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March 21, 2010

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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...

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Haiti Earthquake

Haiti still needs our help.
Source:
Canadian Red Cross

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Haiti Relief - from the CBC
- links to information resources, more organizations accepting donations

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Not Enough Money: 5-day series on poverty in Manitoba (CBC Manitoba) - March 22-26
2. [Alberta] Disparity Gap Growing Says New Report (Alberta College of Social Workers) - March 19
3. Families Working Shift (Vanier Institute of the Family) - March 15
4.
A made-in-Alberta child-tax benefit would reduce cost of poverty (Edmonton Journal)
- March 16
5. 2008-2009 Annual Report and Farewell (Canadian Policy Research Networks) - January 2010
6.
Ontario news:
--- Driving the Poor Deeper Into Poverty
- March 19

--- Ontario deficit to last into 2017 - March 16
--- Ontario seeks Ottawa's help as welfare cases spike - March 16
--- Have the poor fallen off the agenda? - March 15

7. New from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
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Harper’s "tough-on-crime" bills costly, counterproductive - March 16
--- Austerity is the wrong move : Harperite budget can only prolong the recession - March 11
--- Owning the podium, selling the stadium - March 10
--- Deficit hysteria no excuse to end economic stimulus - March 2
8.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2010 - March 19
--- Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2008/2009 - March 18
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - 4th quarter 2009 - March 16
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost , Fourth quarter 2009 - March 16
--- National balance sheet accounts, fourth quarter 2009 - March 15

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - March 21
10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
11. The U.S. Health Reform Package (update) (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - March 19

12. Australian Policy Online - recent content
13. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)


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.Not Enough Money (5-day series on poverty in Manitoba) - March22-26
(CBC Manitoba)

From CBC Manitoba:

Not Enough Money
Baby food or a bus pass? A TV or a telephone?
About 100,000 Manitobans make these decisions every day. They live below the poverty line. Some are the poorest of the poor in the country.
Who they are and where they live will surprise you.

From March 22-26, CBC Television, Radio and cbc.ca will explore why so many Manitobans struggle with poverty and how they survive with Not Enough Money.
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NOTE: if you click the link above and scroll to the bottom of the page that opens, you'll find "Poverty by Area", a map of the City of Winnipeg showing family income by neighbourhood throughout the city. I *should* say "...a map of Winnipeg that's SUPPOSED to show family income by neighbourhood..." because that's what a Geographic Information System can do, according to Wikipedia. The Winnipeg map on the Not Enough Money page should be called "How NOT to do a GIS Map."
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Making Ends Meet
You don't have much money, but you do have a lot of choices.

Live Chat: Who's accountable?
A round table on poverty.
March 26, 2010

Fighting poverty
What stakeholders and anti-poverty activists say.

Measuring Poverty
Who's to say I am poor?
Looking at the three low-income measures.

Profiles
* Newcomers
- Refugees have a particularly hard time making ends meet.
* Single Parents - Single parents are poorer than their married counterparts.
* The Working Poor - You can work and still be poor.
* The Disabled - Earn about $10,000 a year less than those without a disability.
* Seniors - For many older Manitobans on fixed incomes the "golden years" aren't exactly brilliant.
* Aboriginal people - Manitoba has the largest per capita Aboriginal population in Canada.

Source:
CBC Manitoba

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

2. [Alberta] Disparity Gap Growing Says New Report - March 19
(Alberta College of Social Workers)

Disparity Gap Growing Says New Report
Social Workers Propose New Social Policy Framework for Alberta
News Release
March 19, 2010
Edmonton – Growing disparity in Alberta is resulting in low and middle income families losing ground in both quality of life and standard of living, says a new report commissioned by the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). The ACSW’s Social Policy Framework, prepared by the Parkland Institute, catalogues Alberta’s disparity gap and reveals that the province’s social infrastructure needs significant repair. (...)

Complete report:

CASW Social Policy Framework 2010:
Visioning a More Equitable and Just Alberta
(PDF - 3.4MB, 60 pages)
March 2010
The report shows:
* Wages for Albertans have not kept pace with inflation, and in some years real wages actually dropped. Disposable income per capita in Alberta has stagnated.
* Middle class Albertans increased their incomes only by working more hours per year than anyone else in Canada.
* Alberta’s flat tax, introduced in 2001, has resulted in over $5 billion in lost revenue annually.

Source:
ACSW Disparity Campaign
[ Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)]

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

3. Families Working Shift - March 15
(Vanier Institute of the Family)

Families Working Shift (PDF - 120K, 2 pages)
Fascinating Families #26 - March 2010
March 15, 2010
Shift work is now an integral part of the Canadian economy. In 2005, 28% of workers aged 19 to 64 worked a shift schedule.1 One in four full�time workers (26%) worked shift, while nearly half of part-�time workers (48%) did so. Men made up 63% of all full-time shift workers, whereas women made up almost seven in ten (69%) part-time shift workers.
Source:
Fascinating Families <=== links to all 26 issues in the series!
[ Vanier Institute of the Family ]

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

4. A made-in-Alberta child-tax benefit would reduce cost of poverty - March 16
(Edmonton Journal)

A made-in-Alberta child-tax benefit would reduce cost of poverty
Investment in poor would pay dividends to society, economy

By John Kolkman*
March 16, 2010
Alberta has experienced a modest drop in child and family poverty in recent years due to a strong economy and some reinvestment in social programs. Yet the 2006 federal census, taken at the height of the economic boom, found that 77,595 Alberta children (over one in 10) continued to live in poverty. Moreover, even these modest gains will be put at risk if the Alberta government makes the wrong choices in its upcoming budget. The government of Alberta should consider investing in a refundable child-tax benefit for low and modest income Alberta families. Alberta would thereby join several other provinces that have their own child-tax benefits to supplement federal child tax benefits.
Source:
Edmonton Journal

[ * John Kolkman is research and policy analysis
co-ordinator at the Edmonton Social Planning Council]

Related links:

Child and Family Benefits
- includes links to info about the following programs:
* Canada Child Tax Benefit
* Universal Child Care Benefit
* Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax Credit
* Working Income Tax Benefit
* National Child Benefit Supplement
* Child Disability Benefit
* Provincial and territorial programs
* MORE...
Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

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

5. 2008-2009 Annual Report and Farewell - January 2010
Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)

Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)
Annual Report [2008-2009] - Farewell
(PDF - 1.2MB, 65 pages)
Released 26 Jan 2010
CPRN's final Annual Report, entitled Farewell, summarizes 15 years of contribution to Canada's public policy agenda and highlights the last 18 months of our work. December 23, 2009, was the final day of operations for Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN). All 700+ CPRN policy publications addressing major socioeconomic challenges facing Canadian society will remain accessible and free (for seven years at least), because the CPRN website is now hosted by Carleton University for archival purposes until 2017.

Recommended reading:

"As a tribute to the legacy of quality public policy work produced by CPRN over the last decade and a half, the founding President, Judith Maxwell, and the Current President, Sharon Manson Singer, have co-authored [an] essay highlighting the importance of independent policy research to Canadian democracy and public policy, and the lasting contribution made by CPRN to national public discourse." (A Message from our Presidents)
Source:
Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)
CPRN has been recognized nationally – and internationally – as a champion of citizen engagement and non-partisan socio-economic public policy research and analysis and has produced a wealth of quality evidence-based publications on a wide variety of issues.

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COMMENT:
Like so many Canadians working in the field of social research in some form or another, I was sorry to read the announcement last October concerning the demise of the CPRN. Thanks, CPRN, for your "15-year foray into policy research, dialogues and deliberations" on Canadian policy questions. Your work has made a difference, and your efforts to help make this a better country have been greatly appreciated by social researchers in Canada and elsewhere -- but not by the Conservative Party of Canada.

March 22, 2010 - UPDATE
The CPRN home page appears to be dead at this time. I've sent an email to the nice folks at Carleton University asking for the new online address of the valuable CPRN collection. Stay tuned...
(OR you can simply do a Google search for "Canadian Policy Research Networks" (including the quotation marks) to access the site once it's accessible again via Carleton U.)

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

6. Ontario news:
--- Driving the Poor Deeper Into Poverty
- March 19
--- Ontario deficit to last into 2017 - March 16
--- Ontario seeks Ottawa's help as welfare cases spike - March 16
--- Have the poor fallen off the agenda? - March 15

Driving the Poor Deeper Into Poverty:
The Province and the City of Toronto
Team up to Attack the Special Diet

March 19, 2010
By Liisa Schofield and John Clarke
Since 2005, a large part of OCAP's (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) work has involved organizing to obtain and defend access to a benefit known as the Special Diet Allowance (SDA). Under this, people living on the Province's sub poverty social assistance system who obtain the appropriate diagnoses from a medical provider, can receive up to an additional $250 a month for food. Access to the Special Diet has had to be fought for tooth and nail. Medical providers interested in helping poor people access this benefit are few and far between. (...)
As this is being written, the prospect that the Liberals will use their upcoming Budget to abolish the Special Diet outright is looming very large (see our submission to the pre-budget ‘consultations’ - Feb. 3, 2010).
[ Liisa Schofield and John Clarke are organizers with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. ]
Source:
E-Bulletin No. 329
[ The Bullet Socialist Project ]
The Socialist Project does not propose an easy politics for defeating capitalism or claim a ready alternative to take its place. We oppose capitalism out of necessity and support the resistance of others out of solidarity. This resistance creates spaces of hope, and an activist hope is the first step to discovering a new socialist politics.

Related link:

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people.

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Ontario deficit to last into 2017
March 16, 2010
By Robert Benzie
Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals will have to win two more elections – in 2011 and 2015 -- before Ontario’s record deficit is eliminated under a plan to be unveiled in the March 25 budget.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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Ontario seeks Ottawa's help as welfare cases spike
Province calling for national standard for accessing
Employment Insurance payments as laid-off workers exhaust their federal benefits

March 15, 2009
By Bill Curry
"(...) Ontario in particular is calling on Ottawa to step in with a further expansion of federal EI so that provinces and workers are treated the same no matter where they live in Canada. Because EI is easier to get in regions of historically high unemployment, the province says many Ontarians who lost their jobs during the recession were left out."
Source:
The Globe and Mail

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Goar: Have the poor fallen off the agenda?
March 15, 2010
By Carol Goar
"(...) As budget day approaches, anti-poverty groups aren't expecting much. They know times are tough. They know education, not poverty reduction, is McGuinty's priority. They know the poor are always told to wait when there is a deficit. They'd like to trust the premier. But all the harbingers look bleak.
Source:
Toronto Star

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

7. New from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
--- Harper’s "tough-on-crime" bills costly, counterproductive - March 16
--- Austerity is the wrong move : Harperite budget can only prolong the recession - March 11
--- Owning the podium, selling the stadium - March 10
--- Deficit hysteria no excuse to end economic stimulus - March 2

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Harper’s "tough-on-crime" bills costly, counterproductive
By Paula Mallea
March 16, 2010
The Harper government is reintroducing its proposed “tough-on-crime” laws that were killed when Harper prorogued Parliament in January. These crime bills, if passed, will result in the lengthy incarceration of hundreds of additional offenders under harsh conditions. Many Canadians approve. Fine, they say—whatever it takes to get the crime wave under control. But there is no crime wave.

Austerity is the wrong move
Harperite budget can only prolong the recession

By Mel Watkins
March 11, 2010
The Harper government's economic policy, as enunciated in the Throne Speech and the Budget, is properly described by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as "stay the course" or business-as-usual (that is, what business wants business gets). That is, we are offered more of the same old neo-liberalism and globalization with wealth for the few and austerity for the many — with only a brief panic-stricken Keynesian moment — that got us into the messes we're in.

Owning the podium, selling the stadium
By Bruce Campbell
March 10, 2010
The Harper government portrays itself as standing up for Canada, but it is preparing a major selloff of Canadian interests that will compromise our cultural sovereignty, national identity and national security. In the Speech from the Throne, the Harper government signaled its intent to throw open the doors of foreign ownership in three strategic, previously protected, sectors: telecommunications, satellites and uranium.

Deficit hysteria no excuse to end economic stimulus
By Hugh Mackenzie
March 2, 2010
As Canada's recession winds down, there is growing talk of housing and debt bubbles but there is an even bigger bubble that's set to burst. It's the Harper government bubble – that carefully crafted, out-of-touch universe our Prime Minister has been living in since recession threw hundreds of thousands of Canadians out of work.

- Go to the 2010 Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2010.htm

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2010 - March 19
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Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2008/2009 - March 18
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - 4th quarter 2009 - March 16
--- Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost , Fourth quarter 2009
- March 16
--- National balance sheet accounts, fourth quarter 2009
- March 15

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

March 19, 2010
Consumer Price Index, February 2010
Consumer prices rose 1.6% in the 12 months to February, following a 1.9% increase in January. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.1% in February.

Related report:

The Consumer Price Index February 2010
PDF version (518K, 67 pages)
HTML version - Table of contents with links to each of the following sections of the report:
1. Highlights 2. Briefing notes 3. Analysis 4. Tables 5. Charts 6. Data quality, concepts and methodology 7. Appendices 8. User information 9. Related products

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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

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March 18, 2010
Legal Aid 2008/2009
Data resource and caseload statistics for legal aid in Canada are now available for 2008/2009. The data summarized in the tables are drawn from the Legal Aid Survey, which is conducted annually on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31).

Related report:

Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2008/2009
March 2010
PDF version
(534K, 128 pages)
HTML version - Table of contents with links to each of the following sections of the report:
* Highlights * Tables * Data quality, concepts and methodology * Appendices * User information * Related products

Selected Highlights:
* In 2008/2009, legal aid plans spent approximately $730 million on providing legal aid services in 11 provinces and territories, which amounts to approximately $22 for every Canadian. After adjusting for inflation, legal aid spending was up about 6% from the previous year.
* The majority of legal aid plans spend more on criminal matters than civil matters. Quebec and Ontario were exceptions...
* Legal aid in Canada is funded primarily by governments, both provincial/territorial and federal.
* Provincial and territorial governments directly fund both criminal and civil legal aid.
* The federal government contributes directly to the cost of criminal legal aid.
* Approved applications for criminal and civil matters both increased by about 6% in comparison to the previous year.
* In the reporting provinces and territories, just over 10,000 lawyers from both the private sector and legal aid plans provided legal aid assistance in 2008/2009, representing a decline of 8% from the previous year. Much of the decline can be attributed to a drop in the number of private lawyers providing legal aid assistance in Ontario. 4 Private lawyers accounted for 87% of lawyers providing legal aid services (Table 20).

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Related subjects:
* Crime and justice
* Legal aid

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Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review
Fourth quarter 2009

March 16, 2010
- incl. links to 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
NOTE: for each of the above topics, you'll find links to highlights, tables and products

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Related link:
Canadian economic accounts, fourth quarter 2009 and December 2009
March 1, 2010 (includes links to six related tables)

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March 16, 2010
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost
Fourth quarter 2009
The labour productivity of Canadian businesses grew 1.4% in the fourth quarter, the first increase since the third quarter of 2008. This marks the highest quarterly growth rate since the first quarter of 1998.

Related subjects
o Economic accounts
o Productivity accounts
o Labour
o Hours of work and work arrangements
o Wages, salaries and other earnings

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March 15, 2010
National balance sheet accounts, fourth quarter 2009
National net worth edged up 0.3% to $6 trillion in the fourth quarter, after declines in the previous three quarters. Household net worth rose 1.6%.
Household net worth per capita grew to $172,600 during the fourth quarter.

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The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - March 21

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

March 21, 2010

What's new online

Child care costs across Canada
18 Mar 10
- Article from Today's Parent magazine reports results of an online survey of parents about child care fees and their feelings about the quality of the child care centres.

Moving to a system of integrated early care and learning in BC
17 Mar 10
- Project from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC examines the relationship between "full school-day kindergarten for 4 and 5 year olds and BC's existing child care services".

Outdoor preschool - Norway
17 Mar 10
- Video from Journeyman Pictures focuses on an outdoor preschool in the northern Norwegian town of Tromso where, every day, children learn in nature.

Enhancing learning of children from diverse language backgrounds: Mother tongue-based bilingual or multilingual education in early childhood and early primary school years
17 Mar 10
- Report from University of Victoria's Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships centre for UNESCO.

More What's New Online

Child care in the news

· Zerbisias: Child care still big stumbling block
[CA]
17 Mar 10

· Ontario's $63.5 million child care question
[CA-ON]
16 Mar 10

· Stephen Harper asked about child care during Youtube interview
16 Mar 10

· Reconsider daycare closure
[CA-ON]
16 Mar 10

· B.C. government won't divulge details of preschool plan
[CA-BC]
14 Mar 10

· McGuinty Liberals created daycare woes
[CA-ON]
13 Mar 10

· Porter: More men needed to fill the gap in daycare
[CA]
13 Mar 10

· Escalating child care costs worry city
[CA-ON]
13 Mar 10

· Child-care funding pays dividends
[CA-ON]
11 Mar 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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Links to child care
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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

10. 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 19:
Children's Health Insurance Program - Arizona
All-day Kindergarten - Arizona
College Financial Aid
Hospitals and Tax Exemptions for Charity Care
Poor States and HPV Vaccinations

March 18:
New York State Poverty Report
State Prison Populations
Education Reform and Rural Schools

March 17:
Unemployment Rate - United Kingdom
Unemployment and Jobless Benefits - Virginia
Economic Development Incentive Program - Massachusetts

March 16:
Displaced Earthquake Victims - Haiti
Hunger and Obesity
Low-income Home Weatherization Program - Ohio
For-profit Colleges and Trade Schools
State Cuts to Programs for the Poor - New Jersey
State Medicaid Cuts
Medical-Legal Partnerships - California
Unemployment and Health Insurance Coverage - California
Unemployment Insurance Fund - Wisconsin

March 15:
Food Stamp Application Process - Maryland
Child Welfare System and Poverty - Washington

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

- 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

11. The U.S. Health Reform Package - an update - March 19
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Democrats expect U.S. health reform to pass on Sunday
By Sheldon Alberts
March 21, 2010
WASHINGTON - Energized and exuding confidence after a weekend pep talk from President Barack Obama, Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives claimed they'll have the votes to pass landmark legislation on Sunday to overhaul the American health-care system. (...) The prediction of victory - which only a few days ago seemed very much in doubt - followed a whirlwind 72 hours of backroom negotiating, cajoling and political arm-twisting that swayed holdout Democrats who had withheld their support out of skepticism about flaws in the $940-billion legislation.
Source:
Montreal Gazette

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From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Health Reform Package Represents Historic Chance to Expand Coverage, Improve Insurance Markets, Slow Cost Growth, and Reduce Deficits
By Sarah Lueck, January Angeles, Paul N. Van de Water, Edwin Park, and Judith Solomon
March 19, 2010
“The health reform legislation now before Congress represents a historic opportunity to make significant progress in three critical areas:
* expanding the availability and affordability of health coverage,
* instituting much-needed improvements to the flawed health insurance marketplace, and
* taking steps to slow the relentless growth in health care costs.

“Not only would this legislation produce the greatest gains in health coverage since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid 45 years ago and provide stability and security for tens of millions of Americans who now have health insurance, its costs are also fully offset and would reduce budget deficits by $138 billion over ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.”

View the full report:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3126
http://www.cbpp.org/files/3-19-10health.pdf
(PDF - 6 pages)

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington)
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty.

Related link:

Health care reform in the United States
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

12. Australian Policy Online - recent content

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

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

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

13. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

18 March 2010 - CRINMAIL 1158: Special edition on child rights in Africa
* African Committee: Session 15
* African Committee's work gathers steam with civil society support
* The African Committee: Factfile 2010
* Special session on violence against children
* From the Frontline: Interviews with Ms. Seynabou Ndiaye Diakhaté
* Employment: African Child Policy Forum
**News in brief**
**Quiz**

16 March 2010 - CRINMAIL 1157
* GLOBAL: Twelfth UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [event]
* MALAYSIA: Government flouting Child Act says Bar Council [news]
* BAHRAIN: Weak laws for rapists [news]
* ITALY: The wrong answer: 'Nomad Plan' violates the housing rights of Roma [publication]
* NIGERIA: Trafficking convictions up but progress slow [news]
* CARIBBEAN: Region's youth worry about galloping crime [publication]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Sweden - MENA and Arigatou International
**NEWS IN BRIEF*

11 March 2010 - CRINMAIL 1156- Special edition on the Human Rights Council
* Child rights news from the 13th session
* Side events
* NGO statements
* Interviews
* Other news

9 March 2010 - CRINMAIL 1155
* NIGERIA: Investigate massacre, step up patrols [news]
* HONDURAS: Inter-American Commission condemns repression against activists and their children [news]
* PARTICIPATION: How to support children and young people's campaigning [publication]
* MACEDONIA: Speak out against violence, urges new campaign [news]
* INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION: Session 138 [event]
* ASIA: 2010 Grant for Democracy and Human Rights [news]
* FROM THE FRONTLINE: Paul Mason, Commissioner for Children, Tasmania [interview]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ 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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Sixteen Engrish Signs

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs...


In a Nairobi restaurant:
CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER.

On the grounds of a private school:
NO TRESPASSING WITHOUT PERMISSION.

On an Athi River highway:
TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE.

On a poster at Kencom:
ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO, WE CAN HELP.

In a City restaurant:
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AND WEEKENDS.

A sign seen on an automatic restroom hand dryer:
DO NOT ACTIVATE WITH WET HANDS.

In a Pumwani maternity ward:
NO CHILDREN ALLOWED.

In a cemetery:
PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.

Sign in men's rest room in Japan:
TO STOP LEAK TURN COCK TO THE RIGHT.

Tokyo hotel's rules and regulations:
GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMIKE OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS IN BED.

Hotel notice, Tokyo:
IS FORBIDDEN TO STEAL HOTEL TOWELS PLEASE. IF YOU ARE NOT A PERSON TO DO SUCH A THING IS PLEASE NOT TO READ NOTIS.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR.

In a Tokyo bar:
SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.

In a Bankok temple:
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN EVEN A FOREIGNER IF DRESSED AS A MAN.

Hotel room notice, Chiang-Mai, Thailand:
PLEASE DO NOT BRING SOLICITORS INTO YOUR ROOM

Hotel brochure, Italy:
THIS HOTEL IS RENOWNED FOR ITS PEACE AND SOLITUDE. IN FACT, CROWDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FLOCK HERE TO ENJOY ITS SOLITUDE.

Source:
I can't remember, but if you like these, you MUST visit the Engrish website:
http://www.engrish.com/




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And, in closing...

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Every kid's worst nightmare:
My Mom's on Facebook (video)
http://music.todaysbigthing.com/2010/03/17


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Google Fast Flip
http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/


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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
http://watch.ctv.ca/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart/
My favourite "news" anchor!!

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A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/tutorial_sites.php