Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 23, 2014

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,685 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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CONGRATULATIONS, CANADIAN HOCKEY AND CURLING OLYMPIANS!!
A special tip of the hat to the women's curling team, the men's curling team, the women's hockey team and the men's hockey team.
FOUR GOLD MEDALS - WOO-HOO!!!



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. The Rise and Fall of Social-Assistance Use in Canada VS The Rise and Fall of Welfare Analysis in Canada
2. Media and Policy News for February 21 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Quebec Budget 2014-2015 - February 20
4. British Columbia Balanced Budget 2014 - February 18
5. British Columbia Government Disability Consultation - Winter 2013-2014
6. Politudes : The International Social Policy Monitor - February 2014 issue (Terrance Hunsley, Politudes) - February 19
7. Presentation : Affordable Housing and Homelessness (Nick Falvo, Carleton University) - February 17
8. [Québec] New Benefit Amounts in Effect as of January 1, 2014 : Social Assistance Program and Social Solidarity Program (Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale)
9. [ Québec ] Manuel d'interprétation normative des programmes d'aide financière (Welfare policy manual - French only)
10. [Ontario] Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, January to March 2014 (Ministry of Community and Social Services)
11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, January 2014 - February 21
--- Employment Insurance, December 2013 - February 20
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in November 2013 - February 18
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. Population Clocks for Every Country
15. 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. The Rise and Fall of Social-Assistance Use in Canada VS
The Rise and Fall of Welfare Analysis in Canada

NOTE TO READERS:
Last week, Ronald Kneebone and Katherine White of the University of Calgary released a report on social assistance use (aka "welfare dependency") in Canada from 1969 to 2012. If you're a subscriber to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter, you may recall that I included a link to that report in last week's issue of my newsletter [ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news160214.htm - see #2 ], along with a comment from me to correct an error that I found in the news release regarding federal funding for provincial and territorial social assistance programs. (If you want more info about that, see #2 of last week's newsletter.)

The links to the report and related news release appear immediately below, followed by a commentary/rebuttal by Toronto-based social policy consultant John Stapleton. John's website was cited as source for Ontario statistical info for the Ontario Disability Support Program, so he felt a need to correct some inaccuracies in the report and especially in the news release. The "Rebuttal" link below will take you to John's website blog post on this issue.

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The Rise and Fall of Social-Assistance Use in Canada, 1969–2012 (PDF - 668K, 20 pages)
http://policyschool.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/research/kneebone-white-social-assistance.pdf
By Ronald Kneebone and Katherine White
February 2014
Source:
University of Calgary
School of Public Policy

http://policyschool.ucalgary.ca/

Related News Release:
Ontario struggling with welfare usage rates compared to most other provinces

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1305833/ontario-struggling-with-welfare-usage-rates-compared-to-most-other-provinces

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Rebuttal by
John Stapleton:

The rise and fall of welfare analysis in Canada
http://openpolicyontario.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-welfare-analysis-in-canada/
February 14, 2014
As a lifelong student of social assistance caseloads in Canada, I looked forward to The Rise and Fall of Social Assistance Use in Canada, 1969-2012 by Ron Kneebone and Katherine White. My interest became even more avid when I read that the authors had cited some my data to come to their conclusions.
The report is reasonably fair in its approach even if it does not mention or analyse the most important reasons why welfare caseloads have risen and fallen in Canada.

But that was before I read the news release supporting the report which comes to remarkably different conclusions than the report itself. Its chiding tone and speculative welfare baiting made me wonder if the real news release supporting the report was somehow mislaid or ‘separated at birth’.

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

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Gilles' two cents worth:

Excerpt from the report, p.3:
... the government of Ontario has, since 2007, posted on its website monthly data on cases and beneficiaries under its Ontario Works program, but the government is much less forthcoming about the number of beneficiaries of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). For information on ODSP beneficiaries, we relied on a privately maintained website created by former Ontario government bureaucrat John Stapleton.
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The link to the ODSP stats appears on the same page as the link to OW stats, here:
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/reports/index.aspx
As far as I can remember - certainly as far back as 2007, the statistics for BOTH Ontario social assistance programs have been available online.
"Much less forthcoming?"
I think not.

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For links to much more info about the Canada Assistance Plan and the CHST, go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

2. Media and Policy News for February 21
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 21 Feb 2014

http://goo.gl/GTtjju

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

Top Stories

New report shows Canadians believe political parties’ focus on winning elections is coming at the expense of hearing their views
The report from Samara Canada
CBC Hamilton 5-part Report: Kids, Poverty and Mental Health
Put Food in the Budget finds Premier Wynne “guilty” on social justice

Upcoming Events, New Reports, and Other Info

Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship and IRPP roundtable on the Fair Elections Act, Feb 21
Council of Canadians wth Disabilities: "Looking Into Poverty: Income Sources of Poor People with Disabilities in Canada "
Social Planning Network of Ontario statement about the utility of National Household Survey data
From partners at Ontario Campaign 2000 - items connecting poverty and health
Ontario Medical Review: Policy and Population Approaches to poverty
Hamilton Spectator: Minimum wage increase falls short: $14 per hour helps create ‘fairer’ society the province has promised
Ontario Medical Association: Office Interventions for Poverty
OMA: Office Interventions for Poverty: Child Health
OMA: Office Interventions for Poverty: Racialized Groups

Around the Province

Hamilton declares itself a Sanctuary City
A new partnership opens homeless shelter in Sudbury
Advocates say Sudbury needs a long-term wet shelter
Local Councillor says Toronto should have a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy
In Councillor Mihevc's own words

Across the Country

Vancouver Council votes to send back a development proposal that would violate the rights of people with disabilities
Halifax woman fights social assistance for dental device funding

National - Federal Budget

CCPA: 2014 Federal Budget Analysis
Campaign 2000: Children in poverty wait while surplus accumulates
Canada Without Poverty: Federal budget forgets the poor
Canadians for Tax Fairness: Talk about tax fairness but not much action
Caledon Institute: The 2014 Unbalanced Budget
Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Federal budget includes funding to help people with disabilities find employment
Star coverage
Peter Clutterbuck: Tax delivered benefits don’t come close to the value of national programs
Hennessy: How can you maintain a political agenda of service and job cuts when the budget is well and truly balanced?
MacEwen: Young workers left behind in federal budget
Walkom: A real budget would address the jobs issue head-on. This one does not

International

27 Anglican bishops slam Cameron’s UK welfare reforms “in unprecedented attack”
Huge costs and low signups may put UK welfare reforms in jeopardy
Brussels tells the UK the crackdown on benefits for EU migrants is illegal
Why the Gap is raising its minimum wage in the US to $10 / hour

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Quebec : Budget 2014-2015 - February 20
Budget 2014-2015 du Québec - 20 février 2014

Français:
Budget 2014-2015 du Québec
(page principale)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/index.asp
Le 20 février 2014

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English:
Quebec Budget 2014-2015
(main page)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/index_en.asp
February 20, 2014

Budget Speech (PDF - 533K)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/Speech.pdf
Excerpt, p. "ii":
A government that is taking action to strengthen solidarity:
* Homelessness policy
* Report on patient-based funding in the health sector
* Lac-Mégantic and L’Isle-Verte
Actions in three strategic areas:
1. Affordable housing
2. The social economy
3. Pension plans
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(By Gilles : I did a word search in the Budget Speech.
The words "poor" and "poverty" appear exactly zero times.
Must not be strategic enough...)

2014-2015 Budget Plan (PDF - 4.4MB)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/BudgetPlan_1415.pdf

Budget Highlights (small PDF file)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/AUTEN_SummaryFebruary2014.pdf

Budget at a Glance (PDF -579MB)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/BudgetGlance.pdf

Charts (PDF - 579K)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/documents/Charts.pdf

Press Releases - 2014-2015 Budget
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2014-2015/en/index.asp
February 20, 2014
[Click the link immediately above to access all seven press releases below.]

Press release No. 1 : Successful Control of Spending and Sound Management of Public Finances
Press release No. 2 : Masters and Prosperous in Our Own House
Press release No. 3 : Over $280 Million to Strengthen Solidarity
Press release No. 4 : Ensuring the Prosperity of the Regions
Press release No. 5 : Culture: A Reflection of Our Identity as Well as an Economic Engine
Press release No. 6 : Patient-Based Funding in the Health Sector: Report of the Expert Panel Favourably Received by the Government
Press release No. 7 : Publication of the Report of the Task Force on the Protection of Québec Businesses

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Selected media coverage

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From CBC News:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/news ]

School childcare fees to increase under PQ budget
PQ wants to increase childcare fees for daycares and elementary schools from $7 a day to $9 by 2015

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/school-childcare-fees-to-increase-under-pq-budget-1.2546413

Parti Québécois budget aimed at triggering election, opposition says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/parti-qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois-budget-aimed-at-triggering-election-opposition-says-1.2545297

Quebec budget, 'winter games' veering toward snap election
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/quebec-budget-winter-games-veering-toward-snap-election-1.2542577

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From Global News:
[ http://globalnews.ca/news/ ]

At a glance: Winners and losers of Quebec’s 2014 budget
http://globalnews.ca/news/1162881/at-a-glance-winners-and-losers-of-quebecs-2014-budget/
By Amanda Kelly Global News
Winners:
* Montreal * Volunteer firefighters * Social housing * Homeless people * IT and technology * Oil development
Losers:
* Parents (cost of daycare going from $7 a day to $9 by 2015) * School boards * Public servants’ salaries * Quebec doctors * Foreign students

NOTE : Scroll to the bottom of the page whose link appears above to access the following related articles from Global News:
* PQ government tables budget amid election talk
* Quebec budget worries English school boards
* Quebec Budget 2014: Special coverage and live blog
* Quebec finance minister to present budget on Thursday

Five highlights from Quebec's 'beige' budget
http://globalnews.ca/news/1162827/five-highlights-from-quebecs-beige-budget/
1. Not yet a balanced budget
2. Health care re-evaluated
3. War on public service salaries?
4. Daycare hikes
5. Fewer school boards

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From the
Montreal Gazette:

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

A throwaway budget
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Macpherson+throwaway+budget/9532043/story.html
It’s clearly a budget intended to facilitate an election and delay some hard choices on spending cuts

Extra money to fight homelessness ‘insufficient’, group says
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Extra+money+fight+homelessness+insufficient+group+says/9532535/story.html

Highlights: No tax increases in PQ government budget
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Highlights+increases+government+budget/9531634/story.html
NOTE : On this ("Highlights") page, you'll find links to the following related articles:
* Cost of subsidized daycare to rise to $9 a day by 2015
* Quebec to clamp down on tax evasion
* Budget documents
* LIVE: 2014 Quebec budget
* Auditor's report sets stage for budget
* The odds look good for Pauline Marois

- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

4. [British Columbia] Balanced Budget 2014 : Reinforcing Economic Growth & Job Creation - February 18

[British Columbia]

Balanced Budget 2014 :
Reinforcing Economic Growth & Job Creation

http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/default.htm
February 18, 2014
- includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below) and related information

Budget Speech 2014 (PDF - 124K, 16 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/speech/2014_Budget_Speech.pdf

Budget 2014 Highlights (PDF - 856K, 8 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/highlights/2014_Highlights.pdf
Excerpt:
Within the balanced budget, government is providing $350 million in new, additional funding over three years to support families, individuals and community safety, including:
* $243 million to maintain existing services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families;
* $15 million for children and youth with special needs;
* $15 million for increased RCMP policing costs; and
* $6 million for legal aid-related services.
(...)
B.C. Early Years Strategy --- Making Progress:
The B.C. Early Years Strategy is an eight-year government commitment to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of early-years programs and services for families with young children. Budget 2013 committed $76 million to support the first three years of the strategy.
Priorities for 2013–14 include:
*
Identifying up to five early years centre sites;
* Informing eligible parents about the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit;
* Launching a bursary program for students in Early Childhood Educator training programs; and
* Expanding professional development opportunities for licensed group and family child care providers.
In 2014–15, funding of $17.7 million will support creation of up to 1,000 new licensed child care spaces, with an emphasis on spaces located on school grounds and in areas underserved by child care.

News Release
February 18, 2014
Balanced budget maintains discipline, supports economic growth and job creation
Balanced Budget 2014

http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2014/02/balanced-budget-maintains-discipline-supports-economic-growth-and-job-creation.html

The B.C. government has introduced Balanced Budget 2014, which includes forecast surpluses in all three years of the fiscal plan and modest investments in priority areas.
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- includes detailed budget highlights + backgrounders:
* Fiscal Plan 2014-15 - 2016-17
* Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax
* LNG Income Tax balances competitiveness, fair return
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LNG 101: A Guide to British Columbia's Liquefied Natural Gas Sector (PDF - 1.7MB, 16 pages):
http://www.gov.bc.ca/mngd/doc/LNG101.pdf
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Budget Backgrounders
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/default.htm#backgrounders
- incl. links to the above budget papers, plus:
* Estimates * Supplement to the Estimates * Ministry Service Plans (see below) * Crown Agency Service Plans * Government Strategic Plan

Ministry Service Plans, 2014/15 - 2016/17
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/serviceplans.htm

Selected Ministry Service Plans:

Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (PDF - 860K, 24 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/sp/pdf/ministry/sdsi.pdf
(Ministry responsible for social assistance in BC)

Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF - 820K, 26 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2014/sp/pdf/ministry/cfd.pdf

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Selected media coverage

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From CBC British Columbia:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/news ]

B.C. budget 2014: 'Boring, balanced budget'
MSP premiums, tobacco tax to rise, while first-time homebuyers will get some help
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-budget-2014-boring-balanced-budget-1.2540656

Budget 2014 Highlights
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-budget-2014-highlights-1.2540649

Videos:

* B.C. budget 2014 'boring, balanced' (duration 2:39)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2438198901/

* B.C. Budget reaction : health, taxes (duration 1:52)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2438198248/

NDP says families in BC pay more (duration 3:06)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2438192718/

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From the Globe and Mail:
[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]

B.C. budget a win for parents, home buyers
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-budget-a-win-for-parents-home-buyers/article16953974/

Health premiums, tobacco taxes rise in B.C. budget
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/health-premiums-tobacco-taxes-rise-in-bc-budget/article16952839/

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From The Tyee:
[ http://www.thetyee.ca/ ]

BC Gov't Brags Budget Keeps Taxes Low, but for Whom?
http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2014/02/18/BC-Budget-2014/

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From the Victoria Times-Colonist:
[ http://www.timescolonist.com/ ]

Small surplus part of B.C.’s balanced $44.4-billion budget
http://www.timescolonist.com/small-surplus-part-of-b-c-s-balanced-44-4-billion-budget-1.858702

Budget: De Jong uses speech to introduce LNG strategy
http://www.timescolonist.com/budget-de-jong-uses-speech-to-introduce-lng-strategy-1.858716

Budget: Medical Services Plan premiums will continue to increase
http://www.timescolonist.com/budget-medical-services-plan-premiums-will-continue-to-increase-1.858764

Budget: Smokers hit with tax; money earmarked for research
http://www.timescolonist.com/budget-smokers-hit-with-tax-money-earmarked-for-research-1.858839

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From the Vancouver Sun:
[ http://www.vancouversun.com/ ]

No new money for education in B.C. budget
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/money+education+budget/9521826/story.html

Mission accomplished for B.C. Liberals on delicately balanced budget
http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Vaughn+Palmer+Mission+accomplished+Liberals+delicately/9522742/story.html

Budget estimates foresee huge Liquefied Natural Gas windfall
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/energy/Budget+estimates+foresee+huge+windfall/9521853/story.html

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From the
BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

[ https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc ]

* CCPA calls BC Budget a “missed opportunity” to address social, environmental and jobs deficits
http://goo.gl/8rsJRX

* Federal budget contains largest spending cuts to date
http://goo.gl/KVYk2p

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

5. British Columbia Government Disability Consultation - Winter 2013-2014

BC Disability Consultation (Winter 2013-2014)
http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/
A province-wide conversation on disability was initiated and hosted by the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation through online consultation and a round of in-person community consultations around the province between late 2013 and early 2014. Once the Consultation is completed, the information gained through community consultation and the online consultation will be compiled and analyzed. A White Paper will be provided to the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation that will be based on the consultation and recommendations to reduce barriers and increase accessibility and recommendations about addressing the challenges posed by the current fiscal environment. This White Paper will be the foundation for discussion at a Summit in early summer 2014.

Ways to Participate in the Consultation:
http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/ways-to-participate/
* Online Discussion Forum * In person * Submit a Story
* Host A Session * Submit Your Story * Tweet * Submit an ASL Video * Email * Mail

The consultation will close at 4 pm on March 11, 2014.

Disability White Paper Conversation Toolkit (PDF - 1.1MB, 10 pages)
http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/files/2014/01/Disability-White-Paper-Conversation-Toolkit_FinalJan3.pdf

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

- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

6. Politudes : The International Social Policy Monitor - February 2014 issue - February 19
(Terrance Hunsley, Politudes)

Politudes : The International Social Policy Monitor - February 2014 issue
http://politudes.com/2014/02/19/february-2014/

Contents of the February 2014 issue of the newsletter:
[Click the link above to access any article below.]

* Canadian Counter-currents? Inequality and Poverty
*
Capsule: Luxembourg Income Studies Abstract on Causes of Inequality
*
Evaluation: Campbell Collaboration Review of Restorative Justice: victim-offender conferencing
*
Targeted geographic anti-poverty interventions: France’s “Sensitive Urban Zones”
*
Stanford Innovation review: Community action to reduce obesity and depression

More info about Politudes
and Terrance Hunsley

http://politudes.com/about/

Subscribe to Politudes:
Click the link to the Politudes.com home page below and then click the "Follow" button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

Source:
Politudes: International Social Policy Monitor
(monthly newsletter)
http://politudes.com/
Politudes is sponsored as a public information service, by the Advocate Institute [ http://www.advocate-institute.com/ ].
[Editor Terrance Hunsley is President of the Advocate Institute.]
Politudes provides information capsules, summaries and commentary on national and international developments in social policy, research on social well-being, and the effectiveness of social programs and systems.

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- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

7. Presentation : Affordable Housing and Homelessness - February 17
(Nick Falvo, Carleton University)

Affordable Housing and Homelessness
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2014/02/17/affordable-housing-and-homelesness/
By Nick Falvo
February 17, 2014
This morning I gave a presentation to a church group in Ottawa on affordable housing and homelessness.

My slides can be downloaded here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90811090/Falvo_Presentation-to-United-Church-Women_17feb2014.ppt

Points I raised in the presentation include the following:
[Truncated excerpt below --- click the link above for the full text.]

* Though government provides subsidies to some low-income households for housing, it is important to be mindful of the considerable funding available for Canadian homeowners as well (including for high-income homeowners).
* Though private developers can (and sometimes do) build rental housing without government subsidy, it is only profitable for developers to do this when tenants are able to afford rather high monthly rent levels.
* Average rent levels are lower than rent levels required for newly-built units (in other words, typically, as apartments age, they become cheaper for tenants).
* In most Canadian jurisdictions, social assistance (i.e. welfare) benefit levels include money to help the household pay rent (although) considerably below average market rent levels.)
* Some low-income households are fortunate enough to live in social housing, where rent levels are subsidized (and where tenants typically do not have to pay more than 30% of their gross monthly income on rent).
* Lengthy wait times for social housing can have important repercussions for children.
* Canada’s ‘rate of social renting’ (i.e. %age of households in social housing) is about 5%, considerably below the OECD average.
* In some cases, a lack of affordable housing can lead to homelessness (that is, it can lead to people sleeping in emergency shelters or sleeping outside).
* In a Toronto study, more than one-third of homeless persons reported having been physically assaulted in the previous 12 months.
* In the past several years, it has been common to hear senior levels of government in Canada profess their belief in the Housing First approach to homelessness.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

http://www.progressive-economics.ca

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

8. [Québec] New Benefit Amounts in Effect as of January 1, 2014 : Social Assistance Program and Social Solidarity Program
(Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale)

New Benefit Amounts in Effect as of January 1, 2014:
Social Assistance Program and Social Solidarity Program
(PDF - 468K, 2 pages)
http://emploiquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/fichiers/pdf/Citoyens/SR_dep_montant_prestations_en.pdf
On January 1, 2014, benefits were indexed by 0.97%.
Click the PDF link above for a table showing amounts paid monthly (starting in January 2014) to households receiving financial assistance under the Social Assistance Program and the Social Solidarity Program.

Amounts shown in this brochure include the Basic Benefit, the Temporarily Limited Capacity Allowance and the allowable work income exemptions, all revised to January 2014.

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Excerpt from the above link:

The Social Assistance Program [ http://goo.gl/hG7GoQ ] grants financial assistance to persons who do not have a severely limited capacity for employment or who have a temporarily limited capacity for employment. It also grants assistance to families whose adult members do not have a limited capacity for employment or families of which at least one adult member has a temporarily limited capacity for employment. You have a temporarily limited capacity for employment if, for example, your health prevents you from engaging in a job preparation or integration activity for a period of at least one month.

The Social Solidarity Program [ http://goo.gl/vOsVO8 ] grants financial assistance to persons with a severely limited capacity for employment, as well as to families of which at least one adult member has a severely limited capacity for employment. You have a severely limited capacity for employment if you have a serious health problem that is permanent, such as a significant disability.

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Financial assistance consists of a basic benefit, to which may be added:

* For recipients under the Social Assistance Program:
--- a temporarily limited capacity allowance
--- adjustments for dependent children
--- special benefits

* For recipients under the Social Solidarity Program:
--- adjustments for dependent children
--- special benefits

Source:
Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
(English home page)
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/Index_en.asp

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Families with Children
The total amount of benefits payable to a family with one child or more in need of financial assistance MUST include the child assistance payable by the Régie des rentes [ http://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/en/accueil/Pages/accueil.aspx ] to the family.

Child assistance in 2014
Régie des rentes
http://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/en/programmes/soutien_enfants/paiement/Pages/montant.aspx
The amount of the child assistance payment varies from one family to another, and it takes into account:
* the number of dependent children under the age of 18 who live with you
* the number of children in shared custody
* the family income (the combined total of both spouses' income)
* the family situation (single-parent or two-parent)

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

9. [ Québec ] Manuel d'interprétation normative des programmes d'aide financière (French only)

By Gilles:
I just recently stumbled across this (French only) comprehensive welfare policy manual, and decided to post it for anyone who understands enough French or who knows how to use Google Translation to get the gist of the content.

Manuel d'interprétation normative des programmes d'aide financière (French only)
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/regles-normatives/a-identification-clientele/03-aide-financiere-dernier-recours/index.html

Table des matières
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/regles-normatives/index.html

NOTE : Quebec *does* have some policy guidelines in English --- you'll find them on welfare policy manuals page of this website, whose link appears below.

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- Go to the Provincial/Territorial Welfare Policy Manuals page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/manuals.htm

10. [Ontario] Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, January to March 2014
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

Welfare benefit levels in Ontario
and much more...

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Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, January to March 2014 (PDF - 168K, 2 pages)
http://www.communitylegalcentre.ca/legal_information/Tips/IM/SA_pension_rate_Jan-Mar_2014.pdf
Prepared by the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
[ http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/ ]
Recommended reading/saving/printing!
All in two pages, (just about) everything you ever wanted to know about federal and provincial social program benefit levels in Ontario.
NOTE :
This factsheet is mostly benefit levels and rates - to find corresponding program information, do a Google search using any program name from the list below...

This factsheet contains current rate information (benefit levels)
for the following federal and Ontario programs:

* Federal Income Security and tax benefit programs
----- Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Allowance (formerly Spouse's Allowance)
----- Canada Pension Plan
----- Harmonized Sales Tax Credit
----- Medical Expense Tax Credit
----- War Veterans Allowance
----- Employment Insurance
----- Canada Child Tax Benefit (incl. the Basic Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement, the Child Disability Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit)

* Ontario income assistance programs
----- Ontario Works - Social Assistance rates + earnings exemptions and incentives
----- Ontario Disability Support Program - Social Assistance rates
----- Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (provincial top-up for Ontario seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement under the federal Old Age Security program)
----- Ontario Child Benefit
----- Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
----- Ontario Trillium Benefit
(replaces former energy, property and sales tax credits)
----- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Found in:
Tip Sheet List - (check this link for more recent updates)
[ Community Advocacy & Legal Centre - a non-profit community legal clinic
serving low income residents of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington counties.]

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NOTES:

1. The Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services produces this excellent guide to current benefit levels under Ontario's social assistance programs, but it doesn't appear anywhere on their website. <BOOOOOOO!!>

The link above is to a copy of the pension and rate table posted on the website of the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre in Belleville:
[ http://www.communitylegalcentre.ca/ ]. <YAYYYYYYYY!!>

2. Although this fact sheet was prepared from an Ontario perspective, it's also a useful reference sheet of federal benefits payable everywhere across Canada.
Highly recommended!

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

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, January 2014 - February 21
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Employment Insurance, December 2013 - February 20
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Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in November 2013 - February 18

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

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

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

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February 21, 2014
Consumer Price Index, January 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140221/dq140221a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.5% in the 12 months to January, following a 1.2% increase in December. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.2% in January, matching the gain in December.

February 20, 2014
Employment Insurance, December 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140220/dq140220a-eng.htm
In December, 514,200 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits—little changed from November. The number of beneficiaries has been relatively stable since May 2013, following a long-term downward trend that began in the summer of 2009.

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

February 18, 2014
Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in November 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140218/dq140218e-eng.htm
There were 220,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses in November, a decline of 22,000 compared with November 2012. There were 5.6 unemployed people for every job vacancy compared with 5.2 one year earlier. The national job vacancy rate was 1.5% in November, down from 1.6% 12 months earlier.

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.

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

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

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

12. 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

February 23, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Organizations, service providers and early childhood leaders: You are invited to sign an open letter regarding changes to regulations in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/organizations-service-providers-and-early-childhood-leaders
12 Feb 2014 | Ontario
The Ontario government has proposed changes to key child care regulations including reductions to adult: child ratios and increases to group sizes. In response, an open letter outlines the research on these important program elements and raises concerns about the proposed change's impact on quality and on early childhood staff. The letter urges the Minister of Education Ontario government to engage in fuller consultation in a broader, holistic approach to ECEC policy development.

Harper government and income splitting: Selected news and analysis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/harper-government-and-income-splitting-selected-news-and-an
19 Feb 2014 | Canada
Selection of reports, blogs and news covering the Harper government's promise to implement income splitting and the post budget remarks by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty who "publicly voiced concerns that, because it would not benefit the vast majority of Canadians, perhaps we should hold off on income-splitting".

A framework for early childhood development in the Northwest Territories: Action plan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/framework-early-childhood-development-northwest-territories
19 Feb 2014 | Northwest Territories
Document tabled by the Northwest Territories government includes a commitment to enhancing "access to high quality, affordable early learning programs and child care services".

Great expectations, but how to achieve them? Explaining patterns of inequality in childcare use across 31 developed countries
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/great-expectations-how-achieve-them-explaining-patterns-ine
19 Feb 2014 | International
Working paper from the University of Antwerp's Centre for Social Policy looks at factors contributing to the inequality of child care usage across Europe, the US and Australia.

A question of priorities: Childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/02/question-priorities-childcare
18 Feb 2014 | Europe
Editorial from the Guardian says "the unsurprising consequence [of a market approach to childcare] is that the poorer the area, the scarcer and less affordable the childcare. They call for "making the first priority access to good, affordable childcare."

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

Province funding new construction for day-care spaces
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/province-funding-new-construction-day-care-spaces
20 Feb 2014 | Manitoba

Mothers priced out of the UK workforce by high childcare costs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/mothers-priced-out-uk-workforce-high-childcare-costs
19 Feb 2014 | Europe

Look at child care to curb population decline: NDP
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/look-child-care-curb-population-decline-ndp
19 Feb 2014 | Newfoundland

Childcare: a universal issue
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/childcare-universal-issue
19 Feb 2014 | Europe

Coalition childcare policy: Goodstart warns against larger staff-child ratio
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/02/coalition-childcare-policy-goodstart-warns-against-larger-staff-chil
18 Feb 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

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

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CRRU Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

February 21, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/21/
States and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)
Minnesota High School Graduation Rate
Homelessness Among Veterans
Parents as Scholars Program – Maine

February 20, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/20/
Income Inequality (3 articles)

February 19, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/19/
Medicaid Coverage and Prison Inmates
SNAP (aka food stamps) and Military Families

February 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/02/18/
State Unemployment Systems – Florida, Massachusetts (2 articles)
Minimum Wage (2 articles)

February 17, 2014 - No Poverty Dispatch today

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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

14. Population Clocks for Every Country

Country Meters Population Clocks for Every Country
(Real Time Statistics)
http://countrymeters.info/
Click on the name of a country in the list, and the next page will tell you its current population PLUS male-to-female ratio, births and deaths this year, net migrations, population growth and economic indicators (GDP and national debt).
Recommended resource!

Country Meters : CANADA
http://countrymeters.info/en/Canada/

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

15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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From The SportsPickle (American sports website):

http://www.sportspickle.com/

 

Winter Olympics Sports Ranked by How Likely You’d be to Die Doing Them
http://www.sportspickle.com/2014/02/winter-olympics-sports-ranked-likely-youd-die

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Great Reasons to Hate All 31 U.S. World Cup Opponents
http://www.sportspickle.com/2013/12/great-reasons-hate-31-u-s-world-cup-opponents

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Canada Wins Hockey Gold, Goes Into One of Its Drunken Stupors
http://www.sportspickle.com/2014/02/canada-wins-hockey-gold-goes-one-drunken-stupors

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A-to-Z of Why Canada Sucks
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Today in History
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The Free Site
http://www.thefreesite.com/