Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 25, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,537 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. Austerity mania threatens Ontario’s poor and disabled (Toronto Star) - March 22
2. Tax Fairness Newsletter + Fair Tax Summit Reminder - March 2012 (Canadians for Tax Fairness)
3. The changing face of poverty in Canada (Globe and Mail) - March 21
4. Saskatchewan Budget 2012 - March 21
5. Recent work by John Stapleton
--- It's Not That Much Money - March 20
--- A Canadian Affluence Line
- March 16

6. Québec Budget 2012 - March 20

7. [Québec] Update on poverty reduction - two new reports from the Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion - March 2012
8. [Ontario] 29 Submissions in Response to Social Assistance Review Discussion Paper #2 (Poverty Free Ontario) - March 20

9. [Manitoba] The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act - Effective June 2011
10. [New Brunswick] New from the Common Front for Social Justice:
--- Open Letter to the Premier : From Words to Action- March 22
--- To New Brunswick financial planners: daylight saving time is here! - March 2012

11. Combating Hunger : A Snapshot of Hunger in Ontario in 2011 (Ontario Association of Food Banks) - December 2011
12. Yukon Budget 2012 - March 15
13. 11th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress (Toronto) May 3-5, 2012 - Online registration and conference schedule
14.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2012
- March 23
--- Study: Household debt in Canada, 2009 - March 23
--- Labour Force Survey: 2011 year-end review
- March 23
--- Employment Insurance, January 2012
- March 22
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Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010 - March 21
--- Leading indicators, February 2012 - March 21
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2011 - March 21
--- Job vacancies, October and November and December 2011
- March 21
--- Health Reports, March 2012 online edition - March 21

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

International content

16. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
17. [U.S.] For never-married mothers, 1996 welfare reforms worked (Brookings Institution) - February 2012
18. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Austerity mania threatens Ontario’s poor and disabled - March 22
(Toronto Star)

Austerity mania threatens Ontario’s poor and disabled
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1150724
By Melissa Addison-Webster
March 22, 2012
As a woman with quadriplegia receiving payments from the Ontario Disability Support Program, I am extremely concerned with the present “austerity” agenda the Ontario government is proposing.
(...)
Employment can be a wonderful opportunity for some people on ODSP but current rules do not allow it to be a means of getting out of poverty. Presently, the province claws back 50 per cent of the income I earn. That means if I have a job that pays $13 an hour, I am only really working for $6.50 an hour. When I make more than the $1,059 a month that I currently get from ODSP — less than $13,000 annual income — I am kicked off the program. This means losing funding for my wheelchairs and my drug and dental coverage. Many similar rules prevent people on OW from finding meaningful work and gaining more independence.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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

2. Tax Fairness Newsletter + Fair Tax Summit Reminder - March 2012
(Canadians for Tax Fairness)

Tax Fairness Newsletter - March 2012
http://www.taxfairness.ca/newsletter/2012-03/tax-fairness-newsletter-march-2012
March 2012

In this issue:

The Fair Tax Summit (see below)
The Federal Budget: There are alternatives to cutbacks
Take Action!
Africa's Odious Debts
The macroeconomic causes of growing inequality
Poll finds 60% support raising taxes on the rich
Successful campaign to save libraries from tax cuts video
Can you guess which province has the lowest corporate taxes?
Study says Canada has one of the lowest corporate tax rates.
Who said, "I don't believe that any taxes are good taxes"?
Inequality is bad for the economy
Doctors for Fair Taxation

Source:
Canadians for Tax Fairness
http://www.taxfairness.ca/
The mission of Canadians for Tax Fairness is to build a national campaign to promote fair taxation. We support the development and implementation of a tax system, based on ability to pay, to fund the comprehensive, high-quality network of public services and programs required to meet our social, economic and environmental needs in the 21st century.

Version française du site:
Canadiens pour une fiscalité équitable
http://www.taxfairness.ca/fr ]

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Also from
Canadians for Tax Fairness
:

Fair Tax Summit on March 29-30, 2012 (Ottawa) - March 7
http://www.taxfairness.ca/civicrm/event/info?id=1&reset=1&lcMessages=en_US

Canadians for Tax Fairness is holding a Fair Tax Summit on March 29 and 30, 2012 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. The conference aims to build a movement for tax fairness in order to protect vital public services and build a more equal society.

Version française du site:
http://goo.gl/TyruO

NOTE: This conference is limited to 150 participants.
Check the program and the impressive list of speakers, then register right away to be sure to get a spot.

Conference goals:
· Build a movement for progressive taxation in order to protect social programs and build a more equal society.
· Facilitate sharing of research and learn from the experience of campaigns in other countries.
· Clarify choices and policy options and develop a common platform for action on tax fairness.
· Develop public education, advocacy and action campaign plans including figuring out how best to communicate our message.

Bios for all 30 speakers (PDF - 468K, 5 pages)
http://goo.gl/QN4KE
Confirmed speakers include:
Linda McQuaig - Brigitte Alepin - Sarah Anderson - Sheila Block - Michael Bradfield - Neil Brooks - Matthew Carrol - John Christensen - James Clancey - Shannon Daub - Alain Deneault - Brigette DePape - Murray Dobbin - Pam Doig - Diana Gibson - Trish Hennessy - Dennis Howlett - Andrew Jackson - Kathleen Lahey - David Langille - Marc Lee - Nadia Lévesque - David Macdonald - Alvin Sindiga Mosioma - Keith Neuman - Laurel Rothman - Toby Sanger - Richard Shillington - Nicole Tichon - Claude Vaillancourt - Marcelo Saavedra Vargas - Erin Weir - Armine Yalnizyan

Even if you are not able to attend in person, you can still participate online by visiting the Fair Tax Summit Information Hub:
http://www.taxfairness.ca/action/fair-tax-summit-information-hub
There we have posted information about the program, including speakers bios, documents for discussion such as the draft vision and programme and campaign plan for Canadians for Tax Fairness. You can comment on these drafts in the online discussion page and we will feed your comments into the workshop sessions discussing these draft documents at the Summit.

Video interviews with some of the speakers, copies of their power point presentations, and other campaign resources will also be posted during and shortly after the conference.

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- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/tax_freedom_day.htm

3. The changing face of poverty in Canada - March 21
(Globe and Mail)

The changing face of poverty in Canada
http://goo.gl/XXM5a
By Tavia Grant
March 21, 2012

Who are the poor in Canada?
For a country that’s pretty good at tracking economic trends, collective knowledge about incomes and mobility is scant. Canada no longer publishes timely national stats on welfare rates, and provincial tracking of social assistance rates varies considerably. Unlike the U.S., Canada doesn’t publish data on the number of people whose jobless benefits expire without finding work. And the most recent information on the income levels of Canadians dates to 2009 -- three years ago.

A study* released this month sheds some light on longer-term trends. The paper, by Brian Murphy, Xuelin Zhang and Claude Dionne of Statistics Canada’s income statistics division, examines 34 years of low-income levels in Canada. It looks at what different measures of poverty show, and how trends changed between 1976 and 2009.

[ 88 comments: http://goo.gl/0CLHN ]

Source:
Globe and Mail Blogs

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/


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* The study:

Low Income in Canada - A Multi-line and Multi-index Perspective
By Brian Murphy, Xuelin Zhang and Claude Dionne
HTML version (links are in the left margin):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75f0002m/75f0002m2012001-eng.htm ]
March 7, 2012

Related link:

Welfare Dependency in Canada - National Statistics
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_dependency.htm
April 2011
[NOTE : The welfare dependency links page is likely of no particular interest to anyone except for white-haired profs and social researchers wondering WTF is happening with Canadian welfare statistics. If you're not in one of these two categories, move along - there's nothing for you here.] --- (:-O
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Source:
Globe and Mail Blogs

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/

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

4. Saskatchewan Budget 2012 - March 21, 2012

Saskatchewan 2012-13 Provincial Budget
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2012-13
March 21, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers

Budget 2012-13 : Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage
Balanced Budget and Sustainable Spending Will Keep Saskatchewan Economy Strong
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2012-13
March 21, 2012
News Release
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget that improves access to health care and makes life more affordable for Saskatchewan citizens while ensuring spending on government services remains affordable and sustainable.
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Budget Address (PDF - 132K, 30 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/BudgetSpeech2012-13.pdf

Budget highlights (PDF - 304K, 2 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/BudgetHighlights2012-13.pdf
* A Balanced Budget and a Growing Economy
* Better Access to Health Care
* Improved Quality of Life
* Making Life More Affordable

Selected backgrounders pertaining
to social services in Saskatchewan:

* Social Services - Housing (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/SSHousingNR.pdf

*Social Services - Children and Youth Agenda (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/SSSCYABackgrounder.pdf

* Social Services - Quality of Life (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/SSQualityofLifeBackgrounder.pdf

Source:
Saskatchewan Finance

http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Saskatchewan Budget:

Growth Management (PDF - 640K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/sk12.pdf
March 22, 2012

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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Selected media coverage:

From CBC News:

Budget 2012: Saskatchewan spends $11B
March 23, 2012
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz unveiled the Saskatchewan 2012 provincial budget on March 21.

* Saskatchewan budget combines cuts, more spending
The Saskatchewan government has unveiled an $11.3-billion budget that's a bit like the fictional creature in the Dr. Doolittle books — an animal with a head on both ends. Like the Pushmi-pullyu, the government's 2012-2013 spending plan appears to go in two different directions, with a 4.7 per cent increase in spending at the same time some programs are being cut, fees are being hiked and jobs are being shed.

More CBC coverage of SK Budget 2012:
http://goo.gl/cbVjl
I didn't find these links relevant enough to include here, but if you're interested, click the link in the previous line and select a link from the following:
* Sask. eliminates film subsidy
* New InSecurity shows won't be done in Sask., producer vows
* Scrum time at the Saskatchewan Legislature
* Notes on a budget press release
* Budget tweets keep coming
* Sask. to try out passing lanes
* REPLAY: Post-budget chat
* Sask. budget Your Say question

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

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

5. Recent work by John Stapleton
- It's Not That Much Money - March 20
- A Canadian Affluence Line
- March 16

It's Not That Much Money
http://vibrantcanada.ca/blogs/john-stapleton/its-not-much-money
March 20, 2012
John Stapleton
By Gilles: John and his trusty calculator tackle the City of Toronto's budget deficit of $15 billion and come up with...
$8.00 a day per Ontarian (excluding the poor, children and seniors) to reclaim "our libraries, the police, our parks, our hospitals, our firefighters, our pools, our street lights, our roads, our sewers, our transit …. In fact, all of it!"
John concludes : "I used to think that our deficit was a problem.
It is and it’s serious. But it is not insurmountable.
It’s just not that much money."

Source:
Vibrant Communities Canada
http://vibrantcanada.ca/

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A Canadian Affluence Line : a poverty line for the rich
http://vicariousass.com/2012/03/16/a-canadian-affluence-line/
March 16, 2012
By John Stapleton
(...) The 99% seem to know who they are – for the most part. But what about the 1%? “There can only be one….per cent.” How to know if you’re part of it, or just a 99 percent poser? Well, the High Income Measure (HIM) is the new Poverty Line for the 1%. We have a number of poverty lines in Canada. We have the low-income cut-off (LICO) that has not been properly recalculated for 19 years. We have the Market Basket Measure (MBM) that bases itself in part on rents that are impossible to obtain. And we have the Low Income Measure (LIM) that simply sets its line at 50% of the median income. How do the top 1%? know when they have fallen out of affluence and fallen into the 99%? It is not unimportant...
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By Gilles: John used an article [ http://xraymagazine.ca/34/4/ ] by Marc Lee of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ ] plus a few more tools (all documented under "Methodology"in his article) to create a table showing the minimum income a household of one to six people needs, before and after tax, to be considered as part of the 1%. The table shows that a one-person household needs an annual income of $161,194 or more after tax to avoid slipping down to the lowly 99% group. There's just a hint of sardonicism from John as he laments "the fact that young 1%’er singles living on only $80,000 a year would have to save for a full 12 years to amass their first million. It’s outrageous."

Source:
VICARIOUSASS
Vass Bednar's blog

http://vicariousass.com/

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

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

6. Québec Budget 2012 - March 20

 

NOTA : Tous les liens vers le budget 2012 du Québec ci-dessous sont offerts
en français sur la page de liens vers les programmes sociaux du Québec:

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

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From the
Government of Québec:

Budget 2012-2013
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/index_en.asp
March 20, 2012
Finance Minister Raymond Bachand delivered the 2012-2013 Budget Speech on March 20, 2012.
- incl. Budget at a Glance and links to all budget documents (including those below)

Selected budget documents:

Press releases (small PDF files):

* 2012-2013 Budget - A Budget With No New Taxes for Quebecers
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/Communique_1en.pdf

* 2012-2013 Budget - Public Finances Under Control: Staying the Course Towards a Balanced Budget in 2012-2013
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/Communique_2en.pdf

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Budget Speech (PDF - 48 pages, 766 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/speech.pdf

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2012-2013 Budget Plan (PDF - 500 pages, 2.30 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/budgetplan.pdf

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Additional Information on the Fiscal Measures of the Budget (PDF - 116 pages, 1.01 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/additionnalinfo.pdf

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Budget at a Glance (PDF - 16 pages, 3.33 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/budgetglance.pdf

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Budget papers:

Québec and the Fight against poverty : Social Solidarity (PDF - 40 pages, 757 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/poverty.pdf
Table of contents:
* The gap between rich and poor
--- Québec is a more egalitarian society
--- Since 2003, inequality has diminished in Québec
* Poverty
--- Since 2003, the low-income rate for families has declined markedly in Québec
--- The low-income rate observed in Québec is one of the lowest in Canada
Appendix 1 : The measures that Québec has adopted to combat poverty: $4.4 billion between 2004 and 2010 .
Appendix 2 : Additional Indicators

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Quebecers and their disposable income:
Greater wealth for all
(PDF - 764K, 48 pages)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/income.pdf

"The government has taken many initiatives concerning the tax system, taxes and fees.
A set of fiscal measures have increased the disposable income of Québec households.
— These measures were designed to help families, reduce poverty and support economic growth.
— Measures the Québec government has put in place include Child Assistance, the work premium, the deduction for workers, the $950-million tax reduction in January 2008 and the solidarity tax credit.
— The federal government also implemented tax relief."

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Québec and Its seniors:
More support for Growing old at Home
(PDF - 60 pages, 801 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/seniors.pdf
* More seniors, in better health and more active
* Support for seniors through community-based projects
* Health services better adapted to the needs of seniors
* Affordable, safe and adapted housing for seniors
*Enhanced tax assistance to help seniors remain in their home

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Quebecers and their retirement:
Accessible plans for all
(PDF - 32 pages, 915 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/retirement.pdf
* Ensure access to pension plans for all Quebecers
* Act to maintain our pension plans
* Implementation of voluntary retirement savings plans: the government is acting on its commitment

Source:
Ministère des finances
(English home page)
http://www.finances.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.asp

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Quebec Budget:

The Penultimate Budget to the Return to Surplus (PDF - 668K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/qu12.pdf
(mostly dry economic and fiscal analysis, but definitely worth a look if you're a number-cruncher...)

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

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From the
Montreal Gazette:

Quebec budget aims to pay down debt, offer aid to retirees
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Quebec+budget+stays+course/6331846/story.html
By Kevin Dougherty
March 21, 2012
QUEBEC – Finance Minister Raymond Bachand presented an “age-friendly” budget Tuesday offering tax breaks for those who stay on the job after 65, a new retirement savings plan for the two million Quebecers with no company pension plan and more aid for seniors staying in their own homes.
Source:
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/

More budget coverage from the Gazette:

* Interactive: The Quebec budget at a glance
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/quebec_budget.html

* Quebec budget highlights
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Quebec+budget+highlights/6331845/story.html

* $2.7B to help seniors stay in homes
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/help+seniors+stay+homes/6331901/story.html

* Tuition hikes not spared in budget
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Tuition+hikes+spared+budget/6331885/story.html

* Editorial: Liberals stake claim as fiscal managers
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Editorial+Liberals+stake+claim+fiscal+managers/6332744/story.html

* Don Macpherson: The Liberals take a risk
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Macpherson+Liberals+take+risk/6332748/story.html

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

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

7. [Québec] Québec : update on poverty reduction (two new reports) - March 2012
(Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion)

NOTE : The English version follows the French below.

Québec

Deux nouveaux documents du
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion:

1. La pauvreté, les inégalités et l’exclusion sociale au québec : vers l’horizon 2013
État de situation 2011
(PDF - 2Mo., 82 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/CEPE_Etat_situation_2011.pdf
Athanase Barayandema, Guy Fréchet, Aline Lechaume et Frédéric Savard

mars 2012

Extrait, p. 1:
Des gains ont été enregistrés ces dernières années, mais pas pour tous. Depuis la fin des années 1990, le taux de faible revenu a en effet diminué. Mais il demeure très préoccupant, notamment pour les personnes seules, qui comptent pour presque la moitié des personnes en situation de pauvreté et qui ont également tendance à être les plus pauvres parmi les pauvres. Ce deuxième portrait souligne la grande vulnérabilité et la précarité de ces personnes qui risquent de cumuler plusieurs désavantages et de demeurer bien en deçà des seuils de faible revenu

Extrait du Sommaire (p.2):
L’Avis du Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion, intitulé Prendre la mesure de la pauvreté, Proposition d’indicateurs devant servir à mesurer la pauvreté, les inégalités et l’exclusion sociale afin de mesurer les progrès réalisés au Québec (PDF - 676Ko.,71 pages):
[ http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/CEPE_Etat_situation_2011.pdf ](CEPE, 2009)
... a présenté 19 recommandations sur les indicateurs à privilégier afin de mesurer les progrès réalisés au Québec en matière de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion. Le présent état de situation répond à la recommandation voulant qu’un bilan annuel soit publié sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion au Québec. Par conséquent, cet état de situation permet de réunir les données les plus à jour, au moment de sa publication, sur la pauvreté et les inégalités au Québec.

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2. Les coûts de la pauvreté au Québec selon le modèle de Nathan Laurie (PDF - 764Ko., 29 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/CEPE_Cout_pauvrete.pdf
Athanase Barayandema et Guy Fréchet

mars 2012
(...) Nous tentons dans cette étude d’estimer ces coûts [de la pauvretéç sur la base d’une recension des écrits et d’une application pour le Québec d’un des modèles recensés, soit celui proposé par Nathan Laurie1 et publié par l’Ontario Association of Food Banks en 2008. Il s’agit d’une étude récente sur la question dans le contexte canadien, ce qui permet une transposition assez fidèle de la méthode.
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Par Gilles:
Dans ce document, vous trouverez les écrits recensés qui ont traité des coûts de la pauvreté au Québec et ailleurs, la méthodologie utilisée et une estimation des différents coûts de la pauvreté mesurés à l’aide du modèle retenu, tels que les coûts pour le système de santé, les coûts de la criminalité, les coûts de la pauvreté transmise d’une génération à l’autre, et les pertes économiques.

Source:
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion

http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/

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ENGLISH VERSION

Québec : update on poverty reduction

New from the
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion:
(Centre for the study of poverty and exclusion)

Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion in Québec:
Looking Ahead to 2013
2011 Progress Report
(PDF - 328K, 100 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Progress_Report_CEPE_2011.pdf
By Athanase Barayandema, Guy Fréchet, Aline Lechaume et Frédéric Savard

March 2012

Excerpt from the abstract:

The 2009 Advice to the Minister entitled Taking the Measure of Poverty: Proposed Indicators of Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion to Measure Progress in Québec (PDF - 311K, 80 pages) [ http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Avis_CEPE_en.pdf ] contained 19 recommendations regarding indicators for measuring Québec’s progress in fighting poverty and exclusion. Responding to the CEPE’s recommendation calling for the yearly publication of a progress report on poverty and social exclusion in Québec, the present report represents a compilation of the most recent data, i.e. available at the time of publication, on poverty and inequality in Québec.
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Selected highlights:
While progress has been made in recent years, it has not been on all fronts. The low income rate has dropped since the late 1990s, but remains worrisome, particularly among unattached individuals, who account for nearly half of all people living in poverty and who also tend to be the poorest of the poor. The latter portrait underlines the heightened vulnerability and precarious status of unattached individuals, who are at risk of facing multiple disadvantages and living well below the Low Income Cut-Offs.
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Another recent release from CEPE:

The Costs of Poverty in Québec According to the Model by Nathan Laurie (PDF - 146K, 31 pages)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/pdf/Costs_poverty_QC.pdf
By Athanase Barayandema and Guy Fréchet
March 2012
(...) In this study, we attempt to gauge those costs [of poverty] based on a review of the scientific literature and our application of one of the models identified, namely the model put forward by Nathan Laurie and published by the Ontario Association of Food Banks in 2008. As a recent study on this issue in the Canadian context, the method can be transposed relatively faithfully to Québec realities.
- includes a summary of the literature which deals with the costs of poverty here and elsewhereinformation on the methodology used and an estimate of the various costs of poverty determined using the selected model, including health system costs, crime-related costs, intergenerational costs and economic losses.
[ Spoiler: ... poverty costs Québec society as a whole between $15.7 billion and $17.0 billion a year, or from 5.8% to 6.3% of its real GDP. Social costs alone are estimated at over $5 billion a year. (Excerpt from Summary, page v) ]
- types of costs included: remedial costs, intergenerational costs, opportunity costs

More CEPE Documents:
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/publications/publications_en.asp

Source:
Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion
(English home page)
(Centre for the study of poverty and exclusion)
http://www.cepe.gouv.qc.ca/presentation/index_en.asp
The Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion (CEPE) is an observation, research and discussion centre entrusted with providing reliable and rigourous information, notably of a statistical nature, on poverty and social exclusion issues. (...) One of the main mandates of the CEPE is to develop and recommend to the Minister a series of indicators to be used in measuring poverty and social exclusion and social and economic disparities, as well as other indicators of poverty.

Related link:

National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/grands-dossiers/lutte-contre-la-pauvrete/index_en.asp
With its National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion, under the theme, “The Will to Act, The Strength to Succeed”, the Québec government intends to progressively transform Québec, over a ten-year period, into one of the industrialized societies with the least poverty.
- incl. links to: * Summary of consultation process * Bill * Parliamentary committee * Useful links * Policy statement * Summary of policy statement * Report on government action

Source:
Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
(English home page)
http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/Index_en.asp

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

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

8. [Ontario] 29 Submissions in Response to Social Assistance Review Discussion Paper #2 - March 20
(Poverty Free Ontario)

Ontario

Submissions in Response to
Social Assistance Review Discussion Paper #2

http://goo.gl/qRFgz
March 20, 2012
The Ontario Social Assistance Review Commissioners asked for any submissions in response to their Discussion paper #2 by March 16, 2012.

Poverty Free Ontario has no central coordinating resources to enable any organizing around this but we did provide a PFO Bulletin and Call to Action resulting from our last cross-community tele-call in February.

A number of communities have used these materials and their own local discussions to get their views in, all very consistent with the conversation that we had in February. Below are links to the submissions received by PFO as of March 20, 2012.

Click the link above to select a submission (in PDF format) from the list below.

* 25in5 Hamilton Network for Poverty Reduction/HOPE
* Beth Baskin
* Bridges Community Health Centre (Port Colborne)
* Hastings & Prince Edward Children & Youth Services Network
* Christian Resource Centre (Toronto)
* Community Roundtable on Poverty (Welland)
* Toronto Christian Resource Centre
* Do the Math Working Group of York Region
* Fairlawn Avenue United Church (Toronto)
* Food Security Network of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties
* Hope Centre Group (Welland)
* Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
* Niagara Prosperity Community Committee
* Niagara Region
* O.D.S.P. Action Coalition
* Poverty Free Halton/Community Development Halton
* Put Food in the Budget (PFIB) Community Toolkit
* The Provincial Council of Women of Ontario
* Regent Park Community Health Centre (Toronto)
* The Social Assistance Reform Network of Niagara (SARNN)
* Social Issues Networking Group (SING) (Kingston)
* Social Planning Council of Sudbury
* June Callwood Campaign Against Child Poverty (Toronto)
* Income Security Advocacy Centre
* Voices for Change Halton
* Oak Centre ODSP Group (Niagara)
* The Stop Community Food Centre (Toronto)
* Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo
* Anglican Diocese of Niagara

Source:
Poverty Free Ontario

http://www.povertyfreeontario.ca/

 Putting a Face to Social Assistance
Source:
Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
http://www.hamiltonpoverty.ca/

 

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

9. [Manitoba] The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act - Effective June 2011

Manitoba

The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act
http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/p094-7e.php
Continuing Consolidated Statutes of Manitoba, chapter P94.7
This version is current as of March 16, 2012.
It has been in effect since June 16, 2011, when this Act came into force.

[By Gilles : Oops --- I missed this important link when the Act came into effect in June of 2011. Sorry...]

Related link:

ALL Aboard: Manitoba’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/allaboard/index.html
"Our goal is to continuously reduce poverty and increase social inclusion."
On May 21, 2009, Manitoba announced its poverty reduction strategy, ALL Aboard, which formalizes and builds upon poverty reduction efforts underway in the province.
- incl. links to : *Main Page * Message from the ALL Aboard Co-Chairs * News * ALL Aboard Brochure * ALL Aboard Budget News * Contacts * Links * HOMEWorks! Homeless Strategy with a Focus on Mental Health Housing * Homeless Shelters * Emergency Homeless Shelter Standards * The Salvation Army Project * Cold Weather Strategy * Homeless Outreach Team * Project Breakaway * Housing with Services * Portable Housing Benefit * Community Wellness Initiative * Homelessness Prevention Summit * Housing First * The Mental Health Commission of Canada

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BTW...

Employment and Income Assistance (welfare):
Where are you??

March 22 Update:
A Manitoba Government official notified me back in January of this year that the Employment and Income Assistance (welfare) program was moved from the Department of Family Services and Labour to the Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (ET&T):
http://www.gov.mb.ca/ctt/index.html
...but as at March 22, the Manitoba ET&T website still has zero content on income assistance, welfare or Employment and Income Assistance (the provincial welfare program). All Manitoba welfare information is still located on the Family Services website.

The reason for that, according to the same government person with whom I exchanged emails in January, is that "the actual delivery of EIA services will continue to be provided by Family Services and Labour’s Community Service Delivery Division. The policy/program piece will become part of the Department of Entrepreneurship , Training and Trade (ETT)."

Manitoba Order in Council No. 19/2012 (PDF - 200K, 24 pages)*
http://goo.gl/eCZuh
January 13, 2012
(...)
8. The Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade is charged with the administration of the Statutes
as set out in Schedule H to this Order.
Schedule H:
(...)
The Employment and Income Assistance Act
(...)
The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act.
(...)
10. The Minister of Family Services and Labour is charged with the administration of the Statutes
as set out in Schedule J to this Order.
Schedule J:
(...)
The Social Services Administration Act
[except as it relates to employment and income supports]
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* NOTE : The purpose of this Order in Council is to define the portfolio of each Minister.

Related links:

Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (ET&T):
http://www.gov.mb.ca/ctt/index.html

Family Services and Labour
http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/

More Manitoba welfare links:
Click the Manitoba link in the left margin of the Key Welfare Links page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

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- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

10. [New Brunswick] New from the Common Front for Social Justice:
--- Open Letter to the Premier : From Words to Action- March 22
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To New Brunswick financial planners: daylight saving time is here! - March 2012

From Words to Action : Open Letter to the Premier of New Brunswick (PDF - 64K, 2 pages)
http://www.frontnb.ca/Document/2012-alward-letter.pdf
March 22, 2012
Within the next few days, your government will table its 2012-2013 budget. For the Common Front for Social Justice and for New Brunswickers who live in poverty, the budget will be an opportunity to judge whether your government is serious about making the fight against poverty a priority.
(...)
Ordinary citizens, working people, community organizations working with the poor, senior citizens, the Common Front for Social Justice and, indeed, all of New Brunswick expect you to take decisive action to begin finally reducing poverty in our beautiful province.
Source:
Common Front for Social Justice

http://www.frontnb.ca/en/Home_en.htm

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Version française:

Des paroles aux actions : Lettre ouverte au Premier ministre du N.-B. (PDF)
http://www.frontnb.ca/Document/2012-lettre-alward.pdf
Dans peu de temps, votre gouvernement déposera son budget pour l’année fiscale 2012-2013. Pour le Front commun pour la justice sociale et pour tous les citoyennes et citoyens de la province vivants en situation de pauvreté, ce sera l’occasion de constater si votre gouvernement est sérieux lorsqu’il dit que la lutte à la pauvreté est une priorité pour lui.
(...)
Les citoyens, les organisations communautaires travaillant auprès des plus démunis, le Front commun pour la justice sociale et toute la société civile s’attend que vous allez faire un pas financier décisif pour enfin débuter le long chemin vers la réduction de la pauvreté dans notre belle province.
Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale
http://www.frontnb.ca/fr/home_fr.htm

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To N.B. financial planners: daylight saving time is here! (Word file - 35K, 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/daylight_saving_time.doc
March 2012

[ Version française : Revenir à l'heure de 2008 (fichier Word - 18Ko., 2 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reculer_horloge.doc ]

(...)
It is time to undo the damage done by the 2009 tax reform which significantly reduced provincial revenue. There is an urgent need for the province to generate more income in order to maintain our social programs, reduce our deficit and invest for the future.
(...)
The province has just reverted to daylight saving time. This is the right moment to ask the Finance Minister to see the light and revert to the 2008 taxation system, adding a fifth tax bracket for the wealthy. He will then be able to reduce the deficit and maintain our much needed social programs.

Source:

Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ)
http://www.frontnb.ca/en/Home_en.htm
The Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to lobby for more justice, better social policy and a greater solidarity within society, especially with those living in poverty.

Front commun pour la justice sociale (FCJS)
http://www.frontnb.ca/fr/home_fr.htm

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- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Nouveau-Brunswick :
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbf.htm

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

11. Combating Hunger : A Snapshot of Hunger in Ontario in 2011 - December 2011
(Ontario Association of Food Banks)

Ontario food bank use down slightly in 2011, but on the rise again
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1148851
March 19, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
A slight dip in food-bank use across the province in 2011 may be short-lived, says the Ontario Association of Food Banks. Although the number of food-bank users in March 2011 was down slightly from March 2010, food banks collecting data this month for next year’s report say demand is up again, the association said. (...) Amid steady increases since the 2008 recession, 395,000 Ontarians were forced to rely on food banks in March last year, according to the association’s latest report released Monday. That is down from a record of 402,000 in March 2010. (...) Single adults remain the largest percentage of users, at 39 per cent, followed closely by children younger than 18. They are among almost one in 33 Ontarians who go hungry each month, the report says. Expected cuts to provincial and federal budgets later this month may make the situation even worse, the association said.
Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

From the
Ontario Association of Food Banks
:

Combating Hunger : A Snapshot of Hunger in Ontario in 2011 (PDF - 976K, 9 pages)
http://oafb.ca/assets/pdfs/OAFB_CombatingHunger2011.pdf
December 2011

Source:
Ontario Association of Food Banks
http://www.oafb.ca/
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of 20 regional food banks and over 100 community food banks representing over 1,100 hunger relief programs across the province, from Windsor to Ottawa, and Niagara Falls to Thunder Bay, working towards a hunger-free Ontario.

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

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

12. Yukon Budget 2012 - March 15, 2012

Yukon Budget 2012

Yukon government budget promotes economy, manages prosperity
http://www.gov.yk.ca/news/12-044.html
News Release
March 15, 2012
WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon’s 2012-13 Capital and Operations and Maintenance budget, totaling $1.156 billion, was tabled in the legislative assembly today by Premier and Finance Minister Darrell Pasloski.

2012-2013 Budget Address [ PDF - 136.97 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_speech_e.pdf

2012-2013 Budget Highlights [ 64.37 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_highlights_e.pdf

2012-2013 Financial Information [ 440.16 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_fininfo_e.pdf

2012-2013 Projections [ 65.90 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_longterm_e.pdf

2012-2013 Operation & Maintenance and Capital Estimates
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/2191.html

Budget Documents for curent and previous years (back to 1998-99)
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/general/publications.html

Source:
Government of Yukon
http://www.gov.yk.ca/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Yukon Budget:

No budget analysis as at March 24, 2012.
Check the source link below for updates...

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics:
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

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From CBC North:

Yukon government tables biggest budget ever in territory
Premier promises $80 million surplus in 2012 budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/03/16/north-yukon-government-budget-tabled-2012-pasloski-hanson.html
March 16, 2012
The Yukon government's 2012 budget was tabled in the legislature Thursday. Yukon premier Darrell Pasloski’s first-ever budget revealed plans to spend more money than ever before by the territorial government. Pasloski plans to spend around $1.16 billion in the coming year with another $80 million left over as surplus. But around 90 per cent of that comes directly from Ottawa in the form of various transfers.
Source:
CBC North

http://www.cbc.ca/north/

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

- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

13. 11th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress (Toronto) May 3-5, 2012
- Online registration and conference schedule

Register online for the 11th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress (Toronto) May 3-5, 2012
http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1037653

The 11th North American Basic Income Guarantee* Congress
http://biencanada.ca/content/11th-north-american-basic-income-guarantee-congress-call-proposals
The 11th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress will take place May 3-5, 2012 at the University of Toronto
Theme : Putting Equality Back on the Agenda: Basic Income and Other Approaches to Economic Security for All.

[ * Basic income is an income guaranteed by government for all, without condition, means test or work requirement; it's also known as guaranteed annual income. ]

Conference Schedule
http://biencanada.ca/content/11th-north-american-basic-income-guarantee-congress-schedule

Featured speakers will include:

* Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School and co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

* Charles Karelis, Research Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University and Author of The Persistence of Poverty: Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can't Help the Poor

* Erik Olin Wright, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, author of Envisioning Real Utopias, and American Society: How it Actually Works

* Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

* John Rook, Chair of the National Council of Welfare and CEO of Potential Place Society

* Evelyn Forget, Professor, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine

* Trish Hennessy, Director of Strategic Issues for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

* Dan Meades, Director, Vibrant Communities Calgary.

The North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress is a joint Conference of the U.S. and Canadian Basic Income Guarantee Networks.

For further information contact:

Jim Mulvale
james.mulvale@uregina.ca
Faculty of Social Work
University of Regina

Source:
Basic Income Canada Network

http://biencanada.ca/
BIEN Canada is the Canadian affiliate of the Basic Income Earth Network [ http://www.basicincome.org/bien ]. BIEN Canada was founded at the 2008 international BIEN Congress to promote dialogue, public education and networking about basic income in Canada. BIEN Canada is composed of individuals and organizations interested in promoting dialogue around basic income.

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

14. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2012
- March 23
--- Study: Household debt in Canada, 2009 - March 23
--- Labour Force Survey: 2011 year-end review
- March 23
--- Employment Insurance, January 2012
- March 22
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Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010 - March 21
--- Leading indicators, February 2012 - March 21
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2011 - March 21
--- Job vacancies, October and November and December 2011
- March 21
--- Health Reports, March 2012 online edition - March 21

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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March 23, 2012
Consumer Price Index, February 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120323/dq120323a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 2.6% in the 12 months to February, following a 2.5% increase in January. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.1% from January to February.
- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit
* Consumer Price Index and major components

Report:

The Consumer Price Index : February 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/62-001-x/62-001-x2012002-eng.htm
Contents:
Highlights
Briefing notes
Analysis
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products
PDF version

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

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

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

Related subjects:

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

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

March 23, 2012
Study: Household debt in Canada, 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120323/dq120323b-eng.htm
Two-thirds of households had outstanding debt that averaged $114,000 in 2009, according to the Canadian Financial Capability Survey (CFCS). Income and education were strongly associated with debt. Households with pre-tax income of at least $100,000 owed about $60,000 more than those with less than $50,000 in pre-tax income. Similarly, postsecondary graduates owed $26,000 more, on average, than those with less than a high school diploma. These results generally accord with lenders' assessments of borrowers' ability to carry loan payments.

The article "Household Debt in Canada" is now available in the
March 2012 online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/75-001-x2012002-eng.htm
NOTE : The March 2012 edition also includes
Labour Force Survey: 2011 year-end review
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2012002/article/11639-eng.htm

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

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://goo.gl/HXNdl

* Household assets, debts and wealth
http://goo.gl/xAd3d

March 22, 2012
Employment Insurance, January 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120322/dq120322a-eng.htm
In January, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits increased by 12,400 (+2.3%) to 561,100. This increase returned the number of beneficiaries to roughly the same level as in June 2011.
- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Related link:

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps, January 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/73-002-x/73-002-x2012001-eng.htm
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
- incl. Intro to maps + link to December 2011 maps [in the left margin]

Source:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps - Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=73-002-X&lang=eng
Set of maps presenting Employment Insurance Statistics. The maps show the percentage change in the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs), using 2001 Census geography. Data are also shown in a tabular format.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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

Related subjects:

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

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

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

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

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

March 21, 2012
Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120321/dq120321a-eng.htm
The vast majority of Canadians provided either time or money to charitable and non-profit organizations in 2010. Between 2007 and 2010, the total amount of money they donated and the total number of hours they volunteered remained stable.

March 21, 2012
Leading indicators, February 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120321/dq120321b-eng.htm
The composite leading index rose 0.6% in February, following a 0.4% gain in January. This was the eighth consecutive monthly increase of the index. In February, 6 of the 10 components rose.

March 21, 2012
Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120321/dq120321e-eng.htm

March 21, 2012
Job vacancies, October and November and December 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120321/dq120321f-eng.htm

March 21, 2012
Health Reports, March 2012 online edition
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/82-003-x2012001-eng.htm
March 2012
The March 2012 issue of Health Reports contains two articles:
* Sexual behaviour and condom use of 15- to 24-year-olds in 2003 and 2009/2010
* Geozones: An area-based method for analysis of health outcomes

March 19, 2012
Public postsecondary enrolments, 2009/2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120319/dq120319d-eng.htm
Data on public postsecondary enrolments for the academic year 2009/2010 are now available.
Both university and college enrolments are included in this release.
Available without charge in CANSIM (table 477-0019):
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0019&p2=31

See also:

Tables by Subject : Students
http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/ind01/l3_1821_1756-eng.htm

Tables by Subject: Education finance
http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/ind01/l3_1821_1828-eng.htm?hili_educ50

Look what I found!

Undergraduate tuition fees for full time Canadian students, by discipline, by province
http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/educ50a-eng.htm
[Go nuts, Nick!]

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March 19, 2012
Public postsecondary graduates, 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120319/dq120319e-eng.htm
Data for students receiving qualifications from public postsecondary institutions for 2009 are now available. Both university and college students receiving qualifications are included in this release.
Available without charge in CANSIM (table 477-0020):
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0020&p2=31

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Related subjects:

* Education, training and learning
http://goo.gl/6qBYA

* Educational attainment
http://goo.gl/QjGH6

* Fields of study
http://goo.gl/EP1Jo

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

The Daily Archives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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

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

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

March 25, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Child care is a right: Supporting documents from the United Nations Pre-sessional Committee on the Rights of the Child
http://goo.gl/bnjQQ
21 Mar 2012 | Canada
Documents from the CCAAC and CCCABC include speaking notes from the pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, 'Declaration for a child care system in Canada' and 'BRIEF UPDATE of A Tale of Two Canadas: Implementing rights in early childhood'.

Encouraging quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC)
http://goo.gl/79yvk
21 Mar 2012 | International
OECD research brief on minimum standards states that "creating and consistently enforcing standards at different levels of the ECEC system sets a guarantee that a minimum level of safety, health and quality for children is ensured".

The role of informal childcare: A synthesis and critical review of the evidence
http://goo.gl/MzsDi
21 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report from the Nuffield Foundation (UK) "explores what we do and do not know about the roles that ‘informal childcare' play for different families".

Ontario's fiscal reality: Cup half empty or half full?
http://goo.gl/P6zab
20 Mar 2012 | Ontario
CCPA's Hugh Mackenzie states that "many of the service cuts Drummond has proposed run counter to clear evidence of the economic benefit Ontarians receive from public service. The economic benefits from early childhood learning have been extensively studied and are well documented".

The impact of austerity on women
http://goo.gl/tXZF7
20 Mar 2012 | Europe
Report from the Fawcett Society (UK) highlights that "the cumulative effect of fiscal measures taken to reduce net public spending will have a disproportionate effect on women" who will "be the ones to ‘pick up the tab' and fill the gaps left in provision".

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.

Once the national leader in child care funding Ontario falling farther behind other provinces
http://goo.gl/5fZFJ
23 Mar 2012 | Ontario

George Brown College ECE degree program trains leaders for child-care, family agencies and policy development
http://goo.gl/6Qnfm
22 Mar 2012 | Ontario

All-day kindergarten gets high marks in Ontario
http://goo.gl/dFV2W
21 Mar 2012 | Ontario

Ofsted childcare ratings 'unreliable measure of quality'
http://goo.gl/TYYmm
21 Mar 2012 | Europe

Child care spaces urged
http://goo.gl/6tLBQ
20 Mar 2012 | Saskatchewan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

March 23:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/23/
Proposed Medicaid Cuts - Illinois
Proposed Cuts to General Assistance - Maine
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs

March 22:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/22/
Poverty Measurement - India
Jobless Benefits - Ohio
Youth Minimum Wage Rates - UK

March 21:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/21/
Joblessness Among Veterans
Child Welfare Computer System - Oregon

March 20:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/20/
Benefit Debit Cards and Fees - Reno, NV
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Kansas
Hiring Discrimination and the Unemployed - Maryland

March 19:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/03/19/
US High School Graduation Rate
Low-income Students and Internet Access
Medicaid Program - Florida

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

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by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

17. [U.S.] For never-married mothers, 1996 welfare reforms worked - February 2012
(Brookings Institution)

Welfare Reform Worked
http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2012/0228_welfare_reform_haskins.aspx
By Ron Haskins

February 28, 2012
(...)
Among the poor, surprisingly, never-married mothers have gained the most in recent decades. Their story shows the best way to reduce poverty and inequality: by encouraging individuals to work more and by supplementing their earnings with tax credits, child-care subsidies and other benefits for low-income working parents.
(...) even in the worst recession since the Depression, more are employed and they are less poor than they were before the 1996 law. In fact, researchers Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago and James Sullivan of Notre Dame have found that if all the work-based benefits given to low-income workers were included — such benefits are mostly ignored by the official poverty measure — the incomes of these mothers and children would be even higher and their poverty rate even lower.

The reasons for this policy success are clear, suggesting some lessons for the future*. The 1996 law created strong incentives, both positive and negative, for the most uneducated, untrained and unpromising welfare recipients to join the workforce. As shown by their high employment rates, poor mothers responded to these incentives even more resourcefully than most policymakers had expected despite their often chaotic domestic circumstances.
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* and perhaps even some lessons for Canada...
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Source:
Brookings Institution
http://www.brookings.edu/

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

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

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

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

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

21 March 2012, CRINMAIL issue 1268
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4146
In this issue:
Debate: Stop making children criminals
Calls for Information
- Harmful Traditional Practices
- CRC General Comment on Children's Rights and Business
Latest news and reports
- Morocco: Where rapists marry their victims
- UK: Young offenders need rehabilitation, not jail
- HIV-positive children in Tanzania stigmatised
- China: End discrimination against gay children
- Progress on abortion law in Argentina, not in Ireland
- Chilean students clash with police
- UN Experts call for end to reprisals
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Seychelles
Upcoming event
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

Option 2:
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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Top Ten Kulula Quotes

Kulula is a budget airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a great sense of humour.
[Here in Canada, the equivalent would be Westjet humour.]

The following quotes are from their flight crews.

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1. On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced,"People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!"

2. On landing, the stewardess said,"Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."

3. "There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane."

4. As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"

5. "Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."

6. "As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.."

7. The pilot's welcome message: "Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"

8. After a very hard landing in Cape Town, the flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault, it was the asphalt."

9. A flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."
10. Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement:"We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of Kulula Airways.

Source:
http://www.servicecentral.com.au/resources/articles/Kulula-quotes/1547
(Click the source link for more)

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And, in closing...

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I cried because I had no shoes,
until I met someone with no feet, no
legs and no arms:
(video, duration 4:10)
http://www.wimp.com/watchingthis/

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Dog welcomes home soldier (video, duration 00:58)
Sub-title by Gilles:
"Why dogs don't make good poker players":
http://www.wimp.com/dogwelcomes/

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Driving the smallest car in the world (video, duration 8:57).
http://www.wimp.com/drivingcar/

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Understanding the victory of Thomas Mulcair
By Judy Rebick
March 25, 2012
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/judes/2012/03/understanding-victory-thomas-mulcair

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25 Stupid Newspaper Headlines
http://www.buzzfeed.com/babymantis/25-stupid-newspaper-headlines-1opu

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