Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 25, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,595 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Latest Media and Policy News - November 23 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. 2013-2014 Budget - Government of Québec - November 20
3. Debate in the National Post : Rags-To-Riches or Permanent Underclass? - Nov. 20, 22
4. 2012 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada (Campaign 2000) - November 21
5. 2012 Provincial Child Poverty Report Cards (British Columbia - Alberta - New Brunswick) - November 2012
6. Assessing the Benefits of Community Human Services (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - November 2012
7. Latest Media and Policy News (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - November 21
8. Income gap, poverty should be election issues, says Senator Eggleton (Hamilton Spectator) - November 20
9. A Shrinking Universe: How Concentrated Corporate Power is Shaping Income Inequality in Canada (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - November 16
10. The Harper Government’s New Math [on job creation] (Angella MacEwen in Progressive Economics Forum) - November 15
11. Panel debate on politics and poverty reduction (TVOntario) - November 15
12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [U.S.] The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity : Half in Ten Annual Report- November 19
16. [U.S.] Two NY Times op-eds on fair taxation and reduction of inequality:
--- The Twinkie Manifesto
(Paul Krugman) - November 18
--- To Reduce Inequality, Tax Wealth, Not Income (Daniel Altman) - November 18
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Latest Media and Policy News - November 23
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Latest Media and Policy News: 23 Nov 2012
http://goo.gl/Euz0L
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Ontario Social Assistance Reform

Here’s the link to last night’s The Agenda with Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh
Five reasons reform must remain a political priority – from Pedro Barata at United Way Toronto
Op-Ed in the Spec: An improved social-assistance model must include health and well-being
Respond to this! The Agenda asks about the ‘deserving’ vs ‘undeserving’ poor
And watch tonight as the deserving / undeserving divide gets debated

Liberal Leadership

Liberal leadership winner could be known as early as January 13 : “2,500 Liberal delegates — paying between $299 and $599 to attend — will actually cast direct ballots for the next premier”
Art Eggleton says income inequality and poverty should be election issues

Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit

“There are so many things that are deeply wrong with this situation, it’s hard to know where to start. But here are three points that need to be made”
Press release from OCAP and CUPE

Ontario Issues

Regg Cohn on Hudak’s pension ideas – a great rebuttal
A potential answer to the bed bug problem – fungus

Across the Country

Alberta pledges to eliminate child poverty in five years

National News

Campaign 2000’s National Report Card is out.
Here’s some coverage from : The Star - CTV Winnipeg - CBC
Download the report card from Campaign 2000.ca
And today is National Housing Day – 3 things Canadians should know

International

Some facts and myths about welfare, from the US
Why tomorrow’s Black Friday Wal-Mart Strike is important to the US economy
In the UK, MPs are proposing a living wage – that would give people enough income to be able to consume and thus drive the economy

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

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):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

2. 2013-2014 Budget - Government of Québec - November 20

NOTE : The English version follows the French below.
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Budget 2013-2014 : Gouvernement du Québec
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2013-2014/index.asp
Le 20 novembre 2012

Documents budgétaires:

Discours sur le budget (fichier PDF - 44 pages, 712 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Discours.pdf

Plan budgétaire 2013-2014 (fichier PDF - 484 pages, 2,29 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Planbudgetaire.pdf

Budget en un coup d'oeil (fichier PDF - 12 pages, 3,49 Mo)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/CoupOeil.pdf

Graphiques (fichier PDF - 8 pages, 576 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Graph_fr.pdf

Investir pour assurer notre prospérité (fichier PDF - 88 pages, 928 Ko)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/fr/documents/Investir.pdf

Communiqués : Budget 2013-2014
--- Nouvelle contribution santé équitable et progressive
--- Annulation de la hausse du prix de l’électricité patrimoniale
--- Crédit d’impôt remboursable pour les activités physiques, artistiques et culturelles des enfants
--- Annulation de la hausse des droits de scolarité
--- Création de 28 000 nouvelles places en services de garde à contribution réduite d’ici 2016-2017
--- 3 000 logements sociaux, communautaires et abordables seront construits
* Un gouvernement qui agit en misant sur l’investissement privé
* L’équilibre budgétaire en 2013-2014
* Mieux gérer les dépenses en infrastructures et réduire le poids de la dette

2013-2014 Budget - Government of Québec
November 20, 2012
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2013-2014/index_en.asp
- includes Budget at a Glance and links to all budget documents (all of which appear below)

Budget Documents:

Budget Speech (PDF - 40 pages, 710 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Speech.pdf

2013-2014 Budget Plan (PDF - 484 pages, 2.34 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/budgetplan.pdf

Budget at a Glance (PDF - 12 pages, 3.50 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/BudgetGlance.pdf

Charts (PDF - 8 pages, 583 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Graph_en.pdf

Budget paper : Investing for our prosperity (PDF - 84 pages, 903 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Investing.pdf

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2013-2014 Budget Press releases (small PDF files):

* A Government Close to Families
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_1en.pdf
Highlights:
--- A new progressive and fair health contribution
--- 4.4 million Quebecers will not pay the health contribution or will see their tax burden decrease.
--- Cancellation of the increase in the price of heritage electricity
--- Refundable tax credit for physical, artistic and cultural activities for young people
--- Creation of 28 000 new reduced-contribution childcare spaces by 2016-2017
--- 3 000 social, community affordable housing units will be built

* A Government that Takes Action by Focusing on Private Investment
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_2en.pdf

* A Balanced Budget in 2013-2014
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_3en.pdf

* Improving Management of Infrastructure Spending and Reducing the Debt Load
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2013-2014/en/documents/Communique_4en.pdf

Source:
Ministère des Finances
(English Home Page)
http://www.finances.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.asp

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Related links:

The PQ Budget
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/11/23/the-pq-budget/
By Mathieu Dufour
November 23, 2012
On Tuesday, November 20th, the Parti Québécois released its first budget since taking office. This budget was widely anticipated in view of the many fiscal promises the PQ had made during the campaign, most of which where fairly progressive in nature. In the end, the exercise was (aptly) described by Marc Van Audenrode, who followed the proceedings and interviewed with Radio-Canada, as a “non-event”. For all intents and purposes, the budget could have been delivered by a liberal government… and certainly, given its content, there was no need to rush things ahead of the usual spring schedule.

Opposition parties to oppose PQ budget
Quebec budget focuses on curbing spending
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/11/20/parti-quebecois-budget-2012-quebec-government.html
November 20, 2012
The Parti Québécois' new budget failed to impress provincial opposition parties Tuesday, who say they will oppose it, raising the possibility that the recently elected minority government of Pauline Marois could be toppled. (...) Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau called his first budget a responsible plan for the province’s economic future. (...)
The $72.4-billion budget doesn’t contain any drastic changes in spending or tax collection, but it does hitch its plans to less stable sources: wealthy Quebecers and big industry. It also proposes strict limits on spending hikes. The province plans to cap its spending increase at 1.8 per cent in 2013-2014. That represents the lowest budgeted growth rate in the last 14 years. It’s a dramatic reining-in that was made necessary by the Parti Québécois's determination to fund key priority areas, while attempting to appease the opposition and eliminate the deficit by the target of spring 2014.
Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news

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Quebec 2013-2014 budget highlights
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+2013+2014+budget+highlights/7584766/story.html
November 21, 2012
By Kevin Dougherty
Source:
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/

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PQ revives old-style government direction of industry
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/11/21/william-watson-why-no-jobs-here/
November 21, 2012
By William Watson
Source:
Financial Post
http://www.financialpost.com/

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

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

3. Debate in the National Post : Rags-To-Riches or Permanent Underclass?? November 20, 22

Debate in the National Post:
Rags-To-Riches or Permanent Underclass?? November 20, 22

Poor today, rich tomorrow: Permanent underclass in Canada is a myth, study reveals
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/20/poor-today-rich-tomorrow-permanent-underclass-a-myth-in-canada-study-reveals/
By Kathryn Blaze Carlson
November 20, 2012
Over the span of a decade, 83% of Canada’s lowest income earners moved up the income ladder, according to a Fraser Institute report released Tuesday [see the link below]. “Lower-income Canadians are not permanently stuck with a low income — that’s a myth,” Mr. Lammam [the study's co-author] said. “Where you are today is not where you’re going to be five, 10 or 20 years down the road.”
(...)
The American dream, it seems, is alive in Canada — and that, he said, should turn the income inequality debate on its head, challenging the underlying assumption that Canada’s poor and rich are the same people, year in and year out.
Source:
National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/

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From the
Fraser Institute:
[ http://www.fraserinstitute.org/ ]

Measuring Income Mobility in Canada (PDF - 1.4MB, 60 pages)
http://goo.gl/JXGDW
By Charles Lammam, Amela Karabegovic, and Niels Veldhuis
November 2012

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Counterpoint:

Look at me, I’m Mr. Rags-To-Riches!
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/11/22/john-moore-look-at-me-im-mr-rags-to-riches/
By John Moore
November 22, 2012
I, John Moore, am a Canadian rags-to-riches success story. Who knew?
According to the analytical framework employed in a new study from the right-leaning Fraser Institute, I pulled myself up from society’s lowest rungs. I am living the Horatio Alger myth.

That study — lauded by Jesse Kline [ http://goo.gl/eO6rE ] — claims to turn everything we know about income inequality and income mobility on its head. Its authors, Charles Lammam and Neil Veldhuis, insist their research “overthrows the claims of Occupy protesters.” Indeed, they argue that the story of income inequality and stagnating wages is “a great fictional tale.”

So how did they arrive at this conclusion? They crunched the earnings of a million Canadians over a period of 19 years, and discovered that 83% of us moved up the income ladder over that period of time.

That’s impressive.
As a statistical parlour trick.

Once you leave the parlour, you go outside and find the same income-stultified society that poor people have to deal with every day...

Source:
National Post
http://www.nationalpost.com/

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And, from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

The Rich Stay Rich: Fraser Institute
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2012/11/20/the-rich-stay-rich-fraser-institute/
November 20, 2012
By David Macdonald
A new report came out from the Fraser Institute today looking at income mobility. It certainly doesn’t intend to make this conclusion, but a thorough look at their data shows that the rich stay rich as everyone else fights for entrance to this exclusive club.

Source:
Behind the Numbers
(CCPA Blog)
[ http://behindthenumbers.ca/ ]
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
[ http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ ]

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

4. 2012 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada - November 21
(Campaign 2000
)

2012 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada : Campaign 2000

Government of Canada Missing in Action on child poverty: Report (PDF - 196K, 1 page)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/whatsnew/2012ReportCardPressRelease.pdf
News Release
November 21, 2012
TORONTO – More Canadian children live in poverty today than in 1989 and the federal government is missing in action, says Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator for Campaign 2000. Twenty-three years after the House of Commons unanimously voted to work together to eliminate child poverty, the crisis is worse. Today, one in seven Canadian children live in poverty – one in four in First Nation’s communities – a reality that threatens our country’s future through higher healthcare costs, lost productivity and limited opportunities.

The 2012 report, entitled Needed: A Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty in Canada calls on the Federal Government to take a lead role in child and family poverty reduction. Policy recommendations are offered to all political parties to redress the persistence of child and family poverty in Canada.

Complete national report:

Needed: A Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty in Canada
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/national/C2000ReportCardNov2012.pdf
November 2012
[ Version française : http://www.campaign2000.ca/2012ReportCardFr.pdf ]
Without a national anti-poverty strategy, child and family poverty in Canada will continue to grow, compromising the success of future generations and threatening Canada’s economic stability. Today, there are poverty reduction strategies in seven of the ten provinces and even in some municipalities. When it comes to eradicating child poverty, the Federal government is currently an absentee partner. A coordinated federal action plan that sets significant goals for poverty eradication, dedicates adequate financial and human resources and mandates reporting of progress is vital for Canada’s future. It is also long overdue.

Table of Contents:
* INTRODUCTION
* RECOMMENDATIONS
Factsheet #1 Child Poverty Worse Now Than in 1989
Factsheet #2 Child Poverty Is Also A Provincial Issue
Factsheet #3 Improving Incomes for Families with Children
Factsheet # 4 Making Work Work for Workers
Factsheet #5 The Life Cycle: Seniors’ Poverty Rising
Factsheet #6 Child Poverty among Marginalized Groups & in Major Cities
Factsheet #7 Income Inequality: The Growing Gap
Factsheet #8 Aboriginal Children & Families
Factsheet #9 Still Struggling for Better Childcare
Factsheet #10 Stable and Affordable Housing
Factsheet #11 Youth Face An Uncertain Future

Source:
Campaign 2000

http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada coalition of over 120 national, provincial and community organizations, committed to working together to end child and family poverty in Canada. Visit the Campaign 2000 website for a complete list of partner organizations.

Related links:

Campaign 2000 urges Ottawa to eliminate child tax credits and use money to fight poverty
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1290644
November 21, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Ottawa should streamline the “hodgepodge” of federal child tax credits and use the money to lift more children out of poverty, says Campaign 2000. On the 23rd anniversary of a unanimous House of Commons pledge to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000, the national coalition is once again calling for a federal plan with goals and timelines to get the job done. With one in seven Canadian children — including one in four in First Nations communities — still living in poverty, this year’s progress report goes after Ottawa’s “inefficient” tax system.

It takes aim at the “misnamed” Universal Child Care Benefit that provides $100-per-month for children under age 6; the “regressive” Child Tax Credit that reduces federal income taxes by about $300; and the Child Fitness Credit, worth a maximum of $75 per child. All three should be eliminated and the resources redirected to boost the National Child Benefit to a maximum of $5,400 a year, up from the current maximum of $3,485, the coalition says.

At $5,400, a single parent with one child who is working full-time at $11 an hour would be able to escape poverty. More broadly, it would cut Canada’s child poverty rate by 15 per cent and lift 174,000 children out of poverty.
(...)
Campaign 2000 also calls on Ottawa to invest in a national child-care system, introduce a national housing strategy, restore and expand eligibility for Employment Insurance, address employment equity for “racialized communities” and improve funding for post-secondary education.

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

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

5. Provincial Child Poverty Report Cards for 2012 - November 2012
(British Columbia - Alberta - New Brunswick)

2012 Provincial Child Poverty Report Cards
http://www.campaign2000.ca/

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From Campaign 2000 and BC First Call:

High child poverty rate and growing inequality threaten BC's future prosperity (small PDF file)
http://goo.gl/s9eea
News Release
November 21, 2012
The Child Poverty Report Card released today by First Call, the BC partner in Campaign 2000, shows that British Columbia remains near the bottom of the heap when it comes to most major measures of poverty. It also shows a growing gap between families at the top and the bottom of the income scale. BC’s child poverty rate dropped to 14.3 percent in 2010, still the worst rate of any province except Manitoba, and higher than the Canadian average of 13.7 percent, according to the latest figures published by Statistics Canada.

British Columbia 2012 BC Child Poverty Report Card (PDF - 3MB, 31 pages)
http://goo.gl/natdU
November 2012
This BC Child Poverty Report Card includes an introduction, ten fact sheets on child poverty, and recommendations.
Fact Sheet #1 BC’s Dismal Poverty Rates
Fact Sheet #2 Child Poverty Over the Years
Fact Sheet #3 Child Poverty by Family Type
Fact Sheet #4 The Depth of Poverty
Fact Sheet #5 Child Poverty and Working Parents
Fact Sheet #6 Families With Children on Welfare
Fact Sheet #7 The Ins and Outs of Child Poverty
Fact Sheet #8 Incomes of Families With Children – Growing Inequality
Fact Sheet #9 The Importance of Government Help
Fact Sheet #10 The Poverty Gap in British Columbia
BC Campaign 2000 Recommendations
Appendix 1: Measures of Poverty
Appendix 2: Further Changes in the Minimum Wage

Report Highlights
(Excerpt from page 2 of the report)
* BC had an overall poverty rate of 15.5 percent – the worst rate of any province in Canada using the before-tax low income cut-offs of Statistics Canada as the measure of poverty.
* BC had the second worst child poverty rate at 14.3 percent – the worst rate of any province except Manitoba.
* BC had the worst poverty rate of any province at 11.6 percent for children living in two-parent families.
* BC had the most unequal distribution of income among rich and poor families with children. The ratio of the average incomes of the richest ten percent compared to the poorest ten percent was the worst of any province at 13.8 to one.

Earlier editions opf the BC Child Poverty Report Card
http://www.firstcallbc.org/economicequality-whatsnew.html
- back to 2005

Source:
First Call: BC Child and
Youth Advocacy Coalition
http://www.firstcallbc.org/
First Call is a cross-sectoral, non-partisan coalition of provincial and regional organizations, engaged communities and individuals whose aim is to raise public awareness and mobilize communities around the importance of public policy and social investments that support the well-being of children, youth and families.

Selected media coverage:

Fate, bad luck, and a sad set of circumstances - not failure - keep some families poor
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Fate+luck+circumstances+failure+keep+some+families+poor/7587689/story.html
By Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun, Nov 21, 2012

BC Child Poverty Rate 2nd Worst In Canada: Report (with video)
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/cent+child+poverty+rate+ranks+second+worst+Canada+says+report/7588641/story.html#ixzz2CtltlR2c
By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press, Nov 21, 2012

Enough with Child Poverty 'Band-aids': BC Teachers' Union
http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/11/21/Child-Poverty-BandAids/
By Katie Hyslop, TheTyee.ca, Nov 21, 2012

Child poverty a troubling sign of the times
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20121121/PRINCEGEORGE0101/311219997/-1/princegeorge/child-poverty-a-troubling-sign-of-the-times
Ted Clarke, Prince George Citizen, Nov 21, 2012

Child poverty rates in B.C. blasted by advocates
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/11/21/bc-child-poverty.html
Nov 21, 2012

126 comments about this article (not too many from the BC Liberal Fan Club...)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/11/21/bc-child-poverty.html#socialcomments

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

Alberta

Redford Government challenged to “Achieve the Promise”:
Report reveals 91,000 children live in poor families

http://pialberta.org/content/redford-government-challenged-%E2%80%9Cachieve-promise%E2%80%9D
Media Release
November 20, 2012
A new report on child and family poverty outlines the challenge Alberta faces if we are going to eliminate child poverty in five years and reduce poverty for everyone in ten years, as promised by Premier Redford during the recent provincial election. The report, entitled Achieving the Promise: Ending Poverty in Alberta, was published on National Child Day, November 20th by the Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers and Public Interest Alberta. This report is one of many reports being released across the country by the national coalition, Campaign 2000.

Achieving the Promise:
Ending Poverty in Alberta
(PDF - 1.7MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/Alberta/2012ReportCardAB.pdf

November 2012
By John Kolkman and Joseph Ahorro of the Edmonton Social Planning Council [ http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/ ]
and Bill Moore-Kilgannon of Public Interest Alberta [ http://pialberta.org/ ]

Related link:

Poverty Costs : An Economic Case for
a Preventative Poverty Reduction Strategy in Alberta
(PDF - 3MB, 44 pages)
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/images/stories/documents/Poverty-Costs_Feb06-2012.pdf
By Alexa Briggs and Celia R. Lee
February 6, 2012
Table of contents:
* Introduction
* Poverty in Alberta and Canada (Measuring poverty --- Poverty by the numbers --- Poverty in context)
* Tackling poverty (Poverty as a systemic issue --- Poverty reduction --- Who is responsible for Poverty reduction in Alberta
* External costs of poverty (Costs of poverty to health care --- Costs of poverty attributable to crime --- Intergenerational costs of poverty --- Opportunity costs of poverty --- Total external costs of Poverty)
* Investing in a poverty reduction strategy??
* References
NOTE : This report includes a one-page summary (p.12) of poverty reduction/elimination strategies elsewhere in Canada, along with links to dozens of related reports (under "Works Cited", p. 13)

Source:
Co-published by
Vibrant Communities Calgary
http://www.vibrantcalgary.com/
and
Action to End Poverty in Alberta
http://www.actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org/
This report is also published by the
Alberta College of Social Workers
[ http://www.acsw.ab.ca/ ]
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Vibrant Communities Calgary is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively, with various stakeholders and partners, seeking to engage Calgarians and to advocate for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary.

Action to End Poverty in Alberta is a non-profit initiative that works collaboratively with all levels of government, the community and with people experiencing poverty, to help develop and implement a comprehensive strategy and action plan to end poverty in Alberta.

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

New Brunswick

2012 Child Poverty Report Card (PDF - 372K, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/New%20Brunswick/2012ReportcardNB.pdf

[ Version française:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/New%20Brunswick/2012ReportcardNB_FR.pdf ]

According to the latest 2010 Statistics Canada data, using the Low Income Measure, 22,000 New Brunswick children are living below the poverty line. Although this constitutes a significant, and consistent, drop over the past 5 years (from 24.6% in 2006 to 16.1%) there is still a long way to go.

Source:
Saint John Human Development Council
http://sjhdc.ca/
The Human Development Council identifies and addresses social issues in Greater Saint John through research, information, coordination and networking.

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

6. Assessing the Benefits of Community Human Services - November 2012
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Assessing the Benefits of Community Human Services (PDF - 288K, 79 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/999ENG.pdf
By Anne Makhoul and Sherri Torjman
November 2012
This report presents a summary of the literature in the following eight areas of human service:
* early childhood education and care
* child welfare
* supports for families
family literacy
* disability supports
* home care
* crime prevention
* supports for at-risk youth.
The literature review was supplemented by conversations with 35 selected key informants from across Canada considered expert in their respective fields.
It places special emphasis on early childhood development and care, and crime prevention - the two domains with the most wide-ranging and robust evidence base.

The report also highlights the challenges involved in this work related to the widely variable evidence base among the eight areas of human service and to shifts in their delivery. Key developments in evaluation methods, including the growing interest in Social Return on Investment and developmental evaluation, are considered as well.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/
Established in 1992, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is a private, nonprofit organization with charitable status. Caledon is an independent and critical voice that does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party. The Caledon Institute of Social Policy does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector.

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Caledon BONUS:

Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor - October 2012 (PDF - 92K, 8 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Policy/Provincial/2012-10.pdf
The Monitor tracks Disability, Education, Health, Housing, Income Security, Poverty Reduction, Recreation, Seniors and Youth

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

7. Latest Media and Policy News - November 21
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Latest Media and Policy News: 21 Nov 2012
http://goo.gl/78Dzh
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Provincial Politics – Liberal Leadership

Sandra Pupatello says she’ll review social assistance cuts, but comes out swinging against “welfare cheats”
Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy backs Pupatello for the leadership
Gerrard Kennedy has entered the race
Harinder Takhar likely to throw his hat in the ring – and potentially support Pupatello
Six questions for the candidates – including what they’ll do on social assistance reform

Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)

Windsor defers cuts resulting from CSUMB elimination to do political advocacy – joins other municipalities doing the same
What Windsor would have to cut
Municipalities also deferring cuts to give time for advocacy include Hamilton
Health centres in Ottawa urge the province to restore CSUMB
Protesters in Sudbury charged with trespassing show up for court
And even a Sudbury Star reporter was arrested...
The ALIVE blog on the CSUMB cuts
Looks like Kawartha Lakes won’t have to cut discretionary benefits after all
A report back from London Shelter Residents Advocacy Group about a City-held meeting on the cuts

Upcoming Rallies Against the Cuts

This THURSDAY (Nov 22) in Lindsay
The story from Sudbury above notes a rally this THURSDAY in Sudbury
This FRIDAY (Nov 23) in Toronto, of women and trans people against the cuts

Five (More) Things You Can Do to Combat the Cuts
[Click
http://goo.gl/78Dzh then scroll halfway down the page for concrete actions *you* can take to help fight the cuts.]

Social Assistance Review

Progressive Conservative MPPs doing roundtables across the province
Toby Barrett and colleagues will be hosting a roundtable in Thunder Bay Dec 3/4 and in Sarnia and region Dec 10/11.
More information on these roundtables to come.
Muskoka-area public health unit survey bolsters Social Assistance Review recommendation to improve adequacy.

Across the Country

Quebec moves to index social assistance rates to inflation.

At the Federal Level

The feds introduce controversial social impact bonds to fund social services
The Current gets discussion from all sides - including the CCPA's David Macdonald
Some takes on Social Impact Bonds

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

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):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

8. Income gap, poverty should be election issues, says Senator Eggleton - November 20
(
Hamilton Spectator)

Income gap, poverty should be election issues, senator says:
Eggleton says public pressure needed to tackle the problem

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/839401
November 20, 2012
Senator Art Eggleton is calling on the public to pressure politicians
to deal with the issues of poverty and income inequality. Responding to a question from Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring on what will it take to tackle these issues, the Liberal senator said the answer is political will.

.In the case of income inequality, he noted in 1980 the average CEO of a corporation made 40 times more than the average Canadian salary. Today, a CEO makes 189 times more than the average Canadian salary. (...) Eggleton, in Hamilton recently meeting with its poverty roundtable, is co-chair of the All-Party Anti-Poverty caucus. He is also co-chair of the Liberal Social and Economic Policy Caucus.
(...)
Eggleton said the situation [the growing gap between the rich and the poor] has come about because of globalization, the rise of temporary/part-time work, the loss of blue-collar jobs and the decline of union membership.

Source:
Hamilton Spectator

http://www.thespec.com/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

9. A Shrinking Universe: How Concentrated Corporate Power is Shaping Income Inequality in Canada - November 16
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Corporate Canada Shaping Inequality: Study
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/corporate-canada-shaping-inequality-study
News Release
November 16, 2012
TORONTO -- The concentration of power in the corporate sector is perpetuating income inequality trends in Canada, says a study published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study, A Shrinking Universe: How Concentrated Corporate Power is Shaping Income Inequality in Canada, links the rise of the richest Canadians with a shift toward more concentrated power within the country’s largest firms.

Complete report:

A Shrinking Universe:
How Concentrated Corporate Power is Shaping Income Inequality in Canada
(PDF - 819K, 49 pages)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2012/11/Shrinking_Universe.pdf
November 2012
By Jordan Brennan
The deepening of income inequality in Canada is a well-documented phenomenon, but the driving forces behind this trend have been subject to less scrutiny.
This paper looks at income inequality over time and shows how the growth of income concentration in the hands of the richest 1% is connected to the concentration
of corporate power among the 60 largest Canadian-based firms.

The study is this year’s winner of the student essay contest
at the Progressive Economics Forum:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/
[Click for links to all winning essays.]

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

10. The Harper Government’s New Math [on job creation] - November 15
(Angella MacEwen in Progressive Economics Forum)

The Harper Government’s New Math
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/11/15/the-harper-governments-new-math/
By Angella MacEwen
November 15, 2012
Every time this government crows about its - November 15, I cringe. They have moved the finish line and declared victory. No reason to worry about the unemployed here, folks. Let’s move on to more public service cuts, and/or tax cuts. Never mind that unemployment has been in and around 7.4% since the spring of 2011, nowhere near the 6% prior to the recession. Never mind that there were nearly 300,000 more Canadians looking for work in October 2012 than there were in October 2008.
So let’s take a look at some of those claims.
1) ”We’ve created over 800,000 jobs.” (...)
2) “90% of the jobs created have been full-time.” (...)
3) ”The majority of job creation has been in traditionally high paid sectors”. (...)

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/
The Forum’s general purpose is to promote progressive approaches to economic analysis, policy-making, and activism in Canada.

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

11. Panel debate on politics and poverty reduction - November 15
(TVOntario)

Politics and Poverty Reduction
(video, 49 minutes)
[ If you can't see the video on the left, click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htjo7Rdb4Cw&feature=plcp ]

November 15, 2012
Join Steve Paikin as he explores a perennial question: How do we eliminate poverty?

Guests:
Andrew Coyne (Columnist, Post Media)
Glen Hodgson (Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada)
Hugh Segal (Senator, Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds)
Armine Yalnizyan (Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

This video is part of TVO's 'Why Poverty' series.

Why Poverty?
http://ww3.tvo.org/whypoverty/main
Why Poverty? is a groundbreaking cross-media event reaching more than 500 million people around the world. TVO is proud to be one of 70 participating broadcasters kick-starting national and global debates about poverty in the 21st Century.
Links include:
* Documentaries * Understanding Poverty * Ending Poverty * Classroom Tools * About

More Why Poverty Documentaries
http://ww3.tvo.org/whypoverty/docs

TVOntario
http://www.tvo.org/

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Related link:

Five Reasons Why Income Security Should Remain A Priority
http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/guest-post-five-reasons-why-income-security-should-remain-priority
Pedro Barata argues social assistance reform should remain a top priority even in a time of austerity.
November 21, 2012
(...)
Here are five reasons why income security reform should be top of mind for the province:
1. It’s the right thing to do
2. It’s about the economy
3. It’s about expecting results from public policy
4. It’s about investing now, saving later
5. It’s about momentum
To build the kind of society that we want, to do the smart thing for our economic prosperity, and to capitalize on social consensus when and where it arises, it is critical that this conversation continues and that reform becomes a reality in Ontario.

[ Author Pedro Barata is United Way Toronto’s vice president of communications and public affairs. He has seen social assistance from many angles over the past two decades -- as a recipient and advocate, as community researcher, and as a developer of policy. Most recently, he was a member of the Ontario Social Assistance Review Advisory Council, whose work preceded the establishment of the Lankin/Sheikh Commission. ]

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

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, October 2012 - November 23
--- Employment Insurance, September 2012 - November 22
--- Health Reports, November 2012 - November 21
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in August 2012 - November 20
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2011 - November 19

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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November 23, 2012
Consumer Price Index, October 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121123/dq121123a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.2% in the 12 months to October, matching the increases in August and September. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% in October, after increasing 0.2% in September.
- includes links to five charts and three tables

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

[ Earlier editions of this report (back to 2001):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&chropg=1&lang=eng ]

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

Related subjects:

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

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

November 22, 2012
Employment Insurance, September 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121122/dq121122b-eng.htm
Following an increase in August, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in September declined slightly, by 5,700 (-1.1%), to 525,900.
- includes two charts ("Employment Insurance beneficiaries down slightly in September" and "Number of claims unchanged nationally in September")
and one table ("Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory – Seasonally adjusted")

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Non-wage benefits
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

November 21, 2012
Health Reports, November 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121121/dq121121a-eng.htm
The November 2012 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains the following three articles:
* Health behaviour changes after diagnosis of chronic illness among Canadians aged 50 or older
* The physical and mental health of Inuit children of teenage mothers
* Iron sufficiency of Canadians

[Click the link above to access these articles.]

Related subject:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

November 20, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in August 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121120/dq121120c-eng.htm
In August, there were 270,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses, an increase of 22,000 from August 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.2 unemployed people, down from 5.8 in August 2011. The decline in the ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was almost all the result of the increase in job vacancies. The national job vacancy rate was 1.8% in the three-month period ending in August, up slightly from 1.7% a year earlier.

November 19, 2012
Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121119/dq121119a-eng.htm
Most provinces and territories recorded slower economic growth in 2011 compared with 2010, with the exception of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Yukon, where growth accelerated.



Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.


Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

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

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

November 25, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Physical activity in Canadian early childhood education and care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/physical-activity-canadian-early-childhood-education-and-ca
21 Nov 2012 | Canada
This CRRU ISSUE File [ http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files ] gathers research on the situation regarding physical activity for young children in ECEC environments. As well, it aims to promote an increased focus on physical activity in early childhood education and care programs by providing practical resources and more information on this issue, which is under-studied in Canada.

Toward a provincial framework for early learning and care in Alberta discussion papers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/toward-provincial-framework-early-learning-and-care-alberta
21 Nov 2012 | Alberta
Series of discussion papers to generate stakeholder discussion on the key features and characteristics of a possible provincial framework for early learning and care in Alberta.

Needed: A federal action plan to eradicate child and family poverty in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/needed-federal-action-plan-eradicate-child-and-family-pover
21 Nov 2012 | Canada
Campaign 2000's 2012 report card "highlights the need for a national strategy on good jobs and affordable housing, as well as greater investment in regulated, not-for-profit childcare as critical to building a strong future for all Canadian families". Provincial reports from Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia are also available.

Diffusing ideas for after-neoliberalism: The social investment perspective in Europe and Latin America
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/11/diffusing-ideas-after-neoliberalism-social-investment-persp
20 Nov 2012 | Canada
Jane Jenson explains that the "[social investment] approach to social policy is oriented towards the medium and long-term future, making it child-focused and committed to using human capital investments by states as well as families to prepare for the future knowledge-based economy".
Canadian Child Care Federation launches new website 14 Nov 2012 | Canada
The Canadian Child Care Federation has launched their new website. The new design includes an expanded professional development section and enhanced social networking capability.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Lack of cheap daycare major cause of child poverty, says advocacy groups
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/lack-cheap-daycare-major-cause-child-poverty-says-advocacy-groups
22 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

91,000 paper prayers offered to end child poverty
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/91000-paper-prayers-offered-end-child-poverty
21 Nov 2012 | Alberta

Enough with child poverty 'band-aids': BC teachers' union
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/enough-child-poverty-band-aids-bc-teachers-union
21 Nov 2012 | British Columbia

Obesity odds may be higher for children in daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/obesity-odds-may-be-higher-children-daycare
21 Nov 2012 | Quebec

Rebalancing child-care equations
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/11/rebalancing-child-care-equations
20 Nov 2012 | Europe

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
(older external links may be broken)

November 20-23, 2012 - no Poverty Dispatch (U.S. Thanksgiving)

November 20, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/20/
State Unemployment Rates
Welfare Time Limits – Michigan
Homeless Bill of Rights – Rhode Island

November 19, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/19/
Aging Out of Foster Care – Michigan
Social Impact Bonds – Massachusetts

November 16, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/16/
Supplemental Poverty Measure (3 articles)
Income Inequality in the US (3 articles)
Extended Jobless Benefits
Denver Post Series on Child Welfare System

November 15, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/15/
Income Inequality in the US (2 articles)
Medicaid, South Dakota, States (2 articles)
Child Poverty in the UK

November 14, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/14/
Supplemental Poverty Measure (2 articles)

November 13, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/11/13/

November 12, 2012 - no Poverty Dispatch today.

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ 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.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

15. [U.S.] The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity : Half in Ten Annual Report- November 19

United States

New Half in Ten Report Provides Key Data to Inform Fiscal Showdown
http://www.americanprogressaction.org/press/advisory/2012/11/19/45264/
Half in Ten’s 2012 report underscores growing inequality, effectiveness
of work and income supports, and ability to cut poverty while tackling federal deficit
November 19, 2012
News Release
Washington, D.C. — As Congress looks to avoid the fiscal cliff, the Half in Ten campaign released a new report today that provides key insights into how America is faring on key indicators of cutting poverty and expanding opportunity for all. It tracks progress and backward slides from 2010 to 2011 as well as longer-term trends at the national level and for every state.
The report, The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity, which includes a forward* from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, also offers recommendations to move the indicators in the right direction and expand the middle class, even as we cut our long-term deficits. The Half in Ten website provides state data and rankings and emphasizes the state’s bottom-ranking data to focus attention on areas for improvement.
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* Typo Police Alert:
Forward
is a direction.
Foreward (as used on the third page of the PDF of this report) means the front line of an army, an advance group or the vanguard.

Foreword is a short prefacing text found at the beginning of a report or other publication.
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The complete report:

The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore
Shared Prosperity : Half in Ten Annual Report
(PDF - 4.4MB, 120 pages)
http://halfinten.org/uploads/support_files/2012-hit-indicators-fullreport.pdf
November 2012
Half in Ten analyzes the nation's progress toward cutting poverty in half in 10 years, tracking progress along several indicators of success.
Table of contents:
* Introduction and summary
* Poverty in the United States today
* More good jobs
* Strengthening families and communities
* Family economic security
Conclusion: A call to action


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Source:
Half in Ten - The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years
http://www.halfinten.org
The Half in Ten campaign believes that a clear goal and tested strategies to achieve it are crucial for success. Accordingly, setting a 50 percent reduction goal is our first step toward eliminating poverty.

Half in Ten partners:

The Coalition on Human Needs [ http://www.chn.org/ ] is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote federal policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations in the United States. The coalition’s members include service providers; religious,
labor, civil rights, and professional organizations; as well as those concerned with the well-being of children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights [ http://www.civilrights.org/ ] is the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, consisting of more than 200 national organizations working together to build an America that’s as good as its ideals.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund [ http://www.americanprogressaction.org/ ] transforms progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world.

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COMMENT (by Gilles)
Re. Typo Police Alert:

Sorry about this digression.
But Sweet Baby Jeebus, I wish I had a nickel for every time I've seen this word misspelled in otherwise erudite studies and theses.
It tends to make me wonder : Just how many PhDs does it take to spell F-O-R-E-W-O-R-D??
In this case, the spelling is different in two separate sections of the text - and incorrect in both cases!
Really.

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

16. [United States] Two NY Times op-eds on fair taxation and reduction of inequality:
--- The Twinkie Manifesto
(Paul Krugman) - November 18
--- To Reduce Inequality, Tax Wealth, Not Income (Daniel Altman) - November 18

Two NY Times op-eds on fair taxation
and reduction of inequality:

The Twinkie Manifesto
By Paul Krugman
November 18, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/opinion/krugman-the-twinkie-manifesto.html
(...)
Consider the question of tax rates on the wealthy. The modern American right, and much of the alleged center, is obsessed with the notion that low tax rates at the top are essential to growth. (...) Yet in the 1950s — the Twinkie Era — incomes in the top bracket faced a marginal tax rate of 91, that’s right, 91 percent, while taxes on corporate profits were twice as large, relative to national income, as in recent years. The best estimates suggest that circa 1960 the top 0.01 percent of Americans paid an effective federal tax rate of more than 70 percent, twice what they pay today.
(...)
There are, let’s face it, some people in our political life who pine for the days when minorities and women knew their place, gays stayed firmly in the closet and congressmen asked, “Are you now or have you ever been?” The rest of us, however, are very glad those days are gone. We are, morally, a much better nation than we were. Oh, and the food has improved a lot, too.

Along the way, however, we’ve forgotten something important — namely, that economic justice and economic growth aren’t incompatible. America in the 1950s made the rich pay their fair share; it gave workers the power to bargain for decent wages and benefits; yet contrary to right-wing propaganda then and now, it prospered. And we can do that again.

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To Reduce Inequality, Tax Wealth, Not Income
By Daniel Altman
November 18, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/opinion/to-reduce-inequality-tax-wealth-not-income.html
WHETHER you’re in the 99 percent, the 47 percent or the 1 percent, inequality in America may threaten your future. Often decried for moral or social reasons, inequality imperils the economy, too; the International Monetary Fund recently warned that high income inequality could damage a country’s long-term growth. But the real menace for our long-term prosperity is not income inequality — it’s wealth inequality, which distorts access to economic opportunities.
(...)
Trends in the distribution of wealth can look very different from trends in incomes, because wealth is a measure of accumulated assets, not a flow over time. High earners add much more to their wealth every year than low earners. Over time, wealth inequality rises even as income inequality stays the same, and wealth inequality eventually becomes much more severe.

[Daniel Altman is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the New York University Stern School of Business and a former member of the New York Times editorial board.]

Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

Income Inequality - Special collection of links to HUNDREDS of NYTimes articles about income inequality)
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/income/income_inequality/index.html

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

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

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

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

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

21 November 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1303
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4483
In this issue:
Universal Children's Day 2012Latest news and reports
- Conflict takes heavy toll on children
- New rules, same restrictions
- Blasphemy charges dropped against girl
- NGO challenges police treatment of 17-year-olds
- Children speak out against relatives' “property grabbing"
- New reports: tourism, armed conflict, child labour
- Funding opportunity
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Hungary
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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Dust If You Must

Dust if you must.
But wouldn't it be better
to paint a picture, or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must.
But there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must.
But the world's out there
with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust.

Remember, a house becomes a home when you can
write "I love you" on the furniture.

Source:
http://www.joke-archives.com/poetry/dustifyoumust.html


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And, in closing...
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Sunita Williams of NASA provides a tour of the
Internationa Space Station's orbital laboratory.
(HD video, duration 25 minutes)
http://www.wimp.com/orbitaltour/
Breathtaking.

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How to improve your life:
Stop doing things that make you dumber,
and do more things that boost your intelligence!!

17 Things That Make You Dumber
http://www.businessinsider.com/17-things-that-make-you-dumber-2012-8
("Watching reality TV" was at the top of the list.)

25 Ways To Boost Your Intelligence
http://www.businessinsider.com/25-research-based-ways-to-increase-your-intelligence-2012-7
(At the top of the list? Coffee and cigarettes.)

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25 Hottest Urban Legends from Snopes.com:
http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp
This page compiles the 25 urban legends currently circulating most widely, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage.

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Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift' (video, duration 2:28)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F7pYHN9iC9I
Cautionary tale:
This is a must-view for those who really, really into social networking.
Remember : technology can be our best friend and our worst enemy.

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