you add up all the liabilities of every Canadian government — federal, provincial, and local — every taxpayer would owe $243,476 (of the $4.1 trillion total) in direct debt and unfunded liabilities.

The Fraser Institute's report cites an unfunded liability existing at the CPP of $792.3 billion, and goes on to suggest future generations of Canadian taxpayers will feel either have to pay higher taxes or receive lower benefits.

Not so fast, says the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board...

Source:
PressProgress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/
Advancing progressive solutions for Canada with hard-hitting news and analysis, PressProgress cuts through the day's political spin with facts and an informed point of view. From punchy blog posts to a daily web roundup to spread news and views, PressProgress is a must-read to spur positive change.

PressProgress is a project of the
Broadbent Institute:

[ http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/ ].

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Related link:

CPP Investment Board
http://www.cppib.com/en/home.html
Our mandate is to invest in the best interests of Canada Pension Plan contributors and beneficiaries and to maximize investment returns without undue risk of loss.

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Bonus mystery link:
http://goo.gl/urE7cV
The Fraser Institute produces junk.
Crap.
Who knew?

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

10. Prince Edward Island 2014-2015 Budget - April 6

Prince Edward Island 2014-2015 Budget
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/
- main budget page, includes links to all main budget papers and previous budgets

Budget 2014-15 stays the course, continues to make targeted investments to benefit Islanders
http://www.gov.pe.ca/newsroom/index.php3?number=news&newsnumber=9541&dept=&lang=E
News Release
April 6, 2014
- includes a dozen highlights of this budget.

Budget Address 2014 (PDF - 1.6MB, 24 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budget14.pdf

Estimates of Revenue and Expenditures, 2014-2015 (PDF - 4.3MB, 167 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budestim14.pdf

Background Notes on the Economy (PDF - 1MB, 15 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budback14.pdf

Highlights
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budghigh14.pdf
This small PDF file contains the same text as the budget news release (above), and also includes a detailed pie chart of expenditures, a fiscal forecast (with chart) and highlights from the PEI economy in 2013 (+chart).

Source:
Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs
http://www.gov.pe.ca/finance/

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Selected media coverage:

Social assistance budget cut not 'money left on the table'
Demand not what was expected, says minister

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/social-assistance-budget-cut-not-money-left-on-the-table-1.2609088
April 14, 2014
The P.E.I. government has cut available funding for social assistance benefits by $1.7 million for the coming year, after not spending as much as expected in 2013-14. Last year government underspent its budget for social assistance $1.9 million. Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty says no one who qualified for assistance was turned away. There simply wasn't the need.
(...)
Last year Minister Docherty told CBC News social assistance rates are too low [ http://goo.gl/rvyg66 ], but says now the extra money in the budget couldn't be used to increase rates. The government plans to start on a five-year plan to increase rates next year.

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Chamber doubts P.E.I. budget can be balanced next year
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/chamber-doubts-p-e-i-budget-can-be-balanced-next-year-1.2603755
April 9, 2014

Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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Prince Edward Island delivers budget with estimated deficit of $39.6M
http://globalnews.ca/news/1258267/prince-edward-island-delivers-budget-with-estimated-deficit-of-39-6m/

Source:
Global News

http://globalnews.ca/news/

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2014 - April 17
--- Employment Insurance, February 2014
- April 17
--- Perceived barriers to primary care among western Canadians with chronic conditions
--- Trends in out-of-pocket health care expenditures in Canada, by household income, 1997 to 2009
--- Health Profile, December 2013
- April 16
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in January 2014
- April 15

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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April 17, 2014
Consumer Price Index, March 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140417/dq140417a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.5% in the 12 months to March, following a 1.1% increase in February. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, following a 0.3% increase in February.

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April 17, 2014
Employment Insurance, February 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140417/dq140417b-eng.htm
Following a decline in January, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits was little changed in February at 506,500. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of beneficiaries was down 4.9%.
- includes four tables:
Table 1 - Beneficiaries receiving regular income benefits by province and territory, sex and age – Seasonally adjusted
Table 2 - Initial and renewal claims received, by province and territory – Seasonally adjusted
Table 3 - Beneficiaries receiving regular income benefits by census metropolitan area – Seasonally adjusted
Table 4 - Beneficiaries receiving regular income benefits by occupation, Canada – Seasonally adjusted

- also includes three charts:
Chart 1 - Little change in the number of Employment Insurance beneficiaries in February
Chart 2 - Number of regular Employment Insurance beneficiaries by occupation, percentage change, February 2013 to February 2014
Chart 3 - Fewer Employment Insurance claims in February

Related CANSIM Tables:

* Table 276-0003 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0003&p2=31
* Table 276-0004 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0004&p2=31
* Table 276-0011 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0011&p2=31
* Table 276-0020 to 276-0022 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0020..276-0022&p2=31
* Table 276-0030 to 276-0032 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0030..276-0032&p2=31
* Table 276-0040 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0040&p2=31
* Table 276-0041 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0041&p2=31

More info about Employment Insurance
from Service Canada
:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/index.shtml

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

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April 16, 2014
Two articles from the
April 2014 edition of Health Reports:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/82-003-x2014004-eng.htm
[NOTE : Click the link above for an abstract, the PDF version of both articles and a news release.]

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Perceived barriers to primary care among western Canadians with chronic conditions
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2014004/article/11923-eng.htm
By Paul E. Ronksley et al.
About a third of Canadians have chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The care of patients with chronic conditions has become a major focus in health services research and public health policy, and the direct costs of managing these conditions exceed $40 billion a year. Even so, not all Canadians with chronic conditions receive the care they require.

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Trends in out-of-pocket health care expenditures in Canada, by household income, 1997 to 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2014004/article/11924-eng.htm

Source:
Health Reports
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/healthreports
Health Reports, published by the Health Analysis Division of Statistics Canada, is a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research.

Related link:

Health in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/health-sante/index-eng.htm

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April 16, 2014
Health Profile, December 2013
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/health-sante/82-228/index.cfm?Lang=E
[The Health Profile has been updated with data from the 2011 Census of Population and the 2011 National Household Survey.]
This application is designed to give quick access to the latest health-related data for a selected health region or census metropolitan area, providing the corresponding provincial data by default, but users can easily select a different area for comparison.

The Health Profile features sub-provincial data from a number of sources including Statistics Canada's vital statistics, Canadian Cancer Registry, the Canadian Community Health Survey, Census of Population and National Household Survey, as well as hospitalization data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Source:
Health Profile
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?objId=82-228-X&objType=2&lang=en&limit=0

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"For every job vacancy, there were 6.2 unemployed people in 2013, up from 5.4 in 2012"

April 15, 2014
Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in January 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140415/dq140415c-eng.htm
In January, there were 193,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses, little changed compared with January 2013. There were 6.7 unemployed people for every job vacancy, compared with 6.4 one year earlier. The national job vacancy rate was 1.3% in January, compared with 1.4% recorded 12 months earlier.

For 2013 as a whole, there was an average of 219,000 job vacancies per month among Canadian businesses, down from 252,000 in 2012 and 236,000 in 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 6.2 unemployed people in 2013, up from 5.4 in 2012. The increase in the unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio was the result of fewer job vacancies, as the number of unemployed people was little changed. In 2011, the ratio was 5.9 unemployed people for every job vacancy.

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

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

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

April 20, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Equal Pay Day in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/equal-pay-day-ontario-0
16 Apr 2014 | Ontario
CRRU has selected resources to mark the first official Equal Pay Day in Ontario - April 16 2014. Child care is central to the struggle for equal pay for women across Canada.

A growing concern: Ontario's gender pay gap
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/growing-concern-ontarios-gender-pay-gap
15 Apr 2014 | Ontario
Report from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives documents the worsening gender pay gap in Ontario. Ten-point plan calls for affordable and accessible child care, and fair wages for the child care workforce. "For the first time in more than 20 years, there is no Ontario program with the goal of increasing the inequitable wages of child care staff."

Improving the odds for America's children: Future directions in policy and practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/improving-odds-americas-children-future-directions-policy-a
16 Apr 2014 | United States
Edited volume from Harvard University Press commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the Children's Defense Fund. The book "examines critical issues - prenatal and infant health and development, early child care and education, school reform, the achievement gap, vulnerable children, juvenile justice, and child poverty -and highlights crucial practical and policy measures".

A record of early childhood education and care stakeholder discussions: Saskatoon and Regina
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/record-early-childhood-education-and-care-stakeholder-discu
16 Apr 2014 | Saskatchewan
Transcripts of stakeholder discussions hosted by the Muttart Foundation, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, on the organization, funding and delivery of early learning and child care in Saskatchewan.

What you need to know about multi-age grouping in early childhood development settings
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/what-you-need-know-about-multi-age-grouping-early-childhood
16 Apr 2014 | British Columbia
Resource sheet from BC Aboriginal Child Care Society provides "clarification on the regulations related to multi-age grouping and explains how programs can be licensed for multi-age groups".

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Councillors split on day care closure
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/councillors-split-day-care-closure
17 Apr 2014 | Ontario

International family policy comparisons: Why Canada lags behind
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/international-family-policy-comparisons-why-canada-lags-behind
16 Apr 2014 | British Columbia

French working mums offer economic growth
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/french-working-mums-offer-economic-growth
16 Apr 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Lambton County must show leadership and invest in future leaders: CUPE urges committee to reject proposal to close Coronation Park Day Nursery
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/lambton-county-must-show-leadership-and-invest-future-leaders-cupe-u
16 Apr 2014 | Ontario

Quebec’s child care program: How social innovation can create wealth
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/quebec%E2%80%99s-child-care-program-how-social-innovation-can-create-wealth
16 Apr 2014 | Canada

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/18/
Kids Count Reports – Rhode Island, West Virginia (2 articles)
Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Coverage (2 articles)
Food Insecurity in the US
Paid Family Leave

April 17, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/17/
Minimum Wage
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Work Participation – Oregon, Maine (2 articles)

April 16, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

April 15, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/15/
ACA and Medicaid Coverage – Minnesota, Virginia (2 articles)

April 14, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/14/

College Students and Food Insecurity

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

14 April 2014 - CRINmail issue 1373
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1373

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- UN admits inaccurate Darfur reports were intentional
- Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria
- Accountability ‘talk’ in the Catholic Church
- Unaccompanied children detained at borders
- Impact of statelessness on children’s right to education
- Yemeni Children’s Parliament conducts new election
Access to justice for children in Australia
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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Office Jargon Phrases We Hate

To ‘action’ a project
Going forward
Brainstorm
Getting the ball rolling
Drill down
Out of the loop
Thinking outside the box
Touch base
Strategic fit
Bottom line
Low hanging fruit
Win-win
Play hardball
Best practice
On my radar
Bench mark
Value added
Results- driven
To take something offline
The idea’s got legs
Game-plan
Action plan
Bells and whistles
Moving the goalposts
Back of the net

Source:
50 Office Jargon Phrases We Hate
http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/26350-50-office-jargon-phrases-we-hate
(Click the source link to view 25 more Office Jargon Phrases We Hate...)

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British Pathé Uploads Entire 85,000-Film Archive to YouTube in HD
http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/british-pathe-uploads-entire-85000-film-archive-to-youtube-in-hd-1201159599/

British Pathé
http://www.britishpathe.com/

Sample video: ("Oh, the humanity...")
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/hindenburg-disaster/query/hindenburg

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Also from British Pathé --- Not video, but very amusing:
History's Greatest Replies And Insults
http://www.britishpathe.com/gallery/best-insults

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22 Common Phrases We All Secretly Hate
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/14/annoying-phrases_n_5118472.html
My five UNfavourites are:

"At the end of the day..."
"Same difference."
"I apologize if I made you feel that way."
"Yeah, no."
"My bad."

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Mountain Biker Navigates A Steep Trail, Showing
His Perspective With A Mounted Camera
(video, duration 2:07)
http://www.wimp.com/mountainbiker/
I lasted exactly 17 seconds watching this.

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How many ships could a ship ship ship if a ship ship could ship ships?
http://imgur.com/gallery/6YpCWdG
Oh, about nine.

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