Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 24, 2013

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 2,668 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. When good advice goes bad [financial planning for people in poverty] (John Stapleton, Open Policy) - November 22
2. When zero-tolerance prevails: very fast drivers, three Senators, and Toronto’s mayor (John Stapleton, Open Policy) - November 17
3. Prince Edward Island Pilot Food Costing Project Report (PEI Food Security Network) - November 2013
4. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - November 20 issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
5. Media and Policy News for November 18 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. New releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan: Take it to the public - November 2013
--- Time for Talk, Not Action (Canada Job Grant program) - November 2013

7.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
---- Consumer Price Index, October 2013
- November 22
--- Employment Insurance, September 2013
- November 21
--- Two articles in the Newsletter for Communities (November 2013 issue):
***** Study: An Overview of the Working Lives of Older Baby Boomers, 1983 to 2010
***** Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012
--- The Labour Force Survey’s volatility – myth or reality?
- November 20
--- Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2012
- November 20
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in August 2013 - November 19

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. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. When good advice goes bad [financial planning for people in poverty] - November 22
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

When good advice goes bad
http://imagineacity.ca/2013/11/22/when-good-advice-goes-bad/
November 22, 2013
By Adrienne Clarke
This week, Imagine a City is joined by guest blogger John Stapleton, founder of Open Policy Ontario [ http://openpolicyontario.com/ ] and a fellow with the Metcalf Foundation [ http://metcalffoundation.com/ ] . He has some much-needed financial advice for low-income earners, just in time for Financial Literacy Month. Here, he provides a rundown of what low-income earners really need to know, and how the financial-services industry can serve them better.
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Excerpt:
When assisting low-income people, for instance, many advisors will tell them to max out their RRSPs, forget about Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), and wait until 65 or later to sign up for Canada Pension. They’ll also be advised to look closely at their taxes to capitalize on tax credits.This is the same advice given (rightfully) to middle- and high-income earners, but for people making ends meet on lower incomes, it’s exactly wrong.

Source:
Imagineacity

http://imagineacity.ca/

Imagineacity is an initiative of the
United Way of Toronto
http://imagineacity.ca/

For more about RRSPs and TFSAs for people in poverty,
see John's comprehensive report:
Planning for Retirement on a Low Income
http://openpolicyontario.com/retiring-on-a-low-income-3/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

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

2. When zero-tolerance prevails: very fast drivers, three Senators, and Toronto’s mayor - November 17
(John Stapleton, Open Policy)

NOTE (by Gilles):
The following blog posting from John Stapleton isn't about social policy as such, but it's an interesting examination of the unwritten rules of conduct vs zero-tolerance policies for (a) drivers on the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto, (b) three disgraced Harper Senators and (c) the disgraced Mayor of Canada's largest city.

When zero-tolerance prevails: very fast drivers, three Senators, and Toronto’s mayor
http://openpolicyontario.com/when-zero-tolerance-prevails-very-fast-drivers-three-senators-and-torontos-mayor/
November 17, 2013
By John Stapleton
(...)
The likelihood of (unenforced) zero tolerance rules being enforced increases with public visibility and admission of a rule infraction that can be made subject to zero tolerance. The unwritten rule of conventional conduct becomes defunct and zero tolerance prevails.

Source:
Open Policy : John Stapleton's website

http://openpolicyontario.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

3. Prince Edward Island Pilot Food Costing Project Report - November 2013
(PEI Food Security Network)

Prince Edward Island

From the
PEI Food Security Network:


PEI Pilot Food Costing Project Report Released
http://peifoodsecurity.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/pei-pilot-food-costing-project-report-released/
November 22, 2013
A University of Prince Edward Island/PEI Food Food Security Network project undertaken by UPEI researchers, Colleen Walton and Jennifer Taylor (also members of the PEIFSN) has been released, and demonstrates the importance of monitoring the costs of a healthy diet through a food costing process.

Complete report:

Prince Edward Island
Pilot Food Costing Project Report
(PDF - 780K, 22 pages)
http://peifoodsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/upei-fsn-food-costing-report-nov-21-2013.pdf

By Colleen Walton, PhD, Jennifer Taylor, RD PhD.
November, 2013
(...)
The objectives of this project were:
1) to determine the 2013 cost of the Nutritious Food Basket for PEI for various family types;
2) to compare 2013 Nutritious Food Basket costs for PEI to those assessed previously by the
Department of Community Services and Seniors (in 2003 and 2005).

Source:
PEI Food Security Network
http://peifoodsecurity.wordpress.com/
The PEI Food Security Network is an education and action organization committed to achieving food security in Prince Edward Island.

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Related links from CBC News:

P.E.I. eyes food cost study to help set assistance rates---Expert says too many Islanders can't afford healthy food
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/p-e-i-eyes-food-cost-study-to-help-set-assistance-rates-1.2430934
November 18, 2013
The Prince Edward Island government is looking for fresh data to help set social assistance food rates and is restarting research into the cost of food — eight years after the analysis was abandoned. (...) Community and Social Services Minister Valerie Docherty said she doesn't know why the food cost research hasn't been done in nearly a decade, but she has asked for it start again.

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Food price increases worry food bank
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/food-price-increases-worry-food-bank-1.1221784
August 20, 2012
Officials with the Upper Room Food Bank in Charlottetown are concerned about the predicted increase in food prices.

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Child food insecurity 'an embarrassment'
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/child-food-insecurity-an-embarrassment-1.1398821
August 1, 2013
It is time to make sure all P.E.I. children have enough healthy food to eat, says the head of the P.E.I. Food Security Network. Jennifer Taylor, who is also chair of the department of human sciences at UPEI, was reacting to a study this week that showed more than one child in four on P.E.I. faces some level of food insecurity

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More than 1 in 4 children food insecure on P.E.I.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/more-than-1-in-4-children-food-insecure-on-p-e-i-1.1362206
July 31, 2013
P.E.I. worst province for food insecurity.
The P.E.I. government is relaunching research into the cost of food.
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Related link:
Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2011 (PDF - 1.6MB, 26 pages)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/ResourceFiles/foodinsecurity2011_final.pdf
By Valerie Tarasuk, Andy Mitchell and Naomi Dachner
July 2013

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Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

4. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - November 20 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 : November 20 (2013) - issue 118 (PDF - 124K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_118.pdf

This issue covers the following:
Ø The Police and Community Engagement Review (The PACER Report)
Ø How's Life? 2013: Measuring Well-Being
Ø The Advantages of a Flexible Labour Market
Ø Welfare Re-form: The Future of Social Policy in Canada
Ø Building Skills Together

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#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this site, where you'll find links to two dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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

5. Media and Policy News for November 18
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 18 November 2013
http://goo.gl/EoAwJo

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

Niagara Region gets creative to spend housing and homelessness money (CHPI)
Cornwall’s homelessness prevention funding (CHPI) isn’t enough, since eligibility criteria are too strict
Ontario contemplating closing tax loopholes to raise revenue
Partners release the first-ever Thunder Bay Poverty Reduction Strategy
Alberta working on ending child poverty in 5 years, reducing overall poverty in 10
From the Globe’s series on inequality – a poll asking “What’s the best way to reduce income inequality in Canada?”
Jason Kenney says employers must increase wages and invest in skill training to resolve Canada’s skilled worker shortage

Other Ontario

Heinz’s Leamington plant closure to affect hundreds of full-time and migrant workers
Time to start thinking about low-income tax clinics – Fort Erie is looking for volunteers
ONPHA’s latest report shows waiting lists for affordable housing still climbing
From the CCPA-Ontario: Making every job a good job
Op-ed in “The Loop” supporting a guaranteed annual income

Across the Province

Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas agrees to oppose merging OW and ODSP
My mistake – the shelter set to charge for staying is in Kenora (not Hamilton) – where the local MPP is calling on government to solve the housing crisis
Bridges Community Health Centre calls for increased dental funding for low income Ontarians
Family in London fought removal from Canada – but found dead in murder-suicide after options ran out
Food bank use in Fort Erie is climbing; new self-advocacy program launched
In Toronto, kids from low income families need the right to play – Russ’ Blog

National

The federal fiscal update: Incredible shrinking government
The premiers talk pension reform and Jobs Grant response last Friday
Inequality and health care – part of the Globe’s inequality series
Another part of the series – how globalization has left the 1% even further ahead
It’s a good time to rethink corporate tax cuts

International

David Cameron announces permanent austerity for the UK
The lowest paid UK workers to be classed “not working enough” as benefits put at risk
Local council in the UK votes to eliminate its emergency assistance fund – a case study for emergency housing assistance in CHPI?
Swiss to vote in a referendum on guaranteed annual income on Nov 24
How Switzerland’s basic income proposal could be applied in the US
Socialist candidate in Seattle condemns income inequality; is on the verge of winning

Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

6. New releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
--- Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan: Take it to the public - November 2013
--- Time for Talk, Not Action (Canada Job Grant program) - November 2013

New releases from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan: Take it to the public (PDF - 64K, 11 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1026ENG.pdf
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
November 2013
(...)
On November 1, 2013, provincial/territorial finance ministers met and agreed on four conditions for reforming the Canada Pension Plan.

Increased benefits:
• must be fully funded
• have a limited economic impact on businesses, which have to pay higher contributions
• improve benefits for the middle class
• protect low-income earners.
The finance ministers hope to advance matters when they meet with the federal finance minister in December.
But prospects for immediate action look dim...

[ NOTE : The appendix to this paper gives a brief description of Canada’s three-tier retirement income system. ]

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Time for Talk, Not Action (PDF - 28K, 2 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1023ENG.pdf
By Michael Mendelson and Chris Atchison
November 2013
In its March 2013 Budget, Ottawa announced the new Canada Job Grant program, promising that the “detailed design” would be negotiated with the provinces “over the next year.” On November 8, 2013, Jason Kenney, the new Minister of Employment and Social Development, finally found the time to meet with his provincial counterparts. This op ed, originally published in the Vancouver Sun on November 7, 2013, reviews the problems inherent in the Canada Job Grant and the implications of funding the new program through cutting employability and training for vulnerable populations. It argues that the federal government should now work with the provinces to redesign the program.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. It is supported primarily by the Maytree Foundation, located in Toronto. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, October 2013 - November 22
--- Employment Insurance, September 2013
- November 21

--- Two articles in the Newsletter for Communities (November 2013 issue):
***** Study: An Overview of the Working Lives of Older Baby Boomers, 1983 to 2010
***** Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012

--- The Labour Force Survey’s volatility – myth or reality?
- November 20
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Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2012 - November 20

--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in August 2013
- November 19

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

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November 22, 2013
Consumer Price Index, October 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131122/dq131122a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 0.7% in the 12 months to October, following a 1.1% increase in September. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index declined 0.1% in October after increasing 0.1% in September.

November 21, 2013
Employment Insurance, September 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131121/dq131121a-eng.htm
Following three months of little change, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits decreased slightly in September (-1.4% or -7,100) to 503,800. Compared with September 2012, the number of beneficiaries was down 8.8%

- includes the following charts and tables:

Chart 1 : Slightly fewer regular Employment Insurance beneficiaries in September
Chart 2 : Number of regular Employment Insurance beneficiaries by occupation, percentage change, September 2012 to September 2013
Chart 3 : Employment Insurance claims unchanged in September

Table 1 : Beneficiaries receiving regular income benefits by province and territory, sex and age – Seasonally adjusted
Table 2 : Initial and renewal claims received, by province and territory – Seasonally adjusted
Table 3 : Beneficiaries receiving regular income benefits by census metropolitan area – Seasonally adjusted
Table 4 : Beneficiaries receiving regular income benefits by occupation, Canada – Seasonally adjusted

CANSIM Tables:

* Table 276-0003 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0003&p2=31
* Table 276-0004 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0004&p2=31
* Table 276-0011 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0011&p2=31
* Table 276-0020 to 276-0022 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0020..276-0022&p2=31
* Table 276-0030 to 276-0032 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0030..276-0032&p2=31
* Table 276-0040 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0040&p2=31
* Table 276-0041 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0041&p2=31

More info about Employment Insurance
from Service Canada
:
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/index.shtml

Related subjects:

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

Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

Two articles from the
Newsletter for Communities - November 2013
:

Study: An Overview of the Working Lives of Older Baby Boomers, 1983 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131002/dq131002a-eng.htm
November 2013
With the leading edge of the baby boom generation now in their mid-sixties, there is considerable interest in how and when these individuals will retire. To help place this issue in a broader context, this paper provides information on the employment histories of individuals who were aged 33 to 38 in 1983 and aged 60 to 65 in 2010.

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Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131008/dq131008b-eng.htm
Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012 (final)This report presents the first Canadian results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an initiative of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Earlier issues of the
Newsletter for Communities:

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-016-X&chropg=1&lang=eng

Source:
Newsletter for Communities - November 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/sc-rb/news-bulletin/11-016-x/11-016-x2013011-eng.html

Newsletter for Communities - main product page
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-016-X&lang=eng
Statistics Canada's Newsletter for Communities offers information to those working for municipal and community organizations about Statistics Canada's data and services. The newsletter also offers links to data releases of the Census and National Household Survey, videos, tutorials, media advisories, learning sessions and presentations.
NOTE : Click "View" for the latest issue of the newsletter; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

November 20, 2013
The Labour Force Survey’s volatility – myth or reality?
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/volati-eng
Each month, many people pay close attention to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) release [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131108/dq131108a-eng.htm ], especially economists and journalists. The survey is a snapshot of how many Canadians are working, which is a key indication of the direction of the economy. And, for most Canadians, jobs mean prosperity. Lately, however, some people have wondered if the monthly fluctuations in the number of Canadians employed are more dramatic and volatile than usual. That concern warranted a closer look, because accurate LFS data are a cornerstone of decision-making. So, Statistics Canada’s LFS team checked and checked again.

Source:
StatCan Blog

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/interaction/eng/blog-blogue/
Click this link for earlier StatCan blog posts.

Related subjects:

Reference
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=4017&id=4017&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Statistical methods
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1356&id=1356&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

November 20, 2013
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131120/dq131120b-eng.htm
Productivity increased and surpassed the national average in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta in 2012. All other provinces and territories experienced a decline in business productivity. At the national level, business productivity edged up 0.2%, after increasing 1.1% in 2011.

November 19, 2013
Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in August 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131119/dq131119c-eng.htm
In August, there were 219,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses, a decline of 51,000 compared with August 2012. There were 6.4 unemployed people for every job vacancy, up from 5.2 one year earlier. The increase in the ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was all the result of the decline in job vacancies. The national job vacancy rate was 1.5% in August, down from 1.8% 12 months earlier.

Available in CANSIM Tables 284-0001 to 284-0004
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=284-0001..284-0004&p2=31

Related subjects:

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

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

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

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.



Source:
The Daily

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


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.

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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

November 24, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Children and families in the new Saskatchewan: A discussion of early learning and child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/children-and-families-new-saskatchewan-discussion-early-l-0
20 Nov 2013 | Saskatchewan
Discussion paper from the Muttart Foundation "looks to the future and considers how the recent social and economic changes in the province might best align with policy and practice research to help shape early learning and child care for our youngest citizens and their families".

Investing in young children: A fact sheet on early care and education participation, access, and quality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/investing-young-children-fact-sheet-early-care-and-educatio
20 Nov 2013 | United States
Joint report by CLASP and the National Center for Children in Poverty (US)"reveals that significant underinvestment in early care and education programs at the state and federal levels has left large numbers of children underserved".

Let’s touch the skies!
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/let%E2%80%99s-touch-skies
20 Nov 2013 | Alberta
Report from Cochrane Society for Housing Options provides a gender based analysis to examine the relationship between women and economic security in Cochrane and area. Survey respondents listed access to safe, affordable childcare in the top 3 among critical points to increase their economic security.

Tackling in-work poverty by supporting dual-earning families
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/tackling-work-poverty-supporting-dual-earning-families
18 Nov 2013 | Europe
Report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK) argues that, "while those further up the income distribution have choices about how to share working and caring, the choices facing poorer households are increasingly constrained".

Update on support for the $10/day Plan!
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/11/update-support-10day-plan
13 Nov 2013 | British Columbia
Letter from the CCCABC and ECEBC highlights increasing support for their Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care & Learning, and says that "our work now is to help the Premier and other MLA's understand that they do indeed have the funds available to start implementing the $10/day Plan".

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

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

Poverty study points to lack of coordination of services
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/poverty-study-points-lack-coordination-services
20 Nov 2013 | Alberta

Daycare gives kids crackers, fines mom for unhealthy lunch
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/daycare-gives-kids-crackers-fines-mom-unhealthy-lunch
20 Nov 2013 | Manitoba

Labour to offer guaranteed childcare at primary schools from 8am to 6pm
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/labour-offer-guaranteed-childcare-primary-schools-8am-6pm
19 Nov 2013 | Europe

Productivity Commission childcare hearings likely to pit nanny against centre
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/productivity-commission-childcare-hearings-likely-pit-nanny-against-
19 Nov 2013 | Australia and New Zealand

Pelosi: We can win
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/11/pelosi-we-can-win
19 Nov 2013 | United States

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):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to 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. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

November 22, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/22/
National Public Radio Report on Philadelphia Schools (3 articles)
Kids Count Report – Maine (2 articles)

November 21, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/21/
2013 US Homeless Count (2 articles)
Child Support Payments

November 20, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/20/
Kids Count Reports – Alabama, Kansas (2 articles)
Conditional Cash Transfer Program – Brazil

November 19, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/19/
The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)

November 18, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/11/18/
Suburban Poverty – Pittsburgh, PA
Extended Jobless Benefits

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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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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

20 November 2013 - CRINmail issue1354
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4941
In this issue:
Universal Children's Day 2013
Latest news and reports
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Eritrea
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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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

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issue above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the web server of the
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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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Music for the Baby Boomers

For all of you who are feeling a little older and missing those great old tunes, there is good news.
Some of your favorite old performers have re-released their great hits with new lyrics to accommodate their aging audience.

Some examples:

Herman's Hermits ----------------- "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Walker"
The Rolling Stones ---------------- "You Can't Always Pee When You Want"
Paul Simon ------------------------- "Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver"
Carly Simon ------------------------ "You're So Varicose Vein"
The Bee Gees ---------------------- "How Can You Mend a Broken Hip?"
Roberta Flack ---------------------- "The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face"
Johnny Nash ----------------------- "I Can't See Clearly Now"
The Temptations ------------------- "Papa's Got a Kidney Stone"
Nancy Sinatra --------------------- "These Boots Give Me Arthritis"
ABBA ------------------------------- "Denture Queen"
Leo Sayer ------------------------- "You Make Me Feel Like Napping"
Commodores --------------------- "Once, Twice, Three Trips to the Bathroom"
Procol Harem ---------------------- "A Whiter Shade of Hair"
The Beatles ------------------------ "I Get By with a Little Help From Depends"
Credence Clearwater Revival --- "Bad Prune Rising"
Marvin Gaye ---------------------- "I Heard It Through the Grape Nuts"
The Who -------------------------- "Talkin' 'Bout My Medication"

Source:
Who remembers...

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And, in closing...

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Any Dead Heads out there?

Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater - December 5, 1979
https://archive.org/details/gd79-12-05.aud.warner.19418.sbeok.shnf
(From Archive.org : https://archive.org/ )
Click on any of the 18 song titles in the list

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Stuart Smalley's Self-Help Affirmation (video, duration 0:07)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG61N6OhRWE
By Minnesota Senator Al Franken (Saturday Night alumnus)

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Six Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions
http://mentalfloss.com/article/48723/6-inventors-killed-their-own-inventions

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Fifty Insane Facts About Hair
http://hairlossgeeks.com/50-insane-facts-about-hair/

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Rob Ford : The Movie (video, duration 2:48)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUY6lDja-DE

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Thirty Things You No Longer Need Because Of iPhones
http://www.buzzfeed.com/video/jeffrubin/30-things-you-no-longer-need-because-of-smartphones

 

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