Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 23, 2012

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 2,579 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. Who’s Hungry: Faces of Hunger --- 2012 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto) - September 19
2. Supporting Albertans To Save : An Asset Building Approach to Poverty Reduction Concept Paper (Momentum) - June 29, 2012
3. Making an Impact: Public Legal Education in Canada (Three-day conference, Toronto) (Community Legal Education Ontario ) - October 24 – 26, 2012
4. British Columbia : Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need to 2036 (BC Non-Profit Housing Association) - for release on September 21
5. Straight Goods
6. The Path to Better Child Care in Ontario (Martha Friendly and Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - September 17
7. Old Age Security: We Are All Affected (video) (Public Service Alliance of Canada - National Capital Region) - September 2012
8. The National Council of Welfare is closing its doors and shutting down its website forever on September 28, 2012.
9. National Council of Welfare - latest reports:
--- A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit - April 2012
--- A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada - January 2012

10. How affordable is a university education in your province? (David Macdonald and Erika Shaker, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - September 11

11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2012 - September 21
--- Purchasing power parities, 2011 - September 21
--- The underground economy in Canada, 1992 to 2009
- September 21
--- Employment Insurance, July 2012
- September 20
--- Health Reports, September 2012 - September 20
--- Canadian Health Measures Survey: Household and physical measures data, 2009 to 2011 - September 20
--- 2011 Census of Population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives - September 19
--- Job vacancies, three-month period ending in June 2012 - September 18
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [U.S.] Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945 (Congressional Research Service) - September 17

15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Who’s Hungry: Faces of Hunger --- 2012 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area - September 19
(Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto)

Children in Greater Toronto Area going hungrier more often, according to new Daily Bread report (PDF - 44K, 1 page)
http://www.dailybread.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/RELEASE-DailyBread-Thanksgiving-Drive-Launch-2012.pdf
September 19, 2012
TORONTO — As Daily Bread Food Bank launches its Thanksgiving Drive, a new report released today shows why it’s more important than ever to give. “While there has been a slight decrease in the percentage of children having to get food from a food bank, there has been an increase in the percentage of those children who are going hungry at least once a week. Same is true for adults—the hungry are getting hungrier,” said Richard Matern, acting director of research and the author of the newest Who’s Hungry: Faces of Hunger report.

Complete report:

Who’s Hungry: Faces of Hunger
2012 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area
(PDF - 2.4MB, 28 pages)
http://www.dailybread.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/WhosHungryReport2012LowRes.pdf
By Richard Matern and Susie Kim
Every year Daily Bread conducts a survey across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of people who access food banks. Over 100 volunteers go out to over 40 food banks across the city to conduct one-on-one interviews with food bank clients. The only project of its kind in Canada, Daily Bread’s annual survey is a crucial tool that helps to raise awareness of the issues that contribute to hunger and poverty by listening to the people that it is affecting the most.

Hunger Snapshot : Faces of Hunger (PDF - 408K, 4 pages)
http://www.dailybread.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/HungerSnapshot2012.pdf
- contains some statistical highlights from the 2012 survey to provide you with a brief picture of poverty and hunger in the GTA.

Source:
Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto

http://www.dailybread.ca/

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

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

2. Supporting Albertans To Save : An Asset Building Approach to Poverty Reduction Concept Paper - June 29, 2012
(Momentum)

Supporting Albertans To Save
An Asset Building Approach to Poverty Reduction Concept Paper
(PDF - 1.9MB, 14 pages)
http://socialpolicy.alberta.ca/files/documents/supportingalbertanstosave.pdf
June 29, 2012
(...) Asset building is an emerging area of social policy in North America. Generally, asset-based approaches to social policy emphasize investment and future needs rather than a focus on meeting immediate needs, which is the standard approach of income assistance policy. Based on the success of over 500 matched savings programs operating in the United States, over 30 states have developed state-wide matched savings programs and 18 states are currently investing in matched savings. Several U.S. states have legislated matched savings programs, including Minnesota’s Family Assets for Independence Minnesota (FAIM) [ http://minnesotafaim.com/ ], through state statutes. The State of Oregon’s legislated matched savings program has successfully operated for over 5 years and is unique in its use of matched savings as an ‘add-on’ incentive to other social services provided by the state. In Canada, only the province of Manitoba has thus far developed policy support and dedicated stable funding for savings through its Manitoba Saves initiative. Manitoba is also a leader in revising asset limits as a component of Manitoba Saves [ http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/rewardingwork/yeartwo.html#A3 ] resulted in raising liquid asset limits to $4,000 per person to a maximum of $16,000 per household.

Source:
Momentum
http://www.momentum.org/
Momentum is a Community Economic Development (CED) charitable organization that works with people living on low incomes to develop productive futures. Momentum offers award-winning programs that assist people in developing financial, personal, social and professional assets.

Related link:

Alberta Centennial Education Savings (ACES) Plan website (Alberta Govt. site)
The ACES Plan will contribute $500 into the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) of every child born to Alberta residents in 2005 and later.
- incl. program info and links to related resources.

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

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

3. Making an Impact: Public Legal Education in Canada (Three-day conference, Toronto) - October 24 – 26, 2012
(Community Legal Education Ontario )

Making an Impact: Public Legal Education in Canada (Three-day conference, Toronto)
October 24 – 26, 2012
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/pleac
Join others from across Canada involved in delivering public legal education and information (PLEI). Legal and community-based organizations across Canada produce and deliver PLEI in an effort to help people understand and exercise their legal rights; through our work we strive to make an impact in our communities and on the justice system itself. This conference will examine how we measure and communicate this impact, as well as how to enhance the impact on communities through strong project design and innovative collaborations.

- includes Conference at a Glance, fees, accommodations, location ( Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto - 519 Church Street Community Centre) and contact information

Register now online
http://ojen.ca/civicrm/event/register?id=585&reset=1

Source:
Community Legal Education Ontario
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en

Ontario Justice Education Network
http://ojen.ca/home

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

4. British Columbia : Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need to 2036 - September 21
(BC Non-Profit Housing Association)

British Columbia

Our Home, Our Future: Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need to 2036
http://goo.gl/AGuAX
On Friday, September 21, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) released Our Home, Our Future: Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need to 2036. The release comprises a report for all of BC and individual reports for 28 regional districts in BC. This is the first time that such projections are publicly available in BC. These reports will assist the non-profit sector, housing planners and policy makers in planning for the future of housing BC. This is a significant milestone for BCNPHA as we are seeking to build a non-profit housing strategy for the province so that all British Columbians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.

Link to the provincial report:

Our Home, Our Future : Projections of Rental Housing Demand and Core Housing Need
British Columbia to 2036
(PDF - 2.4MB, 44 pages)
http://www.bcnpha.ca/media/BC_Need_and_Demand_Reports/00_British_Columbia_120921.pdf
September 2012

Link to all 29 reports:
http://www.bcnpha.ca/pages/research/rental-housing-demand-core-housing.php
[All regional reports are in PDF format; each report is a dozen pages long and under 2MB]

Source:
BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA)
http://www.bcnpha.ca/
BCNPHA provides leadership and support to members in creating and supporting a high standard of affordable housing throughout British Columbia.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

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

5. Straight Goods

Straight Goods - An independent Canadian source of credible alternative online news
http://sgnews.ca/
The mandate of Straight Goods News is to help readers untangle spin, save money, and protect their rights. Its mission is to be Canada's independent, progressive media outlet of record.

Some recent links from Straight Goods (Sept. 22, 2012):
(Click the link above to access any of the articles below)

* US Corn, soybean crops ravaged
* Global food stocks suffer after summer of heat and drought.
* Romney's apology frame
* Peter Lougheed could have been prime minister
* Pollution and slavery
* Unions under attack as backbone of progressive causes
* People power rising
* Public workers are easy marks for bullies
* Labour needs a better image
* Teachers and education support staff taking Ontario Liberals to court over Bill 115
* Ontario PCs propose massive health care privatization — coalition
* A Matter of Trust—OPSEU fights back against proposed pension changes
* Teachers best-positioned to save public education system — Salutin
* more...

Scroll down the Straight Goods website home page to access media coverage by category, from Public Values to World Beat.

Straight Goods Archive I (2000-2012)
http://www.straightgoods.ca/Services/Search.cfm
Wow. This is the motherload of media archives!
THOUSANDS of online resources collected over a twelve-year period, organized by year, along with a few special collections (Elections 2011, 2008 and 2006, FTAA Summit and Future of the Left...)

Straight Goods Back Issues
http://www.straightgoods.ca/Services/BackIssues.cfm
Every single issue of Straight Goods from 2000 to May 30, 2012!
HUNDREDS of complete articles by well-known and respected authors.

Straight Goods Archive II (2012 only)
http://sgnews.ca/archives/
Select a category and a month for relevant links during the 2012 calendar year (all months for some categories, selected months for others).

Straight Goods Video Archive
http://sgnews.ca/2012/09/?cat=342
- links to 11 interesting videos, including Straight Goods Publisher Ish Theilheimer's Quebec election rant [ http://sgnews.ca/2012/09/?cat=342 ]

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NOTE regarding the SG Archive:
KUDOS to Straight Goods for making this freely available to anyone on the Web!
SG appears to have ended their practice of charging a membership fee for access to anything older than a few weeks.
The membership fee was $30 per year ($10 for low-income members), but it was an impediment in the free flow of empowering and democratizing information. I'm pleased to see that this information is now freely available to all.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

6. The Path to Better Child Care in Ontario - September 17
(Martha Friendly and Trish Hennessy
, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Time for Ontario to go public with child care
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/time-ontario-go-public-child-care
September 17, 2012
The Ontario government is in a consultation phase over how to modernize the province's child care system. Child care expert Martha Friendly and CCPA Ontario Director Trish Hennessy have co-authored a primer on child care in Ontario, making the case for the government to take leadership and commit to public, non-profit, affordable, regulated child care.

The Child Care Primer:

The Path to Better Child Care in Ontario (PDF - 2.9MB, 8 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Ontario%20Office/2012/09/Path_Better_ChildCareON.pdf
By Martha Friendly and Trish Hennessy
September 2012

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - CCPA
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
CCPA Ontario Office:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario

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

7. Old Age Security: We Are All Affected (video)- September 2012
(Public Service Alliance of Canada - National Capital Region)

From the Public Service Alliance of Canada (National Capital Region):
[ http://psac-ncr.com/ ]

Old Age Security: We Are All Affected (video, duration 4:07)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfeu12PwMhw
Larry Rousseau, Regional Executive Vice President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (National Capital Region) explains why the Harper Government™ move to delay the eligibility age for Old Age Security (OAS) from 65 to 67 years of age is a betrayal of his election promises not to cut pensions, and how this decision will affect us all, - from seniors who will have to work for two more years, many in failing health, before qualifying for OAS, to youth who will have fewer employment opportunities because those seniors will be staying in the work force longer...

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm



8. The National Council of Welfare is closing its doors and shutting down its website forever on September 28, 2012.

R.I.P. National Council of Welfare, 1969-2012

On August 23, the National Council of Welfare sent the following email to everyone on its mailing list:

"The NCW is currently in the process of winding down its operations and would like to make available its publications to those who wish to draw upon them in the future. Please visit our Publications Section [ http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bs.2.1rch@-eng.jsp ] to order available reports before September 28, 2012."
[The same message has since been posted on the home page of the Council's website:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp?lang=eng ]

NOTE (by Gilles):

Regarding the above invitation from the Council for interested parties to order available reports on paper before September 28, 2012, good luck with that. The Publications URL that they provide (see above) takes you to a publications search page; there's no actual *list* of publications.
So BONNE CHANCE finding a particular report, let alone ordering it.


If you're worried about the imminent disappearance of the Council's website at the end of September 2012, the Internet Archive [ http://archive.org/ ] has preserved a complete copy of the Council's collection of online reports as at July 2011 at the following link:

http://web.archive.org/web/20110706182021/http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp
===>This link takes you to the Council's home page as it appeared in July 2011, and all content links are functional.
[It's the latest archived web content that's available from the Internet Archive for the Council.]
NOTE that when you click the link to this archived snapshot of the site, it will take several seconds before the site actually appears.
Please be patient - it's worth the wait.

Keep scrolling down the page you're now reading for links to the following two reports that were posted to the NCW website since the fall of 2011.
* A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit
* A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada

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On August 23 (2012), I sent the following enquiry to the Contact Us email address for the Council:

"Have arrangements been made with Library and Archives Canada to ensure that the complete NCW website is indexed and posted to the federal government website archive? [ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/webarchives/index-e.html ]"

As of September 19, I hadn't received a reply.

Because Library and Archives Canada (LAC) was particularly hard hit by the federal civil service cuts earlier this year (50% of LAC's archive staff got their walking papers), I fear that the site content from July 2011 to date will simply disappear into the ether on September 28 when the NCW site shuts down. I checked the LAC collection index and "NCW" doesn't even appear in that list.

ARGH.

You know the most frustrating part of this?
It would cost mere pennies - PENNIES - to maintain the NCW website at its current URL so its rich content could be freely accessed by social researchers of every stripe. A short sentence or two could be added to each archived page to indicate that it is an archived document.
It would be no big deal...

ARGH.

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Welfare Incomes by province/territory, 2011
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_incomes_2011.htm
A new Canadian Social Research Links page
- copied from the Council's website on September 20, 2012

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

9. National Council of Welfare - latest reports:
* A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit
- April 2012
* A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada - January 2012

From the
National Council of Welfare:

http://www.ncw.gc.ca/

As noted above, the Internet Archive has captured a complete snapshot of the content of the National Council of Welfare website as at July 2011:
http://web.archive.org/web/20110706182021/http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp
However, the Internet Archive hasn't been by again to preserve the two latest reports by the Council, which were posted to the site since July 2011.
Both reports have now been downloaded and copied to the Canadian Social Research Links web server in both official languages.

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1. Profile of a Federal Fiscal Measure: A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) (PDF - 68K, 8 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/WITB_2008.pdf
April 2012
This statistical profile presents an overview of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) elements and recipients in 2008. Using basic customized data information on WITB recipients, provided by the Canada Revenue Agency, it examines who received the WITB in 2008 broken down by those household types used in our Welfare Incomes series and broken down by WITB configurations, since calculations in Quebec, British Columbia and Nunavut differ from the federal model.
NOTE : Until September 28, 2012, you can find this file at the following URL:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp?lid=480&fbc=Y

Version française:

Profil d'une mesure fiscale fédérale:
Étude descriptive de la prestation fiscale pour le revenu de travail (PFRT)
(PDF - 68Ko., 8 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/WITB_2008_fr.pdf
NOTA : Jusqu'au 28 septembre 2012, vous trouverez ce fichier à l'adresse Internet suivante:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/servlet/wlfrpub?lang=eng&curjsp=l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp&curactn=dwnld&lid=480&fid=2


2. A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada (PDF - 1.6MB, 17 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/racialized_poverty.pdf
January 30, 2012
This special edition of Poverty Profile presents a statistical profile of racialized people living in poverty in Canada. Using data from the 2006 Census, it examines a variety of demographic and socio-economic characteristics such as age, language, immigrant status, education, employment and income. It also compares data from this group to non-racialized persons living in poverty.
NOTE : Until September 28, 2012, you can find this file at the following URL:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ils@-eng.jsp?lid=379

* A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada : Statistical Tables
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/racialized_poverty_stats.pdf
Data tables show breakdowns for selected variables for Canada, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
NOTE : Until September 28, 2012, you can find this file at the following URL:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ils@-eng.jsp?lid=391

Version française:

Un aperçu de la racialisation de la pauvreté au Canada (fichier PDF)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/racialisation_de_la_pauvrete.pdf
NOTA : Jusqu'au 28 septembre 2012, vous trouverez ce fichier à l'adresse Internet suivante:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/NCW/www.ncw.gc.ca/servlet/wlfrpub?lang=fra&curjsp=l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-fra.jsp&curactn=dwnld&lid=379&fid=2

Un aperçu de la racialisation de la pauvreté au Canada : Tableaux (fichier PDF)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/racialisation_de_la_pauvrete_stat.pdf
NOTA : Jusqu'au 28 septembre 2012, vous trouverez ce fichier à l'adresse Internet suivante:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/NCW/www.ncw.gc.ca/servlet/wlfrpub?lang=fra&curjsp=l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-fra.jsp&curactn=dwnld&lid=391&fid=50

Source:
National Council of Welfare
(NCW)
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/

10. How affordable is a university education in your province? - September 11
(David Macdonald and Erika Shaker, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Also from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
:

How affordable is a university education in your province?
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/how-affordable-university-education-your-province
September 11, 2012
A new report from the CCPA’s Education Project tracks the affordability of university education across Canadian provinces. The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and examines the impact on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

The report:

Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning (PDF - 1.5MB, 42 pages)
http://goo.gl/OdWpF
By David Macdonald and Erika Shaker
September 2012

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - CCPA
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, August 2012 - September 21
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Purchasing power parities, 2011 - September 21
--- The underground economy in Canada, 1992 to 2009
- September 21
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Employment Insurance, July 2012 - September 20
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Health Reports, September 2012 - September 20
--- Canadian Health Measures Survey: Household and physical measures data, 2009 to 2011
- September 20
--- 2011 Census of Population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives
- September 19
--- Job vacancies, three-month period ending in June 2012 - September 18

What's new from 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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September 21, 2012
Consumer Price Index, August 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120921/dq120921a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.2% in the 12 months to August, following a 1.3% increase in July. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.4% in August after decreasing 0.1% in July.

- includes links to five charts and three tables

Source:
The Consumer Price Index
- product main page*
http://www.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. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
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* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ Earlier editions of this report (back to 2001):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&chropg=1&lang=eng ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-557-X&lang=eng

Related subjects:

* Prices and price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3956&lang=eng&more=0

* Consumer price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3956&id=2178&lang=eng&more=0

September 21, 2012
Purchasing power parities, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120921/dq120921e-eng.htm
Purchasing power parities, 2011
Data for purchasing power parities (PPPs) and related series are now available for 2011. These include consumption- and expenditure-based data from the Canada/United States bilateral program as well as the update of PPPs from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) multilateral program.

Available without charge in CANSIM:
* Tables 380-0037 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=380-0037&p2=31
* Tables 380-0057 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=380-0057&p2=31
* Tables 380-0058 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=380-0058&p2=31

Related subjects:

Economic accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3764&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Gross domestic product
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3012&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Income and expenditure accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3769&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) - Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.oecd.org/std/purchasingpowerparities-frequentlyaskedquestionsfaqs.htm
PPPs are the rates of currency conversion that equalize the purchasing power of different currencies by eliminating the differences in price levels between countries.
Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

http://www.oecd.org/

September 21, 2012
The underground economy in Canada, 1992 to 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120921/dq120921g-eng.htm
Available today are estimates of the underground economy in Canada for the period 1992 to 2009. Data up to 2008 inclusively, previously published in June 2011, have been revised. In 2009, total underground activity in Canada was estimated at an upper limit of $35 billion.

Data tables are available on request.
For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or the Media Hotline (613-951-4636; mediahotline@statcan.gc.ca).

Related subjects:

Economic accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3764&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Gross domestic product
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3764&id=3012&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

September 20, 2012
Employment Insurance, July 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120920/dq120920a-eng.htm
A total of 508,000 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits in July, virtually unchanged from the previous month. Compared with July 2011, the number of beneficiaries fell by 34,900 or 6.4%
.

September 20, 2012
Health Reports, September 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120920/dq120920b-eng.htm
The September 2012 online issue of Health Reports contains two articles:
--- Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents: Results from the 2009 to 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey
--- Comparison of waist circumference using the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health protocols

Related links:

Health reports and fact sheets:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120920/pn120920-eng.htm

September 20, 2012
Canadian Health Measures Survey: Household and physical measures data, 2009 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120920/dq120920f-eng.htm
Household and physical measures data from cycle 2 of the survey are now available, including data on height and weight, neck circumference, blood pressure, spirometry (lung health), and aerobic and musculoskeletal fitness.

Report:

Canadian Health Measures Survey: Cycle 2 Data Tables, 2009 to 2011
HTML version:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-626-x/82-626-x2012001-eng.htm
PDF version (272K, 41 pages):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-626-x/82-626-x2012001-eng.pdf

September 19, 2012
2011 Census of Population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120919/dq120919a-eng.htm
Families and living arrangements of Canadians underwent further change and diversification during the past five years, according to data from the 2011 Census of Population.

Report:

Portrait of Families and Living Arrangements in Canada
HTML version :
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/98-312-x/98-312-x2011001-eng.cfm
PDF version (464K, 22 pages) : http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/98-312-x/98-312-x2011001-eng.pdf
The 2011 Census of Population counted 9,389,700 census families in Canada, up 5.5% from 8,896,840 families in 2006. Married couples remained the predominant family structure (67.0%) in 2011 but the share has decreased over time.

Related links:

New Census products and studies
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120919/pn120919-eng.htm
- links to dozens and dozens of special analyses of 2011 Census data

Fifty years of families in Canada: 1961 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=98-312-X201100311702

Living arrangements of young adults aged 20 to 29
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=98-312-X201100311704

Living arrangements of seniors
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=98-312-X201100311705

Canadian households in 2011: Type and growth
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=98-312-X201100311703

Families and Households Highlight Tables, 2011 Census
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/hlt-fst/fam/?Lang=E

Related subjects:

Families, households and housing
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

September 18, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month period ending in June 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120918/dq120918a-eng.htm
Canadian businesses had 263,000 job vacancies in June, 20,000 more than in June 2011. There were 5.3 unemployed people for every job vacancy, down from 5.8 in June 2011. The decline in this ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was the result of an increase in job vacancies combined with a decline in the number of unemployed people.

- Includes four tables:
* Number of unemployed, number of job vacancies, and unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio, by province and territory
* Number of unemployed, number of job vacancies, and unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio, by sector
* Number of job vacancies and job vacancy rate, by province and territory
* Number of job vacancies and job vacancy rate, by sector


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

Source:
The Daily

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

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

September 23, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Modernizing child care in Ontario: City of Toronto response to the provincial discussion paper
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/modernizing-child-care-ontario-city-toronto-response-provin
18 Sep 2012 | Ontario
Toronto Children's Services' response to the modernizing child care in Ontario discussion paper advocates for the government to provide "a cohesive policy framework that includes all of the early learning opportunities available to children in the province" and "a commitment to and clear articulation of the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in funding and planning child care".

The politics of parental leave policies: Children, parenting, gender and the labour market
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/politics-parental-leave-policies-children-parenting-gender-
19 Sep 2012 | International
Book edited by Sheila B. Kamerman and Peter Moss describes parental leaves across a number of countries. Includes the chapter 'Canada and Québec: two policies, one country' by Andrea Doucet, Lindsey McKay and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay.

2011 Census of population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/2011-census-population-families-households-marital-status-s
19 Sep 2012 | Canada
The third set of data from the 2011 census reveals changes in Canadian families and living arrangements over five decades. CRRU will provide links to further breakdown and analysis of the just-released Census data on families next week.

Go public, take leadership:The path to better child care in Ontario
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/go-public-take-leadership-path-better-child-care-ontario
19 Sep 2012 | Ontario
By Martha Friendly and Trish Hennessy
- makes the case that it's time for the Ontario government to lead in designing a public policy framework to create a publicly managed, publicly funded ECEC system based on universally accessible, high quality public and non profit services.

Healthy environments
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/healthy-environments
19 Sep 2012 | International
The 8th publication in the Early Childhood in Focus series, published by Bernard van Leer Foundation provides a critical perspective on the importance of healthy environments for children.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Childcare decision made no sense
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/childcare-decision-made-no-sense
19 Sep 2012 | Ontario

Census: Nuclear family is no longer the norm in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/census-nuclear-family-no-longer-norm-canada
19 Sep 2012 | Canada

Early years professionals deserve more recognition
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/early-years-professionals-deserve-more-recognition
19 Sep 2012 | Europe

Child care missing from party platforms
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/child-care-missing-party-platforms
18 Sep 2012 | United States

Ontario Liberals must act to stop child care closures
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/ontario-liberals-must-act-stop-child-care-closures
14 Sep 2012 | Ontario

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

September 21, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/21/
2011 American Community Survey (8 articles)
The Farm Bill and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps)

September 20, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/20/
2011 American Community Survey (3 articles)
Segregation in US Schools

September 19, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/19/
Public Defender Caseloads – Missouri

September 18, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/18/
States and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)

September 17, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/17/
Editorials: Census Poverty Report (3 articles)
State Minimum Wage – Oregon

September 14, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/14/
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the US: 2011 (6 articles)
Child Welfare System – Nebraska

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by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

14. [United States] Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945 - September 17
(Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress)

United States

65 Years of Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Created Record 'Inequality' Not 'Prosperity,' says Report
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/09/17-4
September 17, 2012
A new study by the non-partisan (govt.) Congressional Research Service [http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/ ] , which reviewed nearly 65 years of US tax policy and its impact on the overall economy, has found that though cutting the effective tax rate for the nation's wealthiest is a great way to increase undesireable economic inequality, it does not—as Republican rhetoric so frequently claims—do anything to boost employment or fuel economic growth.
The report, Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945, found that "the reduction in the top tax rates have had little association with saving, investment, or productivity growth. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution."
Source of the above article:
Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/
We share our readers’ progressive values of social justice, human rights, equality and peace. Common Dreams is committed to not only being your trusted news source, but to encouraging critical thinking and civic action on a diverse range of social, economic, and civil rights issues affecting individuals and their communities.

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The complete report:

Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis
of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945
(PDF - 356K, 23 pages)
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/news/business/0915taxesandeconomy.pdf
September 14, 2012
By Thomas L. Hungerford
Source:
Congressional Research Service

http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/
[ The Congressional Research Service is part of the
Library of Congress
- http://www.loc.gov/ ]

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

15. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

19 September 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1294
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4407
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- #symptomsofbeingstupid
- HIV discrimination lawsuit reaches settlement
- State urged to reconsider withdrawal from HR mechanism
- Immigration slammed over girl's detention
- 17,000 children separated from mothers in prison
- Other news
- CRIN in Russian
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on India
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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GILLES' FISHING REPORT

Meh.
It was a lovely two days away from the computer and time well spent with a friend who's been a fishing buddy of mine since the early 1970s.
The fishing?
Meh.
It's a good thing I practise catch-and-release.
Gilles

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STOCK MARKET REPORT

Helium was up, feathers were down.
Paper was stationary.
Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading.
Knives were up sharply.
Cows steered into a bull market.
Pencils lost a few points.
Hiking equipment was trailing.
Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow decline.
Weights were up in heavy trading.
Light switches were off.
Mining equipment hit rock bottom.
Diapers remained unchanged.
Shipping lines stayed at an even keel.
The market for raisins dried up.
Coca Cola fizzled.
Caterpillar stock inched up a bit.
Sun peaked at midday.
Balloon prices were inflated.
Scott Tissue touched a new bottom.
And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the market.

Source:
http://goo.gl/JF7Wq

 

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Proof That Cats Are Better Than Dogs (video, duration 3:20)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyXJ1sAQtaY

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10 Reasons Why Dogs are Better Than Cats
http://www.animals-zone.com/10-reasons-why-dogs-are-better-than-cats

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1989 cellphones (video, duration :30)
http://www.wimp.com/remembercellphones/
("Excuse me while I use my $799 cellphone to call for an ambulance because of the hernia that I got carrying my cellphone.")

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Time is Nothing (video, duration 4:49)
(A Journey Around the World in under five minutes)
http://www.wimp.com/speedingaround/

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Two videos performed by two incredibly talented women:

Dubstep violin by Lindsey Stirling (video, duration 4:06)
http://www.dump.com/dubstepviolin/

Toccata, by Taimane (world's best ukulele player) (video, duration 6:05)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JX13LwnZss