Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 24, 2011

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.

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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...



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Free Trade and military spending results in worsening poverty in Canada (The Canadian) - July 22
2. Soundbites e-Bulletin (Social Planning Toronto) - July 21
3. [British Columbia] Members of the Legislative Assembly duck welfare challenge (RaiseTheRates.org) - July 6
4. You Oughta Know: Canada's Income Gap, the Richest 20% vs the Poorest 20% (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - July 18
5. News releases from the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation - June 21, 22
6. Working in Canada - new federal government website
7. Ontario welfare review : $100 more --- to Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids?? (NOW Magazine) - July 21
8. Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973 --- but prison costs rise 86% under Harper Tories??? - July 19, 21
9. Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' (Chronicle of Higher Education) - May 15
10. The Experience of Homelessness Among Canadian Forces and Allied Forces Veterans - July 2011
11. New from Community Legal Education Ontario:
--- Housing and human rights in Ontario: How to fight for your rights - July 20
--- Human Rights and Housing in Ontario - July 20
12. 3M Health Leadership Award : Call for nominations (Health Nexus and 3M) - June 27
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, June 2011 - July 22
--- The wealth and finances of employed low-income families - July 22
--- Employment Insurance, May 2011
- July 21
--- Police-reported crime statistics, 2010 - July 21
--- Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2010 - July 20
--- Leading indicators, June 2011 - July 19
14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. [United States] The Family Independence Initiative : Thinking outside of the box to tackle poverty by investing in people's strengths
17. [U.S.] Information About Key Low-Income Benefit Programs (SNAP - TANF - Medicaid - Schip - child care) by state : 400+ links! (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - updated June 29, 2011
18. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. Free Trade and military spending results in worsening poverty in Canada - July 22
(The Canadian)

Free Trade and military spending results in worsening poverty in Canada
July 22, 2011
Because of Free Trade, government in Canada is abandoning vital public policies, i.e. "rent control" and budgetary expenditures in areas of vital social responsibility. Poverty has also worsened in Canada, as the Harper has escalated military expenditures to more than $20 billion dollars to support, in part, the development of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The Harper government is abandoning the vitality of our national identity as a socially progressive society with a relatively low poverty rate, in favour of an American model of expenditures associated with that country's greed-driven political-military-industrial complex.
Source:
The Canadian
The Canadian is an editorially independent and not-for-profit national newspaper. We are committed to affirming a sovereign Canada, by defending the national public interest via a critical approach to mass-media coverage.

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

2. Soundbites e-Bulletin - July 21
(Social Planning Toronto)

Soundbites e-Bulletin - July 21, 2011
Contents:
1. Core Service Review Suggests Eliminating or Reducing Community Grants
2. July 29 SPT Research and Policy Forum
3. SPT Member Forum on Social Assistance Review
4. Worth Repeating: A Poverty Free Ontario
5. News from our Partners
6. Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
7. About Social Planning Toronto
Source:
Social Planning Toronto

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

3. [British Columbia] Members of the Legislative Assembly duck welfare challenge - July 6
(RaiseTheRates.org)

British Columbia

Members of the Legislative Assembly duck welfare challenge
Media Release
July 6, 2011
Not a single one of BC’s 85 MLAs has agreed to take the MLA Welfare Challenge. "MLA's set the welfare rates. They should be willing to live on them," said Fraser Stuart, a Downtown Eastside resident. “If they can't live on what we get, how can we?”
Raise the Rates will return to the Challenge in September, when it will be clear whether there is a provincial election.
Source:
Raise the Rates
Raise the Rates is a coalition of over 20 organizations from around BC concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia and campaigns for policies that will end poverty.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

4. You Oughta Know: Canada's Income Gap, the Richest 20% vs the Poorest 20% - July 18
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

You Oughta Know: Canada's Income Gap,
the Richest 20% vs the Poorest 20%
(online slideshow)
July 18, 2011
The income gap between the rich and the rest of us has worsened over the past generation. In 2009, during the dark days of Canada's recession, the richest 20% of Canadians took home a whopping 44.2% of total after-tax income -- in stark contrast to the poorest 20% whose after-tax income share was only 4.9%. What did the gap look like in your province? This You Oughta Know slideshow tells the story.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

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

5. News releases from the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation - June 21, 22

Three releases from the
annual meeting of the Council of the Federation:

(That's the provincial and territorial Premiers only - no federal participation)

Council of the Federation tackles Health Sustainability
in preparation for discussions with the federal government
( PDF - 81K, 2 pages)
VANCOUVER, July 22, 2011
As in many countries around the world, Canada’s health care systems are facing increasing pressure as a result of changing demographics and more advanced treatments, as well as the evolving needs and expectations of its users.

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Premiers support national disaster mitigation funding program (PDF - 119K, 3 pages)
VANCOUVER, July 22, 2011
Premiers began their final day of meetings by discussing the natural disasters that Canada has experienced recently. Premiers also discussed the upcoming Investment Canada Act Review; the importance of citizens’ engagement, and announced a new online initiative to enhance the sharing of information on water quality and conservation.

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Premiers Focus on Families (PDF - 263K, 8 pages)
VANCOUVER, July 21, 2011
Premiers today lent their collective voice to emphasize the importance of families in the decisions their governments make and discussed how to address some of the many challenges Canadian families face. Premiers released a backgrounder showcasing some initiatives launched in their jurisdictions to promote wellness and stronger families.

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NOTE: there are more related news releases
on the Council's website (the next link below)

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Source:
Council of the Federation
On December 5, 2003, Canada’s Premiers proudly announced in Charlottetown the creation of the Council of the Federation. It is a new institution for a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations*. The Council of the Federation was created by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system. [ About Us ]

* COMMENT: I crack up every time I read the Council's About Us statement re. "...a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations". The Council of the Federation was set up by provincial-territorial Premiers *specifically* to exclude federal representation and to gang up on Stephen Harper's evidently uncollaborative federal government, notably on the subject of Medicare funding in Canada.
Gilles

Related link:

A primer on the premiers
July 22, 2011
By Susan Riley
Every summer about this time they emerge from obscurity to fill the news vacuum left by vacationing federal politicians. They are usually spotted near a luxury golf course - tieless, sporting bold checks and affecting an air of seasonal informality.
Source:
Ottawa Citizen

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- Go to the Council of the Federation Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/council_fed.htm

6. Working in Canada - new federal government website - July 2011

Working in Canada - new website July 2011
The Working in Canada Web site provides job seekers, workers and those who are new to the Canadian labour market with the information required to make informed decisions about where to live and work. The site can assist individuals who are searching for work or looking to make career decisions. WorkinginCanada.gc.ca is the Government of Canada's leading source for labour market information. It offers users, free and authoritative occupational and career information such as educational requirements, main duties, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends and outlooks.
[ About Working in Canada ]

- the home page includes links for:
* Job Seekers * Youth and Students * Older Workers * Aboriginal People * Newcomers * Researchers * Employers

* Find jobs, wages, qualifications and more!
Produce a detailed report based on an occupation and location of your choice.

More labour market and job information - this link takes you to a section of the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page of this site..

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- Go to the Labour Market and Job Information section of the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm#labour

7. Ontario welfare review : $100 more --- to Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids??- July 21
(NOW Magazine)

Pocketbook politics put a crimp
in bid to up cruel welfare rates

By Paul Weinberg
July 21, 2011
(...)
[In Ontario, social] assistance benefit] levels have been allowed to fall stunningly behind over the years: single people currently receive $592 a month, a living wage when Lester Pearson was prime minister. Singles on the Ontario Disability Support Program get $1,042. Problem is, don’t look for a discussion on rates in the upcoming election; the Liberals have neatly tucked the issue away in their social assistance review process. (...) But call it the Hudak factor: the Libs have crafted the review so that the final report isn’t due until June 2012, missing the election fracas by a country mile. And ...many in the policy community are unimpressed by the timing.
Source:
NOW Magazine (Toronto)

This article includes insights from University of Toronto policy analyst Ernie Lightman, policy analyst and former senior provincial civil servant John Stapleton, Daily Bread Food Bank Executive Director Gail Nyberg, consultant Peter Clutterbuck with the Social Planning Network of Ontario and NDP MPP Michael Prue.

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

8. Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973 --- but prison costs rise 86% under Harper Tories??? July 19, 21

Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973
July 21, 2011
Canada's crime rate is the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Statistics Canada, as the volume of crime dropped five per cent in 2010 from the year before. "The national crime rate has been falling steadily for the past 20 years and is now at its lowest level since 1973," Statistics Canada reported.
Source:
CBC News

Related links:

Police-reported crime statistics, 2010
July 21, 2011
The police-reported crime rate, which measures the overall volume of crime, continued its long-term downward trend in 2010, declining 5% from 2009. At the same time, the Crime Severity Index, which measures the severity of crime, fell 6%.

Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2010
By Shannon Brennan and Mia Dauvergne
HTML version
PDF version
(825K, 43 pages)
Table of contents:
* Police-reported crime reaches its lowest level since the early 1970's
* Crime rates and severity decline across most of the country
* Canada's largest metropolitan areas report declines in crime severity
* Violent crime
* Non-violent crime
* Youth crime
* Factors affecting police-reported crime statistics
[ including a link between unemployment rates and certain crime patterns, along with "an association between neighbourhood crime rates and access to socio-economic resources" - but the words "poverty" and "inequality" don't actually appear in the report. - Gilles].
* Summary
Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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Harper Government Logic:

If crime is decreasing,
that means we should build more prisons, right?

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Prison costs rise 86% under Harper Tories
July 19, 2011
By Jeff Davis
The cost of the federal prison system has risen 86% since the Harper government took over in 2006, government reports show. When the Conservatives came to power in 2005-06, Canada's federal corrections system cost nearly $1.6 billion per year, but the projected cost for 2011-12 has increased to $2.98 billion per year.
Source:
Canada.com

Related link:

2011–12 Part III - Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPP):
Correctional Service Canada

Source:
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

9. Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - May 15
(Chronicle of Higher Education)

"If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear."

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'
May 15, 2011
By Daniel J. Solove
When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they're not worried. "I've got nothing to hide," they declare. "Only if you're doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don't deserve to keep it private."
(...)
Commentators often attempt to refute the nothing-to-hide argument by pointing to things people want to hide. But the problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is the underlying assumption that privacy is about hiding bad things. By accepting this assumption, we concede far too much ground and invite an unproductive discussion about information that people would very likely want to hide. As the computer-security specialist Schneier aptly notes, the nothing-to-hide argument stems from a faulty "premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong."
(...)
The deeper problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is that it myopically views privacy as a form of secrecy. In contrast, understanding privacy as a plurality of related issues demonstrates that the disclosure of bad things is just one among many difficulties caused by government security measures.
(...)
Privacy is often threatened not by a single egregious act but by the slow accretion of a series of relatively minor acts.
(...)
Privacy is rarely lost in one fell swoop. It is usually eroded over time, little bits dissolving almost imperceptibly until we finally begin to notice how much is gone.

Source:
Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 70 writers, editors, and international correspondents. [ About the Chronicle ]

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

10. The Experience of Homelessness Among Canadian Forces and Allied Forces Veterans - July 2011

The Experience of Homelessness Among Canadian Forces and Allied Forces Veterans
By Susan Ray and Cheryl Forchuk
July 2011
Abstract
Complete report (PDF - 1,5MB, 55 pages)
Little is known about homelessness among Canadian Forces (CF) and Allied Forces (AF) Veterans. The purpose of this first national study was to understand the experience of homelessness among Veterans of the CF and AF, to discover the underlying causes of homelessness and to provide recommendations to improve services to Veterans.
Source:
Homeless Resource Center

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Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney
Receives Update on Homelessness Initiative

July 20, 2011
Toronto – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, visited with Veterans at the Good Shepherd Ministries in Toronto today to see first-hand the success of the Leave the Streets Behind program.
“Our government has been working hard to ensure homeless Veterans are getting the care and benefits they need and deserve,” said Minister Blaney. “Through our involvement in programs such as Leave the Streets Behind, we have been expanding our efforts across the country to reach out to our Veterans. We have been able to help approximately 40 Veterans through this project in Toronto and we will continue to move forward with our efforts to ensure that no Veteran is left behind.”
Source:
Veterans Affairs Canada

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

11. New from Community Legal Education Ontario:
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Housing and human rights in Ontario: How to fight for your rights - July 20
--- Human Rights and Housing in Ontario - July 20

Ontario

Housing and human rights in Ontario: How to fight for your rights
July 20, 2011
This video looks at human rights enforcement and provides introductory information on how to legally challenge housing discrimination in Ontario.

Human Rights and Housing in Ontario
July 20, 2011
This video has information on Ontario's Human Rights Code and how it applies to rental housing. It looks at what housing discrimination is, who is protected by the Code, and what rental practices are illegal.

Source:
CLEONet - Information to help you understand and exercise your legal rights in Ontario
CLEONet is a web site of legal information for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities. CLEONet has resources, news, events, and webinars produced by community organizations and legal clinics across Ontario. CLEONet is a project of CLEO and is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCE - well worth a visit!

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
CLEO is a community legal clinic, founded in 1974, that specializes in public legal education. CLEO is administered by a volunteer board of directors, and funded by Legal Aid Ontario and the Department of Justice Canada. Staff include lawyers, editors and support staff. Most of our publications are written for people with low incomes, and other disadvantaged groups, including immigrants and refugees, seniors, women and injured workers.

* CLEONet Services Map - find key legal and social services in your community [Ontario only]
* Resources - Legal information from community organizations across Ontario
* News & Events - Latest news and events about legal issues and law reform
* Webinars - Online public legal education workshops
Resources by legal topic:
* Abuse and Family Violence * Aboriginal Law * Consumer Law * Criminal Law * Education Law * Employment and Work * Environmental Law * Family Law * Health and Disability * Housing Law * Human Rights * Immigration and Refugee Law * Legal System * Social Assistance and Pensions * Wills and Estates

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

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

12. 3M Health Leadership Award : Call for nominations - June 27, 2011
(Health Nexus and 3M)

Call for Nominations : 3M Health Leadership Award (PDF - 137K, 1 page)
TORONTO, June 27
Nominations are invited for the new 3M Health Leadership Award presented by Health Nexus. The annual award will celebrate an individual who has demonstrated outstanding community leadership leading to the improved health of local residents

3M Health Leadership Award
[ Version française :
Prix 3M de leadership en santé
]
Do you know someone who has inspired others to change?
Do you know someone who leads by example?
Has this person helped improve the health of those in their community?
Are they working to address one or more of the social determinants of health?
Then nominate them for our award to highlight their exceptional leadership skills on a national level!

The 3M Health Leadership Award will recognize an outstanding community leader that has had an impact on the health of their community by addressing at least one of the social determinants of health (housing, food security, inclusion, education, income). In its inaugural year, this award will celebrate those who have enhanced their community through dedicated contribution and inspiring change. The award will recognize an individual from the non-profit sector who works outside of the formal health care field. Preference will be given to those who have not been previously recognized or celebrated on a national level.

- includes links to : * Home * Eligibility Criteria * How to Nominate * Panellists * Symposium * FAQs * Blog

Deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2011 12noon (EST).

Source:
Health Nexus

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

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, June 2011 - July 22
--- The wealth and finances of employed low-income families - July 22
--- Employment Insurance, May 2011
- July 21
--- Police-reported crime statistics, 2010 - July 21
--- Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2010 - July 20
--- Leading indicators, June 2011 -
July 19

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

July 22, 2011
Consumer Price Index, June 2011
Consumer prices rose 3.1% in the 12 months to June, primarily the result of higher prices for gasoline and food purchased from stores. This follows a 3.7% increase posted in May. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.4% in June.
- 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

Complete report for June 2011
* Highlights
* Briefing notes
* Analysis
* Tables
* Charts
* Data quality, concepts and methodology
* Appendices
* User information
* Related products
* PDF version (332K, 67 pages)

Source:
The Consumer Price Index - product main page*
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

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

July 22, 2011
Perspectives on Labour and Income, July 2011 online edition
The July 2011 online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income, released today, features one item.

The wealth and finances of employed low-income families
Highlights

Full article:
* HTML
* PDF (166K, 13 pages)
This study examines the financial situation of individuals living in low-income families with at least one employed family member compared to low-income families with no employed family members and employed non-low-income families. It presents new findings from the Canadian Financial Capability Survey on the level of net worth, assets and debts, financial security and retirement preparation of these groups.

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
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. ]

July 21, 2011
Employment Insurance, May 2011
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits decreased by 18,100 (-3.0%) in May to 577,300. This was the eighth consecutive monthly decline.
- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Related link:

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps, May 2011
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
- incl. Intro to maps + link to May 2011 maps [in the left margin]
Source:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps - Product main page*
Set of maps presenting Employment Insurance Statistics. The maps show the percentage change in the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs), using 2001 Census geography. Data are also shown in a tabular format.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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

July 21, 2011
Police-reported crime statistics, 2010
The police-reported crime rate, which measures the overall volume of crime, continued its long-term downward trend in 2010, declining 5% from 2009. At the same time, the Crime Severity Index, which measures the severity of crime, fell 6%.
- incl links to three tables:
* Police-reported crime for selected offences, Canada, 2010
* Police-reported crime severity indexes, by province and territory, 2010
* Police-reported crime severity indexes, by census metropolitan area, 2010

Related report:

Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2010
By Shannon Brennan and Mia Dauvergne
HTML version
PDF version
(825K, 43 pages)
Table of contents:
* Police-reported crime reaches its lowest level since the early 1970's
* Crime rates and severity decline across most of the country
* Canada's largest metropolitan areas report declines in crime severity
* Violent crime
* Non-violent crime
* Youth crime
* Factors affecting police-reported crime statistics
[ including a link between unemployment rates and certain crime patterns, along with "an association between neighbourhood crime rates and access to socio-economic resources" - but the words "poverty" and "inequality" don't actually appear in the report. - Gilles].
* Summary
* Data source
* Detailed data tables
* References
* Notes

Related subjects:
* Crime and justice
* Crimes and offences

Source:
Juristat - main product page*
This periodical is intended for those with an interest in Canada's justice system as well as those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects. It provides analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Five issues of Juristat are produced each year. Each issue contains several articles on variety of topics, including crime, homicide, the court system, and correctional 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
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July 20, 2011
Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2010
The Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, Statistics Canada's analysis of the components affecting the nation's population, is now available as a dynamic, Internet-only publication beginning today.

Chapters released today (July 20/11) on population growth, age and sex structure, fertility, mortality and migration contain detailed analysis, tables and figures about the latest trends.

- incl. demographic patterns at the national, provincial and sub-provincial levels, trends in population growth and the evolution of the various components of Canada's population growth — fertility, mortality and migration (interprovincial and international) — as well as marriage and divorce.

Source:
Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada - Product main page*
The Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada is an analysis of the demographic situation in Canada at the national, provincial and sub-provincial levels. The Report consists of two parts. The first one is devoted to a review of recent demographic trends occurring in Canada. Trends in population growth, aging, marriage and divorce, and the evolution of the various components of Canada's population growth - fertility, mortality, immigration and internal migrations - are presented, analyzed and discussed in order for the readers to be able to quickly understand the meaning and the impact of the numerous on-going changes. The second part of the Report features in-depth articles on current issues related to the Canadian population.
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* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:
* Population and demography

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For more population stat links, go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

July 19, 2011
Leading indicators, June 2011
The composite index rose 0.2% in June after a 0.8% gain in May. In June, 4 of the 10 components declined compared with none the month before

Related subjects:

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

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

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

July 24, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Making Space: Architecture and design for children and young people
20 Jul 2011
New publication from Children in Scotland expands on the Making Spaces 2010 international conference and architecture competition; "showcases examples of spaces across the world that will enhance the lives of the children, young people and communities using them."

A flying start? Maternity leave benefits and long run outcomes of children
20 Jul 2011
Discussion paper from the Institute for the Study of Labor looks at the impact of increasing maternity leave in Norway in 1977; found decrease in school dropouts and increase in wages amongst both mothers and now grown children.

Quality of early childhood development programs in global contexts:
Rationale for investment, conceptual framework and implications for equity

20 Jul 2011
Recent Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development "presents a conceptualization of quality across settings and systems and identifies implications for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers on how they can work together to measure, improve and sustain program quality."

Acrimony on acronyms
20 Jul 2011
Commentary from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy argues that the ubiquitous use of acronyms in social policy often makes it difficult to understand major arguments being presented for or against certain policy changes.

Documents from the City of Toronto Core Services Review
for the Standing Committee on Community Development and Recreation

13 Jul 2011
Consulting firm's report to the City of Toronto recommends cutting 2,000 child care subsidies, privatizing directly operated child care centres and eliminating quality assessments.

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Federal funds vital to social health
21 Jul 2011 Canada

Why giving standardized tests to young children is 'really dumb'
20 Jul 2011 United States

Groves 'skirted board at ABC' 20
Jul 2011 Australia and New Zealand

ABC Learning paid double market price
20 Jul 2011 Australia and New Zealand

Latest OECD figures confirm Canada as a public health laggard
20 Jul 2011 Canada

MORE Child care in the news

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CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

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

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

July 22:
US Unemployment
Child Abuse Prevention - Florida
Jobless Benefits - Wisconsin

July 21:
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
State Budget and Social Services - Minnesota
Neighborhoods and Access to Groceries
Unemployment Rate - Michigan

July 20:
Drought and Famine - Somalia
Economic Security of Seniors - Michigan

July 19:
Medicaid and Military Veterans
Extension of Jobless Benefits - Wisconsin
Health Expenses of Low-Income Seniors on Medicare

July 18:
Migrant Workers and Food Insecurity - Minnesota
Extended Jobless Benefits - Ohio

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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

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

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

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

16. [United States] The Family Independence Initiative:
Thinking outside of the box to tackle poverty by investing in people's strengths

United States

From the
New York Times Opinion Pages:

July 14, 2011
Out of Poverty, Family-Style
An initiative that brings struggling families together to help each other out of poverty is providing a new model for social welfare.

Trusting Families to Help Themselves
By DAVID BORNSTEIN
July 19, 2011
To give support to struggling families without prescribing solutions requires respect and discipline.

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Family Independence Initiative (FII)
Recreating the conditions under which generation after generation
of Americans secured a future for their children and communities

The Family Independence Initiative is a national center for anti-poverty innovation that over this last decade has demonstrated that investing in people’s strengths and initiative delivers stronger, more sustainable and cost effective outcomes for working poor families. Our strength-based approach, as radical and as old as our democracy, is inspired by the historical successes of poor and immigrant communities in the U.S.

FII’s work with cohorts of families in cities across the country shows that low-income people can advance together if we:

* Make resources and funding available more directly to people, not just institutions
* Allow families the freedom to determine their own paths, instead of taking direction from case managers and social workers
* Encourage and reward personal initiative, instead of penalizing or reducing eligibility for help if a family makes progress
* Support and promote mutuality and building social capital, instead of helping individuals outside of the context of their families and communities
* Honor resident leadership and expertise, instead of professionals and outside intervention
* View families as consumers with valuable feedback entitled to hold services and programs accountable, instead of needy victims

Read evaluations of our work in San Francisco (January 2011, PDF - 2MB, 22 pages) and Boston (January 2011, PDF - 1.4MB, 33 pages)

FII Initiatives - San Francisco - Oahu - Oakland - Boston

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

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

17. [U.S.] Information About Key Low-Income Benefit Programs (SNAP - TANF - Medicaid - Schip - child care) by state : 400+ links!
(
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Key Resource for U.S. State Information on Low-Income Benefit Programs!

Key Low-Income Benefit Programs - by state
Updated June 29, 2011
HTML version
PDF version
(329K, 42 pages)
[NOTE: PDF files are better in some respects, but in this case, the content of the HTML link is periodically updated; the PDF isn't.
If you choose to download the PDF, be sure to save the link to the HTML version and check it from time to time to ensure that you have the latest information.]

- incl. links to information in each U.S. state (total of 400+ links) about the five main state-administered low-income benefit programs:
* SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps)
* Medicaid
* SCHIP
(Children’s Health Insurance Program)
* TANF
(Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
* child care.

"There is significant variation between what online information is provided across states. Some provide a simple description of each program on their agencies websites. Others offer additional information, such as application forms, eligibility screening tools, and policy and procedure manuals used by state agency caseworkers. A few states allow individuals to apply for certain types of benefits online."

Recommended resource!!
This collection of links offers direct access to information (FOR EACH STATE] about the five programs mentioned above under the following headings:
* Policy Manuals and Materials
* Descriptive Program and Eligibility Information
* Applications for Assistance
* Benefit Screener/Calculator and Online Applications
* Program Data

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

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

18. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

20 July 2011 - CRINMAIL issue 1234
In this issue:
CRIN Users Survey
Latest news and reports
- Crisis continues: Horn of Africa
- State violence: Syria, Tunisia
- Against institutionalisation: Europe & Central Asia
- Improving education: New report
- Criminal justice: England & Wales
- Banning the veil: Human Rights Comment
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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

 

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Source:
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

 

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Paraprosdokian:

"Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation."
"Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type of paraprosdokian.

1. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. Evening news is where they begin with 'Good Evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'

13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

18. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

19. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

20. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

21. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

22. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

23. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

24. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

25. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

26. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

27. A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.

28. Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.

29. I always take life with a grain of salt. Plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

30. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

Words of Wisdom
"The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."
~ Jon Hammond

Source:
Email from Terrie - thanks!

 

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And, in closing...

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That's life.
It's just the way it is.

http://www.todaysbigthing.com/technology/2011/07/21

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Medical breakthrough!!
Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene
(YouTube, duration 1:16)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCzbNkyXO50

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Signs of the times
http://stories-etc.com/signs02.htm

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The Hands Dance (video, duration 2:19)
http://www.videobash.com/video_show/hands-dance-8640
Yeah, I *know* I posted this link not too long ago, but it's just so upbeat - in a deadpan kinda way - that I love to listen to / watch it every now and then....

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