Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 22, 2013

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 2,662 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. Caledon Institute of Social Policy : Data Rescue Campaign (Saving the Welfare Incomes report) - September 12
2. [Manitoba] Rent Aid changes in 2013 : Province increases aid to low-income families (Josh Brandon, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba) - September 19
3. Media and Policy News for September 19 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Five years of economic recovery have been far from equal (Globe and Mail) - September 19
5. Canada Gives Human Rights the Cold Shoulder: Disgraceful Response to UN Human Rights Review Contains No New Commitments (Globe and Mail) - September 19
6. Canada rejects UN rights review of violence against aboriginal women (Toronto Star) - September 19
7. Unemployment is higher than you think. (Progressive Economics Forum) - September 18
8. [Ontario] Budget Changes to Social Assistance Began September 1 (Income Security Advocacy Centre) - September 2013
9. Most Highly Unionized Countries Top "Happiest Countries” List, Again. Why? (By Dr. David Doorey in his Law of Work Blog) - September 9

10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2013 - September 20
--- Employment Insurance, July 2013 - September 19

--- Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health, 2012 - September 18
--- Health Reports, September 2013 - September 18
--- Sharing expertise - September 18
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in June 2013 - September 17
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012 (U.S. Census Bureau) - September 17
14.
[U.S.] Recent postings on the Urban Institute Blog:
--- We can end child poverty. Or, at least, do more
- September 16
--- Ten myth-busting facts about welfare - September 11
15. 2012 American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau) - September 19
16. [U.S.] Implementing Obamacare (Washington Post) - September 20
17. [International] Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset (CWED) - September 19
18. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. Caledon Institute of Social Policy : Data Rescue Campaign (Welfare Incomes) - September 22 Update

Saving Welfare Incomes : Caledon Institute of Social Policy
https://www.giveffect.org/campaigns/159-data-rescue
September 22 (2013) update

Caledon's Data Rescue crowdfunding campaign to save Welfare Incomes started with a bang:

Amount raised so far (one week) : $9,358
Target for the campaign : $20,000
Number of days left in this campaign : 22
Number of supporters so far : 94
[ Note : To see the list of contributors, click the link above and then, on the next page, click "Activity" near the top of the page. ]

Campaign video:
Data Rescue - Caledon Rescues Welfare Incomes (duration 2:32)
http://youtu.be/8Ql46baO0dg

For more information about the report and the campaign, and to read Gilles' reasons for endorsing this excellent initiative,
see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm#caledon ]

By Gilles:
On behalf of my friends at Caledon and all social researchers who will benefit from the final product, THANKS to everyone who contributed to this worthwhile cause so far.
I've made a donation to keep Welfare Incomes alive. Won't you?

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.

Giveffect
https://www.giveffect.org/
A crowdfunding platform built for charities

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

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

2. [Manitoba] Rent Aid changes in 2013 : Province increases aid to low-income families - September 19
(Josh Brandon, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba)

Manitoba

Recent release from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba Office:

Rent Aid changes in 2013:
Province increases aid to low-income families
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/node/11834
By Josh Brandon
September 19, 2013
In August 2013, the Province of Manitoba introduced changes to its RentAid program [ http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/assistance/shelterbenefit-families.html ] benefiting many low-income households as well as individuals on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA). The changes increased levels of benefits and improved access to the program. This report analyses the effects of these changes and makes recommendations for how the program could be improved further.

The complete report:

Rent Aid changes in 2013:
Province increases aid to low-income families
(PDF - 668K, 4 pages)
http://goo.gl/NN84ux
Last month, the Province of Manitoba quietly amended its RentAid regulations. The changes will increase benefits and widen eligibility for thousands of low-income families, seniors, persons with disabilities and single persons living on Employment Income Assistance (EIA). RentAid benefits received by persons on EIA and by other recipients were increased by $20 and eligible income levels were raised by about 14%. The changes are part of a $6.3 million commitment by the Provincial government in its 2013 Budget to increase RentAid benefits.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba Office

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/manitoba

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

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

3. Media and Policy News for September 19
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 19 September 2013
http://goo.gl/RCnhrz

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

Top Stories

Armine Yalnizyan: Five years of economic recovery have been far from equal
Chatham-Kent board of health says province must maintain its commitment to poverty reduction as a public health measure
Lots of media coverage for Sept 14 Day of Action to increase the minimum wage to $14 / hour – this Workers Action Centre email has news & links
New child welfare bill will respect UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Op-Ed: Denying health coverage to injured migrant workers is shameful
1/3 of Canadians are not getting the mental health care they need
Wellesley asks: What do dirty diapers tell us about poverty?
Jim Stanford: With no engine for growth, we’ll be lucky to keep treading water
More on the National Household Survey
Canada Without Poverty, on last week’s poverty numbers
Globe & Mail editorial calls on the feds to scrap the NHS and return to the Censu
"Because they changed the poverty measure, you can't even compare the rankings," said Sara Mayo of SPRC Hamilton
“Windsor isn’t necessarily poorer than other cities, but low-income residents are concentrated in certain areas”

Good Stuff

Do you know about the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council? If not, you should. (Read the TARP report!)
And another report you should read: Why Am I Poor? First Nations Child Poverty in Ontario
Lots of good stuff from the CCPA
Broadbent Institute announces its new roster of fellows

Around the Province

Kingston’s community services committee deals the living wage “a fatal blow”
Northumberland Community Legal Clinic has created surveys for local people to use to share their views on poverty reduction and the minimum wage
Waterloo region’s OW caseload up only slightly in August
The new law school at Lakehead in Thunder Bay will open a legal aid clinic for people living on low incomes
Toronto’s housing wait list grows to staggering 90,000+

Across the Country

PEI commissioning a survey of migrant workers’ working conditions and treatment
Housing makes the difference for Labrador woman forced to sleep in her car

National

Winnipeg Free Press editorial on EI premiums and political footballs
Carol Goar on the embarrassment of riches that Flaherty is seeking to avoid

International

The King of the Netherlands has just declared the end of the welfare state in that country
50,000 people in the UK facing eviction due to the Conservatives’ ‘bedroom tax’
The conditions for migrant workers in the UK
“A mixture of fear and despair” about the impact of welfare reform in the UK
In the UK, “attitudes towards benefit claimants have become strikingly more sympathetic”
Latest census numbers show poverty in the US stuck at 15% for sixth straight year
Full-day kindergarten rolls out in schools in Washington state
Meanwhile, 18 states have high rates of welfare denial
25% of people in New Jersey are poor, and income inequality rises
The impact of low wage jobs, and the challenge for American cities
Directions for welfare reform in Ireland

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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, but 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. Five years of economic recovery have been far from equal - September 19
(Globe and Mail)

Five years of economic recovery have been far from equal
http://goo.gl/UysbzJ
By Armine Yalnizyan
September 19, 2013
Five years after a global economic crisis unleashed chaos on markets everywhere, income inequality has become an inescapable political and economic issue, in Canada as elsewhere. That’s because of mounting evidence that the increasingly skewed distribution of gains from economic growth slows future growth potential, and erodes trust that a democratically governed system is working for the benefit of the majority.
(...)
Canada and the world have entered a period of subdued economic growth, partly self-inflicted by governments’ deficit-reduction programs. Slower growth spells more friction, as the increasingly tilted distribution of gains from growth becomes increasingly obvious. For too many people, the gains from growth happen somewhere else, for someone else.

[ Armine Yalnizyan is a Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. You can follow her on twitter at @ArmineYalnizyan. ]

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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

5. Canada Gives Human Rights the Cold Shoulder: Disgraceful Response to UN Human Rights Review Contains No New Commitments - September 19
(Globe and Mail)

Canada Gives Human Rights the Cold Shoulder: Disgraceful Response
to UN Human Rights Review Contains No New Commitments

http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/canada-gives-human-rights-the-cold-shoulder-disgraceful-response-to-un-human-righ
News Release
September 19, 2013
In presenting a deeply disappointing report today at the UN Human Rights Council, outlining Canada’s response to a review of the country’s human rights record carried out in April 2013, the Canadian government has squandered a valuable opportunity to move forward in addressing important national human rights concerns and to demonstrate human rights leadership on the world stage.
Canada was reviewed under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process on April 26 and 30. Other countries, including many of Canada’s closest allies, highlighted a wide range of concerns and made recommendations to Canada regarding steps to improve human rights protection in the country.

Source:
Amnesty International Canada
http://www.amnesty.ca/

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Déjà vu, all over again.
You can't say that the Harper Government™ isn't consistent --- consistently embarrassing, that is --- with respect to its human rights record on the international stage.

The following is from just over four years ago:

Canada to UN: We'll decide what rights we will choose to observe...
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/blog/canada_to_un__we_ll_decide_what_rights_we_will_choose_to_observe___/
June 8, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
Canada has signed a significant number of international human rights treaties that are legally binding in international law, but the federal government believes that it can pick and choose among its obligations - according to the official document tabled at the United Nations' Rights Council in Geneva today. The good news is that the federal government has accepted its responsibility to take a stronger role in ensuring all Canadians are adequately housed, but the federal government says that companion initiatives to address deep and persistent poverty and income inequality are mostly the responsibility of provinces and territories (and not the national government)...

Source:
Wellesley Institute
http://wellesleyinstitute.com/

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

6. Canada rejects UN rights review of violence against aboriginal women - September 19
(Toronto Star)

Canada rejects UN rights review of violence against aboriginal women
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/09/19/canada_rejects_un_rights_review_of_violence_against_aboriginal_women.html
Canada’s government rejected calls from a United Nations rights review body to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against native women.
September 19, 2013
Cuba, Iran, Belarus and Russia used a UN body Thursday to criticize Canada’s human rights record, as the Canadian envoy rejected calls to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against aboriginal women. Canada was responding Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), which is conducting its Universal Period Review of Canada’s rights record, on a wide range of issues from poverty, immigration, prostitution and the criminal justice system. Countries have their rights records reviewed every four years by the Geneva-based UN forum, but the Harper government has been skeptical in part because it allows countries with dubious rights records to criticize Canada.

NOTE (by Gilles):
The Harper Government™' has consistently dismissed the recommendations of the UN's international human rights bodies such as the HRC, alleging that they "allow countries with dubious rights records to criticize Canada."
That's absolutely ridiculous.
UN rapporteurs have, in recent years, presented reports and recommendations to the Canadian government about violence against aboriginal women, food insecurity, housing, human rights and children's rights. In each case, the government or its media friends always trot out their tired, old
logical fallacy : how dare someone from a third world country with its own problems come to Canada to tell US how to run the country??
In reality, the UN rapporteurs are working for the UN, not for any particular country, AND it's silly to even suggest that the people who critique Canada's record in any one area could be responsible for their native country's "dubious rights records".

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

7. Unemployment is higher than you think. - September 18
(Progressive Economics Forum)

Unemployment is higher than you think.
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2013/09/18/unemployment-is-higher-than-you-think/
By Angella MacEwen
September 18, 2013
Every month, Statistics Canada comes out with the unemployment rate, and every month it gets a lot of attention. But the unemployment rate provides quite limited information about the actual health of the labour market. The addition of two other pieces of information nearly doubles the unemployment rate: the proportion of the labour market employed part-time but looking for more work, and the proportion that would like a job but aren’t actively looking for work, and so aren’t officially counted as being in the labour market.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

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

8. [Ontario] Budget Changes to Social Assistance Began September 1 - September 2013
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Ontario

Budget Changes to Social Assistance Began September 1
http://www.incomesecurity.org/FactsheetsonOWandODSPchangesfromBudget2013.htm

The 2013 Ontario budget included a number of changes to social assistance, most of which kicked in as of September 1, 2013.

ISAC has prepared several fact sheets on these changes to provide information to people receiving support from Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the people who work with them.

The following fact sheets are now available:

* Social Assistance Rates Update
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Changes to OW Rules about Assets
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Changes to OW and ODSP rules about how much money you can keep from work, self-employment, or training
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Changes to OW Rules about Gifts

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

http://www.incomesecurity.org
ISAC works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

9. Most Highly Unionized Countries Top "Happiest Countries” List, Again. Why? - September 9
(By Dr. David Doorey in his Law of Work Blog)

Most Highly Unionized Countries Top "Happiest Countries” List, Again. Why?
http://lawofwork.ca/?p=6881
By Dr. David Doorey
On September 9, 2013, the United Nation’s released its second annual “World Happiness Index”. One thing that is striking about these studies is that the ‘most happy countries’ are always countries with the a long tradition of strong government social welfare programs, high overall tax levels, and of interest to a blog on work law, high levels of collective bargaining coverage. That is, in happy countries, unions and collective bargaining play a substantial role in the setting of conditions of work, which creates a strong middle class. Not surprisingly, therefore, the ‘happiest’ countries also tend to be the least unequal societies: they score well on measures of income inequality. For example, the top 2 most happiest countries (Denmark, Norway) just happen to have the least income inequality in the Western World.
That’s interesting, from a labour policy perspective.

Source:
Law of Work

http://lawofwork.ca/
Personal website of Dr. David Doorey, an Associate Professor of Labour and Employment law at York University

Related links:

World Happiness Report 2013
http://unsdsn.org/happiness/

Source:
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
"A Global Initiative for the United Nations"
http://unsdsn.org/

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Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world, study finds
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-is-one-of-the-happiest-countries-in-the-world-study-finds/article14183382/
By Tavia Grant
September 9, 2013
Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world, according to a global ranking of well-being that uses measures such as life expectancy and corruption to assess the progress of nations. Canada ranks sixth in the United Nations’ second world happiness report. That's down a notch from the last ranking – not because Canadians are any less happy, but because Switzerland leapfrogged into the top five. Denmark tops the list, followed by Norway.

87 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-is-one-of-the-happiest-countries-in-the-world-study-finds/article14183382/comments/

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

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2013 - September 20
--- Employment Insurance, July 2013 - September 19

--- Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health, 2012 - September 18
--- Health Reports, September 2013 - September 18
--- Sharing expertise
- September 18
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in June 2013 - September 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 ]

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September 20, 2013
Consumer Price Index, August 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130920/dq130920a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.1% in the 12 months to August, following a 1.3% increase in July. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% in August, matching the increase in July.

September 19, 2013
Employment Insurance, July 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130919/dq130919b-eng.htm
Following little change in June, the number of regular Employment Insurance beneficiaries fell 2.1% (-10,900) in July to 503,900. This decline brings the number of beneficiaries to a level similar to that observed before the start of the labour-market downturn in 2008. Compared with July 2012, the number of people receiving regular benefits declined 5.7%.

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

September 18, 2013
Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130918/dq130918a-eng.htm
In 2012, approximately 2.8 million people, or 10.1% of Canadians aged 15 and older, reported symptoms consistent with at least one of six mental or substance use disorders in the past 12 months.

September 18, 2013
Health Reports, September 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130918/dq130918c-eng.htm

The September 2013 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains two articles:
*** Perceived need for mental health care in Canada: Results from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health
*** Validation of an index to estimate the prevalence of frailty among community-dwelling seniors

September 18, 2013
Sharing expertise
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/interaction/eng/blog-blogue/se-te-eng
StatCan Blog, September 2013
"Back in the 1990s, Statistics Canada was named top statistical agency in the world by The Economist magazine [see note 1 below]. It was a pretty cool honour back then: today, StatCan’s expertise is increasingly being shared around the world—an indication the agency still has its groove."
(...)
StatCan has shared its expertise with other countries for decades—partly as a reflection of Canadian values, partly because of international commitments [see note 2 below]."

COMMENTS (by Gilles):
1. And what does The Economist have to say, 20 years later, about the mothership of Canadian government statistics? Not so flattering...
See Canada's statistics-gathering : A senseless census reform (Oct. 20 2010):
http://www.economist.com/blogs/americasview/2010/10/canadas_statistics-gathering

2. "StatCan has shared its expertise with other countries for decades (...) partly because of international commitments."
[Funny, the Harper Government™ doesn't seem to have any problem flouting its international commitments in many other areas, including violence against aboriginal women, food insecurity, housing, human rights and children's rights. What makes sharing of expertise so special??]

September 17, 2013
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in June 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130917/dq130917b-eng.htm
Canadian businesses reported 216,000 job vacancies in June, down 47,000 from June 2012. For every job vacancy, there were 6.3 unemployed people, up from 5.2 a year earlier. The increase in the unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio was the result of fewer job vacancies, as the number of unemployed people was little changed.

Related subjects:

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

Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Industries
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2623&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.



Source:
The Daily

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


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.

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

11. 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

September 21, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Finding quality child care: A guide for parents in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/08/finding-quality-child-care-guide-parents-canada
21 Aug 2013 | Canada
New website, available in English and French, for Canadian parents is now publicly available. Parents can find out why it's hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve their chances of accessing high-quality child care.

Aboriginal early childhood development assessment: Issues and insights in a cultural context
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/aboriginal-early-childhood-development-assessment-issues-an
18 Sep 2013 | British Columbia
"This report is a background document for a larger project of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) to develop training to increase First Nations and Aboriginal Early Childhood Educators' knowledge and skill in the area of development screening and assessment."

Globalization, Canadian family policy, and the omissions of neoliberalism
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/globalization-canadian-family-policy-and-omissions-neoliber
18 Sep 2013 | Canada
"Describing recent policy interventions in family income support, maternity, parental benefits, and care policies, this Article describes how Canadian social policy reform relies on fiscalization, which presupposes that relatively modest payments to individuals and families or tax deductions and credits can stand in for social research and planning, democratic debate, and public infrastructure".

Preschool teaching at the crossroads
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/preschool-teaching-crossroads
18 Sep 2013 | United States
Article explains that "seeking better pay and status for those who care for young children challenges basic assumptions in our society about the importance of caregiving work, the role of mothers of young children in the workforce, the role of government in the delivery of child care services, and the capacity of the private marketplace to address the broader public welfare".

Child care in Canada: A scarce resource
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/09/child-care-canada-scarce-resource
18 Sep 2013 | Canada
Infographic from the Canadian Labour Congress visualizes the multiple barriers families face in accessing child care and the tremendous benefits we all gain from a universal, high quality child care system.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Government clears proposal for regulating play schools
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/government-clears-proposal-regulating-play-schools
20 Sep 2013 | Asia

Listeria found at Vaughan daycare where tot died
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/listeria-found-vaughan-daycare-where-tot-died
20 Sep 2013 | Ontario

Quebec's law governing daycare permits deemed unconstitutional
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/quebecs-law-governing-daycare-permits-deemed-unconstitutional
18 Sep 2013 | Quebec

Call to cut tax-free childcare for wealthy to help society's poorest
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/call-cut-tax-free-childcare-wealthy-help-societys-poorest
18 Sep 2013 | Europe

Minister touts success, daycare advocates question full-day kindergarten
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/09/minister-touts-success-daycare-advocates-question-full-day-kindergar
18 Sep 2013 | Ontario

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):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to 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

12. 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:

September 20, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/20/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (4 articles)
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the US: 2012 (2 articles)
August 2013 State Unemployment Rates

September 19, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/19/
2012 American Community Survey (12 articles)
Anti-Poverty Program – Minnesota

September 18, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/18/
Homelessness and Housing – New York City

September 17, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/17/
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the US: 2012 (8 articles)
State Minimum Wages
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)

September 16, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/16/
TANF Application Process – Pennsylvania
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – North Carolina

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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

13. Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012 - September 17
(
U.S. Census Bureau)

United States

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012
September 17, 2013

On September 17, 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau [ http://www.census.gov/ ] released the 2012 edition of its annual report entitled
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.

From the
U.S. Census Bureau:

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb13-165.html
September 17, 2013
News Release
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
- includes detailed highlights of the report

The report:

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance
Coverage in the United States: 2012
(PDF - 1MB, 88 pages)
http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf

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Related links:

Income data
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/

Poverty data
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/

Health insurance data
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/

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From Random Samplings:
the official Census Bureau blog

http://blogs.census.gov/

Medicare and Medicaid, Age and Income
http://blogs.census.gov/2013/09/17/medicare-and-medicaid-age-and-income-2/

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Earlier editions of
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance in the United States
- back to 1985
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/incpovhlth/index.html

Source:
U.S. Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov/

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Selected NGO analysis

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From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
[ http://www.cbpp.org/ ]

What the new Census figures demonstrate
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More.

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/census-snap-lifted-4-million-people-out-of-poverty-in-2012-and-reduced-hardship-for-millions-more/

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From the
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
[ http://www.epi.org/ ]

Recovery Has Only Benefited the Top 5 Percent
http://www.epi.org/blog/numbers-income-poverty-health-insurance/

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Selected media coverage

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From the
New York Times:
[
http://www.nytimes.com/ ]

The Mismeasure of Poverty
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/opinion/the-mismeasure-of-poverty.html
By Sheldon H. Danziger
September 17, 2013

The Census Bureau reported yesterday that the poverty rate in America held stable between 2011 and 2012, at about 15 percent. According to the official measure, poverty today is higher than it was in 1973, when it reached a historical low of 11.1 percent. To many, this dismaying fact suggests that taxpayers waste billions of dollars a year fighting a war on poverty that has been largely lost.

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NOTE : The next eight links below were copied from the University of Wisconsin's Poverty Dispatch for September 17, 2013:
[ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/17/ ]
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From the
Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

[ http://www.startribune.com/ ]

Poor in America: A record 46.5 million below poverty line; rate remains stuck at 15 percent
http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/224022371.html

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From the
New York Times:
[ http://www.nytimes.com/ ]

Median income and poverty rate hold steady, Census Bureau finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/median-income-and-poverty-rate-hold-steady-census-bureau-finds.html

Percentage of Americans lacking health coverage falls again
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/percentage-of-americans-lacking-health-coverage-falls-again.html

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From the
Cleveland Plain Dealer:

[ http://www.cleveland.com/ ]

Census Bureau reports no change in income and poverty nationally; drop in uninsured rate
http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2013/09/census_bureau_reports_no_chang.html

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From
CNNMoney:

[ http://money.cnn.com ]

15% of Americans Living in Poverty
http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/17/news/economy/poverty-income/

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From the
Los Angeles Times:
[ http://www.latimes.com/ ]

Poverty rates, median income unchanged in 2012, despite recovery
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-census-poverty-income-20130917,0,5330409.story

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From USA Today:
[ http://www.usatoday.com/ ]

Census: Household incomes holding steady
[ http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/09/17/census-median-household-income/2825129/ ]

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From the
Wall Street Journal:
[ http://online.wsj.com/ ]

Racked by recession and soft recovery, U.S. incomes finally stabilize
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981304579081042445314788.html

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From the
Poverty Dispatch:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/17/
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the US: 2012 (8 articles from American media)

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Note : for a similar extensive collection of links to this report for 2009, 2010 and 2011, go to:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/income_poverty_health_archive.htm

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

14. [U.S.] Recent postings on the Urban Institute Blog:
--- We can end child poverty. Or, at least, do more
- September 16
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Ten myth-busting facts about welfare - September 11

[U.S.] Recent postings on the Urban Institute Blog:

We can end child poverty. Or, at least, do more.
http://blog.metrotrends.org/2013/09/end-child-poverty/
By Austin Nichols
September 16, 2013
More than 16 million children in the United States are poor, and the child poverty rate has been at historic highs since the Great Recession. We could effectively end child poverty now, at least in the short run. The question is whether we’re willing to do that. If the United States offered cash benefits to children in poor families, we could cut child poverty by more than half. According to calculations using the 2012 Current Population Survey, poor children need $4,800 each, on average, to escape poverty. That’s $400 a month for each child.
- includes 10 text links to related content

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Ten myth-busting facts about welfare
http://blog.metrotrends.org/2013/09/ten-myth-busting-facts-welfare/
By
Heather Hahn
September 11, 2013
Some Facts about the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program

1. States have no legal obligation to support poor families with cash.
2. States are able to set their own rules about who gets TANF and how much, usually reflecting the state’s culture and philosophy about government’s role in helping the poor.
3. Not everyone who is poor gets welfare.
4.
Reducing poverty is not one of TANF’s purposes.
5. Even though TANF was intended to assist needy families and promote work, the program devotes relatively few resources to either purpose.
6. The amount the federal government gives states for TANF has not changed since 1997.
7. The program was not responsive to the recession or the recent rise in poverty.
8. Since TANF began in 1997, the share of poor families receiving assistance has fallen in all states, and the difference among states has grown.
9. Some TANF policies discourage states from helping participants find work, in some cases giving states an incentive to drop families from their caseloads instead.
10. Almost half of TANF cases include only children, with no financial support for the adults. Many of these children (about 4 out of 10) are living with relatives other than their parents, and the rest live with parents who have been disqualified for a variety of reasons.

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NOTE (by Gilles):
Fact #10 above is a solid argument in favour of avoiding comparisons between TANF welfare and Canadian welfare programs.

In Canada, there is a "child-only category" in some --- but not all --- provincial social assistance programs. That category, also known as Child in the Home of a Relative, applies only to children whose parents are unable to care for them, usually on a temporary basis. Nationally, the number of children receiving social assistance as a separate case and living with a relative is very low, hardly a blip. In other provinces, those same children would be placed in the care of a foster home or group home under the Child Welfare Act or similar statute.
Bottom line:
TANF child-only cases make up almost half of the TANF caseload in the U.S.
In Canada, child-only cases are rare in welfare programs.

This is only one reason to avoid comparing Canadian and American welfare systems.
For more reasons, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/canada_us_welfare.htm

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Source:
MetroTrends Blog
http://blog.metrotrends.org/

MetroTrends Blog is part of the
Urban Institute:
http://www.urban.org/
The Urban Institute builds knowledge about the nation’s social and fiscal challenges, practicing open-minded, evidence-based research to diagnose problems and figure out which policies and programs work best, for whom, and how.

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

15. 2012 American Community Survey - September 19
(U.S. Census Bureau)

From the
U.S. Census Bureau:
[ http://www.census.gov/ ]

Census Bureau's American Community Survey Provides
Income, Poverty, Health Insurance Statistics for States and Local Areas

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-167.html
September 10, 2013
Income levels and poverty rates were not statistically different for most states and metro areas from 2011 to 2012, according to statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Incomes remained lower and poverty rates were higher in 2012 than in 2007, the year before the recession. The percentage of people without health insurance fell in most states in 2012 from 2010 levels, after rising between 2008 to 2010. The survey began asking about health insurance in 2008.
(...)
The 2012 American Community Survey (see the link below) provides a multitude of statistics that measure the social, economic and housing conditions of U.S. communities. More than 40 topics are available with today's release, such as educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Today's local-level income, poverty and health insurance results from the American Community Survey follow Tuesday's release of the national measures for each, drawn from the Current Population Survey.

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2012 American Community Survey
http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year -- giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services.

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12 related links:

September 19, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/09/19/
2012 American Community Survey (12 articles from American media)

Source:
Poverty Dispatch
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/

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

16. [U.S.] Implementing Obamacare - September 20
(Washington Post)

[U.S.]

Implementing Obamacare
Obamacare, the biggest change in the nation’s health-care system in decades, is upon us.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics-live/liveblog/implementing-obamacare/
September 20, 2013
With the health-insurance marketplaces scheduled to open for enrollment Oct. 1, millions of Americans, and officials at all levels of government, are trying to figure out what the sweeping Affordable Care Act means for them.
On Jan. 1, the law goes into full effect.

NOTE : The link above is from the Washington Post's Politics Blog, where you'll find links to hundreds of Washington Post articles on Obamacare going back several years.

How states approached healthcare reform
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-healthcare-progress/
July 3, 2013
[The recent] announcement that businesses employing fewer than 50 employees have until 2015 to offer workers health insurance under the Affordable Care Act marks another hurdle in the law, which 26 states challenged in court. This blog posting shows how the states have sided on some of the key provisions.

Source:
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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

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

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

17. [International] Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset (CWED) - September 19

Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset (CWED)
http://cwed2.org
The Comparative Welfare Entitlements Dataset (CWED) contains information about the structure and generosity of social insurance benefits in 33 countries around the world, INCLUDING CANADA. The data contained here are an updated and extended version of CWED 1, which has been available since 2004. This web site allows you to download customized portions of the CWED 2 data, browse the Working Paper Series or access documentary material.

NOTE : The nice folks at CWED would like to keep track of who is using their dataset and to be able to notify users of updates.
They ask that visitors supply their name, institution, and a contact email address. If you prefer not to share your personal information, just click the handy "Skip" button located on the signup page and you'll go directly to the dataset.

Comments by Armine Yalnizyan (who suggested the site):

"Pure wonk heaven - a big new data set measuring welfare indicators in 33 countries."

"Absolutely incomprehensible without the codebook" (PDF - 616K, 115 pages):
http://cwed2.org/Data/Codebook.pdf
This data set provides systematic data on institutional features of social insurance programs in 33 countries spanning much of the post-war period. Its purpose is to provide an essential complement to program spending data that is available from international sources like the OECD’s Social Expenditure Database.

This codebook contains details the data set providing information about different institutional features of national social insurance programs in 27 OECD and 6 non-OECD countries. General information is provided in separate sections of the codebook. Country-specific sources and notes are provided in the country chapters of the codebook.

CWED DOWNLOAD TOOL
http://cwed2.org/download.php
Select countries, years, and variables in the menu below and press "Submit" at the bottom of the site to receive a CVS file with the data.

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

18. 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)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

18 September 2013 - CRINmail issue 1345
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4877
In this issue:
The year in children’s rights:
CRIN Annual Report 2012-13
Latest news and reports
- Sex education inadequate and 'confusing'
- Greater protection urged against child marriage
- Release child detainees, says UN commission
- Child exploitation in major sporting events
- State allows entry to child labour inspectors
- Toy company abandons gendered marketing
- Call for submissions: National child rights strategies
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Chad
Upcoming events
Employment

Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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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

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is 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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Inner Strength

If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can do all these things,
Then you are probably the family dog.

[ With apologies to Rudyard Kipling:
http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_if.htm ]

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And, in closing...

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From the New York Times:

Silencing Scientists
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/opinion/sunday/silencing-scientists.html
September 21, 2013
Over the last few years, the government of Canada — led by Stephen Harper — has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists.

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Twenty-Five Celebrities You Might Not Believe Are Canadian
http://celebritytoob.com/pictures/25-actors-you-might-not-guess-are-canadian/
Will Arnett is Canadian?
" I've made a huge mistake."

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Thirty Photos from our past
http://sobadsogood.com/2013/05/30/30-unique-and-compelling-photos-from-our-past/
Gilles' Favourite : "Testing New Bulletproof Vests"

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What the Same Train Ride (London to Brighton, U.K.) Looked Like in 1953, 1983 and 2013
http://gizmodo.com/what-the-same-train-ride-looked-like-in-1953-1983-and-1224610511

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John Lennon : Imagine (illustrated)
http://m.9gag.com/gag/4881104

John Lennon : Imagine (video, duration 3:32)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs

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Book of Bad Arguments
https://bookofbadarguments.com/

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