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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 26, 2005

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1377 subscribers.

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

A special Hello to all the old friends and the new friends who attended the Social Welfare Policy Conference in  Fredericton June 16-18!
(more on that below...)

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Make Poverty History / Live8
2. New from the Canadian Council on Social Development:
--- Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference in Fredericton
- June 16-18
--- The Weiler Award (June 17)
--- The World We Have: Towards a New Social Architecture (June 16)
--- Postponed Adulthood: Dealing with the New Economic Inequality
(June 16)
--- Disability Information Sheet #20 - June 2005
--- Perception (Magazine) - Spring 2005
--- 2004-2005 CCSD Annual Report
3. Données sociales du Québec (Institut de la statistique) - June 16
4. From the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (Québec):
--- Individual and Family Assistance Act (Bill 57) passed [new welfare statute] - June 17
--- Adoption of Act to amend the Act respecting parental insurance (Bill 108)
5. Gateway News - Paths to Equal Opportunity (Online Disability E-Zine - Government of Ontario) - June 2005
6. British Columbia Cabinet and Ministry Shuffle - June 16
7. The 1995 Budget and Block Funding - 1995 (National Council of Welfare)
8. Canada and the 2005 G8 Summit (Canadian International Development Agency) - July 6-8, Scotland
9. Recent Statistics Canada Releases:
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2005 (June 24)
--- Study: Aboriginal people living in metropolitan areas, 2001 (June 23)
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey - 2004 (June 22)
--- Leading indicators - May 2005 (June 22)
--- Social relationships in rural and urban Canada, 2003 (June 21)
--- How Canada compares in the G8, 1990 to 2004 (June 21)
--- Whither the workweek?, 2000 to 2004 (June 21)
--- Foreign control in the Canadian economy - 2003
(June 20)
--- Study: Does inflation vary with income?, 1992 to 2004 (June 20)
--- Government finance: Revenue, expenditure and surplus, 2004/2005 (June 16)
--- Canada's international transactions in securities, April 2005 (June 16)
--- Shelters for abused women, 2003/04 (June 15)
10. National Aboriginal Day - June 21 (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
11. Review of Canadian Federal Fiscal Forecasting (Department of Finance Canada) - June 20
12. Tax Freedom Day is June 26 (Fraser Institute) - June 24
13. Tax Freedom Day is "flawed, incoherent and pernicious" (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 16

14. Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004 (Childcare Resource and Research Unit - University of Toronto) - June 16
15. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit ( University of Toronto) - June 24

International Content

16. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- June 23
17. CIA: The World Factbook 2005 (Central Intelligence Agency) - June 14


Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Make Poverty History / Live8

Make Poverty History (Canada) [Platform] - "...united by the common belief that poverty can be ended."

Live8 - The Long Walk to Justice

Make Poverty History (International)

2. New from the Canadian Council on Social Development):
--- Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference in Fredericton
- June 16-18

--- The Weiler Award
(June 17)
--- The World We Have: Towards a New Social Architecture (June 16)
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Postponed Adulthood: Dealing with the New Economic Inequality
(June 16)
--- Disability Information Sheet #20 - June 2005
--- Perception (Magazine) - Spring 2005
--- 2004-2005 CCSD Annual Report

From the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD):

Highlights from the Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference in Fredericton:
* Day 1 - June 16
* Day 2 - June 17
* Day 3 - June 18
* (What conference?)

NOTE: this is the 12th biennial event in this series of conferences that started in 1982 in Calgary. The conference brings together people from government, the non-governmental sector and universities, to share their views on emerging social issues and to network. I spent almost 30 years in the federal government, and have attended all but one of the previous events in this series. I've consistently found this conference to be one of the best possible ways for folks to get out of their silos and learn from one another. I highly recommend  this event to anyone in the social program sector --- congratulations, conference organizers, for a job well done!

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The Weiler Award goes to --- Michael Goldberg!
On Day 2 of the Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference, the Weiler Award was presented to Vancouver-based children's advocate Michael Goldberg on Friday at the Social Welfare Policy Conference in Fredericton. This award honours Canadians who make outstanding contributions to social justice and community development. For more information about the Award, and about Mr. Goldberg and previous winners, see the Weiler Award Page.
[Congratulations, Michael --- well done!]

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On June 16, the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) released two papers in the New Social Architecture series.
This project is designed to highlight and examine key social challenges facing Canada, and set out some strategic options for change.

The World We Have: Towards a New Social Architecture (PDF file - 316K, 49 pages)
June 2005
by Katherine Scott, CCSD

Postponed Adulthood: Dealing with the New Economic Inequality (PDF file - 189K, 11 pages)
by John Myles, University of Toronto

Related Link:

The New Social Architecture Series and other CCSD Policy Initiatives

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Disability Information Sheet #20
June 2005
"In this Information Sheet, we examine the medication and health care patterns of children with disabilities."
PDF version - 221K, 8 pages
HTML version

Source:
Disability Research at the CCSD
NOTE: Click the link above for links to the complete collection of information sheets, covering a wide range of disability-related issues.

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Perception: Volume 27, No. 3 & 4 - 2005 (PDF file - 879K, 32 pages)
Table of Contents:
* The state of Canada's social programs (by Peter Bleyer)
* View from Down Under: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience (by Janet Creery)
* A New Social Partnership for Canada (by Ken Dryden)
* Addressing Child Poverty (by Ed Broadbent)
* A Strong Economy (by Monte Solberg)
* Poverty in Canada: A matter of government priorities and societal choices (by Christiane Gagnon)
* Universality of Social Programs versus Targeting: Either neither, or both (by Richard Shillington)
* New challenges in social development: Montreal, a case study (by Genviève Giasson, with assistance from Marcel Cajelait and Jacques Savard)
* When Taxes are Good (by Jim Stanford)
* The Canada We Want? (by Al Hatton)
* 2005 Weiler Award Winner: Michael Goldberg
* In Their Own Words (Terrace Anti-Poverty Group Society; Pluri-elles; E.Fry Ottawa; St. Joseph's Community Health Centre)
* George Davidson: Social Policy and Public Policy Exemplar (book review by Michael Clague)

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2004-2005 Annual Report (PDF file - 174K, 8 pages)

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June 17, 2005

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

3. Données sociales du Québec - June 16
(Institut de la statistique)

A panorama of Quebecers' living conditions
News Release
June 16, 2005
"This study on Quebecers' living conditions shows that some are improving and others worsening. Among the improved conditions is the employment rate of Québec mothers with a spouse and children under six, which, since the start of the 2000s, has been higher than that of Ontarian and Canadian women. In addition, between 1983 and 2003, the number of violent crimes declined considerably. With respect to deteriorating conditions, note that the rate of graduation with a first secondary school diploma dropped after 1995-1996, and that of Québec household expenditures made between 1997 and 2002, health care went up the most. This was revealed in the 2005 edition of Données sociales du Québec, a new publication by the Institut de la statistique du Québec."

Données sociales du Québec
- short description of the book plus Order Form (the paper copy costs $25.95 plus tax)
"...paints a panorama of living conditions in Québec in the most significant fields of social data."
Ten chapters provide various key aspects of Quebecers' living conditions: * population, households and families * mortality * state of health * educational attainment * labour force * working conditions and remuneration * income and patrimony * household expenditures * housing and transportation * violent crimes."

Données sociales du Québec. Édition 2005 (Available in French only)
June 2005
Download the individual chapters in PDF format

Related Links:

Income and Expenditure (Tables in French) - updated to June 15/05
- Data for Québec, includes: Average Family Unit Income - Average Personal Income - Distribution by Income Group - Distribution by Quintiles - Gini Coefficient - Low Income Units - Economic Dependency Profiles
Source:
Official Statistics : The Economy and Finance --- Economic Structure --- Society
[Institut de la Statistique - English Home Page]

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

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Panorama des conditions de vie des Québécois
Communiqué de presse
"Le 16 juin 2005 – Cette étude sur les conditions de vie des Québécois permet de conclure que certaines d’entre elles s’améliorent et que d’autres se détériorent. Parmi celles qui se sont bonifiées, mentionnons que, depuis le début des années 2000, le taux d’emploi des mères québécoises avec conjoint et enfants de moins de six ans surpasse ceux des Ontariennes et des Canadiennes. De plus, entre 1983 et 2003, le nombre des crimes les plus graves contre la personne y a subi une importante diminution. Parmi les conditions de vie qui se sont détériorées, soulignons que le taux d’obtention du premier diplôme du secondaire diminue après 1995-1996 et que, parmi les dépenses des ménages québécois faites entre 1997 et 2002, celles des soins de santé ont augmenté le plus. C’est ce qui ressort d’une nouvelle publication de l’Institut de la statistique du Québec, Données sociales du Québec, édition 2005."

Données sociales du Québec. Édition 2005
- brève description de la publication et Bon de commande (25,95 $ plus taxes)
"... dessine le panorama des conditions de vie au Québec dans les domaines les plus marquants.
Dix chapitres abordent plusieurs aspects primordiaux des conditions de vie de la population québécoise : * la population, les ménages et les familles * la mortalité * l’état de santé * l’éducation * la population active * les conditions de travail et la rémunération * le revenu et le patrimoine * les dépenses des ménages * le logement et le transport * les crimes contre la personne."

Données sociales du Québec. Édition 2005
Juin 2005
Téléchargez un fichier par chapitre en format PDF

Liens connexes:

Revenus et dépenses (révisé au 15 juin 2005)
Données québécoises, dont : Coefficient de Gini - Répartition selon la tranche de revenu - Répartition par quintile - Revenu moyen des particuliers - Revenu moyen des unités familiales - Unités à faible revenu - Profils de dépendance économique

Données sociales : quelques comparaisons entre le Québec, l’Ontario et l’ensemble du Canada
(article par Hervé Gauthier et Yves Nobert)
Source :
Données sociodémographiques en bref - Juin 2005 (fichier PDF, 154Ko, 8 pages)
Volume 9 - Numéro 3

Source:
Statistiques officielles : Économie et finances - Structure économique - Société
[Institut de la Statistique du Québec]

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

4. From the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (Québec):
--- Individual and Family Assistance Act (Bill 57) passed [new welfare statute] - June 17
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Adoption of Act to amend the Act respecting parental insurance (Bill 108)

From the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (English Home Page):

Adoption of Individual and Family Assistance Act (Bill 57)
June 17, 2005
"The National Assembly adopted the Individual and Family Assistance Act (Bill 57) yesterday. The bill was sponsored by the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, Michelle Courchesne. The Individual and Family Assistance Act provides for the creation of a new Social Assistance Program, designed for people who are fit for work but who temporarily lack sufficient means to meet their basic needs. Among other things, the new program establishes a minimum benefit that is no longer reduced in the event of non-participation in an employment-assistance measure. The Act also creates a Social Solidarity Program, under which people with a severely limited capacity for employment are granted a social solidarity allowance. The new legislation also establishes a program designed to help people removed from the labour market take steps to become active participants in society and to prepare them to participate in an employment-assistance measure or program.

Related Links:

Bill 57: Individual and Family Assistance Act

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Adoption of Act to amend the Act respecting parental insurance (Bill 108)
June 17th, 2005
"Bill 108, which amends the Act respecting parental insurance, was adopted yesterday by the National Assembly. In the words of Michelle Courchesne, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, 'This is excellent news for thousands of Québec families, who will finally be able to benefit, starting January 1, 2006, from the Québec Parental Insurance Plan — the most flexible, generous and accessible in North America.'"

Bill 108 - An Act to amend the Act respecting parental insurance and other legislative provisions

An Act respecting parental insurance
Bill 140
(2001, chapter 9)

Québec Parental Insurance Plan

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

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Adoption du projet de loi 57 sur l'aide aux personnes et aux familles (Projet de loi 57)
Le 17 juin 2005
"L'Assemblée nationale a adopté hier le projet de loi 57, sur l'aide aux personnes et aux familles, présenté par la ministre de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, madame Michelle Courchesne. La Loi sur l'aide aux personnes et aux familles prévoit la création d'un nouveau Programme d'aide sociale qui s'adresse aux personnes aptes au travail, mais temporairement privées de moyens suffisants pour subvenir à leurs besoins essentiels. Il comprendra une première prestation plancher assurant un montant minimum d'aide financière qui ne sera plus réduit en cas de non-participation à une mesure d'aide à l'emploi. Le nouveau Programme de solidarité sociale s'adresse aux personnes ayant des contraintes sévères à l'emploi qui bénéficieront d'une allocation de solidarité sociale."

Liens connexes:

Projet de loi no 57 : Loi sur l'aide aux personnes et aux familles
Ministère responsable:
Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

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Adoption du projet de loi 108 modifiant la Loi sur l’assurance parentale
Le 17 juin 2005
Le projet de loi modifiant la Loi sur l’assurance parentale a été adopté hier à l’Assemblée nationale. « Il s’agit là d’une excellente nouvelle pour des milliers de familles québécoises, qui pourront enfin bénéficier, à compter du 1er janvier 2006, du Régime québécois d’assurance parentale, le plus souple, généreux et accessible en Amérique du Nord. », a déclaré la ministre de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, Mme Michelle Courchesne.

Projet de loi no 108 : Loi modifiant la Loi sur l'assurance parentale et d'autres dispositions législatives

Régime québécois d'assurance parentale

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

5. Gateway News - Paths to Equal Opportunity - June 2005
(Online Disability E-Zine - Government of Ontario)

Gateway News - Paths to Equal Opportunity (Govt. of Ontario)
Online Newsletter (monthly)
Content of the June 2005 issue:
* New Accessibility Law Now in Effect
* Productivity Through Health
* In Their Own Words
* SafeAbility
* CNIB Accessible Design Service
* You are invited to participate in an HR Survey
Newsletter Archive - back to November 2001
Source:
Paths to Equal Opportunity
[Accessibility Ontario]
[Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration]

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

6. British Columbia Cabinet and Ministry Shuffle - June 16

New B.C. cabinet named
June 16, 2005
VICTORIA – Premier Campbell has unveiled his new cabinet in Victoria, with half his 46-member Liberal caucus receiving cabinet posts.
Cabinet List

Source:
CBC News - British Columbia

Government of British Columbia Home Page
Premier's Speech at the swearing-in ceremony
News release (June 16)
List of new cabinet ministers
Summary of ministry responsibilities

Executive Council of the Government of British Columbia - from the website of the Office of the Premier - new Cabinet with biographies.

Google News search Results : "British Columbia, new government cabinet"
Google Web Search Results : "British Columbia, new government cabinet"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the BC Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

7. The 1995 Budget and Block Funding - 1995
(National Council of Welfare)

A Trip Down Memory Lane:

The 1995 Budget and Block Funding (PDF file - 178K, 35 pages)
Spring 1995
"This report describes welfare in Canada prior to the birth of the Canada Assistance Plan and the huge advances that came about because of CAP. It analyzes the 1995 budget proposals and the disastrous impact they would have on real people with real needs. It outlines a better alternative for funding welfare and social services."
Source:
National Council of Welfare

Oldie, yes; mouldie - no.
This report was produced by the National Council of Welfare shortly after the announcement, in the February 1995 federal budget, of the impending replacement (in April 1996) of the Canada Assistance Plan (CAP) with the Canada (Health and) Social Transfer. CAP was the federal statute that enabled the federal government to make contributions to the approved costs of provincial and territorial welfare (social assistance) and social services from 1966-67 to the end of 1995-96. The block fund that replaced it in April 1996 was initially called the Canada Social Transfer, but "Health" was added in short order to the title, ostensibly to show that this fund was about health as much as (more than?) the social side...

Related Link:

Social Assistance in Canada, 1994 - 1995
Over 40 pages of information on Canadian social assistance programs as they operated in 1994. Much of the information in this document is still as relevant today as it was back then - rules about eligibility, benefits, administrative rules, and more. Includes information about cost-sharing of welfare costs under the Canada Assistance Plan. Question-and-answer format for quick reference. This work was part of a larger study of social assistance in 24 countries released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) early in 1996. I became involved in this initiative in 1994 at the invitation of Dr. Patricia Evans , who was at York University in Toronto in those days (she's now at Carleton U. in Ottawa, if you're wondering...). I wrote this detailed review of Canadian welfare programs as part of my work as social researcher in Human Resources Development Canada. I highly recommend this (he said immodestly) as a snapshot of how the pre-CHST welfare system worked in the "good old days".
[Funny, isn't it --- we usually don't know they're "good" days until much later...]

Follow the link in the next line below to many other related historical documents concerning CAP, the CHST and the CST.

- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

8. Canada and the 2005 G8 Summit - July 6-8, Scotland
(Canadian International Development Agency)

Canada at the 2005 G8 Summit
June 17, 2005
The 2005 G8 Summit will take place in Gleneagles, Scotland from July 6-8, and will focus on the challenges of Africa and climate change.
Source:
Canadian International Development Agency

- Go to the Globalization Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/global.htm

9. Recent Statistics Canada Releases:
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2005 (June 24)
--- Study: Aboriginal people living in metropolitan areas, 2001
(June 23)
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey - 2004 (June 22)
--- Leading indicators - May 2005 (June 22)
--- Social relationships in rural and urban Canada, 2003
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June 21)
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How Canada compares in the G8, 1990 to 2004 (June 21)
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Whither the workweek?, 2000 to 2004 (June 21)
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Foreign control in the Canadian economy - 2003 (June 20)
--- Study: Does inflation vary with income?, 1992 to 2004 (June 20)
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Government finance: Revenue, expenditure and surplus, 2004/2005 (June 16)
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Canada's international transactions in securities, April 2005 (June 16)
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Shelters for abused women, 2003/04 (June 15)

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

June 24, 2005
Consumer Price Index, May 2005
The 12-month Consumer Price Index dropped from 2.4% in April to 1.6% in May 2005. However, the 12-month change in the All-items excluding energy index remained stable, rising 1.6%.

June 23, 2005
Study: Aboriginal people living in metropolitan areas, 2001
Aboriginal people living in the nation's largest metropolitan centres were faring better overall in 2001 than they were two decades earlier. Nevertheless, these Aboriginal urban dwellers still faced many challenges, especially those living in western urban centres
Complete study:
Aboriginal Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas, 1981 to 2001
(PDF file - 255K, 39 pages)

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June 22, 2005
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey - 2004
After three years of steady increase, the proportion of unemployed Canadians eligible for Employment Insurance benefits declined in 2004, according to data from the Employment Insurance Coverage Survey.

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June 22, 2005
Leading indicators - May 2005
The leading indicator advanced 0.3% in May, matching its revised rate of increase for April. Domestic demand continued to improve, reinforced by a rebound in housing. Seven of the ten components rose or were flat, while three fell. The US leading indicator resumed its near year-long decline, although the American economy has shown few signs of slowing. (...)Without the drop in the US index, the Canadian index would have risen 0.4% a month.

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June 21, 2005
Study: Social relationships in rural and urban Canada, 2003
The differences between Canada's urban and rural residents are smaller than they are often perceived to be, according to a new study which examines the two groups in terms of various aspects of social engagement, cohesion and participation.
Complete study:
Social Engagement and Civic Participation:
Are Rural and Small Town Populations Really at an Advantage?
- PDF file - 176K, 24 pages)
Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin - Vol. 6, no. 4

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June 21, 2005
Study: How Canada compares in the G8, 1990 to 2004
Canada has the smallest population of all G8 nations. But it goes into the group's annual summit in just over two weeks as one of the leaders in terms of economic expansion, employment and the education level of its workers, according to a new study. Although Canada has managed to control rising labour costs over the past decade and add to its competitive edge, its gains in labour productivity have been substantially below those of France, Japan and the United States.

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June 21, 2005
Study: Whither the workweek?, 2000 to 2004
Between 2000 and 2003, the average annual number hours of work, as estimated by the Labour Force Survey (LFS), gradually declined by 70 hours, which is the equivalent of two weeks of work or 1.4 hours per week per worker.
This decline was surprising since employment continued to be uncommonly strong despite slower economic growth than in the late 1990s. In fact, between 2000 and 2004, employment increased 8.1%, while the number of hours worked rose only 4.3%. Such a differential was unprecedented

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June 20, 2005
Foreign control in the Canadian economy - 2003
Foreign-controlled assets rose by only 2.1% in 2003, marking the slowest growth by foreign-controlled corporations in more than a decade. Contributing to this slowdown in growth was the dramatic recovery of the Canadian dollar in 2003, which made Canadian assets more costly to buy. However, foreign-controlled assets still managed to top the $1 trillion mark for the first time in 2003. Foreign-controlled corporations held $1 trillion worth of assets in 2003, which represents 22.3% of the total corporate assets held in Canada. This is down slightly from the year before, when foreign-controlled corporations held 22.7% of total corporate assets.

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June 17, 2005
Study: Does inflation vary with income?, 1992 to 2004
Inflation varied with income at certain points in time between 1992 and 2004, according to a new study. The highest and lowest income groups took turns experiencing higher price increases, but at the end of the 12-year period, their total inflation rates were almost on par.
Complete study:
Does Inflation Vary with Income? (PDF file - 152K, 13 pages)

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June 16, 2005
Government finance: Revenue, expenditure and surplus, 2004/2005
Rising revenues in the wake of strong economic growth pushed the consolidated surplus for all Canadian governments to its highest level in four years during the 2004/05 fiscal year. Canada's federal, provincial, territorial, and local governments (as well as the two major pension plans) recorded a combined surplus of $12.1 billion.

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June 16, 2005
Canada's international transactions in securities, April 2005
Foreign investment in Canadian securities was nominal in April as non-residents purchased $230 million worth over the month. In contrast, Canadian investors continued to invest heavily in foreign securities, acquiring $2.7 billion worth.

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June 15, 2005
Shelters for abused women, 2003/04
Nearly one-third of all women who had sought temporary accommodation in a shelter for abused women on April 14, 2004 had stayed there at some time during the past, according to a new report. On this date, there were 6,109 women and children in such shelters; 82% to escape abuse, often from a current spouse or common law partner.
Complete report:
Transition Homes in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial
Fact Sheets 2003/04
(PDF file - 118K, 34 pages)
(From the StatCan Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics)

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- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/work_life_balance.htm

10. Poverty in Canada seriously underestimated - May 13
(Canadian Council on Social Development, StatsCan)

Poverty in Canada substantially underestimated, reveal statistics (PDF file - 9K, 2 pages)
May 13, 2005
"OTTAWA - There have been hundreds of thousands of more people living on low incomes in Canada than previously thought, reveal revised Statistics Canada figures released Thursday. 'Basically poverty in Canada has been under-reported by the equivalent of a city the size of Winnipeg,' said Peter Bleyer, president of the Canadian Council on Social Development. The number living on what Statistics Canada defines as low incomes was 3.5 million in 2002, 628,000 more than previously reported, he said, noting that pushed the proportion of those living on low incomes to 11.6 per cent from the 9.5 per cent previously thought."
Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

Related Link:

May 12, 2005
Family income, 2003
After five consecutive years of strong growth, average after-tax income reached a plateau for almost every type of family in Canada. After-tax family income remained virtually unchanged for the second year in a row in 2003. (...)
NOTE:
"Every few years, estimates produced by the combined program of the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) and the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) undergo a revision. This year's revision is the result of three modifications. First, all estimates back to 1990 are adjusted to population projections based on the 2001 Census population counts. Next, starting with 1990 estimates, wages and salaries are benchmarked to the distribution of wages and salaries derived from the T4 statement of remuneration paid file. Finally, the 1992-base low-income cutoffs (LICOs) themselves have been revised, resulting from a revision of the 1992 Family Expenditure Survey. SLID and SCF estimates were revised from 1980. Along with the two changes described above, this has an impact on levels of low-income statistics.
For more information see the 2003 Historical revision page on our Web site."

Related Links:

Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID)
Related SLID Links - incl. information for SLID respondents, SLID products and services and technical information (methodology, data dictionary, questionnaires, technical and analytical papers, list of SLID research papers.
Income in Canada 2003 - May 2005 (PDF file - 1MB, 183 pages)
Source:
Statistics Canada

- Go to the Poverty Measures Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

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

From Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:

National Aboriginal Day - June 21st
News Release
June 20, 2005
"The Honourable Andy Scott, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians encourages the celebration of National Aboriginal Day on June 21st, as Canada renews its commitment to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples."

National Aboriginal Day
- incl. links to : Events - History - Products and Resources - Kids' Corner - Minister's National Aboriginal Day Message

- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

12. Review of Canadian Federal Fiscal Forecasting - June 20
(
Department of Finance Canada)

Minister of Finance Tables Study on Government's Economic and Fiscal Forecasting
News Release
June 20, 2005
"Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale today released an independent study by economist Dr. Tim O’Neill of the Government of Canada’s approach to economic and fiscal forecasting used in budget planning. The Minister tabled the study—Review of Canadian Federal Fiscal Forecasting: Processes and Systems—in the House of Commons . 'We commissioned this study last September to get an independent assessment of our economic and fiscal forecasting,' said Minister Goodale."
- includes the text of a letter from Tim O'Neill to the Minister with highlights of the study

Complete report:

Review of Canadian Federal Fiscal Forecasting
Processes and Systems
By Tim O’Neill
June 2005
HTML version
PDF version
(764K, 169 pages)

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm

13. Tax Freedom Day is June 26 (Fraser Institute) - June 24
Tax Freedom Day is "flawed, incoherent and pernicious" - June 16
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the Fraser Institute:

Canadians Celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 26th
News Release
June 24, 2005
"Vancouver, BC - This year, Canadians start working for themselves on June 26th. According to The Fraser Institute’s annual Tax Freedom Day calculations, Canadians worked until June 25th to pay the total tax bill imposed on them by all levels of government."
By Jason Clemens, Director of Fiscal Studies, and Niels Veldhuis, Senior Research Economist

Tax Calculator
"Use the Personal Tax Freedom Day calculator to determine the day you stopped working for government and started working for yourself."

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We Beg to Differ, says CCPA.

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Don’t believe the hype: What’s really behind the Fraser Institute’s “Tax Freedom Day”
News Release
June 16, 2005
"OTTAWA—Each summer the Fraser Institute announces the arrival of 'tax freedom day': the day when Canadians allegedly stop 'working for the government' and start 'working for themselves.' A study by Neil Brooks, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, takes a closer look at Tax Freedom Day and finds that to arrive at this politically loaded and heavily-reported date the Fraser Institute’s calculations understate the income of Canadians, overstate their taxes and misuse the concept of averages."

Tax Freedom Day: A Flawed, Incoherent, and Pernicious Concept (PDF file - 216 K, 27 pages)
By Neil Brooks
"(...)In the guise of helping Canadians to understand their tax system, the Institute presents information that is deeply flawed and misleading — information that in fact seriously limits the public’s ability to understand and participate
meaningfully in the shaping of tax policy." (Excerpt, p.6)

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NOTE: The Tax Freedom Day concept is not a concoction of the Fraser Institute --- follow the Google.ca web and news search results links below to see similar themes from The Tax Foundation in the U.S. and the Adam Smith Institute in the U.K.

"Tax Freedom Day" Google.ca Web Search
"Tax Freedom Day" Google.ca News Search
Source:
Google.ca
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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

14. Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004 - June 16
(Childcare Resource and Research Unit - University of Toronto)

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2004
By Martha Friendly and Jane Beach
6th edition, May 2005, 232 pp.
Released June 16, 2005.

Media Release (PDF file - 40K, 4 pages)
June 16, 2005

"The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has periodically assembled pan Canadian data to produce a national snapshot of early childhood care and education. The sixth edition of Early childhood education and care in Canada presents 2003 and 2004 data. Together with 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2004 data compiled for earlier editions, these data reveal trends in ECEC over more than a decade.

Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada 2004 provides cross-Canada data and information on regulated child care, kindergarten, maternity and parental leave together with relevant demographic information. Provincial/territorial profiles on regulated child care include: varieties of ECEC services; number of spaces; standards and regulations; service monitoring and enforcement; funding; history; and recent developments. The Big Picture section presents cross-Canada table compilations of material topic-by-topic. The Long View presents cross-Canada tables of information on child care since the early 1990s. The report includes an examination of the state of ECEC in Canada, federal ECEC programs, Aboriginal ECEC, and further readings."

Earlier editions:

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2001
Early childhood education and care in Canada 1998

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

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

15. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 24
( University of Toronto)


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

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

24-June-05

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WHAT’S NEW
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>> Presentations from Plan-It Quality: Environments in early learning and child care linking research to policy and practice
Presentations by Bengt-Erik Andersson, Thelma Harms, Margaret Tresch Owen and Gillian Doherty “address the issue of quality in all aspects of a child's environment”.

>> Bilateral agreement on early learning and care between Ontario and Canada: A fact sheet
by Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Fact sheet from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care explains the details of the recent bilateral agreement, discusses what it means for Ontario and suggests next steps.

>> The power of positive change in partnerships: Lessons from Manitoba’s child-centred public policy
by Rob Santos
Keynote presentation by to the Early Childhood Educators of BC’s annual conference discusses the successes and future challenges of child care in Manitoba.

>> Our child care plan
by Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
Policy plan from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of British Columbia sets out 5 key actions to build a high quality, sustainable child care system for BC.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> How Swede it is: Learning from Sweden's perspective on children [SE]
Today’s Parent, 15 Jun 05
"In Sweden, child care (preschool, they call it) seems more about providing a good experience for kids rather than a good future outcome. I think we could learn and borrow much more from Sweden."

>> Quebecers divided on $7 fee for day care[CA-QC]
Montreal Gazette, 22 Jun 05
Quebecers are divided about whether parents should pay more than $7 a day for the popular service, a poll conducted for The Gazette has found.

>> Quebec day care still laudable [CA-QC]
Montreal Gazette, 23 June 05
"Re: "Quebecers divided on $7 fee for day care" (Gazette, June 22). To be universal, a child care system must be both affordable for parents and provide a sufficient number of spaces. Despite a huge increase in the number of spaces in
Quebec, recent elimination of capital funding and other cutbacks is likely to slow continued expansion."

>> Building blocks of an empire [AU]
Courier-Mail, 20 Jun 05
Australia’s biggest corporate child care group ABC Learning Centres has had sand kicked in its face in recent weeks. In contrast to its advertisements of smiling children it has faced images of angry parents and unionists. But the
Brisbane-based company has stuck by its guns and analysts are seeing profitable times ahead.

>> Schools call on more men to be child carers [GB]
Guardian, 19 Jun 05
The British government plans a fivefold increase in the number of male child care workers. National advertising campaigns tailored to men and male-only training courses will be used to recruit the extra staff.

>> Province finishes last in child care spending study [CA-AB]
Edmonton Journal, 17 Jun 05
A new study suggests the Alberta government spends less per child on day care than any other province, leading some critics to question whether programs for toddlers are suffering.

>> Regulated child care spaces rising, but problems persist, report says [CA]
Canadian Press, 16 Jun 05
The number of regulated child care spaces across Canada has picked up significantly since 2001, but there are still gaping holes in the supply of affordable, quality spots, says a new report on the status of the country's programs.

>> Advocates rally for child-care money [CA-SK]
Regina Leader-Post, 16 Jun 05
About 200 child care advocates rallied in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature to voice their concerns over the province's five-year child-care budget that will be announced in December.

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VOICE FOR CHILD CARE
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"We have been clear from the very beginning that we need a national child care program that is worth its salt and that actually will deliver on the principles that so many people have worked on based on research from many jurisdictions in the world. We need a national child care program that will provide a quality product for which we can all be proud and one we will speak to in the same tone as we speak today as Canadians to our health care system and our education system".
Tony Martin, NDP Child Care Critic (MP, Sault Ste Marie). June 14, 2005, House of Commons, Ottawa.

Read the full debate in the House of Commons at:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/38/1/parlbus/chambus/house/debates/115_2005-06-14/HAN115-E.htm#SOB-1347130

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource and Research Unit e-mail news notifier.
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated
"This resource is a collection of useful online readings about current early childhood education and care policy and program delivery issues in each province and territory. Within each jurisdiction, information is organized into three sections: news articles, online documents and useful websites."

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

16. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- June 23, 2005

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Click the link above to see the following U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest - links to over 100 articles on a single page.
This Poverty Dispatch Digest includes two weeks' worth of articles --- that's because I was away last week...

June 23, 2005
Today's subjects include: Lessons for U.S. from Canadian Health Care System - Opinion and Editorial // Private Companies and State Social Services - Michigan // Spread of Poverty - Milwaukee // Health Insurance Plan - Wisconsin // Medicaid - Ohio // Medicaid and Welfare Cuts - Michigan // Health Care Program - Tennessee // Lack of Health Insurance - Idaho // Health Care Costs for Uninsured - Massachusetts // Health Care Costs for Low-Income and Uninsured - Calhoun County, MI // Food Stamp Utilization - Seattle // Social Service Computer Problems - Colorado // Higher Education for Low-Income Students - Wisconsin // No Child Left Behind Act - Indiana, Connecticut // Update on Voucher Schools - Milwaukee // High School 'Graduation Gap' - Pennsylvania

June 20, 2005
Today's subjects include: Child Abuse Incidence - Rural Illinois // Child Support & Nonmarital Births // Economic Hardship & Foreclosure Rates - Massachusetts // Federal Block Grants for Energy Bills - Arizona (Opinion) // Food Banks - California // Fringe Benefits for Low-wage Workers - Minnesota (Opinion) // Health Care Costs - National; Washington // Health Care Funding - Michigan // Health Care for Children - Washington (Opinion) // Health Care for Uninsured Families - Maryland // Health Insurance Plan - Wisconsin // High School Dropout - Southern States (Opinion) // Nonmarital Children & Fathers' Rights - Wisconsin // Poverty - Ohio // Racial Disparity in School Discipline - Wisconsin

June 16, 2005
Today's subjects include: Child Support and Nonmarital Births // Medicaid // Immigrants and Increase in Uninsured // Low-Income Education Insurance // Welfare Reform - Michigan // Cost of Living and Poverty Standard - New Jersey // Medicaid - Wisconsin, Michigan // Health Insurance Plan - Wisconsin // Children's Health Insurance Program - Montana // Child Care Subsidies - Florida // Problems with Social Services Agency - Indiana // Educational Achievement - Wisconsin // No Child Left Behind Act - Virginia and Maryland // Early Childhood Education - Colorado // Update on Voucher Schools - Milwaukee // Food Stamp Error Rates - Milwaukee, WI // Homelessness - Los Angeles

June 13, 2005
Today's subjects include: Struggle to Leave Welfare // Welfare Reform and Education - Opinion // Class Mobility - Opinion // Religious Push to Fight Hunger, Poverty // Report on Head Start // Call for Major Reform of Medicaid // Wal-Mart and State Health Programs - Opinion // Homelessness - Opinion // Welfare Reform, Medicaid, and State Budget - Michigan // Welfare Reform, Housing, and Education - Northwest Indiana // Concern over Welfare Fraud - Santa Clara County, CA // Use of Social Services - Indiana // Aging of Immigrant Population - California // Appeal of Ban on Benefits to Illegal Immigrants - Arizona // Child Support Formula - Minnesota // Child Care and Child Support - New York // Update on Voucher Schools - Milwaukee // Proposed Cuts in Children's Dental Care - Georgia

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- June 9, 2005
- June 2
- May 26
- May 19
- May 12

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to October 2004 , 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- 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

17. CIA: The World Factbook 2005 - June 14
(Central Intelligence Agency)

CIA: The World Factbook 2005
Known to several generations of students as a potentially valuable source of basic information about the various nations of the world, the CIA's World Factbook has been published every year since 1962. Since 1971, the Factbook has been available to the general public, and in recent years, the CIA has made new editions of the work accessible via the Internet. From the homepage, visitors can select various countries of the world and learn some basic facts about each country's history, their geography, their demographics, and their government. As might be expected, the site also contains a gallery of the flags of the world's nations, a number of helpful reference maps, and a history of the World Factbook itself. Finally, visitors can also elect to download the entire World Factbook, if they so desire.
Review by The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.

Canada --- sample country report

The online Factbook is updated periodically throughout the year.
Country information has been updated as of 14 June, 2005.

Source:
Central Intelligence Agency

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



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