Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 25, 2013

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,657 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...


Canadian content

1. The Cost of Raising Children (Fraser Institute) - August 22
2. Consultation on Ontario's Minimum Wage System : Submit your views before October 18, 2013! (Ontario Ministry of Labour)
3. Media and Policy News for August 19 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012 (Employment and Social Development Canada)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, July 2013 - August 23
--- Employment Insurance, June 2013 - August 22
--- Health Reports - August 21
--- Classify this - August 21
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2013 - August 20

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

International content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. [U.S.] Why Get off Welfare? (Cato Institute) - August 22
9. United Kingdom : Update on Minimum Wage (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Living Wage - June/July 2013
10. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. The Cost of Raising Children - August 22
(Fraser Institute)

New release from
The Fraser Institute:

The Cost of Raising Children
August 22, 2013
News Release
By Chris Sarlo*
The annual cost of raising a child is important information-for its own sake and also for public policy purposes. Such estimates can be helpful to parents or prospective parents. It can also inform policies related to child benefits and possible parental child support obligations. This paper reviews prevailing approaches to the measurement of child costs and proposes budget based alternatives.

Complete report:

The Cost of Raising Children (PDF - 2.1MB, 72 pages)

[ * Author Chris A. Sarlo is professor of economics at Nipissing University in North Bay and is a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute. He is also the author of the definitive Bible of Absolute poverty measurement in Canada, a series of reports over a 14-year period starting in 1992. You'll find links to seven of those reports at this link: ]

The Fraser Institute


From the CBC:

Is raising a child easier financially than ever before?
Conservative think-tank Fraser Institute says it's possible to raise child on $4K a year or less
August 22, 2013
The Fraser Institute says it's never been easier financially to raise a child in Canada, with the annual cost much lower than many believe, a finding criticized by some who argue the think-tank fails to account for the cost of daycare.

Child Care by the Numbers

CBC News


Commentary by the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Leaving Children out in the Cold
August 23, 2013
By Kate McInturff
Apparently people get all subjective when they talk about children. Thank goodness we have economists. Not those crazy “social welfare” people who are “lobbying the state for more resources for families with children.” Real economists. With real facts. Economists like Christopher Sarlo, from the Fraser Institute, who published a real report (The Cost of Raising Children) on the real cost of raising children in Canada.
Affordable housing is essential to ensuring that parents can provide safe living conditions for their children. Affordable housing can make the difference between abused women and children staying in an unsafe setting or leaving it. And providing affordable and safe childcare? Well, according to those social welfare activists at TD Economics [ PDF : ], investing in child care “fosters greater labor force participation”; it increases job opportunities; and it “reduces duration of unemployment if it occurs.” As if that isn’t enough, TD Economics goes on to conclude that investing in child care “can also reduce poverty and help to address income inequality.”

[ Author Kate McInturff is a CCPA research associate and an expert on gender budgeting and women’s human rights. ]

Behind the Numbers (CCPA Blog)
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)


Commentary by
The Wellesley Institute:

Raising a child is cheap and cheerful, as long as mom stays at home
August 22, 2013
By Steve Barnes
A new report released by the Fraser Institute claims that it is possible to raise a child on about $3,000-$4,000 per year. The catch is that, apparently, child care is a ‘frill’.
Their approach is that expenses associated with having a child, like clothing, food, and education, can be separated from other household expenses. Expenses that households would incur regardless of whether they have children, like housing, transportation, furnishings, and TVs, weren’t counted.
Child care costs aren’t ‘frills’ – they’re a reality for many families. In 2005, the average cost of a private child care space in Toronto was $32.48 per hour and there are 18,938 children on the waitlist for a child care subsidy.
Quebec offers all parents $7 per day child care, and research has shown that this investment more than pays for itself through increased workforce participation. We need more of these kinds of programs and less bluster about how raising a child is cheap and cheerful, as long as mom stays at home.

Wellesley Institute


- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:

2. Consultation on Ontario's Minimum Wage System : Submit your views before October 18, 2013!
(Ontario Ministry of Labour)

Consultation on Ontario's Minimum Wage
by the Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
Summer 2013

New Advisory Panel to Examine Ontario's Minimum Wage System:
Province Committed to Ensuring a Fair and Prosperous Society for All Ontarians
July 17, 2013
Ontario has appointed a Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, chaired by Anil Verma, Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, to help ensure a process that is fair for workers, predictable for business and creates more opportunities for all Ontarians
[Govt. of Ontario news release]

The Consultation paper:

A Consultation Paper On Ontario’s Minimum Wage
HTML Version :
PDF Version (69K, 7 pages) :

The Panel is looking for feedback from all interested parties regarding an approach for determining Ontario’s minimum wage in the future.

How to Respond to this consultation paper:
If you are interested in responding to this consultation paper with your comments, ideas and suggestions, please contact the Ontario Ministry of Labour by fax, regular mail or email (click the link above for contact info), or online [ ].

Please provide your response by October 18, 2013.

Panel Terms of Reference
The Minimum Wage Advisory Panel (Panel) will examine Ontario’s current minimum wage policy and provide advice on an approach for determining the minimum wage in the future. It will examine the effectiveness of other jurisdictions’ minimum wage models.

Panel Members

Regional Consultations

Ontario Ministry of Labour


Related link:

Ontario minimum wage panel to look at more than just inflation
July 17, 2013

Metro News Toronto


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

3. Media and Policy News for August 19
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media and Policy News: 19 August 2013

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.
[NOTE : The date on the page is 2 May 2013 but the content is from August 19.]

Top Stories

* Poverty reduction consultations started August 6 in Windsor
* Coverage of London’s poverty reduction consultation, held last Friday
* Having the adult conversations about the $12 to $14 billion lost in tax cuts in Ontario – and what that money could do
* And if we were to raise corporate taxes by one percentage point nationally, what would that be worth?


* Dealing with “consultation fatigue” around poverty reduction
* Did you know? When people on assistance win lawsuits or reach settlements (like for injury compensation, etc.), they can only keep a portion and retain eligibility – $100K for ODSP and $25K for OW. The rest is clawed back
* A Law Times editorial calling for increased lawsuit caps
* Great op-ed on why increasing the minimum wage makes economic sense
* Coverage of the August 14 Day of Action for a minimum wage increase

Around the Province

* From living in her car to a great new place that’s all hers, in Niagara

Across the Country

* Federal subsidies for co-op housing coming to an end (ed note: not only in PEI)


* Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says the most pressing issue facing Canadians is access to justice – and hardest hit are those who can’t afford it
* More coverage: “access to justice abysmal”
Jobless numbers don’t tell the real story


* “Liberal California discourages eligible people from signing up for food stamps”
* The UK government’s welfare reforms will only download costs to local councils
* In Peterborough, UK, these local losses could lead to “civil unrest”


Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to August 2012, but does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

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


- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

4. Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012
(Employment and Social Development Canada)

From Employment and Social Development Canada
(formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada):

Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012
The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) has been assigned the legislated mandate to annually monitor and assess the EI program. The Commission must provide the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development with its annual report no later than March 31. The Minister then tables the report in Parliament.

Table of contents of the 2012 report:
Chapter 1: Labour Market Context
Chapter 2: Impacts and Effectiveness of Income Benefits (EI Part I)
Chapter 3: Impacts and Effectiveness of Employment Benefits and Support Measures (EBSMs—EI Part II)
Chapter 4: Program Administration
Annex 1 - Key Labour Market Statistics
Annex 2 - Income Benefits Data Tables
Annex 3 - EBSMs Data Tables
Annex 4 - Key Program Administration Data and Results
Annex 5 - EI Finances
Annex 6 - Key Studies Referenced in the Report

Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Reports


Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, July 2013 - August 23
--- Employment Insurance, June 2013 - August 22
--- Health Reports - August 21
--- Classify this - August 21
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2013 - August 20

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


August 23, 2013
Consumer Price Index, July 2013
Consumer prices rose 1.3% in the 12 months to July, following a 1.2% increase in June. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in July, matching the increases in May and June.

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.

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

Related subjects:

* Prices and price indexes

* Consumer price indexes

Statistical methods

August 22, 2013
Employment Insurance, June 2013
Following a notable decline in May, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in June edged up (+4,500 or +0.9%) to 512,300. The number of beneficiaries has, most recently, been trending downward. Compared with June 2012, the number of people receiving regular benefits declined 6.4%.

- includes three charts and four tables.

Available in CANSIM tables:
Table 276-0003 :
Table 276-0004 :
Table 276-0011:
Table 276-0020 to 276-0022 :
Table 276-0030 to 276-0032 :
Table 276-0041 :

Related subjects:

Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers


Non-wage benefits


Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

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.
* Click the product main page link, then "View" to read the latest issue or "Chronological index" for earlier issues

August 21 (2013) article:

An examination of the NAACCR method of assessing completeness of case ascertainment using the Canadian Cancer Registry

August 21, 2013
Classify this...
[StatCan Blog entry]
Standards Division’s role is to develop and implement classification systems, which at times involves working closely with counterparts in the United States and Mexico.
- incl. Classifying industries - Classifying goods and services - A class act - Consulting Canadians
StatCan Blog

August 20, 2013
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2013
There were 225,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses in May, down 33,000 from May 2012. There were 6.3 unemployed people for every job vacancy, up from 5.5 one year earlier. The increase in the ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was all the result of the decline in job vacancies. The national job vacancy rate was 1.5% in May, down from 1.8% 12 months earlier.

Available in CANSIM tables 284-0001 to 284-0004:

Check past issues of The Daily:
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]

StatCan Blog
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

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

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

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

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

Finding quality child care: A guide for parents in Canada
21 Aug 2013 | Canada
New website, available in English and French, for Canadian parents is now publicly available. Parents can find out why it's hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve their chances of accessing high-quality child care.

Active adult participation in ECE: Enhancing learning and community wellness
21 Aug 2013 | Australia and New Zealand
Research project from New Zealand's Teaching and Learning Research Initiative explores "both theoretical constructs and teaching and organisational strategies to increase parent participation and positive learning outcomes for children and community wellness".

Childminders in the Netherlands
21 Aug 2013 | Europe
Research brief by Eva Lloyd analyzes the impact of child care deregulation in the Netherlands and the implications of such reform for England.

Why do the people raising our children earn poverty wages? Women who care for poor kids are often mothers living in poverty themselves
14 Aug 2013 | United States
Article and video in The Nation interviews home child care providers in the US and exposes how they struggle to make a living wage from parent fees and underfunded fee subsidies that don't cover the actual cost of care.

Pre-K for every child: A matter of fairness
13 Aug 2013 | United States
Report examines the unequal access to early childhood education and care for American children and advocates for universal provision.

MORE 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

Raising a child is cheap and cheerful, as long as mom stays at home
22 Aug 2013 | Canada

Vision for full-day kindergarten in Ontario falling short, says expert
20 Aug 2013 | Ontario

Most complaints about daycare where toddler died went unanswered: ministry
19 Aug 2013 | Ontario

Crushed by the cost of child care
19 Aug 2013 | United States

Taking Te Whariki to India
16 Aug 2013 Australia and New Zealand

MORE child care in the news


CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page :


Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
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.


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

7. 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 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.


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:

August 23, 2013
State Medicaid Programs (3 articles)
States and Sequestration Cuts
SNAP Enrollment – Florida, New Hampshire (2 articles)

August 22, 2013
Child Support Services – Kansas, Ohio

August 21, 2013
Household Income in the US
Doctors and Medicaid Patients – New Jersey

August 20, 2013
State Medicaid Programs
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)

August 19, 2013
Sequestration Cuts and Safety Net Programs (3 articles)


Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)


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


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

8. [U.S.] Why Get off Welfare? - August 22, 2013
(Cato Institute)

Why Get off Welfare?
Commentary by Michael D. Tanner
August 22, 2013
Contrary to stereotypes, there is no evidence that people on welfare are lazy. Indeed, surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job. But there is also evidence that many are reluctant to accept available employment opportunities. Despite work requirements included in the 1996 welfare reform, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says less than 42% of adult welfare recipients participate in work activities nationwide. Why the contradiction? Perhaps it’s because, while poor people are not lazy, they are not stupid either. If you pay people more not to work than they can earn at a job, many won’t work.
A new study by the Cato Institute found that in many states, it does indeed pay better to be on welfare than it does to work.

[ Author Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.]

Cato Institute
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.

Also by
Michael Tanner:

The Work versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013
By Michael D. Tanner and Charles Hughes
August 19, 2013
In 1995, the Cato Institute published a groundbreaking study, The Work vs. Welfare Trade-Off, which estimated the value of the full package of welfare benefits available to a typical recipient in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It found that not only did the value of such benefits greatly exceed the poverty level but, because welfare benefits are tax-free, their dollar value was greater than the amount of take-home income a worker would receive from an entry-level job. Since then, many welfare programs have undergone significant change...

Complete white paper (PDF - 4.2MB, 52 pages):


Rebuttal from the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Cato’s Fundamentally Flawed Analysis
By Sharon Parrott
August 22, 2013
The Cato Institute released a report this week that argues that people on “welfare” are better off than low-income working families. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth, as we explain in our recent commentary.

Cato’s analysis makes two fundamental errors:
1. It substantially overstates the help that poor jobless families receive.
2. It substantially understates the help that low-income working families get.

View the full blog post:

View the related commentary:
* HTML :
* PDF (4 pages) :

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

9. United Kingdom : Update on Living Wage (Living Wage Commission)
Minimum Wage (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) June/July 2013

United Kingdom

A living wage is vital, morally and economically
There are strong economic reasons for a living wage. And even stronger moral ones
21 July 2013
"...the Living Wage Commission, created by the left-of-centre organisation Compass, has established a year-long investigation into the future of the living wage, its value and the barriers to its implementation, to report in 2014, chaired by the Archbishop of York.

The Guardian

More articles about the
living wage from The Guardian:

Related links:

Compass - Together for a good society
At Compass, we are building a Good Society; one that is much more equal, sustainable and democratic than the society we are living in now.

Living Wage Commission
The Living Wage Commission is an independent, 12 month inquiry into the future of the Living Wage. Bringing together leading figures from business, trade unions and civil society, Commissioners are investigating what potential the increasingly popular concept of a Living Wage holds for Britain’s five million low paid workers.

Living Wage Foundation
The Living Wage Foundation supports, recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage Employers in the UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.


From the
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

A Minimum Income Standard for the U.K. in 2013
By Donald Hirsch
28 June 2013
What income do people need to achieve a socially acceptable standard of living in 2013? This year's updated figures show a continuing squeeze on incomes relative to rising costs, only partly alleviated by increased tax allowances.

Complete report (PDF - 768K, 33 pages):
This is the 2013 update of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for the United Kingdom, based on what members of the public think people need for an acceptable minimum standard of living.

PDF (260K, 4 pages) :
(Scroll partway down the page for the link to the PDF summary.)

More research on Minimum Income Standards
from t
he Joseph Rowntree Foundation:


More research on poverty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation:
from t
he Joseph Rowntree Foundation:


Joseph Rowntree Foundation Blog


Joseph Rowntree Foundation
We are two charities (see below), working together for social justice, and sharing trustees and directors.
We are independent, but we are not neutral: we are on the side of people and places in poverty.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed foundation funding a UK-wide research and development programme.
Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is a registered housing association and provider of care services managing around 2,500 homes.


- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:

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

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
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:
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

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

21 August 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1341
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Gaza young offender set to be executed
- Chemical weapons kill hundreds of civilians
- Reject Egypt binaries as "both sides are wrong"
- Concerns over Moscow camp for migrants
- HIV patients told by pastors ‘to rely on God’
- Child labour on the rise in Europe
- UN concern over public assembly restrictions
- Violence against LGBTI persons in the Americas
- Complaints mechanism toolkit in new languages!
- CRIN Users Survey reminder!
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Grenada
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns


CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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


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

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
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.


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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Eighteen (More) Easily Confused or Misused Words

founder / flounder
In its primary sense founder means to sink below the surface of the water: “The ship foundered after colliding with an iceberg.” By extension, founder means to fail utterly. Flounder means to move about clumsily, or to act with confusion. A good synonym for flounder is blunder: “After floundering through the first half of the course, Amy finally passed with the help of a tutor.”

hanged / hung
Hanged is the past tense and past participle of hang when the meaning is to execute by suspending by the neck: “They hanged the prisoner for treason.” “The convicted killer was hanged at dawn.” Hung is the past tense and participle of hang when the meaning is to suspend from above with no support from below: “I hung the painting on the wall.” “The painting was hung at a crooked angle.”

historic / historical
In general usage, historic refers to what is important in history, while historical applies more broadly to whatever existed in the past whether it was important or not: “a historic summit meeting between the prime ministers;” “historical buildings torn down in the redevelopment.”

i.e. / e.g.
The abbreviation e.g. means for example (from Latin exempli gratia): “Her talents were legion and varied (e.g., deep sea diving, speed reading, bridge, and tango dancing).” The abbreviation i.e. means that is or in other words (from Latin id est): “The joy of my existence (i.e., my stamp collection) imbues my life with meaning.”

it's / its
It's is a contraction for it is, whereas its is the possessive form of it: “It's a shame that we cannot talk about its size.”

laid / lain / lay
Laid is the past tense and the past participle of the verb lay and not the past tense of lie. Lay is the past tense of the verb lie and lain is the past participle: “He laid his books down and lay down on the couch, where he has lain for an hour.”

lend / loan
Although some people feel loan should only be used as a noun, lend and loan are both acceptable as verbs in standard English: “Can you lend (loan) me a dollar?” However, only lend should be used in figurative senses: “Will you lend me a hand?”

lightening / lightning
Lightening is a verb that means to illuminate; lightning is a noun referring to the electrical charges the cause flashes of light during storms: “The lightning struck, lightening the sky.”

Meaning perplexed or bewildered, nonplussed is very often thought to mean just the opposite—calm, unruffled, cool-as-a-cucumber. A common mistake is to think the word means not “plussed,” but no such word exists. Nonplussed originates from the Latin non (no) and plus (more, further), and means a state in which no more can be done—one is so perplexed that further action is impossible. “The lexicographer grew increasingly agitated and nonplussed by the frequency with which she noted the misuse of nonplussed.”

passed / past
Passed is the past tense and past participle of pass. Past refers to time gone by; it is also a preposition meaning beyond. “In the past decade, I passed over countless opportunities; I was determined not to let them get past me again.”

Meaning “next to last,” penultimate is often mistakenly used to mean “the very last,” or the ultimate: “The perfectionist was crestfallen when he was awarded the penultimate prize; the grand prize went to another.”

precede / proceed
The verb precede means to come before. Proceed means to move forward. “He preceded me into the room; once I caught up with him I proceeded to tell him off.”

principal / principle
Principal is a noun that means a person who holds a high position or plays an important role: “The school principal has 20 years of teaching experience.” Principal is also an adjective that means chief or leading: “The necessity of moving to another city was the principal reason I turned down the job offer.” Principle is a noun that means a rule or standard: “They refused to compromise their principles.”

stationary / stationery
Stationary is an adjective that means fixed or unmoving: “They maneuvered around the stationary barrier in the road.” Stationery is a noun that means writing materials: “We printed the letters on company stationery.”

their / there / they're
Their is the possessive form of they; there refers to place; and they're is the contraction of they are. “They're going there because their mother insisted they become proficient in Serbo-Croatian.”

venal / venial
Venal is an adjective that means corruptible; venial is an adjective that means a slight flaw or offense: “In the Catholic church, a venial sin is one that is minor and pardonable, whereas a mortal sin is a serious transgression involving more venal or depraved behavior.”

who's / whose
Who's is the contraction of who is. Whose is the possessive form of who. “Who's going to figure out whose job it is to clean the stables?”

your / you're
Your is the possessive form of you; you're is the contraction you are. “If you're planning on swimming, then be sure to bring your life vest and flippers.”



And, in closing...


An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Along similar lines:

Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies


Twenty-Five Common Phrases
That You’re Saying Wrong

Gilles' five favourites (the second item in each line is the correct usage/spelling):
* I could care less vs. I couldn’t care less.
* For all intensive purposes vs. For all intents and purpose.
* He did good vs. He did well.
* Phase vs. Faze
* Irregardless vs. Regardless


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