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September 20, 2009

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

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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...

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1.   Canada’s Record on Poverty Among The Worst of Developed Countries—And Slipping (Conference Board of Canada) - September 17
2. Action Plan to Eliminate Poverty in Calgary (Poverty Talks - Calgary antipoverty coalition) - September 18

3. Conservatives buy some time with new Employment Insurance proposals, fall election not so likely - September 15
4. Government of Canada Moves to Implement Home Renovation Tax Credit and Other Outstanding Measures -
September 14
5. New Prince Edward Island Social Assistance Policy Manual - September 2009
6. Counting Women In: A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty (Grey Bruce [Ontario] Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee) - June 2009
7.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian Economic Accounts, Second quarter 2009 - September 18
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2009 - September 17, 2009
--- Leading indicators, August 2009 - September 17, 2009
--- Canadian Social Trends - Winter 2009 - September 17, 2009
--- Developmental pathways leading to obesity in childhood - September 16, 2009
--- National balance sheet accounts, second quarter 2009 - September 14

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - September 20
(includes Early childhood education and care in Canada, 2008 - Released September 15)

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
10. Minimum Income Standard (Britain)

11. Australian Policy Online
12. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter) - September 2009

Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Canada’s Record on Poverty Among The Worst of Developed Countries—And Slipping - September 17
(Conference Board of Canada)

Canada’s Record on Poverty Among The Worst of Developed Countries—And Slipping
News Release
September 17
Poverty rates in Canada— especially among children and the working-age population—are among the worst of 17 leading developed countries, according to the Conference Board’s annual ranking on Society indicators. With more than 12 per cent of the working-age population living in poverty, Canada is in 15th place out of 17 countries—a “D” grade—ahead of only Japan and the United States. More than one in seven Canadian children lives in poverty—resulting in a 13th place ranking and a “C” grade.

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From the Conference Board of Canada:

How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada
This website—How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada—assesses Canada’s quality of life compared with that of its peer countries. We publish an overall report card as well as individual ones that measure performances in the six categories appearing below. We release the report card for each category individually throughout the year.

The Society section of the report (the link immediately below) was released on September 17/09, and the Economy section is out since July.
As for the other sections, you'll note that their content is [for now] dated October 2008 --- but well worth checking out!

* Society (Released September 17, 2009)
- incl. * Jobless Youth * Disabled Income * Elderly Poverty * Child Poverty * Working-age Poverty * Income Inequality * Intergenerational Income Mobility * Gender Income Gap * Voter Turnout
* Confidence in Parliament * Homicides * Assaults * Burglaries * Life Satisfaction * Acceptance of Diversity * Social Isolation * Suicides

* Economy (July 2009)
- incl. * Forecast 2010 * Income per capita * GDP Growth * Labour Productivity Growth * Inflation * Unemployment Rate * Employment Growth * Inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Performance * Outward FDI Performance

* Innovation (October 2008)

* Environment (October 2008)

* Health (October 2008)

* Education and Skills (October 2008)

Source:
Conference Board of Canada
The Conference Board builds leadership capacity for a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy and organizational performance.
(About CBC)

- Go to the Banks and Business Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

2. Action Plan to Eliminate Poverty in Calgary - September 18
(Poverty Talks - Calgary antipoverty coalition)

From Calgary's Poverty Talks (antipoverty coalition):

Action Plan to Eliminate Poverty in Calgary (PDF - 2MB, 4 pages)
September 2009
On September 18, 2009, a coalition of community organizations in Calgary called "Poverty Talks" released a local Action to Plan to Eliminate Poverty. The plan is the result of a series of consultations with hundreds of low-income Calgarians over the past 18 months. It provides a street-level view of what needs to be done to end poverty as defined by those who are living in poverty, rather than by social workers, academics and politicians.
[ News Release - September 18 ]
Source:
Poverty Talks
- no website as such, but see:

* Poverty Talks Facebook page (current)
* Poverty Talks Blog (not updated since fall 2008)
Poverty Talks is the project of a Calgary-based non-profit coalition seeking to raise awareness of poverty ~ especially as an electoral issue ~ and to advance and support the democratic engagement of low-income Calgarians. So, we invite you to take this report, talk to politicians and decision makers, and become an influence for change.
Why? Because poverty can happen to anyone. And ending poverty benefits us all.

Related link from Poverty Talks:

Detailed Action Plan to Eliminate Poverty in Calgary (Word file - 210K, 23 pages)
In over 45 community meetings between 2008 and 2010, several hundred people answered the following questions: As a low income person, what would make a difference in your life? and What would you like to see changed? This report outlines what low-income Calgarians and people living in poverty say we need to achieve to make our city and province a good place to live for everyone. Never before has there been such a need for an all-round poverty reduction plan and strategy to tackle the problem. The goal of Poverty Talks is to raise awareness of poverty issues, especially in the electoral process, and to advance and support the democratic engagement of low-income Calgarians. Each section of the report starts with a "We said" section which includes some of the words and/or ideas from the project participants. These are followed by recommendations based on participants’ ideas.

Related external links:

Women Together Ending poverty (WTEP)
We are a Calgary-based diverse group of women working together to educate ourselves and other women about the root causes of poverty and to empower ourselves and other women to take action against poverty.
- incl. links to:
* Welcome * Our Principles * Our Platform * Our Regular Activities * Our Current Focus * Past Events * Future Events * Videos * Poverty Talks * Our Contact Info * Links

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From Vibrant Communities Calgary:

* Cost of Living Factsheet - August 2009 (PDF - 1.2MB, 4 pages)
* Poverty Fact Sheet - August 2009 (PDF - 653K, 2 pages)
* Living Wage Fact Sheet - August 2009 (PDF - 1.8MB, 4 pages)
Source:
Vibrant Communities Calgary
Vibrant is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively, with various stakeholders and partners, seeking to engage Calgarians and to advocate for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary.
[ Vibrant Resources ]

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Vibrant Communities - Calgary
(from the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement)
- incl. * Calgary's Approach * Update * Contact Info * Key Documents
Source:
Vibrant Communities
Vibrant Communities is a community-driven effort to reduce poverty in Canada by creating partnerships that make use of our most valuable assets – people, organizations, businesses and governments. It’s a unique approach to poverty reduction that allows communities to learn from — and help — each other. Vibrant Communities links communities across Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, in a collective effort to test the most effective ways to reduce poverty at the grassroots level.

The Vibrant Communities partnership includes the following communities from across Canada:
* Abbotsford * Calgary * Edmonton * Hamilton * Montreal * Saint John * St. John's * Surrey * Trois-Rivières * Victoria * Waterloo * Winnipeg
[ Learn more about Vibrant Communities ]
[ Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement:
Tamarack exists to build vibrant and engaged communities in Canada. Our work will result in more collaborative approaches and less poverty. ]

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Poverty Reduction Coalition
In 2004, United Way of Calgary and Area formed the Sustained Poverty Reduction Initiative to leverage people, resources and influence to reduce the causes and effects of poverty. The initiative was later renamed Poverty Reduction Coalition [ 2007 Backgrounder (PDF - 52K, 2 pages), and it is a community collaborative supported by United Way of Calgary and Area.
NOTE: this site hasn't been updated since late 2008, but it contains some interesting Calgary-focused reports going back a few years that are worth checking out...

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Community & Neighbourhood Services --- [City of Calgary]
"Community Strategies supports fledgling community issues and initiatives, works with The City of Calgary's not-for-profit partners and provides research, planning and marketing for community vitality and protection-related services at The City."
[ Publications, Guides & Directories ]

- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm
- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

3. Conservatives buy some time with new Employment Insurance proposals, fall election not so likely - September 15

Government of Canada intends to table legislation
to extend Employment Insurance benefits for long-tenured workers

September 14, 2009
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced that the Government of Canada has given notice that it intends to introduce legislation that would temporarily provide additional Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits to unemployed long-tenured workers. These are individuals who have worked and paid EI premiums for a significant period of time and have previously made limited use of EI regular benefits. (...) This new measure is designed to provide additional support to workers who have paid EI premiums for years and made limited use of the program, while they look for jobs in a recovering economy. It is a temporary measure, which builds on those introduced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. (...) Through the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has also implemented measures to support all unemployed Canadians. These measures include providing nationally five extra weeks of EI regular benefits, increasing the maximum duration of benefits from 45 to 50 weeks in regions of high unemployment, protecting jobs through the Work-Sharing program, and freezing EI premiums for 2010 at the same rate as 2009 to provide economic stimulus.
Source:
Canadian Government News Centre

Related links:

Employment Insurance Reforms - Unfinished Business of the Recession
By Armine Yalnizyan
September 14, 2009
With their backs once again to the wall, the Conservatives today announced that they will, at long last, propose additional measures to help the unemployed, something almost everyone inside and outside Parliament has been asking them to do for the better part of a year. They will extend employment insurance benefits by another 5 to 20 weeks for those who qualify to their new rules, a move they claim will help about 190,000 unemployed Canadians – people who are already protected by Employment Insurance provisions, but are running out of time. But they will only qualify for the new help if they meet all sorts of other conditions that make them the “deserving” unemployed in the Conservatives’ eyes – long-term tenure at their job, and not having made a claim for help in the past.
A little reality check is in order...
Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
[ Progressive Economics Forum ]
Economic policy-making and economics instruction in Canada have both increasingly come to reflect a conservative, free-market perspective. There is an urgent need to promote an alternative, progressive economics community in Canada.Over 125 progressive economists—working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations—have joined forces to make our collective, critical perspective heard. We have formed the Progressive Economics Forum. [ About PEF ]

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Conservatives buy some time
Election tension eases as NDP indicates it will likely back government over EI improvements
September 15, 2009
OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives set the stage for their first parliamentary survival test on Friday, but the threatened political showdown that could lead to an early election appeared to be losing steam.
Source:
Toronto Star

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

4. Government of Canada Moves to Implement Home Renovation Tax Credit and Other Outstanding Measures - September 14

Government of Canada Moves to Implement
Home Renovation Tax Credit and Other Outstanding Measures
September 14, 2009
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled in the House of Commons a detailed Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement the Home Renovation Tax Credit as well as other measures, several of which are outstanding from Budget 2009. (...)
In addition to the Home Renovation Tax Credit, the Motion:
* Implements the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit.
* Enhances the benefits provided under the Working Income Tax Benefit.
* Extends the existing tax deferral available to farmers in prescribed drought regions to farmers who dispose of breeding livestock because of flood or excessive moisture, and describes the regions prescribed either as eligible flood or drought regions from 2007 to 2009.
* Amends the Customs Tariff to relax the conditions relating to temporarily imported shipping containers.
Related Documents:

* Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and to implement other measures
* Explanatory Notes to Legislative Proposals Relating to Income Tax

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

5. New Prince Edward Island Social Assistance Policy Manual - September 2009

Prince Edward Island
Social Assistance Policy Manual
September 2009
The Social Assistance Program helps Islanders meet their basic needs when they are unable to provide for themselves. The program provides benefits on a case-by-case basis to Islanders who meet the program eligibility requirements according to the Social Assistance Act and the Social Assistance Policy Manual.

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm
- Go to the Provincial/Territorial Welfare Policy Manuals page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/manuals.htm
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

6. Counting Women In: A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty - June 2009
(Grey Bruce Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee)

Counting Women In:
A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty

Counting Women In: A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty is the culmination of eight years of research and community development by the Rural Women Take Action on Poverty Committee. The strategies and tools in the toolkit were developed and piloted in Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth counties (Ontario) to make the issue of poverty more visible and to build hope for change. The toolkit is a resource to change attitudes and beliefs about rural women and poverty and to support action and change.

Counting Women In:
A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty
(PDF - 1.8MB, 109 pages)
By Colleen Purdon et al.
June 2009

Counting Women In Additional Online Resources (PDF - 2MB, 43 pages)

Source:
End Abuse Now
End Abuse Now is the website of the Grey Bruce Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee.
It provides information, resources and links for all members of the community on abuse and how we can work together to end it.

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Canadian Economic Accounts, Second quarter 2009 - September 18
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2009 - September 17, 2009
--- Leading indicators, August 2009 - September 17, 2009
--- Canadian Social Trends - Winter 2009 - September 17, 2009
--- Developmental pathways leading to obesity in childhood - September 16, 2009
--- National balance sheet accounts, second quarter 2009 - September 14

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

September 18, 2009
Canadian Economic Accounts
Quarterly Review
Second quarter 2009
- includes detailed analysis and tables of the following:
* GDP by income and by expenditure
* GDP by industry
* Balance of international payments
* Financial flows
* Labour productivity
* International investment position
* National balance sheet accounts
[ earlier issues of Canadian Economic Accounts ]

September 17, 2009
Consumer Price Index, August 2009
Consumer prices fell 0.8% in the 12 months to August 2009, following a 0.9% decrease in July. Excluding energy, the Consumer Price Index rose 1.4% year over year in August. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.3% from July to August.
Related subjects
o Prices and price indexes
o Consumer price indexes

September 17, 2009
Leading indicators, August 2009
The composite leading index rose by 1.1% in August, after a 0.6% gain in July. The increase was the largest since April 2002. Growth in the leading index usually only exceeds 1% early in the recovery from a downturn. In August, 8 of the 10 components contributed to the advance, up from 5 the month before, as the manufacturing sector joined the advance.
Related subjects
o Economic accounts
o Leading indicators

September 17, 2009
Canadian Social Trends - Winter 2009, no. 88
- includes links to PDF and HTML versions of the following articles:
* Forty-year-old mothers of pre-school children: A profile
* Online activities of Canadian boomers and seniors
* 2008 General Social Survey Report : Social networks help Canadians deal with change
[ earlier issues of Canadian Social Trends ]

September 16, 2009
Developmental pathways leading to obesity in childhood
by Samar Hejazi, V. Susan Dahinten, Sheila K. Marshall and Pamela A. Ratner
The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has been increasing in Canada and globally, among boys and girls of all ages, social classes, ethnic groups and races. Based on data from the 1998/1999 Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, 19% of children aged 2 to 11 were overweight, and 18% were classified as obese. The rising prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents raises concern about conditions and diseases associated with excess weight. Paediatric obesity can affect short- and long-term physical and psychosocial health, and is likely to contribute to adult-onset morbidity.
* Summary of key findings
* Go to full text of article in HTML
* Download PDF of article
(400K, 8 pages)
Source:
Health Reports
[ more StatCan health statistics ]

September 14, 2009
National balance sheet accounts, second quarter 2009
National net worth declined $68 billion to $5.9 trillion in the second quarter. However, household net worth advanced $141 billion to $5.6 trillion in the second quarter, after losing ground in the three previous quarters.
[ Second quarter 2009 Data tables ]
[ earlier data tables ]

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

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - September 20
(includes Early childhood education and care in Canada, 2008 - Released September 15)

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

September 20, 2009

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2008
By Jane Beach, Martha Friendly, Carolyn Ferns, Nina Prabhu, Barry Forer
8th edition, June 2009
(Released September 15, 2009)
This comprehensive report, the 8th edition since 1992, provides key data on child care and kindergarten across Canada. It tracks spaces, finances, quality issues and public policy developments at the provincial/ territorial and federal levels, includes demographic information such as mothers' labour force participation, and identifies trends over time.

* Use the Table of contents to download
or view sections of the publication in PDF format.

* Thirty Quick Facts about Canadian ECEC (PDF - 912K, 4 pages)

* Highlights (media release) (PDF - 22K, 1 page)
September 15, 2009

CRRU Publications order form - to order paper copies of the report ($44)

Earlier editions:

Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada, 2006
Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
Early childhood education and care in Canada 2001
Early childhood education and care in Canada 1998

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There are alternatives! Markets and democratic experimentalism in early childhood education
16 Sep 09
- Report from Peter Moss challenging the market approach to child care provision and suggesting alternatives, moving from a technical to political and ethical discussion.

Child care services: Key to balancing family policy
16 Sep 09
- Presentation from the Human Early Learning Partnership discussing child care and family policy in Canada and British Columbia with international comparisons.

Twenty years of children’s rights
16 Sep 09
- Children in Europe Magazine, Issue 17 focusing on what the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has meant for Europe’s youngest citizens.

Quality support infrastructure in early childhood: Still (mostly) missing
16 Sep 09
- Paper in Early Childhood Research and Practice focusing on the US and the need for adequate infrastructure to support high-quality early care and education.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Report reveals split over Ottawa's role in child care
[CA] 16 Sep 09

· Cash for early learning lags while national interest grows
[CA] 15 Sep 09

· Federal money lags provincial interest in early education and child care, report shows
[CA] 15 Sep 09

· Preschool unavailable to many: report
[CA] 15 Sep 09

· Funding for Canadian childcare slows: Report
[CA] 15 Sep 09

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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

9. 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 content from the Poverty Dispatch:

September 18:
Racial Disparities in Health Care
Job Losses and Homelessness
Increasing Need for Legal Aid - Nevada
State Budget Impasse and Social Services - Pennsylvania
State Unemployment Rates
State Voter ID Law - Indiana

September 17:
Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act
Application Process for Food Stamp Program - Texas
Homeless Survey - Denver, CO
World Bank Report on Global Poverty

September 16:
Unemployment Rates in OECD Countries
ERS Report: Rural America at a Glance
Housing First Program - Seattle, WA
Stimulus Emergency Fund for Needy Families - Louisiana
Children’s Health Insurance Coverage - Michigan
States and Proposed Medicaid Expansion

September 15:
State Unemployment Systems and Jobless Benefits
Funding for Low-income Housing
Child Welfare Education and Training - Louisiana
Study: Achievement Gap - Oregon

September 14:
Poverty Measurement in the US
State Health Insurance Plans - Iowa, Alabama
State Reimbursement of Funeral Expenses - Wisconsin
State Budget Impasse and Social Services - Pennsylvania
Health Care Reform and State Medicaid Budgets

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

- 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

10. Minimum Income Standard (Britain)

Minimum Income Standard (Britain)
- incl. links to:
* Detailed results 2008 * 2009 update * Work in progress * The team * Publications * Links * Join our mailing list * Contact us
A Minimum Income Standard for Britain is an ongoing programme of research to define what level of income is needed to allow a minimum acceptable standard of living in Britain today. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, it is a collaboration between the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) at Loughborough University and the Family Budget Unit at York University. It brings together two approaches to setting budget standards: the "consensual" negotiation of budgets by panels of ordinary people, and budgets based on research evidence and expert judgements. In MIS, members of the public negotiate budgets and experts check these decisions and advise where they think there is a case for amending them. The first results of MIS were posted in July 2008, and the results were updated in July 2009; links to both reports appear below.

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A minimum income standard for Britain:
What people think
(PDF - 236K, 64 pages)
July 2008
By Jonathan Bradshaw et al.
"(...) Poverty is currently being measured in three main ways, but none of these is producing a socially agreed minimum standard.
1. Relative income measures...
2. Measures of deprivation...
3. Budget standards..."

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A minimum income standard
for Britain in 2009
(PDF - 427K, 24 pages)
July 2009
By Donald Hirsch, Abigail Davis and Noel Smith
NOTE: this report appeared in a recent issue of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
but I neglected to include links to the parent organization and the July 2008 report --- both of which appear above.
[Gilles)

Related links:

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
"We seek to understand the root causes of social problems,
to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice."

Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) (Loughborough University)

Family Budget Unit (York University)

Basic Income Earth Network
Founded in 1986, the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) aims to serve as a link between individuals and groups committed to, or interested in, basic income, i.e. an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement, and to foster informed discussion on this topic throughout Europe.

- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm
- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

11. Australian Policy Online

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, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.

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

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

12. CRINMAIL - September 2009
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

17 September 2009 - CRINMAIL 1109
* FRANCE: Children's Ombudsperson at risk of being closed down [news]
* CAMPAIGN: The future of children's rights – in whose hands?
* GLOBAL: Beyond aid: Ensuring adaptation to climate change works for the poor [publication]
* CHILD LABOUR: Child, forced labour behind many products: study [news]
* MACEDONIA: Just a written warning for TV interview with raped child [news]
* UNITED STATES: Adopt Stronger Laws for Child Farmworkers [news]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

15 September 2009 - CRINMAIL 1108
* INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION: Report on Corporal Punishment and the Human Rights of Children and Adolescents [publication]
* VIEWPOINT: Children with intellectual disabilities are still stigmatised and excluded [publication]
* SOMALIA: WFP to shut food centres [news]
* COLOMBIA: Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Colombia [publication]
* DISABILITY: See Me, Hear Me - A guide to using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote the rights of children (Arabic) [publication]
* OPT: UN condemns 'war crimes' in Gaza [report]
* EMPLOYMENT: François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ 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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TWENTY CONTRONYMS

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The word contronym (also antagonym) is used to refer to words that, by some freak of language evolution, are their own antonyms (opposites).
Some examples:

    * apology - admission of fault in what you think, say, or do; formal defense of what you think, say, or do
    * bolt - secure, run away
    * cleave - separate, adhere
    * consult - ask for advice, give advice
    * custom - usual, special
    * deceptively smart - smarter than one appears, dumber than one appears
    * fast - quick, unmoving
    * first degree - most severe (e.g., murder), least severe (e.g., burn)
    * fix - restore, castrate
    * garnish - enhance (e.g., food), curtail (e.g., wages)
    * give out - produce, stop production
    * handicap - advantage, disadvantage
    * left - remaining, departed from
    * off - off, on (e.g., "the alarm went off")
    * oversight - error, care
    * rent - buy use of, sell use of
    * sanction - approve, boycott
    * sanguine - hopeful, murderous (obsolete synonym for "sanguinary")
    * screen - show, hide
    * strike - hit, miss (in baseball)
        

Source:
http://www.rinkworks.com/words/contronyms.shtml
(Cick for 25 more contronyms)

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And, in closing...

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10 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp

http://www.livescience.com/health/090423-sharp-mind.html


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DON'T FORGET!

Income Security for All Canadians:
A Workshop to Explore the Potential for a
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October 1-2, 2009
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