Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. [Ontario] Social Impact Bonds : Call for proposals (deadline May 2)
2.
Media and Policy News for March 21 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. First national survey of emergency shelters in Canada. (Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses) - March 18
4. New Finance Minister supports tax loophole that 86% of families won't benefit from (PressProgress) - March 20
5. Child and Family Homelessness [in Canada] : Building a comprehensive framework (Raising the Roof) - March 2014
6. Saskatchewan 2014 Budget - March 19
7. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - Feb. & March 2014 issues [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
8. Government policies have widened Canada’s income gap (Andrew Jackson in the Globe and Mail) - March 17
9. New Brunswick Social Assistance Reform - October 2013
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2014 - March 21
--- Investment income, 2012 - March 21
--- Employment Insurance, January 2014 - March 20
--- Admissions to adult and youth correctional services in Canada, 2011/2012 - March 20
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2013 - March 19
--- StatCan Blog, March 2014: Modelling Canada's tomorrows - March 19
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in December 2013 - March 18
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. How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens (Bloomberg) - November 13, 2013
14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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

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1. [Ontario] Social Impact Bonds : Call for proposals (deadline May 2)

The Province of Ontario has launched a
call for proposals for Social Impact Bonds
.
http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/social-impact-bonds
[Focus areas are Housing, Youth at Risk and Improving employment for people facing barriers.]
Deadline is May 2, 2014.

What are Social Impact Bonds, you ask?
Social Impact Bonds, and other innovative pay-for-performance social finance tools, bring together diverse sectors of society – governments, corporations, private investors, foundations, service providers and social enterprises – to create novel solutions to pressing social challenges. Through a Social Impact Bond, private investment is used to finance these interventions upfront, which are delivered by service providers with a proven track record.

Focus areas for proposals
We are looking for innovative, prevention-oriented ideas and solutions that address one or more of the following high-priority social policy challenges:
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housing
* youth-at-risk
* improving employment opportunities for persons facing barriers.
Your proposal must focus on at least one of these areas.

Source:
Excerpts from the above link

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From the
federal government:

Harnessing the power of social finance: Canadians
respond to the National Call for Concepts for Social Finance

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/social_finance/report/index.shtml
Excerpt:
Unlike standard bonds, Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are not a form of debt security in which interest is paid by the issuer of the bond to the holder at maturity. SIBs combine a pay-for-performance element with an investment-based approach: private investors provide up-front capital to fund interventions, and can expect to get back their principal investments and a financial return if the results are achieved.
Source:
Employment and Social Development Canada
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/

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Related links:

SocialFinance.ca
http://socialfinance.ca/
...the online community and information hub for social finance and impact investing in Canada.
With over 150 contributors, SocialFinance.ca brings together the voices of social finance practitioners and thought leaders across the country and internationally.

Social Impact Bonds:
http://socialfinance.ca/social-impact-bonds

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Finance for Good
http://financeforgood.ca/
Finance for Good is a non-profit organization that was founded to empower social service providers to address the root cause of social issues through the use of social impact bonds. Social impact bonds enable investment in prevention, and we believe that focusing on prevention will lead to sustainable, positive impacts in our communities.

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Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)
http://socialinnovation.ca/
The Centre for Social Innovation is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world. We believe that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. We also believe that new innovations are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities to improve our communities and our planet.
We're a coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New York City.

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Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED)
http://cised.ca/
CISED offers a continuum of supports for social enterprise in the city of Ottawa, including access to technical expertise, coaching, financing, learning communities, training, and cross-sector partnerships.

Social Impact Bonds vs Community Bonds: what is the difference?
http://cised.ca/social-impact-bonds-vs-community-bonds-what-is-the-difference/
November 15, 2012
There is much discussion and excitement about Social Impact Bonds currently. There are also several Canadian examples of community bonds used as financing tools for social enterprise. How do these two social finance instruments differ?

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Community Bond
http://communitybonds.ca/
In the quest for funding, nonprofits have historically depended on those with deep pockets: government departments, foundations, corporate sponsors and individual philanthropists. This approach has sustained the sector for generations, but it limits the contribution of “regular citizens” to modest donations. Through emerging tools like the Community Bond, people of average means can be transformed from occasional donors or volunteers into citizen investors.

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Social Impact Bond
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_impact_bond
NOTE : Scroll to the bottom of the above article for links to 60+ related resources.
Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://www.wikipedia.org/

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For dozens of links to related information,
go to the Social Finance and Social Impact Bonds Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/social_impact_bonds.htm

2. Media and Policy News for March 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 March 2014

http://goo.gl/eZwRSM

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

Top Stories

Douglas, Galabuzi and Go: Ontario must bring back mandatory employment equity to even the playing field for all
Ontario plans to increase taxes on upper income earners
Yalnizyan: Flaherty’s legacy? “Ideological, reckless, and just plain lucky”
Dennis Howlett of Canadians for Tax Fairness on The Sunday Edition to discuss corporate tax evasion and what it costs us all
Why is inequality in Canada so bad? Government policy, says Andrew Jackson
Erin Weir says Corporate Canada’s “dead money” cash stash now surpasses the national debt and should be put to use – through investment or taxation
Not all business people hate taxes, but it’s tough to get them to admit it
Some letters to the editor on taxes
Rick Salutin on Wynne backing away from the great tax debate
The Globe Debate: What’s the role of markets in our daily lives? Should some things simply not be subject to market imperatives? [ed: What a question!]

Reports and Other Good Stuff

Goar on the first ever report on the status of women’s shelters in Canada
Several reports from the Law Commission of Ontario on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship
City of Toronto’s Shelter, Housing hosts Housing Connect on April 13 – for people who are homeless to find out about available services
The website for the Neighbourhood Change & Building Inclusive Communities From Within research project – great stuff here from Hulchanski et al.
Submissions to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance, which issued its report October 2012

Ontario

“Aspirational” budget to come in May
Andrea Horwath wants a $100 rebate for 4.4 million hydro customers
And a job creation tax credit to cover 10% of new employee wages
Is the Ontario NDP “waging war” on public investment?
Hennessy: The political fight for Ontario’s “middle class”
Financial eligibility for legal aid services far too low
Former NDP MP and MPP Tony Martin, who consistently fought on poverty-related issues, recovering from a stroke

Around the Province

Dentists starting to refuse ODSP clients because of low payment rates
Kakabeka Falls man with a disability socially isolated by lack of access to transportation
An open letter to City of Toronto on plans for a civic Poverty Reduction Strategy
Toronto apartment building still without heat after five weeks
A Big Idea for Toronto: A dedicated housing fund
Halton non-profit adopts Woodgreen’s model for helping single moms escape poverty

Across the Country

Feeding My Family campaign protests high food costs in the North
Alberta’s budget was a missed opportunity to address inequality
But here’s the way forward: Progress income taxes
Alberta’s planned pension changes unnecessary
BC steps up to fund mental health services for refugees

National

Walmart Canada is planning a “summit” on how to lower the cost of living, while UFCW says they should pay their workers more
EI helplines: Not much help at all
StatsCan report contradicts Conservatives’ skilled labour shortage claim
But there may be a skills mismatch, which leads to young people being blamed for being unemployed
Just how stretched are middle-income Canadians? And who are the middle class anyways?
Debate on how the Cons can help families; national child care perhaps the best

International

The world is developing a Downton Abbey economy
The problem of homelessness in Dublin is “out of control”
In the US, low wage workers are finding poverty harder to escape
Temp workers, who fuel corporate profits, are expendable in the process
Food deserts in Atlanta leave low income residents struggling
NYT: Income gap? Meet the longevity gap
More than 900 workers have died building Qatar’s World Cup facilities
Britain’s five richest families are worth more than the poorest 20%
How do Austrians deal with youth unemployment? Strong policy, good administration, and a big budget
Finland built its top-ranking educational system on the principle of equity
Yesterday was Close the Gap Day in Australia – the income gap, that is
WalMart workers in China blockade store to protest closure

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. First national survey of emergency shelters in Canada. - March 18
(Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses)

Disturbing snapshot of women’s shelters : Women’s shelters are caught
between protecting their clients and financing their operations.

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/03/18/disturbing_snapshot_of_womens_shelters_goar.html
By Carol Goar
March 18, 2014
Women’s shelters blend so unobtrusively into the streetscape that most people don’t know they’re there. There are 13 in Toronto. Some are Victorian mansions, others are former rooming houses, sanatoriums and suburban homes. Only a handful of women know their location. They guard the information closely to protect residents from vengeful partners, stalkers and predators. But this secrecy creates a dilemma. They can’t give a clear picture of the work they do. They can’t use powerful images to lobby policy-makers. They can’t tell compelling stories in their fundraising appeals.

This month, the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses opened its door a crack. It released the first national survey of emergency shelters in Canada. Seventy per cent of its 350 members participated.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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The survey:

SHELTER VOICES:
A day in the life of Canada’s shelters for women survivors of abuse
(PDF - 340K, 4 pages)
http://endvaw.ca/sites/endvaw.ca/files/cnwsth_shelter_voices_2014_web.pdf
March 2014
ON ONE DAY, 242 SHELTERS IN CANADA HELPED 4,178 WOMEN AND 2,490 CHILDREN.
On this same day, 286 women and 205 children could not be accommodated.
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Shelters identified the following as their three major challenges
* 70% Lack of government funding
* 62% Gaps in services and supports for marginalized women
* 62% Lack of supports when women leave shelters
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
* Affordable and safe housing
* Financial security
* Accessible and responsive legal system

Source:
Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses
http://endvaw.ca/
The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses is a coalition of 12 provincial and territorial shelter networks representing over 350 shelters across Canada. The network works as a unified voice to collaborate, educate, and innovate for systemic change that ends violence against women, making Canada a model for safety in the world.

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- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

4. New Finance Minister supports tax loophole that 86% of families won't benefit from - March 20
(PressProgress)

New Finance Minister supports tax loophole that 86% of families won't benefit from
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/new-finance-minister-supports-tax-cut-86-families-wont-benefit
March 20, 2014
Joe Oliver has never really been the type to paddle against the current. So it's not super surprising that Stephen Harper's new Finance Minister has come out in favour of family income splitting, even though the $3 billion Mad Men Giveaway has been criticized by think tanks across the ideological spectrum. For all the knocks against Oliver's predecessor Jim Flaherty, who resigned from cabinet on Tuesday, at least he wasn't afraid to rock the boat when he thought Harper was dead wrong.

Source:
PressProgress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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

5. Child and Family Homelessness [in Canada] : Building a comprehensive framework - March 2014
(Raising the Roof
)

Child and Family Homelessness:
Building a comprehensive framework to address
child and family homelessness in Canada:
Phase I, an environmental scan

http://www.homelesshub.ca/resource/child-and-family-homelessness-building-comprehensive-framework-address-child-and-family
By Amanda Noble
March 2014
This report highlights many innovative and high quality initiatives across Canada and internationally that are working to improve the lives of families and children so that they may live free from poverty and homelessness. However, the report also illustrates that, for the most part, these initiatives operate in an independent and piecemeal fashion, just like the blocks in the broken Jenga tower.

Source:
Raising the Roof

http://www.raisingtheroof.org/

6. Saskatchewan 2014 Budget - March 19

From the Saskatchewan Department of Finance:
[ http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/ ]

Saskatchewan 2014 Budget
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15
March 19, 2014
- main budget page --- includes links to all budget documents, including news releases, backgrounders, Core Operational Plan, estimates and supplementary estimates, and more...

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News Release
Balanced Budget Keeps Saskatchewan on the Path of Steady Growth (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-FinanceMain.pdf
March 19, 2014
No Tax Increases; Important Investments in Infrastructure and People.
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget aimed at keeping Saskatchewan on the path of steady growth.
This year’s budget avoids tax increases by controlling government spending.

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Selected budget highlights:
(Excerpts from the above news release)

* Record funding of nearly $5.0 billion to be spent through the Ministry of Health - a 3.0 per cent increase compared to last year - to deliver high-quality health care services for Saskatchewan people;
* $956.5 million to be spent through the Ministry of Social Services (responsible for welfare) - up $65.8 million or 7.4 per cent compared to last year;
* $446.2 million, up $84.3 million compared to last year, for new and enhanced programming for people with disabilities and for increased utilization;
* $8.7 million increase for Child and Family agenda initiatives bringing the total commitment in new funding to $62.5 million since 2011;
* $1.76 billion to be spent through the Ministry of Education, an increase of $52.4 million over last year;
* $52.7 million, up 4.3 per cent compared to last year, to expand the number of child care spaces by 500;
* $20.4 million - an increase of more than 6.0 per cent over last year - to support 15 new pre-K programs;
* $668.9 million for post secondary institution operating grants and targeted funding, an increase of $16.8 million compared to last year;
* Direct student supports of $216.0 million, an increase of $18.5 million over last year or 9.4 per cent;
* $37.4 million for other ongoing provincial tax credits related to education costs and interest paid on student loans;
* $32.5 million for the Student Aid Fund;
* $31.0 million for the Provincial Training Allowance;
* $7.5 million for the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings;
* $7.0 million for the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship; and
* o $5.0 million for the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship;
* Increases of $2.1 million to add 700 new Adult Basic Education spaces and $1 million to add 300 new apprenticeship training seats;
* $189.2 million - an increase of $4.4 million or 2.4 per cent over last year - for initiatives that directly benefit First Nations and Métis people including $6.0 million to double funding for initiatives related to the Joint Task Force on First Nation and Metis Education and Employment;
* $394.6 million of direct provincial support to municipalities, an increase of $32.8 million, or 9.1 per cent, from last year and an increase of $152.7 million or 63.1 per cent from the 2007-08 Budget.
* Increased benefits for recipients of : Seniors Income Plan - Personal Care Home Benefit - Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability

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The Budget (PDF - 1.5MB, 71 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/2014-15SKProvincialBudget.pdf

Budget Address (PDF - 228K, 34 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/BudgetAddressMarch17thFINAL.pdf

Government Direction for 2014-15 (PDF - 324K, 18 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/2014-15GovernmentDirection.pdf
- from the Budget book

Backgrounder (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/FinanceBackgrounder2014-15.pdf

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More Budget 2014-15 News Releases (small PDF files):

*** Social Services - Child and Family Agenda: Government Investing in Children and Families
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSChildandFamilyAgenda.pdf
Backgrounder 1 : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-SCYABudget.pdf
Backgrounder 2 : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-SCYAprogressMarch2014.pdf

*** Social Services - Housing: Government Continues to Invest in Affordable Housing
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSHousing.pdf
Backgrounder : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-Housing.pdf

*** Social Services - People with Disabilities: Government Investing in Supports for Citizens with Disabilities
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSDisabled.pdf
Backgrounder : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-SAID.pdf

*** Social Services - Seniors: Government Investing in Supports for Seniors
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/000-SSSeniors.pdf
Backgrounder : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2014-15/SSbackgrounder-seniors.pdf

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Media coverage / NGO critique:

From
Huffington Post.ca:
[
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ ]

* Budget Highlights
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/19/highlights-of-the-saskatc_n_4995285.html
March 19, 2014

* Saskatchewan holds line on spending with flat revenue in tight, balanced budget
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/19/saskatchewan-holds-line-o_n_4992863.html
By Jennifer Graham
March 19, 2014

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From CBC.CA:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/ ]

Premier Brad Wall talks about the budget (video, duration 6:44)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Saskatchewan/ID/2443097062/

A flurry of reaction to Saskatchewan budget
Opposition claims government has 'flip-flopped' on savings fund

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/a-flurry-of-reaction-to-saskatchewan-budget-1.2579588

Education property taxes frozen in Saskatchewan budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/education-property-taxes-frozen-in-saskatchewan-budget-1.2577770

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

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

7. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - Feb. & March 2014 issues
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issues of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : March 19 (2014) - issue 126 (PDF - 176K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_126.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 Report
Ø Youth Services and Supports in Toronto
Ø The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013
Ø Working Women, Working Poor
Ø The Poverty and Inequality Report
Ø Nine out of Ten Families at Risk of Homelessness in Toronto’s Aging Rental High-Rise Buildings
Ø Regent Park Revitalization Study

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SPARmonitor : March 5 (2014) - issue 125 (PDF - 176K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_125.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø The Economic Security Scorecard: Policy and Security in the States
Ø Income Adequacy among Canadian Seniors: Helping Singles Most
Ø By Invitation Only: Canadians’ Perceptions of Political Parties
Ø Homelessness, Urban Aboriginal People, and the Need for a National Enumeration
Ø Statistical Signs of Social Influence on Suicides
Ø Survey of Financial Security, 2012
Ø Workshop on the Electoral and Civic Involvement of Canada’s Immigrant Communities

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SPARmonitor : February 19 (2014) - issue 124 (PDF - 160K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_124.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Finding Food: Community Food Procurement in the City of Toronto
Ø Income Splitting in Canada: Inequality by Design
Ø 2013/4 Report Teaching and Learning
Ø Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a Better Balance
Ø Testimony on Early Childhood Education to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Ø The Rise and Fall of Social-Assistance Use In Canada, 1969–2012

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SPARmonitor : February 5 (2014) - issue 123 (PDF - 160K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_123.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø 2014 Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
Ø Ever Higher Government Spending on Canada’s Aboriginals since 1947
Ø The Value of Caregiver Time: Costs of Support and Care for Individuals Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ø Maximising Resident Care and Safety
Ø Labour Force Survey, December 2013

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO LInks page, where you'll find links to two dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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

8. Government policies have widened Canada’s income gap - March 17
(Andrew Jackson in the Globe and Mail)

Government policies have widened Canada’s income gap
http://goo.gl/3K9RFA
By Andrew Jackson
March 17, 2014

The fact that income inequality in Canada today is significantly greater than it was 30 years ago is not in serious dispute. But there is much less agreement on the underlying causes.
It is important to look at trends in the “pre-distribution” of income by the market in the form of wages and salaries, and changes in the impact of government taxes and income transfer programs that redistribute market income from the more affluent to the less affluent.

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

9. New Brunswick Social Assistance Reform - October 2013

New Brunswick Social Assistance Reform
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development/promos/social_assistancereform.html
[All changes to the NB Social Assistance program came into effect in October 2013.]
One of the priority actions in the province’s poverty reduction plan was to reform the social assistance system.
The changes outlined below represent the broadest number of policy changes to the social assistance program since the 1990’s and are expected to have a significant impact on clients.
* Social Assistance Rate Increase
* Wage Exemption Policy
* Shelter Deductions for Disabled Clients
* Social Assistance Rate Schedules
* Household Income Policy
* Income Supplement

Source:
New Brunswick Social Development

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/social_development.html

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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 New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2014 - March 21
--- Investment income, 2012 - March 21
--- Employment Insurance, January 2014 - March 20
--- Admissions to adult and youth correctional services in Canada, 2011/2012 - March 20
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2013 - March 19
--- StatCan Blog, March 2014: Modelling Canada's tomorrows - March 19
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in December 2013 - March 18

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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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March 21, 2014
Consumer Price Index, February 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140321/dq140321a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.1% in the 12 months to February, following a 1.5% increase in January. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% in February, following a 0.2% gain in January.

Report : The Consumer Price Index
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&lang=eng
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them.
[Click "VIEW" to access the report for the current month; click "Chronological index:" for previous months.]

March 21, 2014
Investment income, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140321/dq140321d-eng.htm
The number of taxfilers reporting investment income in 2012 was almost the same as in 2011, while the amount of investment income reported for the same period increased by 7.7% (in constant dollars). Nationally, more than 7.5 million people reported income from investments totalling $60.9 billion, according to income tax returns for 2012. (Investment income refers to the sum of dividend income from taxable Canadian corporations and interest income from investments in non-tax-sheltered vehicles.)
- includes two tables:
* Table 1 : Investment income – Canada, provinces and territories
* Table 2 : Investment income – Census metropolitan areas

Available in CANSIM:
Table 111-0036 to 111-0038 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=111-0036..111-0038&p2=31
Table 111-0041 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=111-0041&p2=31
Table111-0042 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=111-0042&p2=31

Related subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household spending and savings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2180&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household, family and personal income
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2812&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

March 20, 2014
Employment Insurance, January 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140320/dq140320a-eng.htm
In January, 502,500 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, down 1.9% (-9,900) from the previous month. This decline follows a period of relative stability in the number of EI beneficiaries that began in May 2013.

Related CANSIM Tables:

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

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

Related subjects:

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

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

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

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

From Juristat:

Admissions to adult correctional services in Canada, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2014001/article/11918-eng.htm
By Samuel Perreault
March 20, 2014
This Juristat bulletin provides a statistical overview of adults admitted to and released from custody and community supervision in Canada in 2011/2012. Analysis is presented at the national as well as the provincial and territorial levels. Admissions, and the characteristics of youth in the correctional system (such as age, sex and Aboriginal identity) are discussed.

Admissions to youth correctional services in Canada, 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=85-002-X201400111917
By Samuel Perreault
This Juristat bulletin provides a statistical overview of youth admitted to and released from custody and community services in Canada in 2011/2012. Analysis is presented at the national as well as the provincial and territorial levels. Admissions, and the characteristics of youth in the correctional system (such as age, sex and Aboriginal identity) are discussed.

Source:
Juristat

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=85-002-X&lang=eng
Juristat provides in-depth analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Topics include crime, victimization, homicide, civil, family and criminal courts, and correctional services.
[Click "VIEW" to access the articles for the current month; click "Chronological index" for previous months.]

March 19, 2014
Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140319/dq140319f-eng.htm
Demographic estimates by province and territory are now available for the fourth quarter.

Related CANSIM Tables:

Table 051-0005 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0005&p2=31
Table 051-0017 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0017&p2=31
Table 051-0020 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0020&p2=31
Table 051-0037 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0037&p2=31
Table 051-0045 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0045&p2=31
Table 053-0001 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=053-0001&p2=31

March 19, 2014
StatCan Blog, March 2014:
Modelling Canada's tomorrows

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/mct-mcd-eng
It is one thing to report on where Canada has already been statistically, but it is also important to get a handle on where the nation is going. The March 2014 edition of the StatCan Blog examines the work of the agency's Modelling Division. This group of professionals takes all that has come before, puts that information into statistical models and runs microsimulations to develop projections on what Canada might look like months, years or decades down the road.

March 18, 2014
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in December 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140318/dq140318b-eng.htm
Canadian businesses reported 200,000 job vacancies in December, down 21,000 compared with 12 months earlier. There were 6.3 unemployed people for every job vacancy, up from 5.7 in December 2012. 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.

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

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

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

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

Report: Update on the Let's Talk Child Care Campaign
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/report-update-lets-talk-child-care-campaign
13 Mar 2014 | Ontario
Last November over 1,600 parents and guardians of children aged 0-12 provided feedback to the City of Toronto during four Toronto Parent Summits or by completing an online survey. Key findings include: strong support from parents/guardians for a "universal child care system funded through public investment".

UK Budget 2014: Tax-free childcare announcement and reaction
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/uk-budget-2014-tax-free-childcare-announcement-and-reaction
19 Mar 2014 | Europe
The UK government has announced a new "tax-free childcare scheme". CRRU has collected government materials, analysis and reaction, and related news on this development.

The rise and fall of cash for care in Norway: Changes in the use of child-care policies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/rise-and-fall-cash-care-norway-changes-use-child-care-polic
19 Mar 2014 | Europe
Article in the Nordic Journal of Social Research finds that, "cash for care is a scheme that mainly encourages mothers who have low income and a low educational level and who are to a large degree from immigrant backgrounds to remain outside the labour market".

No child left behind: Subsidized child care and children's long-run outcomes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/no-child-left-behind-subsidized-child-care-and-childrens-lo
19 Mar 2014 | Europe
Article from the American Economic Journal uses difference-in-differences estimates to show that "subsidized child care had strong positive effects on children's educational attainment and labor market participation, and also reduced welfare dependency".

3 women: Radio show features discussion about child care in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/3-women-radio-show-features-discussion-about-child-care-ont
12 Mar 2014 | Ontario
Lyndsay Macdonald (CCAAC) and Andrea Calver (OCBCC) speak about child care on MPP Cheri DiNovo's radio show in Toronto.

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

U.S. Senate approves bipartisan child-care grant bill
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/us-senate-approves-bipartisan-child-care-grant-bill
19 Mar 2014 | United States

Paid parental leave: How Swedish mums and dads do it
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/paid-parental-leave-how-swedish-mums-and-dads-do-it
19 Mar 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

TED IDEAS LAB: Should you pay fees for better public services?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/ted-ideas-lab-should-you-pay-fees-better-public-services
19 Mar 2014 | Canada

Chapter excerpt from "Overwhelmed: Work, love and play when nobody has the time"
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/chapter-excerpt-overwhelmed-work-love-and-play-when-nobody-has-time
19 Mar 2014 | United States

More $7-a-day spots but not enough to go around: West Island daycare operators
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/more-7-day-spots-not-enough-go-around-west-island-daycare-operators
19 Mar 2014 | Quebec

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

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CRRU Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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/
(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:

March 21, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/21/
Long-Term Unemployment (3 articles)
Social Impact Bonds
Medicaid Expansion – Michigan

March 20, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/20/
Medicaid Expansion – Maine, Nebraska (2 articles)

March 19, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/19/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)

March 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/18/
Child Welfare System – Arizona
Homeless Schoolchildren – New York

March 17, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/17/
Low-Wage Employment
State Unemployment Rates

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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. How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens - November 13, 2013
(Bloomberg)

United States

From
Bloomberg:
[ http://www.bloomberg.com/ ]

How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-13/how-mcdonald-s-and-wal-mart-became-welfare-queens.html
By Barry Ritholtz
November 13, 2013
It seems that welfare queens are back in the news these days. The old stereotype was an inner-city unwed mother -- that’s dog-whistle-speak for black -- having multiple babies to get ever bigger welfare checks (throw in a new Cadillac and the myth is complete). Regardless, welfare reform of the 1990s ended that narrative. No, the new welfare queens are even bigger, richer and less deserving of taxpayer support. The two biggest welfare queens in America today are Wal-Mart and McDonald's. (...)

According to one study [ http://goo.gl/Cb0Wm5 ], American fast food workers receive more than $7 billion dollars in public assistance. As it turns out, McDonald's has a “McResource” line [ http://goo.gl/UE1y91 ] that helps employees and their families enroll in various state and local assistance programs. It exploded into the public when a recording of the McResource line [ http://goo.gl/ZUuouo ] advocated that full-time employees sign up for food stamps and welfare.

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private sector employer, is also the biggest consumer of taxpayer supported aid. According to Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, in many states, Wal-Mart employees are the largest group of Medicaid recipients. They are also the single biggest group of food stamp recipients. Wal-mart’s "associates" are paid so little [ http://goo.gl/YIGNT ] , according to Grayson, that they receive $1,000 on average in public assistance. These amount to massive taxpayer subsidies for private companies.

Source:
Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/
Bloomberg connects influential decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. Our strength - quickly and accurately delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology - is at the core of everything we do. With over 15,000 employees in 192 locations, we deliver business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

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Related links:

ReclaimDemocracy.org/walmart
http://reclaimdemocracy.org/walmart
Contents:
*
Articles on Walmart
* T-shirts, Bumper Stickers, Buttons
* Studies and Reports on Walmart and Big Boxes
* Reports and Economic Impact Studies on Walmart and Big Box Development
* Internal Company Documents on Stopping Unions
* Books, Films and Music on Walmart
* Anti-Walmart, Pro-Walmart and Informational Website Links
* Complete Index of Walmart Articles at Reclaim Democracy

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Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America
http://projects.flowingdata.com/walmart/
Watch a visual representation of Wal Mart's growth over the past 40 years.

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Wal-Mart Canada Website home page
http://www.walmart.ca/

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

14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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

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

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

CRIN weekly newsletter (Sample issue):

CRINmail issue 1369 - 19 March 2014
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1369
In this issue:
Latest news and reports:
* Malta prohibits corporal punishment in all settings
* Iraq urged to withdraw child marriage bill
* Uganda anti-gay law challenged in court
* Sexual and reproductive rights 'under threat' worldwide
* New reports: HTPs, child & youth migration
Children's rights at the Human Rights Council
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Ten Eye-Opening Facts About Sleep

1. Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).

2. Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.

3. During the first two years of a baby’s life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average.
(Comment : no wonder new parents are crabby as old Hell...)

4. Giraffes sleep just 1.9 hours a day while koalas sleep up to 22 hours a day

5. Giraffes sleep only 1.9 hours a day in five- to 10-minute sessions. Koalas, however, are the longest-sleeping mammals, sleeping up to 22 hours a day.

6. Sleep is a universal characteristic of complex living organisms and has been observed in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

7. Only one half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time. Dolphins are capable of what is known as unihemispheric sleep, in which one hemisphere of the brain goes into a deep sleep while the other hemisphere remains awake.

8. Sleep is a universal characteristic of complex living organisms and has been observed in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

9. There are at least 84 identified sleep/wake disorders.

10. The invention of the lightbulb affected human sleep patterns. The average amount of time people sleep has dropped from nine hours in the pre-lightbulb era to seven-and-a-half hours today.

Source:
http://facts.randomhistory.com/facts-about-sleep.html
[Click the link for 50 more facts about sleep)

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And, in closing...

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Songza
http://new.songza.com/
Music for every mood and for every part of the day...

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Liar, liar, pants on fire!!(video, duration 1:52)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6aMmFST7dI
Rick Mercer's Rant about Brad Butt's Lie

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Christopher Walken Can't Stop Dancing (video)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/walken-dancing_n_4987313.html

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The Best Websites in the WWW:
http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-websites

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The 25 Most Famous Canadians, According To Pantheon At M.I.T
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/17/most-famous-canadians-mit_n_4982175.html

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Five Ways You Can Still Get Around the New York Times Paywall
http://betabeat.com/2013/02/5-ways-you-can-still-get-around-the-new-york-times-paywall/
Or you could just, like, pay for access.

 

 

 

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