Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 26, 2014

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 2,680 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. A story of two poor seniors: Linda and Doris are the highest taxed people in Ontario (John Stapleton, Open Policy Ontario) - January 21 (Rev. Jan 25)
2. "They can't, but we can" (cost of bringing everyone out of poverty in Ontario] - January 21 (John Stapleton, Vibrant Communities Canada)
3. Want to help poor people? Give them money (Angelina Chapin, Ottawa Citizen) - January 24
4. Ontario workers buoyed by U.S. minimum wage hikes (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star) - January 23
5. Fears of evictions across Canada as feds end co-op housing subsidy (Global News) - January 22
6. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - January 22 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

7. Media and Policy News for January 21 and January 24 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
8. Op-Ed: Harper’s economic index: an 8-year report card
(Ottawa Citizen) - January 22
9. Federal programs and research facilities that have been shut down or had their funding reduced (The Fifth Estate - CBC) - January 10
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, December 2013 - January 24
--- Consumer Price Index: Annual review, 2013 - January 24
--- Employment Insurance, November 2013 - January 23
--- Study: Long-term labour market premiums associated with a terminal high school diploma, 1991 to 2010 - January 23
--- School board revenues and expenditures, 2011 - January 22
--- Research and development of Canadian non-profit organizations, 2014 (intentions) - January 22
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in October 2013 - January 21
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [United States] Kids Share 2013: Federal Expenditures on Children in 2012 and Future Projections (The Urban Institute) - September 24 (2013)
14. [U.S.] Food Banks Anticipate Impact of Cuts to Food Stamps (New York Times) - January 18
15. Americans Are Deeply Divided Over What Causes Poverty in the First Place (Atlantic Cities) - January 23
16. [U.S.] What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend? (New York Times) - January 18
17. The 2014 U.S. Federal Budget, Per Person (New York Times) - January 18
18. [International] Working for the Few : Political capture and economic inequality (OXFAM) - January 20
19. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 : January 22-25
20. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. A story of two poor seniors: Linda and Doris are the highest taxed people in Ontario - January 21 (Rev. Jan. 25)
(John Stapleton, Open Policy Ontario)

A story of two poor seniors: Linda and Doris are the highest taxed people in Ontario
http://openpolicyontario.com/a-story-of-two-poor-seniors-linda-and-doris-are-the-highest-taxed-people-in-ontario/
By John Stapleton
January 21, 2014
[Revised January 25, 2014]
In this article, John Stapleton presents case profiles of two individuals who are living in poverty in Ontario --- one who is receiving financial assistance under the Ontario Disability Support Program and about to turn 65 (thereby qualifying her for the Old Age Security pension), and the other who works at a fast food chain 24 hours a week at minimum wage. The point of John's article is to demonstrate, in each of the above scenarios, that the poor person's Marginal Effective Tax Rate (or METR, the combined effect on a person's earnings of income tax and the withdrawal of means testing of state welfare benefits) exceeds by far the METR of individuals with higher incomes. Read John's blog for all the detail...

"Mirror mirror on the wall: who is the highest taxed of all?
Bet you didn’t know it was our poorest seniors."

Source:
Open Policy - John Stapleton's website

http://openpolicyontario.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

2. "They can't, but we can" (cost of bringing everyone out of poverty in Ontario) - January 21
(John Stapleton, Vibrant Communities Canada)

They can't, but we can
(cost of bringing everyone out of poverty in Ontario)
http://vibrantcanada.ca/blogs/john-stapleton/they-cant-we-can
By John Stapleton
January 21, 2014
So why do we want the poor to eliminate poverty themselves?
"Canada does not accept recommendation 17 or the related recommendation ... to develop a national strategy to eliminate poverty. Provinces and territories have jurisdiction in this area of social policy and have developed their own programs to address poverty."
– Federal Government statement - 2009
(...)
The federal government owns, controls, administers or otherwise funds over 80% of Canada’s income security programs that greatly influence who is and who is not poor. But they have just two things to say: we don’t need a national strategy and the provinces and territories have jurisdiction.

So could the Ontario government go it alone?
The simple answer is ‘yes’ but it could use some help from the federal government.
Let’s take a look at how much money it would take to bring everyone out of poverty in Ontario...

Source:
Vibrant Communities Canada

http://vibrantcanada.ca/

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- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty_ontario.htm

3. Want to help poor people? Give them money (guaranteed annual income)- January 24
(Angelina Chapin, Ottawa Citizen)

Want to help poor people? Give them money
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/Column+Want+help+poor+people+Give+them+money/9427492/story.html
January 24, 2014
By Angelina Chapin
Poverty is a hot topic right now. Unfortunately that conversation includes people such as Kevin O’Leary, who thinks “it’s fantastic” that, according to Oxfam, 85 rich people hold the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. “It’s fantastic” is something you say about a delicious canapé at a cocktail party — not widespread poverty.
(...)
When you’re poor, you can’t focus on the future (and Bill Gates wasn’t raised poor, by the way). You worry about finding boots, not pulling up your straps. The best way to “motivate” poor people is with programs that help lift their gaze from the ground to the horizon. A guaranteed annual income program would do that.

The idea is simple: in place of a complicated welfare system, give people enough money to live above the poverty line in their region (Ontario’s Low Income Cut-Off was $22,229 for a single person in 2011). No strings attached. The less you make, the more guaranteed income you receive.
(...)
If we could just accept the mound of data showing poor people aren’t degenerates who don’t set their alarm clocks early enough, there would be more support for programs that give people enough money to think ahead. That, Mr. O’Leary, would be “fantastic.”

Source:
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

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

4. Ontario workers buoyed by U.S. minimum wage hikes - January 23
(Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)

Ontario workers buoyed by U.S. minimum wage hikes
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/23/ontario_workers_buoyed_by_us_minimum_wage_hikes.html
By Laurie Monsebraaten
January 23, 2014
A $14 minimum wage in Ontario doesn’t seem like much when some American workers are winning $15 minimum wages.
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Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25 for four years, allowing inflation to drive full-time earnings 25 per cent below the poverty line, said Deena Ladd, of the Worker’s Action Centre [ http://www.workersactioncentre.org/ ]. (...) The Wynne government is expected to introduce an increase this year based on recommendations of an advisory panel it appointed last summer (See "Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel" http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/advisorypanel.php ]
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Minimum wages in the U.S. are set by cities, states and the federal government. Washington state’s is one of the highest and is indexed to inflation. On Thursday, a state lawmaker introduced a bill to increase it further to $12 within three years. [ http://goo.gl/KxAtmL ]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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Related links:

Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/advisorypanel.php
- includes information about the panel:
* Membership * Terms of reference * Regional consultations * Consultation paper

Consultation Paper on Ontario's Minimum Wage
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/consultation.php

Source:
Ministry of Labour

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english

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--- Go to the Minimum Wage Links section of the Ontario Government Links page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm#minwage

5. Fears of evictions across Canada as feds end co-op housing subsidy - January 22
(Global News)

Fears of evictions across Canada as feds end co-op housing subsidy
http://globalnews.ca/news/1100348/co-op-housing-subsidy-to-end/
January 22, 2014
By Erika Tucker and Vassy Kapelos
(Rental) subsidies have been provided to co-ops through agreements to pay the mortgage, and most were established in the 1990s for 20 or 30-year terms. But when the mortgage is paid, the subsidy ends. Nicholas Gazzard of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, said the point of the federal rental subsidy is to allow people with low or fixed incomes to be able to pay rent.

Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen says the end of the subsidy shouldn’t come as a surprise. “These housing providers knew that these mortgages were coming up, they knew these agreements would be ending because the mortgages are paid off,” said Bergen. In Ontario, more than 7,000 households are slated to lose their rental top-ups. In Quebec, it’s nearly 6,000 and in British Columbia about 4,200 households.

Gazzard believes the problem is Canada’s “fragmented housing landscape” and could be resolved by getting provinces and feds to solve the problem collectively.
(...)
But Bergen said the $1.25 billion over five years the federal government has invested in affordable housing should be enough for the provinces to use for social housing projects as needed.

Source:
Global News
http://globalnews.ca/

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Earlier Global News coverage
of the situation in British Columbia:

Thousands of low-income families in B.C.
face loss of federal co-op housing subsidies

http://globalnews.ca/news/484219/thousands-of-low-income-families-in-b-c-face-loss-of-federal-co-op-housing-subsidies/
April 16, 2013
Thousands of British Columbians fear they will have to find a new home as federal housing subsidy agreements with 1,500 B.C. households come to an end between now and 2017. Ottawa stopped funding social housing nearly two decades ago, but continued to provide operating subsidies for existing projects. Those time-limited funding agreements are now expiring.
(...)
“One-quarter of co-op homes in B.C. will come to the end of their federal housing agreements — 1,500 households by 2017 and 3,000 by 2020,” said Thom Armstrong, executive director of the Co-Operative Housing Federation of B.C. [ http://www.chf.bc.ca/ ]

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

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

6. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - January 22 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : January 22 (2014) - issue 122 (PDF - 160K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_122.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø Toronto Youth Equity Strategy
Ø Where You Live Matters: Canadian Views on Health Care Quality
Ø Measuring Government in the Twenty-First Century
Ø Is It All About the Tails? The Palma Measure of Income Inequality
Ø The Economic Effects of Living Wage Laws
Ø Data, Boundaries, Competitiveness: The Toronto Urban Region in Global Context
Ø Baffling Budgets: Canada’s Cities Need Better Financial Reporting

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Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#toronto
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page of this site, where you'll find links to two dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

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

7. Media and Policy News for January 21 and January 24
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 24 Jan 2014

http://goo.gl/NXlt17

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

The province’s CSUMB elimination means cut to Toronto’s homelessness budget
7000 Ontarians join other Canadians fearing evictions as feds end co-op housing subsidy
Sue Ann Levy finds no room in Toronto shelters on a cold January night
Nova Scotia program for emergency fuel costs runs surplus while denying applications

Ontario

Law Commission of Ontario looking for feedback on their project ‘Capacity of Adults with Mental Disabilities and the Federal RDSP’
Paul Martin to advise Finance Minister Sousa on Ontario pension plan
Cohn: Hudak’s not backing down from Right-to-Work agenda
CCPA: The problem with Hudak’s million jobs promise
John Stapleton on the cost of taking every low-income Ontarian out of poverty
Study reveals Ontarians’ attitudes about income-related health inequities (link to the academic study)
The next set of accessibility regulations came into force Jan 1 – here’s what they are
Six month license suspension and hefty fines for Dr. Roland Wong on Special Diet Allowance

Around the Province

Guelph and Wellington Task Force calculating a local living wage
New anti-poverty ad campaign from Toronto’s Woodgreen skewers celebrity gossip culture
Toronto looking at internet voting for people with disabilities, who say why not do it for everyone?
Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network staffer running for City Council seat

Across the Country

Yellowknife senior faces eviction from social housing after taking part-time job
Greater Victoria Community Action Plan on Poverty garners broad support
Action in Greater Victoria could help push province-wide BC poverty reduction strategy
Evidence in BC court case shows Mexico blacklisting migrant workers for being “union sympathizers”

National

New Forum Research poll on federal parties and leaders shows interesting results

International

New Statesman: Instead of stigmatizing the unemployed, how about more good jobs?
Great column: The problem in a post-employment economy is the devaluing of people
New EU report shows Europe footing huge bill to deal with health costs of poverty
Wired: Losing “net neutrality” would disproportionately impact the poor
Hong Kong official defends new income supplement for working families as a poverty reduction measure
Two members of Hong Kong’s anti-poverty commission found to be evading taxes
Workers in Seattle win big raise to the minimum wage: “To put our economy back on track we need to put money in the hands of people who will spend it”


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Latest Media and Policy News: 21 Jan 2014

http://goo.gl/iN1eOY

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Story

Oxfam released a report yesterday in advance of the World Economic Forum in Davos starting tomorrow.

The report is important not only because it reveals that 85 people hold half the world’s wealth – which is garnering the most media attention – but also because it makes the connection between growing inequality and growing social instability, the subverting of democracy, financial deregulation, tax avoidance and evasion, and cuts to public services.

The report calls for those countries gathered at the WEF to pledge to:
* Support progressive taxation and not to dodge their own taxes;
* Refrain from using their wealth to seek political favors that undermine the democratic will of their fellow citizens;
* Make public all the investments in companies and trusts for which they are the ultimate beneficial owners;
* Challenge governments to use tax revenue to provide universal healthcare, education and social protection for citizens;
* Demand a living wage in all companies they own or control;
* Challenge other members of the economic elite to join them in these pledges.
* Tackle inequality by cracking down on financial secrecy and tax dodging, including through the G20; investing in universal education and healthcare; and agreeing a global goal to end extreme inequality in every country as part of the post 2015 negotiations.

Selected Coverage:
* CBC: Wealthy elites have co-opted political power to rig the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world's population," Oxfam claimed
* CTV
* Huffington Post UK
* Guardian
* ABC Australia: “Income inequality is crippling the fight against poverty”

Ontario

Wellesley Institute: Act now on poverty reduction
Development services consultations hear from frustrated parents of people with disabilities
How does Ontario legal aid compare? (hint: “the clinic system…‘is one of our really special features’”
Is Hudak abandoning his Right-to-Work pledge?
St Catherines Standard on Hudak’s million jobs plan

Around the Province

Don’t forget - Fight for Fair Wages Forum in Toronto January 24

Across the Country

Resource extraction and taxation – if every Norwegian’s a millionaire, why is Alberta in hock?
Nearly 500 Saskatchewan children with close social services connections have died in the past 20 years
Acorn BC lobbies for $10/month internet

National

Provincial labour ministers still not happy with revamped Canada Jobs Grant
Very cheeky Globe and Mail editorial (!) on the Canada Jobs Grant
Canada Border Services setting targets for stripping migrants of refugee status
Feds set up snitch line to catch tax cheats – with rewards for informants
The changing face of poverty in Canada – it’s not single moms anymore
Unifor about to launch a nationwide campaign on workplace rights
Ideas for individualizing pension reforms
Fraser Institute comes out against a living wage
Broadbent Institute working toward the 2015 federal election

International

Southern Poverty Law Centre: We need a new war on poverty, not a war on the poor
Salon: Eight Conservative anti-poverty ideas that will only make things worse

Utah is on track to ending homelessness – by giving people homes
Letters to the Seattle Times editor on the value of public assistance programs
In Indiana, mandatory drug screening for welfare recipients “has failed the test”
The UK is ending housing payments to immigrants unless they have jobs
The connection between poverty and obesity, and the struggle for food security for all

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

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 Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

8. Op-Ed: Harper’s economic index: an 8-year report card - January 22
(Ottawa Citizen)

Op-Ed: Harper’s economic index: an 8-year report card
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/touch/story.html?id=9417092
BY Alex Roberts
January 22, 2014
Eight years after the January, 2006 election that brought the Conservatives to power under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Alex Roberts looks at the state of the Canadian economy.
* Estimated amount spent on taxpayer-funded advertisements since 2009 touting the “Economic Action Plan” and the government’s economic record : $113,000,000
* National unemployment rate in January, 2006: 6.6
* National unemployment rate in December, 2013: 7.2
* Number of consecutive annual federal budget deficits under the Harper Conservatives: 6
* Number of consecutive annual federal budget surpluses under the previous Liberal (Chrétien/Martin) governments: 9
* more...

Source:
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

9. Federal programs and research facilities that have been shut down or had their funding reduced - January 10
(The Fifth Estate - CBC)

From the
CBC's Fifth Estate:

Federal programs and research facilities that have been shut down or had their funding reduced
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/blog/federal-programs-and-research-facilities-that-have-been-shut-down-or-had-th

January 10, 2014
Hundreds of federal programs and world renowned research facilities have been shut down or had their funding reduced by the federal government.

This list was compiled by the Canadian Association of University Teachers [ http://www.caut.ca/ ]
and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada [ http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website ].

Source:
The Fifth Estate
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/

CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Consumer Price Index, December 2013 - January 24
--- Consumer Price Index: Annual review, 2013 - January 24
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Employment Insurance, November 2013 - January 23
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Study: Long-term labour market premiums associated with a terminal high school diploma, 1991 to 2010 - January 23
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School board revenues and expenditures, 2011 - January 22
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Research and development of Canadian non-profit organizations, 2014 (intentions) - January 22
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Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in October 2013 - January 21

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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

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January 24, 2014
Consumer Price Index, December 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140124/dq140124a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.2% in the 12 months to December, following a 0.9% increase in November. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.2% in December, matching the rise in November.

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January 24, 2014
Consumer Price Index: Annual review, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140124/dq140124b-eng.htm
In 2013, the annual average increase in consumer prices was 0.9%. This advance followed gains of 1.5% in 2012 and 2.9% in 2011.

January 23, 2014
Employment Insurance, November 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140123/dq140123b-eng.htm
There were 512,300 people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in November, virtually unchanged from October. The number of beneficiaries has been relatively stable since May 2013.

January 23, 2014
Study: Long-term labour market premiums associated with a terminal high school diploma, 1991 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140123/dq140123c-eng.htm
A new study that followed a group of men and women for two decades reports that men who had finished high school by 1991 earned $206,000 more over those 20 years than men with no high school diploma. For women, the difference between the two groups was $161,000. The dollar figures are expressed in 2010 constant dollars to account for inflation.
[ Related report : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2014354-eng.htm ]

January 22, 2014
StatCan Blog, January 2014 : A statistical centennial
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog-blogue/cs-sc/asc-cas-eng
Statistics Canada is getting ready to celebrate a statistical centennial. In 1918, the House of Commons was sitting in the building that today houses the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa — a 1916 fire had devastated Centre Block, forcing MPs into temporary lodgings — when it passed the Statistics Act. Under this Act, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics came into being, and the story of today's Statistics Canada began.

The January 2014 edition of the StatCan Blog looks at the agency's progression from a local office of 123 employees, using punch cards and electric tabulating machinery, to a cutting edge national institution with several thousand dedicated employees spread across the country.

Source:
StatCan Blog

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng

January 22, 2014
School board revenues and expenditures, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140122/dq140122e-eng.htm
Data are now available for school board revenues and expenditures up to 2011.

See CANSIM tables 478-0010 to 478-0012:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=478-0010..478-0012&p2=31

Related subjects:

Education, training and learning
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1821&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Education finance
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=1821&id=1828&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

January 22, 2014
Research and development of Canadian non-profit organizations, 2014 (intentions)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140122/dq140122b-eng.htm
Data from the 2012 Research and Development of Canadian Private Non-profit Organizations survey are now available. Organizations in the private non-profit sector intend to perform $169 million of research and development (R&D) in 2014. These organizations conducted $151 million of R&D in 2012. They employed 1,386 full-time equivalent R&D personnel in 2012, the latest year for which these data are available.

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Note to readers:
Private non-profit organizations do not generate income, profit or other financial gain. For purposes of measuring research and development (R&D) performance, private non-profit organizations include voluntary health organizations, private philanthropic foundations and private research institutes. Private non-profit organizations that are controlled and financed by government (at least 50%) or affiliated to higher education institutions are excluded from the survey population. R&D expenditures for these excluded private non-profit organizations are included in the R&D expenditures for the government and higher education sectors.

These data are not available for provinces or regions.

January 21, 2014
Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in October 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140121/dq140121d-eng.htm
In October, there were 231,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses, a decline of 37,000 compared with October 2012. There were 5.7 unemployed people for every job vacancy, up from 5.1 one year earlier, as the decline in vacancies was at a faster pace than the decline in the number of unemployed people.

Available in CANSIM tables 284-0001 to 284-0004:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=284-0001..284-0004&p2=31

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.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
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

11. 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

January 26, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Proposed changes to child care regulations - Ontario 2014
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/proposed-changes-child-care-regulations-ontario-2014
22 Jan 2014 | Ontario
CRRU BRIEFing NOTE provides information on proposed changes to Ontario's child care regulations. It explains the context, compares current and proposed regulations, and briefly summarizes points from the research literature on staff:child ratios, group size and their links to quality.

The right to play
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/right-play
22 Jan 2014 | International
The 9th issue of Early Childhood in Focus from the Bernard van Leer Foundation "offers short summaries of theory, research and policy issues that can inform the implementation of Article 31 of the UN Convention on Children's Rights".

The state of infant-toddler care and education in New Jersey
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/state-infant-toddler-care-and-education-new-jersey
22 Jan 2014 | United States
Report from the U.S. National Institute for Early Education Research presents results from two studies that examine the quality of infant and toddler care in New Jersey.

Working for the few: Political capture and economic inequality
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/working-few-political-capture-and-economic-inequality
22 Jan 2014 | International
Report from Oxfam International "details the pernicious impact that widening inequality is having in both developed and developing countries, helping the richest undermine democratic processes and drive policies that promote their interests at the expense of everyone else".

Proposal to amend Regulation 262 under the Day Nurseries Act - Child Care Modernization document
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/01/proposal-amend-regulation-262-under-day-nurseries-act-child
16 Jan 2014 | Ontario
Document released by the Ontario Ministry of Education seeks feedback on proposed regulatory changes under the Day Nurseries Act. The Ministry has stated that, "while work is underway to seek approval of the transformation of the legislative framework for the child care and early years system [Bill 143, the Child Care Modernization Act], in the near-term, the government is proposing to use its existing authority to make regulatory changes in support of the priority areas of quality, health, safety and flexibility as an early step to support the proposed broad system transformation".

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

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

Pre-K on the Starting Blocks
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/pre-k-starting-blocks
22 Jan 2014 | United States

Increasing out-of-pocket costs for childcare putting pressure on parents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/increasing-out-pocket-costs-childcare-putting-pressure-parents
22 Jan 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Clegg childcare plan 'could lower standards': Charity says flagship scheme should be postponed to find staff who are properly qualified
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/clegg-childcare-plan-could-lower-standards-charity-says-flagship-sch
22 Jan 2014 | Europe

State Senators pledge to propose nearly $200 million in childcare subsidies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/state-senators-pledge-propose-nearly-200-million-childcare-subsidies
22 Jan 2014 | United States

Public input sought on new daycare centre
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/01/public-input-sought-new-daycare-centre
21 Jan 2014 | Ontario

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

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CRRU Archive

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

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.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

12. 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/
(halfway down the page)
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

January 24, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/24/
Economic Mobility in the US (2 articles)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)

January 23, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/23/
Gender Pay Gap
Evictions from Public Housing

January 22, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/22/
Long-term Unemployment and Jobless Benefits (4 articles)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (2 articles)

January 21, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/01/21/
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid

January 20, 2014
- 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

13. (United States) Kids Share 2013: Federal Expenditures on Children in 2012 and Future Projections - September 24, 2013
(The Urban Institute)

Kids Share 2013: Federal Expenditures on Children in 2012 and Future Projections
http://www.urban.org/publications/412903.html
By Julia Isaacs et al.
September 24, 2013
Kids Share 2013: Federal Expenditures on Children in 2012 and Future Projections
, a seventh annual report, looks comprehensively at federal spending and taxes on children. Federal outlays on children fell by 7 percent between 2011 and 2012, which is the greatest single-year drop since the early 1980s.
NOTE : The link to the complete document (in PDF format) appears to the right of the brief abstract. The page also includes links to three related publications and other publications by the same authors. You can also click on a tag (just below the abstract) to access all items found under that tag.

Source:
Kids' Share: Analyzing Federal Expenditures on Children

http://www.urban.org/projects/kids_share.cfm
This series of annual reports looks comprehensively at trends in federal and state spending and tax expenditures on children—the kids’ share of public spending.
- includes 25 links to earlier editions of this report and related resources (back to 2007).

Source:
Urban Institute - A nonpartisan economic and social research organization
http://www.urban.org/
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit policy research organization established in Washington, D.C., in 1968. The Institute's goals are to sharpen thinking about society's problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens' awareness about important public choices

More selected reports from The Urban Institute:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm#urban
This link will take you to a special section of the U.S. NGO Links page of this websitedown on the page you're now reading.

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

14. [U.S.] Food Banks Anticipate Impact of Cuts to Food Stamps- January 18
(New York Times)

United States

Food Banks Anticipate Impact of Cuts to Food Stamps:
Pantries across the country are preparing for increased demand as
Congress prepares to cut billions of dollars more from the food stamp program.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/us/politics/food-banks-anticipate-impact-of-cuts-to-food-stamps.html
January 21, 2014
Late last year, staff members at the Capital Area Food Bank here began fielding requests for larger deliveries from the dozens of soup kitchens and food pantries that it supplies as more and more people showed up seeking help. The food bank said it was not unusual to see a surge before Thanksgiving or Christmas. But this time the lines were caused not by the holidays but by a $5 billion cut to the federal food stamp program that took effect in November when a provision in the 2009 stimulus bill expired.

Now the food bank, which provided about 45 million pounds of food last year, says it is preparing for even greater demand as Congress prepares to cut billions of dollars more from the food stamp program, which is included in a farm bill that has yet to pass. About 47 million Americans receive food stamps.

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

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

15. Americans Are Deeply Divided Over What Causes Poverty in the First Place - January 23
(Atlantic Cities)

Americans Are Deeply Divided Over What Causes Poverty in the First Place
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2014/01/americans-are-deeply-divided-over-what-causes-poverty-first-place/8186/
By Emily Badgerjan
January 23, 2014
Barack Obama is expected to devote much of his State of the Union address next Tuesday to poverty and inequality, themes that will no doubt bring to the fore broad differences in how Americans think the government should tackle both issues. The Pew Research Center has a new survey out today [see the link below], in partnership with USA Today, confirming what you may already suspect: Democrats are much more likely than Republicans to believe the government should try hard to reduce both problems.

Source:
Atlantic Cities
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/

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Most See Inequality Growing, but Partisans Differ over Solutions
54% Favor Taxing the Wealthy to Expand Aid to Poor

http://www.people-press.org/2014/01/23/most-see-inequality-growing-but-partisans-differ-over-solutions/
January 23, 2014

Source:
Pew Research Center

http://www.people-press.org/
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

See also:

USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/

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

16. [U.S.] What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend? - January 18
(New York Times)

What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend?
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/what-happens-when-the-poor-receive-a-stipend/
January 18, 2014
Read about this very interesting cash grant / guaranteed income experiment starting in the late 1990s involving the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. When the tribe opened a casino in 1996, they elected to distribute a proportion of casino profits equally amopng its 8,000 members. Jane Costello of Duke University studied the effects of the guaranteed income over time, and found beneficial outcomes in many areas - health, justice, education, self-esteem, etc.

Source:
New York Times
Opinion pages

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/

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NOTE : A Canadian guaranteed annual income experiment took place in the late 1970s, called Mincome Manitoba.
Researchers found positive outcomes similar to those in the above article about the Cherokee Indians.

See:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm#mincome_manitoba
[This link takes you to a section of the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

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

17. The 2014 U.S. Federal Budget, Per Person - January 18
(New York Times)

The 2014 Federal Budget, Per Person
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/19/us/budget-proposal.html
By Wilson Andrews and Alicia Parlapiano
January 18, 2014
The House and Senate last week passed a hefty spending bill that included $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending for 2014 and provided funds for some mandatory programs (though the bill does not control the levels of that spending). Because it can be hard to comprehend the scale of large government programs, here is a look at a selection of those included in the bill (and a couple of others), expressed in cost per U.S. resident.

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

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

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

18. [International] Working for the Few : Political capture and economic inequality - January 20
(OXFAM)

Oxfam: Combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of poorest 3.5 billion
http://goo.gl/AsFJxn
January 20, 2014
Global inequality has increased to the extent that the £1 trillion combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of the poorest 3.5 billion - half of the world's population - according to a new report from development charity Oxfam. And the report, entitled Working For The Few, claims that growing inequality has been driven by a "power grab" by wealthy elites, who have co-opted the political process to rig the rules of the economic system in their favour.

Oxfam called on attendees at this week's World Economic Forum (see below), which brings together politicians and business leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, to take a personal pledge to tackle the problem by refraining from dodging taxes or using their wealth to seek political favours.

Oxfam chief executive Winnie Byanyima said: "We cannot hope to win the fight against poverty without tackling inequality. Widening inequality is creating a vicious circle where wealth and power are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, leaving the rest of us to fight over crumbs from the top table."

Source:
Belfast Telegraph

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/

Read/Download
Working for the Few : Political capture and economic inequality

Magazine format (read online):
http://issuu.com/0xfam/docs/oxfam-bp-working-for-few-political-/7?e=1574349/6403563

PDF format (876K, 32 pages):
http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-en.pdf

Version française du rapport (PDF, 739K, 34 pages):
http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-fr.pdf

Summary (296K, 6 pages):
http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-summ-en.pdf

Source:
OXFAM

http://www.oxfam.org/

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

19. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 - January 22-25

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014
http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2014
The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business is the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, from 22-25 January. Oxfam called on attendees at this week's World Economic Forum, which brings together politicians and business leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, to take a personal pledge to tackle the problem by refraining from dodging taxes or using their wealth to seek political favours.

Press conference: All you need to know about Davos 2014
http://forumblog.org/2014/01/coming-up-all-you-need-to-know-about-davos-2014/

World Economic Forum
http://www.weforum.org/
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

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From Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/

World Economic Forum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Economic_Forum
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss non-profit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva. It describes itself as an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Forum is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, including health and the environment.

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

20. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://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.

NOTE : CRIN is presently (Jan. 2014) redesigning its website, and as a result, all links in the official CRINMAIL archive (the next link below) are broken. I've sent an email to CRIN to see if they can help me find the correct URLs for the 250+ links to older issues of CRINMAIL.
January 26 Update:
I received a reply from the nice folks at CRIN; they're working on a fix to resolve this issue.

The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issue above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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In the meantime, try the following links --- they work.

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) home page
http://www.crin.org/

Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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Food Essentials: 12 Items You Should Always Keep In Your Pantry

This winter has been a season of extreme weather, with ice storms and blizzards shutting down many people's power.
Now that blizzards appear to have subsided for the time being, it's a good time to stock up on the foods to have on hand should disaster strike — at any time of the year.

The List of Indispensable Items:

Beans
Protein and fibre in one can - it's basically instant nutrition.
According to Eat By Date, they'll last a year on your shelves.

Salmon Or Tuna In A Can
Another great source of protein that lasts for a long time, a mini meal of fish and crackers will tide you over for a few hours.

Grains
Pasta, rice or quinoa can all serve as the base of many a dish, assuming you still have a working stove top. And of course, the aforementioned crackers can make an easy snack at all times.

Peanut (or other nut) butter
Assuming there's no allergies in the house, peanut butter generally doesn't need any refrigeration and offers plenty of protein and good-for-you fats, suggests Taste of Home. It's also tastier than just plain handfuls of nuts.

Vinegar
Easy to mix into a dressing or just use on its own, vinegar doubles as an all-purpose cleaner when mixed with water.

Oils
And of course, the other part of those salad dressing will be oils, which will obviously also help for any cooking you might be doing.

Applesauce
Canned or jarred applesauce can last 12 to 18 months, according to Frugal Living, so keep it around as a snack on its own, or as a fruity "dipping" sauce.

Potatoes
Potatoes can last for about three weeks in the pantry, depending on the type, according to Eat By Date. So while you might want to check in on them, they're a great veggie you can keep outside of the fridge that is easy to consume in many forms.

Canned Tomatoes
This might be the closest thing you'll get to fresh food in your pantry, and can add a juicy element to whatever you're cobbling together.

Salsa
Alright, this does have tomatoes beat, at least in the ingredients department. A nice healthy option to add to almost anything (yes, including that canned fish).

Broth
Chicken, beef or vegetable broth can all last two to five years in the pantry, according to Frugal Living. and while hopefully you'll have a way to warm it up, cold soup won't be your worst worry if you're in a power outage.

Bottled Or Canned Juice
In case you get sick of water or just want something sweet and easy. Remember, it's a good idea to stay hydrated at all times.

Source:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/24/food-essentials_n_4654568.html
Huffington Post Canada

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How Igloos Work:
How to Build an Igloo

http://people.howstuffworks.com/igloo3.htm

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Are there any crazy cat people in the audience?
http://i.imgur.com/UcVJpOr.jpg
(I want one!)

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Maybe That Whole 'Survival Of The Fittest' Stuff Isn't Something To Be Proud Of
How would we humans looks to another species? Eh, not great.
(video, duration 4:30)
http://www.upworthy.com/maybe-that-whole-survival-of-the-fittest-stuff-isnt-something-to-be-proud-of-3

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Get more out of Google:
Tips and Tricks for students conducting online research (Infographic)
http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html

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Nine Hilarious Restaurant Signs
http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/world/9-hilarious-restaurant-signs

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