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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 23, 2005

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1353 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. New Funding Program for Charities Announced (Canada Revenue Agency ) - May 17
2. Family Income 2003 (Statistics Canada) - May 20

3. Ontario budget offers nothing to people on welfare (Carole Goar - The Toronto Star) - May 18
4. From the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat:
--- First Ministers' Meetings, 1906-2004
--- Premiers' Conferences, 1887-2003
5. Is Inflation Higher for Seniors? (Statistics Canada) - May 17
6. Better health, employment and child care supports
for Ontario welfare recipients - May 17

7. National Symposium on Financial Capability - Ottawa (Policy Research Initiative)
- June 9-10
8. New from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation:
---
Learning What Works (newsletter) - Spring 2005 issue
--- Literature Review of Experience-Rating Employment Insurance in Canada - May 2005

9. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit ( University of Toronto) - May 20

International Content

10. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 19
11. Assessing the New Federalism: Eight Years Later (The Urban Institute) - Spring 2005
12. Social Watch - U.N. (Review by The Scout Report)


Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. New Funding Program for Charities Announced - May 17
(Canada Revenue Agency )

Revenue Minister McCallum announces new funding program for charities
News Release
May 17, 2005
"John McCallum, Minister of National Revenue, today launched the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program, a funding program designed to support compliance-related education and training projects for charities.Beginning today, up to $3 million in funds will be available to the voluntary sector annually for education and training on charities regulation. More specifically, up to $1 million in years one and two, $2 million in the third year and $3 million per year on an ongoing basis. Organizations will be able to receive contribution funding of up to a maximum of $500,000 per year per project."
Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

- Go to the Voluntary Sector Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

2. Family Income 2003 - May 20
(Statistics Canada)

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

May 20, 2005
Family income 2003
For the first time ever, couple families in Oshawa had the highest median total family income among all census metropolitan areas. The median for couple families in Oshawa reached $80,300 in 2003, up a slight 0.3% over 2002, after adjusting for inflation. The median is the point where exactly one half of incomes are higher and one half are lower.

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

3. Ontario budget offers nothing to people on welfare - May 18
(Carole Goar - The Toronto Star)

Ontario's poor get left behind
May 18, 2005
By
Carol Goar
"...
it would have cost the government about $110 million to honour its pledge to index social assistance to the cost of the living. That is less than the $400 million the Liberals gave Casino Windsor in February; less than the $235 million subsidy they handed General Motors in March; and less than the $120 million they found to sweeten their deal with the Ontario Medical Association a few days later. Most voters aren't likely to notice. They've never needed welfare and don't have much contact with those who do. They're not inclined to punish politicians who promise to help the poor, but don't deliver. It is really a matter of conscience for McGuinty..."
Source:
The Toronto Star

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

4. First Ministers' Meetings, 1906-2004
Premiers' Conferences, 1887-2003
(
Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat)

First Ministers' Meetings, 1906–2004 (PDF file - 712K, 132 pages)
- covers 76 meetings* from October 1906 to January 2004
- incl. agenda, First Ministers attending the meeting, any communiques or press releases from the meeting, notes from the meeting and even some photos
*[ see the Prime Minister's website for links to info about the two First Ministers' meetings that took place after this report was completed ]

Premiers' Conferences (1887-2002) (PDF file - 2.9MB, 75 pages)
Premiers' Conferences - Addendum 2003 (PDF file - 2.8MB, 7 pages)

Source:
Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

5. Is Inflation Higher for Seniors? - May 17
(Statistics Canada)

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

May 17, 2005
Study: Is inflation higher for seniors? 1992 to 2004
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tracked very closely the inflation experienced by seniors as a group between 1992 and 2004, according to a new study. This is important because the CPI is used to index old-age pensions. During this 12-year span, seniors-only households experienced an average annual rate of inflation of 1.95%. This was only slightly higher than the rate of 1.84% for all other households, and 1.86% for all households combined. The study examined the inflation rate experienced by households composed exclusively of seniors aged 65 and over, comparing them with all other Canadian households and the official CPI.
Complete report:
Is Inflation Higher for Seniors? (PDF file - 169K, 14 pages)

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

6. Better health, employment and child care supports for Ontario welfare recipients - May 17

McGuinty Government Breaks Down Barriers To Help People Move From Welfare To Work
Better Health, Employment And Child Care Supports Part Of Province's Plan To Bridge People Into Permanent Employment
News Release
May 17, 2005
"TORONTO – The McGuinty government is helping Ontario Works clients get back into the workforce by overhauling Ontario's social assistance programs and providing new health, employment and child care supports, Minister of Community and Social Services Sandra Pupatello announced today."
Four key measures:
- extending health benefits for up to six months (up to one year in exceptional cases) or until employer health benefits are available for people exiting social assistance for employment.
- a flat exemption rate of 50 per cent on earnings to provide a better incentive for Ontario Works clients to work and earn more.
- increasing the maximum deduction for informal child care costs from $390 to $600 per month to provide another child care option for working parents.
- Creating an employment benefit of up to $500 to help recipients who obtain full-time employment pay for job-related expenses like uniforms and transportation.

Backgrounder - Improving Ontario Works
May 17, 2005
- more detailed info on the changes

Source:
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

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

7. National Symposium on Financial Capability (Ottawa) - June 9-10
(Policy Research Initiative)

Canadians and Their Money: A National Symposium on Financial Capability
Government Conference Centre, Ottawa
June 9-10, 2005
"How well do Canadians understand financial matters, apply their knowledge and take responsibility for financial decisions? What does that mean for policy makers? The Policy Research Initiative (PRI), Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) have partnered to seek answers to these questions. The symposium will feature leading-edge national and international experts who will engage with government, non-profit sector and business representatives in two days of discussions about the current state of policy and practice surrounding this increasingly important topic."

Conference Program (PDF file - 1.2MB, 6 pages)
Registration & Accommodation

Financial Capability and Poverty: Discussion Paper (PDF file - 249K, 29 pages) - July 2004
Exploring the Promise of Asset-Based Social Policies: Reviewing Evidence from Research and Practice
Synthesis Report from the [Dec/03] Conference on Asset-Based Approaches
(PDF file - 179K, 27 pages)

PRI Poverty and Exclusion Project

Source:
Policy Research Initiative (PRI)
Partners:
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI)
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)

- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

8. New from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation:
---
Learning What Works (newsletter) - Spring 2005
--- Literature Review of Experience-Rating Employment Insurance in Canada - May 2005

New from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation:

Learning What Works — Volume 5, Number 1 (PDF file - 1.7MB, 15 pages)
Spring 2005
Newsletter
Table of Contents:
- Asset-Building Strategies for the Poor: Is Policy Ahead of Research?
- Whither Welfare? (Excellent overview of recent welfare reforms in Canada and the U.S.!)
- One-on-One Help for Addressing the Employment Needs of Long-Term Unemployed IA Clients
- Why Experience-Rate the EI Program?
- School Readiness: Evidence From the Manitoba 2004 EDI Parent Survey
- Bulletin Board

Related Link:
The Self-Sufficiency Project
"The internationally known Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP) demonstrated that single parents who were long-term welfare recipients would leave income assistance (IA) for full-time employment faster if work could be made to pay significantly more than welfare. SSP also showed that this could be accomplished while increasing employment earnings and reducing poverty. The increased taxes revenue and lower transfer payments paid for much, or in the case of new welfare applicants, almost all of the cost of the program."

A Literature Review of Experience-Rating Employment Insurance in Canada
Working Paper
by Shawn de Raaf, Anne Motte, and Carole Vincent
May 2005
"This working paper reviews both the theoretical and empirical literature on experience-rating unemployment insurance programs. In reviewing the existing research, the paper identifies a number of lessons learned to determine whether an experience-rated Employment Insurance (EI) program might, by modifying the behaviour of Canadian firms and workers, address the magnitude of subsidies some firms receive from the program year after year or lessen the extent to which claimants frequently rely on EI benefits."

Source:
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
"The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a nonprofit organization created specifically to develop, field test, and rigorously evaluate social programs designed to improve the well-being of all Canadians, with a special concern for the effects on disadvantaged Canadians."

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

9. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - May 20
( University of Toronto)

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

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

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NEW POSTINGS AVAILABLE ON THE
CHILDCARE RESOURCE AND RESEARCH UNIT’S WEBSITE
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20-May-05

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WHATS NEW
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>> Moving forward on early learning and child care: Agreement-in-principle between the government of Canada and the government of Nova Scotia
by Government of Canada & Government of Nova Scotia
Agreement between the federal government and Nova Scotia “articulates their shared vision for early learning and child care”.

>> Prekindergarteners left behind: Expulsion rates in State prekindergarten systems
by Gilliam, Walter S.
Study from the Foundation for Child Development (US) finds that expulsion rates are 3.2 times higher in pre-K than K-12. Rates are highest in faith-affiliated and for-profit centres.

>> Growing up in Australia: The longitudinal study of Australian children - 2004 annual report
by Government of Australia. Australian Institute of Family Studies
Report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies aims to further understanding of early childhood development and inform social policy debate.

>> OECD Thematic Review of ECEC: Austrian background report
by Kromer, Ingrid; Phoser, Alena & Zuba, Rheinhard
Background report from the Austrian government provides comprehensive and critical descriptions of ECEC policies and organization, as part of the OECD’s Thematic Review.


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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> Daycare deal in hands of N.B. premier: Dryden [CA-NB]
NB Times & Transcript, 19 May 05
Social Development Minister Ken Dryden says there are no more negotiations left to hash out with the provincial government to finalize a daycare deal. Dryden said he has signed off on Ottawa's end of the deal and it is simply up to the premier to pick up the pen and finalize the agreement.

>> P.E.I. negotiating better child care deal: Gillan [CA-PE]
Guardian (Charlottetown), 19 May 05
P.E.I Health Minister Chester Gillan is denying Opposition accusations that he is dragging his feet when it comes to signing a new deal for child care. He said the per capita funding formula proposed by Ottawa does not account for the fact that P.E.I. has a much smaller population and would face proportionately higher administration and startup costs for a new system.

>> Dollars for day care [CA-NS]
Chronicle Herald (Halifax), 17 May 05
Nova Scotia became the fifth province to reach a child care deal with Ottawa, inking an agreement on Monday worth $137.3 million over the next five years.

>> Grandparents take over as mums go back to work [AU]
Sydney Morning Herald, 16 May 05
More than 20 per cent of Australian mothers rejoin the workforce by the time their child is six months old, a new national survey of childhood in Australia shows.

>>‘Bébé boom’ will put France ahead of UK and Germany [FR]
Independent, 13 May 05
According to demographic calculations by the French government, a booming birth rate will push the population of France to 75 million by the year 2050. Two children or more are the norm for French couples. France spends more than any other EU country - 4.5 per cent of GDP - on policies that promote child care and assist families.

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

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

Also from CRRU:

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

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

10. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 19, 2005

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

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

May 19, 2005
Compiled by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and distributed Mondays and Thursdays


Today's subjects include: Social Class in America Series // Social Class in America - Opinion // Minimum Wage // Faith-Based Initiatives // Study of Former Foster Children // Preschool Expulsions // Earned Income Tax Credit - Wisconsin // Home Loan Assistance for Illegal Immigrants - Madison, WI // Financial Security Scorecard - Wisconsin // Individual Development Accounts - Pennsylvania // Unemployment Rate - Michigan // Medicaid - Wisconsin // Medicaid Editorial Series - New York // Health Care Program - Tennessee // Lack of Health Care Coverage - Chicago // Food Stamps - Ohio // Social Service Computer Problems - Colorado // Child Support Guidelines - Minnesota // Living Wage - New Mexico // School Achievement - New York // Computer Access for Homeless - Louisville, KY // Homelessness - Minnesota, Athens County OH, Santa Monica CA

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

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

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

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

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

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- May 12, 2005
- May 5, 2005
- April 28
- April 21
- April 14
- April 7
- March 31
- March 24

- 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

11. Assessing the New Federalism: Eight Years Later - Spring 2005
(The Urban Institute)

Assessing the New Federalism: Eight Years Later (PDF file - 718K, 68 pages)
2005 (paper date April/May 2005)
"Since 1996, the Assessing the New Federalism (ANF) project of the Urban Institute and its partner Child Trends has analyzed the experiences of low-income families and children during major shifts in the
nation’s social welfare policies. Concentrating on welfare, employment, and health insurance, ANF research has also examined child welfare, immigrant families, and such policies as child care that help families integrate work with child rearing. Assessing the New Federalism: Eight Years Later synthesizes selected findings from more than 450 ANF publications plus dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and research presentations. These findings illustrate dramatic changes in the experience of low-income families, those who have been on welfare and those who haven’t, from the mid-1990s to the present. This report also cites the ANF publications that provide more detail and includes an annotated source list of other institutions and work in the field that complement what ANF has done."
[Excerpt from report's intro]
Source:
Assessing the New Federalism
[The Urban Institute]

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

12. Social Watch - U.N.

Social Watch
"Founded in 1995, Social Watch was first established to provide a global platform for non-governmental organizations to monitor and promote the effective implementation of the commitments made by national governments during the United Nations World Summit on Social Development. Since that time, the group's work has continued in the areas of monitoring poverty eradication and gender equality and users with interests in these areas will appreciate both the organization's annual report (available from the homepage) and its country-by-country reports. One very well-developed interactive graphic feature is the development indicator section of the site. Here, visitors can view representations of such indicators as female adult literacy, deforestation, and fertility across the globe, along with discrete data from each country. Additionally, many of the materials offered here are available in Spanish as well."
Review by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.
- Current issue of the Scout Report

Sources and resources - excellent collection from Social Watch --- 200 links to resources for NGOs.

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



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3. 3M will merge with Goodyear and issue stock as... MMMGood.

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6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become... Fairwell Honeychild.

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8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization for Women will become... Knott NOW

9. Mobile Oil is purchasing what is left of Enron and will be known as MORON.

Source:
http://www.jumbojoke.com/