Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 21, 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 2,723 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Money for nothing : What effect would guaranteed annual income have on employers? (Canadian HR Reporter) - September 5
2. NDP MP Romeo Saganash's Speech On Murdered, Missing Aboriginal Women Silences House (The Canadian Press) - September 19
3. Plans to cut parental programs draw scorn in Quebec (Globe and Mail) - September 16
4. Brigit's Notes - Le Bloc-notes de Brigit (September 2014 - septembre 2014) (Canadian Women's Health Network - Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes)
5. Action for Seniors (Employment and Social Development Canada) - September 10
6. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - September 17 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

7. Poverty and the provincial election - September 16 - The New Brunswick Provincial Election is September 22
8. Federal cuts force child-care, welfare groups to crowdfund (CBC News) - September 15
9. Social Assistance Rates Update (eff. September/October 2014) : Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program and the Ontario Child Benefit (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
10. [Canada] Bill tabled to ban refugees from social assistance (Toronto Star) - September 11
11. [Canada] A Petition of Academics Against the Canada Revenue Agency Audit of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Progressive Economics Forum) - September 11
12.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2014 -
September 19
--- Employment Insurance, July 2014 - September 18
--- Population projections: Canada, the provinces and territories, 2013 to 2063 - September 17
--- StatCan Blog, September 2014 : Projecting the population - September 17
--- Health Reports, September 2014 : Positive mental health and mental illness - September 17
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in June 2014 - September 16
--- Productivity: What Is It? How Is It Measured? What Has Canada's Performance Been Over the Period 1961 to 2012? - September 16

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

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [United States] Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013 (Census Bureau) - September 16
16. [New Zealand]
Universal Income Trust
17. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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

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Pause for reflection...
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Source:
Gahan Wilson

http://gahanwilson.net/


1. Money for nothing : What effect would guaranteed annual income have on employers? - September 5
(Canadian HR Reporter)

Money for nothing : What effect would guaranteed annual income have on employers? (PDF - 338K, 4 pages)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Money-for-Nothing.pdf
By Liz Bernier
September 5, 2014

For most, earning an extra $10,000 or $15,000 per year sounds like a pretty good bonus. It sounds even better if it’s an income bump that’s earned not by slaving away nine-to-five but handed out — no strings attached — simply for being a Canadian. While it sounds like an impossible dream, it’s one potential incarnation of basic income. Also referred to as guaranteed annual income, basic income generally refers to the idea of an income supplement that’s not earned or tied to any specific activity, such as being employed. Numerous models of the idea have been proposed, some more drastic than others.

Source:
This article appeared in
Canadian HR Reporter
[ http://www.hrreporter.com/ ] on September 8, 2014.

Posted on Open Policy (John Stapleton's website):
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

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

2. DP MP Romeo Saganash's Speech On Murdered, Missing Aboriginal Women Silences House - September 19
(The Canadian Press)

Romeo Saganash's Speech On Murdered, Missing Aboriginal Women Silences House
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/09/19/romeo-saganash-speech_n_5851666.html
September 19, 2014
OTTAWA - NDP MP Romeo Saganash's remarks to the House of Commons on Friday about the need for an inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women:

"Indigenous women experience more violence because they are indigenous and because they are women. Amnesty International found that indigenous women are most likely to die before non-indigenous women in this country, and are more likely to die violently."

- includes a link to a seven-minute video of the complete speech by MP Saganash in the House of Commons.

Source:
The Canadian Press

http://www.thecanadianpress.com/

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

3. Plans to cut parental programs draw scorn in Quebec - September 16
(Globe and Mail)

Plans to cut parental programs draw scorn in Quebec
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/plans-to-cut-parental-programs-draw-scorn-in-quebec/article20635161/
September 16, 2014
Trial balloons filled the skies over Quebec’s National Assembly with the launch of the fall session and reports that Philippe Couillard’s government is planning cuts to sacred provincial programs.

The province appears poised to end the province’s $7 daily fee for the public daycare system, drastically cut benefits in Quebec’s parental leave program, and slash spending on education, including money for school boards, milk programs and books, according to recent reports from anonymous sources. Details remain scant on what the government actually wants to do and whether main purpose of the leaks is to reduce expectations.

14 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/plans-to-cut-parental-programs-draw-scorn-in-quebec/article20635161/comments/

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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

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

4. Brigit's Notes - Le Bloc-notes de Brigit (September 2014 - septembre 2014)
(Canadian Women's Health Network - Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes)

Brigit's Notes - Le Bloc-notes de Brigit
September 2014 - septembre 2014

http://goo.gl/9qoegY

In this issue:
* Dear friends of the CWHN:
Summer’s over …and we’re still here! Despite only being able to operate on a bare bones budget (deftly managed by our Board’s Finance Committee), we are intent on keeping the CWHN alive. Please remember us generously in your end-of-year giving. You will be rewarded with an income tax receipt and continued current news, information and worthwhile projects from Canada’s only national women’s health network.
* Donation and Zonta Club of Victoria Challenge!
* Healthsharing magazine is online and searchable!
* Featured resources
* Upcoming events/calls
* More...
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Dans cette édition:
* Chères et chers amis du RCSF:
C'est la fin de l'été et nous sommes toujours là ! Malgré le fait que nous soyons obligées de fonctionner avec un budget squelettique (que gère adroitement le comité des finances de notre conseil d'administration), nous sommes déterminées à maintenir le RCSF en vie. Pensez à nous lorsque vous ferez vos dons de fin d'année. En plus de recevoir un reçu pour vos impôts, vous pourrez continuer à vous tenir au courant de l'actualité, découvrir nos projets louables et obtenir des renseignements du seul réseau pancanadien consacré à la santé des femmes.
* Les dons généreux au cours de l'été
* « Healthsharing » en ligne !
* Ressources presentées
* Événements / appels présentés
* Et encore...

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network
http://www.cwhn.ca/
The Canadian Women’s Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations.

Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes
http://www.cwhn.ca/fr
Le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes (RCSF) a été créé en 1993 en tant qu'organisme pancanadien bénévole dans le but d'améliorer la santé et la vie des filles et des femmes au Canada et dans le monde entier, et ce, en recueillant, en produisant, en diffusant et en partageant des connaissances, des idées, des données éducatives, de l'information, des ressources, des stratégies et des sources d'inspiration.

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

5. Action for Seniors - September 10
(Employment and Social Development Canada)

Action for Seniors (PDF - 2.3MB, 28 pages)
http://www.seniors.gc.ca/build/theme-sc-ac/pdf/action_report_for_seniors.pdf
September 10, 2014

This report is a comprehensive information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families, and caregivers ranging from help to combat elder abuse to government support such as ensuring seniors' financial security.
* Implement changes to income security programs to reflect the modern reality of how Canadians choose to live, work and retire
* Introduce new, and support ongoing programs that help seniors continue to be active members of their communities, through paid or volunteer work
* Support initiatives that help seniors remain in their homes as long as possible
* Invest in research and programs that support and promote good health while aging
* Undertake activities to raise awareness of elder abuse and help prevent it

Source:
Seniors.gc.ca
http://www.seniors.gc.ca/

Action for Seniors is an initiative of
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/

Found in the September 17 issue of SPARmonitor
(see the link under the red horizontal bar below)

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

- Go to the Employment and Social Development Canada Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/esdc.htm

6. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - September 17 (2014) issue
[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 issue of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : September 17 (2014) - issue 138 (PDF - 175K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_138.pdf
September 17, 2014

This issue covers the following:

Ø Action for Seniors
Ø Realizing our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy 2014-2019.
Ø The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations
Ø Activation of Youthworks Employment Toolkit
Ø What Now? Addressing the Burden of Canada’s Slow-Growth Recovery
Ø The Parenting Gap
Ø Teacher Incentive Pay that Works
Ø Waiting Lists Survey 2014Source:
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#spar
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this site, 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. Poverty and the NB provincial election - September 16
The New Brunswick Provincial Election
is September 22.

New Brunswick Provincial Election - September 22, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-votes-2014
New Brunswick voters will be going to the polls on Sept. 22 to elect members to the Legislative Assembly.

From the New Brunswick
Common Front for Social Justice:
http://www.frontnb.ca/

Poverty and the provincial election.
What the political parties are proposing
(small PDF file, 4 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Provincial%20Elections-News%20conference%20text-Sept_%2016,%202014-final.pdf
September 16, 2014
News conference
[Version française : http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/%C3%89lections%20provinciales-Texte%20de%20presse-16%20sept_%202014.pdf ]

Political parties’ electoral platform and poverty (small PDF file - 5 pages)
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Pol_%20Parties%20Election%20Platform-Sept%202014%20-final-.pdf
September 2014
[Version française : http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Parti-pol%20et%20pauvret%C3%A9-Tableau.pdf ]

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- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

8. Federal cuts force child-care, welfare groups to crowdfund - September 15
(CBC News)

Federal cuts force child-care, welfare groups to crowdfund
Childcare unit latest federally cut group to crowdfund

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/federal-cuts-force-child-care-welfare-groups-to-crowdfund-1.2755899
By Amber Hildebrandt
September 15, 2014
How many infant day-care spaces exist in Canada? How much do the country’s poorest receive in welfare income? Are freshwater fish harmed by cleaning products? For decades, the federal government paid to answer these questions. Now, non-profit groups are asking the public for donations in a desperate bid to save the data from extinction.
(...)
Toronto-based Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) — is in the final week of its months-long campaign to raise $25,000 to publish its biennial report on childcare and has reached half of its goal. (...) CRRU Executive Director Martha Friendly remains optimistic, but stresses that the non-profit shouldn’t be in the position of fundraising in the first place. (...) The head of the Canadian Child Care Federation, who uses CRRU’s biennial report, calls the data “absolutely vital.”
(...)
For nearly 20 years, the federal government funded the unit, paying for it to nationally house research on childcare and also publish a report detailing how the provinces and territories, responsible for early childhood education but partially funded by Ottawa, were performing. In 2007, the Conservative government shut off the tap.

525 Comments
- Scroll down to the bottom of the text.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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

9. Social Assistance Rates Update (eff. September/October 2014) :Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program and the Ontario Child Benefit
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

New from the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Social Assistance Rates Update (eff. September/October 2014):
Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program and the Ontario Child Benefit

http://incomesecurity.org/documents/OWandODSPratesandOCBasofSeptOct2014.pdf
[ Version française : http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OW-and-ODSP-rates-and-OCB-as-of-July-Aug-2014-french.doc ]
The 2014 provincial Budget increased Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates. Different family types will receive different increases. This chart shows Basic Needs and Maximum Shelter amounts for different family types, as well as Ontario Child Benefit amounts. The increases come into effect starting on the September 30 ODSP cheque and the October 1 OW cheque. These and other rate increases are described on the second page of the file.

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

10. Bill tabled to ban refugees from social assistance - September 14
(Toronto Star)

[Canada] Bill tabled to ban refugees from social assistance
http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2014/09/14/bill_tabled_to_ban_refugees_from_social_assistance.html
September 14, 2014
A Conservative MP's private member bill is quietly making its way through the legislature and, if passes, could exclude refugees from accessing help.
(...)
Bill C-585 [ http://goo.gl/sjTW9f ], which is before Parliament for second reading later this month, would allow provinces to individually impose residency requirements for eligibility for social assistance benefits and restrict access to those benefits by refugees.
(...)
Currently, the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act, which lays out the terms of the Canada Social Transfer, stipulates that a province may not impose a minimum period of residency to restrict eligibility for social assistance — or it will risk losing some or all of its social transfer payments. The condition is meant to ensure that a national standard is in place to support those in need of help. Embedding such a major change in a private member’s bill has irked antipoverty and refugee advocates because such bills, as opposed to government bills, are less transparent and undergo less scrutiny; they’re usually put forward to address issues of regional significance.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

11. A Petition of Academics Against the Canada Revenue Agency Audit of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - September 11
(Progressive Economics Forum)

Update: A Petition of Academics Against the Canada Revenue Agency Audit of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2014/09/11/a-petition-of-academics-against-the-ccpa-audit/
September 11, 2014
[
A guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia and Louis-Philippe Rochon.]
After learning that the Canada Revenue Agency is auditing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on the grounds that it allegedly engages in politically partisan, biased and one-sided research activity, a number of university professors have drawn up an open letter asking the Minister of National Revenue place a moratorium on its audits of all the various think-tanks that claim charitable status, until such time when truly neutral criteria can be implemented in the selection and conduct of fair, transparent and even-handed periodic audits. Audits should be focused on the financial management and integrity of the organization, not on the content of the research it conducts. Why single out only one such research centre that happens to be more critical of government policy?
(...)
We ... strongly urge the CRA to put a moratorium on its audits of think tanks, until such time as a truly neutral criteria and auditing process are implemented to ensure neutrality and fairness, and to ensure that the audit process does not silence dissenting voices.

Related links:

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

Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector / Charity Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2014 -
September 19
--- Employment Insurance, July 2014 - September 18
--- Population projections: Canada, the provinces and territories, 2013 to 2063 - September 17
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StatCan Blog, September 2014 : Projecting the population - September 17
--- Health Reports, September 2014 : Positive mental health and mental illness - September 17
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in June 2014 - September 16
--- Productivity: What Is It? How Is It Measured? What Has Canada's Performance Been Over the Period 1961 to 2012? - September 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 ]

September 19, 2014
Consumer Price Index, August 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140919/dq140919a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 2.1% in the 12 months to August, matching the increase in July. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% in August, after decreasing 0.1% in July.

September 18, 2014
Employment Insurance, July 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140918/dq140918b-eng.htm
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in July totalled 499,300, little changed from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of beneficiaries decreased 2.9% or 14,900.

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

September 17, 2014
Population projections: Canada, the provinces and territories, 2013 to 2063
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140917/dq140917a-eng.htm
According to all projection scenarios, the Canadian population would continue to grow over the next 50 years, reaching between 40.0 million and 63.5 million people by 2063.

September 17, 2014
StatCan Blog, September 2014:
Projecting the population
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/ptp
It's more crystal clear thinking than crystal balls when the experts in Statistics Canada's Demography Division project what this country's population might be 25 or 50 years down the road. The September 2014 edition of the StatCan Blog looks at the process involved in coming up with solid, fact-based population projections for Canada and its provinces and territories.According to all projection scenarios, the Canadian population would continue to grow over the next 50 years, reaching between 40.0 million and 63.5 million people by 2063.

Earlier StatCan Blogs
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog-blogue

September 17, 2014
Health Reports, September 2014:
Positive mental health and mental illness

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140917/dq140917c-eng.htm
Based on results of the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health, 76.9% of Canadians aged 15 or older were categorized as having flourishing mental health. That is, they generally felt good about and functioned well in daily life. A further 1.5% were classified as languishing (low positive emotions, low positive functioning), while 21.6% were in moderate mental health (neither flourishing nor languishing).

September 16, 2014
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in June 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140916/dq140916b-eng.htm
Canadian businesses reported 235,000 job vacancies in June, up 15,000 compared with 12 months earlier. For every job vacancy, there were 5.8 unemployed people, down slightly from 6.2 in June 2013, the result of more job vacancies.

Available in CANSIM:
Table 284-0001 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=284-0001&p2=31
Table 284-0003 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=284-0003&p2=31

September 15, 2014
The Canadian Productivity Review:
Productivity: What Is It? How Is It Measured? What Has Canada's Performance Been Over the Period 1961 to 2012?
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/15-206-x/15-206-x2014038-eng.htm
From the Introduction:
The productivity program at Statistics Canada produces a range of summary statistics on productivity and an industry database composed of outputs and inputs. The program also produces analysis that provides the public with an understanding of the portfolio of products and background issues.

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

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

13. 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

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

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

Update on Child Care 2020: Canada’s fourth national child care policy conference
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/update-child-care-2020-canada%E2%80%99s-fourth-national-child-care-
17 Sep 2014 | Canada

Child care and the Scottish referendum
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/child-care-and-scottish-referendum
17 Sep 2014 | Europe
Child care has become a major issue in the run-up to Scotland's referendum on independence, set for 18 Sept 2014. CRRU has collected reports, commentary and news media about this development.

Early childhood education and care: Working conditions and training opportunities
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/early-childhood-education-and-care-working-conditions-and-t
17 Sep 2014 | International
Working paper from Eurofound aims to provide information about the working conditions and in-service training opportunities of early childhood education and care (ECEC) workers and to describe how these factors are linked to outcomes for children.

Caring for children in Europe: How childcare, parental leave and flexible working arrangements interact in Europe
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/caring-children-europe-how-childcare-parental-leave-and-fle
17 Sep 2014 | Europe
Brief from European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) sheds light on the complex and multi-layered aspects of reconciliation of paid work and care for children and to inform policy and decision makers across the EU about current child care trends and policy developments.

Transformative change and real utopias in early childhood education. A story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/09/transformative-change-and-real-utopias-early-childhood-educ
17 Sep 2014 | International
In his newest book, Peter Moss contests two stories, both infused by neoliberal thinking, that dominate early childhood policy making today, 'the story of quality and high returns' and 'the story of markets'. Moss then offers alternative stories of 'democracy, experimentation and potentiality' while urging for transformative change in ECEC systems.

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

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

Martha Friendly on universal child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/martha-friendly-universal-child-care
17 Sep 2014 | Canada

Pokie palaces running childcare: how bizarre ideas suddenly become credible
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/pokie-palaces-running-childcare-how-bizarre-ideas-suddenly-become-cr
17 Sep 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Clubs offer childcare in exchange for pokie profit tax break
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/clubs-offer-childcare-exchange-pokie-profit-tax-break
17 Sep 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Ontario’s full-day kindergarten splits classes – and raises concerns
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/ontario%E2%80%99s-full-day-kindergarten-splits-classes-%E2%80%93-and-raises-concerns
17 Sep 2014 | Ontario

Plans to cut parental programs draw scorn in Quebec
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/09/plans-cut-parental-programs-draw-scorn-quebec
17 Sep 2014 | Quebec

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
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/

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:

September 19, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/19/
SNAP Work Requirements
Foster Youth and High School Graduation
Child Mortality and Hunger in Developing Nations (2 articles)
Health Insurance Coverage in the US (2 articles)
Public Housing Eviction Policies
State-Level Income Inequality (3 articles)

September 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/18/
State Minimum Wage – Oregon

September 17, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/17/
States and Cuts to SNAP

September 16, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/16/
Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013 (6 articles)

September 15, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/15/
Middle-Class Income by County

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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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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

15. [United States] Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013 - September 16
(Census Bureau)

NEW from the
United States Census Bureau:

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-169.html
September 16, 2014
News Release
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006, while there was no statistically significant change in either the number of people living in poverty or real median household income. In addition, the poverty rate for children under 18 declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000. The results for the nation were compiled from information collected in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement [ http://goo.gl/oCZyGf ].

The nation’s official poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15.0 percent in 2012. The 45.3 million people living at or below the poverty line in 2013, for the third consecutive year, did not represent a statistically significant change from the previous year’s estimate. Median household income in the United States in 2013 was $51,939; the change in real terms from the 2012 median of $51,759 was not statistically significant. This is the second consecutive year that the annual change was not statistically significant, following two consecutive annual declines.

The percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire 2013 calendar year was 13.4 percent; this amounted to 42.0 million people.

These findings are contained in two reports (see links below):
* Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013,
and
* Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013.

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Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013
Current Population Reports
(PDF - 1.7MB, 72 pages)
https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/demo/p60-249.pdf
September 2014
Summary of findings:
• Real median household income in 2013 was not statistically different from the 2012 median income.
• The official poverty rate decreased between 2012 and 2013, while the number in poverty in 2013 was not statistically different from 2012.

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Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013
Poulation reports
(PDF - 1.1MB, 28 pages)
http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/demo/p60-250.pdf
September 16, 2014
Health insurance is a means for financing a person’s health care expenses. While the majority of people have private health insurance coverage, primarily through an employer, many others obtain health insurance through programs offered by the government. Other individuals do not have health insurance at all. This report presents statistics on health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement [ http://goo.gl/oCZyGf ] and the 2013 American Community Survey (http://www.census.gov/acs/www/). Estimates from both surveys, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, reflect health insurance coverage during the year 2013.

Selected Highlights:
• In 2013, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire calendar year was 13.4 percent, or 42.0 million.
• The percentage of people with health insurance for all or part of 2013 was 86.6 percent.
• In 2013, the majority of individuals, 64.2 percent, were covered by private health insurance.

The largest single type of health insurance in 2013 was employment-based health insurance, which covered 53.9 percent of the population.

Source:
United States Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/

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From The White House:

Five Key points in Today's
Report from the Census Bureau:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/16/income-poverty-and-health-insurance-united-states-2013
September 16, 2014
1. The overall poverty rate declined to 14.5 percent in 2013 due to the largest one-year drop in child poverty since 1966.
2. Real median income for family households rose by $603 in 2013 but remains below pre-crisis levels.
3. While still too wide, the gender pay gap narrowed slightly in 2013, with the female-to-male earnings ratio climbing above 78 percent for the first time on record.
4. Children and the elderly were much more likely than non-elderly adults to have health insurance coverage in 2013, reflecting the contributions of public programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
5. The data released today by the Census Bureau cover the calendar year 2013, and so do not reflect the notable improvement in the labor market seen over the first eight months of 2014.

Source: The White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

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From Huffington Post.com:

2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiziana-dearing/2013-census-data-on-pover_b_5830404.html
September 17, 2014
So where should we invest? In training for the knowledge economy, small scale manufacturing in cities and a "green" workforce that puts people in jobs while turning our country energy independent. Protect non-cash programs like SNAP and EITC, scale them up and model other interventions after them. Create public policies that build assets for non-stock holders, using mechanisms like matched savings, other tax credits and asset-based welfare.

Source:
Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

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From CLASP:

New Census Data Tell Us That Poverty Fell in 2013:
Children and Young Adults Still Face the Greatest Risks
http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/2014.09.16-Census-Bureau-Poverty-Data-Report-FINAL.pdf
September 16, 2014
According to 2013 Census data released today, the overall poverty rate fell by half a percentage point, to 14.5 percent. Poverty for children fell by nearly 2 percentage points. Yet children (especially young children) once again experienced the highest rates of poverty in the United States. Young adults were close behind. Four years after the Great Recession officially ended, nearly one in five children and young adults lived in poverty.
NOTE : Skip to the bottom of the article for links to 25+ related resources.

Also from CLASP:

2013 Poverty Data: A Glimpse of Good News for Children, But We Can Do Better
http://www.clasp.org/issues/child-care-and-early-education/in-focus/2013-poverty-data-a-glimpse-of-good-news-for-children-but-we-can-do-better
September 16, 2014
By Hannah Matthews
For the first time since 2000, the overall child poverty rate fell, according to U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey (CPS) data released today on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the year 2013. This is good news. The numbers indicate a return from the extraordinarily high child poverty rates experienced during the depths of the recession. But these decreases don’t diminish the unacceptably high number of children still living in poor families, particularly our youngest children and Black and Hispanic children

Source:
CLASP - Solutions that work for low-income people
http://www.clasp.org/
Since 1969, CLASP has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country's most effective voices for low income people.

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September 16, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/09/16/
Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013 (6 articles)
Source:
Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch

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

16. Universal Income Trust (New Zealand)

Universal Income Trust (New Zealand) - ADDED SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
http://www.uitrustnz.org/
We are a nonprofit certified charitable educational Trust, dedicated to the promotion of economic rights, and formally established in February of 1998. We evolved from the works of people from the grass roots movement now called "UUI (Unconditional Universal Income) Action".
- includes links to the following sections of the website:
* Environment * Human Rights * Poverty * Networks * Violence * Links * Economics * Resources * UI Systems

Universal Income Systems Explained
http://uitrustnz.org/ui_systems.htm
Contents:
* Universal Income Systems: Defined
* Human Rights Parameters
* Understanding Democratic "Sovereignty" as a Job and Legal Mandate for Universal Income Systems from International Bill of Human Rights.
* Human Rights Laws Supercede National Statute Laws
* Principles of Horizontal and Vertical Equity
* Synopsis: what recent legal developments have for UI systems
* Some key precedents for a UI in Aotearoa NZ
* Appendix: Key Human Rights Laws
* Footnotes

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm


17. 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):

17 September 2014 - CRINmail issue 1395
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1395
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Legality doubts over mandatory migrant detention
- Hundreds of children with learning disabilities sterilised
- ‘Absurd’ obstacles in accessing education
- Children’s rights in Asia
- Health concerns in Syria and US
- Digital media and children’s rights
Access to justice for children in Moldova
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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* Armed Conflict CRINmail
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* Children in Court CRINmail
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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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A Baker's Dozen Funny Signs:

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In a Podiatrist's office : "Time wounds all heels."
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On a Septic Tank Truck : "Yesterday's Meals on Wheels."
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At an Optometrist's Office : "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."
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On a Plumber's truck : "We repair what your husband fixed."
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Sign over a Gynecologist's Office : "Dr. Jones, at your cervix."
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On another Plumber's truck : "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."
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On an Electrician's truck : "Let us remove your shorts."
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In a Non-smoking Area : "If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."
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On a Maternity Room door : "Push. Push. Push."
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Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck : "Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises
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At a Car Dealership : "The best way to get back on your feet -miss a car payment."
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Outside a Muffler Shop : "No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."
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In a Veterinarian's waiting room : "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"
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Source:
Can't recall...

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22 Dramatic Photos of California's Historic Drought
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/09/dramatic-photos-of-californias-historic-drought/100804/
September 3, 2014

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A SOFT MURMUR : Ambient sounds to wash away distraction.
http://asoftmurmur.com/
Turn up your computer speakers and listen to soothing sounds --- the CSRL Guy's favourite is the singing bowl (OOMMMMMMMM).
Ironic that a resource designed to help me "wash away distraction" has managed to distract me for over ten minutes while I played with all of the different sound combinations. Take it from me, the Birds and the Singing Bowls will drive your cat(s) batty!!

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Meme Generator
http://www.tickld.com/memegenerator
(If you don't know memes, just skip this link, eh...)

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Chess Academy
https://www.chesscademy.com/
"A fun and easy way to learn chess --- Watch video lessons, tackle exercises, and solve puzzles online — and do it all for free.

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ManualsLib - the ultimate library of online manuals
http://www.manualslib.com/
1.5 million manuals online, free downloads

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