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June 25, 2006

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. What's New from DAWN-Ontario:
--- Bill 107 update (Ontario human rights reform legislation)
--- REAL Women of Canada trying to disband "feminist" women's groups
--- Senate Committee on Autism
--- National Child Benefit and Supplement - Clawback
2. National Aboriginal Day
(Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
) - June 21

3. National Consultations Process for Aboriginal Women Launched (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) - June 20
4. Working poor a 'smouldering crisis' (David Pecaut, Toronto City Summit Alliance)
- June 20
5. What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2006 - June 20
6. Canadians favour Liberal child-care plan: poll (Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada) - June 20
7. Putting safety back into the social safety net (The Law Times) - June 19
8. What's New from the Centre for Social Justice:
--- Life-Chance Guarantees: A New Agenda for Social Policy - October 2005
--- Banking on Mergers:Financial Power versus the Public Interest - 2005

9. Photovoice - Low Income Women Speak Out (Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence) - June 15
10. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - June 23

International Content

11. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. Wage/Earnings Inequality and Poverty in the U.S. in the Last Quarter-Century (Boston College Libraries) - May 2003
13. After Welfare (U.S.) (American RadioWorks) - May 2006
14. World Population Day (United Nations Population Fund) - July 11
15. What's New from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
--- Australia's Health 2006
- June 21
--- Australia's Welfare 2005
- November 30/05
16. World Urban Forum: Transforming Ideas into Action (conference) - June 19-23

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. What's New from DAWN-Ontario:
--- Bill 107 update (Ontario human rights reform legislation)
--- REAL Women of Canada trying to disband "feminist" women's groups
--- Senate Committee on Autism
--- National Child Benefit and Supplement - Clawback

What's New from DAWN-Ontario:
(Disabled Women's Network Ontario)

Legislature Gives Controversial Bill 107 Approval on Second Reading
& Refers the Bill to the Standing Committee for Public Hearings
June 24, 2006
[Bill 107 is the Ontario government's human rights reform legislation.]
Put in your Request Now to Make a Presentation to the Standing Committee Hearings
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update
- incl. What's New? - What's Next? - An Important Partial Victory - What Should You Do? - Sample Request to Make a Presentation at the Standing Committee

Related Link:

Ontario Human Rights Commission Fact Sheet - June 13

R.E.A.L. Women of Canada's lobby efforts to disband
Status of Women and the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO)

June 24
REAL Women of Canada has obtained an additional Access to Information request on feminist groups for 2004 - 2005 through Status of Women Canada. In their latest newsletter (May-June 2006), they've posted budgets to organizations such as LEAF, NAWL and NAC on their website as a part of their Letter Writing Campaign to MPs.

Senate Committee on Autism
Funding for the Treatment of Autism referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for Study and Report
"After all this hard work by so many, it appears that we finally got funding for autism treatment on the agenda! It is on the radar screen..."

National Child Benefit / National Child Benefit Supplement
Rate Increase July 2006
"The provincial government stopped taking the 2% NCBS increases, as part of the Clawback, a couple of years ago. Thus, as of July, you get to keep 6% of the increases, which are included in the amounts above. If you receive income assistance in Ontario, the provincial government reduces your assistance cheque by 84% of the NCBS you receive, regardless of whether you are working..."

Related Link:

Legal Challenge to the NCBS Clawback
from Families on social assistance

- includes a link to a detailed NCBS Backgrounder
Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Source:
DAWN-Ontario

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

2. National Aboriginal Day - June 21
(Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
)

National Aboriginal Day - June 21
- incl. links to : A message from The Honourable Jim Prentice * Events * Products and Resources * History
* Kid's Stop

Curiously, a Google search for "Aboriginal Day, Canada" yields links to federal government pages about Aboriginal Day, but no pages on websites of Aboriginal organizations.
Is Aboriginal Day a government concoction?
Maybe we need a Caledonia Day...

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

3. National Consultations Process for Aboriginal Women Launched - June 20
(Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
)

MINISTER PRENTICE ANNOUNCES CONSULTATIONS PROCESS FOR ABORIGINAL WOMEN
First in a series of measures to protect the rights of women and children living on-reserve
OTTAWA
June, 20, 2006
The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians today announced nation-wide consultations on the issue of matrimonial real property for Fall 2006. ‘This is the first of a series of measures to protect the rights and to ensure the well-being of women, children and families living on-reserve," said Minister Prentice.
Source:
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

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

4. Working poor a 'smouldering crisis' - June 20
(David Pecaut, Toronto City Summit Alliance)

Working poor a 'smouldering crisis'
6/20/2006
By: VANESSA LU - Toronto Star
Many adults below poverty line despite full-time jobs
Successful business leaders must not ignore the plight of Canada's working poor who toil as an invisible group, often unable to get ahead in this rich country, says a prominent civic leader. "I think what we're facing here is a smouldering crisis. It's not burning out there," David Pecaut, chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance told a Canadian Club luncheon yesterday. "But in the next recession, it will burst into flames. There is no doubt about that. "Toronto and the GTA will be one of the hardest-hit places in the country." Pecaut, who is a senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group, is warning about growing income disparity in Canada — where the working poor and those on welfare lag far behind. (...) Pecaut co-chaired a report, released last month, with Susan Pigott of St. Christopher House, called Time for a Fair Deal, Modernizing Income Security for Working-age Adults.

Time for a Fair Deal (PDF file - 271K, 67 pages)
May 2006

Source:
Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults
[ Toronto City Summit Alliance ]

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

5. What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
---
Consumer Price Index, May 2006 - June 20

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

June 20, 2006
Consumer Price Index, May 2006
Consumer prices advanced 2.8% on average between May 2005 and May 2006, a substantial gain from the 2.4% change of April. The Consumer Price Index, excluding the eight volatile components identified by the Bank of Canada for monetary policy, recorded its strongest 12-month increase since December 2003, jumping from 1.6% in April to 2.0% in May this year.

Consumer Price Index, May 2006 issue - Vol. 85, no. 5 (PDF file - 396K, 52 pages)

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

6. Canadians favour Liberal child-care plan: poll - June 20
(Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada)

Canadians favour Liberal child-care plan: poll
June 20, 2006
"An Environics Research poll suggests 50 per cent of Canadians prefer the national day-care program proposed by the former government. In comparison, 35 per cent said they favour the Conservative government's plan to give parents of children under the age of six $1,200 a year. The poll was commissioned by the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada. (...)"

Martha Friendly interview on CTV's Canada AM [requires Windows Media Player]

[Martha is coordinator of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit]

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

Related Links from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada:

Canadians Rejecting Government Child Allowance, Poll Shows
Press Release (PDF file - 30K, 1 page)
June 20

Report:

Canadians’ Attitudes Toward National Child Care Policy
Full Report (PDF file - 301K, 28 pages)
Overview (PDF file - 58K, 1 page)
Key results by region/selected cities (PDF file - 23K, 1 page)

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

7. Putting safety back into the social safety net - June 19
(The Law Times)

Putting safety back into the social safety net
June 19, 2006
Social Justice by Michelle Mann
"Violence against women remains endemic in Canadian society despite law-and-order approaches, making it imperative that we consider and address systemic inequalities that perpetuate domestic violence. Ontario's social assistance policies facilitate violence against women in many ways, including subsistence-level rates, the treatment of fraud, and assumptions of spousal economic dependency. The erosion of social assistance rates in Ontario and across Canada has made it difficult for women to get out of violent situations. Social assistance rates that are grossly inadequate to address women's needs create a barrier to their ability to leave or avoid abusive relationships."

- incl. references to Charter challenges and caselaw as well as the spouse in the house rule ("Under Ontario's revised post-Falkiner regulations, the investigation of spousal status remains premature, kicking in after three months. This policy continues to enforce gendered economic dependency on women and make them vulnerable to abuse.") and more...

Michelle Mann is a Toronto-based lawyer, freelance writer, and consultant.
Check out her blog at http://manndates.blogspot.com

Source:
The Law Times

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

8. What's New from the Centre for Social Justice:
--- Life-Chance Guarantees: A New Agenda for Social Policy - October 2005
--- Banking on Mergers:Financial Power versus the Public Interest - 2005

What's New from the Centre for Social Justice:

Life-Chance Guarantees:
A new agenda for social policy
(PDF file - 2.09MB, 37 pages)
Brigitte Kitchen, Ph.D., York University
October 2005
"Almost one-fifth of Canadians are seriously under-employed, have no work at all, or are at risk of becoming unemployed. This booklet explores the concept and practical application of "life-chance guarantees" designed to improve the income, job creation and security of these Canadians. Offering life-chance guarantees means making a public investment in the capacities of individuals to make a success of their lives. Such guarantees would strengthen families, invest in human capital, and result in more equitable economies."
- Table of contents: Flexible Labour Markets - Tax Cuts and the Trickle-down Tax Policy - The End of Effective Social Programs in Canada - Life-chance guarantees - Employment related life-chance policies - A Fair and Equitable Tax System - Personal Capacity Building - Rebuilding Employment Insurance - Income Security for the Enhancement of Family Life

Banking on Mergers:Financial Power
versus the Public Interest
(677K, 68 pages)
2005
Murray Cooke
"(...) There is insufficient evidence to prove that banks must become global giants to gain efficiency and there have been large global banks that have struggled. A merged bank that ran into financial difficulties would create great instability for the Canadian market, the Canadian government and ultimately all Canadians as consumers and taxpayers."
- Table of contents:
Canada’s Financial Giants: Corporate Connections and Corporate Power - Nuturing [sic] The Banks: Public Regulation of the Financial Sector - Market Liberalization and Regulatory Reform: From Banks to Financial Groups - Merger Mania: Canadians say ‘No’ - Paul Martin says ‘Not Yet’ - The Canadian Financial Services Sector Today: Transnational Financial Groups - Conclusion: ‘Better Banks, Not Bigger Banks’

- Go to the Banks and Business Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bookmrk3.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

9. Photovoice - Low Income Women Speak Out - June 15
(Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence)

June 15, 2006
Low Income Women Speak Out through
Photovoice Projects in Winnipeg and Saskatoon

Public policies have a big impact on the lives and health of women living in poverty. Yet low-income women are rarely given a voice in shaping these policies. In the fall of 2005, Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence began working on two projects to address this situation, in partnership with two community-based organizations, the Winnipeg North End Women's Centre and the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition. Together they initiated photovoice
projects with small groups of low-income women in Winnipeg and Saskatoon. More about the project...

From Winnipeg...
Poverty: Our Voices, Our Views
PowerPoint Presentation (12MB)

From Saskatoon...
Looking Out/Looking In: Women, Poverty and Public Policy
PowerPoint Presentation (3.3MB)

Related link:

Working Together To Improve
Women’s Health By Reducing Women’s Poverty

"(...) PhotoVoice projects provide an opportunity for women living in poverty to express their concerns and make recommendations for change in their own words and photographs."

Source:
Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence

10. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 23
(University of Toronto)

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is selected content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

23-Jun-06

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What’s New
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>> HANSARD EXCERPTS JUNE 19-22, 2006
See how child care is featuring in the debates of the House of Commons.

>> NATIONAL DATA SETS: SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR CANADIAN CHILD CARE DATA
by Kohen, Dafna E.; Forer, Barry & Hertzman, Clyde
Report from Statistics Canada “provides an overview of existing national survey data sets that could be used to examine issues related to child care in Canada.”

>> THEIR FUTURE IS NOW: HEALTHY CHOICES FOR CANADA’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Report from the Health Council of Canada discusses the state of child health in Canada and how to improve it; provides a profile of the Toronto First Duty Project.

>> CONNECTING THE VOICES: CHILD CARE IN ONTARIO
New project by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care aims to develop a new Guide to Child Care in Ontario from a social inclusion perspective; includes an online consultation.

>> CANADIANS’ ATTITUDES TOWARD NATIONAL CHILD CARE POLICY
Environics poll for the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada finds “the Canadian public places a high value on child care programs and the importance of affordable child care to the fabric of society.”

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Child Care in the News
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>> What care is best for kids? [CA]
by Aggerholm, Barbara / Waterloo Record, 23 Jun 06

>> Province shortchanges its own child-care program [CA-ON]
Letter to the Editor re: Region's child-care stand 'a travesty'
by Seiling, Ken / Waterloo Record, 23 Jun 06

>> Region's child-care stand 'a travesty' [CA-ON]
by Monteiro, Liz / Waterloo Record, 22 Jun 06

>> Norfolk residents angry over child-care funding [CA-ON]
by Bauslaugh, Cheryl / Expositor (Brantford), 21 Jun 06

>> Help children do their best [CA]
by Kenny, Nuala / Toronto Star, 21 Jun 06

>> Canadians favour Liberal child-care plan: poll [CA]
CTV.ca, 20 Jun 06

>> Canadians pick Liberal child-care plan over Tory $1,200 cheques: poll [CA]
Bailey, Sue / Canadian Press, 20 Jun 06

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources
Child Care in the News - media articles
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

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

11. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week, going all the way back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch finally acquired its own web page and archive.

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire and "go 404"...

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

- 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

12. Wage/Earnings Inequality and Poverty in the U.S. in the Last Quarter-Century - May 2003
(Boston College Libraries)

Wage Inequality, Earnings Inequality and Poverty
in the U.S. Over the Last Quarter of the Twentieth Century

Peter Gottschalk (Boston College), Sheldon Danziger (University of Michigan)
This paper tracks distributional changes over the last quarter of the twentieth century. We focus on three conceptually distinct distributions: the distribution of wages, the distribution of annual earnings and the distribution of total family income adjusted for family size. We show that all three distributions became less equal during the last half of the 1970's and the 1980's. This was, however, not the case during the 1990's. Wage inequality stabilized, earnings inequality declined and family income inequality actually continued to rise. We decompose changes in family income inequality over the last quarter century and show that roughly half of the increase is accounted for by changes in the distribution of earnings. This suggests that further research on family income inequality should pay as much attention to changes in the distribution of other income sources as to factors affecting the labor market.
Complete report
(PDF file format - 2.5MB, 61 pages)
May 2003
Source:
eScholarship@BC initiative of the Boston College Libraries

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

13. After Welfare (U.S.) - May 2006
(American RadioWorks)

After Welfare
In August 1996, landmark legislation fulfilled the promise to "end welfare as we know it" in the U.S.
Congress gave the states money to run their own programs and required them to move many welfare recipients into the workforce.
Supporters declared it a new day, the beginning of self-sufficiency for poor families.
Others warned the action would push women and children into the streets, perhaps by the millions.

After Welfare - U.S.
May 2006
[requires Real Player and Macromedia Flash Player]
Over the past few years, the American RadioWorks has raised the bar for like-minded radio documentary programs, producing thought-provoking and insightful studies on topics such as, Congressional reform, intelligent design, and international adoption programs. In this recently released documentary, John Biewen has created this introspective look into the world of welfare reform in the United States, and how it has affected the lives of five different women and their families. The women profiled come from a host of different backgrounds, and visitors may be surprised at some of the findings that Biewen presents in the documentary. The site also includes an interactive feature that allows users to find out how their own state ranks in terms of welfare and foodstamp recipients, welfare check sizes, time limits, and unemployment rates. Visitors can also look over a list of additional external links of interest and also read the complete transcript of the program.
Source:
American RadioWorks
("AMERICAN RADIOWORKS® is the national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW is public radio's largest documentary production unit; it creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet.")
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.

Related Links:

Your State of Welfare (also fromAmerican RadioWorks)
"Find out how your state ranks in terms of welfare and foodstamp recipients, welfare check sizes, time limits poverty and unemployment rates, welfare cases closed (and why) and more."
Comment: Wow - very impressive. Move your cursor over the map of the U.S. and it expands to let you click on the smaller states - provided that you know the names and locations of the states (it took me three tries to find Minnesota

Links and Resources - links to a dozen online resources

The latest Government report to Congress on welfare reform:

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF)
Sixth Annual Report to Congress

November 2004
Source:
Office of Family Assistance
[ part of the Administration for Children and Families ]
[ part of the Department of Health and Human Services ]

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

14. World Population Day - July 11
(United Nations Population Fund)

World Population Day - July 11
"Each year for the past 16 years, UNFPA offices in all parts of the world have raised awareness about important population and development issues by finding creative ways to publicize World Population Day."

Source:
United Nations Population Fund
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is “an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.” Within their general mission, the UNFPA also promotes a variety of public health initiatives, such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs and the reduction of maternal and infant mortality. With a pleasing visual layout and a series of tabs for each thematic area, even first-time visitors should have no problem finding their way around. Visitors can get a sense of their mission by looking over some of these tabs, which include sections titled “Making Motherhood Safer” and “Promoting Gender Equality”. Within each section, visitors can read a basic précis of their general policy approach to dealing with each population issue and also learn about their collaborative efforts with different non-governmental organizations around the globe."
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.

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

15. What's New from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
--- Australia's Health 2006
- June 21
--- Australia's Welfare 2005
- November 30 (2005)

What's New from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:

Australia's Health 2006
Published 21 June 2006
"
Australia's health 2006 is the tenth biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the nation's authoritative source of information on patterns of health and illness, determinants of health, the supply and use of health services, and health services expenditure. Australia's Health 2006 is an essential reference and information resource for all Australians with an interest in health."
HTML version - table of contents with links to PDF versions of each chapter
PDF version - (7.1MB, 528 pages)
Earlier editions of Australia's Health

Australia's Welfare 2005
Published 30 November 2005
"Australia's Welfare is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include indicators of the welfare of Australia's population, ageing and aged care services, disability and disability services, assistance for housing, services for people experiencing homelessness, and welfare services expenditure and labour force. It also features an extended chapter on children, youth and families."
HTML version - table of contents with links to PDF and RTF versions of each chapter
PDF version (1.96MB, 514 pages)
Earlier editions of Australia's Welfare

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

16. World Urban Forum: Transforming Ideas into Action (conference) - June 19-23

World Urban Forum 2006 Official Website
June 19-23, 2006, Vancouver, Canada
"The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities."
Source:
UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Related Links:

The World Urban Forum 3 - Canadian Secretariat Website
- co-produced by United Nations HABITAT and the government of Canada.
"The WUF will be a unique opportunity for citizens, community groups, academics and governments from around the world to meet and work together to find new solutions to the complicated problems facing our quickly growing cities."
-
Program (PDF file - 2.3MB, 8 pages)
- Links to websites of key partners in the Forum

World Urban Forum:
Transforming Ideas into Action

June 19-23, 2006, Vancouver, Canada
"The rapid increase in urbanization is a world-wide challenge. That is why Canada is proud to be hosting the World Urban Forum 3 (WUF3), a UN-HABITAT sponsored event, where key players from all over the world will gather to share experiences and transform ideas into action to improve the quality of life in urban areas. Almost 80 percent of our population lives in communities, making Canada one of the most urbanized countries in the world. The annual global survey on urban quality of living ranks Canadian cities among the best in the world."
Source:
Human Resources and Social Development Canada

University of British Columbia (UBC) contribution to the World Urban Forum (October 2005 through June 2006)
- incl. links to info about : Living the Global City * Planners for Tomorrow * Sustainability by Design * Sustainability Street * The Greater Vancouver Green Guide * Global Urban Sustainability Solutions Exchange (GUSSE) * Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability: CIRS Seed Funding * Sustainability Planning Report and Market Network * University Town Bicycle Tours * Weaving Worlds Together: World Urban Forum & National Aboriginal Day * UBC Special Lectures * Earthblog
Source:
University of British Columbia (UBC) - Official World Urban ForumWebsite

Google Web Search Results:
"World Urban Forum 2006, Vancouver
"
Google News search Results:
"World Urban Forum 2006, Vancouver"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Municipalities Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm



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25 Lesser-Known Uses for Water Displacement #40 (WD-40)

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Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

Removes splattered grease on stove.

Protects silver from tarnishing.

Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

Removes lipstick stains.

Removes tomato stains from clothing.

Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor.

Removes crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

Removes dirt and restores padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
 
Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

Loosens stubborn zippers.

Untangles jewellery chains.

Keeps scissors working smoothly.

Restores and cleans chalkboards.

Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
(Gilles' addendum - it would also keep ME off the balcony, because I don't like the smell either...)

Protects garden statues from the elements.

Spray on the distributor cap to displace moisture allowing the car to start.

Cleans bug guts off your car.

Keeps flies off cows.

Spray to remove sting and itch from fire ants.

Spray it on arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

And finally...

WD-40 removes all traces of duct tape.
(Red Green would appreciate the irony of this...)

Related Trivia:
The basic ingredient in WD-40 is FISH OIL.

Source:
Found somewhere online...

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