Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 23, 2011

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

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content


1. Federal government launches review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (Finance Canada) - October 21
2. Population Aging and the Evolving Care Needs of Older Canadians: An Overview of the Policy Challenges (Institute for Research on Public Policy) - October 19
3. Does Canada work for all generations? - incl. provincial reports (Human Early Learning Partnership [HELP] - University of British Columbia) - October 18
4. How are Canadians Really Doing? Highlights: Canadian Index of Wellbeing 1.0 (Canadian Index of Wellbeing) - October 2011
5. The fight to save the Census continues! Federal Court date is November 23, 2011 (Canadian Council on Social Development)
6. How does Canada’s 1% compare to other countries? (reWORKit.net) - October 14
7.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, September 2011 - October 21
--- Employment Insurance, August 2011 - October 20
--- The Dynamics of Male Self-employment in Canada: Comparing the 1990s to the 2000s - October 20
--- Leading indicators, September 2011 - October 20
--- Canadian Economic Observer - October 2011 issue - October 20

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

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. [New York City] Smaller Shelters and Persuasion Coax Homeless Off Bronx Streets (New York Times) - October 17
11. From the United Nations:
--- International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
--- World Food Day - October 16
12. Human rights abuses could kill the Commonwealth: report (Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group) - October 20
13. How's life? Measuring well-being (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD) - October 12
14. Even Facing Debt Crises, Europe's Welfare Systems Aren't (Necessarily) Doomed (Time Global Spin) - October 20
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. Federal government launches review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan - October 21
(Finance Canada)

Government launches review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan
News Release
October 21, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced the launch of the Government of Canada’s review of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). (...) The Government is inviting stakeholders to comment on RDSPs to ensure that the plans are meeting the needs of Canadians with severe disabilities and their families. “It is important for those who benefit from these plans to give their input, so that RDSPs continue to accurately reflect and address their true needs,” said Minister Flaherty. The RDSP is widely regarded as a major policy innovation and positive development in helping to ensure the long-term financial security of children with severe disabilities. The RDSP was introduced in Budget 2007 and became available in 2008. Budget 2008 announced that the program would be reviewed three years after plans became operational.

These consultations are open to anyone.
The closing date for submissions is December 16, 2011.
Submissions can be emailed to RDSP-REEI@fin.gc.ca

Related Document:

Ensuring the Effectiveness of Registered Disability Savings Plans

Source:
Finance Canada

Related link:

Registered Disability Savings Plan
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a savings plan designed specifically for people with disabilities in Canada. The first of its kind in the world, this new tax-deferred savings vehicle will assist families in planning for the long - term financial security of their relatives with disabilities.
[ Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog]

Source:
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network is an organization built on the belief that through networks we can help families provide for peace of mind: in building a safe and connected life for our family and friends with a disability, we create a sense of belonging that has benefits for us all.

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Registered Disability Savings Plans
Source:
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) ]

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

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

2. Population Aging and the Evolving Care Needs of Older Canadians: An Overview of the Policy Challenges - October 19
(Institute for Research on Public Policy)

October 19, 2011
News Release
Canada needs a comprehensive home care system (PDF - 177K, 1 page)
Montreal – Canadian governments need to plan how they will address the increasing care needs of an aging population, particularly as they prepare to renew the federal provincial health accord in 2014. (...) In a new study published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy entitled Population Aging and the Evolving Care Needs of Older Canadians: An Overview of the Policy Challenges, author and gerontologist Knee Chappell analyzes the main health and
social policy challenges raised by population aging in the areas of informal care, formal care and prevention.

The study:

Population Aging and the Evolving Care Needs of
Older Canadians: An Overview of the Policy Challenges
By Neena Chappell
October 19, 2011
Complete report
(PDF - 337K, 36 pages)
Summary - HTML

Source:
Institute for Research on Public Policy

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- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

3. Does Canada work for all generations? (incl. provincial reports)- October 18
(Human Early Learning Partnership [HELP] - University of British Columbia)

Young parents squeezed for time and money, report finds
A University of British Columbia study found that it's much more expensive to raise a family than it was a generation ago.
October 18, 2011
By Andrea Gordon
Canadian parents are raising children with far less money and time than their baby boomer predecessors, despite the doubling of the Canadian economy since 1976, says a report from the University of British Columbia. At the same time, Canadians approaching retirement are wealthier than ever before, setting up an intergenerational tension that threatens young families, according to the study, released Tuesday.
Source:
Toronto Star

The report:

Does Canada work for all generations?
By Paul Kershaw and Lynell Anderson
October 18, 2011

Excerpt from
the national summary report:
Canada is not currently working for all generations. There is a silent generational crisis occurring in homes across the country, one we neglect because Canadians are stuck in stale debates. My colleagues and I hope the 2011 Family Policy Reports for all provinces will refocus public dialogue on one of the most pressing social and economic issues of our time: Canada has become a far more difficult place to raise a family.

Related resources:

* New Deal for Families blog
* YouTube video "New Deal for Families"

Source:
Human Early Learning Partnership
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the University of British Columbia. HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across B.C., Canada, and internationally.
[ University of British Columbia ]

4. How are Canadians Really Doing? Highlights: Canadian Index of Wellbeing 1.0 - October 2011
(Canadian Index of Wellbeing)

Index finds inequalities in Canadians' quality of life
October 20, 2011
OTTAWA — A generation of solid economic growth has meant little in the everyday lives of most Canadians, according to a new index of wellbeing.
The finding is a yellow light for decision-makers that social unrest is just around the corner unless deep changes are made, warns Roy Romanow, the advisory board chairman of the University of Waterloo group that created the index. The index suggests the middle class, in particular, is eroding. (...) The Canadian Index of Wellbeing is meant to be GDP's alter ego, measuring the quality of life in society in ways gross domestic product does not.

How are Canadians Really Doing?
Highlights: Canadian Index of Wellbeing 1.0
(PDF - 3.3MB, 66 pages)
October 2011
Table of contents:
1. Executive Summary
2. Why Canada Needs the CIW
- GDP: What You Need to Know
- The CIW Framework and Methodology
3. First Results – Trends and Statistical Highlights
- Community Vitality
- Democratic Engagement
- Education
- Environment
- Healthy Populations
- Leisure and Culture
- Living Standards
- Time Use
4. Connecting the Dots: From Research to Policy
- Ideas for Positive Change
- Conclusion
5. How to Use the CIW
- A First Community User – Barrie-Simcoe
- Other Ideas
6. What’s Next for the CIW?

Source:
Canadian Index of Wellbeing
The CIW Network is an independent, non-partisan group, based at the University of Waterloo within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and operates under the leadership of an advisory board of accomplished Canadians and international experts. Its mission is to report on the wellbeing of Canadians, and promote a dialogue on how to improve it through evidence-based policies that are responsive to the needs and values of Canadians.

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

5. The fight to save the Census continues! Federal Court date is November 23, 2011
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

From the
Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD):

The fight to save the Census continues!
CCSD et al vs The Government of Canada will be heard in the Federal Court on November 23, 2011 at 09:30AM. CCSD and 12 other partners are fighting for Canada's equal right to be counted in the Mandatory Short Form, the only mandatory tool left in the group of census surveys that reaches every Canadian

Facebook page:
Keep the Canada Census Long Form

Share information and thoughts opposing the Canadian government's move to scrap the census long form questionnaire.

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

Join the fight to save the Long Form Census in Canada!

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- For 400+ links to resources on this subject, go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

6. How does Canada’s 1% compare to other countries? - October 14
(reWORKit.net)

How does Canada’s 1% compare to other countries?
October 14, 2011
In light of Occupy Wall Street and the spin­offs that are growing in many other cities, there have been a large number of excellent articles and studies going around looking at the top 1% of income earners in the United States. What is Canada’s place in this debate, and what is the conventional wisdom regarding Canada as an equal society?
- includes three charts:
* Richest 1% of population : share of national income
* How much more of the income pie di the highest 1% get over the past 25 years
* Median Total Income for each income group in 5% increments
- scroll down past the charts for half a dozen links to further readings on the subject

Source:
reWORKit.net
Web productions for unions and social change

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

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, September 2011 - October 21
--- Employment Insurance, August 2011 - October 20
--- The Dynamics of Male Self-employment in Canada: Comparing the 1990s to the 2000s - October 20
--- Leading indicators, September 2011 - October 20
--- Canadian Economic Observer - October 2011 issue - October 20

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

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October 21, 2011
Consumer Price Index, September 2011
Consumer prices rose 3.2% in the 12 months to September, led by higher prices for gasoline and food. This follows a 3.1% increase posted in August. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.3% in September.
- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit
* Consumer Price Index and major components

Source:
The Consumer Price Index - product main page*
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.
* 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 ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

Related subjects:
* Prices and price indexes
* Consumer price indexes

October 20, 2011
Employment Insurance, August 2011
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits increased by 35,200 (+6.6%) to 568,600 in August, following a decline of similar magnitude in July.
- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Related link:

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps, August 2011
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
- incl. Intro to maps + link to July 2011 maps [in the left margin]

Source:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps - Product main page*
Set of maps presenting Employment Insurance Statistics. The maps show the percentage change in the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs), using 2001 Census geography. Data are also shown in a tabular format.
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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.

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
* Non-wage benefits

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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

October 20, 2011
The Dynamics of Male Self-employment in Canada: Comparing the 1990s to the 2000s
By Danny Leung and Chris Robinson
This paper asks how and why the transition rates for males between non-employment, paid employment, own-account self-employment, and self-employment with paid help changed in Canada between the 1990s and the 2000s. It is found that the self-employed were much less likely to move back into paid employment in the 2000s than they were in the 1990s.
[Source: Abstract]
Executive summary
Main article
Tables
Charts
References
User information
PDF version (448K, 28 pages)

[ Earlier reports in the Economic Analysis Research Paper Series ]

October 20, 2011
Leading indicators, September 2011
The composite leading index was little changed in September for the fourth month in a row. In September, 6 of the 10 components continued to expand, the same number as in August.

October 20, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer - October 2011 issue
Sections:
1.Current economic conditions
2.Economic events
3.Recent feature articles
4.National accounts
5.Labour markets
6.Prices
7.International trade
8.Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
9.Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
10.Financial markets
11.Provincial
Tables
Charts
Appendices
User information
Related products
Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
* Current conditions
* Economic accounts
* Leading indicators

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

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

October 23, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Occupying Toronto for child care
19 Oct 2011
Sign spotted at the Occupy Toronto protest asks for "universal child care, please and thank you".

Does Canada work for all generations?
19 Oct 2011
Report by Paul Kershaw and Lynell Anderson from the Human Early Learning Partnership (UBC) says Canada is not working for all generations; proposes "new deal for families". Provincial family policy reports, national summary report and fact sheet available.

Women's voices: Report from consultations on factors influencing
women's decisions on work-force attachment, including tax and transfers

19 Oct 2011
Report from the Australian Equality Rights Alliance finds that women see the cost and complexity of child care as "the most significant barrier to increased workforce participation".

State child care assistance policies 2011: Reduced support for families in challenging times
19 Oct 2011
US National Women's Law Center's 8th annual review of key child care subsidy policies in all fifty states reveals that "families are not only worse off in 2011 than they were in 2010, but are also worse off than a decade ago."

The early childhood education workforce in Europe:
Between divergencies and emergencies?

19 Oct 2011
Article from the International Journal of Child Care and Education discusses project to map qualification requirements of ECEs across the EU; findings show considerable divergencies across Europe in terms of formal education and training requirements. Similarities in terms of workforce emergencies and challenges also emerged.

MORE 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.

America's child death shame
19 Oct 2011 United States

Better childcare comes into play
19 Oct 2011 Australia and New Zealand

Sask. NDP promises to add 10,000 child care spaces by 2015
19 Oct 2011 Saskatchewan

Baby boomers retire rich, young couples with kids stuck in economic squeeze: report
18 Oct 2011 Canada

Young parents squeezed for time and money, report finds
18 Oct 2011 Canada

MORE child care in the news

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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

Source:
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.

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

9. 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 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
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:

October 21:
American Community Survey
Poor Neighborhoods and Health
State Benefit Eligibility Systems
Prison Populations in the US
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs
Aging Out of Foster Care

October 20:
Teen Birthrates - West Virginia, Milwaukee
Community College Dropout Rates

October 19:
Medicaid Expansion and Prison Inmates
Fuel Poverty - UK
Voter ID Law - South Carolina

October 18:
Health Reforms in the US
Federal Housing Vouchers in Suburban Areas
Experimental Malaria Vaccine

October 17:
Military Veterans and Unemployment
Hybrid Welfare Eligibility System - Indiana
Infant Mortality Rates

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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

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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

10. [New York City] Smaller Shelters and Persuasion Coax Homeless Off Bronx Streets - October 17
(New York Times)

Smaller Shelters and Persuasion Coax Homeless Off Bronx Streets
October 17, 2011
By Mosi Secret
Not far from the Major Deegan Expressway in the South Bronx is an abandoned subway platform where someone placed a plastic chair, a flimsy mattress and a nightstand. Nearby, in an old construction site, a truck trailer is lined with enough discarded furniture that it looks like a makeshift bedroom. But the homeless people who lived in these hovels are gone. Infusions of government money have revitalized many poorer neighborhoods in the Bronx, but the problem of people living on the streets has persisted. Now, though, a new strategy is showing surprising results: the number of single, homeless people in the borough has dropped roughly 80 percent since 2005, according to a recent estimate by the city.
Source:
New York Times

[ More NY Times articles about homelessness ]

Related links:

BronxWorks - Lifting Lives, Building Futures
BronxWorks has played the leading role in reducing street homelessness in the Bronx by 80%. BronxWorks helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, we feed, shelter, teach, and support our neighbors to build a stronger community.

New York City Coalition for the Homeless
Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle that affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society.

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

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

11. From the United Nations:
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17
--- World Food Day - October 16

From the United Nations:

International Day for
the Eradication of Poverty 2011
- October 17
The 2011 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) will be held on Monday, 17 October at United Nations Headquarters in New York, focusing on the theme "From Poverty to Sustainability:People at the Centre of Inclusive Development".
- includes links to information about International day for the eradication of poverty each year back to 2000.

Secretary-General's Message
- includes links (at the bottom of the page) to messages for each year back to 2000

Background
- includes a link to the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/47/196 of 31 March 1993:
Observance of an International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (small PDF file)

Documents:
* Secretary-General’s reports
* General Assembly resolutions
* Economic and Social Council resolutions
* Human Rights Council Resolutions
* "Rethinking Poverty", 2010 Report on the World Social Situation

Millennium Development Goals
1. End Poverty and Hunger
2. Universal Education
3. Gender Equality
4. Child Health
5. Maternal Health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS
7. Environmental Sustainability
8. Global Partnership

Second UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
- includes the United Nations System-Wide Plan of Action on the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017). The theme of the Plan of Action is “Full Employment and Decent Work for All”.

Additional Resources
* The United Nations and Development
* First UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty
* International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
* Department of Economic and Social Affairs
* Dag Hammarskjöld Library
* United Nations Bookshop
* UN Works
* Stand up Against Poverty
* Millennium Campaign
* Millennium Project
NOTE/WARNING : The brochure and poster whose links appear under "Press kit" on the Additional Resources page are enormous because they're not optimized for the Web. The brochure is 45MB and the poster 30MB. They don't offer any information that's not covered above.

Past Observances (back to 2004 only, but includes the theme for each year)

Investing in people the smartest way to eradicate poverty, UN says
17 October 2011
News Release
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned today that progress so far in the fight against poverty risked being reversed by a failure to put people at the centre of development policies and strategies aimed at economic recovery following the global financial crisis. “In the name of fiscal austerity, we cannot cut back on common-sense investments in people,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, noting that too many people have been seized by the fear of losing their jobs, their ability to feed their families and access to health care.
(...)
He [Mr. Ban] called for greater efforts to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half by the year 2015 the number of people living in extreme poverty - people whose income is less than one dollar a day.

Links to related UN System sites:

United Nations

UN Observances : Calendar of International Days

Source:
United Nations

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Also from the U.N.:

World Food Day - October 16
“FOOD PRICES – FROM CRISIS TO STABILITY” has been chosen as this year’s World Food Day theme to shed some light on this trend and what can be done to mitigate its impact on the most vulnerable. Price swings, upswings in particular, represent a major threat to food security in developing countries. Hardest-hit are the poor. According to the World Bank, in 2010-2011 rising food costs pushed nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty. The 2011 World Food Day theme was chosen following five consecutive years of unstable and often rising food prices, which currently stand close to record levels.

On World Food Day, a concerted effort to address root causes of hunger
For World Food Day (16 October), the UN agencies focus on the need to ensure that children have enough to eat, and address the factors that make food unaffordable for so many. “I urge world leaders in rich and poor countries alike to invest the energy and resources necessary to win the battle against hunger — a key pillar of our efforts to achieve the MDGs,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message.
Source:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO News Release:

World Food Day focuses on swinging food prices
Investment in agriculture and women key to food security

17 October 2011
United Nations Agency chiefs and top international personalities met today to celebrate World Food Day, whose focus this year is on the recent wave of food price swings which threatens to push millions more people into hunger.

UN World Food Programme (WFP)
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.
WFP launched its “Feed a Child, Feed a Dream,” initiative ahead of World Food Day to provide a glimpse into the lives and aspirations of some of the children around the world who are receiving food from the agency, and to demonstrate how easy it is to help.

United Nations

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

- Go to the United Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

12. Human rights abuses could kill the Commonwealth: report - October 20
(Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group)

Human rights abuses could kill the Commonwealth: report
October 20, 2011
By Chris Cobb and Mark Kennedy
OTTAWA — The Commonwealth could cease to exist unless it takes stronger, more public stands against egregious human rights violations in its member countries, according to a punishing 200-page report, obtained exclusively by Postmedia News. Some leaders of the 54-nation group have attempted to keep the report — titled Time for Urgent Reform — out of the public eye ahead of a major summit in Australia Oct 28-30 to be attended by Commonwealth leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (...) The report was scheduled for release well in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth but an apparent dispute among member nations over its contents has delayed the official release until Oct. 28, the first day of the Australia summit.
Source:
National Post

Eminent Persons Group
The Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG) was established by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their summit in Trinidad and Tobago in November 2009. The group’s goals are to sharpen the impact, strengthen the networks, and raise the profile of the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth refuses to release report on reforms
October 18, 2011
Commonwealth leaders are sitting on a groundbreaking report prepared by their own advisory group that has concluded the 54-nation organization will lose international relevancy and moral authority unless it institutes key reforms. The warning comes from the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, an 11-person panel - which includes Canadian Senator Hugh Segal - appointed by Commonwealth leaders at their last meeting in 2009.
Source:
The Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)

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- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

13. How's life? Measuring well-being - October 12
(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD)

OECD launches new report on measuring well-being
12-Oct-2011
A new OECD report, How's Life, offers a comprehensive picture of what makes up people’s lives in 40 countries worldwide. This is part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond GDP.

How's life? Measuring well-being
How's Life? is part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, launched by the Organisation on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. The OECD Better Life Initiative aims to promote "Better Policies for Better Lives", in line with the OECD's overarching mission. One of the other pillars of the OECD Better Life Initiative is the Your Better Life Index, an interactive composite index of well-being that aims at involving citizens in the debate on societal progress.

Your Better Life Index
How do you define a better life?
Use our interactive tool to see how your country performs on the topics you feel make for a better life

Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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

14. Even Facing Debt Crises, Europe's Welfare Systems Aren't (Necessarily) Doomed - October 20
(Time Global Spin)

Even Facing Debt Crises, Europe's Welfare Systems Aren't (Necessarily) Doomed
By Bruce Crumley
October 20, 2011

Author Crumley comments on a recent BBC News piece by Gavin Hewitt concerning French Socialist candidate François Hollande. Hewitt "...offers an idea or two for Europeans looking for ideas—which is what this post focuses on. He suggests the left follow the lead of younger Europeans he encounters “now looking to the ‘New World', to Canada and Australia, for a future”. Those countries—with rationalized social protections and less regulated economies—might presumably hold clues for reformed systems in a post-crisis Europe.
- includes insights into the Occupy Wall Street/Indignados protests, Europe welfare reforms
Source:
Global Spin
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A blog about the world, its people and its politics
[ Time Magazine ]

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* NOTE : Time's choice of names for its political blog reminds me of the day (when I was a social researcher in the federal government) our secretary came to ask me to do a quick proofread of the First Issue of the Social Policy Branch newsletter before producing 450 copies of it for all staff. The name of the newsletter? NewSpeak. I suggested that the person who came up with the name should read George Orwell's 1984 to see if they wished to reconsider that particular name. I was told that a senior management committee of 15 people had just seen and approved the newsletter "as is" a day earlier. At so it went out to 450 staff. And I kept my copy in pristine state to show my grandkids someday. But the reason I'm even thinking about the Newspeak incident is that Time Magazine should have enough bright people around for *someone* to say: "Irony Police!" - Eh?
[By Gilles]

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

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

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

19 October 2011 - CRINMAIL issue 1247
In this issue:
Sexual exploitation and child-friendly justice
Latest News and Reports:
- Inter-American Commission: Americas
- Corporal punishment: Togo
- Detention abuses: Libya
- Child prisoners overlooked: OPT
- Children caught up in conflict: Colombia
- Child farmworkers: United States
- UN news / CRC news
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

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.

Source:
CRINMAIL (incl. subscription info)

[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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

 


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Q : What would happen if I ran out of rhetorical questions?
A : That's a rhetorical question.

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What if you're in hell, and you're mad at someone, where do you tell them to go?

What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?

What is a refried bean and why do they have to fry it twice?

What is shaved ice? Did it have hair on it before it was shaved?

What is the diameter of a square?

What is the speed of dark?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Whatever happened to preparations A through G?

What's the sound a name makes when it's dropped?

What's the synonym for thesaurus?

When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?

When I erase a word with a pencil, where does it go?

When night falls who picks it up?

When people lose weight, where does it go?

When something fades in the sunlight, where did the colors go?

When they first invented the clock, how did they know what time it was to set it to?

When we say our mind wanders - where does it go?

Where are the germs that cause 'good' breath?

Where are we going? And what's with this hand basket?

Where did Webster look up the definitions when he wrote the dictionary?

Where in the nursery rhyme does it say Humpty Dumpty is an egg?

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[OK, I promise no more rhetorical questions for awhile. Gilles]

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And, in closing...

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50 Little Things You Can Do to Empower Other People
http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/03/12/50-little-things-you-can-do-to-empower-other-people/
Sometimes, during tough times, we forget that the little things count.

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What is the secret past of Easter Island?
http://i.imgur.com/3Z6gu.jpg

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The longest-running theatrical realease in film history (34 years!):
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
http://www.rockyhorror.com/

Let's Do the Time Warp Again / Sweet Transvestite (video, duration 10:18)
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=658_1257028713

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France and U.S. --- A [Splitscreen] Love Story (video, duration 2:25)
http://www.dump.com/2011/07/25/france-and-us-video/

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Nah, dingos ain't so tough, Mate...
http://i.imgur.com/2B4cc.jpg

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Metropolis - A New York City Timelapse (video, duration 3:53)
http://vimeo.com/30316012
Watch this in full screen if you can --- Breathtaking!
(Cool soundtrack, too.)