Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 24, 2013

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 2,629 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. Federal Budget 2013 (a.k.a. Economic Action Plan 2013) - March 21
2. Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2013-2014 - March 20
3. 2013 Queen's University Policy Forum :“The Role of Evidence in Policy-Making” - April 26, 2013
4. [United Nations Human Development Index] Sorry, but Canada was never the No. 1 place to live (Globe and Mail) - March 19
5. Quebec daycares threaten to close over cuts (Montreal Gazette) - March 16
6.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance, January 2013 - March 21
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in December 2012 - March 20
--- Health Reports, March 2013
- March 20
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Statistics Canada Blog : Measuring wealth - March 20
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2012
- March 20
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America (Joseph Stiglitz in the New York Times) - March 18
10. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. Federal Budget 2013 (a.k.a. Economic Action Plan 2013) - March 21

ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN 2013*
JOBS, GROWTH AND LONG-TERM PROSPERITY
[* formerly known as the federal budget. ]
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/home-accueil-eng.html
- Main budget 2013 page, incl. links to all budget documents, some of which appear below.
Click the above link to see the complete budget package.
Scroll down the page for links to:
Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity

* Strengthening the Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Sector
* The New Building Canada Plan
* The Canada Job Grant: Connecting Canadians with Available Jobs
* Improving the Integrity of the Tax System

Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity the Top Priority of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/nrc/2013-03-21-eng.html
News Release
March 21, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today unveiled the next phase of the Harper Government’s plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013. While the Government remains squarely focused on balancing the budget during this Parliament, the Economic Action Plan introduces, among other things, a bold and innovative skills training initiative, the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canadian history, and significant new investments to support manufacturing and innovation in Canada.
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Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 is an intentional and deliberate low-tax plan to control spending and keep the Government on track to balance the budget by 2015. In fact, this plan contains the smallest increase in discretionary spending in nearly 20 years.

Budget in Brief
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/bb/brief-bref-eng.html

The Budget Speech
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/speech-discours/index-eng.html

The 2013 Budget Plan
HTML version : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html
PDF version (9.1MB, 442 pages) : http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/doc/plan/budget2013-eng.pdf

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Economic Developments and Prospects
Chapter 3: Supporting Jobs and Growth
Chapter 3.1: Connecting Canadians With Available Jobs
Chapter 3.2: Helping Manufacturers and Businesses Succeed in the Global Economy
Chapter 3.3: The New Building Canada Plan
Chapter 3.4: Investing in World-Class Research and Innovation
Chapter 3.5: Supporting Families and Communities
Chapter 4: Plan to Return to Budget Balance and Fiscal Outlook
Chapter 4.1: Plan to Return to Budget Balance
Chapter 4.2: Fiscal Planning Framework
Annex 1: Debt Management Strategy for 2013–14
Annex 2: Tax Measures: Supplementary Information and Notices of Ways and Means Motions
Annex 2.2: Tax Measures: Supplementary Information and Notices of Ways and Means Motions

Related link:

Canada's Economic Action Plan
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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Budget analysis and critique

From CBC :
Jim Flaherty's wish-list budget

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/03/21/f-vp-weston-budget-2013.html
By Greg Weston
March 22, 2013
Canadians hoping the federal budget would explain exactly how the Harper government is planning to spend all the money it filches from their weekly paycheques might as well hit themselves over the head with a duty-free cricket bat. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's eighth (and possibly last) budget eliminates the import duties on baby clothes and a wide range of sporting goods from skates and skis to cricket bats. That much of the budget is clear. The rest, not so much.

Federal budget at a glance:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/budget-2013/

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From CTV:

Budget 2013: Focus on jobs training, infrastructure
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/budget-2013

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is promising to balance the books without delving deeper into government coffers, by shuffling resources to boost skills training, infrastructure projects and the manufacturing industry.

Ottawa budget creates $241M workfare program for First Nations youth
http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/ottawa-budget-creates-241m-workfare-program-for-first-nations-youth-1.1205676
A major budget initiative to make social assistance for First Nations youth contingent on entering into a training program is likely to get a rough ride on reserves, the NDP says. Making good on a promise from last year, this year's budget puts $241 million over five years into training programs for young people collecting income assistance. Half the money will go to setting up the program on reserves, and the other half will only be accessible if welfare recipients agree to participate in the program.

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From CPAC:

2013 Federal Budget Highlights
http://www.cpac.ca/eng/today-in-politics/2013-budget-highlights
* Flaherty continues to promise balanced budget by 2015
* Focus on skills training and apprenticeships to tackle job vacancies
* $47 billion in new infrastructure funding
* Plans to recoup lost tax income from evasion and loopholes
* Balancing the Books
* Skills Training
* Infrastructure
* Industrial Aid
* Defence and Procurement
* Tax Loopholes and Evasion
* First Nations
* Immigration

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From the
Toronto Star:

Federal budget 2013: The Canadian government shouldn’t plunder aid to promote trade
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/03/24/federal_budget_2013_the_canadian_government_shouldnt_plunder_aid_to_promote_trade_editorial.html
Editorial
March 24, 2013
By folding the Canadian International Development Agency into the foreign affairs and international trade ministry, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has cast a shadow over our aid program.

Jim Flaherty’s dirty little job-training secret : Canadian employers
won't bother training workers as long as they can import cheap temporary help from abroad.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/03/22/jim_flahertys_dirty_little_jobtraining_secret_walkom.html
By Thomas Walkom
March 22, 2013
The federal government says it is serious about job-training. It is not. If it were, it would not make it so easy for business to hire cheap workers from abroad. This is the dirty little secret about job-training in Canada. Employers don’t train workers because most don’t have to. They expect government to train workers at public cost. And if that doesn’t work, businesses expect government to let them import from abroad workers who are already trained.

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From
TD Bank Economics:

Canada's Long-Run Economic Action Plan : The Sequel (PDF - 728K, 5 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/FederalBudget2013.pdf
March 21, 2013
... Little change to the 2012-13 deficit and economic assumptions
... Deficit reduction timetable returns on paper to fiscal 2015-16
... Revenue measures hone in on tax compliance
... Expenditure measures, with some restraint thrown in
... Initiatives targeted to the financial sector
... Debt and issuance to trend down
... Market implications expected to be slim

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp]

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From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Cutting infrastructure spending the wrong choice for Canada, says think tank
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/cutting-infrastructure-spending-wrong-choice-canada-says-think-tank
March 21, 2013
News Release
OTTAWA—Despite government claims to the contrary, today’s federal budget actually reduces infrastructure spending, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The Building Canada Fund has been reduced to $210 million in 2014-15 from its previous level of $1.25 billion a year and is back-end loaded, with 75% of expenditures to be spent in or after 2020. All other funding for infrastructure in the federal budget is a re-announcement of pre-existing programs.

Analysis of the 2013 federal budget
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/analysis-2013-federal-budget
March 21, 2013
Links to nine budget analyses by the following CCPA staff,
research associates, and Alternative Federal Budget partners:

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David Macdonald: Austerity Through Infrastructure Cuts: Budget 2013
* Kate McInturff: New Shoes and a Haircut: Budget 2013 not so pretty for women in Canada
* Andrew Jackson: Budget 2013: Canada needs productivity and sustainability
* Canadian Labour Congress: Analysis of the 2013 Federal Budget
* Canadian Union of Public Employees: Federal Budget 2013 Key Points
* Citizens for Public Justice: Budget 2013: Human development or economic development?
* Canadian Association of Retired Persons: Federal Budget addresses home care and palliative care; financial literacy but little else on priority concerns
* Canadians for Tax Fairness: Tax fairness on the agenda but much more needs to be done
* Campaign 2000: Nothing in the budget for children...
NOTE (by Gilles) : The more traffic there is ("page views") on the above CCPA budget analysis page, the more justification there is to continue this exercise each year. That's why I didn't provide the direct links to each of the above texts (all of which are to external websites) --- as a courtesy to the person/organization who posted the above collection.

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees:

Federal Budget 2013 Key Points
http://cupe.ca/budget/federal-budget-2013-key
March 21, 2013
The 2013 Federal Budget should be a considerable disappointment: it involves essentially no additional funding and actually reduces overall spending in future years—which means this budget will effectively do little or nothing to grow the economy. This budget actually cuts federal infrastructure funding for municipalities and provinces through the Building Canada Fund (BCF) from presently allocated levels by $250 million per year and is back-end loaded so there will be very little available for the next two years.

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From rabble.ca:

Budget 2013: Smoke, mirrors and very few details
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/karl-nerenberg/2013/03/budget-2013-smoke-mirrors-and-very-few-details
By Karl Nerenberg
March 22, 2013
Finance Minister Flaherty's budget says newly announced spending cuts will amount to $600 million over six years. On the revenue side, budget 2013 promises that a variety of tax measures, including closing loopholes and cracking down on tax cheaters, will yield an additional $7.9 billion over the next six years. That sounds like a lot of new money coming in, versus spending reductions. But we may have to wait for the fine print in the budget implementation bills to find out how it will all really shake out.

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From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

The Skilled Budget (PDF - 68K, 13 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1007ENG.pdf
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
March 2013
Skills and training comprise the centerpiece of the federal Budget 2013. But the federal document is also a skilled Budget. The government has been training Canadians for quite some time – to dampen our expectations. The purpose of creating a scarcity mindset is to set the stage. The ground work was so carefully laid that Canadians were primed to expect doom and gloom. Any announcement actually made is hailed as nothing short of miraculous.

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

2. Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2013-2014 - March 20

Saskatchewan Provincial Budget 2013-2014
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14
March 20, 2013
Balanced Growth
The Government of Saskatchewan has achieved a balanced budget that:
* Balances growth by controlling spending while continuing to invest in priority areas,
* Supports quality of life for Saskatchewan's growing population, and
* Balances economic progress with social progress.
NOTE : This is the main budget page; it includes links to all budget papers, a selection of which appears below.

Finance Minister Ken Krawetz's budget address (PDF - 224K, 37 pages):
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14BudgetAddress.pdf

Budget Summary (PDF - 2MB, 97 pages) :
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14BudgetSummary.pdf

Budget Highlights
English
(PDF - 184K, 2 pages) : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14BudgetHighlights.pdf
Français (PDF - 192Ko., 2 pages) : http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013FrenchHighlightsCard.pdf

Estimates (PDF - 980K, 197 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/2013-14Estimates.pdf

Selected Budget 2013-14 News Releases:

Balanced Budget Controls Spending While Meeting the Challenges of Growth (PDF - 120K, 3 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-FinanceMain.pdf
- includes backgrounder

Budget Invests in Infrastructure [small PDF file]
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-FinanceCapital.pdf
News release

Social Services:
* Government Keeps Commitment to Provide More Housing
[backgrounder, small PDF file]
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-SSAffordableHousing.pdf
* Social Services: Saskatchewan Children and Families a Top Priority for Government [backgrounder]
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14/000-SSChildrenandYouth.pdf

For links to more news releases, go to http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2013-14

Source:
Saskatchewan Department of Finance
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/

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Saskatchewan Budget 2013 analysis and critique:

From TD Bank Economics:
Not yet posted as at March 24.
Click the first link below to see if the SK file has been uploaded.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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From
CBC News:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

Higher 'sin taxes' included in Saskatchewan's balanced budget
NDP critic calls it 'credit card' budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2013/03/20/sk-provincial-budget-1302.html
March 20, 2013

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From CTV News Regina:
http://regina.ctvnews.ca/

Smokers, drinkers take hit to keep budget in black
http://regina.ctvnews.ca/smokers-drinkers-take-hit-to-keep-budget-in-black-1.1203954
Saskatchewan is staying in the black with a budget that hits smokers and drinkers in the pocket to help balance the books.

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3. 2013 Queen's University Policy Forum :“The Role of Evidence in Policy-Making” - April 26, 2013

2013 Queen's University Policy Forum:
“The Role of Evidence in Policy-Making”
http://www.queensu.ca/sps/events/conferencesandworkshops/policyforum/2013pfg.html

Kingston Ontario
April 26, 2013
General Registration Fee: $132.75 (plus HST)
Student Registration Fee: $57.52 (plus HST)
Registration:
http://events.sps.queensu.ca/cgi/page.cgi?event_id=127&_id=3&action=viewdetail
Good evidence can lead to better decisions and better outcomes. In a progressively more complex and increasingly integrated policy environment, amidst the current constrained fiscal climate, it is even more important that policy-makers are able to access good quality data to inform policy development, monitor changes and evaluate outcomes. But what constitutes good quality data, and how should it be used? These questions face those both inside and outside government as they seek to collect and analyse evidence to support policy development and evaluation.

This year’s Policy Forum on “The Role of Evidence in Policy-Making” brings together scientists and other researchers, think-tank analysts, parliamentary officers and senior public servants to discuss how different kinds of evidence have and can contribute to good policy outcomes in science, social and economic policy domains.

The day will conclude with our annual Donald Gow Memorial Lecture. This year we are pleased to announce that the Gow Lecture will be delivered by Bob Rae, MP, Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Conference Program:
http://www.queensu.ca/sps/events/conferencesandworkshops/policyforum/2013pfg/2013pfagenda.html

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Comment (by Gilles):
I don't generally promote university conferences on my site and in my newsletter.
However, given the ongoing siege mentality of The Harper Government™ with respect to evidence-based policy-making (I think it's now called "policy-based evidence-making"...), I felt that I would be remiss if I didn't highlight this event. It would be worth the price of admission just to see "researchers, think-tank analysts, parliamentary officers and senior public servants" discussing how evidence can contribute to good policy - especially the last two groups in the previous sentence.
Curious coincidence : On March 15, the National Post reported : "Federal librarians fear being ‘muzzled’ under new code of conduct":
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/15/library-and-archives-canada/
Good luck with those parliamentary officers and senior public servants, eh.

BTW - According to the conference program, one of those parliamentary officers will be Kevin Kevin Page, the soon-to-be-former Parliamentary Budget Officer. Representing former senior public servants will be Munir Sheikh of StatCan and Ontario Social Assistance Review fame and Mel Cappe, former clerk of the Privy Council. (See the conference program for other speakers.)
...and it wouldn't be a bad idea to offer free registration for any federal government officials or Conservative Cabinet members who wish to attend.

4. [United Nations’ Human Development Index] Sorry, but Canada was never the No. 1 place to live - March 19
(Globe and Mail)

From the
Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Sorry, but Canada was never the No. 1 place to live
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/sorry-but-canada-was-never-the-no-1-place-to-live/article9942689/
By Frances Woolley
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2013
For much of the 1990s, Canada topped the United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI). Politicians declared we were the best place in the world to live. This year, Canada slipped to 11th place. What happened?
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The old human development rankings have been recalculated, using the new measures of education and income. According to these revised numbers, Canada was never the best place in the world to live. The adjusted rankings consistently put Australia and the U.S. ahead of Canada.

268 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/sorry-but-canada-was-never-the-no-1-place-to-live/article9942689/comments/

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NOTE : For links to the 2013 UN Human Development Report, go to the United Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

5. Quebec daycares threaten to close over cuts - March 16
(Montreal Gazette)

NOTA : Le français suit l'anglais ci-dessous.

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Quebec daycares threaten to close over cuts
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Quebec+slash+daycare+funding/8110333/story.html
By Aaron Derfel
March 16, 2013
MONTREAL — Quebec’s daycare operators are threatening to close their centres in a “day of protest” against $56 million in planned cutbacks announced on Thursday, only months after Family Minister Nicole Léger pledged to expand the daycare system.
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Minister Léger met with the daycare association on March 14 to confirm the cuts as part of a plan to balance the government’s budget. Léger told the association that Quebec will chop $37.9 million from the CPE’s budget as of July 1. An additional $18.3 million will be plucked from the subsidies given to private daycares. (...) Premier Pauline Marois promised a 3.2-per-cent increase in spending in Legér’s department in the budget last fall. In November, the government announced it would add 28,000 daycare spots by 2016. (...) In 2006, Marois denounced $50 million in cutbacks to the daycare system under Premier Jean Charest’s government.

Source:
Montreal Gazette

http://www.montrealgazette.com/

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

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Coupes de 56 millions $ dans les garderies:
Pas d'impact sur les services, selon Québec
http://tvanouvelles.ca/lcn/infos/national/archives/2013/03/20130316-120812.html
Le 16 mars 2013
La ministre de la Famille, Nicole Léger, estime que les coupes de 56 millions $ annoncées dans les garderies n'auront pas d'impact négatif sur les services offerts aux familles.
Selon Mme Léger, le ministère de la Famille effectue ces coupes dans le budget des CPE et dans les subventions aux garderies privées pour contribuer à l'effort budgétaire du gouvernement Marois qui doit fonctionner avec un déficit de 1,6 milliard $. En entrevue à LCN samedi, la ministre a expliqué que ces mesures auront peu d'impact sur les services dans les garderies puisque le réseau a engrangé des surplus.

Source:
Nouvelles TVA

http://tvanouvelles.ca/

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- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance, January 2013 - March 21
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in December 2012 - March 20
--- Health Reports, March 2013 - March 20
--- Statistics Canada Blog : Measuring wealth - March 20
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2012 - March 20

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 ]

March 21, 2013
Employment Insurance, January 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130321/dq130321a-eng.htm
In January, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits fell for the third consecutive month, down 8,500 (-1.6%) to 531,100. Compared with January 2012, the number of beneficiaries was down 8.8%.
- includes three charts:
* Number of Employment Insurance beneficiaries declines for the third consecutive month in January
* Number of Employment Insurance beneficiaries by occupation, percentage change, January 2012 to January 2013)
* Claims increase in January 2013
- also includes four tables, all seasonally adjusted:
* Beneficiaries receiving regular income-support benefits by province and territory, sex and age
* Initial and renewal claims received, by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular income-support benefits by census metropolitan area
* Beneficiaries receiving regular income-support benefits by occupation, Canada

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

Related subjects:

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

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

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

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

March 20, 2013
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in December 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130320/dq130320a-eng.htm
Canadian businesses had 221,000 job vacancies in December, unchanged from December 2011. There were 5.7 unemployed people for every job vacancy, little changed from 5.8 in December 2011.

March 20, 2013
Health Reports, March 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130320/dq130320d-eng.htm
This issue of Health Reports contains two articles:
Nutritional risk among older Canadians presents the first population-level assessment of nutritional risk based on a large national sample representative of Canadian householders aged 65 or older.
Trajectories of psychological distress among Canadian adults who experienced parental addiction in childhood compares trajectories of psychological distress among a nationally representative sample of Canadians aged 18 to 74 who did and did not experience parental addiction in childhood.

March 20, 2013
StatCan Blog: Survey of Financial Security, March 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130320/dq130320e-eng.htm
In its latest StatCan Blog, Statistics Canada today examines the Survey of Financial Security, the most comprehensive statistical snapshot of the net worth of Canadians. The survey was conducted in the fall of 2012 and some 20,000 Canadian households were asked to share the details of their finances.

Statistics Canada Blog : Measuring wealth
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng/cs-sc/measuring-wealth
NOTE : this article includes a table entitled
Assets and debts held by family units:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng/cs-sc/wealth-tbl1

March 20, 2013
Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130320/dq130320g-eng.htm
Demographic estimates by province and territory are now available for the fourth quarter.



Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.


Source:
The Daily

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


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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

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

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

March 24, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Federal budget 2013
22 Mar 2013 | Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/federal-budget-2013
Links to the full text of the 2013 federal budget and a collection of responses compiled by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternaitves.

"I'm lucky"...to have found child care: Evoking luck while managing child care needs in a changing economy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/im-luckyto-have-found-child-care-evoking-luck-while-managin
20 Mar 2013 | Canada
Article by Patrizia Albanese and Tanya Farr focuses on mothers' "use and invocation [of luck] in response to questions about finding and managing child care has to do with gendered perceptions of control and power over social circumstances related to geography, government policies, and changing, and at time precarious, economic/labour market circumstances".

Child care in the 2013 Alberta budget
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/child-care-2013-alberta-budget
20 Mar 2013 | Alberta
The 2013 budget discontinues the Quality Funding Grant stating that, "more than 97 per cent of day cares and family day home agencies; and more than 87 per cent of out- of - school care programs were participating in accreditation, which means this funding incentive has accomplished its goal and is not expected to be provided in the future".

Pre-school food survey
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/pre-school-food-survey
20 Mar 2013 | Europe
Report from the Children's Food Trust (UK) provides some important insights into the characteristics of food provision in early years settings and assesses the extent to which the provision of food and drink in early years settings met the national guidelines for food and nutrient provision.

Modern parenthood: Roles of moms and dads converge as they balance work and family
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/modern-parenthood-roles-moms-and-dads-converge-they-balance
20 Mar 2013 | United States
Pew Research survey (US) finds that about half of all working parents with children under age 18 say it is difficult for them to balance the responsibilities of their job with the responsibilities of their family.

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

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

Yes, public preschool is a smart investment
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/yes-public-preschool-smart-investment
22 Mar 2013 | United States

New shoes and a haircut: Budget 2013 not so pretty for women in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/new-shoes-and-haircut-budget-2013-not-so-pretty-women-canada
22 Mar 2013 | Canada

What is the 'childcare damage' debate really about?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/what-childcare-damage-debate-really-about
20 Mar 2013 | International

Georgia pre-K effective but "medium" quality, study finds
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/georgia-pre-k-effective-medium-quality-study-finds
20 Mar 2013 | United States

Sorry, but Canada was never the No. 1 place to live
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/sorry-canada-was-never-no-1-place-live
20 Mar 2013 | Canada

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

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CRRU Archive

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

All new content* since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website at the link above.

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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

8. 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:

March 22, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/22/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)
Kids Count Report – Colorado
Child Welfare Systems (2 articles)
Nurse Home Visiting Program – Michigan

March 21, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/21/
State and Federal Minimum Wages (2 articles)
“Iowa Kids,” Des Moines Register Special Report (2 articles)

March 20, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/20
Low-wage Workforce Survey
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Rhode Island
Achievement Gap – Minnesota

March 19, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/19/
Deep Poverty in US Cities – Philadelphia, PA
Homeless Shelter System – New York City

March 18, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/18/
Multidimensional Poverty Index
Top Colleges and Low-Income Students

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

9. Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America - March 18
(Joseph Stiglitz in the New York Times)

Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/singapores-lessons-for-an-unequal-america/
By Joseph Stiglitz
March 18, 2013
Inequality has been rising in most countries around the world, but it has played out in different ways across countries and regions. The United States, it is increasingly recognized, has the sad distinction of being the most unequal advanced country, though the income gap has also widened to a lesser extent, in Britain, Japan, Canada and Germany.
(...)
Singapore has had the distinction of having prioritized social and economic equity while achieving very high rates of growth over the past 30 years — an example par excellence that inequality is not just a matter of social justice but of economic performance. Societies with fewer economic disparities perform better — not just for those at the bottom or the middle, but over all.

234 Comments about this article:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/singapores-lessons-for-an-unequal-america/#postComment

[ Author Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics and University Professor at Columbia University, was Chairman of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. ]

Source:
New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/

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

10. 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)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

20 March 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1319
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4657
In this issue:
Children's Right to Health:
CRC Committee publishes new General Comment
Latest news and reports
- UN Declaration to combat violence against women
- Report documents on-going threats to children in Syria
- Experts warn against abuse of solitary confinement
- 'Sugar daddies' preying on schoolgirls in South Africa
- Calls for contributions: Trafficking, gender, disability
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Afghanistan
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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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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THINGS THAT IT TOOK ME 50 YEARS TO LEARN

by Dave Barry

1. Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

7. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

8. Never lick a steak knife.

9. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that precise moment.

10. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.

11. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

12. Your friends love you anyway.

Source:
http://goo.gl/LfCZE
Click the source link for seven more things that it took Dave Barry 50 years to learn...

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And, in closing...

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I love the world! (video, duration 1:02)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EdaLfJjDuE
Boom-di-ara, boom-diara!

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Sundown
By Gordon Lightfoot 1974 (video, duration 3:05)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOOs-MqDOI0

Sundown
By The Capitol Beat, August 2012 (video, duration 4:19)
http://vimeo.com/56204109

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Nina Conti, Ventriloquist (video duration 4:33)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Pl1B0Anq8&feature=youtu.be

 

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