Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 24, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,563 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. Ontario Budget 2012 Committee Hearings (June 6 to 12, 2012 - Toronto) : Transcripts
2. Social Assistance Recipients in Ontario - (analysis by John Stapleton) - June 19
3. Parliamentarians Want Action on Poverty (Huffington Post Canada) - June 22
4. Loss of emergency housing benefit will increase homelessness in Ontario, activists say (Toronto Star) - June 22
5. SPAR (Social Policy Analysis & Research) Monitor bulletin #83 (City of Toronto Social Policy Analysis & Research) - June 22
6. Harper Government™ takes further action to strengthen Canada's housing market (Finance Canada) - June 21
7. National Aboriginal Day : June 21 - Share in the Celebration!
8. [British Columbia] June 2012 E-Newsletter ( BC Poverty Reduction Coalition)
9. Poverty Progress Profiles (Canada Without Poverty) - May 2012
10. From Citizens for Public Justice:
--- Proposed Employment Insurance reforms miss the mark
- June 19
--- Income Security System Failing Working Age Adults - May 16
11. Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act PASSED by the House of Commons (Finance Canada) - June 18
12. R.I.P. StatCan Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (Miles Corak and Andrew Jackson) - June 18
13. [Ontario] Social Assistance Update - June 2012 (Your Legal Rights) - June 13
14.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2012 - June 22
--- Study: The evolution of wealth over the life cycle, 1977 to 2005 - June 22
--- Employment Insurance, April 2012 - June 21
--- Study: Economic downturn and educational attainment, 2008 to 2011 - June 21
--- Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2012 - June 21
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2012 - June 20
--- Study: Impact of widowhood and divorce on income replacement among seniors, 1983 to 2007 - June 20
--- Health Reports, June 2012 - June 20
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011 - June 19
--- Income of Canadians, 2010 - June 18
--- Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) - 2010 Survey Overview + Electronic Data Dictionary - June 18
15. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

16. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
17. Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies [video] (TED Talks) - July 2011
18. [U.S.]Weakened Safety Net Devastates Families (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - June 20
19. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)
20. Rio+20

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Ontario Budget 2012 Committee Hearings (June 6 to 12, 2012 - Toronto) : Transcripts

Ontario Budget 2012 Committee Hearings : June 6 to 12, 2012 (Toronto)
Committee Transcripts from the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
Bill 55, Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2012
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_transcripts_current.do?ParlCommID=8957&locale=en
June 6-12, 2012

So how much is Premier Dalton McGuinty cutting from each ministry, and where is he cutting that funding?
See "How much is being cut" in the lower half of the yellow box below.

NOTE:
Welcome to the arcane world of government committee hearings, deputations, evidence and transcripts. The transcript links below will take you to verbatim proceedings from hearings on Ontario's Bill 55, the budget implementation act. Each day's transcript contains perspectives and insights that I guarantee you won't find anywhere else from dozens of diverse sources. The trick is finding out when and where these transcripts are posted online (hence my use of the word "arcane" earlier in this paragraph). In this case, I wish to thank my friend John Stapleton for alerting me to the recent posting of these transcripts. [Click the June 6 link below to read the text of John's ten-minute presentation on the erosion of Ontario social assistance rates since the mid-1990s]. I should note, for the benefit of anyone who isn't familiar with Ontario's Bill 55, that it's been likened to the federal omnibus Bill C-38, in that it was far broader than a mere budget implementation bill. Because Bill 55 touches upon so many areas of life in Ontario, presentations to the Committee were made by a diverse range of individuals and groups, from the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association to the Ontario Health Coalition, the Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (to mention but a few of the interests represented at this Committee table on the first day only). Look for the precious nuggets of information interspersed throughout these presentations...

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Context : Text of Bill 55
and related backgrounders:

Bill 55, An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact and amend various Acts
http://goo.gl/pi1bm

Backgrounders:

* Balancing the Budget
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk3.html

* Ontario's Economic Outlook and Fiscal Plan
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk1.html

* Public Sector Compensation
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk2.html

* A Fair and Efficient Drug System
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk4.html

Source:
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
[
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/home.do ]

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How much is being cut, and where?

Addendum to the 2012 Ontario Budget:
Report on Expense Management Measures
(PDF - 1.8MB, 56 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/addendum.pdf
This “Report on Expense Management Measures” provides a detailed list of expense management measures totalling $4.9 billion in savings planned over the next three years. As noted in the 2012 Budget, these savings are planned through removing overlap and duplication, more efficient and effective delivery models, and focusing on core business.

The expense management measures in this Report are grouped under three categories:
(1) Removing Overlap and Duplication
(2)More Efficient and Effective Delivery Models
(3) Focusing on Core Business
Source:
Ontario Ministry of Finance
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/

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Daily transcripts:

June 6, 2012
http://goo.gl/ceqac
Selected presenters:
* Trillium Energy Alliance Inc.
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Mr. John Stapleton
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London Health Coalition
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Greenpeace Canada
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Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
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Mr. Paul Hellyer
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Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
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Canadian Pensioners Concerned Inc., Ontario division
* Ontario Hospital Association
* Ontario Federation of Labour
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Canadian Union of Public Employees
* more...

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June 7, 2012
http://goo.gl/kbu8w
Selected presenters:
* Ecojustice
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Ontario Nature
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Income Security Advocacy Centre; Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
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Civil Rights in Public Education
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Ontario Municipal Social Services Association
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Doctors for Fair Taxation
* Ms. Liz Rykert
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Wellesley Institute
* more...

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June 8, 2012
http://goo.gl/tnpjN
Presenters:
* Chatham-Kent Health Coalition
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College Student Alliance
* Council of Ontario Universities
*
Earthroots

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June 11, 2012
http://goo.gl/Ng89B
Selected presenters:
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Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario
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Ontario Nonprofit Network
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North Shore Tribal Council
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College of Early Childhood Educators
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Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
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Ontario Community Support Association
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City of Kingston
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Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
* more...

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June 12, 2012
http://goo.gl/yQRC5
Selected presenters:
* Quality Early Learning Network
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Association of Municipalities of Ontario
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Chiefs of Ontario
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Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians
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Ontario Nurses’ Association
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Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations
* more...

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

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

2. Social Assistance Recipients in Ontario (analysis)- June 19
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

Social Assistance Recipients in Ontario
http://openpolicyontario.com/social-assistance-recipients-in-ontario/
June 19, 2012
This monthly analysis by John Stapleton looks at the number of Ontarians who are receiving assistance under the Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works, the province's two social assistance programs. This month's analysis includes links to both programs' latest statistics and to a longitudinal file that will interest Ontario social researchers : it's an Excel file that contains rates of dependency on (aka, the number of households receiving benefits under) Unemployment Insurance (renamed Employment Insurance in 1996) and provincial welfare programs from 1981 right up to April 2012. There's also a small PDF file that compares the before and after tax incomes of three people ( a single, a lone parent with one child and a lone parent with two children).

Source:
Open Policy
- John Stapleton's website
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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

3. Parliamentarians Want Action on Poverty - June 22
(Huffington Post Canada)

From
Huffington Post Canada:

Parliamentarians Want Action on Poverty
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/megan-yarema/poverty-canada_b_1619008.html
June 22, 2012
By Megan Yarema
Poverty costs society in terms of lost human capital and money spent on health care, criminal justice systems, and other social services. It is also a violation of economic and social rights and is an affront to dignity. Change requires action, and last week members of the federal government came together to demand just that. On June 12 a number of parliamentarians gathered to announce the launch of a federal poverty caucus, including co-chair Senator Art Eggleton, the co-author of "In from the Margins," a report on housing and homelessness released in 2009 [ http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/402/citi/rep/rep02dec09-e.pdf ]. "Poverty is not benign. It affects us all. It costs us all," he noted as he addressed a crowd that included social justice organizations and members of parliament. Partisan politics are to be set aside in the new All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus as Senator Eggleton (Liberal) is joined by co-chairs the Hon. Michael Chong, Conservative MP, and Jean Crowder, New Democrat MP, with Rev. Don Meredith, Conservative Senator, acting as Treasurer. Canada Without Poverty helped to catalyze the formation of this bi-partisan caucus now boasting 45 members from all political parties.
(...)
The launch of the caucus is timely considering that Statistics Canada released their annual look at incomes in Canada this week and exposed the reality that poverty remained unchanged between 2009 and 2010. A two-year delay means that this is the most recent information on the low-income population from the government.
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Vulnerable populations, along with civil society groups, have been calling for action on poverty issues for years with academic reports, statistics, and first voice stories adding weight to the cry for change. Yet little has been done and many disparate views on solutions remain prevalent in the House of Commons.
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Offering hope for progress on poverty at the federal government level, the caucus is a strong step in the right direction, and has been formed independently by concerned government members. Meetings of the caucus will officially begin in the fall, and all parliamentarians are welcome. Recruits should bring a sense of justice, an open mind, and a desire to offer Canadians a life free from poverty.

[ Megan Yarema is with Canada Without Poverty : http://www.cwp-csp.ca/ ]

Source:
Huffington Post Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

4. Loss of emergency housing benefit will increase homelessness in Ontario, activists say- June 22
(Toronto Star)

Loss of emergency housing benefit will increase homelessness in Ontario, activists say
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1215892
June 22, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
More vulnerable Ontarians will be pushed into homelessness if Queen’s Park axes a $114 million benefit that helps people on welfare pay emergency housing costs, warn social activists and municipalities.
“This benefit is used to keep people housed who are having difficulty for all kinds of reasons,” said Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre, a provincial legal clinic that supports people on social assistance. “There is no doubt that homelessness will increase as a result of this move.”

Under the Liberal budget approved this week, the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit will end January 2013. The mandatory program, delivered through the welfare system, provides up to $799 for a single person and up to $1,500 for a family. It is available every two years and can be used on a wide variety of housing-related expenses including rent and utility arrears, first and last month’s rent, furniture or other household items.

Almost 200,000 singles and families on social assistance rely on the benefit annually. In its place, the Liberals are allocating $63 million — about half of what they spent on the benefit last year — to a new housing and homelessness program to be run by municipalities.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

5. SPAR (Social Policy Analysis & Research) Monitor bulletin #83- June 22
(City of Toronto Social Policy Analysis & Research)

From
the City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information. Its purpose is to
promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : June 20, 2012 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_83.pdf

Table of contents for this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)

Ø Immigrants and the Toronto Food Services and Accommodation Services Sectors
Ø State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons
Ø Hospital Care for All
Ø Wage Growth over the Past 30 Years: Changing Wages by Age and Education
Ø Policing Newcomers in Small and Medium Sized Cities in Ontario: Policy, Training and Practice
Ø The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program
Ø Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
- this link takes you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this site.

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

6. Harper Government™ takes further action to strengthen Canada's housing market - June 21
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government™ takes further action to strengthen Canada's housing market
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-070-eng.asp
June 21, 2012
As part of the Government’s continuous efforts to strengthen Canada’s housing finance system, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced further adjustments to the rules for government-backed insured mortgages.
(...)
The Government is announcing four measures for new government-backed insured mortgages with loan-to-value ratios of more than 80 per cent:

1. Reduce the maximum amortization period to 25 years from 30 years. This will reduce the total interest payments Canadian families make on their mortgages, helping them build up equity in their homes more quickly and pay off their mortgages sooner. The maximum amortization period was set at 35 years in 2008 and further reduced to 30 years in 2011.
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2. Lower the maximum amount Canadians can borrow when refinancing to 80 per cent from 85 per cent of the value of their homes. This will promote saving through home ownership and encourage homeowners to prudently manage borrowings against their homes.
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3. Fix the maximum gross debt service ratio at 39 per cent and the maximum total debt service ratio at 44 per cent. This will better protect Canadian households that may be vulnerable to economic shocks or an increase in interest rates.
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4. Limit the availability of government-backed insured mortgages to homes with a purchase price of less than $1 million.

Minister Flaherty said the new rules will take effect on July 9, 2012.

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Related Documents:

Backgrounder: Supporting the Long-Term Stability of Canada’s Housing Market
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/data/12-070_1-eng.asp

Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/data/12-070_2-eng.asp

Source:
Finance Canada

http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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Related links:

Deflating Housing Bubble Risks Recession
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/06/22/deflating-housing-bubble-riskes-recession/
June 22, 2012
By Andrew Jackson
Seen in isolation, Finance Minister Flaherty probably did the right thing yesterday in seeking to safely deflate the housing bubble and lower the dangerous growth of household credit to a record level as a share of household income.
But he did it very late in the game, and risks tipping an already very fragile economy into recession if he and the provincial governments do not ease up on fiscal austerity.

The government is dropping the maximum amortization period for CMHC insured mortgages from 30 years to 25 years, lowering the percentage of household income which is taken up to service an insured mortgage, lowering the maximum amount of insured mortgages to below $1 Million, and limiting the amount of home equity that can be withdrawn when refinancing. The major impact is expected to be to lower demand for new mortgages for first-time buyers, which will take some steam out of an already slowing housing market, especially the condo market.

[Author Andrew Jackson is Chief Economist with the Canadian Labour Congress - http://canadianlabour.ca/ ]

Source:
Behind the Numbers
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/

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

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Federal government tightens mortgage terms
http://www.theprovince.com/business/Federal+government+tightens+mortgage+terms/6817982/story.html
By Jason Fekete
June 21, 2012
OTTAWA — The federal government is moving once again to tighten mortgage-lending rules amid lingering concerns about an overheated housing market and rising household debt levels. In a decision called for by some of the big banks — and one that's expected to soften housing prices — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced Thursday the federal government is reducing the maximum amortization period for a government-insured mortgage to 25 years from 30 years. It's the third time the Harper government has reduced the maximum amortization period in the last four years, after it initially increased the lengths of mortgage terms to make it easier for Canadians to purchase homes.

Source:
The Province (Vancouver)
http://www.theprovince.com/

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

7. National Aboriginal Day
June 21 - Share in the Celebration!

National Aboriginal Day
June 21 - Share in the Celebration!
http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248
On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast. June 21st kick starts the 11 days of Celebrate Canada! which includes National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)!

NOTE : Click the link above, then scroll down the page for links to the following:
* Backgrounder
* Frequently Asked Questions
* Social Media Tools
* Contact Information
* Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR)
* Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival

Source:
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100010002

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From : Stephen Harper
To : Aboriginal Groups

SUBJECT : Happy Aboriginal Day!
And, by the way, we're cutting federal funding to the First Nations Statistical Institute, the National Aboriginal Health Organization and the National Centre for First Nations Governance. Oh, and the health promotion programming and research capacity of key organizations like the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Native Women’s Association of Canada, have also been scaled back following federal cuts.
Have a nice day.

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Aboriginal people file hundreds of human rights complaints
162 complaints filed against First Nations governments, 150 filed against federal government
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/06/18/aboriginal-human-rights-complaints.html
June 18, 2012
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has received more than 300 complaints from aboriginal people and First Nations groups since 2008, when legislation was changed to allow the commission to look at issues such as reserve housing and federal funding for reserve services
Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

8. [British Columbia] June 2012 E-Newsletter
( BC Poverty Reduction Coalition)

British Columbia
June 2012 E-Newsletter : BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
http://goo.gl/ZLrms
Contents:
* BC Welfare Changes
* BC still has the Highest Poverty Rate in Canada
* Cost of Poverty Panel, June 26
* Queer and Transgender Poverty
* Other News and Resources: Fair Taxation - New Poverty Progress Profiles - Federal Good News

Source:
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/

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

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

9. Poverty Progress Profiles - May 2012
(Canada Without Poverty)

So how's that poverty reduction thing going, you ask?
Canada Without Poverty recently posted this summary of provincial and territorial poverty reduction initiatives on its website.
Recommended reading!

Poverty Progress Profiles
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/poverty/poverty-progress-profiles/
May 2012
Canada Without Poverty has compiled Poverty Progress Profiles for 2012 which look at the current status of poverty, plan development and implementation or organizational appeals for a plan, and details on specific thematic areas related to poverty (such as housing, welfare, employment support, and early childhood education and care). A coordinated plan marks the first step towards poverty elimination, but without committed action and implementation that goal cannot be achieved.

Source:
Canada Without Poverty

http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

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

10. From Citizens for Public Justice:
--- Proposed Employment Insurance reforms miss the mark
- June 19
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Income Security System Failing Working Age Adults - May 16

From Citizens for Public Justice:

Proposed Employment Insurance reforms miss the mark
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/proposed-ei-reforms-miss-mark
June 19, 2012
By Simon Lewchuk

After the all-night 22-hour voting marathon in the House of Commons last week, Bill C-38, the federal government’s omnibus budget implementation bill (a.k.a. the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act) has swiftly passed 3rd reading in the House and expected to clear the Senate in the next few days. In addition to the highly publicized and controversial changes the bill will make to Old Age Security, the charitable sector, and environmental legislation, provisions in Bill C-38 will also allow for significant new reforms to Employment Insurance (EI). The message behind these reforms is loud and clear: if you’re able and available to work, don’t get too comfortable on the system.

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
http://www.cpj.ca/

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Income Security System Failing Working Age Adults
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/income-security-system-failing-working-age-adults
May 16, 2012
By Katherine Scott
(...) Employment Insurance was totally inadequate in responding to the 2008-09 recession: at the recession’s peak, only half of all unemployed Canadians were receiving benefits. Since then, the rate of EI coverage has declined again to the abysmal levels experienced through much of the last decade. Today, only 42% of unemployed Canadians are eligible for benefits. Instead of addressing the systemic failure of the EI system to respond to those in need, proposed changes will curtail access further. Employment Insurance isn’t the only program that is failing to meet the needs of Canadians. New research from John Stapleton for the Mowat Centre EI Task Force [ http://www.mowateitaskforce.ca/ ] documents the continuing failure of social assistance – our program of last resort – to extend support to those who need assistance most. Whereas in the past, the social assistance program acted as a stopgap in the EI system, far fewer people can now access the social assistance system – and the support on offer is much diminished.

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

11. Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act PASSED by the House of Commons - June 18
(Finance Canada)

Canada positioned for long-term success with passage of the
Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act by the House of Commons

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-069-eng.asp
News Release
June 18, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, applauded the House of Commons’ endorsement of Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, which contains key measures from Economic Action Plan 2012. “While our economy has performed relatively well during recent global economic turmoil, with the strongest record of job growth in the entire Group of Seven (G-7), Canada cannot be complacent,” said Minister Flaherty. “The global economy remains extremely fragile and challenges remain, as we see in ongoing events in Europe.”

The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act positions Canada for long-term success by:
* Improving Conditions for Business Investment
* Investing in Training, Infrastructure and Opportunity
* Supporting Families and Communities
* Ensuring Sustainable Social Programs and a Secure Retirement
* Responsible Management to Return to Balanced Budgets

The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act now moves to the Senate for review and debate.

Related Documents:

* The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act
http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=5524772&file=4

* Economic Action Plan 2012
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html

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

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- Go to the 2012 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm

12. R.I.P. StatCan Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics - June 18
(Miles Corak and Andrew Jackson)

Statistics Canada cuts long data short: another longitudinal survey is cancelled
http://milescorak.com/2012/06/18/statistics-canada-cuts-long-data-short-another-longitudinal-survey-is-cancelled/
June 18, 2012
The Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics died this morning. The notice was given quietly by Statistics Canada: “This is the last release of longitudinal data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics. Effective with next year’s release of 2011 data, only cross-sectional estimates will be available.” [ http://goo.gl/gm5cT ] A short, simple, and slightly obtuse, statement of a profound change for the user community and Canadians in general. (...) There is no doubt that Statistics Canada also recognizes the value of this survey, and others like it. But there are important challenges in managing the information derived from so-called “longitudinal surveys”, and Canadians might be wondering whether or not they are being sold short.
(...)
Statistics Canada is proposing to stop the longitudinal dimension of SLID, but to continue using parts of the questionnaire as a cross-sectional survey. As such it will retain the capacity to calculate poverty rates, but only retain a much more limited capacity to explain how long they are, what causes them to start or end, how many people experience income losses or gains.

Source:
Economics for public policy
Miles Corak writes on economics that matters
http://milescorak.com/

Related link:

In Memoriam: Perspectives on Labour and Income
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/06/19/in-memoriam-perspectives-on-labour-and-income/
June 19, 2012
By Andrew Jackson
Another sad tombstone to the shrinkage of information for informed social and economic policy – Statscan has decided to discontinue “Perspectives on Labour and Income” in both print and online format. For as long as I can remember, Perspectives reliably provided a firm empirical base for policy debate on key labour market and income issues - everything from rising income and wealth inequality, to changes in the quality of jobs, to the relation between changes in households and labour markets, to the state of pensions.

The published studies were accessible, scrupulously impartial, and encouraged other researchers to dig deeper into the data. Often, these studies were based on data not readily available to others (such as tax based records) and they helped improve the quality of the underlying surveys. (...) At a time when we are losing key sources of data – a reliable long form census, longitudinal surveys, the workplace survey – the loss of a regular source of Statscan analysis is especially troubling.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

13. [Ontario] Social Assistance Update - June 2012 - June 13
(
Your Legal Rights)

Social Assistance Update - June 2012 (PDF - 32K 2 pages)
http://goo.gl/y311S
June 13, 2012
The Social Assistance Update - June 2012 reports on important changes to ODSP and OW:

* Home Repair Benefit is ending, so apply by June 30, 2012
* Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) is ending, so apply before December 31, 2012
* Campaign to save the Home Repair and CSUMB
* Ontario Budget and Social Assistance
* Social Assistance Review
"... the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario has been conducting a major review of Ontario’s Social Assistance system.
The Commission has announced that its final report, which was due in June 2012, will be released in September 2012.
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Link to the Commission's website:
www.socialassistancereview.ca

[ Version française du site :
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/accueil?language=fr_FR&
]

Source:
Your Legal Rights

http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/

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

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2012 - June 22
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Study: The evolution of wealth over the life cycle, 1977 to 2005 - June 22
--- Employment Insurance, April 2012 - June 21
--- Study: Economic downturn and educational attainment, 2008 to 2011 - June 21
--- Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2012
- June 21
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2012
- June 20
--- Study: Impact of widowhood and divorce on income replacement among seniors, 1983 to 2007
- June 20
--- Health Reports, June 2012 - June 20
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011 - June 19
--- Income of Canadians, 2010
- June 18
--- Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) + Electronic Data Dictionary - 2010 Survey Overview
- June 18

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

June 22, 2012
Consumer Price Index, May 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120622/dq120622a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.2% in the 12 months to May, following a 2.0% increase in April. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index declined 0.2% in May.
- 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*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&lang=eng
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
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* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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

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

Related subjects:

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

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

June 22, 2012
Study: The evolution of wealth over the life cycle, 1977 to 2005
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120622/dq120622c-eng.htm
The net worth accumulated by Canadians as they reached their late 30s to early 50s varied little from one generation to another. However, the process by which individuals built their wealth differed between generations. This was because recent generations accumulated higher levels of both assets and debt than earlier ones. This study uses survey data covering the assets and debts of Canadians to follow the accumulation of wealth by several generations as they progress through the life cycle. The term 'wealth' refers to net worth, or net assets, expressed in 2010 constant dollars.

The study:

The evolution of wealth over the life cycle
By Amélie Lafrance and Sébastien LaRochelle-Côté
HTML version:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2012003/article/11690-eng.htm
PDF version (180K, 16 pages):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2012003/article/11690-eng.pdf
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TIP: If you're thinking of checking out the dozens of links to related studies and resources embedded in the text of this study, I'd recommend the HTML version, where you can click through to the related resources directly; in the PDF version, you have to copy each link and paste it into your browser to access the file.
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This study uses a series of cross-sectional surveys to estimate the wealth accumulation process from the young adult years (ages 28 to 34) to the near-retirement period (ages 56 to 62) for three successive cohorts of Canadians who entered adulthood in 1977, 1984 and 1999.

Table of contents of this study:
* The wealth accumulation process
* Wealth among young adults
* Evolution of wealth over the life cycle
* Debt-to-income and debt-to-assets ratio
* Dispersion measures
* Conclusion
* Imputing pension assets for the 1977 and 1984 samples
* Data source and definitions

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-001-X&lang=eng
This publication brings together and analyzes a wide range of labour and income data. Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income.
[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Household assets, debts and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=1989&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Household spending and savings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2180&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Household, family and personal income
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2812&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

June 21, 2012
Employment Insurance, April 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120621/dq120621b-eng.htm
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits decreased for the third consecutive month in April, down 28,600 (-5.3%) to 513,700.
- 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

Tables by subject: Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/ind01/l3_2621_2627-eng.htm?hili_none

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2621&lang=eng&more=0

* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&more=0

* Non-wage benefits
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&more=0

[ Earlier editions of this report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=73-002-X&chropg=1&lang=en ]

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

June 21, 2012
Study: Economic downturn and educational attainment, 2008 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120621/dq120621c-eng.htm
During the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, the decline in employment at the Canada level reflected mostly net employment losses among individuals with less than a high school diploma. From 2008 to 2009, the number of individuals without a high school diploma who held a job decreased 10.2%. Among those with a high school diploma or some non-completed postsecondary education as their highest level of education, net employment fell 3.6%.

Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-599-x/81-599-x2012009-eng.htm

Related subjects:

Children and youth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Labour market activities
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20006&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Education, training and learning
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1821&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Outcomes of education
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=3073&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

More education fact sheets:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=81-599-X&chropg=1&lang=eng

- Go to the Education Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

June 21, 2012
Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2012

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120621/dq120621f-eng.htm
Demographic estimates by province and territory for the first quarter are now available.

Canada's population estimates, January to March 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-002-x/91-002-x2012001-eng.htm
Table of contents:
Highlights
Analysis
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products
PDF version

Source:
Quarterly Demographic Estimates - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=91-002-X&lang=eng
This publication presents quarterly estimates of population for Canada, provinces and territories as well as statistics on the following components of population change: births, deaths, immigration, emigration, returning emigration, net temporary emigration, net non-permanent residents and interprovincial migration, the latter by origin and destination.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Ethnic diversity and immigration
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=30000&lang=eng&more=0

* Immigrants and non-permanent residents
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=30000&id=30004&lang=eng&more=0

* Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3867&lang=eng&more=0

More population stats:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm#population

June 20, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in March 2012 (preliminary data) (correction)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120620/dq120620a-eng.htm
There was an average of 248,000 job vacancies in the three-month period ending in March, an increase of 19,000 from the same period in 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.8 unemployed people, down from 6.5 in March 2011.

Related subjects:

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

Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Industries
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2623&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

June 20, 2012
Study: Impact of widowhood and divorce on income replacement among seniors, 1983 to 2007
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120620/dq120620b-eng.htm

The extent to which family income was maintained in old age—that is, income replacement—was lower among women who became divorced after age 55 than among those who became widowed after that age. However, both groups had lower income replacement rates than women who remained married.

June 20, 2012
Health Reports, June 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120620/dq120620c-eng.htm
The June 2012 online issue of Health Reports contains two articles.

"Prevalence and correlates of folic acid supplement use in Canada" investigates self-reported intake of supplements containing folic acid.

"Urban sprawl and its relationship with active transportation, physical activity and obesity in Canadian youth" examines associations between urban sprawl and active transportation, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and obesity in a large sample of Canadian youth residing in census metropolitan areas (CMAs).

Click the report link above to access these two articles.

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- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

June 19, 2012
Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120619/dq120619b-eng.htm
In 2011, 1 in 5 Canadians aged 12 and older (19.9%), or nearly 5.8 million people, smoked on an occasional or a daily basis, down from 25.9% in 2001. In addition to smoking trends, new survey data show other important shifts in the health and behaviour of the population. For example, fruit and vegetable consumption has declined for two consecutive years. More people were at least moderately active during their leisure time. The proportion of Canadians who reported height and weight that classified them as obese has held steady for two consecutive years.

Related subject:

Health in Canada
http://www4.statcan.gc.ca/health-sante/index-eng.htm

Health reports
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

June 18, 2012
Income of Canadians, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120618/dq120618b-eng.htm
Median after-tax income for families of two or more people amounted to $65,500 in 2010, virtually unchanged from 2009. This was the third consecutive year without significant change in after-tax income.
- includes links to three tables:
* Selected income concepts by main family types, 2009 and 2010
* Selected income concepts for economic families of two persons or more by province, 2010
* Percentage of persons in low income (1992 base after-tax income low income cut-offs)

Related link:

Income in Canada, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-202-x/75-202-x2010000-eng.htm
Income in Canada is an annual analytical report which summarizes the economic well-being of Canadians. It includes an extensive collection of income statistics, covering topics such as income distribution, income tax, government transfers, and low income back to 1976.
- Click the links in the left margin pf the page to access Highlights - Analysis - Tables - Figures - more...

Free access to CANSIM Series tables:
http://goo.gl/b8KFr

Source:
Income in Canada - Product main page*
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-202-X&lang=eng
The data prior to 1993 are drawn from the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). Beginning with 1998, the data are taken from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamnics (SLID). For the 1993 to 1997 period, estimates are based on a combined sample from SCF and SLID. Income in Canada provides a complete list of the tables and directions for getting started. It also contains links to the background information on the survey, including content and methodology, and other SLID data products and services.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues (back to 1998).

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- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

June 18, 2012
Low Income Lines, 2010-2011
HTML version:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75f0002m/75f0002m2012002-eng.htm
PDF version (436K, 38 pages):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75f0002m/75f0002m2012002-eng.pdf
NOTE : Includes detailed information on each of the three measures listed below.
In order to provide a holographic or complete picture of low income, Statistics Canada implements an approach that uses three complementary low income lines: the Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs), the Low Income Measures (LIMs) and the Market Basket Measure (MBM). While the first two lines were developed by Statistics Canada, the MBM is based on concepts developed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Though these measures differ from one another, they give a generally consistent picture of low income status over time. None of these measures is the best. Each contributes its own perspective and its own strengths to the study of low income, so that cumulatively, the three provide a better understanding of the phenomenon of low income as a whole. These measures are not measures of poverty, but strictly measures of low income. (bolding added for emphasis - see below)
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Click the links in the left sidebar of the
HTML version to access the following sections:

* Introduction
* Historical Revision of 2006 to 2009
* Low Income Cut-offs
* Low income measures
* Market Basket Measure (2008 base)
* Low income rate and low income gap ratio
* Tables and figure
* Annex
* Annual consumer price index
* References
* More information

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StatCan is religiously sticking to its script that "these measures are not measures of poverty, but strictly measures of low income."
In fact the agency has been consistently repeating that disclaimer since Ivan Fellegi, a former Chief Statistician of Canada, posted the following edict on his agency's website in 1997:

"On poverty and low income" - by Ivan Fellegi (1997)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/13f0027x/13f0027x1999001-eng.htm
The Grand Fromage at StatCan in 1997, Ive Fellegi, explains why his agency's low income cut-offs should not be used as the "official" poverty line for Canada.

In the absence of a universally accepted poverty line, however, non-governmental groups have opted to consider LICOs as a proxy for poverty.

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

June 18, 2012
Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) - 2010 Survey Overview

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75f0011x/75f0011x2012001-eng.htm
* Survey objectives
* What's new?
* Survey design
* Household relationships
* SLID: a longitudinal survey
* Computer-assisted telephone interviewing
* more links in the left margin...

Source:
Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) – A Survey Overview
- product main page*
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75F0011X&lang=eng
This overview for the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) provides information on the purpose, content, methodology and products and services pertaining to SLID. Its HTML, menu-driven format enables users to discover all main elements of the survey in one, easy-to-use document. This publication was designed for survey respondents, users of SLID data, researchers and analysts, and individuals who would like to learn more about the survey.
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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 (back to 1998).

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Related link:

Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics Electronic Data Dictionary - Product main page*
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75F0026X&lang=eng
This electronic product provides information on all Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) variables, descriptions and response categories, and range of values.
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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 (back to 1998).
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Source:
The Daily

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

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

15. 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

June 24, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

A policy analysis of child care subsidies: Increasing quality, access, and affordability
http://goo.gl/1z2ck
20 Jun 2012 | United States
U.S. policy analysis of the child care subsidy system recommends a three phase approach to "increase funding to serve more families who need child care, build capacity and quality of the child care market, and provide a universal system of child care."

Action Alert! Sign on for a child care system in Canada
http://goo.gl/qUJwG
19 Jun 2012 | Canada
Action alert from the CCAAC is asking organizations to sign onto the 'Declaration for a Child Care System in Canada'. With this 1 minute action you can help build momentum by adding your organization to the list of endorsers for the Declaration.

The child's rights
http://goo.gl/wuRjn
19 Jun 2012 | British Columbia
Short video explores children's rights from a missing perspective - the children's.

Edleun Group, an Albertan company, is building a national network of for-profit child care centres
http://goo.gl/TfA1p
19 Jun 2012 | Alberta
Article from Alberta Venture magazine explores child care as a public good or private commodity through a discussion of Edleun, Canada's first publicly traded, corporate child care provider.

Foundations for quality: The independent review of early education and childcare qualifications
http://goo.gl/VNlC6
19 Jun 2012 | Europe
Final report from Cathy Nutbrown provides 19 recommendations to improve the ECEC workforce in England.

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

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

Childcare philosophy: 'Let kids be kids'
http://goo.gl/JtqUs
20 Jun 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Government report slams own child care plan
http://goo.gl/RNYhu
20 Jun 2012 | Europe

Qualifications for childcare roles slammed in review
http://goo.gl/il51R
19 Jun 2012 | Europe

Childcare review launched as nursery reforms urged
http://goo.gl/Iz3wZ
19 Jun 2012 | Europe

Child care: balancing quality and cost
http://goo.gl/WQdn4
19 Jun 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

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

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

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

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

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

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

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

16. 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:

June 22, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/22/
Food Insecurity - Mississippi
States Cut Aid Programs in Budgets - California, West Virginia

June 21, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/21/
Medicaid and Health Care Reform Law
African-American Unemployment - New York City
Payday Lending

June 20, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/20/
Civil Legal Assistance - New Jersey
Health Assistance Program
Food Deserts - Washington, D.C.

June 19, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/19/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Underemployment in the Recession

June 18, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/06/18/
Foster Care System - Atlanta
Medicaid and Affordable Care Act - Virginia

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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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

17. Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies (video) - July 2011
(TED Talks)



Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
(video duration : 16:55)
http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/en//id/1253
(Use this link if you wish to share the video presentation with someone)
Filmed July 2011• Posted October 2011

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

In "The Spirit Level," Richard Wilkinson charts data that proves societies that are more equal are healthier, happier societies.

Richard Wilkinson: Public health researcher (bio)
http://www.ted.com/speakers/richard_wilkinson.html

Source:
TED Talks

http://www.ted.com/

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

18. [U.S.]Weakened Safety Net Devastates Families - June 20
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Weakened Safety Net Devastates Families
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/weakened-safety-net-devastates-families/
June 20, 2012
A new Huffington Post article [ http://goo.gl/dYvVy ] starkly portrays TANF’s [ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - http://goo.gl/GsSJP ] failure to provide a safety net in Georgia. It vividly reminds us how important the safety net is to families in need – and the devastating consequences that can result when families who are desperately seeking help are turned away.
The situation in Georgia may seem extreme but, unfortunately, it’s not. TANF provides a weaker safety net across the country, as we described in a recent paper. In fact, our 50-state data showed that the ratio of families receiving TANF cash assistance to the number of families in poverty fell in every state between 1995 and 2010.
(...)
Congress will not likely reauthorize TANF this year but, as I’ve outlined before, Congress could make several changes that would improve the program in the short term and help to set the stage for next year’s deliberations — changes that would give states greater flexibility in administering TANF and increase the help they can provide to needy families.

Related Posts:

* Fixing Some of TANF’s Failures
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/fixing-some-of-tanfs-failures/

* TANF Weakening as a Safety Net
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tanf-weakening-as-a-safety-net/

* Full Series: Greenstein on the Safety Net
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/tag/greenstein-on-the-safety-net-series/

Source:
Off the Charts Blog
http://www.offthechartsblog.org/

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

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

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

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

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

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

20 June 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1281
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4281
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Sexual torture as a tool of war
- Children's right to (selected) information?
- Regulating children's conduct
- Good move, questionable move
- Citizens in every way but on paper
- Gender violence and justice
- High expectations for international justice
- Long-awaited cultural rights
- UN news
- In other news
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Viet Nam
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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

20. Rio+20

Rio+20 (BONUS for newsletter subscribers)

This week, the Scout Report from the University of Wisconsin offers six links to information about and from the Rio+20 international meeting on the environment. You remember that event, don't you? That's where Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent accused environmental groups in Canada of "promoting their own interests" [ http://goo.gl/QBwPi ] because they were critical of the Harper Government's environmental cuts. In my view, the interests of environmentalists are focused solidly on sound environmental policies that benefit Canadians. On the other hand, the Harper Government™ has a few interests of its own, and those tend to be far more ideologically-driven than the environmental "lobby"...

Regrettably, this site (Canadian Social Research Links) doesn't have an "Environmental Issues" page of links, because of resource constraints (there's only one person involved in this site and newsletter, and there are only 24 hours in a day). On a personal basis, however, I did find the links interesting enough to share them and the Scout Report commentary with Canadian Social Research Newsletter subscribers.
Gilles

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The Rio+20 event:
Before you start clicking any of the links below,
read the two-paragraph summary at the bottom - it briefly describes the content of each link below.

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Amidst global conflict and economic uncertainty, the Rio+20 meeting goes on
Rio Environment Meeting Focuses on 'Energy for All'
http://www.npr.org/2012/06/19/155294726/rio-environment-meeting-focuses-on-energy-for-all

Rio+20 Summit Overshadowed by Global Economy
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/world/americas/rio20-summit-overshadowed-by-global-economy.html

Major cities tackle climate change while Rio summit's outcome remains uncertain
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/major-cities-tackle-climate-change-while-rio-summits-outcome-remains-uncertain/2012/06/18/gJQAzSzrmV_story.html

Kazuhiko Takemoto: Rio 20: What Will Come Of It?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kazuhiko-takemoto/rio-20-what-will-come-of-_b_1604405.html

C40 Cities: Climate Leadership Group
http://www.c40cities.org/

Rio+20
http://www.uncsd2012.org/

This week, a large gathering of diplomats and activists are meeting in Rio de Janeiro to talk about how the Earth's growing population should address concerns about the planet's environment and resources. The summit is particularly noteworthy as it marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Earth Summit, which was also held in Rio. There are high hopes for the meeting, but some commentators remain skeptical given the very serious economic and political crises that are roiling counties around the world. A few notable individuals have declined to participate, including President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain. The hope is that the representatives present at the conference may be able to tackle very large questions, such as protecting the world's forests and fisheries, and encouraging agriculture that is gentler on the land. Some people are heartened by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which represents 59 cities around the world, including Los Angeles and Bogota. At the conference in Rio, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will publicly announce that four dozen of the world's largest cities have taken steps to cut 248 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020. [KMG]

The first link will take visitors to a radio report from NPR about the international summit in Rio. The second link leads to an article from this Monday's New York Times about the difficulties involved with having such a summit at this particular moment. Moving on, the third link will take interested parties to a piece from this Tuesday's Washington Post which talks about the partnership created by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The fourth link leads to a bit of commentary on the summit from Kazuhiko Takemoto, the senior advisor to the Japanese Minister of the Environment. The fifth link will take users to the homepage of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, where visitors can learn about their initiatives and current work. Finally, the last link will take users to the official homepage of the Rio+20 summit, complete with the agenda for the gathering and policy documents.

Source:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2012.
http://scout.wisc.edu/


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Non-cat people DON'T CLICK. You've been warned.

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