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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 23, 2005

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.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1334 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. From Status of Women Canada (posted January 21, 2005):
--- Young Women in Canada in the 1970s and Today
--- A Holistic Framework for Aboriginal Policy Research
2. Financial Results for November 2004 (The Fiscal Monitor - Finance Canada) - January 21
3. British Columbia Employment and Assistance (welfare) info:
--- welfare rates increased January 1, 2005
--- welfare caseload statistics updated to November 2004
4. Guide to seniors' programs in BC (from the Ministry of Health Services) - October 2004
5. Child Protection Publications and Tools (Canadian International Development Agency) - January 21
6. New from Statistics Canada (Jan. 19, 20)
--- Study: Measurement issues in comparing Canadian and US productivity levels
--- Consumer Price index, December 2004
--- Maintenance Enforcement Survey: Child and Spousal Support, 2003/2004
7. In Search of Well Being: Are Canadians slipping down the economic ladder? (TD Economics) - January 18
8. Online Disability E-Zines - Manitoba, Ontario --- January 2005 Issue
9.  A Celebration of Food Security Work in Canada seeking contributors before February 11/05 (Social Planning Council of Winnipeg)
10. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - January 21, 2005

International Content

11. Poverty Dispatch Weekly Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- January 20, 2005
12.
A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (The Millennium Project - United Nations) - January 17

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
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1. From Status of Women Canada (posted January 21, 2005)
--- Young Women in Canada in the 1970s and Today
--- A Holistic Framework for Aboriginal Policy Research

From Status of Women Canada (posted January 21, 2005):

A Quarter Century of Change - Young Women in Canada in the 1970s and Today
December 2004
" This report presents a statistical picture of the lives of young women in 1976 and 2001. It uses a range of data to compare and contrast the lives of women aged 20–29 over a 25-year period."

A Holistic Framework for Aboriginal Policy Research
October 2004
"The purpose of this paper is to provide a document to support Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers working in an Aboriginal context and to encourage them to adopt a holistic approach to Aboriginal policy research."

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

2. Financial Results for November 2004 - January 21
(The Fiscal Monitor - Finance Canada)

The Fiscal Monitor
Highlights of financial results for November 2004

January 21, 2005
"November 2004: budgetary surplus of $1.7 billion. April to November 2004: budgetary surplus of $10.7 billion."
Source:
Finance Canada

Links to earlier issues of The Fiscal Monitor (2004)
- incl. links to each month in 2004 and to previous years

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

3. British Columbia Employment and Assistance (welfare) info:
--- welfare rates increased January 1, 2005
--- welfare caseload statistics updated to November/04

BC Employment and Assistance (welfare) Rate Tables
Income Assistance rates - (effective January 1, 2005)
Disability Assistance rates - (effective January 1, 2005)
Source:
BC Employment and Assistance Rate Tables
- also includes the latest rates for the following: Child in Home of Relative - Hardship Assistance - Hardship Assistance for Persons with Disabilities - Assets - Payment of Assistance [special needs] - General Supplements - Health Supplements and Programs - Fees for Medical Practitioners - Seniors Supplement

BC Employment and Assistance (welfare) Current Month Statistics - November 2004
Updated January 5/05
Source:
Ministry of Human Resources (MHR)

Related Links:

BC Employment and Assistance Policy Manual -  detailed info about welfare in BC
Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links - detailed info about welfare everywhere in Canada

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

4. Guide to seniors' programs and benefits in BC - October 2004
(Ministry of Health Services)

Information for Seniors:
Your Guide to Programs and Benefits in BC
(PDF file - 536K, 105 pages)
Sixth Edition - Revised October 2004
Includes links to an excellent collection of information about initiatives in the following areas :  Seniors and the B.C. Government - Finances - Health Services - Housing - Recreation - Transportation - Personal Security - Services for Seniors Directory (alphabetical listing of programs and contacts) - Government Agent Offices in BC - Health Authorities in BC - Information and Referral Centres in BC
Source:
Office for Seniors
[ Ministry of Health Services ]

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

5. Child Protection Publications and Tools - January 21
(Canadian International Development Agency)

Child Protection - Publications and Tools
January 21, 2005
"In September 2000, Maria Minna, Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, launched CIDA's Social Development Priorities: A Framework for Action. The framework refocuses the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on its poverty-reduction mandate by increasing investments over five years in health and nutrition, basic education, HIV/AIDS, and child protection, with gender equality as an integral part of all these priorities."
- incl. links to two dozen reports (from 1997 to 2004) on child protection, child participation, war-affected children, child labour and sexually-exploited children.

Related Link:

CIDA's Action Plan on Child Protection: Promoting the Rights of Children who Need Special Protection Measures (2001)

Source:
Canadian International Development Agency

- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm
- Go to the Children's Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm

6. New from Statistics Canada
--- Study: Measurement issues in comparing Canadian and US productivity levels
--- Consumer Price index, December 2004
--- Maintenance Enforcement Survey: Child and Spousal Support, 2003/2004

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

January 20, 2005
Study: Measurement issues in comparing Canadian and US productivity levels
The new technical paper A Comparison of Canadian and US Productivity Levels: An Exploration of Measurement Issues, compares levels of labour productivity in Canada relative to those of the United States. In doing so, it addresses two main issues. The first concerns the comparability of the measures of gross domestic product (GDP) and labour inputs that the statistical agencies of each country produce. Second, it examines how a price index can be constructed to reconcile estimates of Canadian and US GDP per hour worked that are calculated in Canadian and US dollars respectively.
Complete paper:
A Comparison of Canadian and US Productivity Levels:
An Exploration of Measurement Issues
(PDF file - 390K, 52 pages)
Related Link:
Update on Economic Analysis

January 19, 2005
Consumer Price Index, December 2004
The 12-month increase in the Consumer Price Index was down to 2.1% in December from 2.4% in November, mostly under the influence of gasoline prices.

January 19, 2005
Maintenance Enforcement Survey: Child and Spousal Support, 2003/2004
The report Child and Spousal Support: Maintenance Enforcement Survey Statistics, 2003/2004 ($29), provides data on the collection and enforcement of child and spousal support payments for cases registered with maintenance enforcement programs.

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

7. In Search of Well Being: Are Canadians slipping down the economic ladder? - January 18, 2005
(TD Economics)

The economic well being of Canadians has not advanced in years, say TD economists
Press Release
January 18, 2005
"The take-home pay of Canadians has stagnated over the past 15 years, highlighting the need for stronger productivity and for lower tax burdens, said TD economists in a new report entitled, In Search of Well Being: Are Canadians slipping down the economic ladder?

Complete report:

In Search of Well Being: Are Canadians slipping down the economic ladder?
HTML
PDF version
(74K, 4 pages)

Source:
TD Economics

- Go to the Banks and Business Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm

8. Online Disability E-Zines - Manitoba, Ontario
January 2005 Issue

Gateway News - Paths to Equal Opportunity (Ontario)
Online Newsletter (monthly)

Content of the January 2005 issue:

* Gift Buying On-line Lacks Seasonal Cheer for Shoppers With Disabilities
* Ensuring the Health and Safety of Workers With Disabilities
* More Must Be Done to Tackle Dyslexia in the Workplace
* Guidelines on Accessible Education
* Hearing Impaired in the Workplace
* Introduction to Universal Design Workshop. January 17, 2005
* Bill 118 – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2004

Newsletter Archive - back to November 2001
Source:
Paths to Equal Opportunity
[Accessibility Ontario]
[Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration]

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Disability Research Digest (Manitoba)
- includes links to all monthly issues, with archives back to June 2001, available in HTML or PDF format.
- each issue of the digest varies from 12 to 25+ printed pages, and each contains 125-150 links.

Content of January 2005 Issue:
* Accessibility and Technology* Advocacy* Employment* General Interest* Government* Health* Legal* Medical* Media* Policy/Research* Rehabilitation* Conferences

HTML version of the January 2005 issue
PDF version of the January 2005 issue
(250K, 24 pages)

Source:
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities

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- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

9. A Celebration of Food Security Work in Canada seeking contributors before February 11/05
(Social Planning Council of Winnipeg)

Recipes for Success: A Celebration of Food Security Work in Canada
Call for Topics and Writers
(PDF file - 47K, 4 pages)
December 2004
Seeking contributors to Recipes for Success: a Celebration of Food Security Work in Canada - "...to be published in both English and French in the spring of 2005 and will be distributed to a great many people engaged in food security work (...) across Canada. Please e-mail us a 1200-1500 word description of a great food security initiative [further defined in the PDF file] that you have undertaken or know about. What was great about it? What did you and could others learn from it? Photos also welcome!"

Submission Deadline: February 11, 2005

Source:
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

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

10. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
January 21, 2005

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

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NEW POSTINGS AVAILABLE ON THE
CHILDCARE RESOURCE AND RESEARCH UNIT’S WEBSITE
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21-Jan-05

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WHATS NEW
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>> Early childhood education and care policy in the Federal Republic of Germany
by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OECD Thematic Review of ECEC country note discusses key policy issues in Germany.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> Parents in care concern [AU]
Herald Sun, 21 Jan 05
Thirteen thousand babies in Victoria, Australia will miss out on a child care place as desperate parents try signing-up before conceiving. Victoria's child care shortage has reached crisis proportions, with the majority of children on waiting lists never likely to get a place.

>> Get it right from the start [CA]
Toronto Star, 18 Jan 05
Now that our children are back at school or daycare, we should not let our attention stray from their needs. For on February 11 and 12, federal and provincial ministers will make decisions that crucially affect their lives. They will decide the form and content of the long-awaited national early learning and child care program - arguably the most important social program since medicare.

>> Non-profit daycares favoured [CA]
Toronto Star, 17 Jan 05
The recent University of Toronto study of profit and not-for-profit child care shows quality of care is generally lower in commercial daycares than in non-profit centres. However, child-care advocates worry that Social Development minister Ken Dryden is downplaying the research for political reasons.

>> Building blocks for child care [CA-ON]
Thunder Bay Source, 14 Jan 05
Child care agencies in the Thunder Bay District continued their lobbying efforts today for a new national child care system. They presented their ideas on how the system should work on a number of toy blocks.

>> Lobby group pushes for universal child care [CA-BC]
Times-Colonist, 13 Jan 05
A B.C. child care group is using a poster campaign to push the federal government into keeping its election promise of providing an affordable national day care system.

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource and Research Unit e-mail news notifier.
For information on the CRRU e-mail notifier, including subscription instructions , see http://www.childcarecanada.org
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto, Canada)
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Also from CRRU:

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated
"This resource is a collection of useful online readings about current early childhood education and care policy and program delivery issues in each province and territory. Within each jurisdiction, information is organized into three sections: news articles, online documents and useful websites."

What's New? - Links to 100+ Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - 200+ media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - links to 20+ theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- links to ~60 briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

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

11. Poverty Dispatch Weekly Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs ---
January 20, 2005

POVERTY DISPATCH Weekly Digest (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin)
January 20, 2005

This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above.
The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation of dispatch e-mails, with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's a one-day sample of the subjects covered in the Poverty Dispatch Weekly Digest:

January 20, 2005

Today's subjects include: State Medicaid Costs // Medicaid Costs, Wisconsin, Mississippi, New York, Idaho // Health Care Plan Cuts - Tennessee // Children's Health Insurance Program Spending - Texas // "Focus on Poverty" Tour - Minnesota // Minimum Wage - Wisconsin // Homeless Students - Arizona // Homelessness - Washington, D.C. // Affordable Housing - Los Angeles // World Poverty

NOTE: "Poverty Dispatch is now being compiled and distributed to e-mail subscribers twice a week -- Mondays and Thursdays. We plan to maintain a broad coverage of poverty-related issues as reported all week in U.S. newspapers and other news sources."

Most of the weekly digests below offer 100 links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to July 2004 , avg. 100+ links per issue!
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link at the top of this box.

Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:
(You'll find 100+ links in each of the digests below)

- January 13, 2005
- January 6, 2005
- December 27
- December 13-17
- December 6-10
- November 29 - December 3, 2004

- 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

12. A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals - January 17
(The Millennium Project - United Nations)

New report to Annan proposes solutions to problems of world poverty
News Release
17 January 2005
"United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched a 3,000-page document which research team leader, Special Adviser Jeffrey Sachs, called 'a unique report'recommending that rich countries double their investments in poor countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving extreme poverty by 2015 and going beyond to eliminate it by 2025. The report comes at a time when more than one billion of the world's six billion people live on less that $1 day, and 2.7 billion live on less than $2 a day."

Complete report:

Investing in Development:
A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals
HTML Table of Contents
+ links to PDF files for each chapter
PDF report all in one file:
Low Resolution (3.6 MB)
High Resolution (33.2 MB)

Source:

The Millennium Project
"At the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000 world leaders placed development at the heart of the global agenda by adopting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which set clear targets for reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women by 2015."
- Core Millennium Development Goals - Documents and Websites

Related Link:

Statement by the Honourable Aileen Carroll on release of economist and anti-poverty campaigner Jeffrey Sachs' Millennium Project Report
News Release
January 17, 2005
Source:
Canadian International Development Agency

- Go to the United Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm



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Useful Conversions
   
Source:
Mark's Humour Site
http://humour.50megs.com/

Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi
2000 pounds of Chinese soup: Won ton ton
1 millionth mouthwash: 1 microscope
Speed of a tortoise breaking the sound barrier: Mach Turtle
365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling: 1 lite year
Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon
1000 aches: 1 megahurtz
Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram
Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower
Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement: bananosecond
1 million microphones: 1 megaphone
1 million bicycles: 2 megacycles
365.25 days: 1 unicycle
2200 mockingbirds: two kilomockingbirds
10 cards: 1 decacards
1 kilogram of falling figs: 1 Fig Newton
1000 grams of wet socks: 1 literhosen
1 millionth of a fish: 1 microfiche
1 trillion pins: 1 terrapin
10 rations: 1 decoration
100 rations: 1 C-ration
10 millipedes: 1 centipede
3 1/3 tridents: 1 decadent
10 monologs: 5 dialogs
5 dialogs: 1 decalog
2 monograms: 1 diagram
8 nickels: 2 paradigms
2 wharves: 1 paradox
100 Senators: Not 1 decision

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