Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 22, 2012

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 2,549 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Recent releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- The No-Budge [federal] Budget
- April 2012
--- Good News for People with Disabilities in the Federal Budget - April 2012
--- Old Age Insecurity? February 2012

2. Recent releases from the Edmonton Social Planning Council:
--- 2012 Alberta general election (party positions on social issues) - April 23
--- The fACTivist: Income Inequality - March 2012
--- Issue Update: The Market Basket Measure - Rebased or Debased? - Winter 2011
--- ESPC Research Links and Resources
--- Responses to the Alberta Social Policy Framework - February 6

3. A Living Wage : How to eliminate poverty in Alberta (Joe Ceci in OpenFile Calgary) - April 18
4. Quebec's $7 daycare subsidized by Alberta?
5. From Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum:
--- When a University Recruits Abroad, Who’s in Charge?
- April 20
--- Rex Murphy’s Naive Take on the Quebec Student Protests - April 20

6. British Columbia welfare recipients need immediate relief : social advocates - April 19
7. The 2012 Manitoba Budget was tabled on April 17, 2012.
8. The Canadian Constitution was patriated on April 17, 1982.
9. Media and Policy News: Tuesday (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - April 17
10. Working After Age 65 : What is at Stake? (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 3
11. Nova Scotia Budget 2012 - April 3
12. [New Brunswick] At Budget Time, the Poor Get Ignored (Huffington Post Canada) - April 2
13. Workers Left Outside the Employment Insurance Umbrella : Explanations and a Simple Solution (Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation) - April 16
14. Canada’s Aging Population and Public Policy (Seven-part series, Library of Parliament)
15. Harper's Creepy Crime Bill Street Quiz (Operation Maple)
16. Conservatives using No One Is Illegal to distract from anti-immigrant record (No One Is Illegal) - March 27
17. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2012
- April 20
--- Leading indicators, March 2012 - April 20
--- Study: Job-related training of older workers, 2008 - April 20
--- Employment Insurance, February 2012 - April 19

--- Charitable giving by Canadians, 2010 - April 16
--- Volunteering in Canada, 2010 - April 16
--- Study: Self-employment among immigrants and their children, 1981 to 2006 - April 16

--- Canadian Economic Observer - April 2012 issue - April 16

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

International content

19. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
20. [U.S.] Protecting the Safety Net in Tough Times : Lessons from the States (National Center for Children in Poverty) - April 2012
21. [U.S.] Antipoverty Tax Program [Earned Income Tax Credit] Offers Relief, Though Often Temporary (New York Times) - April 17
22.. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Recent releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- The No-Budge [federal] Budget
- April 2012
--- Good News for People with Disabilities in the Federal Budget - April 2012
--- Old Age Insecurity? February 2012

Recent releases from the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

The No-Budge Budget (PDF - 132K, 38 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/984ENG.pdf
April 2012
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
Abstract (Excerpt):
The Caledon Institute’s analysis of the 2012 Budget argues that a number of its policy announcements are not backed up by solid evidence. Yet evidence – or lack thereof – has not stopped the federal government from taking action in recent years.
The ‘No-Budge Budget’ title for Caledon’s paper is clearly appropriate given the social policy centrepiece of this Budget: the hike in the age of eligibility for Old Age Security from 65 to 67. The Budget tries to soft-pedal the proposed change by emphasizing the gradual and lengthy nature of its implementation and assuring Canadians that the measure will not affect today’s seniors or people currently age 54 or older.
This paper argues there is no need to weaken the strong and effective set of programs that Canada is fortunate to have built over the years – at least not if the policy decisions were guided by the evidence.

Read the complete abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=984


Good News for People with Disabilities in the Federal Budget (PDF - 40K, 7 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/985ENG.pdf
April 2012
By Jack Styan

Abstract (Excerpt):
In this paper, Jack Styan explains the four significant measures announced in Budget 2012 that will make Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) more accessible and useful for people with disabilities and their families. (...)
Budget 2012 announced that:
* “Qualified family members” may now act as holders of new RDSPs
* A new “Proportional Repayment Rule” will replace the “10-year rule” providing greater access to the funds in RDSPs
* Ottawa will now allow more funds to be withdrawn from RDSPs where government contributions exceed personal contributions
* Budget 2012 permits a tax-free rollover of investment income in a Registered Education Savings Plan to an RDSP in certain circumstances starting in 2013.

Read the complete abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=985


Old Age Insecurity? (PDF - 128K, 29 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/983ENG.pdf
February 2012
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson

Abstract (Excerpt):
The controversy over raising the age of entitlement for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 is taking attention away from alternative possible reforms of that vital program, and of Canada’s pension system generally. The allegation that Old Age Security will be unsustainable in future is more a political than a policy judgement, and the substantive evidence does not support it.
(...)
The Caledon report puts forward possible changes for public debate, including:
* A new income benefit to poor seniors aged 65 and 66 so that they do not have to keep working or remain on welfare for two more years.
* An ‘actuarially adjusted’ Old Age Security, where the amount of benefit would vary with the age that beneficiaries choose to begin receiving their payments
* Lowering the clawback on the basic Old Age Security pension, either by reducing the income threshold or raising the reduction rate or both
* Combining Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the age credit and the pension income credit into a single income-tested program with a progressive design.
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Scrapping the costly and regressive pension income splitting tax expenditure and using the savings to bolster the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

The focus on Old Age Security is important, but it threatens to deflect attention from the key to pension reform – boosting the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

Read the complete abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=983

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

2. Recent releases from the Edmonton Social Planning Council:
--- 2012 Alberta general election (party positions on social issues) - April 23
--- The fACTivist: Income Inequality - March 2012

--- Issue Update: The Market Basket Measure - Rebased or Debased? - Winter 2011
--- ESPC Research Links and Resources
--- Responses to the Alberta Social Policy Framework - February 6


The 2012 Alberta general election will take place April 23, 2012.

Alberta Election 2012
http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/alberta/
Complete coverage of the 2012 Alberta election, including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more...

Source:
Election Almanac (formerly nodice.ca)

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ElectionFile Daily Media Roundups:
http://calgary.openfile.ca/blog/curator-blog/curated-news/2012/electionfile-daily-roundups
The Battle for Alberta being waged from now until Election Day, April 23, will be filled with twisted campaign rhetoric, hopeful predictions and endless opinion polls. In an effort to help sort through the countless articles, columns and blog posts published daily, we'll collect some of the day's coverage every Monday through Saturday throughout the campaign.
- includes links to dozens of articles published during the course of the 2012 Alberta election!

From the
Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC):

http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca
NOTE : access to some ESPC content requires (free) registration.

Election issues : Party positions on Poverty

Enough Already: Let's Talk About Poverty
For the duration of the 2012 provincial election, the Edmonton Social Planning will occasionally analyze some of the social policies committed by Alberta's competitive political parties. At the same time, the ESPC will be raising issues related to poverty in Alberta over Twitter.

Here are the brief analyses written so far:

* Commentary on the Wildrose Party Child Tax Credit
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1154/9/

* Commentary on the NDP Child Care Proposal
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1156/9/

* Commentary on the Progressive Conservative Poverty Reduction Plan
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1159/1/

* Commentary on the Alberta Liberal Party ESL Funding Proposal
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1160/9/

* Commentary on the Alberta Party’s Proposals for Democratic Renewal
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1163/1/

* Bottom Lines of the Party Platforms
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1164/1/

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Links to party platforms and costing documents:

* Wild Rose Party
http://www.wildrose.ca/pledge/read-the-pledge/

* NDP
http://albertandp.ca/wherewestand

* Liberal
http://www.albertaliberal.com/platform.php

* Progressive Conservative
http://www.votepc.ca/admin/contentx/default.cfm?h=10106&PageId=10106

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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


The fACTivist: Income Inequality - March 2012
HTML version:

http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1139/276/
PDF version (36 pages, 6.4 MB):
http://goo.gl/HWI96

Winter Edition
March 2012

This edition of the Factivist examines the multifaceted and complex issue of "income inequality". The articles in this issue review how various groups in Canada and Alberta are affected by income inequality, how Alberta compares to other provinces, and different policy drivers that can reduce the income gap.

Foreword: Income Inequality
Income 101: Per Capita Wealth and Inequality
Comparison of Income Inequality in Other Canadian Provinces
Seniors and Poverty: Why Women are at Greater Risk
Income Inequality: Now and Then
What Comes Around, Goes Around: Income Inequality and Children
Income Inequality in Our Immigrant Community
Immigrant Earnings and Inequality
Why Does Income Inequality Matter? A Look at Vancouver
Growing Polarization of Income in Canada: Does Lack of Access to Higher Education Have a Hand in it?
Aboriginal Injustice
Income Inequality in Alberta and its Impacts on Albertan Women
Yes, In My Backyard
The Affordability Gap

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm


Issue Update: The Market Basket Measure - Rebased or Debased?
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1002/
Winter 2011
By John Kolkman
(...) Canada has no official poverty line. Statistics Canada is always reminding us of this. But that doesn’t mean Canada has any shortage of measures of low income serving as de facto poverty lines.

The Market Basket Measure (MBM) is the most recent addition to these measures of low income. The MBM was developed in the late 1990s by the federal and provincial governments to be a better measure of low income. Existing measures such as the Low Income Cut-off (LICO) and the Low Income Measure have been criticized because they are based not on actual living costs but rather on how low income Canadians fare relative to other Canadians. By contrast, the Market Basket Measure would be set at a level reflecting the actual cost of a modest, basic standard of living (see side-bar for more details on the different measures).
(...)
When the initial MBM levels were determined in 2000, the income levels for a family of four were actually slightly higher than for the most widely used low income measure – the Low Income Cut-off measured on an after-tax basis. Social policy organizations including the Edmonton Social Planning Council began to urge provincial governments to base income support levels on the low income measure they had helped design. Suddenly, it was the provinces and the federal government that began losing interest in the MBM.
(...)
the federal government’s quiet release of a report last June called First Comprehensive Review of the Market Basket Measure of Low Income : Final Report [ http://goo.gl/WQVhB - PDF file ] came as a surprise to many who follow social policy and low income issues closely. While the report may have been comprehensive, it certainly was not consultative. It resulted from closed door discussions between two federal Ministries with input from officials from provincial and territorial governments. Public input was restricted to a single session with five hand-picked experts from outside of government.

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


Recommended resource:

ESPC Research Links and Resources
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/28/89/

The links below will take you to a selection of weblinks related to each topic, as well as a list of some of the best resources in our library for each topic.

* Alberta Resources Immigrants & Newcomers
* Canada Resources Incomes & Employment
* Children, Youth & Families Indicators & Measures
* Edmonton Resources Persons with Disabilities
* Education Poverty & Low Income
* Food Security Seniors
* Health & Social Determinants Social Inclusion
* Housing & Homelessness Statistics & Tools


Responses to the Alberta Social Policy Framework (see the table of contents below)
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/content/view/1119/215/
February 6, 2012
The Government of Alberta is in the process of developing a Social Policy Framework:
http://employment.alberta.ca/14654.html

Broadly speaking, this framework is about inclusion and supporting a high quality of life for all Albertans.
The Ministry of Human Services [ http://humanservices.alberta.ca/ ] sought to engage stakeholders in the process of developing the social framework. Below is the Edmonton Social Planning Council's response.

Table of contents:
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Introductory Comment
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Scope
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Strengthen Public Services
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Address Working Poverty
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Improve the Income Support Safety Net
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Keep the 10 Year Homeless Plan on Track
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Take a Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction
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Achieving Success
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Closing Remark

Responses submitted by:
Susan Morrissey, Executive Director
Edmonton Social Planning Council

Source:
Edmonton Social Planning Council
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca

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

3. A Living Wage : How to eliminate poverty in Alberta - April 18
(Joe Ceci in OpenFile Calgary)

A Living Wage : How to eliminate poverty in Alberta
http://calgary.openfile.ca/calgary/text/living-wage-how-eliminate-poverty-alberta
By Joe Ceci
April 18, 2012
The question of where to invest time and resources when promoting improvements to social policies in Canada is one that occupies a significant amount of time, probably too much time, for those advocating with the poor. Do you focus on the availability of affordable housing and wrap-around social supports, or education and job training opportunities, or emergency supports for shelter and food—or all of the above? One potential solution that definitely goes under-promoted is the idea that everyone with a job should minimally earn a living wage.
(...)
Dozens of businesses in Calgary have embraced the living wage approach to employee compensation and have become "living wage leaders." A listing of these companies can be found on the Vibrant Communities Calgary website [ http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/ ]. Support them with your purchasing power if you can because they support their employees! And make sure your elected representatives – at all levels of government—support a living wage policy.
Source:
OpenFile Calgary

http://calgary.openfile.ca/

Also from OpenFile Calgary on the subject of poverty:

* Building a resilient Calgary through poverty prevention
http://calgary.openfile.ca/calgary/text/qa-building-resilient-calgary-through-poverty-prevention
February 9, 2012

* Tearing away the masks of poverty reveals a 'mosaic of faces'
http://calgary.openfile.ca/blog/news/2012/tearing-away-masks-poverty-reveals-mosaic-faces
March 14, 2012

* Why Alberta needs a poverty reduction strategy
http://calgary.openfile.ca/calgary/text/why-alberta-needs-preventative-poverty-reduction-strategy
February 22, 2012

OpenFile Calgary
is part of
OpenFile Canada:

http://www.openfile.ca/
OpenFile is a community-powered news organization operating in seven Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The stories our journalists cover start out as suggestions from people like you. You suggest a story, we assign a reporter. That’s what we mean by community-powered news.

Joe Ceci, author of the first article above on living wage,
is Coordinator of Action to End Poverty in Alberta:
http://actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/

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

4. Quebec's $7 daycare subsidized by Alberta?

Still on the Alberta election 2012 campaign trail...

From the
Montreal Gazette:

Quebec's $7 daycare: the Alberta take vs. the truth
Ignore the Wildrose Line about subsidizing Quebec.
Our [QC's] affordable daycare has been a boon for provincial and federal coffers

http://goo.gl/YPbzg
By Janet Bagnall
April 19, 2012
Alberta is on the march and Quebec is in its sights. Last week, a newspaper columnist demanded to know: “Will Albertans stand up to Quebec?” Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith, for one, intends to do just that. (...) A complaint about the unfairness of having to pay for Quebec’s luxury social programs – $7-a-day daycare, more medical coverage and low-cost tuition – is written right into the Wildrose platform.
(...)
Instead of wishing Quebec’s $7-a-day daycare system an early death, Alberta would do better to breathe some life into one of its own. Our subsidized system doesn’t cost Quebec, the federal government or any other province a dime. It is fully self-sufficient, bringing in more money than it costs in subsidies.

Last week, a paper put out by the Université de Sherbrooke’s research chair on fiscal policy and public finances [ http://goo.gl/UDquv (French only) PDF - 375K, 34 pages] showed that for every $100 the province put in, it got back $104. The federal government made out like a bandit, getting an extra $43 for putting in exactly $0.

Source:
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/

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See also:

Are Albertans really paying for Quebec’s social programs?
http://cwf.ca/commentaries/are-albertans-really-paying-for-quebec-s-social-programs
April 20, 2012
(...)The bottom line is that Albertans contribute more to confederation because our economy is strong. Someone earning $100,000 pays more taxes than someone earning $50,000. Alberta is simply home to more 6-figure salaries.
Because of that wealth, the Alberta government could afford to provide social services that would make Quebec’s seem miserly by comparison. But Albertans have chosen a different path. If Quebecers wish to keep tuition low, enjoy $7-a-day daycare while paying high taxes that risk discouraging economic growth, that’s their decision to make. Besides, would you want to trade places?


Source:
Canada West Foundation
http://cwf.ca

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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

5. From Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum:
--- When a University Recruits Abroad, Who’s in Charge?
- April 20
--- Rex Murphy’s Naive Take on the Quebec Student Protests - April 20

From the
Progressive Economics Forum
:

When a University Recruits Abroad, Who’s in Charge?
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/04/20/when-a-university-recruits-abroad-whos-in-charge/
By Nick Falvo
April 20, 2012
A few years ago, I wrote an opinion piece on “pathway colleges” [ http://goo.gl/uyTho ] —i.e. private companies that recruit students from other countries and then ‘bridge’ them into Canadian universities by providing pre-university courses, including English as a Second Language.

A recent CBC News article [ http://goo.gl/mPFQ ] underlines how perilous such recruitment of post-secondary students from abroad can be, and why it is important that lines of accountability be clear. The article reports on how a “University of Winnipeg recruitment agent” overcharged students who had recently been recruited from China. The students were charged as much as $3,000 per month for room and board.

The students in this case attended the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, which appears to be the high school version of a pathway college. It is located on the campus of the University of Winnipeg. The CBC article states that it is “part of the University of Winnipeg.”

Two quotes from the article really struck me. The first is from the senior adviser to the President of the University Winnipeg, who said: “Their parents entered into a relationship that was outside of the purview, and a contract outside of the institution’s awareness and purview—and in that sense, legal responsibility.”

The second is from Elizabeth Saewyc, a University of British Columbia professor who has done research on students staying in similar ”homestay programs.” In reference to the issue of who’s responsible for the overcharging in this case, she says: “This lack of sort of figuring out who’s in charge really creates the opportunity for kids to fall through the cracks.”

I think this story underlines the importance of clear lines of accountability when Canadian universities recruit students from abroad. When private actors enter into “partnerships” with Canadian universities, who’s actually in charge?

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/


Rex Murphy’s Naive Take on the Quebec Student Protests
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/04/20/rex-murphys-naive-take-on-the-quebec-student-protests/
By Nick Falvo
April 20, 2012
On CBC’s The National last night, Rex Murphy weighed in on Quebec’s student protests; the transcript can be found here, and the three-minute video here. He calls the protests “short sighted,” points out that Quebec already has the lowest tuition fees in Canada, and suggests the students’ actions are “crude attempts at precipitating a crisis.” He says they are the “actions of a mob,” are “simply wrong,” and should be “condemned.”I am glad to learn that Mr. Murphy does not feel inhibited when it comes to expressing himself. However, I think his analysis would be stronger if it included a bit of nuance...

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

6. British Columbia welfare recipients need immediate relief : social advocates - April 19

B.C. welfare recipients need immediate relief
http://goo.gl/kHLM8
April 19, 2012
ByAdrienne Montani, Seth Klein and Lorraine Copas
Two recent events highlight the need for emergency relief for B.C. welfare recipients and make clear that people simply cannot meet basic needs on a welfare income.
The first event was in January, when NDP MLA Jagrup Brar spent a month living on $610, the basic welfare income for a single person [ http://mlaonwelfare.com/ ] . He lost 26 pounds, wound up $7 in debt and had to sell his backpack to pay for a SkyTrain ride home to Surrey. The second was the publication of the report from B.C. members of the Dietitians of Canada comparing the cost of a nutritious basket of food to the support allowance available to welfare recipients. Every one of the five welfare family types studied in the report would have been in the red after paying for food and shelter. Their welfare budgets didn’t allow even one cent for a tube of toothpaste, a bus ticket or a new pair of socks. The revelations from Brar and the dietitians’ report shocked many British Columbians, but were not news to government, welfare recipients and anti-poverty advocates.
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Adrienne Montani is provincial co-ordinator of First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.
Seth Klein is B.C. director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Lorraine Copas is executive director of the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C.
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Source:
Blogs : The Province (Vancouver)
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/blogs/index.html

Related links:

British Columbia MLA Welfare Challenge Update
http://mlaonwelfare.com/

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The Cost of Eating in British Columbia, 2011 (PDF - 4.7MB, 16 pages)
http://goo.gl/U7CGh
Source:
Dietitians of Canada:
http://www.dietitians.ca/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

7. The Manitoba Budget for 2012-2013 was tabled on April 17, 2012.

The 2012 Manitoba Budget was tabled on April 17, 2012.

Manitoba Budget 2012 : Focused on What Matters Most
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/index.html

- main budget page, includes budget highlights and links to all budget papers

Budget 2012 : Focused on what matters most to families
Minister Presents Manitoba's Balanced Approach to Challenges Ahead
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=2012-04-01&item=13733
News Release
April 17, 2012
Budget 2012 is a plan to keep Manitoba moving forward through uncertain times, by focusing on the things that matter most to families and by finding responsible ways to reduce spending, Finance Minister Stan Struthers announced today.

Budget Speech (PDF - 824K, 14 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/speech12.pdf

Manitoba Budget 2012 (PDF - 1.3MB, 46 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers/summary.pdf

Budget Papers
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers.html
* Economic Review and Outlook
* Supplementary Financial Information
* Taxation Adjustments
* The Manitoba Advantage

* Update on Major Transfer Arrangements - pdf - 452 k
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers/fiscal_arrangements.pdf

* Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Inclusion- pdf - 442 k
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers/poverty.pdf
Contents:
--- Reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion
--- Key Priorities for 2012
--- 2012 Budget measures that support poverty reduction and social inclusion
--- How we will measure our progress
Excerpt from p. 4:
"The Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) program (social assistance) is now located within Manitoba Entrepreneurship,
Training and Trade. EIA participants who can work will now get speedy access to employment, training and supports. This is
an efficient and effective way to help Manitobans most in need to move from social assistance into employment.
To support those Manitobans with severe disabilities that prohibit them from working, the province is working actively with
other provincial governments and the Government of Canada to pursue a pan-Canadian basic income support program for
working-age Canadians."

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Budget analysis and critiques

From
the CBC:

Manitoba budget cuts spending, raises taxes
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/04/17/mb-budget-manitoba-main.html
April 17, 2012
Manitobans will pay more for gas, cigarettes and spa treatments as the NDP government struggles to slay a $1-billion deficit by hiking taxes and user fees. In its budget tabled Tuesday, the province is boosting fees for land titles, birth, marriage and death certificates to bring in an extra $7 million.

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

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Manitoba Budget:

Surplus Target Date Maintained (PDF - 624K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/mb12.pdf
April 18, 2012
Highlights
• Manitoba’s deficit of $460 million for fiscal 2012-13 is much smaller than the $1.1 billion shortfall estimated for fiscal 2011-12. To recall, last year’s figure included large, unanticipated flood-related expenses.
• Still, the Province expects to eliminate its deficit by fiscal 2014-15 as originally planned. Revenue generating measures such as increases in the gasoline and tobacco taxes and user fees will help close the fiscal gap.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

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- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

8. The Canadian Constitution was patriated on April 17, 1982.

The Canadian Constitution was patriated on April 17, 1982.
[ http://goo.gl/kGBrR ]

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From
Huffington Post Canada:

Charter Of Rights Anniversary:
Stephen Harper Says Charter's Divided History Keeps Him From Celebrating
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/16/stephen-harper-charter-of-rights_n_1429678.html
April 16, 2012
SANTIAGO, Chile - The Conservative government has been notably silent on the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Stephen Harper says there's a reason for that. (...) Harper offered a qualified response on the significance of the Charter in Canadian history.

"In terms of the anniversary, the Charter was an important step forward in the development of Canadian rights policy, a process that began in earnest with (Conservative prime minister) John Diefenbaker's Bill of Rights in 1960, so it's a little over 50 years old," Harper said. (...) Harper alluded to the fact that Quebec did not sign on to the Constitution Act of 1982, of which the Charter was a part. Two other attempts to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold — the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords — failed.

"In terms of this as an anniversary, I think it's an interesting and important step, but I would point out that the Charter remains inextricably linked to the patriation of the Constitution and the divisions around that matter, which as you know are still very real in some parts of the country," Harper said.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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From the
Globe and Mail:

How the Charter helped define Canada
http://goo.gl/7c0yA
By Louise Arbour*
April 16, 2012
The most significant political event of post-Second World War Canada may be the enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It has transformed a country obsessed with the federal-provincial division of powers and enabled it to address its diversity in a substantive, principled way. This was not inevitable. Credit is due in large part to the quality of the judicial branch of governance and, obviously, to the legal profession.
[ * Louise Arbour is the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She has since July 2009 served as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group - http://www.crisisgroup.org/ ]

More about Louise Arbour:
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail.asp?crinmailID=2669#hc
[From the Child Rights International Network]


30 in 30, the Charter showdown:
Vote for what changed Canada the most

http://goo.gl/UnJ5s
By Kirk Makin
April 13, 2012
To mark 30 years of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we want to know - what Charter cases have had the most effect on our country? We've selected 30 of the most important cases to reach the Supreme Court. Vote on whether you think each case improved or diminished Canada. Join the debate in the comments or on Twitter, and we may print some of your best points. Includes comments by Prof. Jamie Cameron, constitutional expert at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.


Conservatives won’t hold formal event to mark Constitution’s 30th birthday
http://goo.gl/Z3Pnq
By Andy Blatchford
April 12, 2012
The Harper government says it will mark the 30th anniversary of the patriation of the Constitution – by issuing a couple of news releases. Heritage Minister James Moore said Thursday he will commemorate the Constitution's birthday next week by releasing a statement. Mr. Moore said the Justice Department, which is in charge of the tribute, will do the same. (...) The Constitution was patriated on April 17, 1982 following a long campaign by then-Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau. It is the backbone of Canada's governing system and its framework for legal rights.

533 comments about this article:
http://goo.gl/nE3zR

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


From the
Toronto Star:

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms at 30
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1162615
April 16, 2012
Thirty years ago, on April 17, 1982, Queen Elizabeth, sitting under a wet and gloomy sky in front of Canada’s Parliament Buildings, proclaimed in force the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — a key element of the new Constitution Act. This event did not bring about a transformation of Canada’s political life — it has not significantly added sensitivity to human rights to our politics. But what it did do was bring a missing legal instrument to Canadian liberal democracy: constitutional entrenchment of such basic rights as freedom of association, speech and religion, due process and equality.

At 30, the Charter of Rights has reshaped our society, for the better
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1161574
Editorial
April 14, 2012
Think of it as a shield against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, adopted 30 years ago this week, protects us all. Time and again, Canadians have invoked it to challenge overbearing government power, to expand freedoms including that of free speech and of the press, to right wrongs and to remedy inequality. It is one of our great treasures Indeed, Canadians put it on a par with such icons as Confederation itself, and universal health care. And for good reason. We look to the Charter for guidance on the political, legal, social and ethical issues that define our lives.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

9. Media and Policy News: Tuesday - April 17
(By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Media and Policy News: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
http://goo.gl/Zs6GN
Selected content
[Click the link above to access all articles for April 17.]
By Jennefer Laidley - Income Security Advocacy Centre

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: 30th Anniversary Today

Here are just a few of the many news stories about the Charter’s 30th anniversary – do a Google news search and you’ll see the enduring controversy around the Charter

The Charter is a trendsetter:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/04/16/f-charter-30-intl.html

Ibbitson says the Charter is Canada’s gift to the world:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/john-ibbitson/the-charter-proves-to-be-canadas-gift-to-world/article2403254/

Andrew Coyne: Canada’s Charter of Rights imposes vital limits on the discretion of government:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/16/andrew-coyne-canadas-charter-of-rights-imposes-vital-limits-on-the-discretion-of-government/

Chretien on the Charter:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/16/chretien-interview.html

Metro Morning’s interview with Clayton Ruby on the Charter:
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/04/17/charter-turns-30/

And another interview with the founder of The Charter Project:
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/03/12/anniversary-of-charter/

Here’s the link to The Charter Project:
http://charterproject.ca/

What Harper thinks about the Charter:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/16/stephen-harper-charter-of-rights_n_1429678.html

What Irwin Cotler thinks about what Harper thinks about the Charter:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/irwin-cotler/charter-anniversary_b_1429785.html

Tax Fairness

Canadians beginning to understand that, in the immortal words of Milton Freedman, there is no free lunch:
http://finance.sympatico.ca/home/contentposting_reuters/canadians_ok_with_higher_taxes_to_fight_inequality/565c5f26

Taxing the rich = ethnic cleansing. Um, well, no:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/commentary/barrie-mckenna/taxing-the-rich-akin-to-ethnic-cleansing-seriously/article2402977/

The interview that started this “ethnic cleansing” thing:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/taxing-rich

A great blog response:
http://ethnicaisle.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/ethnic-cleansing-vs-taxes/

How taxing the rich is gaining momentum:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/16/kelly-mcparland-tax-the-rich-may-be-a-bad-idea-but-opponents-are-losing-the-argument/

Walkom says that tax fairness is no longer a taboo topic:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1161262--walkom-tax-fairness-no-longer-a-taboo-topic

And his earlier column around Doctors for Fair Taxation:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1149981--walkom-these-high-income-docs-want-the-rich-to-pay

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- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

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Federal Issues

Ending the National Council of Welfare:
http://www.thestar.com/printarticle/1160732

Unplugging the Community Access Program:
http://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2012/04/17/Community-Web-Access-Cut/

The demonization of dissent: Canadian style:
http://philanthropynews.alliancemagazine.org/demonization-of-dissent-canadian-style/

Alex Himelfarb on how the progressive Canadian state is being dismantled:
http://afhimelfarb.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/going-going-gone-dismantling-the-progressive-state/

Seniors’ Poverty / OAS:

Susan Eng of CARP on the CTV news on seniors’ poverty:

http://www.carp.ca/2011/12/21/susan-eng-on-ctv-news-seniors-in-poverty/

New publication from the CCPA on working over 65 – and what’s at stake:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/working-after-age-65

Employment Insurance:

Tougher Employment Insurance rules coming:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1160688--budget-2012-conservatives-to-unveil-tougher-ei-rules

International

The Rich and the Rest of Us in America:
http://www.therichandtherestofus.com/

To subscribe to the Media and Policy News eblast, go to:
http://eepurl.com/jF-Xj

Thanks for the above media links to:

Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/
Email: laidleyj@lao.on.ca

10. Working After Age 65 : What is at Stake? - April 3
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Working After Age 65:
What is at Stake?
(PDF - 512K, 12 pages)
http://goo.gl/fgjta
By Angella MacEwen
April 16, 2012
It is argued by some that eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) at age 65 discourages older Canadians from remaining in the workforce, and that we need to keep them working longer to avoid present and future labour shortages and a sharp rise in the so-called “dependency” ratio (the ratio of retirees to the working-age population). Accordingly, the federal government proposes to phase-in an increase in the age of eligibility from age 65 to age 67, affecting Canadians who are now 54 and younger.

This paper looks at some of the realities of working past age 65, and examines what an increase in the OAS eligibility age will mean for those who will have no choice but to work longer in the future.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

11. Nova Scotia Budget 2012 - April 3

Nova Scotia Budget 2012:
Making life better for families

April 3, 2012

http://novascotia.ca/budget2012/
- Budget home page, includes links to all Budget 2012 documents
- also includes links to:
* jobsHere * Better Care Sooner * Helping Make Life More Affordable * For Seniors [ http://novascotia.ca/budget2012/seniors/ ] * For Students * For Families [ http://novascotia.ca/budget2012/families/ ] * For Business

Budget 2012 documents:
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/budgetdocuments/2011_2013.aspx
- incl. links to budget address, assumptions and schedules, budget bulletins*, highlights, estimates and business plans
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[* Bulletin titles : Creating Good Jobs and Growing the Economy - Better Care Sooner - Making Life More Affordable for Nova Scotians - Kids and Learning First - Living within our Means - Tax Changes]
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Budget analysis and critiques

From
the CBC:

N.S. delivers modest help in surprise-free budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/04/03/ns-budget-your-vote.html
April 3, 2012
The Dexter government has sprinkled in modest tax breaks and initiatives for low-income Nova Scotians in what it says will be its last deficit budget before an expected election. The 2012-13 budget, unveiled Tuesday, contains few surprises since many cuts and spending announcements have already been made. The NDP government expects to overspend by $211.2 million in 2012-13, but promises a balanced budget after that — which could be an election year.

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Reaction to the N.S. budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/04/03/ns-reaction-budget.html
April 3, 2012

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

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Nova Scotia Budget:

April 4, 2012
Light at the End of the Tunnel (PDF - 656K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/ns12.pdf
Nova Scotia is projecting that its deficit will be erased by fiscal 2013-14, maintaining the target date it had set in last year’s budget. The deficit for FY 2011-12 is estimated at $261 million, or $129 million lower than projected in the 2011 Budget.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]


Canada's provincial budgets
http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/budgets-provinces/
View Budget 2012-2013 highlights for each jurisdiction by clicking its link in the left margin of this page.
Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/


- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

12. [New Brunswick] At Budget Time, the Poor Get Ignored - April 2
(Huffington Post Canada)

At Budget Time, the Poor Get Ignored
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/hassan-arif/budget-2012-poor_b_1390150.html
April 2, 2012
In times of budget deficits, austerity frequently becomes the buzzword with cuts to social programs, the civil service, and balancing the budget in strict mathematical terms. The programs often most readily cut are those designed to help the poorest and most vulnerable -- as this group has less resources to organize itself politically and lobby governments.

This tendency is true of governments of various political stripes, the Chretien Liberals abolished Canada's national housing program [ http://goo.gl/K0mxf ] -- making Canada the only industrialized country without a national public housing program -- in the 1990s while, more recently, the Alward Conservatives here in New Brunswick have been rolling back provisions of the last government's poverty reduction program [ http://goo.gl/IOzbR ]. Cutting programs that help the poor may be politically expedient, but it is not morally right, and fiscally can have disastrous consequences.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

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

13. Workers Left Outside the Employment Insurance Umbrella : Explanations and a Simple Solution - April 16
(Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation)

Canada needs temporary unemployment assistance: think tank
http://goo.gl/pJt1i
By Barrie McKenna
April 17, 2012
Young workers, women, immigrants and urban dwellers are chronic losers in Canada’s Employment Insurance regime. They’re less likely to get EI when they’re out of work, and those that do, must work much harder to earn it. A new report being released Tuesday by the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre public policy think tank says the solution is a new system of temporary unemployment assistance, or TUA.
Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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From the
Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation
:

Workers Left Outside the Employment Insurance Umbrella:
Explanations and a Simple Solution
April 16, 2012

Complete report (PDF - 1.4MB, 41 pages)
http://mowatcentre.ca/pdfs/mowatResearch/61.pdf

Abstract (Excerpt):
http://mowatcentre.ca/research-topic-mowat.php?mowatResearchID=61
This paper makes the case for a significant adjustment to how the federal government supports the unemployed. This new study follows on the heels of the Mowat Centre EI Task Force [ http://www.mowateitaskforce.ca/ ] , which released its recommendations in November, 2011. Deepening and expanding upon a core argument of the Mowat Centre EI Task Force, the new paper suggests a Temporary Unemployment Assistance (TUA) program to plug some of the gaps left by the federal EI system.

Source:
Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation

http://www.mowatcentre.ca/
The Mowat Centre is an independent, non-partisan think tank. Our research focuses on the federal policy frameworks and strategies that will most strongly affect Ontario's prosperity and quality of life in the next century. Our research is comparative, our recommendations are evidence-based and our proposals are grounded in an understanding of how government works and what makes Canada special.

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

14. Canada’s Aging Population and Public Policy (Seven-part series)
(Library of Parliament)

From the
Library of Parliament:

Canada’s Aging Population and Public Policy (Seven-part series)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/social-e.htm
[NOTE: For a PDF version, click a link below, then (on the next page) click the PDF link just before the table of contents.]

1. Statistical Overview (Feb. 2012)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2011-63-e.htm

2. The Effects on Economic Growth and Government Finances (Dec. 2011)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2011-121-e.htm

3. The Effects on Health Care (Oct. 2011)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2011-122-e.htm

4. The Effects on Public Pensions (Aug. 2011)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2011-120-e.htm

5. The Effects on Employers and Employees (Feb. 2012)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2012-07-e.htm

6. The Effects on Home Care (Jan. 2012)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2012-03-e.htm

7. The Effects on Community Planning (Jan. 2012)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2012-02-e.htm

Source:
Parliamentary Information and Research Service of the Library of Parliament:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-e.asp

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

Also from the
Library of Parliament:

Summary of the Omnibus Crime Bill
Revised February 17, 2012

http://goo.gl/qvAe8

Legislative Summary of Bill C-10: An Act to enact the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and to amend the State Immunity Act, the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other Acts.

Source:
Parliamentary Information and Research Service of the Library of Parliament:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-e.asp

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

15. Harper's Creepy Crime Bill Street Quiz - March 27
(
Operation Maple)


Harper's Creepy Crime Bill Street Quiz
[
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzj5BpztxSs ]
[or click anywhere in the video box to the right of this text.]

Source:
Operation Maple
http://www.operationmaple.com
Canadians are proud people, proud of our cities, farmland and forests, proud of our healthcare and our education system, and proud of our rights and of our social assistance safety net. These are the very reasons why we slap Canadian flags on our travel bags and answer without hesitation “I’m from Canada”. The reality is that these “things” that we are so proud of as Canadians, these “things” that we speak so highly of, are being sold off, taken away, and trampled on. Stephen Harper and his government have successfully dismantled the Canada that our ancestors fought for. He has sent our jobs overseas, privatized our healthcare system, and has allowed a corporate take over of our nation. Operation Maple is a project with the mission to “Take Back Canada” and we are doing it with and for Canadian’s coast to coast.
[ About Operation Maple
http://www.operationmaple.com/about-us ]

[ http://www.operationmaple.com includes links to : Word on the Street - Funny Politicians - Big Business - Music Videos - Propaganda - FYI - Fighting Back

 

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

16. Conservatives using No One Is Illegal to distract from anti-immigrant record - March 27
(No One Is Illegal)

Conservatives using No One Is Illegal to distract from anti-immigrant record
Joint release from No One Is Illegal - Halifax, Montreal,
London, Toronto and Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.
http://goo.gl/zsqKM
March 27, 2012
Canada, Turtle Island - Immigrant and refugee rights groups from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver were brought up in Parliament yesterday and targetted in a press release by Minister of Deportation Jason Kenney. The Tories have charged that No One Is Illegal is "not simply another noisy activist group but hard-line anti-Canadian extremists".
TIP: Scroll to the bottom of the article for links to seven related links.

Source:
rabble.ca:
[ http://rabble.ca ]

Related links:

No One Is Illegal
http://www.nooneisillegal.org/
No One Is Illegal is a migrant justice movement rooted in anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, climate justice, Indigenous self determination, anti-occupation & anti-oppressive community.We strive and struggle for the right to remain, the freedom to move, and the right to return.

No One Is Illegal - MONTRÉAL
http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.ca/

No One Is Illegal - OTTAWA
http://noii-ottawa.blogspot.ca/

No One Is Illegal - TORONTO
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/

No One Is Illegal - VANCOUVER
http://noii-van.resist.ca/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

17. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2012
- April 20
--- Leading indicators, March 2012 - April 20
--- Study: Job-related training of older workers, 2008 - April 20
--- Employment Insurance, February 2012 - April 19

--- Charitable giving by Canadians, 2010 - April 16
--- Volunteering in Canada, 2010 - April 16
--- Study: Self-employment among immigrants and their children, 1981 to 2006 - April 16

--- Canadian Economic Observer - April 2012 issue - April 16

What's new from 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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April 20, 2012
Consumer Price Index, March 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120420/dq120420a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.9% between March 2011 and March 2012, following a 2.6% increase in February. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.2% from February to March.
- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit
* Consumer Price Index and major components

Source:
The Consumer Price Index
- product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&lang=eng
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
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* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ earlier editions of this report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&chropg=1&lang=eng ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-557-X&lang=eng

Related subjects:

* Prices and price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3956&lang=eng&more=0

* Consumer price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3956&id=2178&lang=eng&more=0

April 20, 2012
Leading indicators, March 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120420/dq120420b-eng.htm
The composite leading index rose 0.4% in March, following a 0.7% rise in February. This was the index's ninth consecutive monthly increase. Of the 10 components, 8 advanced.

April 20, 2012
Study: Job-related training of older workers, 2008
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120420/dq120420c-eng.htm
Older workers in 2008 were significantly less likely to participate in job-related training than their counterparts in the core working-age population. Overall, younger employees reported receiving more job-related training than their older counterparts

April 19, 2012
Employment Insurance, February 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120419/dq120419a-eng.htm
In February, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits fell by 6,700 (-1.2%) to 552,800.
- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Tables by subject: Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/ind01/l3_2621_2627-eng.htm?hili_none

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2621&lang=eng&more=0

* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&more=0

* Non-wage benefits
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&more=0

[ earlier editions of this report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=73-002-X&chropg=1&lang=en ]

April 16, 2012
Study: Volunteering in Canada, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120416/dq120416b-eng.htm
In 2010, more than 13.3 million people—accounting for 47% of Canadians aged 15 and over—did volunteer work. Overall, volunteers devoted almost 2.1 billion hours to their volunteer activities: a volume of work that is equivalent to just under 1.1 million full-time jobs. A small proportion of these volunteers (10%) accounted for 53% of all hours given to non-profit and charitable organizations.

Related articles:

Charitable giving by Canadians, 2010
HTML:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11637-eng.htm
PDF (170K):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11637-eng.pdf
By Martin Turcotte
April 16, 2012
This article examines charitable giving by Canadians, comparing information about donors and donations in 2010 and 2007. It profiles the types of organizations that received the larger amounts of donations, distinguishing between religious and other organizations. It also looks at motivations for donating and reasons for not giving more, including what may have bothered donors about how they were asked to donate. The data comes from the 2010 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

Volunteering in Canada, 2010
HTML:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11638-eng.htm
PDF (183K):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11638-eng.pdf
By Mireille Vézina and Susan Crompton
April 16, 2012
This article examines volunteering in Canada: volunteer rates, number of hours volunteered and types of organizations supported. It describes key socioeconomic characteristics of volunteers, types of volunteer activities, motivations for volunteering and barriers to volunteering. The article also examines “informal volunteering”, that is, direct help provided to family, friends and neighbours. Data are from the 2010 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

Source:
Canadian Social Trends
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/11-008-x2012001-eng.htm

Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-008-x&lang=eng
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]

April 16, 2012
Study: Self-employment among immigrants and their children, 1981 to 2006
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120416/dq120416c-eng.htm
In 2006, Canadian-born sons of immigrants aged 25 to 44 had lower self-employment rates than immigrant fathers had at the same age 25 years earlier.
The decline in the self-employment rate was also observed from Canadian-born fathers to their sons' generation. About 12% of Canadian-born men with immigrant parents were self-employed in 2006, compared with 14% of immigrant fathers in 1981. About 10% of Canadian-born men with Canadian-born parents were self-employed, compared with 12% of their Canadian-born fathers.

Related study:

Bosses of Their Own: Are Children of Immigrants
More Likely than Their Parents to Be Self-Employed?

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2012341-eng.htm

April 16, 2012
Canadian Economic Observer - April 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-010-x/11-010-x2012004-eng.htm
Sections:
1. Current economic conditions
2. Economic events
3. Recent feature articles
4. National accounts
5. Labour markets
6. Prices
7. International trade
8. Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
9. Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
10. Financial markets
11. Provincial (latest Unemployment rates and Consumer Price Index)
Tables
Charts
Appendices
User information
Related products

Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main 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. ]

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2239&lang=eng&more=0

* Current conditions
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2239&id=712&lang=eng&more=0

* Economic accounts
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3764&lang=eng&more=0

* Leading indicators
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3764&id=1880&lang=eng&more=0


The Daily Archives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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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Related link:
Gilles' Statistics Canada Link Archive
(3,000+ links to selected StatCan social studies going back to 2008)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/statcan_link_archive.htm

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

18. 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

April 21, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

L’impact des services de garde à contribution réduite sur le taux d’activité féminin, le revenu intérieur et les revenus gouvernementaux
http://goo.gl/wPmmg
18 Apr 2012 | Quebec
(Full report only available in French)
Report examines the tax revenue generated from Quebec's $7 a day child care program. Concludes that "every $ 100 investment from the Government of Quebec [for the child care program] gave a $104 tax return and also contributed to a $43 gift to the federal government".

International review of leave policies and related research 2011
http://goo.gl/ntKyz
18 Apr 2012 | International
Annual review from the International Network on Leave Policies and Research compares maternity and parental leave policies across 30 countries. Canada country note says "there is no entitlement to ECEC at any age, and levels of attendance at formal services for children under and over 3 years are below the average for the 30 countries included in this review".

Going, going, gone: Dismantling the progressive state
http://goo.gl/9OLhb
18 Apr 2012 | Canada
Alex Himelfarb blogs about the 2012 Federal budget and remarks, "this budget gives pretty clear signals of a different Canada, perhaps hard to get at because it is not about building but about dismantling: not dismantling the state - witness the expanded use of the coercive criminal law power and the build up of our military and security apparatus - so much as rolling back the progressive state".

The economic value of child care
http://goo.gl/UjFFL
18 Apr 2012 | Ontario
Report from the County of Wellington in Guelph Ontario, concludes that "Wellington and Guelph's economic wealth will benefit from high quality child care and early childhood education across all of our service planning areas".

BC child care advocates at the United Nations to defend children’s rights
http://goo.gl/Rvx0L
18 Apr 2012 | British Columbia
Susan Harney describes how and why the 'Child Care is a Right' project was created and how it has developed.

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.

Janet Bagnall: $7 daycare: the Alberta take vs. the truth
http://goo.gl/hCq3G
20 Apr 2012 | Quebec

Daycare task force holds first meeting
http://goo.gl/3zD7d
20 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Local candidates discuss childcare platforms
http://goo.gl/4cz1j
18 Apr 2012 | Alberta

Christine Quinn: Mayor Bloomberg's child care cuts 'unacceptable'
http://goo.gl/Mdxlj
18 Apr 2012 | United States

Learning crucial to childcare: Coalition
http://goo.gl/jSs40
18 Apr 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.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

19. 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. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 20:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/20/
High School Graduation Rates - Michigan
Medical Home Network - Chicago, IL
Voter Registration at Public Assistance Agencies - Georgia
Budget Cuts to Programs for the Poor - Florida, Maine
Health Insurance Coverage in the US

April 19:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/19/
Cash Assistance Program - Pakistan
Relocated Public Housing Residents
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs

April 18:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/18/
Medicaid Cuts - Illinois
Public Assistance Reporting Information System
Youth Unemployment - Europe

April 17:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/17/
Poverty Rate - New York City
Earned Income Tax Credit
Black Unemployment in the UK and US

April 16:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/04/16/
State Budget and Programs for Children - Missouri
Homelessness Among Veterans
State Medicaid Cuts - Illinois

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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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

20. [U.S.] Protecting the Safety Net in Tough Times : Lessons from the States - April 2012
(
National Center for Children in Poverty)

From the
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP):

Protecting the Safety Net in Tough Times : Lessons from the States
http://nccp.org/publications/pub_1061.html
April 2012

By Curtis Skinner

Excerpt from the full report:

The Great Recession and its lingering aftermath has damaged state budgets to an extent unseen for decades, severely challenging states’ capacity to support critical social safety net programs. Fiscal year 2012 will mark the fourth consecutive year that states have confronted significant shortfall between revenues and expenditures. Over this period, states have confronted – and largely solved – a cumulative $510.5 billion in budget gaps. While the economy and the fiscal picture appear to be slowly improving, states continue to confront serious challenges.
(...)
This policy report offers a summary of the various approaches states are taking or propose taking to balance their budgets. We highlight revenue- and spending-side approaches that are protective of low-income families and endeavor to identify some best practices that other states might adopt. Finally, we seek to draw some lessons in fiscal management that may help states better weather future downturns without putting their most vulnerable populations at risk.

Complete report (PDF - 1.5MB, 24 pages)
http://nccp.org/publications/pdf/text_1061.pdf

Source:
National Center for Children in Poverty
http://nccp.org/
The National Center for Children in Poverty is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

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

21. [U.S.] Antipoverty Tax Program [Earned Income Tax Credit] Offers Relief, Though Often Temporary - April 17
(
New York Times)

[U.S.] Earned Income Tax Credit
*
http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96406,00.html
*
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earned_income_tax_credit

Antipoverty Tax Program Offers Relief, Though Often Temporary
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/us/antipoverty-tax-program-offers-relief-though-temporary.html
By Sabrina Tavernise
April 17, 2012
(...) It is tax time, the season when the country’s largest antipoverty program, the earned income tax credit, plows billions of dollars into mailboxes and bank accounts of low-income working Americans (...) Nearly one in five filers now receive the credit — about 28 million returns in the 2010 tax year, the most recent year figures are available — representing the highest percentage since the program began in the 1970s, according to the Brookings Institution.

The effect has been significant. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a research group based in Washington, estimates the credit lifted about six million Americans out of poverty last year. (...) But the boost is often temporary. Many people who receive the credit fall back into poverty over the course of the year, caught in the same cycle of low-wage work and reliance on credit that put them there in the first place.

Source:
New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/

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

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Related link from the
Parliamentary Information and Research Service of the Library of Parliament:

Scaling the Welfare Wall : Earned Income Tax Credits (2 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/prb0598-e.html
By
Sheena Starky
31 March 2006
[ PDF : http://goo.gl/ZqNP8 ]

Contents:
* Introduction
* The "Welfare Wall"
* Earned Income Tax Credits
* Conclusion
* Selected References and Links

I wanted to highlight this excerpt (below) from "The Welfare Wall", which offers a spot-on description of the perverse effects of the interaction between social assistance and personal income taxation in Canada, and how that interaction can create barriers to work.

"Canadians who receive social assistance and subsequently accept low-paying employment face a series of consequences that could potentially make them worse off, including: higher income and payroll taxes; new work-related expenses such as transportation, clothing and childcare; reduced income support in the form of social assistance and income-tested refundable tax credits; and loss of in-kind benefits such as subsidized housing and prescription drugs."

Source:
Parliamentary Information and Research Service of the Library of Parliament
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-e.asp

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- Go to the Welfare and Welfare Reforms in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welref.htm

22. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

18 April 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1272
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4198
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- No rights for rape victims
- Children's rights are not relative
- Refugees left in limbo
- Child-sensitive media
- Looking at the root causes
- Complicit families and judges
- UN news
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Andorra
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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And now, for something completely different...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRU6tQdyYqQ

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Jeopardy Contestants Fail To Guess Name Of Canada's Prime Minister (video)
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/20/stephen-harper-jeopardy-video-question_n_1441558.html
April 20, 2012

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The Little (Canadian Government) Black Book Of Scams
http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/03074.html

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For coffee snobs - but only the ultra-rich coffee snobs:
BEHOLD THE COFFEE FAUCET!
http://www.wimp.com/coffeefaucet/

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Hopefully, this will settle the matter:
http://goo.gl/FpE6l
For self-anointed prescriptivists of the King's English and other anal retentives...

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Advanced Cat Yodeling (video, duration 2:44):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxLG2wtE7TM

...from the same guys who gave us:

An Engineer's Guide to Cats (video, duration 6:58):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4

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And, just in case there's someone out there who hasn't figured this one out:

 

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