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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 25, 2007

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 1837 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Release of 2007 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada (Campaign 2000) - November 26, 10am
2. Child Care Act passes second vote (Canadian Union of Public Employees) - November 23
3. Tabling of Canada's Performance Reports 2006-2007 (Government of Canada) - November 23
4. National Housing Day - November 22
5. A Review of the Old Age Security Program (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - November 2007
6. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Growth in real income in Canada and the United States, 1980 to 2006 - November 22
--- Residential care facilities, 2005/2006 - November 22
--- Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2005/2006 - November 21
--- Study: Postsecondary enrolment trends to 2031 - November 21
7. What's new from the Fraser Institute:
--- Corporate Welfare: A $144 billion addiction - November 2007
--- Government Lovers: Paid by Canadian Governments and Taxpayers - November 2007

8. National Child Day : Canada failing many kids, says report (Canadian Union of Public Employees / UNICEF) - November 20
9. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto)
- November 23

International Content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing : Selected recent content:
12. November 20, 22 - CRINMAIL 934, 935 (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Release of 2007 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada - November 26, 10am
(Campaign 2000)

Release of 2007 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada - November 26, 10am
Campaign 2000 will release its annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ottawa on Monday, November 26th. Federal party leaders have been invited to be present at the press conference.
The 2007 report, entitled It Takes a Nation to Raise a Generation, presents the latest statistics on child and family poverty, and recommendations for all political parties.

Go to the Campaign 2000 website after 10am on November 26 to access the report

2. Child Care Act passes second vote - November 23
(Canadian Union of Public Employees)

Child Care Act passes second vote
November 23, 2007
Opposition parties united Nov. 21 to adopt Bill C-303, an NDP-sponsored bill that would create a national child care system. The second reading vote is an important step on the way to become law. The bill need to pass a third vote, be approved by the Senate and then be proclaimed into law. C-303, the Early Learning and Child Care Act, would ensure that federal investments in child care would be made only in high quality, affordable, accessible, and non-profit early learning and child care services. The Bill would also require accountability from provinces on how the money is spent. C-303 will return to Parliament for a third reading vote in February 2008.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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

3. Tabling of Canada's Performance Reports 2006-2007 - November 23
(Government of Canada)

Tabling of Canada's Performance Reports 2006-2007

Along with the Public Accounts of Canada (see the link below, under "Related links), Departmental performance reports are a valuable resource for government watchdogs and for students of federal government programs and policies --- these departmental reports include descriptive info on the programs administered by the federal government, along with targets and achievements for each federal government institution. Because the main focus of the Canadian Social Research Links website is information about welfare and financial assistance from governments to individuals, I've presented (below) links to departmental reports for only for Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Department of Finance Canada, the two main federal departments in the social program field. And yes, I *know* that there are many more federal departments and agencies (like the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Canada Revenue Agency and Status of Women Canada, to name but a few, that are involved in the social program field. The content below is presented as a sample only of the impressive amount of information that you can find for each federal institution in these performance reports.

Tabling of Canada's Performance 2006-2007
News Release
November 23, 2007
Ottawa - Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, today tabled in the House of Commons Canada's Performance 2006-2007 on behalf of the Government of Canada.
- includes a backgrounder defining indicators and outcome areas (economic, social and international)

Complete report:

Canada's Performance:
The Government of Canada's Contribution
2006-07 Annual Report to Parliament of the
President of the Treasury Board of Canada
HTML version
PDF version
(1MB, 92 pages)
This is the general report.

Departmental Performance Reports (DPRs) - Part III Estimates
List of Institutions

- links to individual DPRs for 90 departments, boards, agencies, commissions, etc.

Select a federal institution from the above list to see detailed information about the programs it administers, and how well it is administering those programs. For example, Human Resources and Social Development Canada expenditures on programs and services in 2006-2007 exceeded $79 billion. Follow the (HTML or PDF) link below to see how they spent it.

2006-2007 Departmental Performance Report:
Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)

HTML version
PDF version
(3.3MB, 214 pages)
This document reports on the performance of Human Resources and Social Development Canada for the period from April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007. It reports on the Department's achievements related to the commitments set out in the 2006-2007 Report on Plans and Priorities. Section I provides a departmental overview, including a brief description of the socio-economic environment, and a summary of departmental performance. Section II includes detailed performance results information by strategic outcome. The financial tables and information concerning the specified purpose accounts are in Section III, and Section IV provides more details on programs supporting activities and the consolidated financial statements.

HRSDC: Details on Transfer Payment Programs
- includes (among others) :
* Canada Study Grant / Canada Access Grant * Canada Student Loans Program * Canada Education Savings Grant *
Canada Learning Bond * Social Development Partnerships Program * Guaranteed Income Supplement * Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities * New Horizons for Seniors Program * Old Age Security * Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities * The Allowance * EarlyLearning and Child Care * Universal Child Care Benefit * National Homelessness Initiative * much more...

2006-2007 Departmental Performance Report:
Department of Finance Canada
HTML version
PDF version
(726K, 182 pages)
"...provides an overview of the Department's strategic outcome, a listing of its ongoing priorities, and the associated financial resources for the 2006-07 fiscal year."

Department of Finance Canada : Transfer Payment Programs
- the Department of Finance Canada departmental performance report is where you'll find information on (among other program areas) Fiscal Equalization (Part l, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act), the Canada Health Transfer (Part V.1, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act) and the Canada Social Transfer (Part V.1, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act)

Related links:

Public Accounts of Canada
The Public Accounts of Canada for 2007, which include the Financial Statements of the Government of Canada (see Volume I, Section 2), were tabled in the House of Commons on October 17, 2007.

Supplementary Estimates, 2007-2008 (All depts.)

Supplementary Estimates, 2007-2008 - HRSDC

Supplementary Estimates, 2007-2008 - Finance Canada

Other Reports of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Source:
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Human Resources and Social Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/hrsdc.htm

4. National Housing Day - November 22

Bleak reminder on housing day
Nov 22, 2007
It has been exactly nine long years since the mayors of Canada's largest cities declared homelessness a national disaster and called on Ottawa and the provinces to develop an affordable housing strategy. To commemorate the day, anti-poverty advocates set aside Nov. 22 each year as National Housing Day. But rather than being a joyous occasion, the day is a grim reminder that rather than improving in the years since the declaration, the problem of homelessness and lack of affordable housing has become much worse.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Related links:

From the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:

National Housing Day Celebrated with Launch of 2008 CMHC Housing Awards
OTTAWA, November 22, 2007 — The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) commemorated National Housing Day today by launching the call for entries for the 2008 CMHC Housing Awards Program (HAP) recognizing best practices in affordable housing.

Affordable Housing resources
"...a collection of affordable housing project profiles highlighting successful approaches in communities across Canada. It also includes an electronic checklist of essential steps to guide groups through the development process, along with fact sheets that provide tips on developing business plans, fundraising and generating community support."

From the website of Monte Solberg:
(Minister Responsible for CMHC)

National Housing Day
November 21, 2007
This Thursday is National Housing Day which provides us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the many individuals and groups working together to advance affordable housing solutions and address the issue of homelessness.

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

5. A Review of the Old Age Security Program - November 2007
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Strengthening the Foundations of Canada’s Pension System:
A Review of the Old Age Security Program

By Ed Tamagno
November 2007
Abstract
Complete report (PDF file - 424K, 38 pages)
The Old Age Security (OAS) program, which is the cornerstone of Canada’s pension system, is fundamentally sound. However, some changes need to be made to the program to improve its fairness and to strengthen the income security of Canadian seniors. This study examines five aspects of the OAS program and makes recommendations on each:
· The OAS clawback and persons living outside Canada.
· The clawback and couples.
· The Guaranteed Income Supplement and immigrants to Canada.
· The Allowance and single persons aged 60-64.
· Work incentives.
(Excerpt from the Absract)

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

6. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Growth in real income in Canada and the United States, 1980 to 2006 - November 22
--- Residential care facilities, 2005/2006 - November 22
--- Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2005/2006
- November 21
--- Study: Postsecondary enrolment trends to 2031
- November 21

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

November 22, 2007
Study: Growth in real income in Canada and the United States, 1980 to 2006
In terms of income per capita, the Canadian economy grew significantly faster than the US economy between 2000 and 2006. Real income per capita in the United States grew by 9.1% during this period, while in Canada real income per capita grew 15.5%, nearly two-thirds faster than the US rate.

Report:

Canadian and U.S. Real Income Growth Pre and Post 2000: A Reversal of Fortunes
Summary (HTML)
Complete report (PDF file - 230K, 33 pages)
November 2007

November 22, 2007
Residential care facilities, 2005/2006
Canada's 4,291 residential care facilities—public, private and not-for-profit—looked after a growing number of people in the fiscal year 2005/2006, from the elderly to those with mental health problems. These facilities provided cared for 235,916 residents, a 2.3% increase from 2004/2005, according to the most recent data from the Residential Care Facilities Survey.The residential care sector reported total expenses of $13.7 billion, while revenues reached $13.5 billion. Expenses rose by just under $1 billion and revenues increased by just over $1 billion.

Residential Care Facilities, 2005/2006
1. Highlights 2. Introduction 3. Analysis 4. Tables 5. Data quality, concepts and methodology 6. User information 7. Related products
PDF version (845K, 47 pages)
November 2007

November 21, 2007
Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2005/2006
Canada's rate of incarceration increased for the first time in more than a decade in 2005/2006, driven by the growth in the number of adults being held in custody while awaiting trial or sentencing.

November 21, 2007
Study: Postsecondary enrolment trends to 2031
This report projects the potential future population of students in colleges and universities in Canada and the provinces during the next quarter century. It does this by applying various assumptions regarding participation rates in postsecondary education to projected demographic trends.

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

7. What's new from the Fraser Institute:
--- Corporate Welfare: A $144 billion addiction - November 2007
--- Government Lovers: Paid by Canadian Governments and Taxpayers - November 2007

Government subsidies and handouts to business cost each Canadian taxpayer $1,295
News Release
November 21, 2007
VANCOUVER, BC—Canadians provided business with $19 billion in subsidies in 2004, the equivalent of $1,295 from each Canadian taxpayer, according to a new report released today by independent research organization The Fraser Institute. The 2004 figure was almost double the $10.3 billion governments doled out in business subsidies in 1995. Taxpayer-funded subsidies to business totalled almost $144 billion between 1995 and 2004 (the most recent year for which data is available), the equivalent of $11,030 per tax payer (all figures adjusted for inflation to 2007 dollars).

Complete report:

Corporate Welfare:
A $144 billion addiction
(PDF file - 488K, 62 pages)
November 2007

Number of Canadians depending on government for income has fallen; Ottawa must avoid urge to increase spending and expand bureaucracy
News Release
November 15, 2007
VANCOUVER, BC—The total number of Canadians receiving all or part of their income from some level of government has declined since 1992 when governments were forced to reign in spending and cut costs, according to a new study released today by independent research organization The Fraser Institute.

Complete report:

Government Lovers: Paid by
Canadian Governments and Taxpayers
(PDF file - 293K, 25 pages)
November 2007
This study presents information about the size of government in Canada by accounting for the number of Canadians who are paid by governments as civil servants and beneficiaries of social insurance programs. It supplements the annual Tax Freedom Day studies published by The Fraser Institute to track the size of Canadian governments and the fiscal burdens they impose on Canadians.

Source:
The Fraser Institute

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research2.htm

8. National Child Day : Canada failing many kids, says report - November 20
(Canadian Union of Public Employees / UNICEF)

National Child Day 2007 - The Right to be Active
"The theme for National Child Day 2007 is The Right to be Active. The theme was chosen to encourage physical activity among children and inform parents, caregivers and educators that physical activity is essential to children’s health and well-being. This theme also reflects Canada’s commitments under Article 24 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, which recognizes children’s right to be healthy and enjoy the highest attainable standard of health." [bolding added]
- incl. links to:
* About National Child Day * Activities for Kids * For Parents/Caregivers * For Educators * The Right to be Active * Partners & Links * Give us Feedback * Download Poster
Source:
Public Health Agency of Canada

NOTE: In April 2007, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights released Children : The Silenced Citizens, a report on children's rights in Canada. The Committee made 24 recommendations with respect to Canada and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 24 of the Convention, which is the theme of this year's National Child Day, is mentioned only in recommendation 15: "Pursuant to articles 2, 23, 24, 33, and 39 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee recommends that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments implement an improved process to improve services to special needs children by July 2008."
What about the other 23 recommendations??
Is Canada committed ONLY to article 24 of the Convention??

Related links:

Canada failing many kids, says report
Canada has a poor record on promoting children’s rights and healthy development, including scandalously high rates of child poverty, according to a new report.
November 20, 2007
Canada has a poor record on promoting children’s rights and healthy development, including scandalously high rates of child poverty, according to a new report released on National Child Day. Improving the situation starts with strong public services like child care.
NOTE: click the link above to access over two dozen related resources --- see the links both within the text and in the right-hand margin of the page
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

What's Right for Some: Portrait of Canada's first generation
growing up under the Convention on the Rights of the Child
(PDF file - 1.3MB, 45 pages)
"(...) The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into international effect eighteen years ago. This year, the first generation of children born with these universal rights leave their childhoods officially behind them. Has the well-being of this "first rights generation" improved? UNICEF Canada took the temperature of this generation and we find that, while there has been some progress for some children in some places, for too many children we've stalled or even regressed in some aspects of their health, development and protection..."
Source:
UNICEF Canada

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Children: The Silenced Citizens
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CANADA’S
INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
Final Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Chair
The Honourable Joan Fraser, Deputy Chair
April 2007
Executive Summary
Summary of Recommendations

Source:
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

Canada's record on child rights - this link takes you to a section of the Canadian Social Research Links Children's Rights page where you'll find related resources and tools for monitoring the enforcement of children's rights in Canada.

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

9. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - November 23
(CRRU- University of Toronto
)

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

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.
Here's the content of the latest issue of this bulletin.

For more information about this service, including subscription information,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

23-Nov-07

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What's New
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www.immigrantchildren.ca - NEW WEBSITE!
The Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth (CCICY) is an ad-hoc, voluntary organization of individuals and organizations across Canada who want to see more and better services and supports for immigrant and refugee children and youth. An Early Childhood Working Group is part of the CCICY.
For more information, see http://www.lerc.educ.ubc.ca/CCICY/newsletter.html
Source:
Canadian Coalition for Immigrant Children and Youth (CCICY)

WHAT'S RIGHTS FOR SOME: 18 @ 18
Report from UNICEF Canada provides a portrait of Canada's first generation growing up under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111731

NOVA SCOTIA EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE PLAN
Press release from the Nova Scotia government announces $5.2 million in child care funding.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111730

WHO GOES TO PRESCHOOL AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Policy brief from the National Institute for Early Education Research (US) explores factors influencing enrollment, such as income, geography and ethnicity, and offers policy recommendations to address inequities.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111733

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Child care in the news
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Victoria MP's daycare bill clears hurdle [CA]
Victoria Times Colonist, 22 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111720

Child care announcement 'disappointing' [CA-NS]
Daily News (Halifax), 22 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111723

Alberta misusing $25.9M in federal day care cash, critics say [CA]
Edmonton Journal, 21 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111724

Day care bill comes amid fears of big-box takeover [CA]
CTV News, 20 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111721

Canada letting kids down, report says [CA]
Toronto Star, 20 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111726

National Child Day: Moving beyond 'paper' rights [CA-SK]
Globe and Mail, 20 Nov 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=111727

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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

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit
University of Toronto, Canada
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Related Links:

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

Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

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

10. 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 twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

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

This week's issue of Poverty Dispatch:

November 19, 2007
* Federal Hurricane Aid and People Living in Poverty - Mississippi
* Poverty Rate - Athens, GA
* Hunger and Food Security
* Increase in Demand at Food Banks
* Home Foreclosures and Renters
* Homelessness and Supportive Housing - Los Angeles, CA
* State Health Care Plan - Maryland
* Prisoner Re-entry Programs - Minnesota, New York
* Schools and Uninsured Students
* Head Start Preschool Program
* No Child Left Behind and Defining Violent Schools
* Editorial: No Child Left Behind

Search Poverty Dispatches
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week. Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media. Persons wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - archive of weekly digests* 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 with IRP's permission.
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.)

- 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

11. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing : Selected recent content
---
Creating Child Friendly Cities conference: outcomes and directions statement - Posted 21-11-2007

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60+ events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO)
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

Selected content from the latest APO Weekly Briefing:

Creating Child Friendly Cities conference: outcomes and directions statement
Posted 21-11-2007
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the Urban Research Program, Griffith University
This document outlines the findings of this research conference and look at future directions and key actions.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

12. November 20, 22 - CRINMAIL 934, 935
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

22 November 2007 - CRINMAIL 935

* URUGUAY: First Latin American country to ban corporal punishment [news]
* STREET CHILDREN: State of the World’s Street Children: Violence [publication]
* UZBEKISTAN: Call For Boycott Over Uzbek Child Labour [news]
* THAILAND: Call for curbs on child boxing to be imposed [news]
* CYPRUS: Child and Youth Research in the 21st Century: A Critical Appraisal [event/call for submissions]
* EMPLOYMENT - UNICEF - Human Rights Watch [job postings]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

20 November 2007 - CRINMAIL 934 - Special edition on the 18th birthday of the CRC
* INTRODUCTION
* RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY: CRIN launches global portal for using child rights law [website]
A guide to human rights mechanisms
that can be used to challenge breaches of children’s rights

("When governments fail to recognise and respect children’s rights, international and regional human rights mechanisms are needed to hold States to their legal obligations.")
* CRIN REVIEW 21: A Generation On – Enforcing children’s rights [publication]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 200+ 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.

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

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


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1) King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hittites. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world. Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan. Croesus said, "I'll give you 100,000 dinars for it."
"But I paid a million dinars for it," the King protested.
"Don't you know who I am? I am the king!"
Croesus replied, "When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are."

2) Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers.
However, all the Swiss league records were unfortunately destroyed in a fire, so we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled.

3) A man rushed into a busy doctor's office and shouted, "Doctor! I think I'm shrinking!!" 
"Now, settle down, Sir", the doctor calmly responded, "you'll just have to be a little patient."

4) A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of seagulls.
One day, his supply of the birds ran out so he had to go out and trap some more.
On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on the road.
Afraid to wake them, he gingerly stepped over them.
Immediately, he was arrested and charged with transporting gulls across sedate lions for immortal porpoises.


5) Back in the 1800's, the Tates Watch Company of Massachusetts wanted to produce other products and, since they already made watch cases, they used them to produce compasses.
The new compasses were so bad that people often ended up in Canada or Mexico, rather than California.
This, of course, is the origin of the expression, "He who has a Tates is lost!"

6) A thief broke into the local police station and stole all the toilets and urinals, leaving no clues. A spokesperson was quoted as saying, "We have absolutely nothing to go on."

7) An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man.
After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, telling him to bite off, chew, and swallow one inch of the leather every day.
After a month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling.
The chief shrugged and said: "The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on."

8) A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register.
His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official who apologized profusely, saying, "I must have taken Leif off my census."

9) A skeptical anthropologist was cataloging South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal brujo who
 indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation.
When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the brujo looked him in the eye and said:
 "Let me tell you, with fronds like these, who needs enemas?"

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WORD(S) OF THE WEEK:

And me / And I

The Rule:
When used as subject of the verb in the sentence, "...and I"
When used as object of the verb, "...and me"

Incorrect: "My mother and me went to the market."
Correct: My mother and I went...

Incorrect: "The boss asked Bob and I to check the inventory."
Correct: The boss asked Bob and me...

TIP: when composing the sentence, leave out the "(whoever) and..." part and read the sentence out loud.
For example, the first sentence above would read "...me went to the market" and the second "The boss asked I...", both of which are clearly incorrect.

http://wsu.edu/~brians/errors/myself.html

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