Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 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.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. New from British Columbia:
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The case for exempting child support from welfare (BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
- July 20
--- Lose Weight at the BC Welfare Rate (BC Raise the Rates Coalition) - July 18
--- A tale of two provinces [BC & NL] : a case for action against poverty (Citizens for Public Justice) - July 18
2. [Ontario] CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) website redesigned!
3. Latest Media and Policy News: 17 July 2012
(Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)
4. Economic Inequality.ca Bulletin No. 9 - July 15
5. Rich-poor gap is making Canadians sick (Toronto Star) - July 15
6. Canada’s Mean Test: Myths behind neo-con madness (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 29
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, June 2012 - July 20
--- Employment Insurance, May 2012 - July 19
--- Health Reports, July 2012
- July 18
------- Informal caregiving for seniors
------- Area-based methods to calculate hospitalization rates for the foreign-born population in Canada, 2005/2006
------- Mortality rates among children and teenagers living in Inuit Nunangat, 1994 to 2008
--- General Social Survey on Families, 2011
- July 18
--- Residential care facilities, 2010/2011 - July 17
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. [United States] Synthesis Briefs : Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) - (Dept. of Health and Human Services) - March 2012

11. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. New from British Columbia:
--- The case for exempting child support from welfare
(BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - July 20
--- Lose Weight at the BC Welfare Rate (BC Raise the Rates Coalition) - July 18
--- A tale of two provinces [BC & NL] : a case for action against poverty (Citizens for Public Justice) - July 18

The case for exempting child support from welfare
http://www.policynote.ca/the-case-for-exempting-child-support-from-welfare/
July 20, 2012
By Kendra Milne
Based on recent announcements, it seems that the Ministry of Social Development is in the mood to address some of the long-standing problems within BC’s welfare system (although welfare rates remain distressingly low). Seth Klein recently recapped the Ministry’s June 11th announcement [ http://goo.gl/J6R2Q ], which set out almost 30 proposed changes to the system. More recently, the Ministry also announced [ http://goo.gl/03Cms ] that it will be restoring coverage for some health supplies and medical equipment that it cut in 2010.
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Given the Ministry’s change in outlook regarding the balance between a welfare system that provides employable recipients some basic level of dignity and support, and a system that is so cushy that recipients will choose to rely on tax payer support over supporting themselves, this seems like a good time to raise another long-standing concern with the welfare system: child support.
Prior to 2002, recipients could receive up to $100 per month in child support without impacting their assistance. The idea was that a limited exemption would create an incentive for parents to go out and get a child support order against their ex, and to take steps to enforce that order. In 2002, that limited exemption for child support was eliminated and, since then, any penny of child support received by a parent on income assistance has been deducted from their assistance dollar for dollar.
(...)
The bottom line is, as long as welfare rates remain so low, creating even a partial exemption for child support payments would allow vulnerable families with children increased financial resources to meet basic costs of living.

Source:
Policy Note (blog)
http://www.policynote.ca/
[ CCPA British Columbia Office
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/bc/ ]
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/index.cfm ]

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

The 610 Diet : Lose Weight at the BC Welfare Rate (video, duration 4:16)
http://raisetherates.org/2012/07/18/lose-weight-at-the-welfare-rate/
July 18, 2012
Forget the Bernstein Diet, the Atkins Diet and the Grapefruit Diet --- Robert Bonner tells us (tongue-in-cheek) about the foolproof method to lose 25 pounds a month : living on the monthly $610 welfare rate for single people in BC.

Source:
Raise the Rates
http://raisetherates.org/
Raise the Rates is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia.

Related link:

British Columbia MLA Welfare Challenge Update
http://mlaonwelfare.com/
In January 2012, BC MLA Jagrup Brar took up the Raise the Rates Coalition challenge to live for a month on the BC welfare rate of $610 for single employable people. He lost 26 pounds in weight.

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

A tale of two provinces: a case for action against poverty
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/tale-two-provinces-case-action-against-poverty
July 18, 2012
By Simon Lewchuk
British Columbia & Newfoundland and Labrador have more in common than being our country’s coastal bookends. Twelve years ago, they shared the distinction of having some of the highest poverty rates in the country: BC’s was the highest at 15.1 per cent while Newfoundland was a not too distant fourth place at 13.2 per cent (Low-Income Cut Off – After Tax).
Fast forward ten years, however, and a much different picture emerges. As the recently released Statistics Canada low-income data for 2010 reveals, Newfoundland now has one of the lowest poverty rates amongst the provinces, with 6.5 per cent of the population living in poverty. BC, on the other hand, still has the distinction of having, by far, the highest poverty rate amongst the provinces at 11.5 per cent. The rate in BC dropped, but less than it did in Canada as a whole over the same period (and certainly far less than in Newfoundland, which led the way with a 50.8% decrease).
So what made the difference?

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice

http://www.cpj.ca/

See also:

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/
We are a coalition that includes community and non-profit groups, faith groups, health organizations, First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, businesses, labour organizations, and social policy groups. We have come together around a campaign aimed at seeing the introduction of a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia that would include legislated targets and timelines to significantly reduce poverty and homelessness. We have 30 Coalition Members and over 350 supporting organizations with a collective membership of over 300,000 that have joined the call for a poverty reduction plan.

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

2. CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) website redesigned!

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) website redesigned!
http:// www.cleo.on.ca
CLEO is pleased to announce the redesign of our website at www.cleo.on.ca.
The improved design and navigation will give you a better snapshot of our publications and resources, as well as our research and projects.
Our new features – the ability to browse by topic or by language – will help you find what you're looking for even more efficiently.

Selected site content:

On the Radar - July 2012
http://goo.gl/JtYJC
On the Radar is a monthly email alert from CLEO that highlights timely legal information.
In the July 2012 issue:
* Planning a vacation? What are your rights?
* The Employment Standards Act – minimum rules
* The right to vacation time
* The right to vacation pay
* How workers can enforce their rights
* For more information or help

Subscribe to receive future On the Radar alerts by email:
http://goo.gl/4YDpv

Browse CLEO site resources by topic:
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/resources-topic
* Abuse and Family Violence * Criminal Law * Employment and Work * Family Law * Health and Disability * Housing Law * Immigration and Refugee * Legal System * Social Assistance and Pensions

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

3. Latest Media and Policy News: 17 July 2012
(Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (Toronto):

Latest Media and Policy News: 17 July 2012
http://goo.gl/Qoesc

Excerpts:

Funding for Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods about to dry up:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1226653

Sir Michael Marmot tells Steve Paikin how economic and social inequality can affect people's health and life expectancy:
http://ww3.tvo.org/video/179408/michael-marmot-social-determinants-health

The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume on the Death of Evidence:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1226243

Rick Salutin on proportional representation:
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1226302

Special Section on Recent USA Welfare Changes:

Recent memo allowing US states who administer welfare (TANF) to apply for waivers for the strict work requirement for eligibility, to test new welfare-to-work programs and reduce bureaucracy – a massive policy change:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/policy/im-ofa/2012/im201203/im201203.html

Damning blog post from the Heritage Foundation:
Obama Guts Welfare Reform
http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/12/obama-guts-welfare-reform/

The Heritage Foundation was one of the architects behind the welfare law:
Republicans cry foul over Obama welfare revisions

http://goo.gl/3YAHs

Obama to Clinton welfare reform: Drop dead
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/obama-to-clinton-welfare-reform-drop-dead/2012/07/14/gJQAM49XkW_blog.html

Romney hits Obama move gutting welfare reform
http://washingtonexaminer.com/romney-hits-obama-move-gutting-welfare-reform/article/2502070

Obama Guts Welfare Reform
http://www.rightsidenews.com/2012071516650/us/politics-and-economics/obama-guts-welfare-reform.html

Obama's fatal misstep on welfare?
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120716/OPINION/120716030/Mona-Charen-Obama-s-fatal-misstep-welfare-

New Welfare Rules Rile GOP
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303644004577525253742799344.html

Obama administration defends welfare changes
http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/07/obama-administration-defends-welfare-changes-128889.html

Mitt Romney, Other Top Republicans Slam Welfare Change That Republicans Sought
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/mitt-romney-welfare-change_n_1672173.html

And, after all that – here’s how waivers will actually strengthen US welfare reform:
http://galesburgplanet.com/posts/16425

NOTE : To see the rest of the collection of links from Jennefer's July 17 e-list bulletin, see the complete bulletin:
http://goo.gl/Qoesc

View earlier issues of this email alert:
http://goo.gl/D02ab

Subscribe to ISAC's Media and Policy News e-list:
http://goo.gl/Lwb12
- receive e-list updates directly from Jennefer

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Prepared by Jennefer Laidley
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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

4. Economic Inequality.ca Bulletin No. 9 — July 15

Economic Inequality.ca Bulletin No. 9 — July 15th, 2012
This bulletin reports on the Public Meeting held on Tuesday June 26, in the City Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall.

Our meeting was entitled ‘Towards a More Equal Society: Getting the Details Right’ and it featured ten different speakers discussing a variety of topics to help address inequality. We believe this material provides an excellent agenda for change to create a more equal society. We thank each of our speakers for advancing these important issues.

NOTE: This is a Toronto-based group, and many of the presentations focus on Toronto and on Ontario, but there's information here that should be of interest to all social researchers regardless of the jurisdiction where they live.

Follow the links below to view the individual presentations that include both video and downloadable PDFs for your reference.

Alternatively, you can view all the session videos on our new YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/EconomicInequality


1. Progressive taxes, Toby Sanger – Canadians for Tax Fairness
http://goo.gl/Ex1FY

2. Ontario child benefit, Laurel Rothman – Family Service Association
http://goo.gl/5nurv

3. Job security, minimum wages, Deena Ladd – Workers Action Centre
http://goo.gl/oHavJ

4. Racialization and economic inequality, Avvy Go – Colour of Poverty Campaign
http://goo.gl/JhPjl

5. Child care, Shani Halfon – Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://goo.gl/jLwW9

6. Affordable housing, Michael Shapcott – Wellesley Institute
http://goo.gl/hpyFL

7. Gambling, Wayne Olson
http://goo.gl/8F08c

8. Income support and welfare, Jennefer Laidley – Income Security Action Centre
http://goo.gl/UfVv4

9. Health care, Doug Allan – Ontario Health Coalition
http://goo.gl/p118Y

10. Employment insurance, Laurell Ritchie – EI Working Group, Good Jobs Coalition
http://goo.gl/1Z1f9

11. Capital gains and inheritance tax, a report prepared by Walter Ross, but he was unable to attend.
http://goo.gl/nRoyd

[Earlier Bulletins in this series:
http://www.economicinequality.ca/category/updates/ ]

Source:
Economic Inequality.ca
http://www.economicinequality.ca/

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

5. Rich-poor gap is making Canadians sick — July 15
(Toronto Star)

Rich-poor gap is making Canadians sick
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/publiceditor/article/1226505
July 15, 2012
By Rob Rainer and Linda Silas
What does the Occupy movement have to do with the Council of the Federation? The growing gap between the rich and the poor is making people sick — literally. The Council of the Federation has an opportunity at its upcoming meeting July 25-27 in Halifax to commit to a co-ordinated plan of action to improve the health outcomes of Canadians, and in so doing address growing inequality. The top determinants of health in order are income status, education, social support networks, employment and working conditions, early childhood development, physical environment, personal health practices and coping skills and biological and genetic factors. Access to health care is ninth as a determinant of health.
(...)
By tackling each of the social determinants of health with intelligent public policy informed by evidence-based best practices, our governments will knock down Canada’s unconscionable poverty rates ranging from about 4 to 45 per cent or more, depending on the demographic group and measurement tool chosen.
(...)
By tackling the social determinants of health our governments can promote human capital, creativity and productivity while reducing health-care costs.
(...)
The great Dr. Norman Bethune believed that “the protection of the people’s health should be recognized by the government as its primary obligation and duty to its citizens.” In this spirit, when they meet soon in Halifax, Canada’s premiers can make health attainment the highest priority of their governments — and request the federal government do the same.

Rob Rainer is executive director of Canada Without Poverty [ http://www.cwp-csp.ca/ ].
Linda Silas is the president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions [ http://www.nursesunions.ca/ ].

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

Related link:

World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health
http://www.who.int/social_determinants/en/

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

6. Canada’s Mean Test: Myths behind neo-con madness - June 29
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Canada’s Mean Test: Myths behind neo-con madness
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/06/29/canadas-mean-test-myths-behind-neo-con-madness/
June 29, 2012
By Erika Shaker
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If you’ve expressed concern with some (all?) of the following: global warming, Indigenous rights, tuition fee increases, cuts to health care, OAS, EI, the arts, the CBC, and a number of anti-poverty initiatives… you’ve probably heard this argument:
“No one handed me anything. I worked hard and did well at (public) school. Only missed classes when I was sick and had to go to a (publicly funded) doctor. When I got my first job (right out of university), I was there (on public transportation) every day. And somehow I managed (having little or no student debt) to buy a car and a house and pay my bills. You don’t hear me complaining (except about paying the taxes that provide those social programs that I never, ever access); not like those whiny kids in the streets who wouldn’t know hard work if it served them one of those triple shot mocha-latte-chinos they’re so fond of. Heh heh.”

That whole myth of the self-made man is appealing in a plaid shirt/roaring fire/"it’s Miller time!"kind of way (if you’re, you know, into that sort of thing), but given what we know about the importance of social and physical infrastructure to our collective well-being, it’s also a teensy bit naïve...

Source:
Behind the Numbers
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/
CCPA's national blog, Behind the Numbers, delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

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

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, June 2012 - July 20
--- Employment Insurance, May 2012
--- Health Reports, July 2012
- July 18
------- Informal caregiving for seniors
------- Area-based methods to calculate hospitalization rates for the foreign-born population in Canada, 2005/2006
------- Mortality rates among children and teenagers living in Inuit Nunangat, 1994 to 2008
--- General Social Survey on Families, 2011
- July 18
--- Residential care facilities, 2010/2011
July 17

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 ]

July 20, 2012
Consumer Price Index, June 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120720/dq120720a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.5% in the 12 months to June, following a 1.2% increase in May. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index declined 0.2% in June, after decreasing 0.3% in May.
- includes links to five charts:
* The 12-month change in the energy index
* The 12-month change in the CPI and the CPI excluding energy
* Shelter and transportation lead increase in June Consumer Price Index
* Ontario records smallest increase
* The seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index decreases
- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada – Not seasonally adjusted
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit – Not seasonally adjusted
* Consumer Price Index and major components – Seasonally adjusted

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 (back to 2001):
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

July 19, 2012
Employment Insurance, May 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120719/dq120719b-eng.htm
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits totalled 512,600 in May, virtually unchanged from April. This followed three months of consecutive declines. The number of beneficiaries decreased slightly in Alberta, while it edged up in New Brunswick.
- includes two charts:
--- Employment Insurance beneficiaries unchanged in May
--- Number of claims down in May
- includes three tables:
--- Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory – Seasonally adjusted
--- Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex and province and territory – Not seasonally adjusted
--- Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan area– Not seasonally adjusted

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 ]

NOTE : Lest we forget:

June 20, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2012 (preliminary data) (correction)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120620/dq120620a-eng.htm
There was an average of 248,000 job vacancies in the three-month period ending in March, an increase of 19,000 from the same period in 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.8 unemployed people, down from 6.5 in March 2011.

July 18, 2012
Health Reports, July 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/82-003-x2012003-eng.htm
The July 2012 online issue of Health Reports contains the following three articles.

Informal caregiving for seniors
HTML - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11694-eng.htm
PDF - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11694-eng.pdf
- based on data from the 2008/2009 Canadian Community Health Survey – Healthy Aging, and examines the characteristics of people aged 45 or older who reported caring for a senior. It also describes the nature of the care provided and the positive and negative aspects of caregiving.

Area-based methods to calculate hospitalization rates for the foreign-born population in Canada, 2005/2006
HTML - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11693-eng.htm
PDF - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11693-eng.pdf
- describes an area-based method of calculating standardized, comparable hospitalization rates for areas with varying concentrations of foreign-born people, at national and subnational levels. Data from the 2006 Census were appended to the 2005/2006 Hospital Morbidity Database using postal codes.

Mortality rates among children and teenagers living in Inuit Nunangat, 1994 to 2008
HTML - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11695-eng.htm
PDF - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11695-eng.pdf
- uses a geographic approach to examine disparities in mortality between 1- to 19-year-old residents of Inuit Nunangat and the rest of Canada from 1994 to 2008.

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Source:
Health Reports - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=82-003-x&lang=eng
Health Reports, published by the Health Analysis Division (HAD) of Statistics Canada, is a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research. It is designed for a broad audience that includes health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and through media coverage, the general public. The journal publishes articles of wide interest that contain original and timely analyses of national or provincial/territorial surveys or administrative databases.
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* Click the product main page link, then "View" to read the latest issue or "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

July 18, 2012
General Social Survey on Families, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120718/dq120718d-eng.htm

Data from the 2011 General Social Survey on Families are now available.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 4501:
http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=4501&lang=en&db=imdb&adm=8&dis=2

A second release on the General Social Survey on Families will be available in fall 2012. It will comprise selected tables and an article on stepfamilies.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or the Media Hotline (613-951-4636; mediahotline@statcan.gc.ca).

Related subjects:

Families, households and housing
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Family history
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40004&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Family types
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40005&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household characteristics
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=2918&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

July 17, 2012
Residential care facilities, 2010/2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120717/dq120717f-eng.htm

Data on residential care facilities for reference year 2010/2011 are now available.

Note to readers:
This is the final release of the Residential Care Facilities Survey. The survey has been cancelled.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 3210:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/imdb-bmdi/3210-eng.htm

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or the Media Hotline (613-951-4636; mediahotline@statcan.gc.ca).

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Health care services
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2967&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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 Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

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

8. 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

July 22, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Staffed family child care networks: A strategy to enhance quality care for infants and toddlers
http://goo.gl/mjGIr
11 Jul 2012 | United States
Report from Zero to Three (U.S.) defines staffed Family Child Care (FCC) networks and examines how they are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of care that infants and toddlers receive in FCC settings.

Living conditions: The influence on young children's health
http://goo.gl/iEMSr
11 Jul 2012 | International
Latest issue of Early Childhood Matters from the Bernard van Leer Foundation explores the links between the living conditions that children grow up in and their health and development.

Five good ideas about policy with Sherri Torjman
http://goo.gl/VAfjd
10 Jul 2012 | Canada
Video of Sherri Torjman's lecture at the Maytree Foundation's Five Good Ideas spring session.

Examining the Definition and Measurement of quality in early childhood education: A review of studies using the ECERS-R from 2003 to 2010
http://goo.gl/ZMgkm
10 Jul 2012 | United States
Article in the spring issue of Early Childhood Research and Practice states that "quality continues to be an amorphous term with varying definitions within ECE. Utilizing the ECERS-R to determine quality from high (7) to low (1) is a broad characterization that dilutes the potential impact of more specific definitions of characteristics of early childhood programs that are important to children’s outcomes".

Parent champions
http://goo.gl/2RBls
9 Jul 2012 | Europe
Video from Daycare Trust [UK] highlights an innovative and successful parent outreach program.

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.

Statistics Canada cuts compromise the tools used to understand the state
http://goo.gl/y0PLM
11 Jul 2012 | Canada

Childcare giant calls for redirection of rebates from parents to providers
http://goo.gl/lmnzB
10 Jul 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Daycare burden
http://goo.gl/3FbEa
10 Jul 2012 | Ontario

Family of four 'need £36k for decent standard of living'
http://goo.gl/9L95R
10 Jul 2012 | Europe

Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Child Care: Report offers little relief
http://goo.gl/ka4Gr
6 Jul 2012 | Ontario

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

9. 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:

July 20, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/20/
State Medicaid Programs - Maine, Texas
State Unemployment Rates
Limits on Electronic Benefit Transactions

July 19, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/19/
Cities Struggle with Cleaning Up Belongings of the Homeless
Poverty and Child Asthma Rates - New York City
State Voter ID Laws

July 18, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/18/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Enrollment Among Seniors - Texas
State Waivers for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Programs

July 17, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/17/
States and Medicaid Expansion
Safety Net Hospitals and Medicare Changes

July 16, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/16/
Inequality and the Family
Arizona Republic Series on Child Welfare
States and Medicaid Expansion

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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

10. [United States] Synthesis Briefs : Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
(U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

United States:

From the
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ) and
CCDF (Child Care and Development Fund) Research Synthesis Project:

NOTE : The following synthesis briefs are PDF files varying in length from a few pages to 11 pages for the first file below. If you're not familiar with all of the components of the U.S. safety net, I highly recommend that you start with this first file, which explains how TANF fits into and interacts with the broader safety net.

TANF Research Synthesis Briefs:

* TANF and the Broader Safety Net, January 2012 (PDF - 907K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/broader_safety.pdf

* How Has the TANF Caseload Changed over Time? (PDF - 181K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/change_time.pdf
March 2012

* Facilitating Postsecondary Education and Training for TANF Recipients, March 2012 (PDF - 283K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/postsecondary.pdf

* TANF Work Requirements and State Strategies to Fulfill Them, March 2012 (PDF - 204K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/work_requirements.pdf

* Improving Employment and Earnings for TANF Recipients, March 2012 (PDF - 245K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/improving_employment.pdf

* TANF Child-Only Cases, January 2012 (PDF - 181K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/child_only.pdf

* Disconnected Families and TANF, November 2011 (PDF - 202K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/disconnected.pdf

* TANF Recipients with Barriers to Employment, August 2011 (PDF - 181K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/barries_employ.pdf

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CCDF Research Synthesis Briefs:

* What Can CCDF Learn from the Research on Children's Health and Safety in Child Care? March 2012 (PDF - 346K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/synthesis_brief.pdf

* A Summary of Research on How CCDF Policies Affect Providers, March 2012 (PDF - 277K)
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/policies_providers.pdf

* Client-Friendly Strategies: What Can CCDF Learn from Research on Other Systems? December 2011 (PDF - 248K]
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/ccdf_learn.pdf

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The above briefs were prepared for OPRE by
the Urban Institute [ http://www.urban.org/ ]
and MDRC [ http://www.mdrc.org/ ].

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Source:
TANF and CCDF Research Synthesis Project

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/index.html
The purpose of the TANF and CCDF Research Synthesis Project was to inform research planning and support evidence-based decision making related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs.

[ The TANF and CCDF Research Synthesis Project was an initiative of the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) - http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/index.html ]
--- More OPRE Welfare & Employment Research links - http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/project/welfareProjects.jsp
[ OPRE is part of the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) - http://www.acf.hhs.gov/index.html ]
[ ACF is part of Health and Human Services - http://www.hhs.gov/ ]

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

11. 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 July 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1285
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4334
In this issue:
Transparency Campaign
- CRC Committee elections 2012
- ASEAN human rights declaration
Latest news and reports
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Gabon
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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The Dictionary
of Obscure Sorrows

By Gilles:
When I stumbled across this online dictionary, I thought it was a tongue-in-cheek parody of the hypochondriac's dictionary of diseases. In fact, most of the words and expressions in this dictionary are made up, except for a few common words use in an uncommon way (e.g., tilt shift). After reading five or six of the definitions, I decided to share this link with you because of the quality of the writing and the thought-provoking-ness of the types of sorrows defined therein. Read the excerpts, and then click the source link below for more...

Excerpts:

Skenopsia
n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.

Tilt shift
n. a phenomenon in which your lived experience seems oddly inconsequential once you put it down on paper, which turns an epic tragicomedy into a sequence of figures on a model train set, assembled in their tiny classrooms and workplaces, wandering along their own cautious and well-trodden paths—peaceable, generic and out of focus.

Astrophe
n. a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head—a crisp analysis, a cathartic dialogue, a devastating comeback—which serves as a kind of psychological batting cage where you can connect more deeply with people than in the small ball of everyday life, which is a frustratingly cautious game of change-up pitches, sacrifice bunts, and intentional walks.

Sonder
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Ecstatic shock
n. the surge of energy upon catching a glance from someone you like—a thrill that starts in your stomach, arcs up through your lungs and flashes into a spontaneous smile—which scrambles your ungrounded circuits and tempts you to chase that feeling with a kite and a key.

Anchorage
n. the desire to hold on to time as it passes, like trying to keep your grip on a rock in the middle of a river, feeling the weight of the current against your chest while your elders float on downstream, calling over the roar of the rapids, “Just let go—it’s okay—let go.”

Chrysalism
n. the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof like an argument upstairs, whose muffled words are unintelligible but whose crackling release of built-up tension you understand perfectly.

Heartworm
n. a relationship or friendship that you can’t get out of your head, which you thought had faded long ago but is still somehow alive and unfinished, like an abandoned campsite whose smoldering embers still have the power to start a forest fire.

Anthrodynia
n. a state of exhaustion with how shitty people can be to each other, typically causing a countervailing sense of affection for things that are sincere but not judgmental, are unabashedly joyful, or just are.

Xeno
n. the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers—a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, a shared laugh about some odd coincidence—moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone.

Source:
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/
TIP: Click the source link for a dozen more obscure sorrows.


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http://justbeamit.com/
JustBeamIt is a beta service that makes transferring files a snap!
If ever you need to transfer a file larger than your Internet Service Provider's imposed limit, consider this product. Just drag and drop any file that's under 2GB in size into the drop zone (the box with highlighted border). A link will show that you can send the file, and you should see the message "waiting for recipient..." Once your recipient starts downloading the file, the progress bar will start moving. Do NOT close the page at any point until the transfer is complete, as this will stop the transfer. JustBeamIt relies on you keeping your window open in order to transfer the file.

 

 

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