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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 24, 2005

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1352 subscribers.

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Québec Budget 2005-2006 - April 21
2. Conference on Women's Rights and Freedoms - Vancouver, April 28 - May 1
3. Ontario Launches JobsNow, welfare-to-work project (Ministry of Community and Social Services)
- April 20
4. New from Statistics Canada:
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Consumer Price Index, March 2005 (April 22)
--- Study: Federal Personal Income Tax: Slicing the Pie, 1990 to 2002
(April 22)

--- Children and Youth as Victims of violent crime, 2003
(April 20)
--- Leading Indicators, March 200
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(April 19)
5. House of Commons Committee report on Gender-Based Analysis (Standing Committee on the Status of Women)
- April 20
6. Canadian Women's March Committee 2005 - Update for May 1- 7 events
7. 12th Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference : June 16-18, Fredericton
8. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit ( University of Toronto) - April 22

International Content

9. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- April 21, 2005
10. U.S. - Individual Development Accounts (Brookings Institution) - March 2005
11. From the U.S. Department of Labor:
--- A Profile of the Working Poor - March 2005
--- Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2004 - April 2005

12. The latest on the Wal-Mart juggernaut (Maryland, U.S) - April 2005

13. Launch of World Indicators 2005 report (The World Bank Group) - April 17


Have a swell  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Québec Budget 2005-2006 - April 21

Québec Budget 2005-2006 - [ version française ]
April 21, 2005
- incl. links to all budget papers, inlcuding news releases

Budget Speech (44 pages, 421 Kb) PDF Format
Budget in Brief (35 pages, 302 Kb) PDF Format
Highlights (4 pages, 136 Kb) PDF Format
2005-2006 Budget Plan (197 pages, 830 Kb) PDF Format
* Section 1 - The Québec Economy: Recent Developments and Outlook for 2005 and 2006
* Section 2 - The Government’s Budgetary and Financial Position in 2004-2005 and Public Sector Debt
* Section 3 - The Government’s Budgetary and Financial Stance
* Section 4 - Report on the Application of the Balanced Budget Act
* Section 5 - Personal Income Tax Reduction of $372 Million for Québec Taxpayers
* Section 6 - Encouraging Wealth Creation
Additional Information on the Budgetary Measures (168 pages, 615 Kb) PDF Format
* Section 1 - Revenue Measures
* Section 2 - Expenditure Measures
* Section 3 - Financial Impact of Fiscal and Budgetary Measures

Google.ca News Search Results : "Québec Budget 2005"
Google.ca Web Search Results : "Québec Budget 2005"
Source:
Google.ca

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version française:
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Budget du Québec 2005-2006
- liens vers tous les documents connexes, y compris les communiqués de presse

Discours sur le budget (48 pages, 440 Ko) Format PDF
Budget en bref (35 pages, 320 Ko) Format PDF
Points saillants (4 pages, 142 Ko) Format PDF
Plan budgétaire 2005 - 2006 (197 pages, 938 Ko) Format PDF

* Section 1 - L’économie du Québec : évolution récente et perspectives pour 2005 et 2006
* Section 2 - La situation budgétaire et financière du gouvernement en 2004-2005 et la dette du secteur public
* Section 3 - Orientations budgétaires et financières du gouvernement
* Section 4 - Rapport sur l’application de la Loi sur l’équilibre budgétaire
* Section 5 - Réduction de l’impôt des particuliers de 372 millions de dollars en faveur des contribuables du Québec
* Section 6 - Encourager la création de richesse
Renseignements additionnels sur les mesures du budget (183 pages, 797 Ko) Format PDF
* Section 1 - Mesures affectant les revenus
* Section 2 - Mesures affectant les dépenses
* Section 3 - Impact financier des mesures fiscales et budgétaires

Page de résultats de recherche actualités de Google.ca :
« Québec, Budget 2005 »
Page de résultats de recherche Web de Google.ca :
« Québec, Budget 2005 »

Source:
Google.ca

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

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

2. Conference on Women's Rights and Freedoms - Vancouver, April 28 - May 1

Women's Rights and Freedoms: 20 Years (In) Equality - Conference
April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005
Vancouver, BC
National conference hosted by the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). The Conference will be bilingual and will strive towards accessibility. The focus of the Conference will be the 20th anniversary of the equality requirements (Section 15) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 15, which is part of the supreme law of Canada, prohibits discrimination by Government on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, and other grounds. The Conference will include discussions on how the Charter affects women and our rights. The Conference is expected to provide information on the law and discrimination, as well as a unique opportunity to meet, strategize and share information with activists, community workers, lawyers, and others from across the country about what actions we can take to advance women's rights.

Related Links:

West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund
National Association of Women and the Law

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

3. Ontario Launches JobsNow, welfare-to-work project - April 20
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

McGuinty Government Launches Innovative Pilot To Help People Leave Welfare For Work:
JobsNow Part Of Province's Plan To Restore Integrity To Social Assistance Programs

News Release
April 20, 2005
"TORONTO – The McGuinty government is launching an innovative pilot project that will help people move from working for welfare to working for a living, Minister of Community and Social Services Sandra Pupatello announced today. JobsNow will provide ongoing, individualized employment counselling, job placement and retention support to help people find jobs so that they can leave welfare for good. 'Social assistance recipients are not statistics – they are real people who want to work. It's time our welfare programs worked, too,' said Pupatello. 'Our plan will get thousands of people into the workforce, and that's good for our clients, our economy and our taxpayers.'"

Backgrounder

JobsNow Ontario
"JobsNow begins in April 2005 and continues to May 31, 2007, with a target of 12,000 participants referred to the JobsNow service."

Source:
Ministry of Community and Social Services

Related Links:

WCG International HR Solutions
WCG International will run the JobsNow pilot in six pilot communities in cooperation with municipal Ontario Works offices.

JobWave (WCG International)
"JobWave™ is the most successful employment program in the history of British Columbia, continually bringing innovation to the field of job placement."

Ontario should put JobsNow money into municipal employment services, not private company, CUPE says
April 20, 2005
"
TORONTO — The Ontario government should expand municipal and community-based employment services, not pay a private for-profit company to do the same work, says Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario President Sid Ryan."

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

4. New from Statistics Canada:
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2005
--- Federal Personal Income Tax: Slicing the Pie, 1990 to 2002
---Children and Youth as Victims of violent crime, 2003
--- Leading Indicators, March 2005

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

April 22, 2005
Consumer Price Index, March 2005
The 12-month increase in the Consumer Price Index went up to 2.3% in March from 2.1% in February, mostly under the influence of gasoline prices. This factor also explains most of the increase in the monthly change of the index.
Related Link:
Your Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1996) PDF file - 321K, 23 pages
"This publication was prepared for the general public interested in obtaining a brief non-technical introduction the Consumer Price Index (CPI). It poses and answers some of the more frequently asked questions relating to the construction, interpretation and use of this index."

April 22, 2005
Study: Federal Personal Income Tax: Slicing the Pie, 1990 to 2002
The one-tenth of Canadian taxfilers who were in the highest earnings bracket provided more than one-half of the revenue from federal personal income tax in 2002, according to a new study. In addition, their share of the tax pie has been increasing since 1990.
Related Link:
Federal Personal Income Tax : Slicing the Pie (PDF file - 211K, 11 pages)
April 2005

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
Guest Rant - by Richard Shillington:

"When I first received my daily e-mail from Statistics Canada announcing the personal income tax report, I was puzzled. 'The one-tenth of Canadian taxfilers who were in the highest earnings bracket provided more than one-half of the revenue from federal personal income tax in 2002, according to a new study. In addition, their share of the tax pie has been increasing since 1990.'

How could this be, I thought, when most of the tax cuts in the 1990s went to higher income taxpayers?

If you read the full report you find that in-fact... the highest decile enjoyed a significant increase in their share of income: from 31 to 35% of income.
The burden of income taxes fell because their tax rate fell. So they paid an increasing share of taxes based on an even bigger share of the total income pie.

Are the rich paying an increasing share or are they making out like bandits?
It will be interesting to see how the media pick and choose from these various possible interpretations of the data."

Go to Richard Shillington's website

For the record, here's what the Globe and Mail had to say about the StatCan study:
Canada's top 10% pay 52% of total tax bill - April 23

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More from Statistics Canada:

April 20, 2005
Children and youth as victims of violent crime, 2003
Children and youth are over represented as victims of sexual assaults. Although they represent only 21% of the population, 6 out of every 10 sexual assaults reported to police involved a child or youth under 18 years of age.

April 19, 2005
Leading indicators, March 2005
The Composite Index grew 0.2% in March, boosted by the export sector. The Index had hit its low when it stalled in November, coincident with the Canadian dollar hitting its recent high.

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

5. House of Commons Committee report on Gender-Based Analysis - April 20
(Standing Committee on the Status of Women)

Gender-Based Analysis: Building Blocks for Success
Report of the Standing Committee on Status of Women

Anita Neville, M.P., Chair
April 2005
- click on the link above to go to the Cover page of the report, then click the word "Next" in the top right or bottom left corner of each page until you reach the...
Table of Contents - incl. links to all chapter of the report

Gender Analysis of Policy: Time to do Business Differently
News Release
April 19, 2005
"
Today in Ottawa, Anita Neville, (Winnipeg South Centre), Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women released the Committee’s report, Gender-Based Analysis: Building Blocks for Success. This report was developed following intensive consultations with equality seeking organizations and federal government departments. In its report, the Committee outlines a comprehensive approach to ensure that gender-based analysis is carried out throughout the federal government."

Related Link:

Standing Committee on the Status of Women (House of Commons)

- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

6. Canadian Women's March Committee 2005 - Update for May 1- 7 events
(Canadian Women's March Committee)

The Canadian Women's March Committee 2005 - EVENT UPDATE for May 1st - 7th, 2005
"Exciting progress has been made by the Canadian Women March Committee to celebrate the reception of the Global Charter for Humanity. Events are planned in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton and Quebec City as the Charter travels across Canada. (...) The Charter was created and agreed upon by 6000 women's organizations world wide. It is based on 5 core values; equality, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace. It is a feminist vision of a world free of exploitation, poverty and violence. It was launched on March 8, 2005 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and will finish its global journey in Burkina Faso on October 17, 2005."

Schedule of Events - includes information about Women's March events in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton and Quebec City - and a contact name and coordinates for each location.
[From the website of DisAbled Womens Network - Ontario]

Source:
Canadian Women's March Committee (also in French & Spanish)
"The World March of Women is a movement composed of women’s groups of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, political and class backgrounds, and different ages and sexual orientation. Far from dividing us, this diversity unites us in greater, more far-reaching solidarity.
In 2000, as part of the World March of Women, we wrote a political platform containing 17 practical demands for the elimination of poverty throughout the world, wealth sharing, the eradication of violence against women and the respect of women’s physical and moral integrity. We transmitted these demands to the leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations. We received not even one concrete response. We also transmitted these demands to elected officials and leaders in our countries. Ever since, we have ceaselessly continued to defend our demands. We are proposing alternatives to build another world. We are active in the world’s social movements and in our societies. We are furthering the thinking about women’s place in the world and the place we should be occupying."

Women's Global Charter for Humanity
Adopted on December 10, 2004, in Kigali (Rwanda)
PDF version (126K, 5 pages)

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

7. 12th Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference : June 16-18, Fredericton
(Canadian Council on Social Development and University of New Brunswick)

12th Biennial Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference:
Forging Social Futures: Canadian and International Perspectives

A joint initiative of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Council on Social Development
June 16-18, 2005
Fredericton, New Brunswick
"This is an opportunity for scholars, analysts, policy makers and activists to share ideas about building equitable communities. The bilingual forum is a diverse mix of the practical and the theoretical. It will highlight what works, what doesn't work and what could work. Participants will come away with new information and ideas about how theories can be turned into responsive policies and programs. The conference will feature a mixture of keynotes, plenaries, workshops and roundtables to maximize opportunity for presentation and discussion. Most sessions are to be held at the Wu Conference Centre at the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick in the stimulating context of this bilingual and bicultural province."

General Information - travel to and accommodation in lovely downtown Fredericton
Program - last updated April 15
Registration - Register before May 9 to save $70 (delegates) or $30 (students)

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development
University of New Brunswick

Related Links:

11th Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference - It's Time to Act!
Ottawa, June 15-17, 2003

On a personal note:
I highly recommend the Social Welfare Policy Conference for anyone who involved with social research in Canada, whether you're from government, the non-governmental sector or university. I've attended 11 of the 12 events myself, starting in 1982, and I'll be attending this one. See ya there!

Other [selected] upcoming conferences (see the conferences page for details):

Canadian Conference on Homelessness
May 17-20 --- Toronto

Protecting children, helping adults: Bringing two worlds closer together
6th National Child Welfare Symposium
May 26-27 --- Montreal

CANADA: Researching Resilience in Children and Youth
June 15-17 - Halifax

CUexpo2005 - Community-University Research Partnerships:
Leaders in Urban Change

September 15-18 --- Winnipeg

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

8. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - April 22
( University of Toronto)

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

22-April-05

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WHATS NEW
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>> OECD Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care: France reports
Background report and country note from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development discuss ECEC policy in France.

>> Keeping our eyes on the prize
Pre-election fact sheet from the Child Care Advocacy Forum outlines their agenda for meeting the child care needs of BC’s children from birth to 12 years of age.

>> Care Architecture project
Ongoing research project by the Danish National Institute for Social Research is a cross-national comparison of care packages in eight European countries.

>> Early childhood education for all: A wise investment
Report from Legal Momentum’s Family Initiative & MIT Workplace Center (US) “brings together the work of leading economists” to review the benefits of universal ECEC for society.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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Click! Franchises for chicken and children [CA-AB]
Martha’s Monthly, 21 Apr 05
In spite of the federal government's $5 Billion commitment to a national child care strategy, the Alberta Government has already indicated that it will not be participating, arguing that national standards mean a “lack of choice” for parents.

Group wants women's issues on agendas [CA-BC]
Kamloops Daily News, 20 Apr 05
A group of Kamloops women calling themselves the 52% Coalition are demanding that issues affecting women be part of the provincial election agenda.

SEIU to represent daycare workers [US-IL]
Associated Press, 20 Apr 05
The Service Employees International Union declared victory Thursday in an election to decide if it would represent 49,000 Illinois state-subsidized child care workers.

Child care industry proves big business [US]
Boston Globe, 19 Apr 05
Early childhood education in the U.S is big business. That's one of the conclusions in a report released yesterday by the MIT Workplace Center and the Family Initiative of Legal Momentum, a nonprofit child care advocacy group.

Noel Young had vision for daycare [CA]
Toronto Star, 18 Apr 05
A playful, joyful giant of a man, Noel Young dedicated his life to children, their care and their welfare. His vision was a seamless school day for children, in which they could go to one place for school and daycare. He was a founding member of the School Age Care Association of Ontario and the author of a 1994 book Caring for Play: The School and Child Care Connection. Noel died March 8 at age 51.

Filipino MPs demand inquiry in Canada on 'modern-day slaves' [PH]
Asian Pacific Post, 7 Apr 05
Six MPs from the Philippines House of Representatives are seeking an inquiry into alleged abuses committed against Filipina caregivers in Canada.

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More Important CRRU Links

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

Also from CRRU:

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

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

9. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- April 21
, 2005

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

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

April 21, 2005
Compiled by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and distributed Mondays and Thursdays


Today's subjects include: Early Childhood Education Report // No Child Left Behind Act // Medicaid Reform - Opinion // Child Support System - Minnesota // Medical Assistance Program - Milwaukee, WI // Medicaid - Michigan, Iowa, Washington, Maine, New Hampshire, Florida // Health Care For Low-Income Families - Minnesota // Health Care Program - Tennessee // Social Services Cuts - Minnesota // Minimum Wage - Wisconsin // Matching Savings Program - Wisconsin // Early Childhood Education - Seattle, WA // Homelessness - Minnesota, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

- April 14, 2005
- April 7, 2005
- March 31
- March 24
- March 17
- oops, accidentally deleted. Sorry

- 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

10. U.S. - Individual Development Accounts - March 2005
(Brookings Institution)

Individual Development Accounts: Policies to Build Savings and Assets for the Poor
March 2005
by Ray Boshara
"Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)—matched savings accounts for low-income households—are a relatively new means of improving the lives of the poor. Advocates of IDAs argue that those with assets are more economically secure, have more options in life, and can pass on status and opportunities to future generations. They further argue that assets have positive social, psychological, and civic effects that are independent of the effects of income."
Source:
Brookings Institution

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

11. From the U.S. Department of Labor:
- A Profile of the Working Poor - March 2005
- Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2004 - April 2005

A Profile of the Working Poor, 2003 (PDF file - 75K, 14 pages)
March 2005
Released April 4, 2005
"In 2003, 35.9 million people, 12.5 percent of the population, lived at or below the official poverty threshold—1.3 million more than in 2002. Although the Nation’s poor were primarily children and adults who were not in the labor force, 1 in every 5, or 7.4 million individuals, were classified as “working poor.” This level was about the same as in 2002. The working poor are those who spent at least 27 weeks in the labor force (working or looking for work), but whose incomes fell below the official poverty threshold. The working-poor rate—the ratio of the working poor to all individuals in the labor force for at least 27 weeks—was 5.3 percent, unchanged from the rate reported in 2002."
Source:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
[ U.S. Department of Labor ]

Also from the Bureau of Statistics:

Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2004
April 5, 2005
- incl. 10 tables with characteristics of minimum wage workers in 2004 ("Employed wage and salary workers paid hourly rates with earnings at or below the prevailing Federal minimum wage, 2004 annual averages: 1. by selected characteristics 2. by census region and division 3. by State 4. by major occupation group 5. by major industry group 6. by educational attainment 7. by age and sex 8. by marital status, age, and sex 9. by usual hours worked per week 10. by sex (1979-2004 annual averages)

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

12. The latest on the Wal-Mart juggernaut (Maryland, U.S) - April 2005

New Group Targets Wal-Mart
April 9, 2005
"Five Stones, a new non-profit organization working to reform the business practices of retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said this week it is launching an initiative to build upon and expand the recent vote by the Maryland legislature to force Wal-Mart to boost spending on health care for its employees. The Maryland bill mandates that Wal-Mart, with more than 10,000 Maryland employees, spend at least 8 percent of its payroll on health care. The bill was spearheaded by Maryland for Health Care and a statewide coalition of more than 1,000 groups representing the health, business and community interests of Maryland citizens. Five Stones said it plans to distribute copies of the Maryland legislation to every state legislator in all 50 states. The group also plans to help enact similar legislation in statehouses nationwide, it said.
Five Stones is based in Washington and is the advocacy arm for the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics, a spokeswoman said."
[NOTE: The Center for Community and Corporate Ethics is headed by former director of the Democratic Party's Senatorial Campaign Committee Andy Grossman.]

Source:
The Morning News (Fayetteville, Arkansas)


WalmartWatch.com
- “To fight Wal-Mart on the streets, in the media, and in the customer’s mind!”
The goal of WalmartWatch is to serve as a virtual meeting place, research hub and strategic “war room” for the growing Wal-Mart reform effort. The Center for Community & Corporate Ethics is formed as a 501c(3) organization and will operate WalmartWatch.com from an affiliated 501c(4) organization, Five Stones.
- incl. links to : About Us * Research Library * Press Releases * Blog * Wal-Mart in the News * Contact Us

Research Library - links to almost two dozen online resources...

Rollback Wal-Mart Campaign
"...fueling a national conversation about the affect the irresponsible corporate behemoth has on our economy. Our goal is to spread the truth about Wal-Mart’s countless abuses on their employees, suppliers, and the communities they do business in."

Full-page New York Times piece (PDF file - 507K, 1 page)

Related Links:

Sweet Victory: Maryland Stands Up To Wal-Mart
April 15, 2005
"With the federal government content to let Wal-Mart run amok, it has been left up to the states to protect workers from the retail behemoth's excesses. This past Saturday, April 9, Maryland showed America's largest corporation who's boss. Maryland's House of Delegates voted 82 to 48 to approve a bill that would require all businesses in the state with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health benefits for workers (or, alternatively, donate the funds to the state's Medicaid program).
[You might call this targeted legislation --- Wal-Mart has 15,000 employees in Maryland, and it is the only company affected by the new law.]

Wal-Mart Critics Launch National Ad Campaign
April 20, 2005
"CHICAGO (Reuters) - An organization opposed to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. took out a full-page newspaper advertisement on Wednesday that accuses the world's biggest retailer of costing U.S. taxpayers some $1.6 billion a year. The ad, which appeared in The New York Times, says Wal-Mart's low pay and benefits forced tens of thousands of employees to seek government aid in the form of Medicaid, food stamps and housing assistance."
Source:
The Nation.com (
"Unconventional Wisdom Since 1865")

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

13. Launch of World Development Indicators 2005 Report - April 17
(The World Bank Group)

Launch of World Development Indicators 2005 Report
World Bank Report Urges Faster Progress In Reducing Child Deaths, Primary School Enrollments – Particularly Among Girls
Press Release
April 17, 2005
"WASHINGTON—Five years after the Millennium Declaration, many countries have made progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but many more lag behind. Faster progress is needed in reducing maternal and child deaths, boosting primary school enrolments, and removing obstacles to greater numbers of girls going to school, according to the World Bank’s latest World Development Indicators (WDI) 2005."

World Development Indicators 2005
"The 2005 WDI includes more than 800 indicators in 83 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. Data are shown for 152 economies with populations of more than 1 million and 14 country groups, plus selected indicators for 56 other smaller economies. Indicators are shown for the most recent year or period for which data are available and, in most tables, for an earlier year or period (usually 1990 in this edition)."
- incl. links to ordering information the full text online (free) the press release, time series database access and more

WDI 2005 full text

Source:
The World Bank Group

- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm
- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm



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Cliff Claven-isms (from Cheers!)
http://www.concentric.net/~leetoma/humor-cliffie.htm

If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life".

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been over-mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.