Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 25, 2011

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,406 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...

IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:


Canadian content

<>1. Election Coverage 2011 from the Women's Legal Education Fund and the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights
2.
Equality Rights Central (Women's Legal Education and Action Fund)
3.
Twenty federal election websites from rabble.ca
4. Election Coverage 2011: Party Platforms & Poverty (Dignity for All) 
<>5. NDP Surge to Second Place Nationally and First in Quebec as Liberals Stumble, Bloc Collapse (Ipsos Reid) - April 21
6. Up, down, no change? Conflicting election polls confusing, headache-inducing  (Winnipeg Free Press) - April 20
7. Video: Margaret Atwood on the 'Dictato-meter' (Globe and Mail) - April 21
8. X-Ray Magazine Vote Mob Edition (including Top 10 Kick-Ass Election Sites) - April 21
9. Canadian Federal Election Resources (Citizens for Public Justice)
10. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for February 2011 (Finance Canada) - April 21
11. Opposition not prepared to work with minority government: Harper (Toronto Star) - April 20
12. Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador
13. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2011 - April 19
14. Register now for the webcast of the CMHC National Housing Research Committee Meetings (May 3-4, 2011)
15. Directory of Canadian and International Think Tanks (Hillwatch)
16. Poll Trackers and Vintage Voters

17.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Debt and family type, 2009 - April 21
--- Study: How personal bankruptcy affects retirement plans, 2007 - April 21
--- Breast cancer incidence and neighbourhood income
- April 20
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Consumer Price Index, March 2011- April 19
--- Leading indicators, March 2011 - April 19
--- Legal aid, 2009/2010 - April 19

--- Employment Insurance, February 2011 - April 18
18. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content
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19. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
20. [U.S.] A Hand Up: How State Earned Income Tax Credits Help Working Families Escape Poverty in 2011 (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - April 16
21. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]



1. Election Coverage 2011 from the Women's Legal Education Fund and
the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights

Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
LEAF is the only national organization in Canada that exists to ensure the equality rights of women and girls under the law
- home page includes links to :
* About * Litigation * Get Involved * News & Events * Resources * Publications * Contact LEAF

* LEAF election 2011 coverage

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The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights
The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights came together in 2006. International Women’s Week 2007 was the beginning of an ongoing campaign to reverse the Harper cuts and pressure the federal government and the opposition to commit to concrete and meaningful measures to advance women’s equality in Canada.
- home page includes links to:
* home * election 2011 * in action * about us * cookbook for women's equality * order materials * resources * links * contact

* Election 2011 coverage

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- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

2. Equality Rights Central (ERC)
(
Women's Legal Education and Action Fund)

Equality Rights Central (ERC)
The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) launched a new website on September 29, 2010 called Equality Rights Central. The website is dedicated to monitoring equality law and policy in Canada. ERC is a place to find cases, commentary, trends, news and facta about equality and discrimination issues, in law and policy. This site is for advocates, academics and practitioners involved in equality rights, to monitor and advance the development of equality law in Canada. ERC is sponsored and administered by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and funded by grants from the Law Foundations of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Ontario, as well as the LEAF Foundation. LEAF’s dedication to and expertise in equality rights will be broadly applied to equality issues affecting any disadvantaged and marginalized group.
- home page includes links to:
* About Us * Facta* News * Events * Links * Contact Us * Cases and comment (Charter Equality Rights - Statutory Rights - Sexual Assault - Family Law - Legislative Reform - Other

Related link:

Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

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- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

3. Twenty federal election websites from rabble.ca

From rabble.ca:

Election websites (PDF - 568K, 2 pages)

Council of Canadians — Election coverage and resources from Canada’s largest citizens’ organization that acts for social, economic and environmental justice in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
— An election blog designed to bring expert analysis and commentary on the issues that define the federal election.

Project Democracy — A tool to help you determine if there is a way to “amp up” your vote and stop a Harper majority.

Canadians for Tax Fairness — A citizen-driven campaign organization that promotes fair taxation based on ability to pay.

Many are One — Interviews with politicians from all parties, Canadian artists and industry thought leaders regarding youth engagement within the democratic process.

Catch 22 Harper Conservatives — A grassroots effort to help defeat the Harper Conservatives.

Swing 33 — links to the 33 ridings that were won by less than 5 per cent in 2008, and where Conservatives finished either first or second.

Get Your Vote On — Keeping you up to date with what’s happening in the election and working on youth voter engagement.

Media Indigena — Looks at Aboriginal election candidates, how each party’s platform addresses Aboriginal issues and ridings to watch.

Open Media — Addressing Internet freedom and making metered Internet proposals an election issue.

Pundits’ Guide to the Canadian Federal Elections — A comprehensive, searchable federal election database.

LeadNow — A group building an independent community that works together to help set the political agenda, take effective action on important issues and shift elections.

Equal Voice: Electing Women in Canada — An organization of men and women advocating the election of more women in every level of government.

Voices-Voix — A non-partisan coalition of organizations and individuals defending democracy, free speech and transparency in Canada.

Imagine Canada Nonprofit Newswire — A national charitable organization that supports and strengthens charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support Canadian communities.

Democracy Watch — A citizen organization supporting government accountability and democracy.

Canadians for Coalition — A grassroots collective pressing for a stable federal government and collaborative parliament.

Fair Vote Canada — A citizen group supporting proportional representation and government accountability.

Canadians Advocating Political Participation — A grassroots network committed to improving Canadian democracy through information and engaged citizens.

Public Policy Forum -- An independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Source:
Voters’ Guide
[ rabble.ca ]

4. Election Coverage 2011: Party Platforms & Poverty - April 20
(Dignity for All)

From
Dignity for All
:

Election Coverage 2011: Party Platforms & Poverty (PDF - 392K, 6 pages)
By Megan Yarema, Dignity for All
April 20, 2011
Poverty is complex and multi-faceted. In order to unpack the party platforms a little further, the Dignity for All campaign has identified nine key issues
that relate directly to the attainment of campaign goals: poverty strategy, housing, early childhood education and care, income supports, pensions and seniors, tax benefits, employment, education, and healthcare. We’ve examined the party platforms and related initiatives to see which party has specific poverty efforts developed within each category. All information contained in this document was obtained from political party websites (limited to information on their own party) and media articles.
Source:
Election 2011: Poverty in Canada, part III

See also:

* Election 2011: Poverty in Canada, part II:
The Party Platforms on Fighting Poverty

April 15, 2011

* Election 2011: Poverty in Canada
April 12, 2011

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The Dignity for All Campaign calls for vigorous and sustained action
by the federal government to combat the structural causes of poverty in Canada.

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

5. NDP Surge to Second Place Nationally and First in Quebec as Liberals Stumble, Bloc Collapse - April 21
(Ipsos Reid)

NDP Surge to Second Place Nationally and First in Quebec as Liberals Stumble, Bloc Collapse
Conservatives Cruising to Victory With 43%Support, NDP (24%) and Liberals (21%) Battle it Out for Second Place
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Toronto, ON – A new Ipsos Reid poll on Canada's Federal Election has captured the collapse of the Bloc vote in Quebec that has catapulted Jack Layton's NDP into first place there and second place nationally as the Liberals sink to third place. What this suggests is that with this new political landscape, Stephen Harper's Conservatives may well be headed for a solid majority government while the Ignatieff Liberals may not yet have hit bottom with just over a week to go.
If the election were held tomorrow, the Conservatives would receive 43% of the vote among decided voters, up 2 points from two weeks ago. Further, 45% believe that ‘the Conservative Party under Stephen Harper has done a good job and deserves re-election’, which, if translated into votes, would likely secure a majority government.
Source:
Ipsos Reid

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

6. Up, down, no change? Conflicting election polls confusing, headache-inducing - April 20
(Winnipeg Free Press
)

Up, down, no change? Conflicting election polls confusing, headache-inducing
By Joan Bryden
April 20, 2011
OTTAWA - A new poll suggests the NDP is on a roll, surging to a second-place tie with the once mighty Liberal party. No, wait. A new poll suggests the NDP is running slightly behind its fourth-place finish in the last election. Or maybe it's slightly ahead. Or maybe nothing's changed. Voters trying to make sense of the raft of contradictory daily public opinion polls during this federal election campaign are likely to wind up with a migraine. So who among the plethora of pollsters should they believe?
"Nobody," says veteran pollster Allan Gregg, an outspoken critic of his own industry and chairman of Harris-Decima, which conducts polls for The Canadian Press.
As far as Gregg is concerned, the election campaign has magnified problems with political polling: methodological issues that are skewing the results of both telephone and online surveys; commercial pressures that are prompting pollsters to over-hype their surveys; and an unholy alliance with journalists who routinely misconstrue data and ignore margins of error.
Source:
Winnipeg Free Press

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

7. Video: Margaret Atwood on the 'Dictato-meter' - April 21
(Globe and Mail)

Video: Margaret Atwood on the 'Dictato-meter'
April 21, 2011
Margaret Atwood visits The Globe and Mail's Editorial Board and explains her idea for a 'Dictato-meter'
Source:
Globe and Mail

COMMENT : Kudos to Margaret Atwood for reminding us that this election isn't about the economy or stability or bickering in the House of Commons --- it's about the party in power being found in contempt of Parliament and the Prime Minister being unacceptably less than open with and accountable to the Canadian public.
[ Gilles ]

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

8. X-Ray Magazine Vote Mob Edition - Issue 23, April 21, 2011
(including Top 10 Kick-Ass Election Sites)

X-Ray Magazine Vote Mob Edition
Issue 23, April 21, 2011
Table of contents:
* Things They Say
* Top 10 Kick-Ass Election Sites (see below)
* Campaign Blow by Blow: Round 3
* The Parliament of Fouls
* Her Majesty's Official Enablers
* Comix: The Watering Hole
* Election Must Reads and Miscellany
Source:
X-Ray Magazine

Issue 23 featured content:

Top 10 Kick-Ass Election Sites
By David Julian Wightman

1. Apathy is Boring
http://www.apathyisboring.com/
A national, non-partisan, youth-led charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy and encourage them to become active citizens. Founded in 2004.

2. Catch 22 Campaign
http://catch22campaign.ca/
A cross-country, grassroots, multi-partisan, pro-democracy, volunteer, campaign which started in January 2010 to provide specific voting advice to help anti-Harper voters defeat as many incumbent Conservative MPs as possible.

3. CRUSH aka UnseatHarper.ca
http://unseatharper.ca/
Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper is a Facebook group-turned-website that believes “the Harper Government has lost its moral authority to govern and, as a result, Canadians should use the democratic levers available to them to unseat the Harper Government.” Founded in 2010.

4.Fair Vote Canada
http://www.fairvote.ca/
A multi-partisan national citizens campaign promoting fair voting systems for use in elections at all levels. Founded in 2000.

5. LeadNow
http://www.leadnow.ca/
Bringing generations of Canadians together to take action for our future and hold politicians accountable. Founded in 2010.

6. OpenMedia
http://openmedia.ca/
A national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to increase public awareness and informed participation in Canadian media, cultural, information, and telecommunication policy formation. Founded in 2008

7. Pair Vote
http://www.votepair.ca/
Started as an experiment by Gerry Kirk, a Canadian who believes our voting system is a national disgrace and who decided to try pair voting in Canada as a way to draw attention to the vote reform issue. Founded in 2008.

8. Project Democracy
http://www.projectdemocracy.ca/
A tool to help you determine if there is a way to "amp up" your vote and stop a Harper majority. By using a riding-by-riding election prediction model based on the most up to date public opinion research, we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding. Founded in 2008.

9. Proud Fringers
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Proud-Fringers/219620268985
A Facebook group for members of that “left-wing fringe group” women and their supportive brothers, to promote activist links, discussions, ideas and action. Non-partisan, it aims to engage more women in the issues that affect them. Founded in 2009, after Harper dismissed women, lesbians and gays, the disabled who seek equal rights as “left-wing fringe groups.”

10. ShitHarperDid.com
http://shitharperdid.ca.nyud.net/
Online phenomenon. Founded in 2011.

Source:
X-Ray Magazine
X-Ray is an electronic magazine covering Canadian politics, current affairs, media, culture, arts and foreign affairs (...) with a left-of-centre approach to editorial and news content.
[ Back issues of X-Ray Magazine ]

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

9. Canadian Federal Election Resources
(Citizens for Public Justice)

From
Citizens for Public Justice
:

Canadian Federal Election
OLA! is the CPJ's monthly update. You can subscribe to OLA!
During the federal election campaign. OLA is posted weekly; the first four weeks of Election 2011 OLA appear below.

Election 2011 Ola! - Week Four
Election 2011: The Disappearance of Debate on Health Care
Election 2008: What Happened to Health Care?
If you want to be healthy, try not being poor
Canada’s Well-Being Deficit
Questions for candidates
Party websites
Election links
Election 2011 Ola! - Week Three
Election 2011: Fighting poverty – the party platforms
A time for inspired leadership and action
You don’t always get what you want…
Still waiting for recovery: Recession increases poverty rate in Canada
By what measure?
Questions for candidates

Election 2011 Ola! - Week Two
Election 2011: Democracy, accountability and public justice
CPJ calls media consortium to respect democracy
Accountability is more than accounting
Citizenship as Ministry
Collaborative government: Are coalitions the answer?
The World Needs Our Voices
Public justice questions

Election 2011 Ola! - Week One
Election 2011: A public justice perspective
The issues
Dignity for All
New neighbours
The environment
Taxes

All back issues of OLA!
- including a weekly election update for 2008 that's like the one above

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Election 2011: Some More Issues
April 21, 2011
Over the years, Canadian churches, Christian organizations, and other social justice advocates have provided valuable analysis on a range of issues of concern to Canadians. Throughout this election campaign, CPJ has shared our perspectives on a number of key issues. Now, recognizing that there are issues of interest beyond the scope of our work, we’ve compiled a survey of some of the major themes worthy of consideration that are being highlighted by our colleague organizations.
- includes resources on the following topics:
* Every Voter Wants to Make a Difference
* Tough on Crime, but at what Expense?
* Canada’s North
* Human Trafficking
* Afghanistan
* International Development
* Coalition Government

* Election 2011: Aboriginal Issues - Canadian Issues?
April 21, 2011

* Election 2011 Canadian Refugee Policy: Looking Back, Looking Forward
April 14, 2011

* Election 2011: Regional Perspectives
April 14, 2011

* Election 2011 Housing: Easier to forget for some than others
April 4, 2011

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CPJ Election links
No one organization has expertise in all issues, so to appreciate what other groups are suggesting Canadians consider during this election, please visit the following links. CPJ does not necessarily endorse and is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Election Websites:

* Canada Votes 2011 (CBC)
* Canadian Council for Refugees
* The Church Council on Justice and Corrections
* Climate Action Network
* Council of Canadians
* Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada
* The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
* Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
* Make Poverty History
* Mennonite Central Committee, Canada

Election-related documents:

* The Anglican Church in Canada [PDF]
* Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops [PDF]
* Canadian Friends’ Service Committee (Quakers) [PDF]
* Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada [PDF]
* KAIROS Federal Election Kit 2011 [PDF]
* The United Church of Canada [PDF]

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue. CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice and stewardship.

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

10. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for February 2011 - April 21
(Finance Canada)

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for February 2011
April 21, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for February 2011.

Highlights:
February 2011 : Budgetary deficit of $0.6 Billion
April 2010 to February 2011 : Budgetary deficit of $28.3 Billion

Related document:

The Fiscal Monitor: February 2011

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

11. Opposition not prepared to work with minority government: Harper - April 20
(Toronto Star)

April 20
Stephen Harper : “I don’t accept that question.”
Canadian Public : "We don't accept that answer."

Opposition not prepared to work with minority government: Harper
April 20, 2011
RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, QUE.—Conservative leader Stephen Harper says he doesn’t believe opposition parties are prepared to work with him if he forms a minority government on May 2.
Asked if it wasn’t his responsibility to introduce an agenda acceptable to all parties in the House of Commons if he gets another minority mandate, Harper said, “I don’t accept that question.”

He was responding to Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff who told CBC in an interview Tuesday that it would be Harper’s job to seek agreement of all parties if he wants to continue governing. If Harper can’t do that, Ignatieff said, the Governor General could then ask the second-place party to try to form a government.
Source:
Toronto Star

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COMMENT [by Gilles]:
I don't know how that maverick managed to infiltrate a gathering of the Harper Sycophant Club without being screened out for daring to ask a simple question of Saint Stephen the Living Saint. Even within the constraint of his "four-question rule" (no more than four questions from the audience & media at any one event), The Saint managed to portray Himself as dismissive, rude and autocratic. "I don't accept that question" is not an acceptable answer.
Smarten up.

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BONUS!

Canadian Women's Favourite Pick-up Line - YouTube video
- includes a damning list of attacks on Canadian women by the Harper Government.

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

12. Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador

Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador
Established in 1976 as an independent non-profit organization, the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly known as the Community Services Council is committed to strengthening and promoting the essential role that voluntary and nonprofit, community organizations play in building healthy and prosperous communities. Our vision is a prosperous and inclusive society that supports individuals, families and communities. Our mission is to encourage citizen engagement, to promote the integration of social and economic development and to provide leadership in shaping public policies.
- excellent collection of resources for the voluntary sector!

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- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

13. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2011 - April 19

Newfoundland and Labrador

Budget 2011 - Standing Strong: For Prosperity.
For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador

April 19, 2011
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers and supporting documents

* Budget Speech
* Budget Highlights
Excerpt:
Standing Strong on Poverty Reduction
*
Total investment on poverty reduction approaching $140 million this year, cumulative investment of more than $620 million since 2006.
* $1.5 million ($6.1 million annually) to develop an Adult Dental Health Care Program.
* Additional $2.4 million in funding for the Supportive Living Community Partnership Program, for a total of $4.8 million, double the amount that was available in 2010-11.
* Expansion of the Housing Corporation’s Rent Supplement Program from $6 million in 2010-11 to $7 million in 2011-12 and $8 million the following year.
* Eliminating the clawback of income tax refunds for income support clients.
* more...
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Standing Strong on Child Care
*
Two-year pilot project focused on the development of child care spaces in family homes.
Highlights include:
--- Increased start-up grants from $2,500 to $5,000 to become a regulated family child care provider, and infant start-up grants of $7,500 for homes that care exclusively for children up to the age of two; and,
--- Ongoing stimulus grant to infant care homes of $200 a month per infant space.
Commencing with the 2011 taxation year, a new non-refundable child care tax credit, based on child care expenses currently deductible from income.

News Releases (dated April 19, 2011)
* Budget 2011 Supports Families and Young Children
* Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador
* A Clear Path to Opportunity, Self-Reliance and a Prosperous Future – Budget 2011 Stands Strong Against Poverty
[ All 13 news releases ]

Source:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Finance

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

NOTE: At the time of this update, the TD Bank Financial Group had not yet been uploaded to their website.
Go to http://www.td.com/economics/gov_finances.jsp and look for an "NL" link under "2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets", near the top of the page.
I'll recheck the link in a day or two and add it here if it's posted...

Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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Selected media coverage:

From CBC News:

'Sizzling' economy powers N.L. budget surplus
Heat rebate, child care cited in broad spending program

April 19, 2011
Soaring oil production helped Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday post a whopping $485-million surplus for the last fiscal year, with government expecting another surplus despite a broad pre-election spending program. "Our economy is sizzling right now," said Finance Minister Tom Marshall, whose new $7.3-billion budget includes large increases on both the revenue and spending sides. The government expects to finish the year with a surplus of $59 million. (...) Government is using some of its oil-related windfall to curb the sting of heating bills, with a new rebate that will apply not only to oil and propane but all residential electrical bills.

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- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2011.htm

- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

14. Register now for the webcast of the CMHC National Housing Research Committee Meetings (May 3-4, 2011)

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:
Register Now for Live Web Casts of the Spring 2011
session of the National Housing Research Committee (NHRC)

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NOTA: Pour voir les liens ci-dessous en français,
rendez-vous au site du Comité national de recherche sur le logement (CNRL)
de la Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement.
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April 19, 2011
Invitation to register for live webcasts:
Meetings of the
National Housing Research Committee
(Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

May 3-4, 2011
You are cordially invited to register for the webcasts of the Spring 2011 session of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's National Housing Research Committee (NHRC), which will be broadcast on the Internet from Tuesday, May 3 to Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in both official languages. The NHRC session continues to be Canada’s premier venue to keep abreast of our nation's most recent housing research.
Detailed agenda for the Working Group meetings - including five Full Committee presentations of interest (1- Homelessness, 2 - Sustainable Housing and Communities, 3- Distinct Needs , and 4- Housing Data)

Working Group Agendas (small PDF files)
Click the word "REGISTRATION" to access the electronic form

Please register in advance online. Soon.

Archives - If you are unable to join the webcast, you can view the digital video recordings of the meetings later by accessing the archives.

Source:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
[ Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement ]

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

15. Directory of Canadian and International Think Tanks
(Hillwatch)

Directory of Canadian and International Think Tanks
Links to over 100 Canadian, U.S. and international think tanks
You'll just have to figure out for yourself which ones wear the black hats and which ones wear the white hats...

Source:
Hillwatch

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

16. Poll Trackers and Vintage Voters

CTV Poll Tracker - updated daily by Nanos Research

CBC Poll Tracker - Roundup of surveys

Poll Tracker from Election Almanac

Polling Station
The latest polls and polling news on Canadian politics and public policy
Source:
Hillwatch

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Vintage Voters --- Photos of leaders as younger versions of themseves
(My favourite is Gilles Duceppe the Hippie, followed by Steve Harper the Unpretentious...)
[ Related article from the Globe and Mail ]

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

17. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Debt and family type, 2009 - April 21
--- Study: How personal bankruptcy affects retirement plans, 2007 - April 21
--- Breast cancer incidence and neighbourhood income
- April 20
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Consumer Price Index, March 2011- April 19
--- Leading indicators, March 2011 - April 19
--- Legal aid, 2009/2010
- April 19
--- Employment Insurance, February 2011
- April 18

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

April 21, 2011
Canadian Social Trends, Summer 2011, no. 91
The summer 2011 issue of Canadian Social Trends online contains the two articles whose links appear below.

Study: Debt and family type, 2009
April 2011
Data from the Canadian Financial Capabilities Survey indicate that in 2009, 76% of Canadians aged 19 to 64 lived in a household that carried debt. Among those with debt, the average debt load was about $119,000. This study uses indicators such as ratios of debt to income and ratios of debts to assets to examine the types of families most likely to face financial instability as a result of their debt. Young families were most often in this situation.

Complete article:
HTML version
PDF version
(127K, 10 pages)

Related subjects:
* Families, households and housing
* Family types
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household assets, debts and wealth
* Household spending and savings

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Featured products:
* Canada Year Book
(Families, households and housing)
* Canadian Social Trends
(marriage and families)
* Census families, 1921 to 2006
(Flash presentation)
* A portrait of Seniors in Canada
* Canada, a Portrait
* Canada Year Book
* Women in Canada
* Divorce: Guide to the latest information
* Students and teachers: Learning resources for Family Studies and Home Economics
* Canada at a Glance


Study: How personal bankruptcy affects retirement plans, 2007
April 2011
According to the 2007 General Social Survey, almost 8% of non-retired Canadians aged 45 to 64, or more than 480,000 people, had experienced at least one bankruptcy during their adulthood. On average, they were 40 years old at the time. Those who had experienced bankruptcy had lower levels of education and were more likely to have a history of changing jobs more frequently than those who had no history of bankruptcy.

Complete article:
HTML version
PDF version
(128K, 11 pages)

Related subjects:
* Seniors
* Housing and living arrangements
* Work and retirement

Source:
Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical;
click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]


April 20, 2011
Health Reports - April 2011
A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

The April 2011 online edition of Health Reports contains the following article:

Breast cancer incidence and neighbourhood income
By Marilyn J. Borugian et al.
Incidence and mortality rates for most chronic diseases including several types of cancer are higher among people of lower socio-economic status. By contrast, for female breast cancer in developed countries, the relationship may be inverted, with women of higher socio-economic status having higher rates, even when risk factors that differ by socio-economic status such as parity, age at first birth and hormone use are taken into account. Only one earlier study examined the risk of breast cancer in relation to socio-economic status in Canada, and it focused on the effects of passive smoking.
* Summary of key findings
* Go to full text of article in HTML
* Download PDF of article
(848K, 8 pages)
* News release in The Daily

Source:
Health Reports
- product main page*
Health Reports, published by the Health Analysis Division (HAD) of Statistics Canada, is a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research. It is designed for a broad audience that includes health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and through media coverage, the general public. The journal publishes articles of wide interest that contain original and timely analyses of national or provincial/territorial surveys or administrative databases.
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* Click the product main page link, then "View"
to read the latest issue or "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:
* Health
* Diseases and health conditions
* Lifestyle and social conditions


April 19, 2011
Consumer Price Index, March 2011
Consumer prices rose 3.3% in the 12 months to March, the largest year-over-year increase since September 2008. This advance follows a 2.2% increase in the 12 months to February. The overall increase in March was broad based. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.8% from February to March.

- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit
* Consumer Price Index and major components

Complete report for March 2011
* Highlights
* Briefing notes
* Analysis
* Tables
* Charts
* Data quality, concepts and methodology
* Appendices
* User information
* Related products
* PDF version (530K, 67 pages)

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

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

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


April 19, 2011
Leading indicators, March 2011
The composite leading index rose 0.8% in March, after a 1.1% gain in February. Among the 10 components, 8 advanced in March, 1 less than in February.

Related product:

Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:
* Economic accounts
* Gross domestic product
* International trade
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment

April 19, 2011
Legal aid, 2009/2010
Data on resource and caseload statistics for legal aid in Canada are now available for 2009/2010. The data summarized in the tables are drawn from the Legal Aid Survey, which is conducted annually on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31).

Complete report:

Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics, 2009/2010
April 2011
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Highlights
* Tables
* Data quality, concepts and methodology
* Appendices
* User information
* Related products
* PDF version (501K, 127 pages)

Related subjects:
* Crime and justice
* Legal aid


April 18, 2011
Employment Insurance, February 2011
In February, 628,900 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, down 8,300 (-1.3%) from January and a fifth consecutive monthly decrease. The number of beneficiaries declined in all provinces except Prince Edward Island.
- 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, February 2011
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
- incl. Intro to maps + link to February 2011 maps [in the left margin]
Source:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps - Product main page*
Set of maps presenting Employment Insurance Statistics. The maps show the percentage change in the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs), using 2001 Census geography. Data are also shown in a tabular format.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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

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Summer job?
*
35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
*
1,200 jobs in the Census Data Operations Centre in Gatineau QC (April-September 2011)
Source:
2011 Census of Canada
The next census will take place in May 2011.

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

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April 25, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Child care report card: Harper's score 'unsatisfactory'
20 Apr 11
- Code Blue for Child Care has released a report card grading the Canada-wide parties' child care election promises.

Federal election 2011: Women's equality
20 Apr 11
- CUPE fact sheet reviews the federal government's record on women's issues, provides statistics on the status of Canadian women and proposes ideas on how to do better.

Community plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning
20 Apr 11
- Plan developed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC and Early Childhood Educators BC offers "provides a framework for significant and lasting system change in British Columbia"

Maternity and parental leave
20 Apr 11
- Latest fact sheet from Vanier Institute of the Family's "Fascinating Families" series examines Canada and Quebec's maternity and parental leave programs including a side by side comparison.

Private companies in public schools?
15 Apr 11
- CUPE Ontario urges provincial government to hold province wide consultations on proposed Education Act amendment to allow third party providers to deliver extended ELP and after school care.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· National child care program needed
[CA] 20 Apr 11

· Youth Nation question of the day: Do you support the creation of a national strategy for childcare?
20 Apr 11

· We need a child care plan that covers the real costs
[CA] 15 Apr 11

· Parents seek mandatory accreditation for Calgary day cares
[CA-AB] 11 Apr 11

· Time is right for a national child care plan
[CA] 10 Apr 11

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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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

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

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

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 22:
Cellphone-Only Households
Welfare Reform - Maine
Women, Infants, and Children Program - Massachusetts
Public Assistance Programs and Drug Testing

April 21:
Food Insecurity - Philadelphia, PA
Poverty Measurement in the US

April 20:
Earned Income Tax Credit - Michigan
Arizona Daily Star Series on Mental Health Treatment

April 19:
Older Workers and Unemployment
Financial Security in Rural Areas
Increased Need for Assistance - Virginia

April 18:
High School Dropout Age - New Hampshire, Massachusetts
Senior Community Service Employment Program
Premature Birth and Infant Mortality
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
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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

20. [U.S.] A Hand Up: How State Earned Income Tax Credits Help Working Families Escape Poverty in 2011 - April 16
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

A Hand Up:
How State Earned Income Tax Credits Help Working Families Escape Poverty in 2011
April 2011
By Nicholas Johnson and Erica Williams
"The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)… is often heralded as the most effective anti-poverty program in the United States, particularly for children in working families…. The credit effectively boosts the income of working families earning low wages by offsetting their income and payroll taxes and increasing their workforce participation. In other words, it makes work pay by allowing low- and moderate-income families to keep more of what they earn.

"State EITCs build on the success of the federal credit. They reduce state income taxes and help families pay for state and local sales and property taxes, which hit lower-income households hardest. They enhance the federal EITC’s positive effects on workforce participation and boost the after-tax incomes of working families, further reducing poverty.

"The first state EITC was offered in 1987 in Maryland. Since that time, 22 additional states plus the District of Columbia have followed suit, creating their own EITCs. They are effective and straightforward to design and administer. And over the years, they have received support from Republican and Democratic leadership and have been championed by business, labor, faith-based, and social service advocacy groups.

"Today, with working families battered by economic problems as never before, state EITCs play a particularly important role. Families use EITCs to fill in for the loss of wages that can result from reductions in hours or layoffs. As long as they are still working at least some hours a year, families can benefit from the EITC."

View the full report:
HTML : http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3474
PDF : http://www.cbpp.org/files/4-18-11sfp.pdf
(26 pages)

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington)

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

21. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

20 April 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1221
In this issue:
CRIN's Transparency Campaign: Support for children's rights defenders
Latest news and reports:
- Post-election turmoil: Nigeria
- 'Correcting' effeminate boys: Malaysia
- State violence: Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria
- Accountability for atrocities: Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire
- Banning child labour in circuses: India
- A price-tag on petitions: European Court of Human Rights
- Tackling school violence through helplines
- International Children's Peace Prize 2011!
Upcoming courses & events
Employment
Quiz round-up!
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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

NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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

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

 


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How I Met My Wife
by Jack Winter, the New Yorker, July 25, 1994
(A Tale in Orphan Negatives)

It had been a rough day, so when I walked into the party I was very chalant, despite my efforts to appear gruntled and consolate.

I was furling my weildy umbrella for the coat check when I saw her standing alone in a corner. She was a descript person, a woman in a state of total array. Her hair was kempt, her clothing shevelled, and she moved in a gainly way.

I wanted desperately to meet her, but I knew I'd have to make bones about it, since I was travelling cognito. Beknowst to me, the hostess, whom I could see both hide and hair of, was very proper, so it would be skin off my nose if anything bad happened. And even though I had only swerving loyalty to her, my manners couldn't be peccable. Only toward and heard-of behavior would do.

Fortunately, the embarrassment that my maculate appearance might cause was evitable. There were two ways about it, but the chances that someone as flappable as I would be ept enough to become persona grata or a sung hero were slim. I was, after all, something to sneeze at, someone you could easily hold a candle to, someone who usually aroused bridled passion.

So I decided not to risk it. But then, all at once, for some apparent reason, she looked in my direction and smiled in a way that I could make head or tails of.
I was plussed. It was concerting to see that she was communicado, and it nerved me that she was interested in a pareil like me, sight seen. Normally, I had a domitable spirit, but, being corrigible, I felt capacitated—as if this were something I was great shakes at—and forgot that I had succeeded in situations like this only a told number of times. So, after a terminable delay, I acted with mitigated gall and made my way through the ruly crowd with strong givings.

Nevertheless, since this was all new hat to me and I had not time to prepare a promptu speech, I was petuous. Wanting to make only called-for remarks, I started talking about the hors d'oeuvres, trying to abuse her of the notion that I was sipid, and perhaps even bunk a few myths about myselfs.

She responded well, and I was mayed that she considered me a savoury character who was up to some good. She told me who she was. "What a perfect nomer," I said, advertently. The conversation became more and more choate, and we spoke at length to much avail. But I was defatigable, so I had to leave at a godly hour. I asked if she wanted to come with me. To my delight, she was committal. We left the party together and have been together ever since. I have given her my love, and she has requited it.

Source:
http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/orphan_negatives.html


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And, in closing...

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The Voca People
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6EYrqIn0yI


On the Phone With Mom
http://i.imgur.com/PvzOi.jpg


Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator
http://www.malcolmgladwellbookgenerator.com/


Beethoven's Fifth with Salsa music
http://www.wimp.com/beethovensalsa/


Seven best sources for royalty-free music

http://www.friedbeef.com/7-best-sources-of-royaltyfree-music-for-video-or-podcast-podsafe-audio/