Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 22, 2014

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,703 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. How government can empty out a bank account and leave you with nothing - May 19 (Tess in Open Policy Blog)
2.
National Aboriginal Day - Honouring Our Past, Building Our Future - June 21
3. Media and Policy News for 20 June (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Manitoba Government announces two new social programs : Co-operative Work Experience and Rent Assist (Winnipeg Free Press) - June 19
5. Bill C-585: An Act to Exclude Refugees from Social Assistance (Canada Without Poverty) - June 18
6. Canadian Health Care Isn't As Good As You Think It Is (Huffington Post Canada) - June 17
7. [Prince Edward Island] Healthy diet not possible on social assistance (CBC News) - June 16
8. Big Brother : Here's Lookin' At You, Kid (Huffington Post Canada) - June 16
9. National Public Service Week + Five signs your Prime Minister doesn't like public servants (Press Progress) - June 16
10. [Historical] Dismantling Social Welfare : Chronology of federal govt. cutbacks, 1985-1995 (Marjorie Griffin Cohen et al.) - November 1995
11. Selected summer media scan sources
12. Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation and newsletter subscriptions
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2014 - June 20
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2013 - June 20
--- Employment Insurance, April 2014 - June 19
--- Canadian Demographics at a Glance - June 19
--- Understanding Labour Force Data [in Newsletter for Communities, June 2014]
--- Global stats (StatCan Blog) - June 18
--- Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada - June 18
--- Migration: Interprovincial, 2011/2012 - June 18

--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2014 - June 17
--- Study: Mixed unions in Canada, 2011
- June 17
--- Canada's population estimates: Census families, July 2013 - June 17

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

International content

15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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

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Pause for reflection...

1. How government can empty out a bank account and leave you with nothing - May 19
(Tess in Open Policy Blog)

Guest Blog from Tess:
Without warning! How government can empty out a bank account and leave you with nothing
http://openpolicyontario.com/guest-blog-from-tess-without-warning-how-government-can-empty-out-a-bank-account-and-leave-you-with-nothing/
May 19, 2014
Wherein Tess learns that the National Student Loan Service Centre [ http://www.canlearn.ca/eng/index.shtml ] and Toronto Social Services [ http://goo.gl/0sdPZc ] don't talk much, and it's folks like her who are often in a financial bind as a result.
"Clearly, these two governmental systems (NSLSC, and TSS) were interacting in my family’s life in ways that were simply not working. However, rather than pointing blame toward one or the other player, I would like to outline a model of what effective support could have looked like for citizens in my situation..."

Source:
Open Policy - John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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

2. National Aboriginal Day - Honouring Our Past, Building Our Future - June 21

June 21, 2014

National Aboriginal Day - Honouring Our Past, Building Our Future
http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1402078151450/1402078286896

Governor General's Proclamation
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013718/1100100013719

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Aboriginal Day
http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/06/21/statement-prime-minister-canada-national-aboriginal-day

National Aboriginal Day on June 21 kick starts Celebrate Canada!, an 11 day celebration that also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)!

Source:
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/

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

3. Media and Policy News for 20 June
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 20 June 2014

http://goo.gl/8hK7vd

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

“It’s nuts” that social assistance programs across Canada don’t provide enough for healthy food
Thousands denied federal disability benefits waiting more than a year for new federal tribunal appeal hearings
Saskatchewan advocate says federal tribunal appeals process a “David and Goliath battle”
Massive appeals backlog “a disgrace”
Changes to temporary foreign worker program announced today
Manitoba announces two new social programs for people on social assistance and low income workers

Ontario

Big Trout Lake residents invite other Canadians to experience life on reserve
The Spec: Why we need an Ontario pension plan
Ontario Human Rights Commission issues new policy on rights of people with mental illness and addictions
And here’s the fact sheet
New report to show Ontario being shortchanged $1.2 billion in equalization payments
Profile of Dr. Danielle Martin, who says doctors “should be at the front of the parade to try to reduce poverty in Canada”
Steve Paikin’s roundup of “what else happened” in the Ontario election

Around the Province

Bruce County pilot project to train youth on social assistance through the county’s trails program
St. Catherines Woman on ODSP pays half her benefit cheque in rent
Readers’ comments
Reporter on the above story asks, why do we vilify the poor?
Video: Reporter reads readers’ comments on the story
In Toronto, community activists speak out against TAVIS policing initiative
Inclusionary zoning one critical response to crisis of affordable housing in Toronto
Partnerships bring skills development to people on social assistance in St. Ste. Marie

Across the Country

BC’s poverty reduction pilot projects “an embarrassing stance on poverty”
Alberta scraps P3 model for building schools

National

Income inequality even more pronounced when income held in private holding companies included
Press Progress: Canada's rich are richer than you think
New PSAC video, “Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom”
Doctors have a duty to find out if poverty plays a role in a patient’s medical issues
Canadians’ views on the foreign worker program

International

Poverty hits twice as many British households as 30 years ago
Welfare cuts and the bedroom tax forcing families in poverty into homelessness
Welfare cuts one year on: Britain's poorest on par with former Eastern bloc
Nick Pearce of IPPR says challenging concentrations of power must be the new terrain of social democracy
Head of Goldman Sachs says income inequality is “very destabilizing” and “has to be dealt with”
Robert Reich: The three biggest lies about poverty

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

4. Manitoba Government announces two new social programs : Co-operative Work Experience and Rent Assist - June 19
(Winnipeg Free Press)

Manitoba Government introduces new programs to help
Employment and Income Assistance participants to find good jobs
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=&item=31446
News Release
June 19, 2014
The Manitoba government is introducing two new programs that will help employment and income assistance participants find good jobs while continuing to grow the province’s skilled workforce, Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

Through the Manitoba Works! Co-operative Work Experience Program, community-based organizations will help more than 250 employment and income assistance (EIA) participants to overcome barriers to employment and the challenges in finding and keeping good jobs.
(...)
Minister Oswald also announced details on Manitoba’s Rent Assist program, a new financial benefit available to both social assistance recipients and other low-income Manitobans. Rent Assist will replace the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs.
Individuals on EIA living in private rental accommodations will receive increases of between $50 and $70 per month for shelter costs. Single individuals, for example, will now receive $435 dollars per month, compared to the previous $365 per month.

Minister Oswald also reiterated the government’s commitment that rates will increase over a four-year period to 75 per cent of Median Market Rent (MMR) for EIA participants.

Manitoba Works! and Rent Assist are part of Manitoba’s Strategy for Sustainable Employment and a Stronger Labour Market (PDF - 413K, 8 pages):
http://www.gov.mb.ca/tce/eia/pubs/public_strategy_workforce_development.pdf

For more information, visit:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/allaboard/employment_strategy.html

Department responsible for
Employment and Income Assistance:

Jobs and the Economy
http://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/index.html

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From
CBC News Manitoba:

Manitoba boosts rental allowance, introduces work program
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-boosts-rental-allowance-introduces-work-program-1.2680741
June 19, 2014
Rental allowance is increasing in Manitoba after years of being stagnant and falling far behind the soaring costs of rent. People on employment and income assistance (EIA) and living in private rental accommodations will receive increases of between $50 and $70 per month for shelter costs. That means single individuals, for example, will receive $435 per month, compared to the previous $365. It is part of a larger overhaul to the rental allowance program. Oswald introduced Rent Assist, a new program for both social assistance recipients and other low-income earners, which will replace the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs.

See also:
Manitoba 2014 budget tackles jobs, education and poverty
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-2014-budget-tackles-jobs-education-and-poverty-1.2562858
March 6, 2014

Source:
CBC News Manitoba
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba

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

5. Bill C-585: An Act to Exclude Refugees from Social Assistance - June 18
(Canada Without Poverty)

New from
Canada Without Poverty:

Bill C-585: An Act to Exclude Refugees from Social Assistance
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/2014/06/bill-c-585-an-act-to-exclude-refugees-from-social-assistance/
June 18, 2014

This week is World Refugee Week.
[ http://www.unhcr.ca/wrd/ ]
This is an opportunity for people in Canada to join together and lobby the government to make changes to policies that affect refugees. One of the big issues of focus this week is government cuts to health care for refugees. But there’s another important issue rearing its head that no one seems to be talking about: the Federal government is quietly using a motion to try to restrict access to social assistance for refugee claimants! This issue is being swept under the carpet and hasn’t received much media attention, largely because the wording of the government motion is so incredibly confusing.
(...)
On April 4th 2014, Corneliu Chisu, Conservative Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East Ontario tabled a motion to introduce Bill C-585, An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (period of residence).
[ http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6515312 ]
[ More info about Bill C- 585 : http://openparliament.ca/bills/41-2/C-585/?tab=mentions ]

This Bill basically says that provinces and territories should not have to follow the rule to NOT have a minimum amount of time before they can apply for social assistance. (...) Let’s not be fooled by this Bill and its convoluted efforts to further marginalize one of the most disadvantaged groups in Canada. We are a country that has long had compassion for refugees on the understanding that everyone is entitled to a safe and decent place to live. Let’s keep it that way.

Source:
Canada Without Poverty
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

6. Canadian Health Care Isn't As Good As You Think It Is - June 17
(Huffington Post Canada)

Canadian Health Care Isn't As Good As You Think It Is
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/michael-bolen/canadian-health-care-ranking_b_5503898.html
By Michael Bolen
June 17, 2014
So we're better than The United States, but should we really aim so low?

Those who suggest changes to the health care system are generally met with cries of "treason" and are invited to move south of the border. The superiority of our model to that of the U.S. has become such a part of our national identity that we've grown reticent to experiment with new ideas. Calls for reform invariably spark fears of a plot to put an end to the free system and make us more like the Americans.

Meanwhile, other nations in the advanced world are providing much better care than Canada.
A study [ small PDF, 32 pages] : http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/files/publications/fund-report/2014/jun/1755_davis_mirror_mirror_2014.pdf
released Monday by the respected health care think tank The Commonwealth Fund ranked [ http://goo.gl/txm2yZ ] Canada's system 10th out of 11 wealthy nations, ahead of only the U.S.
The U.K., which spends roughly $1,000 less per person than Canada, ranked first.
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More - click the article link above...

98 comments concerning this article (see the bottom of the article)

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

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

7. [Prince Edward Island] Healthy diet not possible on social assistance - June 16
(CBC News)

Healthy diet not possible on social assistance:
Social assistance food rates up only 10 per cent since 2002

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/healthy-diet-not-possible-on-social-assistance-1.2676690
June 16, 2014
P.E.I. government documents show social assistance rates in the province provide, on average, only 61 per cent of the money required for a healthy diet, CBC News has learned. The analysis comes from a government presentation to anti-poverty groups obtained through a freedom of information request. The government estimates it was last providing a sufficient budget for a healthy diet in 2002. Since then it has increased the food rate just once, by 10 per cent in 2009. Meanwhile, food costs are up almost 40 per cent.

Two years called too long for social assistance increase:
Province needs to do its own food cost study, says nutrition professor

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/2-years-called-too-long-for-social-assistance-increase-1.2620194
CBC News Posted: April 24, 2014
P.E.I. Social Services Minister Valerie Docherty announced Wednesday she is looking at raising rates as early as this summer, but big increases to food allowances will likely not come until two years in to a five-year plan.
Professor Jennifer Taylor said people should not have to wait that long. Taylor's recent food costing study in Charlottetown showed families on assistance are short almost $150 a month trying to buy a monthly basket of 66 basic food items.
- includes links to four more related articles (in the left-hand margin.)
- also includes 32 comments (at the bottom of the article) reflecting different perspectives about improvements to social assistance

Source:
CBC News PEI

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island

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

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

8. Big Brother : Here's Lookin' At You, Kid- June 16
(Huffington Post Canada)

'Access My Info' Tool Lets Telecom Subscribers Know If They've Been Spied On
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/16/access-my-info-privacy-tool_n_5500064.html
June 16, 2014
Canadians concerned about their online privacy have a new way to find out whether their telecom provider is collecting information about them — and sharing it with third parties like government entities. The new tool, developed by some of the country's top privacy experts, makes it easier for Canadians to force their provider to disclose their practices.
(...)
Known as Access My Info (see the link below), the web tool helps create a formal letter which, under Canadian privacy law, telecom companies are legally obliged to respond to within 30 days, the website offering the tool says.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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Access My Info
https://OpenMedia.ca/myinfo

Access My Info is a project of OpenMedia.ca [ https://openmedia.ca/ ], an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights.

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Introducing Access My Info (video, duration 1:36) from CTV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpD4anVHrgQ

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Comment (by Gilles):
This is ironic, if not downright bizarre.
Open Media is a trustworthy, credible media watchdog based in Vancouver.
One of its guiding themes is the protection of Canadians' privacy.
So why is Open Media asking for (1) my name, (2) my address, (3) my phone number, (4) my Internet Service Provider (Rogers), (5) my Rogers Internet account number and (6) my Rogers email address???
WHY DOES OPEN MEDIA NEED MY EFFING INTERNET ACCOUNT NUMBER AND ALL THAT OTHER PERSONAL STUFF???

As it turns out, Open Media DOESN'T need the above personal info for ANY reason except so they can plop the info into a form letter that you download as a PDF file. Then, you send your PDF to your service provider, formally requesting the kinds of personal information that they maintain and retain about you.

If Open Media valued my right to privacy (this is the irony part), they would give me the option of downloading the BLANK form letter with spaces for me to fill in the info that I wish to share ONLY with my service provider. There's absolutely NO valid reason to force me to provide my personal information to access this service.

Sample form letter
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/letter.pdf
I provided some made-up information for the required fields in the Access My Info Tool.
The small (two-page) PDF file that was created contains the form letter drafted by Open Media PLUS my address, my phone number , my account number and my email address. And it's all typed, like a personalized form letter (i.e., no blank spaces to fill in by hand.)

Well, Whoop-Dee-Doo.
I understand that this is Open Media's way of keeping track of how many people are actually sending in a formal request to their Internet Service Provider to access their info. But, like most people, I resent having to provide personal info - including MY EFFING INTERNET ACCOUNT NUMBER for no valid reason.

Option B : offer a template blank form letter as a PDF to download from the Open Media website.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

9. National Public Service Week + Five signs your Prime Minister doesn't like public servants - June 16
(Press Progress)

National Public Service Week
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/arp/nfpsw/gui-eng.asp
June 15 - 21, 2014
Theme: Proudly Serving Canadians
Federal public servants deliver a wide range of programs and services that support the work of the Government and the needs of Canadians in their day-to-day lives. The Government of Canada would not function without the commitment of the individuals that make up the Public Service.

Click the link above for:
* Message from the Prime Minister on National Public Service Week
* Message from the Clerk to all Public Servants

Source:
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/tbs-sct/index-eng.asp

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Five signs your Prime Minister doesn't like public servants
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/5-signs-your-prime-minister-doesnt-public-servants
June 16, 2014
Stephen Harper wants public servants to know he cares.
That's the point of this week's National Public Service Week to celebrate those "Proudly Serving Canadians."
But public servants aren't buying it. In fact, they're boycotting the whole thing.

Here are five things that put the boycott in context.

1. Job cuts = cuts to services
2. Muzzling government scientists
3. Gutting collective bargaining rights
4. Ideology-based policy making
5. Scapegoating public servants for their own screw ups

Source:
Press Progress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/
Press Progress is a project of
the Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/

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

10. [Historical] Dismantling Social Welfare : Chronology of federal govt. cutbacks, 1985-1995 - November 1995
(Marjorie Grin Cohen et al. )

An Oldie Goldie
for the welfare historians out there:

Dismantling Social Welfare:
Chronology of federal govt. cutbacks, 1985-1995
(PDF - 364K, 4 pages)
http://www.sfu.ca/~mcohen/publications/Polecon/dismantl.pdf
November 1995
By Marjorie Griffin Cohen with Judy Morrison and Darcian Smith
The following is a list of the changes our federal government introduced since 1985, which have made the tax system more favourable to the wealthy; cut government programs and employment; and increased the power of the private sector by privatizing social and economic activities. The first term of the Mulroney government began the process of deconstructing Canada's social welfare systems, a process which was accelerated dramatically after their 1988 re-election. The election of a Liberal government in 1993, despite its election promises, did not change the downward plunge. The 1995 budget indicated the determination of the federal government to speed up the move toward minimalist government.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen teaches political science at Simon Fraser University in B.C.
Judy Morrison and Darcian smith are Research Assistants.

Source:
CCPA Monitor, November 1995
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

NOTE : The above article was written for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' CCPA Monitor, but it no longer appears on the CCPA website. The file was found on Marjorie Griffin Cohen's web page [ http://www.sfu.ca/~mcohen/ ] on the Simon Fraser University website [ http://www.sfu.ca/ ].

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- Go to the History of Welfare in Canada : selected readings page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_history.htm

11. Selected summer media scan sources

THIS should keep you busy for awhile!
Selected
media scan sources


* Canadian Progressives Aggregator

http://canadianprogressives.ca/aggregator/]

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

* iPolitics
http://www.ipolitics.ca/

* PolicyMonitor.ca
http://policymonitor.ca/

* National Newswatch
http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/

* Canadian Dimension
http://canadiandimension.com/

* Bourque Newswatch Canada
http://www.bourque.org/

* Google Canada News
http://news.google.ca/

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

* CTV
http://www.ctv.ca/

* Canada.com
http://www.canada.com/national/

* Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

* Ottawa Sun
http://www.ottawasun.com/

* Hill Times
http://www.hilltimes.com/

* National Newswatch
http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/

* The Mark
http://www.themarknews.com/

* Embassy Magazine
http://embassymag.ca/

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

* Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

* Toronto Post
http://www.thetorontopost.net/

* Toronto Sun
http://www.torontosun.com/


* CNN
http://www.cnn.com

* CPAC Online
http://www.cpac.ca/

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

* BlogsCanada
http://www.blogscanada.ca/

* Canadian Blog Directory
http://www.blogscanada.ca/

* Blogging Canadians
http://www.bloggingcanadians.ca/

* Progressive Bloggers
http://www.progressivebloggers.ca/

* rabble.ca
http://www.rabble.ca/

* Straight Goods
http://sgnews.ca/

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

* The Canadian Charger
http://www.thecanadiancharger.com/

* Press Progress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/

* Open Media
https://openmedia.ca/

* Al Jazeera
http://www.aljazeera.com/

* Warren Kinsella
http://warrenkinsella.com/

* Alex Himelfarb
http://afhimelfarb.wordpress.com/

* Miles Corak
http://milescorak.com/

* John Stapleton
http://openpolicyontario.com/

- Go to the Media Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mediabkmrk.htm

12. Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation and newsletter subscriptions

Do you subscribe to a mailing list to receive regular or occasional "commercial electronic messages" (i.e., newsletters and alerts sent via email messages)? Here's why you may have just received (or will be receiving) an announcement inviting you to re-subscribe in order to stay on the mailing list after July 1st.

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Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
http://fightspam.gc.ca/eic/site/030.nsf/eng/home

The new law:

An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act.
(and that's just the title!)
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-1.6/FullText.html
S.C. 2010, c. 23 (Assented to 2010-12-15)

Under section 66 of Chapter 23 (above), consent to send commercial electronic messages (CEMs) is implied for a period of 36 months beginning July 1, 2014, where there is an existing business or non-business relationship that includes the communication of CEMs.

In Plain English:

FAQs
http://fightspam.gc.ca/eic/site/030.nsf/eng/h_00050.html

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By Gilles:
I'm on several NGO newsletter mailing lists that are asking the people on their lists to confirm that they wish to continue receiving info on a regular basis after July 1.

My interpretation of the above and similarly-worded notifications is the following:

If an NGO's mailing list is opt-in, i.e., where someone must sign up and acknowledge via followup email that they indeed wish to receive a particular product, it's business a usual in July and ever after. No need to force people to sign up again, because they are the ones who asked to be added to the list in the first place.
Thus most ListServ's are untouched by the new rules, because ALL of our subscribers are opt-in. That's why subscribers to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter [http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/news.htm ] won't be receiving a notification asking them to re-subscribe.

If an NGO's mailing list is opt-out, i.e., where someone starts receiving an info product without requesting it, the originating NGO will have to request confirmation from everyone on their list that they wish to continue receiving the product. No rush, though --- the opt-out NGOs will have THREE YEARS starting on July 1, 2014 to comply...

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2014 - June 20
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2013 - June 20
--- Employment Insurance, April 2014 - June 19
--- Canadian Demographics at a Glance - June 19
--- Understanding Labour Force Data [in Newsletter for Communities, June 2014]
--- Global stats (StatCan Blog) - June 18
--- Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada - June 18
--- Migration: Interprovincial, 2011/2012 - June 18

--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2014 - June 17
--- Study: Mixed unions in Canada, 2011
- June 17
--- Canada's population estimates: Census families, July 2013 - June 17

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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June 20, 2014
Consumer Price Index, May 2014

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140620/dq140620a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 2.3% in the 12 months to May, following a 2.0% increase in April. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.2% in May, after rising 0.3% in April.

Consumer prices at a glance
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140620/dq140620c-eng.htm

Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140620/dq140620e-eng.htm
Provincial and territorial data for 2013 on labour productivity and its related variables for the business sector by industry are now available.These data are consistent with those incorporated in the provincial and territorial gross domestic product by industry for 2013, released on April 29, 2014.

Available in CANSIM:
Table 383-0029 to 383-0031 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=383-0029..383-0031&p2=31

June 19, 2014
Employment Insurance, April 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140619/dq140619a-eng.htm
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits totalled 517,100 in April, up slightly (+1.1% or +5,600) from March. The number of beneficiaries has been relatively unchanged for almost a year, following a long-term downward trend that began in the summer of 2009.

Related CANSIM Tables:

* Table 276-0003 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0003&p2=31
* Table 276-0004 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0004&p2=31
* Table 276-0011 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0011&p2=31
* Table 276-0020 to 276-0022 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0020..276-0022&p2=31
* Table 276-0030 to 276-0032 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0030..276-0032&p2=31
* Table 276-0040 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0040&p2=31
* Table 276-0041 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0041&p2=31

More info about Employment Insurance
from Service Canada
:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/index.shtml

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

June 19, 2014
Canadian Demographics at a Glance
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-003-x/91-003-x2014001-eng.htm
Canadian Demographics at a glance is designed to gather a maximum of demographic information in a single document, giving users an easily and quickly accessible up-to-date picture of the Canadian population. It presents data on demographic growth, fertility, mortality, migratory movements, aging and ethno-cultural diversity of the population in the form of tables and graphs accompanied by a brief analytical commentary

Section one: Population growth and age structure
Section two: Components of population growth
Section three: Composition of the population
Section four: Regional portrait

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

Newsletter for Communities, June 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-016-x/11-016-x2014006-eng.html
In the news:
Understanding Labour Force Data
By André Langdon, Communications Advisor, Statistics Canada

June 18, 2014
Global stats
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/gs

(...)
How do statisticians measure the relative national contributions to activities spread across a global production-value chain, when five or six countries might be involved in the development, parts, assembly and marketing of a product? How do they properly categorize factoryless goods producers—firms that handle every part of making their products except the actual fabrication? These are some of the new challenges facing statistical agencies.

June 18, 2014
Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?objId=91-209-X&objType=2&lang=en&limit=0
The Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada analyses recent demographic patterns at the national, provincial and subprovincial levels. Trends in population growth and the evolution of the various components of Canada's population growth - fertility, mortality and migration (interprovincial and international) - as well as marital status, are examined.

Latest release : June 18, 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-209-x/91-209-x2014001-eng.htm

June 18, 2014
Migration: Interprovincial, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-209-x/2014001/article/14012-eng.htm
By Stephanie Willbond
Data source
Number of interprovincial migrants in Canada
Interprovincial in-migrants and out-migrants
Net interprovincial migration
A closer look at Alberta
Who are the movers?
A look into 2012/2013
Summary

June 17, 2014
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140617/dq140617a-eng.htm
Canadian businesses reported 206,000 job vacancies in March, down 17,000 compared with 12 months earlier. For every job vacancy, there were 6.8 unemployed people, up from 6.3 in March 2013, the result of fewer job vacancies.

June 17, 2014
Study: Mixed unions in Canada, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140617/dq140617b-eng.htm
As Canada's population is becoming increasingly diverse, more people are forming a conjugal union with someone from a different ethnocultural background. Data from the 2011 National Household Survey show that about 360,045 couples were in mixed unions, that is, relationships where one spouse or partner is a member of a visible minority while the other is not, or where the spouses or partners are from different visible minority groups. The proportion of couples in mixed unions increased over a 20-year period, from 2.6% of all couples in 1991 to 3.1% in 2001 and 4.6% a decade later in 2011.

Mixed Unions in Canada - complete report
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/as-sa/99-010-x/99-010-x2011003_3-eng.cfm

June 17, 2014
Canada's population estimates: Census families, July 1, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140617/dq140617e-eng.htm

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

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

14. 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

June 22, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

The state of early childhood education and care in Canada 2012
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/state-early-childhood-education-and-care-canada-2012
20 Jun 2014 | Canada
Report by CRRU's Carolyn Ferns and Martha Friendly provides a snapshot of Canadian ECEC and outlines key trends, patterns and policy shifts in ECEC's organization and governance. It is the first in a series from Moving Child Care Forward, a SSHRC Connections project intended to synthesize and disseminate policy-relevant data and research about ECEC.

Making progressive politics work: A handbook of ideas
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/making-progressive-politics-work-handbook-ideas
18 Jun 2014 | International
Book from Policy Network (UK) features proposals by leading international thinkers on how progressives should approach the major economic and political challenges of our times. Several chapters address women's labour force participation and child care issues.

Barcelona targets revisited
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/barcelona-targets-revisited
18 Jun 2014 | Europe
Papers from a 2013 European Union workshop revisiting 2002's Barcelona targets for child care services take stock of the situation in Belgium, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Slovakia.

Organisational factors impacting fathers' use of parental benefits in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/organisational-factors-impacting-fathers-use-parental-benef
18 Jun 2014 | Canada
Major Research Paper from Simon Fraser University's School of Public Policy evaluates the extent to which work-related and other factors facilitate or hinder fathers' use of parental benefits; estimates the impacts of possible options for reform.

Exploring an historical transition in early childhood education in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/exploring-historical-transition-early-childhood-education-o
18 Jun 2014 | Ontario
PhD thesis from the University of Toronto presents a "predominantly qualitative study looking at the current changes in early childhood education in Ontario, Canada from an early childhood education leadership perspective".

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

Baby boom meets daycare bust in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/baby-boom-meets-daycare-bust-canada
20 Jun 2014 | Canada

Province adds 540 new child care spaces
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/province-adds-540-new-child-care-spaces
18 Jun 2014 | Saskatchewan

Child care workers take to airwaves to stop threatened closure of city-run centres
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/child-care-workers-take-airwaves-stop-threatened-closure-city-run-ce
18 Jun 2014 | Ontario

Child care information bank now available
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/child-care-information-bank-now-available
18 Jun 2014 | Alberta

Parents struggle with Quebec daycare web portal
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/parents-struggle-quebec-daycare-web-portal
18 Jun 2014 | Quebec

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

15. 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/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 19 and 20, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch.

June 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/18/
Unaccompanied Child Migrants
Social (Im)mobility
Income Inequality

June 17, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/17/
Health Care Exchanges
Promise Zones – Philadelphia
Social Security Disability Insurance

June 16, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/16/
Poverty and Health

June 13, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

June 12, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/12/
Chronic Homelessness
Economic Recovery
Child Poverty

June 11, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/11/
U.S. Wealth Inequality
Infant Mortality – Detroit
Budget Cuts – Michigan
Inequality and Opportunity

June 10, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/10/
Homelessness
Student Loan Debt Relief
College Attendance

June 9, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/09/
Homelessness – New York City
Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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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

16. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

18 June 2014 - CRINmail issue 1382*
http://www.crinarchive.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=5072
In this issue:
CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Protecting children's right to information
Latest news and reports
Children's access to justice in Fiji
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides
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*NOTE : CRINMAIL issue 1382 is has no content (as at June 22) except for "upcoming events".
I hope the rest of the newsletter is fleshed out before you try to read it. If not, you can always review last week's content (from issue #1381):
http://www.crinarchive.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=5072

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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

 


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22 Reasons Why Rick Mercer Should Be Newfoundland's Next Premier
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/18/rick-mercer-newfoundland-premier_n_5501690.html
Gilles' two favourites :
"Rick Mercer is not Rex Murphy"
"He can influence public opinion on a whim..."
(Who can forget Stockwell [Doris] Day??)

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OK Go's optical illusion music video is mind-blowing (video, duration 4:17)
http://www.wimp.com/illusionmusic/

More OK Go videos
http://okgo.net/category/official-videos

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After reading this, You’ll never look at a Banana the same way again
http://www.seenox.com/2014/02/17/reading-youll-never-look-banana-way/
Hangover cure? Really?
Mosquito bites? Really?

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World’s Naughtiest Dogs: 25 Images
http://www.seenox.com/2014/03/12/worlds-naughtiest-dogs/

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World’s Naughtiest Cats: 25 Photos
http://www.seenox.com/2014/03/12/worlds-naughtiest-cats/

 

 

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