Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 24, 2014

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 2,712 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. Mister Harper visits the Arctic:
--- Stupidity outbreak mars Harper’s Arctic visit
- August 22
--- Six reasons to roll your eyes during Stephen Harper's visit to the Arctic this week - August 21
2. Peoples Social Forum 2014 : Ottawa, August 21-24, 2014
3. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - August 20 (2014) issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
4. Basic Income Guarantee : Thinking BIG about welfare, inequality (Ottawa Citizen) - August 15
5. OOPSIE : Statistics Canada retracts July jobs report because of 'error' (CBC News) - August 15
6. Timeline of Canada Revenue Agency's political-activity audits of charities (Canadian Press) - August 3
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, July 2014 - August 22
--- Employment Insurance, June 2014 - August 21
--- Study: Net worth of the household sector: A Canada–United States comparison, 1970 to 2012 -
August 20
--- Going paperless : StatCan Blog, August 2014 -
August 20
--- Health-adjusted potential years of life lost due to treatable causes of death and illness -
August 20
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in May 2014
- August 19
--- Labour Force Survey, July 2014 (corrected) - August 15

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

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) at 18 (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - August 22
11. Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming (TED Talks) - August 2014
12. Hunger in America 2014 : National Report (Feeding America) - August 19
13. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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

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Pause for reflection...

1. Mister Harper visits the Arctic:
--- Stupidity outbreak mars Harper’s Arctic visit
- August 22
--- Six reasons to roll your eyes during Stephen Harper's visit to the Arctic this week - August 21

Stupidity outbreak mars Harper’s visit
http://yukon-news.com/letters-opinions/stupidity-outbreak-mars-harpers-visit/
Editorial by John Thompson
August 22, 2014
What a relief. Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Whitehorse yesterday and shared with the territory a fresh insight: the plight of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada is not, in fact, a “sociological phenomenon.” Rather, the root of the problem is that we simply haven’t locked enough people away in prison.
“We should view it as crime,” Harper said. “It is crime against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such.”
Well, that makes things much tidier, doesn’t it?
No need to fret over the toxic brew that contributes to the many troubles faced by Canada’s aboriginal communities: high unemployment, rife substance abuse, overcrowded housing, low education levels, not to mention the terrible traumas inflicted during residential schools that continue to be passed from one generation to the next, and so forth.

Source:
Yukon News

http://yukon-news.com/

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Six reasons to roll your eyes during Stephen Harper's visit to the Arctic this week
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/6-reasons-roll-your-eyes-during-stephen-harpers-visit-arctic-week
August 21, 2014
It's that time again: Stephen Harper's Arcticpalooza 2014!
The kick-off on Thursday means you'll be seeing lots of publicity photos of the Prime Minister in Canada's North this week.

Here are six things to keep in mind during Harper's photo-ops:

1. The environment: a great backdrop until it melts. (...)
2. Using national parks as publicity photo props while simultaneously gutting Parks Canada. (...)
3. Military pageantry! (...)
4. Appearing to "get" First Nations. (...)
5. Fun with motor vehicles the Prime Minister looks ill-prepared to drive. (...)
6. Patriot games. (...)

Source:
PressProgress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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

2. Peoples Social Forum 2014 : Ottawa, August 21-24, 2014

Peoples Social Forum (PSF) 2014 : University of Ottawa, August 21-24, 2014
http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/
Build together, win together! The Future is Ours!
The Peoples’ Social Forum is a critical public space aimed at fostering activist involvement of individuals and civil society organizations that want to transform Canada as it exists today. It is a space for social movements to meet and converge, for the free expression of alternative ideas and grassroots exchanges.

Forum social des peuples : Université d'Ottawa, août 21-24, 2014
http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/accueil

PSF 2014 Program (PDF - 2.9MB, 50 pages)
http://goo.gl/16whN6
Very comprehensive, includes detailed info on every event and session over the four days of PSF 2014, plus all of the logistical information required by an event of this magnitude.

Version française du programme (PDF)
http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/s/EProg_FSPnnn.pdf

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From
CBC News:

Peoples Social Forum begins with marches through downtown
3 marches converged on Parliament Hill Thursday afternoon; forum continues until Sunday
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/peoples-social-forum-begins-with-marches-through-downtown-1.2742588
August 21, 2014
Ottawa is hosting what organizers are billing as the largest progressive event ever held in Canada: the Peoples Social Forum. The four-day forum, which began Thursday, is concentrated around the University of Ottawa, but events associated with the forum will be happening throughout the city between Thursday and Sunday.

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From
rabble.ca:

Peoples Social Forum ( PSF) 2014
http://rabble.ca/issues/psf2014
Extensive coverage of PSF 2014, from the Opening Ceremony with Naomi Klein on Parliament Hill [ http://goo.gl/y0qBCh ] to the closing ceremony on Sunday.

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From the
Ottawa Citizen:

Peoples Social Forum brings activists of all stripes to Ottawa
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/peoples-social-forum-brings-activists-of-all-stripes-to-ottawa
By Marie-Danielle Smith
August 21, 2014
More than 500 workshops are being held at different locations on campus over the four days of PSF 2014...

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

3. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - August 20 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

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.

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Latest issue of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : August 20 (2014) - issue 136 (PDF - 171K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_136.pdf
August 20, 2014

This issue covers the following:

Ø Part of the Solution: Pre-Baccalaureate Healthcare Workers in a Time of Health System Change
Ø “It’s All About Money”: Crime in the Caribbean and Its Impact on Canada
Ø Reducing the Language Accessibility G A P: Language Services Toronto Program Evaluation Report
Ø Taxes Versus the Necessities of Life
Ø 14th Annual Report Card on Health Care in Canada: Seniors Health Issues and the Impact of an Ageing Population
Ø Social Impact of the Non-profit Sector: The Power of One

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Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#spar
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO links page, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

4. Basic Income Guarantee : Thinking BIG about welfare, inequality - August 15
(Ottawa Citizen)

Thinking BIG about welfare, inequality
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/pickard-thinking-big-about-welfare-inequality
By Toni Pickard
August 15, 201
Here’s a simple proposal: let’s guarantee people enough money for their basic needs, to spend as they see fit, no strings attached. Sound crazy? Really, it’s not.
A Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) for all does exactly that. When any person’s yearly income falls below the BIG level, for whatever reason, the government transfers enough cash to raise it to that floor. BIG is a form of “income insurance.”

BIG is paid separately to each adult who needs it, independent of family status. It’s unconditional and universal, replacing welfare and some — but certainly not all — other social programs.

[Author Toni Pickard spent her working years teaching law at Queen’s University.]

Source:
Ottawa Citizen

http://ottawacitizen.com/

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

5. OOPSIE : Statistics Canada retracts July jobs report because of 'error' - August 15
(CBC News)

From
Statistics Canada:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

Media advisory: Statistics Canada releases corrected Labour Force Survey Data
http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr09/smr09_053-eng.htm
August 15, 2014
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada released today updated estimates for the July 2014 Labour Force Survey.
Today’s release replaces the information published August 8.

August 15, 2014
Labour Force Survey, July 2014 (corrected)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140815/dq140815a-eng.htm
Employment rose by 42,000 in July, the result of an increase in part-time work (+60,000). The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 7.0%.

Labour Force Survey (LFS):
Detailed information for July 2014
http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=3701
Data release - August 8, 2014
The Labour Force Survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment which are among the most timely and important measures of performance of the Canadian economy.
* Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s)
* Description
* Data sources and methodology
* Data accuracy
* Documentation
* Data file

History of the Labour Force Survey (small PDF file, 3 pages)
http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb-bmdi/document/3701_D7_T9_V1-eng.pdf

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OOPSIE - a magical increase of 41,800!
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From the Toronto Star:

StatsCan says 42,000 jobs — not 200 — were created in July
http://www.thestar.com/business/economy/2014/08/15/statscan_says_42000_jobs_not_200_were_created_in_july.html
By Dana Flavelle
August 15, 2014
Statistics Canada issued what it said were the correct job creation figures for July, fixing the error it made last Friday. Most of the jobs gains were in the service sector, and among youth. Ontario was a big winner, gaining 39,500 jobs (see the Ontario link below).

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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From
CBC News:

Statistics Canada retracts July jobs report because of 'error':
Original release claimed 200 jobs were created in the month, new figure to be released Friday
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/statistics-canada-retracts-july-jobs-report-because-of-error-1.2734470
August 12, 2014
Statistics Canada retracted its July employment report on Tuesday, four days after reporting that the Canadian economy created only 200 jobs during the month. "An error has been detected in the processing of the Aug. 8 Labour Force Survey release," the data agency said. "This error impacts only the July 2014 estimates."

Source:
CBC News:

[ http://www.cbc.ca/news/ ]

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From the
Globe and Mail:

Please excuse our margin of error: Statscan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/please-excuse-our-margin-of-error-statscan/article20083701/
August 17, 2014
Human error – is there any other kind? – has been blamed for the embarrassingly large discrepancy between Statistics Canada’s labour-force numbers published on Aug. 8 and the much-revised numbers on Friday.

Source:
Globe and Mail
[
http://www.theglobeandmail.com ]

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Ontario

Ontario Gains 39,500 Jobs in July
Province Focused on Growing the Economy, Building Ontario Up

http://news.ontario.ca/medt/en/2014/08/ontario-gains-39500-jobs-in-july.html
News Release
August 15, 2014
Ontario gained 39,500 net new jobs in July, 24,400 more than previously reported in the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey. The province's youth (ages 15-24) employment increased by 15,200 net new jobs.

Source:
Ontario Government Newsroom

http://news.ontario.ca/newsroom/en

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

6. Timeline of Canada Revenue Agency's political-activity audits of charities - August 3
(Canadian Press)

Timeline of Canada Revenue Agency's political-activity audits of charities
http://www.brandonsun.com/national/breaking-news/timeline-of-canada-revenue-agencys-political-activity-audits-of-charities-269731871.html
By Dean Beeby (The Canadian Press)
August 3, 2014
From Jan. 9, 2012, when Joe Oliver, then Natural Resources minister, issued an open letter denouncing "environmental and other radical groups", to July 16, 2014, when the NDP sent a letter to Kerry-Lynne Findlay, national revenue minister, calling for an independent inquiry into whether CRA is conducting its political-activity audits at arm's length and free of political interference.

Source:
Brandon Sun
http://www.brandonsun.com/

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector / Charity Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, July 2014 - August 22
--- Employment Insurance, June 2014 - August 21
--- Study: Net worth of the household sector: A Canada–United States comparison, 1970 to 2012 -
August 20
--- Going paperless : StatCan Blog, August 2014 -
August 20
--- Health-adjusted potential years of life lost due to treatable causes of death and illness -
August 20

--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in May 2014
- August 19
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Labour Force Survey, July 2014 (corrected)
- August 15

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

August 22, 2014
Consumer Price Index, July 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140822/dq140822a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 2.1% in the 12 months to July, following a 2.4% increase in June. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index decreased 0.1% in July, after rising 0.3% in June.

The Consumer Price Index, July 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=62-001-X

Video : Statistic Canada: "An overview of Canada's Consumer Price Index (CPI)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/sc/video/cpi

August 21, 2014
Employment Insurance, June 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140821/dq140821a-eng.htm
Following a decline in May, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits was little changed in June at 501,900.

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

August 20, 2014
Study: Net worth of the household sector: A Canada–United States comparison, 1970 to 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140820/dq140820b-eng.htm
Canadian household net worth per capita reached 77% of the United States' level in 2012, according to a new study.

August 20, 2014
Going paperless : StatCan Blog, August 2014

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/gp
The August edition of the StatCan Blog examines how technology is making the job of collecting data both easier and more efficient.

August 20, 2014
Health Reports, August 2014
The August 2014 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains one article:

Health-adjusted potential years of life lost due to treatable causes of death and illness
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=82-003-X201400814044&lang=eng
develops a measure of population health that combines years of life lost to death with a continuous measure of quality of life for years lived.

August 19, 2014
Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in May 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140819/dq140819c-eng.htm
In May, there were 5.8 unemployed people for every job vacancy, down from 6.3 a year earlier, mostly a result of fewer unemployed people. There were 240,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses, relatively unchanged from May 2013.

Available in CANSIM:
Table 284-0001 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=284-0001&p2=31
Table 284-0003 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=284-0003&p2=31

August 15, 2014
Labour Force Survey, July 2014 (corrected)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140815/dq140815a-eng.htm
Employment rose by 42,000 in July, the result of an increase in part-time work (+60,000). The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 7.0%.
[NOTE : The revised numbers for July appear higher up in this issue of the newsletter

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

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

8. 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

August 22, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

How Canada can meet its commitment to end child poverty in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/how-canada-can-meet-its-commitment-end-child-poverty-canada
20 Aug 2014 | Canada
Brief from Campaign 2000 to the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Finance includes a recommendation for "an emergency infusion of $500 million in 2015... earmarked for regulated child care as the foundation upon which to build a comprehensive early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy framework and system."

Fathers' leave, fathers' involvement and child development: Are they related? Evidence from four OECD countries
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/fathers-leave-fathers-involvement-and-child-development-are
20 Aug 2014 | International
Paper from the OECD analyzes data from Australia, Denmark, the UK, and the US; found that "an overwhelming majority of fathers – around 80% or more – took some time off work around childbirth."

It’s about time! Gender, parenthood, and household divisions of labor under different welfare regimes
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/it%E2%80%99s-about-time-gender-parenthood-and-household-divisions-l
20 Aug 2014 | Europe
Article from the Journal of Family Issues looks at the impact of parenthood on men's and women's time use in Germany, Italy, and Canada compared to evidence from Nordic countries. Study finds "in countries with less comprehensive family policies and less support for gender equality, parenthood continued to reinforce traditional patterns of behavior on weekdays."

Back on track? The stall and rebound in support for women's new roles in work and politics, 1977-2012
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/back-track-stall-and-rebound-support-womens-new-roles-work-
20 Aug 2014 | United States
This research paper provides evidence of what may be a rebound in support for gender equity since 2006 in the US. Latest analysis reveals that "the percentage of people disagreeing that it is better for men to earn the money and women to tend the home rose to an all-time high of 68 percent in 2012".

Researching early childhood policy and practice. A critical ecology
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/researching-early-childhood-policy-and-practice-critical-ec
20 Aug 2014 | Europe
Article by Mathias Urban examines the renewed interest in early childhood education and care in European politics. Urban makes the case for "a radical Rreconceptualisation of research as a democratic, transformative and inevitably political practice".

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

Time for another federal leaders' debate on women's issues
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/time-another-federal-leaders-debate-womens-issues
20 Aug 2014 | Canada

New job numbers show women are losing ground
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/new-job-numbers-show-women-are-losing-ground
20 Aug 2014 | Canada

More dads want paid paternity leave
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/more-dads-want-paid-paternity-leave
20 Aug 2014 | United States

City proceeds with plan to close downtown daycare centre
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/city-proceeds-plan-close-downtown-daycare-centre
20 Aug 2014 | Ontario

Demand for Coronation Park services remains high, according to county data
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/demand-coronation-park-services-remains-high-according-county-data
20 Aug 2014 | Ontario

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

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

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
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.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 21, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/21/
Child Care Subsidies – Missouri
Racial Disparity

August 20, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/20/
US Teen Birth Rate
Inequality as felt by Women

August 19, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/19/
Workforce Investment Act
Jobless Benefit System – Ohio

August 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/18/
Hunger in America Report (3 articles)

August 15, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/15/
Suburban Poverty – New England
Payday Lending
Housing Blight – Buffalo
Credit Score Changes

August 14, 2014
http://www.irp.wic.edu/dispatch/2014/08/14/
Low-Wage Work

August 13, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/13/
Public Housing – New York City

August 12, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/12/
AP Test Support for Low-Income Students

August 11, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/11/
Income and Wage Gaps (2 articles)

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

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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

10. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) at 18 - August 22
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) at 18
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3566
August 22, 2014
Eighteen years ago, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant was created as a part of the 1996 welfare reform law to replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. Welfare reform provided states with a fixed block grant in exchange for greater flexibility in how they could use the funds. In addition, for the first time, cash benefits were time limited and states were held accountable for engaging most cash assistance recipients in work or work-related activities.
(...)
Looking back over TANF’s history, it is impossible to reconcile the facts with claims that welfare reform was such an extraordinary success that we should use it as a model for reforming other safety net programs. In TANF’s 18-year history, never-married mothers with a high school education or less made substantial gains in employment in only the first four years — largely due to the roaring economy of the late 1990s — and those gains have almost entirely eroded in the subsequent 14. It is wishful thinking to assume that we could see the same employment gains we saw in TANF’s early years in today’s sluggish labor market.

Related areas of research:

Welfare Reform/TANF
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=42

Federal Policies
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=101

State Policies
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=124

Trends
http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=125

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

http://www.cbpp.org/

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NOTE TO SOCIAL PROGRAM RESEARCHERS WHO MIGHT
CONSIDER COMPARING THE RELATIVE SUCCESS
OF AMERICAN WELFARE REFORMS WITH CANADIAN
WELFARE REFORMS:

DON'T.

In the U.S., state programs under TANF are NOT comparable to Canadian social assistance programs on a number of levels.
For more on the incomparability of American and Canadian welfare systems and the federal cash contributions in each country,
see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/canada_us_welfare.htm

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


11. Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming - August 2014
(TED Talks)

Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming (video, duration 20 minutes)
http://www.ted.com/talks/nick_hanauer_beware_fellow_plutocrats_the_pitchforks_are_coming
By Nick Hanauer
Filmed August 2014
Excerpt:
Fellow plutocrats, I think it may be time for us to recommit to our country, to commit to a new kind of capitalism which is both more inclusive and more effective, a capitalism that will ensure that America's economy remains the most dynamic and prosperous in the world. Let's secure the future for ourselves, our children and their children. Or alternatively, we could do nothing, hide in our gated communities and private schools, enjoy our planes and yachts — they're fun — and wait for the pitchforks.

Interactive transcript of the above video:
http://www.ted.com/talks/nick_hanauer_beware_fellow_plutocrats_the_pitchforks_are_coming/transcript?language=en
Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ... and prevent a revolution.

Source:
TED Talks

http://www.ted.com/

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

12. Hunger in America 2014 : National Report - August 19
(Feeding America)

New release
from Feeding America:

Hunger in America 2014
National Report Prepared for Feeding America
(PDF - 2.6MB, 176 pages)
http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf

Excerpt from the Intro:
Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has conducted the most comprehensive study of hunger in America every four years since 1993. Like the prior studies, Hunger in America 2014 (HIA 2014), the latest iteration, documents the critical role that the charitable food assistance network plays in supporting struggling families in the United States.

Excerpt, page 44:
Feeding America member food banks partner with more than 46,000 charitable agencies. These partner agencies operate more than 58,000 food programs, including nearly 19,000 programs that provide meals for onsite consumption, and more than 39,000 programs that provide groceries for use at home.

Agencies also provide many other services, including outreach and application assistance to help clients access food-related benefits programs such as the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), nutrition education, and non-food assistance with clothing, job training, or legal issues.

Source:
Feeding America

http://feedingamerica.org/
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

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Related links

One In Six Food Charities Could Close Down Soon,
And 5 Other Disturbing Facts From A New Hunger Report
http://www.mintpressnews.com/1-in-6-food-charities-could-close-down-soon-and-5-other-disturbing-facts-from-a-new-hunger-report/195580/
A revealing new report on the plight of America's hungry.
By Alan Pyke (Think Progress)
August 19, 2014

The Six Disturbing Facts
About Hunger in America in 2014:

1. About 1 in 6 Feeding America charities are worried they’ll have to shut down
2. Millions are forced to eat expired food.
3. Tens of millions of people have to choose between buying food and keeping up with bills.
4. There are nearly 5 million households who could be getting food stamps but aren’t.
5. Men and women use the food charity system in very different ways.
6. The families that rely on food charities are almost never homeless.

Source:
MintPress

http://www.mintpressnews.com/

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From
Poverty Dispatch (University of Wisconsin):

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch

August 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/18/
Hunger in America Report (3 articles)

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

13. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issues):

18 August 2014 - CRINMAIL issue 1391
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1391
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Inhuman sentencing in Bahrain and Egypt
- Rampant abuse found in immigration detention
- Child abuse in religious institutions
- Recruitment and health in armed conflicts
- Coeliac families challenge food import ban
- Blacklisting of ‘anti-Israeli’ organisation suspended
- Policing gender norms in schools
Access to justice for children in Venezuela
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

13 August 2014 - CRINmail issue 1390
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1390
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Bolivia bans corporal punishment of children
- Children beheaded & dying of thirst in Iraq
- Humanitarian crises in conflict areas
- Bill to treat juveniles as adults in India
- NGOs blast round-up of street children
- Spotlight back on Thailand’s domestic work
- Austerity cuts affecting children’s health rights
Access to justice for children in Croatia
Upcoming events
Employment

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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CRIN News Archive
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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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

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


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Job Performance Reviews

Actual quotes taken from job performance reviews:

1. I would not allow this employee to breed.
2. This associate is really not so much of a has-been, but more definitely a won't be.
3. Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.
4. When she opens her mouth, it seems it is only to change whichever foot was previously there.
5. He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle.
6. This young lady has delusions of adequacy.
7. He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
8. This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
9. This employee should go far and the sooner he starts, the better.
10. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
11. Got into the gene pool when the lifeguard wasn't watching.
12. A room temperature IQ.
13. Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it together.
14. A gross ignoramus is 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.
15. A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.
16. A prime candidate for natural deselection.
17. Bright as Alaska in December.
18. One-celled organisms outscore him in IQ tests.
19. Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.
20. Fell out of the family tree.
21. Gates are down, lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.
22. Has two brains: one is lost; the other is out looking for it.
23. He's so dense, light bends around him.
24. If brains were taxed, she'd get a refund.
25. If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.
26. If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you'll get change.
27. If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.
28. It's hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.
29. One neuron short of a synapse.
30. Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, he only gargled.

Source:
http://fb-troublemakers.com/35-funny-statements-from-actual-performance-reviews-1387/

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50 Amazing Life Hacks That You Didn't Even Know You Needed Until Today
http://www.wimp.com/brillianthacks/

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Eleven Must-See TED Talks
http://www.ted.com/playlists/77/11_must_see_ted_talks
Selected talks:
* Ken Robinson : How schools kill creativity (June 2006)
*
David Gallo : Underwater astonishments (January 2008)
* Sarah Kay : If I should have a daughter ... (March 2011)
* Hans Rosling : The best stats you've ever seen (June 2006)
* Johnny Lee : Free or cheap Wii Remote hacks (April 2008)
* Brené Brown : The power of vulnerability (December 2010)

Source:
TED

http://www.ted.com/

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Dear Canadian taxpayer: I love you
http://www.canada.com/opinion/editorials/Dear+Canadian+national+newswatch+taxpayer+love/10106439/story.html
I have come to realize just how important taxpayer-funded social programs have been for me and my family
By Katharine Cukier
August 10, 2014

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The Top 25 Fun Google Tricks
http://googletricks.com/top-25-fun-google-tricks/

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An Oldie Goldie from 1994:

Income Security for Children: A Supplementary Paper
Government of Canada
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ssrchildren.htm
Published by authority of the
Minister of Human Resources Development
Copyright Minister of Supply and Services Canada

...in the context of the Social Security Review of the mid-1990s:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm#ssr

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