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November 21, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.  Zero Dollar Linda and Million Dollar Murray (John Stapleton for the Metcalf Foundation) - November 19
2. All-Party Parliamentary Committee Endorses Federal Poverty Reduction Plan
- November 17
3. Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2010 - November 18 (Government of Ontario)
4. Women, Peace and Security: Canada Moves Forward to Increase Women’s Engagement (Fifth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights) - November 18
5. Poverty Free Saskatchewan launches poverty elimination campaign - November 16
6. Hunger Count 2010 (Food Banks Canada) - November 16
7. Right hook weakens Canada (Frances Russell in The Winnipeg Free Press) - November 3
8. Canada inching closer to national housing plan as Commons vote looms (Wellesley Institute Blog)
- November 12
9.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2009 - November 19
--- Leading indicators, October 2010 - November 18
--- Canadian Economic Observer November 2010 - November 18
--- Employment Insurance, September 2010 - November 18
--- Study: Recent trends in upper respiratory infections, ear infections and asthma among children, 2008/2009
- November 17
--- First Results from the Survey of Older Workers, 2008 - November 15

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - November 21

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. Food Security in the United States 2009 (U.S. Department of Agriculture) - November 15
13. Gates Foundation pledges $500 million to help the poor save money (Los Angeles Times) - November 17
14.
Australian Policy Online - selected recent content - November 21
--- Post-school education and labour force participation in Canada and Australia
--- National survey of young Australians 2010

15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)


Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]


1. Zero Dollar Linda and Million Dollar Murray - November 19
(Metcalf Foundation)

Linda Chamberlain’s job was making her broke
Toronto's Linda Chamberlain quit a job she loved
because she was poorer with part-time work and a
paycheque than she is simply collecting welfare.

November 19, 2010

By Catherine Porter
Linda Chamberlain left her dream job because it was making her broke. She’s richer earning nothing, living in her subsidized apartment and getting monthly disability cheques from the government — $260 a month richer. (...) After three decades of battling schizophrenia and homelessness and poverty, Chamberlain finally got a job. She worked 2 ½ days a week as a peer support worker on the very floor where she once lived at the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. It’d be hard to find a better success story. Except, under the antediluvian web of provincial rules, she lost half of her paycheque to the government, while her rent-geared-to-income skyrocketed by 471 per cent.
Source:
Toronto Star

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From the Metcalf Foundation:

Zero Dollar Linda and Million Dollar Murray
Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton releases a new report that explores the weaknesses in the design of North American social welfare institutions through the stories of two individuals.

Complete report:

“Zero Dollar Linda“ : A Meditation on Malcolm Gladwell’s “Million Dollar Murray,“
the Linda Chamberlain Rule, and the Auditor General of Ontario
(PDF - 225K, 28 pages)
By John Stapleton
November 2010
(...) I believe we need to create a space in the public conversation to talk about building social assistance policies based on trust in the majority, not suspicion of a minority of outliers. We need intelligent rules, administered with positive discretion, by public servants who are educated and supported in this approach.

If you're in the Toronto area:
"Please join us on December 2nd, 2010 for a discussion with John Stapleton, Catherine Porter, Linda Chamberlain and Pat Capponi about the issues raised in this paper. For full details, download the invitation." (PDF - 62K, 1 page)

Source:
Metcalf Foundation
The Metcalf Foundation helps Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society by supporting dynamic leaders who are strengthening their communities, nurturing innovative approaches to persistent problems, and encouraging dialogue and learning to inform action.

Related links:

Million-Dollar Murray:
Why problems like homelessness may be easier to solve than to manage
February 13, 2006
"(...) Murray Barr used more health-care dollars than almost anyone in the state of Nevada. It would probably have been cheaper to give him a full-time nurse and his own apartment."
The cost of chronic homelessness in America, and Philip Mangano's solution.
Source:
Gladwell.com

Open Policy - John Stapleton's website
TIP: Check out John's Publications - Media Commentaries - Presentations

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

2. All-Party Parliamentary Committee Endorses Federal Poverty Reduction Plan - November 17

New from the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and
Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities ("HUMA"):

Federal Poverty Reduction Plan:
Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada
(PDF - 1.7MB, 316 pages)
Seventh Report of the House of Commons
Standing Committee on Human Resources,
Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Chair: Candice Hoeppner, MP
November 17, 2010

Table of contents:
Defining and Measuring Poverty in Canada
Chapter 1 - Poverty in Canada
* Recent Trends
* Vulnerable Populations
* Relationship Between Poverty and Physical and Mental Health
* Food Security
* Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
* Socio-Economic Costs of Poverty
Chapter 2 - Poverty Reduction Strategies in Canada and Other Countries
* Poverty Reduction Strategies in Canada’s Provinces and Territories
* Poverty Reduction Strategies in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland
Chapter 3 - The Federal Contribution to Reducing Poverty in Canada
* What Should the Federal Government’s Role be in Reducing Poverty in Canada? Canadians Answer the Question
* Improving Coordination and Integration of Poverty Reduction Efforts Across Canada—a Federal Action Plan to Reduce Poverty in Canada
* Developing a Framework for a Federal Action Plan to Reduce Poverty and Measuring Results
* Building Community Partnerships
Chapter 4 - Assisting Children, Families and Vulnerable Populations
* Benefits and Programs for Children and Families
* Benefits for Persons with Disabilities
* Skills Development and Employment Measures
* Senior Citizens
* Poverty among Aboriginal People
* Other Programs
Chapter 5 - Housing and Homelessness Initiatives
* A Place to Call Home
* Federal Housing Programs
Chapter 6 - Education and Training and Employment-Related Measures
* Education and Training
Making Work Pay
Employment Insurance Benefits and Other Employment-Related Support
Conclusion
List of Recommendations

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Highlights of key recommendations:
(Excerpts from the above report)
3.1.1 --- that the federal government immediately commit to a federal action plan to reduce poverty in Canada
3.2.1 --- that First Ministers start negotiations regarding the creation of a new federal transfer (e.g., a federal poverty reduction fund) to support provincial and territorial poverty reduction initiatives.
3.4.2 --- that the federal government review the spending priorities under the Social Development Partnerships Program and expand the client groups served under this program.
4.1.1 --- that the federal government incrementally increase the annual amount of the Canada Child Tax Benefit, including both the base benefit and the National Child Benefit Supplement, to a minimum of $5,000 per child within five years’ time.
4.2.6 --- that the federal government amend the Income Tax Act to make the Disability Tax Credit a refundable credit and ensure that new federal benefits for persons with disabilities are not clawed back from those receiving social assistance payments.
4.3.1 --- that the federal government enhance the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) under the Old Age Security Program (higher benefits, higher basic exemption for employment income, better outreach to potential GIS beneficiaries)
4.5.1 --- that the federal government increase the goods and services tax credit by more than the scheduled increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.
5.2.1 --- that the federal government commit to preserving Canada’s existing affordable housing stock by increasing current levels of spending on affordable housing
5.2.3 --- that the federal government ensure that the measures announced in Budget 2009 for the construction of social housing units for low-income seniors, people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, and areas of the North are promptly delivered.
6.1.3 --- that the federal government take steps to substantially increase adult literacy levels
6.1.8 that the federal government encourage training for persons with mental health problems
6.2.4 --- that the federal government move quickly to modernize Part III of the Canada Labour Code. (re. changes in work time and work arrangements).
6.3.1 --- that the federal government immediately adjust and index the income threshold used to determine eligibility for the Family Supplement benefit under the Employment Insurance program.
6.3.3 --- that the federal government implement more income support and active labour market measures to assist displaced older workers, especially low-income workers between the ages of 60 and 64, who face the prospect of persistent unemployment.

Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and
Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

[ Parliament of Canada ]

Related links:

Tories join call to fight poverty
Conservative MPs endorse aggressive all-party initiative
By Norma Greenaway
November 18, 2010
Conservative MPs have given a qualified nod of approval to a groundbreaking all-party report that calls on the Harper government to pursue an aggressive strategy to reduce poverty. The report, introduced Wednesday in the House of Commons, calls for pumping more money into affordable housing across the country, as well as increased supports to parents, seniors, people with disabilities and jobless and older workers. The Commons committee on human resources released the report after almost three years of cross-country hearings.
Source:
Ottawa Citizen

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Federal government report calls for immediate action on poverty
November 18, 2010
(...)Following numerous efforts by anti-poverty groups, including Canada Without Poverty and Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada which is co-lead by Citizens for Public Justice and Make Poverty History, the report echoes the need for leadership on poverty at the federal level and offers strong recommendations.
These include:
* A new federal transfer fund to support provincial poverty reduction initiatives
* Raising the Canada Child Tax Benefit to $5,000 within 5 years (currently $3,436)
* A national strategy for housing and homelessness
* Measures to help the most vulnerable, including a refundable Disability Tax Credit, improved Employment Insurance; improvements to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors; and a national child care program
* Funding for Aboriginal needs such as housing, education and social services
(...)
Canada Without Poverty applauds the comprehensive elements of the report, and the recognition it brings to the severity of the poverty issue in Canada.
Source:
Canada Without Poverty
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada

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Ottawa needs plan to fight poverty
By Laurie Monsebraaten
November 17, 2010
Ottawa needs a comprehensive plan and dedicated funding to ease the plight of 3.1 million Canadians living in poverty, including more than 600,000 children and 700,000 working poor households, says a landmark parliamentary report. The 300-page report, tabled in the House of Commons Wednesday, calls on Ottawa to start work immediately on a federal poverty reduction plan in consultation with provinces, municipalities and Aboriginal governments.
Source:
Toronto Star

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Links to 38 transcripts
from the 2009 presentations to HUMA:

Meetings of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills
and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities ("HUMA")

(40th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION)
(These sessions took place between February and June 2009)

The link above takes you to a Canadian Social Research Links page containing links to over three dozen meetings of the "HUMA" Committee along with a table of contents for all 38 transcripts for 2009 in the context of the Parliamentary study of the "Federal Contribution to Reducing Poverty in Canada". The 2009 HUMA Committee Meetings page from the Parliamentary Website doesn't include a guide or a table of contents, so it's not easy to find your way around. The HUMA meeting transcripts range from 25 to 50 pages if printed, and they all contain valuable information on poverty reduction and social programs in Canada. The new HUMA Links page also contains some links to the 2008 HUMA transcripts as well as information about how the HUMA Committee work fits in with other current and recent Parliamentary studies of poverty.

Source:
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills
and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

[ Parliament of Canada ]

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Two months ago, the Senate of Canada unanimously adopted a report on homelessness and poverty calling for a national poverty on housing, homelessness and poverty. Remember what happened to that one?

Federal gov’t refuses to take action on
Senate housing / homelessness / poverty report

September 27, 2010
By Michael Shapcott
In a formal response released today, the federal government has promised only to take “under advisement” a detailed report adopted unanimously by the Senate of Canada that calls for a comprehensive and co-ordinated national strategy on housing, homelessness and poverty.
NOTE : includes half a dozen links to recent related studies
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog

So, with unanimous support in the Senate for a poverty strategy and an all-party House of Commons Committee report calling for a national poverty strategy, do you think that Stephen Harper will treat this report as dismissively as he did the September Senate report??
Stay tuned.

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

3. Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2010 - November 18
(Government of Ontario)

From the
Government of Ontario
:

Mid-Year Update of Financial Results
and Economic Performance For 2010-11

November 18, 2010
While the economy is emerging from the global recession, Ontario's families and businesses are still feeling pinched financially. In addition to the lingering impacts of the global recession, Ontarians are feeling the effects of the costs associated with rebuilding and modernizing the province.

Complete report:

Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2010
HTML version - table of contents + links to chapters in HTML format
PDF version (6.8MB, 194 pages)
November 18, 2010
Comment : Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy is mentioned once in this 194-page document - on page 49:

"(...) These actions (managing growth in spending) allow the Province to support the Open Ontario plan investments in knowledge and skills, health care, the green economy and the Poverty Reduction Strategy."

Related link:

Ontario Introduces Electricity Cost Relief
McGuinty Government Introduces New Measures to Help Ontario Families and Reduce Debt
November 18, 2010

Source:
Ministry of Finance

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

4. WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY: Canada Moves Forward to Increase Women’s Engagement - November 18
(Fifth Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights)

WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY:
Canada Moves Forward to Increase Women’s Engagement
(PDF - 7.5MB, 176 pages)
Fifth Report of the
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
November 18, 2010
From September 2009 to April 2010, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights conducted a study of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which was adopted unanimously by the Council in October 2000. The Committee focused its study on the implementation of the resolution by the UN and, in particular, Canada. Resolution 1325 was the first adopted by the Security Council to explicitly address the impact of armed conflict on women. It introduced a set of international standards for all UN member states, conflict belligerents, the UN system and its peacekeeping forces, and other stakeholders. Under the resolution, these actors must take varying steps to ensure that efforts to prevent, resolve and rebuild from armed conflict incorporate the perspectives of women.
(Excerpt from the Executive Summary)

Executive Summary

Recommendations

Source:
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
- includes links to the four first reports of the Standing Committee, covering the following topics:
* Canada and the United Nations Human Rights Council
* Matrimonial interests or rights respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves
* Employment Equity in the Federal Public Service
* Expenses of Committee members

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

5. Poverty Free Saskatchewan launches poverty elimination campaign- November 16

Saskatchewan

Poverty Free Saskatchewan is a new network of individuals and organizations working toward poverty elimination. The mission of PFS is to advance the well-being of all Saskatchewan individuals, families and communities by promoting the development and adoption of effective, measurable and timely policies and programs to eliminate poverty in Saskatchewan. PFS members believe that poverty elimination requires wide ranging involvement and commitment from many stakeholders.

Poverty Free Saskatchewan Founding Members:
* Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Saskatchewan
* Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry

Rooted in God's radical love, expressed through compassion and action, the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry advocates and educates with and for those seeking social and economic justice.
* Regina Anti-Poverty Network
(no website, no related content found online)
* Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition
(Facebook page)
* Social Policy Research Unit
(University of Regina)
* Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers

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Poverty Free Saskatchewan launches “Let’s Do Something About Poverty” campaign
News Release
October 18, 2010
“Poverty still exists in Saskatchewan and remains a serious problem that affects us all.”
This is the message of Let’s Do Something About Poverty, a discussion document authored by Poverty Free Saskatchewan (PFS) which was released in Regina on October 18th.

The document:

Let’s Do Something about Poverty (12 pages)
Ezine version (cuter technology than PDF, but you can't copy and paste text from this version like you can from the PDF version.)
PDF version (2.6MB)
This discussion paper outlines the current situation in Saskatchewan regarding economic inequality and the extent of poverty in the province. This document is intended to inspire conversations around the province. We are certain Let’s Do Something about Poverty will encourage a renewed dialogue on poverty and foster new and innovative proposals and solutions .

Related media coverage:

Report seeks action on poverty
October 19, 2010
Calling poverty a "very real flip side" of Saskatchewan's prosperity, a new network of organizations is aiming to rally attention to the plight of the province's poor. Poverty Free Saskatchewan released a report Monday outlining the extent of poverty -- it estimates more than 140,000 people are affected here -- and called for a plan to address the issue
Source:
Regina Leader-Post

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

6. Hunger Count 2010 - November 16
(Food Banks Canada)

New from
Food Banks Canada:

Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount study reports highest level of food bank use on record
HungerCount 2010 provides unique, essential information on levels of food bank use in Canada, profiles people in need of food assistance

November 16, 2010
Ottawa – The results of the HungerCount 2010 survey released today show food banks across Canada helped 867,948 separate individuals in March 2010, an increase of 9.2%, or more than 73,000 people, compared to March 2009. This is 28% higher than in 2008, and is the highest level of food bank use since 1997.

Complete report:

HungerCount 2010 (PDF - 2MB, 48 pages)
A comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in
Canada, and recommendations for change

In March 2010, 867,948 people were assisted by food banks in Canada. This is a 9% increase over 2009 – and the highest level of food bank use on record.

HungerCount 2010 - Figures 1-8 (Excel files)

Source:
HungerCount 2010
Initiated in 1989, HungerCount is the only national survey of emergency food programs in Canada. The information the survey provides is invaluable, forming the basis of many Food Banks Canada activities throughout the year. Among many benefits, HungerCount allows Food Banks Canada to operate the National Food Sharing System on a "fair share" basis, present accurate, timely information to government, donors and media, and represent members' key concerns at a variety of public forums.
- includes links to info from earlier editions of this report back to 1999, along with general survey information and the survey guide .

Source:
Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing and supporting the
food bank community across Canada. Our members and their respective agencies serve
approximately 85% of people accessing emergency food programs nationwide.

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

7. Right hook weakens Canada - November 3
(Frances Russell in The Winnipeg Free Press)

Right hook weakens Canada
By Frances Russell
November 3, 2010
The more tax fairness erodes in Canada, the more unfair taxation will become. (...) Right-wing populism hurts right-wing populists most. As low- and middle-income earners, they are the most reliant on the services governments, particularly municipal governments, provide -- public transit, parks and recreational facilities, libraries, police, garbage collection, maintenance of municipal infrastructure, housing and front-line social services.
(...)
This summer, Ottawa scored another huge victory in the right-wing war against government. By killing the 2011 long form census, the Harper Conservatives have ensured Canadians will no longer have the reliable data even to know how quickly the gap is growing between rich and poor and how wide it is becoming.
Source:
Winnipeg Free Press

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm
- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

8. Canada inching closer to national housing plan as Commons vote looms - November 12
(Wellesley Institute Blog)

Canada inching closer to national housing plan as Commons vote looms
November 12, 2010
Canada is inching closer to a long overdue and much-needed national affordable housing plan. Bill C-304, draft legislation to create a national plan that was proposed by Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East, is back for the second round of debate on third reading on Nov. 18. Then the Commons is scheduled to vote on Nov. 24. The Wellesley Institute’s Precarious Housing in Canada 2010 sets out the need, and the framework, for a national housing plan. At second reading, the national housing bill passed on a vote of 148 to 137, including support from the NDP, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois. The Bloc is seeking another amendment to the bill, so the vote on Nov. 24 will likely be to send C-304 back to committee, and then do a quick turn-around and back onto the floor of the Commons for a final vote. Advocates hope that the bill will get third and final reading vote before the House rises for the holidays on Dec. 17.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]
The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. Our focus is on developing research and community-based policy solutions to the problems of urban health and health disparities.

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

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
---
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2009 - November 19
---
Leading indicators, October 2010 - November 18
--- Canadian Economic Observer November 2010 - November 18
---
Employment Insurance, September 2010 - November 18
--- Study: Recent trends in upper respiratory infections, ear infections and asthma among children, 2008/2009
- November 17
--- First Results from the Survey of Older Workers, 2008 - November 15

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

November 19, 2010
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2009
In 2009, labour productivity in the business sector increased in Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia as well as Yukon. At the national level, productivity was unchanged in 2009, after decreasing by 0.8% a year earlier.
- includes two tables:
* Labour productivity and other related variables for the business sector, 2009
* Businesses producing goods and businesses producing services, 2009

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November 18, 2010
Leading indicators, October 2010
The composite index rebounded 0.2% in October from a 0.2% dip in September. Of the 10 components, 6 advanced and 3 fell, versus 4 increases and 5 decreases the month before, while 1 was unchanged in both months. The financial components posted the largest gains, led by the stock market, while housing remained the weakest sector.
[ Table : Leading Indicators, May to October 2010 ]

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November 18, 2010
Canadian Economic Observer November 2010
1. Sections
- Current economic conditions
- Economic events
- Feature article:
--- Different measures of economic activity: Physical quantity, current dollars, and volume
- Recent feature articles
- National accounts
- Labour markets
- Prices
- International trade
- Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
- Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
- Financial markets
- Provincial
2. Tables
3. Charts
4. Appendices
5. User information
6. Related products
Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - main product page
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions.

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November 17, 2010
Employment Insurance, September 2010
In September, 692,700 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, an increase of 14,600 or 2.2% from August. The number of regular beneficiaries, which has been hovering around the 690,000 mark throughout most of this year, was 16.5% below the peak of June 2009. The number receiving benefits rose in every province in September, with the biggest increases in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta.

Related link:

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps, September 2010
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
(Intro to maps + link to September 2010 maps)

Related subjects
o Labour
o Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
o Non-wage benefits

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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November 17, 2010
Study: Recent trends in upper respiratory infections, ear infections and asthma among children, 2008/2009
The prevalence of asthma has declined among Canadian children aged 2 to 7 to its lowest level in more than a decade. Among children aged 2 to 3, the prevalence of upper respiratory infections has remained constant or declined in most regions, although it has risen in Quebec. Ear infections have declined significantly in all regions.
NOTE : This item and the one just below aren't social policy as such, but I thought I'd throw it in for all the concerned moms and pops out there...
[ Related link : Asthma and School Functioning ]

Source:
Health Reports - product main page
Health Reports, published by the Health Analysis Division (HAD) of Statistics Canada, is a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research. It is designed for a broad audience that includes health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and through media coverage, the general public. The journal publishes articles of wide interest that contain original and timely analyses of national or provincial/territorial surveys or administrative databases.
- Click the product main page link, then "View" to read the latest issue or "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Children and youth
* Health and well-being (youth)
* Health
* Diseases and health conditions
* Health care services

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November 15, 2010
First Results from the Survey of Older Workers, 2008 - Product main page
The Survey of Older Workers is sponsored by the Labour Market Policy branch of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). The survey is designed to assess the labour market intentions and transitions of older Canadians. The subject matter is intended to identify "factors" that influence the decision to retire or remain working. In this context pensions, general finances, the role of dependents, the nature of work, health considerations etc., will be of primary concern in trying to understand workers intentions and motivations.

The Complete paper:
HTML version
PDF version
(406K, 57 pages)

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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]

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

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - November 21

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

November 21, 2010

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

Federal poverty reduction plan: Working in partnership towards reducing poverty in Canada
17 Nov 10
- Report from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities recommends a national strategy on ECEC and an expert panel evaluation of the effectiveness of the Universal Child Care Benefit.

Moscow framework for action and cooperation: Harnessing the wealth of nations
17 Nov 10
- Action plan from the UNESCO World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education calls on governments to boost commitment, reinforce effective program delivery, and increase budget allocations to ECCE.

How Ontario can become a world education leader
17 Nov 10
- David Crombie and Margaret McCain invite people to sign-on to an open letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty urging him to move forward with all the recommendations in the Ontario Early Learning Advisor's report.

Maternal work early in the lives of children and its distal associations with achievement and behavior problems: A meta-analysis
17 Nov 10
- Review of 69 studies spanning 5 decades concludes that "small effect size and primarily non-significant results... should allay concerns about mothers working when children are young."

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

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

· Sarah Teather says families in poorest areas no longer guaranteed full childcare
[UK] 16 Nov 10

· MP blasts Sure Start reforms at Daycare Trust Conference
[UK] 16 Nov 10

· Sector leaders dismayed over removal of children's centres' duty to provide full daycare
[UK] 16 Nov 10

· New pre-kindergarten programs open across Saskatchewan
[CA-SK] 15 Nov 10

· Sure Start children's centres told to charge for some services
[UK] 14 Nov 10

· In open letter to the Premier, APPLE BC says education promises totally unrealistic
[CA-BC] 10 Nov 10

· Dads happier when they split domestic duties: study
[CA] 9 Nov 10

· Investing in very early education
[IL] 9 Nov 10

· Milwaukee reporters tell how Pulitzer-winning series was done
[US] 9 Nov 10

· Working mom's kids turn out fine, 50 years of research says
[US] 18 Sep 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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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

11. 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:

November 19:
Low-Income Health Coverage - Pennsylvania, California, Maine
National 12th-Grade Math and Reading Scores
Extension of Jobless Benefits
Race to the Top Funding - Ohio
Health of Those at Risk of Homelessness - Canada
Increasing Need for Assistance

November 18:
Medicaid Reform - Florida
Report: Homelessness - Hawaii

November 17:
Suburban Schools and Poverty - Columbus, OH
Access to Financial Services for the Poor
Child Care Subsidies - Washington, California

November 16:
State Medicaid Programs - Michigan, Texas
Report: US Food Insecurity

November 15:
State Medicaid Programs
Extension of Jobless Benefits

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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

12. Food Security in the United States 2009 - November 15
(U.S. Department of Agriculture)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Report Outlines Food Access in America
Study Underscores the Important Role of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

News Release
November 15, 2010
USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon emphasized the results of an annual report released today by USDA's Economic Research Service that demonstrate that federal nutrition assistance food programs are providing a valuable safety net to the most vulnerable Americans. The report "Food Security in the United States 2009" found that 17.4 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources, about the same as in 2008.

Household Food Security in the United States, 2009
By Mark Nord, Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson
November 2010
Report Summary - HTML
Complete report (PDF (685K, 68 pages)

Key Statistics and Graphs

Additional Resources

Food Security in the United States

Related media coverage:

Record Number of U.S. Households Face Hunger
By Pam Fessler
November 15, 2010
The number of Americans who struggled to get enough food last year remained at a record high, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 50 million Americans lived in households that had a hard time getting enough to eat at least at some point during 2009. That includes 17 million children, and at least a half-million of those children faced the direst conditions. They had inadequate diets, or even missed meals, because their families didn't have enough money for food.
Source:
NPR (National Public Radio)

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

13. Gates Foundation pledges $500 million to help the poor save money - November 17
(Los Angeles Times)

Gates Foundation pledges $500 million to help the poor save money
Co-chair Melinda Gates and others at a Seattle forum look into cellphone
banking in the developing world and other ways to help some of the world's
poorest families begin much-needed savings accounts.
November 17, 2010
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $500 million Tuesday to help create new banking systems that will reach into the world's most impoverished corners and allow families earning $2 a day or less to begin saving money. After years of promoting microcredit borrowing to help impoverished farmers and bottom-of-the-rung entrepreneurs expand their business opportunities, foundation leaders said it was increasingly apparent that saving, not just credit, is crucial to helping poor families weather crises, pay for schooling and make small investments to expand their incomes.
Source:
Los Angeles Times

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

14. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content - November 21
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Post-school education and labour force participation in Canada and Australia
--- National survey of young Australians 2010

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 (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

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Week ending November 21, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Green housing, digital storytelling and Sudanese Australians - new project funding awarded to the Institute for Social Research
2. Communications Policy and Research Forum 2009
3. POLITICS - Coalition still favourite for the poll
4. Post-school education and labour force participation in Canada and Australia
5. National survey of young Australians 2010

[You'll find links to the above studies on the APO home page.]

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

Week ending November 21, 2010
Most viewed this week in Social Policy / Poverty:

1. Green housing, digital storytelling and Sudanese Australians - new project funding awarded to the Institute for Social Research
2. National survey of young Australians 2010
3. Post-school education and labour force participation in Canada and Australia
4. Euthanasia in Australia: Raising a disability voice
5. Indigenous health checks; a failed policy in need of scrutiny

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

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

15. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
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Latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

17 November 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1201:
Status of Children's Rights in the
Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

In this issue:
- Report Launch: "Status of Children's Rights in the UPR"
- Complaints Mechanism update
- Other News / Events:
---Haiti: Children in danger
---Ireland: Begging on the increase
---Scotland: Youngers get their say
---Saudi Arabia: King responds to plea
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to hundreds of 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.
NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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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Ten Paraprosdokian sentences

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Paraprosdokian  sentences

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.  It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect.


1. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. 
So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

2. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. 
Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his bus as it went over the cliff....

3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

4. The last thing I want to do is hurt you.  But it's still on the list.

5.  Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

6. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

7. Some people never really grow up; they only learn how to act in public.

8. The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

9.  To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.  To steal from many is research.

10.  How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire.

More Paraprosdokian  sentences:
http://tinyurl.com/2dawzg2

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And, in closing...

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Save the Words!
http://www.savethewords.org/


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Musical Typing
http://10k.aneventapart.com/Entry/430
[Click "Launch App"]


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I'll bet you know more of the
French language than you think...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_phrases_used_by_English_speakers


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International Tongue-Twisters
http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/tongue-twisters/index.html

Betty Botter bought a bit of butter. "But," she said, "this butter's bitter!
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter!"
So she bought a bit of butter better than her bitter butter,
And she put it in her batter, and her batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.