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Fiscal Monitor, July 2006 (Department of Finance Canada) - September 22
2. New Job Opportunities for Income Assistance Recipients (Nova Scotia Department of Community Services) - September 22
3. Cracks in the Foundation: Solving the Housing Crisis in Canada’s Poorest Neighbourhood (Pivot Society - Vancouver Downtown Eastside, BC) - September 21
4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- The core-age labour force / minimum wage workers in 2005 - September 22
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2006 - September 19
5. [Federal] Government response to the recommendations issued by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women - files posted September 20
- National Association of Women and the Law and Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action receive funding for at least one more year - September 22
6. New Brunswick Provincial Election 2006 - September 18
7. Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), Low Earnings and the Working Poor (Progressive Economics Forum) - September 18
8. Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Child Care Spaces Initiative (Human Resources and Social Development Canada) - September 5
9. 2005/06 Annual Service Plan: Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance (Government of British Columbia) - July 17
10. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - September 22
11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. Special Report: The 400 Richest Americans (The Forbes Report) - September 21
13. Social Safety Nets in OECD Countries (World Bank) - March 2006
14. World Habitat Day 2006 (UN Human Settlements Program) - October 2
Have a great week!
The Fiscal Monitor, July 2006 -
September 22, 2006
Release of The Fiscal Monitor
July 2006: budgetary surplus of $0.8 billion
* There was a budgetary surplus of $0.8 billion in July 2006, down $0.9 billion from the surplus in July 2005.
* Revenues increased by $0.7 billion, reflecting solid growth in personal income tax revenues, combined with low growth in goods and services tax (GST) revenues and declines in employment insurance (EI) premium and corporate income tax revenues.
* Program expenses increased by $1.5 billion, reflecting increases in transfers to persons, which now include payments under the new Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) program, and increases in transfers to other levels of government. Public debt charges were up $0.1 billion.
April to July 2006: budgetary surplus of $6.3 billion
Highlights of financial results for July 2006
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
New Job Opportunities for Income Assistance Recipients - September 22
New Job Opportunities for Income Assistance Recipients (Nova Scotia)
September 22, 2006
Nova Scotians who receive income assistance now have more options to help them on their journey back to work and to earn some extra money, thanks to a new program from the Department of Community Services. Harvest Connection is a voluntary program that links income assistance recipients to job opportunities in rural communities during harvest season. Individuals who have received income assistance for six months can earn up to $3,000 a year, on top of their basic income assistance, by harvesting crops like apples, vegetables and Christmas trees.
Department of Community Services
- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm
Cracks in the Foundation: Solving the Housing Crisis in Canada’s
Poorest Neighbourhood - September 21
Pivot releases report on Vancouver’s low-income housing
News Release, Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver’s homelessness crisis is about to get a lot worse unless immediate action is taken, according to Pivot Legal Society’s new report, Cracks in the Foundation: Solving the Housing Crisis in Canada’s Poorest Neighbourhood. “If we continue to lose low-cost housing in the Downtown Eastside at the current rate, we can expect to be coping with at least three times the number of people living on Vancouver’s streets by the time the world arrives for the 2010 Olympics,” states lead report author and lawyer David Eby.
Cracks in the Foundation:
Solving the Housing Crisis in Canada’s Poorest Neighbourhood
Complete report (PDF file - 4MB, 92 pages)
Executive summary (HTML)
MEDIA: press kit for Cracks in the Foundation (PDF file - 669K, 12 pages)
Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit legal advocacy organization located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Pivot's mandate is to take a strategic approach to social change, using the law to address the root causes that undermine the quality of life of those most on the margins.
- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
on Labour and Income - September 2006 online edition (PDF
file - 419K, 17 pages)
The Core-Age Labour Force / Minimum wage workers in 2005
September 22, 2006
The feature article in the September 2006 online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income, released today, is "The core-age labour force." The article examines labour force participation rates of women and men aged 25 to 54 over the last 10 years. After rising steadily from 1995 to 2004, participation rates for both sexes declined very slightly yet persistently from 2004 into the first half of 2006. However, it is too early to say if this is the beginning of a trend. One of the study's notable findings is the strong growth in the number of women with children (especially very young ones) entering or staying in the labour market.
This issue also includes an update on minimum wage workers for 2005. ("In 2005, some 587,000 individuals worked at or below the minimum wage set by their province.")
Earlier Editions of Perspectives on Labour and Income - links to free articles back to October 2000
September 19, 2006
Consumer Price Index, August 2006
In August, despite the strong advance in the housing sector, weakening gasoline prices slowed down the 12-month growth of prices paid by consumers. Between August 2005 and August 2006, the Consumer Price Index posted a 2.1% increase, falling back for a third consecutive month.
Consumer Price Index, August 2006 (PDF file - 175K, 52
- Go to the Federal Government Department
Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm
[Federal] Government response to the recommendations issued by the
Standing Committee on the Status of Women - files posted September
response to the recommendations
issued by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (PDF file - 651K, 19 pages)
(Files posted to the Web September 20, 2006)
- Responses from the federal government to the recommendations issued by the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women on the 19th of May (see the link to "Third Report..." below).
- The recommendations by the Committee address pay equity, parental benefits, gender based analysis, and Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program.
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)
[ Alliance canadienne féministe pour l'action internationale (AFAI)]
FAFIA is an alliance of over 40 Canadian women's equality-seeking non-governmental organizations formed in February 1999 at a national consultation of women's organizations held in Ottawa.
Excerpt from the FAFIA website home page on September 24:
"Great news! FAFIA has just received word that its funding application has been approved! NAWL's funding application has also been approved. We are very pleased and wish to thank the Minister for her attention to this application." [ go to the FAFIA home page for links to more related content...]
Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of
Women ( Recommendations Only)
(Adopted by the Committee on May 16, 2006; Presented to the House on May 19, 2006)
through the Women's Program: Women's Groups Speak Out
Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (including recommendations)
Anita Neville, M.P.
NOTE: this is one of those infuriating online reports from the Canadian Parliament website that has a teeny-tiny "NEXT PAGE >>" link at the bottom right-hand corner of each page that you must click (IF you notice it in the first place) to open the next page. Don't despair - here's a link to the Table of Contents, where you'll find hyperlinks to all sections of the report.
House of Commons Standing
Committee on the Status of Women
women's groups receive funding for one year
September 22, 2006
OTTAWA -- A pair of women's groups that had prepared to close their doors for fear of cuts by the Conservative government learned Friday their federal funding has been secured for at least another year. The National Association of Women and the Law and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action had both taken steps to scale down their operations because of unusual delays in getting approvals for their funding.
However, no final word yet concerning continued funding of the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada ...
Google Web Search Results:
"canada, funding, women's groups"
Google News Search Results:
"canada, funding, women's groups"
- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about
Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm
- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm
6. New Brunswick Provincial Election - September 18
From the New Brunswick Liberal Party:
It's Time for a Change - A Liberal Government will:
* Take Real Action Against Poverty
* We will review the current rates paid to recipients and the programs available to people on social assistance with the goal of raising rates to the average for Atlantic Canada.
* We’ll assist in the transition to work by increasing the allowable earnings that can be retained from part-time work for people who are on social assistance.
* We’ll provide enhanced day care assistance for single parents during the transition to full-time work.
* A new Crown Corporation will engage with non-profit and community service groups to create and maintain new housing units, including units for disabled and elderly New Brunswickers.
* We will create more opportunity for skills upgrading by eliminating wait lists for literacy training.
Inclusive Province? - From The Real
* According to the National Council on Welfare New Brunswick has the lowest social assistance rates in Canada.
* Since 1999 welfare rates in New Brunswick have increased once, and by only 2%.
* The Economic Unit Policy is considered a barrier to the poor, yet the Lord Government will not make any real change to help New Brunswickers.
* On May 25, 2006 the Lord Conservatives defeated a Liberal motion urging government to table a comprehensive housing strategy with clear timelines and targets by October 15, 2006.
* Statistics Canada says 56% of adults in New Brunswick have below acceptable ability in literacy and numeracy.
* The Literacy Coalition for New Brunswick says adult and family literacy programs in this province continue to be under-resourced.
* In seven years, a single person receiving assistance in New Brunswick has seen an increase of only $18 to $264 a month.
Google Web Search Results:
"New Brunswick election, 2006"
Google News Search Results:
"New Brunswick election, 2006"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content.
- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm
7. Human Resources and Social Development Canada
(HRSDC), Low Earnings and the Working Poor - September 18
Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), Low
Earnings and the Working Poor
Posted by Andrew Jackson of the Canadian Labour Congress
September 18, 2006
Relentlessly Progressive Economics:
Commentary on Canadian economics and public policy
[A Blog of the Progressive Economics Forum]
- Go to the Human Resources and Social
Development Canada Links page - http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm
- Go to the Unions Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm
Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Child Care Spaces Initiative -
Finley announces creation of Ministerial Advisory Committee on the
Child Care Spaces Initiative
September 5, 2006
OTTAWA, ONTARIO—The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced the creation of a ministerial advisory committee that will advise her on the design of the Child Care Spaces Initiative. Minister Finley appointed Dr. Gordon Chong to chair the Committee. The Committee will consist of nine members selected for their expertise in child care, work-family issues, community organizations, and the needs of employers.
- includes a backgrounder ("Members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the Child Care Spaces Initiative")
from the Toronto Star:
(Click this link to read both articles below)
Editorial: Harper's dubious child-care panel
Sep. 8, 2006
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has strong ideas on child care. He does not see the need for a national child-care plan that meets the needs of all families. And an advisory committee the government has just appointed to provide advice is not likely to contradict him. Most of the members of the nine-person committee named this week by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley already are on record as supporting the Conservative proposal …..
Advocates fear Tory committee too biased
Sep. 7, 2006
Daycare advocates slammed the federal Conservatives yesterday, saying a new ministerial advisory committee on child care is unnecessary and biased against non-profit daycare. MP Olivia Chow (NDP—Trinity-Spadina) said the nine-member committee appointed this week by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is "packed" with private-sector appointments while provinces, and not-for-profit experts in child-care delivery are marginalized.
More talk, still
no action, says CUPE on new federal child care committee
Canadian Union of Public Employees
- more CUPE website content on child care
Canada's Universal Child Care Plan - "Choice. Support. Spaces."
"...a national plan that provides Choice, Support and Spaces for today's parents."
- Government of Canada website
- incl. links to : Home - Why Universal Child Care? - Choice - Support - Spaces
- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm
9. 2005/06 Annual Service Plan: Ministry of Employment
and Income Assistance - July 17
Annual Service Plan: Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance
July 17, 2006
- includes : Message from the Minister and Accountability Statement * Highlights of the Year * Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values * Strategic Context * Service Delivery and Core Business Areas * Report on Performance * Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Performance Measures * Deregulation * Report on Resources * Appendix A: Values and Service Code * Appendix B: Glossary of Terms
- highly recommended reading, especially the three links that you can click in the two lines above --- that's where you'll find (under "Core Business Areas") a good description of how Employment and Income Assistance (welfare) works in British Columbia, along with what they've accomplished and what they've spent in the past year, compared with what they said last year they would do and how much they planned to spend. There's much more info in the service plan, definitely worth checking out. You might also want to go to the service plan page for all Ministries to explore the plans for Children and Family Development and Health, among others.
NOTE: In the interest of balanced reporting, you
might also want to read some of the reports about social programs in BC
by a few of the non-governmental organizations that are the social
justice watchdogs of the West Coast. Below, you'll find links to two
such organizations, the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives and the Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC) of
British Columbia, and PovNet, a BC-based "online resource for
advocates, people on welfare, and community groups and individuals
involved in anti-poverty work."
- BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC) of British Columbia
- PovNet (incl. a large collection of links to other NGOs!)
- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm
10. What's New
from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 22
What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto
Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.
STARTING STRONG II: EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
Final report of the OECD's Thematic Review of ECEC describes the social, economic, conceptual and research factors that influence early childhood policy in twenty countries, including Canada.
INTERNATIONAL REPORT CONDEMNS
TORY APPROACH TO CHILD CARE
Press release from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada comments on the release of the OECD's Starting Strong II.
SUBMISSION TO THE HOUSE OF
COMMONS STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, 2006
Brief from SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Child Care Inclusion "calls upon the federal government to ensure that Budget 2007 includes a
broad comprehensive disability strategy."
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: HOW OFSTED
INSPECTIONS IMPROVED INADEQUATE CARE FOR CHILDREN
Report from the British government's Office of Standards in Education
shows the impact of Ofsted inspections on improving the quality of care.
Child Care in the News
Irish childcare costs 'driving
women from workforce' [IE]
Ireland On-Line, 20 Sep 06
Child care is a priority, NDP
Whitehorse Daily Star, 20 Sep 06
Liberals would expand child care
Whitehorse Daily Star, 19 Sep 06
Childcare industry scores poorly:
The Age, 18 Sep 06
Bishop joins calls for compulsory
ABC News Online, 18 Sep 06
Half-a-million daycare spaces
part of Kennedy's national learning strategy [CA]
Canadian Press, 16 Sep 06
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New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
- Go to the Non-Governmental
Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/work_life_balance.htm
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.
Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from
August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]
- Go to the Links to American Government
Social Research page:
- 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
Special Report: The 400 Richest Americans - September 21
(The Forbes Report)
The 400 Richest Americans
September 21, 2006
A nine-figure fortune won’t get you much mention these days, at least not here. This year, for the first time, everyone in The Forbes 400 has at least $1 billion.
The Top Ten:
1. William H. Gates III
2. Warren E. Buffett
3. Sheldon Adelson
4. Lawrence J. Ellison
5. Paul G. Allen
6. Jim C Walton*
7. Christy Walton*
8. S. Robson Walton*
9. Michael Dell
10. Alice L. Walton*
[*NOTE that four of the ten top billionaires in the U.S. are from the family that owns Wal-Mart, the American juggernaut that routinely gives its new staff applications for the local welfare and food stamp programs because Wal-Mart employees aren't paid enough to make ends meet.]
- see the special Wal-Mart section of the Canadian Social Research Links Banks and Business Links page.
Back to Forbes:
"The collective net worth of the nation’s wealthiest 400 people climbed $120 billion, to $1.25 trillion."
To put this figure in perspective:
In 2002, $1.25 trillion represented about 12% of the U.S. gross domestic product. (http://www.iipa.com/pressreleases/2004_Oct7_Siwek.pdf)
With a population of about 83 million, Germany’s total government revenue in 2003 was $1.25 trillion (http://www.newstartnigeria.org/germany.asp)
In total, about $1.25 trillion of annual
public spending on security and support (Medical care - Cash aid - Food
benefits - Housing benefits - Education aid - Services - Jobs and
training - Energy assistance )
Cost of Iraq War
to top $1.25 trillion dollars, says academic
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
September 20, 2005
- Go to the Banks and Business Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm
Social Safety Nets in OECD Countries - March 2006
How the Rich Protect Their Poor: Social Safety Nets in OECD
This five-day course is tailored toward World Bank staff and Government counterparts working on middle-income countries interested in learning about the design and implementation of social safety nets (SSNs) in developed countries.
Safety Nets in OECD Countries (PDF file - 227K, 8 pages)
"The focus of the note is on non-contributory social programs for low-income households or other vulnerable groups in OECD countries. These programs, typically referred to as social safety net (SSN) programs in developing countries, are labeled welfare programs in the US and social assistance programs in the European Union. (...)
This note covers 28 countries belonging to the OECD [including Canada], and refers to an in depth review of SSN programs in the US and nine European Union countries prepared for a course on “Social Safety Nets in OECD Countries.”
***Excellent overview of a wide range of initiatives in 28 countries, from guaranteed minimum income (social assistance or welfare) to housing, family benefits, child care and more.
The info is presented mainly in synthesized table form, but you can find related content on this (source) page: Safety Nets and Transfers
Safety Nets in the United States - Briefing Book (204K, 40
"The book is arranged into eight chapters.
- The first three chapters cover the nature of the basic programs, the problems—especially poverty—that they are intended to alleviate, and major recent changes.
- The next three chapters focus on program administration, management, and implementation, discussing many of the detailed realities of how programs actually operate: These three chapters blend together facts and tools—what are the tools, how did they evolve, how are they used, what are the challenges, what works and what doesn’t, and under what circumstances. These are the issues which World Bank employees have to deal with regularly as they assist other nations to develop policies and programs.
- The seventh chapter focuses on the role of monitoring, performance measurement, and evaluation in helping to shape and manage programs.
- The last chapter is a chance to discuss the future of the welfare policy in US."
***Highly recommended overview of American social programs, especially welfare (from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" in the 1930s to date)
Nets Primer - dozens of links to resources under the following
Program Interventions – A variety of different programs can be used to provide assistance to households living in poverty and to help them deal with the impact of shocks.#
Themes – Certain issues of program design and implementation are relevant to all types of program interventions.
Country Context – The type of safety net interventions and the mix of programs most appropriate will depend largely on the country specific context.
Special Vulnerable Groups
Safety Nets and Transfers
Social Safety Nets are non-contributory transfer programs targeted in some manner to the poor or those vulnerable to poverty and shocks. Social Safety Nets play a well-recognized redistributive role which is supported strongly by moral philosophy, expressed in many different ways. They also play a productive role in helping households to manage risk and assist in their own livelihoods, in helping prevent the inter-generational transmission of poverty and in allowing societies to make more efficient choices in macro, trade, labor and many other sectoral policies. Though less well recognized, this productive role is a very important part of the justification for safety nets.
PovertyNet provides an introduction to key issues as well as in-depth information on poverty measurement, monitoring, analysis, and on poverty reduction strategies for researchers and practitioners.
The Social Protection Unit, as part of the Human Development Network, supports the World Bank and client countries to assist individuals, households and communities to better manage the income and welfare risks that affect vulnerable groups.
More related links - links to almost 60 sites, including OECD, Microfinance, Food-related Programs, etc.
- Go to the Government Social Research Links
in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm
World Habitat Day - October 2
(UN Human Settlements Programme)
World Habitat Day 2006 - October 2
The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
UN Human Settlements Program
World Habitat Day - The UN Condemns Canada’s Failure to Provide Adequate Housing
Metro Tenants' Associations
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm
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