Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 23, 2011

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 2,420 subscribers.


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...


Canadian content

Harper's Goal: Create a New Irrational Reality (Murray Dobbin in The Tyee) - May 23
2. 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, June 2 - 5 (uOttawa)

3.Exit Interview: NDP Tony Martin (CBC) - May 20
4. New from the Centre for Public Justice (CPJ):
--- Childcare and early childhood : Backgrounder and CPJ position paper
--- Taxation : Backgrounder and CPJ position paper
5. New site content from the National Housing Research Committee (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
--- Spring 2011 newsletter
--- National Housing Research Committee Meeting : Spring 2011 Session (May 2-4, 2011)

6. The Harper Government ™ Ministry (Office of the Prime Minister) - May 18
7. Post-mortem of the 2011 federal election in four parts (Framed in Canada : Trish Hennessy's blog) - May 16 to 18
8. Drug prohibition is dumb on crime (Conrad Black in the National Post) - May 14
9. Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State 2011 (Fraser Institute) - May 17
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, April 2011 - May 19
--- Employment Insurance, March 2011
- May 19
--- Study: Education and retirement saving behaviours of families, 2009 - May 19
--- Leading indicators, April 2011 - May 18
--- Health Reports - May 2011 online edition - May 18
--- Study: Violent victimization of Aboriginal women, 2009 - May 17
--- Study: Trends in the use of remand in Canada, 1999/2000 to 2009/2010 - May 17
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S.] - Free asthma inhalers from CoalCares! - May 2011
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

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1. Harper's Goal: Create a New Irrational Reality
(Murray Dobbin in The Tyee)

Harper's Goal: Create a New Irrational Reality
As PM re-engineers Canadian society, he never lets facts get in the way.

By Murray Dobbin
May 23, 2011
In observing Stephen Harper for the past 20 years, I have often been reminded of the line from Shakespeare: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." Replace lawyers with scientists, and you capture the role that the irrational plays in the politics of the prime minister.
It shows up everywhere:
* Over a dozen new crime bills and billions on prisons when the science tells him crime is on a steady downward trend.
* A determination to close Insite, Vancouver's safe injection site, despite several studies that show it saves lives and gets people into treatment (and off heroin).
An obsession with ending the long-gun registry, despite its constant use by (and support from) every police force in the country.
Massive cuts to science funding agencies, which promoted scores of critical studies and helped keep Canada in the forefront of several disciplines.
A foreign policy driven not by a rational determination of Canada's interests, but by a kind of visceral and absolute dedication to the interests of another country, Israel.
Determined support for Quebec's asbestos mining, when literally every health agency and every credible study tells him it kills 100,000 people a year.
And the killing off of the long-form census, which every expert on governance said was critical to the delivery of government services.
It may be only a slight exaggeration to suggest that if science supports something, there is a good chance Harper will oppose it.
The Tyee
[ Related link : Murray Dobbin's blog ]

2. 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, June 2 - 5 (uOttawa)

45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association
June 2 - 5, 2011
University of Ottawa
- includes links to conference program (see below), registration details, travel and accommodation information, etc.

Conference program - includes all speakers & presenters, locations and times

Canadian Economics Association

Related link:

Progressive Economics Forum at the
Canadian Economics Association meetings

Here's a selection of Progressive Economics Forum sessions scheduled for the Canadian Economics Association conference on June 3-5 at the University of Ottawa:
* Debt Wall? Trends in Canadian Household Debt ?
* Financial Literacy: Where are We and Where Should We be Going
* Philosophy of Money and Finance
* The European Debt and Currency Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Implications for North America
* Dissecting the Fiscal Issues Facing Canada
* Canadian Provincial Budgeting Priorities and Risks
* Measuring the Credit Union Difference: The Economic Consequences of Credit Unions.
Progressive Economics Forum


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

3. Exit Interview: NDP Tony Martin - May 20

Exit Interview: NDP Tony Martin
May 20, 2011
By Meagan Fitzpatrick
Twenty years in politics came to an end for Tony Martin on May 2 when he was defeated in the northern Ontario riding of Sault Ste. Marie. He had been an MP for the NDP since 2004 and before that was a member of the provincial government, serving under Bob Rae when he was NDP premier in Ontario. Martin is passionate about poverty -- eradicating it, that is -- and it's been a focus of his time in public office. In Ottawa, he dedicated a lot of his time to that work on committees and on a private member's bill that would create a national strategy to eliminate poverty and an Office of the Poverty Elimination Commissioner.

COMMENT: (by Gilles)
It was truly a pleasure and an honour for me to meet Tony on a couple of occasions and to promote his work in my site and newsletter.
Bill C-545 may have died on the order paper, Tony, but your dedication to the cause of poverty eradication has left a profound mark on all of us who work in support of social justice in Canada. I wish you well in the next chapter of your remarkable life...
[...and I pray that the NDP surge can produce someone who can grow into those large shoes of yours.]


- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:

4. New from the Centre for Public Justice (CPJ):
--- Childcare and early childhood : Backgrounder and CPJ position paper
--- Taxation : Backgrounder and CPJ position paper

From the
Centre for Public Justice:

Taxes and the Common Good
May 20, 2011
Taxes raise the revenues used to pay for democratic institutions and to provide government programs and services. Taxes can also be used to promote other economic and social policy goals through the use of tax expenditures.

Over the past decade, significant changes have been made to Canada’s tax system, including deep cuts to tax rates. The impact of these changes is a cause for concern. In this background research paper, (PDF - 702K, 43 pages - May 2011), policy analyst Chandra Pasma explores the changes and their impact, as well as policy options currently being advocated for to change Canada’s tax mix.
CPJ recognizes that in order to raise sufficient revenue for the government to carry out its public justice tasks, multiple tax changes need to be implemented. CPJ addresses these recommendations in our position statement on taxation (PDF - 335K, 5 pages - May 2011).


CPJ's Early Childhood Education and Care Policy
November 24, 2010
Childcare in Canada is currently a hodgepodge of formal and informal care, characterized by high demand, low accessibility, high cost and varying levels of quality. This has lead to barriers of accessibility for low and middle income families, especially unattached mothers, as well as childcare that fails to engage the developmental potential of young children.

Former public justice intern Mariel Angus explores these issues in CPJ's backgrounder on childcare (PDF - 522K, 28 pages - undated).

From a public justice framework (PDF - 178K, 7 pages - 2007), CPJ believes that every person has a rightful claim to live in dignity, be respected by others, and have access to the resources needed to live out God’s calling. In order to fulfill their responsibility to their children parents need adequate income and access to sufficient resources such as shelter, food, clothing, community, education and health services. Consequently, the government has a unique ability to promote justice through resource redistribution and service provision, including supporting families in their many diverse forms.

CPJ’s position paper on childcare (PDF - 442K, 16 pages- May 2010) argues that an important manifestation of this government responsibility is the creation and provision of a national childcare program. This would be guided by the principles of the best interests of children as the primary consideration, but also affordability, accessibility, high level of quality, and promotion of child development and learning.

Centre for Public Justice (CPJ)
CPJ is committed to seek human flourishing and the integrity of creation as our faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship. We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

5. New site content from the National Housing Research Committee (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
--- Spring 2011 newsletter
--- National Housing Research Committee Meeting : Spring 2011 Session (May 2-4, 2011)

New from the
National Housing Research Committee
(Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation):

Spring 2011 NHRC Newsletter (PDF - 1.6MB, 20 pages)
[ Version française - PDF ]
Table of contents:
* Encouraging Private Developers to Get Involved in Affordable Housing
* Trends in Housing Conditions for Immigrant Households
* Housing Conditions of Inuit Households
* An Aging Population Challenges the Quebec Housing Market
* A Survey of Housing Co-ops in Canada
* Seniors' Housing Conditions Improve
* TAFETA Opens a Door to Independent Living
* Housing for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Quebec
* Tenants' Experiences in the Regent Park Redevelopment
* A Revolving Door of Homelessness and Incarceration
* Homelessness Among Federal Ex-Offenders in Saskatchewan
* Networking Alberta Research on Homelessness
* Leveraging Information to Serve the Homeless in Calgary
* Heat Recovery Ventilators and Air Quality in Nunavut
* Improving and Showcasing Environmental Performance at the Community Level
* EQuilibriumTM Housing Forums
* Developing Standards for On-Site Reuse of Wastewate

NHRC Newsletter Archive - links to newsletters back to 2005
[ Version française de l'archive des bulletins précédents ]

National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)
[ Version française ]
Since 1986, the NHRC has brought together representatives from all levels of government, social housing organizations and the housing industry as well as academics and consumers to pursue four objectives:
- Identifying priority areas for housing-related research and demonstration
- Encouraging cooperation and partnership in research without duplication of effort
- Fostering broader support for housing research
- Promoting the dissemination, application and adoption of research results

Also from NHRC:

National Housing Research Committee Meeting : Spring 2011 Session
[ Version française ]
The Spring 2011 Session of the National Housing Research Committee was held from May 2-4, 2011 in Toronto. The National Housing Research Committee meeting continues to be Canada’s premier venue for presenting our nation’s leading housing research and provides a great networking opportunity for housing researchers and policy makers.

NOTE: Click the link above, then select a working group in the left margin to access all meeting documents (in PDF format).
Working Groups are: * Distinct Needs * Housing Data * Homelessness * Sustainable Housing and Communities
Also includes a link to the Full Committee meeting documents and Previous Meetings.
Don't miss the webcasts and the PowerPoint slides!

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
[ Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement ]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

6. The Harper Government ™Ministry - May 18
(Office of the Prime Minister)

New Ministry to govern for all Canadians
Economy remains number one priority
18 May 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of a new federal Ministry that will lead the way in keeping Canada moving toward greater security and stability.

The Harper Government ™Ministry
- click on a Minister's name for biographical notes.

Cabinet Committee Mandates and Memberships (PDF - 21K, 9 pages)

Office of the Prime Minister


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page:

7. Post-mortem of the 2011 federal election in four parts - May 16 to 18
(Framed in Canada : Trish Hennessy's blog)

From Framed in Canada
(Trish Hennessy's blog):
This four-part series of blogs chronicles Trish's efforts to make sense of the May 2 results.
She also offers considerations for progressives to get us through to the next federal election.

1,617 Days: Naming The Politics Of Fear
May 16, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
The Harper government won its coveted majority. How did this happen? What does it mean for Canada? And what should progressives do before the next federal election?

1,616 Days: Dividing Canadians
May 17, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
Stephen Harper played the fear card and won, while the NDP made history by becoming the official opposition.

1615 Days: Championing Progressive Values
May 18, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
(...) Stephen Harper may have won the election, but a strong NDP opposition raises the possibility that a broader audience of Canadians will be exposed to truly progressive ideas for the first time in a generation. That, in itself, holds change-making potential.

Democracy is a wheel: let me roll it to you
May 18, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
The politics of fear helped define the 2011 federal election. For all of its darkness, fear also drove a lot of voters to consider new possibilities, to make new choices, including jumping on the orange wave. The challenge for progressives wanting to ensure Canada maintains the promise of social justice that we briefly coalesced around post-war is to begin work immediately on a reframe: Our challenge is to change the conversation, rather than get trapped in the conversation that has been set for us (economy in peril).

[ Trish Hennessy is a former journalist
working with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. ]

Framed in Canada


- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:

8. Drug prohibition is dumb on crime - May 13
(Conrad Black in the National Post)

I recently stumbled upon the insightful article below by Conrad Black, that ole stoner, in the National Post. Please read the entire article for some inconvenient truths about the failed War on Drugs in the U.S. , including the repeal of failed mandatory minimum sentencing legislation in a number of U.S. states.

Drug prohibition is dumb on crime
U.S. prisons are overcrowded due to failed drug laws.
Now Canada is set to follow suit.
May 14, 2011
By Conrad Black and Evan Wood
Stephen Harper’s government has pledged to implement more severe criminal sentences — including for drug crimes — and a more Spartan regime in the country’s correctional institutions. In light of his recent election to a majority government, a re-examination of policy in this area is more urgent than ever.

All citizens want their communities to be safe from the harm caused by illegal drugs. One well-evaluated strategy, which has been widely employed in the United States, has been to enact tough laws creating mandatory minimum prison terms for drug-law offenders. The thinking goes that, through the enactment of guaranteed prison terms for those who would threaten communities by getting involved in the drug trade, we create a disincentive that will prevent people from getting into drugs in the first place. Drugs will become less available and drug use less prevalent, and organized crime will diminish.

Here in Canada, this thinking is the basis for proposed federal mandatory minimum sentencing legislation. Unfortunately, like archaic cultures that clung to the belief that the Earth was flat, those who support mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes are willfully ignorant of the near universal consensus that mandatory minimum sentences are both extremely costly and ineffective.

(...) The United States has 6 to 12 times as many incarcerated people, on a per capita basis, as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. Despite the United States spending an estimated $2.5-trillion on the “War on Drugs” in the last 40 years — and currently spending nearly $100-billion on corrections annually — drug-use surveillance systems funded by the National Institutes of Health have concluded that over the last 30 years marijuana has remained “universally available to American 12th graders,” with greater than 80-90% saying the drug is “very easy” or “fairly easy” to obtain.

National Post


Canadian Social Research Links is a one-person operation that has focused mainly on financial assistance programs of last resort, commonly known as welfare, since the site was launched in 1997. To keep my workload manageable, I've made some arbitrary decisions over time regarding the content of my site [ See my wish list of topics I'd like to cover in this site.] I haven't included any links on my site to information about the legal and social dimensions of Canadian drug policies and drug enforcement, mainly because there are many sites out there that do a far better job than I could ever do presenting that type of information. I prefer to let the medical and legal experts make their case on their sites and I'll stick to sharing links to welfare information on mine.

However, I find it deeply disturbing that the Harper Government is eager to ram an omnibus tough-on-crime bill through Parliament to impose mandatory sentencing in cases where people are growing as few as six pot plants for their own use, just so it can fill up those new jails à-la-U.S.A.

I find it quite disturbing that:

* The U.S. has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, yet has just 5 percent of its population.
* One in every 100 Americans is in prison and
* One in every 32 Americans is either in prison or on bail, probation, parole, or supervised release, or in a halfway house or home detention.
* The U.S. has 6 to 12 times as many incarcerated people, on a per capita basis, as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
* The U.S. has spent $2.5-trillion on the “War on Drugs” in the last 40 years and is currently spending nearly $100-billion on corrections annually.

Is this what we want in Canada??
Jails and jets. Oh yeah, Baby.

[ See If a drug policy works, Harper wants nothing to do with it. Ottawa Citizen, May 18, 2011]
[ See also 2011-05-12 Harper brings the drug war to Canada May 12, 2011

But, on the other hand...

Medicinal benefits of marijuana


Related link:
An update from Marc Emery, the B.C. Prince of Pot

On May 10, 2010, the Harper government ordered Marc Emery, the “Prince of Pot”, to be extradited to the United States. Canada’s premier marijuana advocate was taken to Seattle on May 207, where he began serving a five-year sentence for selling cannabis seeds. (...) Marc is in prison now because he posed a threat to a political system that benefits from drug prohibition, higher prison populations and tough-on-crime rhetoric.
[Source ]

[By Gilles] A few months ago, I subscribed to an online e-zine called X-RAY because it offered some unique perspectives on the federal election. As fate would have it, five days after reading the Conrad Black article, I received an email alert to announce the posting of the latest issue of X-RAY. When I checked the table of contents, I noted an article by Marc Emery, BC's Prince of Pot who is currently incarcerated in a U.S. prison for five years for selling marijuana seeds by mail to someone in the United States. Now that the Harper Government has a lock on the next four years with its majority, Emery will have lost any hope of being transferred to a Canadian prison for the rest of his sentence. Read his article below to see he and his 17 fellow Canadian inmates (most on drug-related charges) are treated in a for-profit jail.
HINT : not royally.


The Case Against Extradition
By Marc Emery
(...) Under current US policy, all Canadians, upon sentencing in a US court, are separated from American citizen inmates and put in privately-owned, for-profit prisons that house foreign nationals. (...) I declared all taxable income and was paying federal and provincial taxes. (...) In fact, Health Canada told Canadians who are legally allowed to use medical marijuana to purchase their seeds from my Internet site from 2001 to 2003. (...) Prison is not rehabilitative or redemptive, and the rate of recidivism is high. Prisons are schools for learning crime and becoming embittered. The obstacles put in the way of inmates once released are great, such that obtaining legitimate employment in a depressed economy is highly unlikely and virtually impossible.

X-RAY Magazine (May 19, 2011 issue)


Related link:

Marc Emery's blog

9. Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State 2011 - May 17
(Fraser Institute)

Immigration costs Canada billions: Fraser Institute
By Chris Doucette
May 17, 2011
TORONTO - Newcomers to the country generally make less money and chip in less in taxes than the national average. And allowing 250,000 immigrants into the country annually is costing us all billions of dollars each and every year, according to a study by the Fraser Institute. The study, dubbed Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State, sharply criticizes Canada's current immigration system, using earnings and other figures from the 2005-06 fiscal year reported by 844,476 people in the 2006 Census. It claims the group as a whole earned on average about $10,000 more and paid about $2,500 more in income taxes annually than those within the sampling who had settled in Canada in the previous 18 years. The study also found immigrants typically pay a little over $6,000 less in property and sales taxes than the national average. That means the approximately 3.9 million immigrants who settled in Canada between 1987 and 2004 are shortchanging federal government coffers by between $16.3 billion and $23.6 billion annually, depending on how many of those newcomers have moved back home, emigrated elsewhere or died, the study said.
[ Comments (105) ]
Toronto Sun


The Fraser Institute:

Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State
May 17, 2011
By Patrick Grady and Herbert Grubel
This publication provides an estimate of the fiscal burden created by recent immigration into Canada and proposes reforms to existing immigrant selection policies to eliminate the burden. It uses a 2006 Census database to estimate the average incomes and taxes paid on these by immigrants who arrived in Canada over the period from 1987 to 2004. It also estimates other taxes they paid and the value of government services they absorbed. (...) To curtail this growing fiscal burden from immigration, the study proposes that temporary work visas be granted to applicants who have a valid offer for employment from employers, in occupations and at pay levels specified by the federal government and determined in cooperation with private-sector employers. Immediate dependents may accompany successful applicants. The temporary visas are renewable and lead to landed immigrant status if certain specified employment criteria are met.

Complete report:

Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State (PDF - 4.2MB, 62 pages)
"We propose changes in Canada’s immigrant selection process that are not anti-immigrant, but are instead aimed at replacing the present failed system with one that uses market forces to select immigrants and thus to determine the level of annual inflows."

The Fraser Institute
Our vision is a free and prosperous world where individuals benefit from greater choice, competitive markets, and personal responsibility. Our mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on the welfare of individuals.


COMMENTARY (by Gilles):

If you start a conversation with a statement like, "Well, I'm no xenophobic ideologue, but...", chances are that you are a xenophobic ideologue. The authors "propose changes in Canada’s immigrant selection process that are not anti-immigrant..." - to which I would add "...well, perhaps not anti-ALL-immigrants --- just anti-poor immigrants."


I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I found the source reference below.

"The 2006 Census public use microdata file on individuals contains 844,476 records, representing 2.7% of the Canadian population. These records
were drawn from a sample of one-fifth of the Canadian population (sample data from questionnaire 2B)"

Questionnaire 2B is the long form Census questionnaire.
That's the one that the Harper Government ™ replaced with a voluntary survey that, according to the experts, won't be worth the $30 million cost.
Welcome to the Era of The Harper Government ™.


- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:

- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, April 2011 - May 19
--- Employment Insurance, March 2011
- May 19
--- Study: Education and retirement saving behaviours of families, 2009 - May 19
--- Leading indicators, April 2011 - May 18
--- Health Reports - May 2011 online edition - May 18
--- Study: Violent victimization of Aboriginal women, 2009 - May 17
--- Study: Trends in the use of remand in Canada, 1999/2000 to 2009/2010 - May 17

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

May 20, 2011
Consumer Price Index, April 2011
Consumer prices rose 3.3% in the 12 months to April, matching the increase recorded in March. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.3% in April.

May 19, 2011
Employment Insurance, March 2011
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits fell by 3.0% (-18,600) to 606,200 in March, the sixth consecutive monthly decline. The number receiving benefits was down in every province, with the fastest declines occurring in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.
[ Related link: Employment Insurance Statistics Maps ]

May 19, 2011
Study: Education and retirement saving behaviours of families, 2009
Many families face competing priorities when it comes to savings. Despite these challenges, parents in all income groups place a high value on saving for their child's postsecondary education.

May 18, 2011
Leading indicators, April 2011
The composite leading index rose 0.8% in April, after a 0.6% gain in March. Overall, 8 of the 10 components increased in April, 2 more than the month before.

May 18, 2011
Health Reports - May 2011 online edition
The May 2011 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains two articles:
* Associations between household food insecurity and health outcomes in the Aboriginal population (excluding reserves)
* Psychometric properties, factorial structure, and measurement invariance of the English and French versions of the Medical Outcomes Study social support scale

May 17, 2011
Study: Violent victimization of Aboriginal women, 2009
According to the 2009 General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization, nearly 67,000, or 13% of Aboriginal women aged 15 or older who lived in the provinces, self-reported they had been the victim of one or more violent crimes in the 12 months prior to the survey. Violent crimes measured by the GSS include sexual assault, robbery and physical assault.

May 17, 2011
Study: Trends in the use of remand in Canada, 1999/2000 to 2009/2010
The number of adults in remand in Canada on any given day has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Remand is the temporary detention of a person while awaiting trial, sentencing or the commencement of a custodial disposition. This increase has coincided with a gradual decline in the number of adults in sentenced custody. As a result, the number of adults in remand has outnumbered those in sentenced custody since 2005/2006.


The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily


The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)


May 23, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Student leadership in action
19 May 11
- Article from eceLINK magazine by Ryerson students Lyndsay Macdonald and Valerie Quinn discusses the March 8th rally for national child care and the blossoming of the ECE student advocacy movement.

Degrees in context: Asking the right questions about preparing skilled and effective teachers of young children
19 May 11
- Policy brief from US National Institute for Early Education Research & Center for the Study of Child Care Employment.

Critical mass: A primer for social change
18 May 11
- Latest issue of Our Schools/Our Selves asks "what do progressive people do when they realize that there are victories we can no longer take for granted, particularly when we see some of those hard-fought victories being eroded?"

SK Government allocates 500 new child care spaces
19 May 11
- Thirteen Saskatchewan communities "have been allocated new licensed child care spaces as a result of the 2011/12 budget, which provided $2.1 million to develop spaces across the province".

Too much, too soon
18 May 11
- 2008 video from Open EYE UK (the campaign for an open early years education) critiques the UK early years foundation stage curriculum's learning goals for children.


child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Saskatchewan funds 150 new campus child care spaces
[CA-SK] 18 May 11

· Gov't announces new child care spaces
[CA-SK] 17 May 11

· Families need adventure playgrounds, and cities need families
[GB] 16 May 11

· Early child care pays dividends
[US] 14 May 11

· Public school board rejects company's bid for space
[CA-AB] 12 May 11

· Edmonton schools reject for-profit daycare
[CA-AB] 11 May 11

· Be wary of large-scale day cares, warns U of C sociologist
[CA] 9 May 11



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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

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

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.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

May 20:
FoodShare Program Privatization - Wisconsin
Poverty Measurement - India
Homeless Count - San Francisco, CA
Car Title Lending - Virginia
Rural Households and Tax Credits
NPR Series on Youth and Financial Literacy

May 18:
Rural Health Care Access
Public Defender System - Michigan
States and Tax Revenues

May 17:
States and Jobless Benefits
Rhode Island Medicaid Waiver


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

13. [U.S.] - Free asthma inhalers from CoalCares! - May 2011

Only in the good ole U.S. of A.?!?

[NOTE : this is not a joke website.]

"Why Free Inhalers? Because COAL CARES.
Coal Cares™ is a brand-new initiative from International Coal Group, one of America's proud family of coal companies, to reach out to American youngsters with asthma and to help them keep their heads high in the face of those who would treat them with less than full dignity. For kids who have no choice but to use an inhaler, Coal Cares™ lets them inhale with pride. Puff-Puff™ inhalers are available free to any family living within 200 miles of a coal plant [emphasis added], and each inhaler comes with a $10 coupon towards the cost of the asthma medication itself. "

[Don't miss KIDZ KOAL KORNER!]

Another excerpt from the site:

"What causes asthma?
There is actually no single cause of childhood asthma. In fact, many non-asthmatic children experience asthma-like symptoms while engaging in strenuous exercise, as we all do. More seriously, air-borne particulates from certain plants can cause severe vasal restriction in the airways of particularly susceptible children, leaving them gasping for air at the most inopportune moments. Even more worrisome, bee and wasp stings and snake bites can cause paroxysms and a drawn-out death in particularly allergic individuals. Symptoms from long-term coal particulate exposure, while a great deal more common than the above, are many times less dramatic than the symptoms brought on by extreme allergic reactions."

This is sick.
Only in America, you say?
In the not-too-distant future:
"Today the Harper Government™ passed a Supplementary Appropriations Bill to purchase 100,000 copies of the DVD "How to live on $9 a day", narrated by Justin Beeber, for distribution to poor households living within a 200-mile radius of a Conservative government."


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(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

19 May 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1225

In this issue:
Inhuman sentencing of children
- New advocacy toolkit
- Launch of national campaigns
- Guide to campaigning safely online

Latest news and reports
- Inhuman sentencing: Egypt
- State violence continues: Syria, Libya
- Child confiscation: China
- Recommendations for ASEAN
- Denouncing homophobia: OHCHR, Malaysia, South Africa, Uganda, United States, Hungary, United Kingdom

Upcoming events

Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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Sign in a Laundromat:

Sign in a London department store:

In an office:

Outside a farm:

In an office:

On a church door:

English sign in a German cafe:

Outside a secondhand shop:

Sign outside a new town hall which was to be opened by the Prince of Wales:

Outside a photographer's studio:

Seen at the side of a Sussex road:

Outside a disco:

Sign warning of quicksand:

Notice sent to residents of a Whiltshire parish:

Notice in a dry cleaner's window:

(Click the source link for ten more signs.)


And, in closing...


National Jukebox
Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Summer Theme Cover On Two Electric Guitars

Telescopic text

Thirty Highlight Paintings

Watch that first step!
("Attention à la première marche.")

The right way to tie your shoelaces (3-minute video)