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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 21,  2008

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

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1.  Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - December 2008
2. Welfare Incomes report is a "blunt message about welfare" (Toronto Star) - December 19
3. Federal Budget 2009 Consultations PART DEUX (Finance Canada) - December 11

4. [Ontario] An End to the Countdown: The Beginning of a 25 in 5 Poverty Reduction Strategy (Social Planning Network of Ontario) - December 16

5.
What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
--- Consumer Price Index, November 2008 - December 19
--- Canada's population estimates, third quarter 2008 - December 19
--- Employment Insurance, October 200
8 - December 19
--- National balance sheet accounts, third quarter 2008 - December 16
--- Juristat - December 2008 - December 15

6. Social Policy in Ontario (SPON) - Laurentian University
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - December 19

International  content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
9. [U.S.] Welfare Rolls See First Climb in Years (Washington Post) - December 17
10.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content:
--- Who is missing out? Hardship among low income Australians - Posted 18-12-2008
--- Families in Australia: 2008 - Posted 17-12-2008
--- National disability discussion paper - Posted 15-12-2008

11. CRINMAIL (December 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)
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EXTRA:
FIREFOX 3.0.5 CRASH - December 20

Have a great week!
Gilles Séguin

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

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities - December 2008
(
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities
December 2008
Table of Contents (incl. links to individual chapters)

Chapter 1: Human Rights, the Justice System and Canada’s International Leadership
Chapter 2: Accessibility and Disability Supports
Chapter 3: Income Support, Benefits and Service Delivery
Chapter 4: Learning, Skills and Employment
Chapter 5: Well-Being: Health, Safety and Identity
Chapter 6: Aboriginal People with Disabilities
Chapter 7: Research
Chapter 8: Tax Measures
Appendix A – Principal Disability-Related Benefits and Programs for 2006/07 and 2007/08 Fiscal Years
Appendix B – Acronyms Used in this Report
Index by Department/Program
Index by Topic
Endnotes

Complete report:

2008 Federal Disability Report (PDF - 3.2MB, 144 pages)
December 2008

Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
NOTE: the name of the Dept. is officially "...and Skills Development". (See the Minister's title and profile), but the website still says "...and Social Development". The site will be updated "soon", I'm sure --- likely just in time for the *next* Cabinet shakeup or the next election.

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

2. Welfare Incomes report is a "blunt message about welfare" - December 19
(Toronto Star)

Blunt message about welfare
December 19, 2008
By Carol Goar
They don't go in for euphemisms at the National Welfare Council, a panel of 16 citizens appointed by the government to speak for poor Canadians. They use the term "poverty line," despite attempts by federal statisticians to substitute anodyne phrases such as "low income measure." They use the word "welfare," despite attempts by provincial bureaucrats to replace it with gentler phrases such as "social assistance" or "income support." Their message is blunt. Canada strips welfare recipients of so much – their pride, their privacy, their savings, their ability to provide basic necessities for their children – that many will never escape poverty. (...) The central thrust of the report – a point the council made to Brian Mulroney seven times; Jean Chrétien 10 times; Paul Martin once and Stephen Harper once before – is that welfare, Canada's safety net of last resort, doesn't provide a basic subsistence income.
Source:
Toronto Star

Related link:

Welfare Incomes, 2006 and 2007
- table of contents with links to smaller PDF files for each chapter
Source:
National Council of Welfare

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

3. Federal Budget 2009 Consultations PART DEUX - December 11
(Finance Canada)

Ottawa, December 11, 2008
Government Launches National Consultation on Budget Actions to Protect Canada’s Economy

Related documents:

Federal Budget 2009 Consultations PART DEUX*
December 11, 2008
"The following ideas have been proposed as ways of providing stimulus in Budget 2009. Please rank them according to the priority they should have in the Government’s plan. If you’ve got another idea, rank that one as well. You will have the opportunity to spell out your ideas on the next screen."
Here are the six ideas you are asked to rank:
* Expedite Infrastructure Spending
* Invest in Housing
* Build strong sustainable labour markets and training incentives
* Support traditional and emerging industrial sectors
* Improve Access to Credit
* Your Idea: If you believe Budget 2009 should have a different stimulus priority, assign a ranking to this box. You will be able to explain this priority on the next screen

Fiscal Stimulus - Budget 2009 Consultations
Powerpoint-type presentation

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

<*Begin government consultation supporter rant.>
December 20, 2008

Hey, Finance Canada website team --- here's a tip to make it easier for ordinary Canadians to participate in your pre-budget consultations:
QUIT CHANGING THE FRIKKIN' URL FOR THE CONSULTATIONS PAGE!!

On December 11, when Finance Canada launched its pre-budget consultation, the link was called:
Online Pre-Budget Consultations for Budget 2009

(I copied the link name and URL directly from the Finance Canada website)
Today (December 19), I received a friendly email from a visitor to my site to inform me that "my" link to the federal pre-budget consultation website was broken.
I clicked the link to see for myself (as you can, by clicking the link above) --- the click took me to a Finance Canada error page with two options : the Finance Dept. website search engine and the sitemap of the departmental website .
I selected the Finance Canada search engine option, entered "2009 budget consultation" in the search box and hit "Search Now". On the results page, I had to scroll down to the 14th link to find the "Fiscal Stimulus" presentation, and there was no other link (among the "best 63 results") to the 2009 budget consultation. PLEASE Fix your search engine so that it returns relevant results.
The sitemap of Finance Canada's website is the second option offered on the error page, and it's about as useful as the search engine. It offers links to federal budgets for 2005 to 2008 - not one word about the 2009 budget consultations.

Bottom Line:
If you *must* change your URLs after you've sent out emails to everyone on your list (which is not very swift in the first place), don't give people two options that are equally useless. Either TEST the options to ensure that they lead visitors to the correct information, or just tell people in your error message that they should start from the home page of the departmental website, where there is a clear link to the 2009 budget consultation page.

</End government consultation supporter rant.>

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

4. [Ontario] An End to the Countdown: The Beginning of a 25 in 5 Poverty Reduction Strategy - December 16
(Social Planning Network of Ontario)

Ontario:

An End to the Countdown: The Beginning of a 25 in 5 Poverty Reduction Strategy
December 16, 2008
1. Ontario turns corner on more than a decade of poor bashing, says Pat Capponi
2. Poverty Plan Lays Foundation for Action, Budget investments must be next step
3. TAKE ACTION: Investments key in the 2009 Ontario budget
4. Regulating Temp Agencies - Good News for Temp Workers, says Workers Action Centre
5. Hardship of welfare getting harder, Ontario’s welfare incomes falling behind
6. Red letter day for poverty reduction: selected media and partner links
7. Thank you: More than 1,500 endorse 25 in 5 Declaration for Poverty Reduction
Source:
Social Planning Network of Ontario

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

5. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
---
Consumer Price Index, November 2008 - December 19
---
Canada's population estimates, third quarter 2008 - December 19
--- Employment Insurance, October 200
8 - December 19
---
National balance sheet accounts, third quarter 2008 - December 16
--- Juristat - December 2008 - December 15

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

December 19, 2008
Consumer Price Index, November 2008
Consumer prices rose 2.0% in the 12 months to November 2008, down from the 2.6% increase recorded in October. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.3% from October to November.
[ The Consumer Price Index November 2008 - complete report ]

December 19, 2008
Canada's population estimates, third quarter 2008
Canada's population grew by 0.39% in the third quarter of 2008, its highest quarterly growth rate since 1990. Population growth remained faster in the western part of the country.
[ Quarterly Demographic Estimates July to September 2008 - report ]

December 19, 2008
Employment Insurance, October 2008
- includes two tables : * Employment Insurance statistics * Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits

December 16, 2008
National balance sheet accounts, third quarter 2008
Canadian stock prices fell significantly during the third quarter of 2008, resulting in a 3.2% drop in household net worth, equivalent to a decline of $191 billion.

December 15, 2008
Juristat - December 2008
The December issue of Juristat contains four articles.
* The changing profile of adults in custody * Motor vehicle theft in Canada, 2007 * Private security and public policing * An international perspective on criminal victimization
[ direct link to Dec/08 issue of Juristat ]

The Daily Archives - select a month from the drop-down menu to view releases for that month in chronological order

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

6. Social Policy in Ontario (SPON)
(
Laurentian University)

Social Policy in Ontario (SPON)
This site is designed as a tool for public reporting about social programs in Ontario. Initiated with the help of SSHRC funding, and support from the Ontario Social Development Council, the Online Guide to Social Policy in Ontario combines the resources of faculty and students at Laurentian University to generate a 'macro' view of the human service system. It is intended to facilitate access to information and analysis, and to encourage debate about the adequacy of social programs in Ontario.
NOTE : click the "Policy Sectors" links in the left column of the SPON home page for links to resources in the following areas:
* Child & Family * Education * Employment * Equality * Health * Participation * Social Security * Standard of Living
- includes links to Provincial Social Planning Councils and Organizations in Ontario and to other social planning and research links (national/international).

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

7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - December 19

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

December 19, 2008

Open letter to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada;
Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Opposition; and Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party

17 Dec 08
- Open letter from a group of prominent Canadians in response to the UNICEF Report Card on ECEC.

The new federal Liberal leader on early childhood education and care
17 Dec 08
- A selection of quotes from Michael Ignatieff about child care, human rights, and federal policy.

Expanding early childhood education and care programming:
Highlights of a literature review, and public policy implications for British Columbia

17 Dec 08
- Report by HELP for the BC government says research suggests BC should invest more public funds into accessible, high quality ECEC programs.

Child care and the economic crisis
17 Dec 08
- Setting the Record Straight #6 from the BC Child Care Advocacy Forum addresses why child care should be considered vital to any economic stimulus package.

The impact of global migration on the education of young children
17 Dec 08
- Policy brief from UNESCO focusing on issues related to the effects of global migration on the education of young migrants.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Getting better child care: It’s the policy, stupid [CA]
18 Dec 08

· Merry Xmas, your child's care centre is up for sale [NZ]
18 Dec 08

· Budget support linked to housing, child care: Layton [CA]
17 Dec 08

· Obama pledge stirs hope in early education [US]
16 Dec 08

· UN daycare wake-up call [CA]
12 Dec 08

· Canada tied for last in UNICEF child care ranking [CA]
11 Dec 08

· Prime the pump with education spending [US]
26 Nov 08
more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

8. 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 twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

December 18, 2008
* Increased TANF Enrollment
* Trends in Poverty Rates
* Homelessness and Housing
* Housing Subsidies - Washington, D.C.
* Medicaid Coverage, Costs, and Funding
* Healthy Families Program - California
* Food Assistance Programs
* Home Energy Assistance Programs
* Report: Basic Needs - Rhode Island
* Home Foreclosures and Renters
* The Economy and State Budgets
* Commentary: Poverty Measurement
* Opinions: TANF Assistance Amounts - New York, Illinois

December 15, 2008
* Unemployment and Joblessness
* States and Medicaid Funding
* Homelessness and Housing
* Food Assistance Programs and Increasing Need
* Kids Count Report - Texas
* Children and Families Post-Hurricane Katrina
* Home Foreclosures and Renters
* State and Local Budget Cuts
* The Uninsured and Emergency Room Use
* Access to Bank Accounts - California
* Access to Higher Education

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

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

9. [U.S.] Welfare Rolls See First Climb in Years - December 17
(Washington Post)

[U.S.] Welfare Rolls See First Climb in Years
Job Losses Bring Applicants From Middle Class, Test New Focus on Finding Work
December 17, 2008
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the first time since welfare was redefined a dozen years ago, weaning millions of poor Americans from monthly government checks, the deteriorating economy is causing a surge in welfare rolls in a growing number of states. The swelling caseloads pose the first hard test of the premise behind transforming the old system of welfare, once considered an open-ended right, into a finite program built to provide short-term cash assistance and steer people quickly into jobs. (...) With the welfare law scheduled to be renewed in 2010, the Democratic majorities in Congress almost certainly will rethink whether the program should put more emphasis on education and child care and less on quickly finding a job, the experts say.

Source:
Washington Post

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

10. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content:
---
Who is missing out? Hardship among low income Australians - Posted 18-12-2008
--- Families in Australia: 2008 - Posted 17-12-2008
--- National disability discussion paper - Posted 15-12-2008

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

Recent APO Weekly Briefing content:

Who is missing out? Hardship among low income Australians
Posted 18-12-2008
Peter Davidson / Australian Council of Social Service
New research from ACOSS shows many low income Australians go without the basic necessities like a decent and secure home, access to dental treatment and new schoolbooks and clothes for their children.

Families in Australia: 2008
Posted 17-12-2008
Office of Work and Family, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
This report provides a summary of the key issues and trends facing Australian families. It examines a selection of key topics, including fertility, caring responsibilities, economic wellbeing of families, health of family relationships and how Australians are balancing work and family responsibilities.

National disability discussion paper
Posted 15-12-2008
Consumers' Telecommunications Network (Australia)
The issue of accessibility, affordability and equality of access to telecommunications technology and services impacts daily on the lives of people with disabilities.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

11. CRINMAIL - December 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

18 December 2008 - CRINMAIL 1043
* EUROPEAN UNION: Secure legal protection from age discrimination for children - lobby your government now! [news]
* CHILD RIGHTS: Committee election results [news]
* DARFUR: Abductions, Sexual Slavery and Forced Labour [publication]
* SRI LANKA: Forced child conscription stepped up [news]
* DR CONGO: Protect Children From Rape and Recruitment [news]
* ARGENTINA: Relaf child rights seminar [event]
* AWARD: Brazilian wins children's peace prize [news]

16 December 2008 - CRINMAIL 1042
* KENYA: A Question of Life or Death - Treatment Access for Children Living With HIV in Kenya [publication]
* INDIA: Right to education bill introduced [news]
* LEBANON: Citizenship rules lead children to jail [news]
* FRANCE: Report on young offenders spurs controversy [news]
* EXPLOITATION: Vatican to be sued over sex abuse claims [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Government misses opportunity to protect children in custody [news]
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Finland
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ earlier weekly issues
, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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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* FIREFOX 3.0.5 CRASH - December 20

* FIREFOX 3.0.5 CRASH - December 20

NOTE : see the December 21 update below.
On December 20, I discovered that my Firefox browser wouldn't open - it kept crashing when I'd click on the icon to start the browser.
I searched the Firefox forums to see what was going down, and I ended up downgrading to version 3.0.4 just so I could keep using my primary browser until Firebox fixed the problem. That appears to be the case as I write this on Sunday morning. However, I've decided to leave my original December 20 blurb about the situation as is, below, in case someone is still having a Firefox problem.

December 20:
If your Firefox browser is suddenly crashing instead of opening, welcome to the club!
The latest version of Firefox (3.0.5) has some sort of firewall-related flaw that makes it crash or hang up on many machines. If you're thinking, "But it worked fine yesterday!", you may not be aware that Firefox is set by default to check for and automatically install updates and upgrades all by itself.
For the "official fix" from Firefox, see:
Cannot connect after upgrading Firefox"- from the Firefox Knowledge Base
As I see it, you have three viable options:
1. change your computer's firewall settings as instructed in the link above (if you have admin rights on your machine)
[Bonne chance!]
2. Use Internet Explorer until Firefox is patched/upgraded/debugged.
[Yuck.]
3. "Retrograde" your Firefox browser to version 3.0.4 - follow this link to the Firefox Support Forum thread that tells you how to do it (on page 4 of the thread.). I did, and my browser is totally stable (i.e., my bookmarks, cookies and preferences are all intact) with version 3.0.4.
Oh yeah - here's a FOURTH option:

Switch to Google Chrome.
[Personally, I'm getting pretty frustrated with the latest Firefox upgrades - it's now taking over 30 seconds to open on my computer, and it uses up such a large chunk of my system resources (RAM) that I'm just about ready to jump over to Chrome for good.]

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Dec. 21 update: FIXED!
Firefox appears to have resolved the issue. I've just downloaded version 3.0.5 again and everything is working as it shouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshouldasitshould.
(:-)
If you're running Firefox on a Mac, you must be using the latest version of Mac OS as your operating system or else Firefox 3.0.5 can cause problems (or so I read in the Firefox Forum).



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Top 10 U.S. Quotes of 2008

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The Top 10 quotes of 2008, as compiled by the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations:

1. "I can see Russia from my house!"
— Comedian Tina Fey, while impersonating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the TV comedy show "Saturday Night Live," broadcast Sept. 13.

2. "All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years."
— Palin, responding to a request by CBS anchor Katie Couric to name the newspapers or magazines she reads, broadcast Oct. 1.

3. "We have sort of become a nation of whiners."

— former Sen. Phil Gramm, an economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, quoted in The Washington Times, July 10.

4. "It's not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number."

— a Treasury Department spokeswoman explaining how the $700 billion number was chosen for the initial bailout, quoted on Forbes.com Sept. 23.

5. "The fundamentals of America's economy are strong."

— McCain, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, April 17.

6. "Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency."

— the Treasury Department's proposed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, September 2008.

7. "Maybe 100."

— McCain, discussing in a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, how many years U.S. troops could remain in Iraq, Jan. 3.

8. "I'll see you at the debates, b------."

— Paris Hilton in a video responding to a McCain television campaign ad, August 2008.

9. "Barack, he's talking down to black people. ... I want to cut his ... off."

— Rev. Jesse Jackson, overheard over a live microphone before a Fox News interview, July 6.

10. (tie) "Cash for trash."

— Paul Krugman discussing the financial bailout, New York Times, Sept. 22.

10. (tie) "There are no atheists in foxholes and there are no libertarians in financial crises."

— Krugman, in an interview with Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time," broadcast Sept. 19.

10. (tie) "Anyone who says we're in a recession, or heading into one — especially the worst one since the Great Depression — is making up his own private definition of "`recession.'"

— commentator Donald Luskin, the day before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, The Washington Post, Sept. 14.

Source:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28225566/

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Ottawa's Finest?

Bank Street Bully

As a rule, I don't post links to local issues on my site and in my newsletter because I'd quickly be swamped with requests to link to special local causes from all over Canada.
Sometimes, however, I have to break the rules, even my own.
Even it if doesn't have anything apparently related to Canadian social policy issues.

Yesterday (Dec. 15) afternoon, My friend Zoom was "asked" to delete the photos she'd just taken of 3-4 Ottawa police officers standing over an unconscious, bloodied, handcuffed woman on Bank Street in Ottawa. They were waiting for an ambulance to take the woman away, and Zoom heard a few bystanders speaking about the excessive force that one of the officers had apparently used to bring the small woman down to the sidewalk, so she (Z.) snapped a few photos of the scene for her blog. Upon noticing the camera, one of the officers came over to her and aggressively demanded that she not only stop taking photos, but also that she delete those she'd taken, because “I work undercover and I don’t want my picture anywhere.”
She refused.

My two reasons for doing this:
1. I support Citizen journalism.
* Good on you, Zoom!

2. I want to share what I just learned about
My/Your rights as a Canadian photographer

December 18, 2008
Bank Street Bully Update
- from Zoom

Police wanted photos erased, blogger claims
By Neco Cockburn
December 17, 2008
Source:
Ottawa Citizen

Bank Street Bully (Zoom's original post  (Dec. 15)


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And, in closing...

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Season's Greetings from Me to Thee!
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