Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 26, 2011

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 2,438 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...



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.
60 Years of Income Security & Work (John Stapleton for the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association) - June 2010
2. Who Holds the Family Purse-Strings? (Andrew Jackson in Progressive Economics Forum ) - June 24
3. Ontario Social Assistance Review Commission’s Consultation Calendar (Income Security Advocacy Centre) - June 23
4. [Toronto] SPARmonitor : Social Research Bulletin - June 22, 2011 (City of Toronto Social Development, Finance & Administration)
5. [Toronto] Social Planning Toronto SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - June 23
6. “An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada” re-introduced into Parliament (Canada Without Poverty) - June 22
7. Aboriginal Day - June 21
8. Recent articles from the Globe and Mail:
--- New Statscan survey aims to pinpoint where the jobs are
- June 20
--- Big cities attracting poverty, Statscan data show - June 21
9. [Manitoba]
New legislation strengthens poverty reduction strategy - June 20
10. Spring issue of the International Productivity Monitor + Provincial productivity performance from 1997 to 2007 (Centre for the Study of Living Standards) - May 18
11. Canada’s Economic Action Plan Links - NEW Canadian Social Research Links page
12. Statscan’s budget should be increased by $100-million - and ALL their data should be FREE (The Globe and Mail) - June 20
13. Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent announces new left-wing institute (CBC News) - June 17
14.Comprehensive Policies to Combat Poverty Across Canada, by Province (National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy) - September 2009

15.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Perspectives on Labour and Income, June 2011 online edition - June 24:
------ Immigrants in self-employment
------ The income of immigrants who pursue postsecondary education in Canada
--- Canadian Economic Observer, June 2011 - June 23
--- Employment Insurance, April 2011 - June 23
--- Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2011 - June 22
--- The Income Management Strategies of Older Couples in Canada - June 22
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2010 - June 21
--- Leading indicators, May 2011 - June 21
--- Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets --- Spending on Postsecondary Education - June 21
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, First quarter 2011 - June 20
--- Low Income Lines, 2009-2010 - June 15

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

International content

17. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
18. Recently in the New York Times:
--- An Unfair Burden [on the Poor]- June 24
--- Polling Poverty... and Pessimism - June 25
--- How to Cut Child Poverty in Half - June 13
19. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]




1. 60 Years of Income Security & Work - June 2010
(John Stapleton for the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association)

Ontario

60 Years of Income Security & Work:
What the ‘Big Picture’ & ‘Long Files’ Reveal
(PDF - 909K, 31 pages) *
By John Stapleton for the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association
June 8, 2010
Contents:
• The Big Picture: income programs and jobs
• The long file and the ‘great megatrend’
• The last three big recessions
• Profound Caseload change
• Assets over time
• Social assistance and Minimum wages
• The Welfare diet
• Some tentative conclusions

*NOTE : The link above takes you to a 31-page Powerpoint presentation in a PDF file that I found quite accidentally while doing a Google search.
We all know how cryptic a Powerpoint presentation can be for anyone who wasn't there to hear the presenter expanding on his or her speaking points...

BUT:

The presentation also contains 19 charts, mostly for Ontario only, including some contextual and historical information that you won't find anywhere else, e.g.:
* Income security expenditures by program, Ontario (2008-09)
* Income security expenditures by target recipient, Ontario (2008-09)
* Income security expenditures by level of government and source, Ontario (2008-09)
* Monthly social assistance benefits (single person + single parent with one child), Ontario - 1935 to 2010
Source:
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association

Related link:

Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)

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2. Who Holds the Family Purse-Strings?- June 24
(Andrew Jackson in Progressive Economics Forum )

Who Holds the Family Purse-Strings?
By Andrew Jackson
June 24, 2011
Statscan have released an interesting paper, “The Income Management Strategies of Older Couples in Canada.” It looks at who controls the family finances in couples with one partner aged 45 and over. (They used the age cut off because a special question was added to the General Social Survey which is restricted to that age group.) This is important because most economists (famously, Becker) and policy-makers often assume that income is shared equitably among all members of the household, within which power relations do not exist. Sociologists, historians and feminist economists, by contrast, have long-known that the neo classical assumption that families approximate individuals in their economic behaviour is bunk. (Canadian women economists Shelley Phipps and Frances Woolley have contributed to our understanding of the complex reality of families considered as economic units.)

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

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

3. Ontario Social Assistance Review Commission’s Consultation Calendar - June 23
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Ontario Social Assistance Review
Commission’s Consultation Calendar

June 23, 2011
The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario will be travelling around the province talking to people in eleven communities. The chart on this page shows the communities the Commission will be visiting, the date of their visit, and who you can contact for more information. This calendar will be updated as more information becomes available.
Source:
Social Assistance Review
[ An initiative of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre ]

See also:

Commission for the Review
of Social Assistance in Ontario
Government of Ontario
[ Version française du site ]
Led by Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh, the Commission is charged with examining social assistance in Ontario through engagement, research and analysis to provide the government with a concrete action plan to improve the system for the people who need it.
- includes links to
A Discussion Paper: Issues and Ideas; Summary and Workbook; and a Guide to Hosting a Community Conversation.

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

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

4. SPARmonitor: Social Research Bulletin - June 22, 2011
(City of Toronto Social Development, Finance & Administration)

City of Toronto

NOTE : the bulletin below is produced by Social Development staff in the City of Toronto administration, but its coverage is much broader, even including some national and international content...

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

SPARmonitor:
Social Research Bulletin June 22, 2011
(PDF - 230K, 11 pages)
Table of contents of this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)
* 2009 Performance Measurement and Benchmarking Report
* Toronto's Inner Suburbs, Investing in Social Structure in Scarborough
* Police-Reported Hate Crime in Canada
* War on Drugs
* Making Toronto Safer
* Toronto Immigrant Employment Date Initiative (TIEDI) Labour Force Update
* What are Immigrants’ Experiences of Discrimination in the Workplace?
* The Geography of Immigrant Skills
* A Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries
* What stops us from working?
* Don't Call them "Post-Racial"
* Health Indicators 2011
* 2009 CAMH Monitor e-Report: Addiction and Mental Health Indicators Among Ontario Adults, 1977-2009
* Income of Canadians 2009
Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration ]
[ City of Toronto ]

Bulletin inquiries:
Mila A. Garcia
Research Analyst
mgarcia@toronto.ca

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
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5. Social Planning Toronto SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin - June 23
(Social Planning Toronto)

Social Planning Toronto SOUNDBITES e-Bulletin
June 23, 2011

This issue:
* Social Planning Toronto receives Vital Ideas Award
* Recap on SPT’s June Research & Policy Form: Justice & Equity on the Job
* Fees and Fundraising Update
* Partner News & Events (this is now featured in the right column)
* Worth Repeating: Sell-off of 900 TCHC homes: Facts and options
* Get Involved in Social Planning Toronto
* About Social Planning Toronto
Source:
Social Planning Toronto

SPT Member Organizations
- links to over 130 member organizations in Toronto, from ACCESS EMPLOYMENT to YWCA of Greater Toronto

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

6. “An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada” re-introduced into Parliament - June 22
(Canada Without Poverty)

“An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada” re-introduced into Parliament
Jun 22, 2011 by megan
Following in the footsteps of her NDP predecessors, yesterday MP Jean Crowder(also the critic for human resources and skills development) re-introduced An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada (PDF - 133K, 19 pages. Originally introduced into the House in June last year by former NDP colleague Tony Martin, this Bill would pave the way for a mandated federal poverty strategy, as well as important supports and tools needed to adequately address poverty in this country. Seconded by Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian, this private members Bill is now known as Bill C-233, but contains the same comprehensive plan, and articulate language used in the first iteration.

See our previous blog on the
original Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada
for more details

Canada Without Poverty applauds the re-introduction of this Bill and encourages all Members of Parliament to support its passage into law.

Source:
Canada Without Poverty

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

7. Aboriginal Day - June 21

From the
Government of Canada:

National Aboriginal Day
June 21 - Share in the Celebration!
On June 21st, Canadians from all walks of life are invited to participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events that will be taking place from coast to coast to coast.
- incl. links to:
* Statement by the Honourable John Duncan on National Aboriginal Day
* National Aboriginal Day - Video
* INAC on YouTube
* Calendar of Aboriginal Events – Aboriginal Canada Portal
* Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR)
* National Aboriginal Day – Our Voice, Our Culture, Our Community – Aboriginal Youth Video Project

Source:
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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Statement by the Prime Minister
of Canada on National Aboriginal Day

21 June 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark National Aboriginal Day:
“Today we honour and celebrate Aboriginal peoples in Canada on this, the 15th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.
Source:
Prime Minister of Canada

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From the
Auditor General of Canada:

Chapter 4—Programs for First Nations on Reserves
(...) In our view, many of the problems facing First Nations go deeper than the existing programs’ lack of efficiency and effectiveness. We believe that structural impediments severely limit the delivery of public services to First Nations communities and hinder improvements in living conditions on reserves. We have identified four such impediments:
* lack of clarity about service levels,
* lack of a legislative base,
* lack of an appropriate funding mechanism, and
* lack of organizations to support local service delivery.
Source:
2011 June Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada - June 9, 2011
[ Auditor-General of Canada ]

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Aboriginal Canada Portal (Government site)
The Aboriginal Canada Portal (ACP) is your single window to First Nations, Inuit and Métis on-line resources, contacts, information, and government programs and services in Canada. The Aboriginal Canada Portal is a partnership between Government departments and the Aboriginal community that allows better quality service and information delivery and to the degree possible, ensures that the site continues to evolve with a user-friendly and useful manner.
[ A to Z index ]

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From the
Assembly of First Nations (AFN):

Assembly of First Nations celebrates National Aboriginal Day
News Release
June 21, 2011
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo released the following statement in recognition of National Aboriginal Day:
“On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations and the AFN Executive, today we pay tribute to all Indigenous peoples and cultures in Canada. By celebrating First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples, cultures and traditions, National Aboriginal Day brings hope and opportunity for a new relationship between the Indigenous Peoples of this country and the rest of Canadians..."
Source:
Assembly of First Nations
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. There are over 630 First Nation's communities in Canada. The AFN Secretariat, is designed to present the views of the various First Nations through their leaders in areas such as: Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Economic Development, Education, Languages and Literacy, Health, Housing, Social Development, Justice, Taxation, Land Claims, Environment, and a whole array of issues that are of common concern which arise from time to time.

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From the
National Post:

Clement might look in mirror
By John Ivison
June 10, 2011
(...)
The education gap with the general population has widened, the housing shortage has increased and more than half the drinking water systems on reserves still pose a significant risk. (...) The report made clear that the Auditor-General's office does not hold the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in high regard, pointing out that it took the department six years to respond to a previous audit recommendation.
Source:
National Post

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From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees:

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in solidarity on National Aboriginal Day
June 21, 2011
CUPE is proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21 with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters across the country. The important date celebrates the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

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Google Web Search Results : "Aboriginal Day, Canada"
Google News Search Results : "Aboriginal Day, Canada "
Google Blog Search Results : "Aboriginal Day, Canada "
Source:
Google.ca

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Aboriginal peoples in Canada
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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From the CBC:

National Aboriginal Day

In Depth: Aboriginal Canadians

The Battle for Aboriginal Treaty Rights

Source:
CBC Aboriginal Website
"CBC ABORIGINAL features current and archival content with accompanying history and background to topical issues. Content includes weekly news stories, art and culture insights, regional content, on-line polls and profiles of aboriginal personalities."

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

8. Recent articles from the Globe and Mail:
--- New Statscan survey aims to pinpoint where the jobs are
- June 20
--- Big cities attracting poverty, Statscan data show - June 21

New Statscan survey aims to pinpoint where the jobs are
By Tavia Grant
June 20, 2011
Details on Canadian job-seekers are abundant, ranging from where they live to their age and gender to how long they’ve been out of work. But relatively little is known about the demand side of the equation – the employers with current job openings. That’s about to change. Statistics Canada plans to launch a new monthly job-vacancy survey this fall, a move that will shed light on a key aspect of the labour market that has long puzzled economists and policy makers: where the jobs are.

[ 7 comments ]

Related G&M articles:
* Unemployment rates in Canada
* Gaping holes in our knowledge of the labour market
* Five key trends likely to shape the world of work in coming years

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Big cities attracting poverty, Statscan data show
By Heather Scoffield
June 21, 2011
Canada’s biggest urban areas are stuck in a rut of persistent poverty, while mid-sized cities are gaining ground despite the recent recession, new data from Statistics Canada show. The metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have poverty rates far above the national average, details of a report on income in Canada in 2009 show.

[ 18 comments ]

Related G&M articles:
* One in 10 Canadians is a low-income earner, Statscan says
* Residents of Toronto public housing four times more likely to be murder victims

Source:
Globe and Mail

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

9. [Manitoba] New legislation strengthens poverty reduction strategy - June 20

Manitoba:

June 9, 2011
Job training, children's opti-care, transit assistance
among new initiatives to help Manitobans escape welfare

Fourteen new initiatives under the province’s ALL Aboard poverty-reduction strategy, including a Children's Opti-care plan, will help more Manitobans get off and stay off welfare, Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh, Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, and Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.
Source:
Government of Manitoba News Releases

Also from the
Government of Manitoba:

New legislation strengthens poverty reduction strategy (PDF - 295K, 3 pages)
Backgrounder
June 20, 2011
WINNIPEG
On Friday, June 17th, the Manitoba legislature passed important legislation that will give some authority to the government’s poverty reduction strategy. The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act will create the means to define, monitor and enforce what the government does to deal with poverty and social exclusion. This act was embedded in Bill 51, The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2011.

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

10. Spring issue of the International Productivity Monitor + Provincial productivity performance from 1997 to 2007 - May 18
(Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

Announcements & Recent Releases from the
Centre for the Study of Living Standards:

On May 18, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released the Spring issue of the International Productivity Monitor. This issue contains five articles on: productivity and economic growth in Europe; productivity growth in the Canadian transportation equipment industry; differences in the provinces’ productivity performance over the 1997-2007 period; parallels between Latin America’s and Canada’s productivity performance; and the effects of the ageing of the workforce on productivity.
[ Related press release (small PDF file) ]

On May 18, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released ten reports outlining the productivity performance of each province over the 1997-2007 period .

The reports discuss growth rates and levels of labour, capital, and multifactor productivity for the provinces’ market sector as a whole, as well as at the two-digit NAICS level.
[ Synthesis of the ten reports - (April 2011 - PDF file - 1.5MB, 170 pages) ]
Source:
Centre for the Study of Living Standards
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards is a non-profit, national, independent organization that seeks to contribute to a better understanding of trends in and determinants of productivity, living standards and economic and
social well-being through research.

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

11.Canada’s Economic Action Plan Links - NEW Canadian Social Research Links page

NEW page on this website:

Canada’s Economic Action Plan Links
===> 175+ links
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Harper™ Economic Action Plan but were afraid to ask...
- incl. links to ActionPlan.gc.ca - a sub-site of Finance Canada, to all seven reports to Canadians PLUS analysis and critique of The Plan as it was "rolled out" across Canada (but especially in Tony Clement's riding)...

COMMENT (by Gilles):
Information about the various phases and elements of the Economic Plan
was dispersed across too many pages on this site, so I created a separate page to group all links pertaining to The Plan going back to the 2009 federal budget.

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- Go to Canada’s Economic Action Plan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/economic_action_plan.htm

12. Statscan’s budget should be increased by $100-million - and ALL their data should be FREE- June 20
(The Globe and Mail)

Statscan’s budget should be increased by $100-million
By Stephen Gordon
June 20, 2011
The federal government is going to spend the year doing a program review, with an eye to identifying places where spending can be cut. And it may well be that many of the services provided by the federal governments should be left to the private sector. But there is one agency where a thoughtful program review would recommend increasing funding: Statistics Canada.
(...)
A trip to the [U.S. Government] websites of the Bureau of Economic Analysis or the Bureau of Labor Statistics will get you a wealth of data at the price of a couple of mouse clicks. And over at the Census Bureau, fees only seem to be incurred by those whose projects require working at their offices in Washington. Things are different in Canada. If you go looking for data at the Statistics Canada website, you end up looking at a price list. (...)
One of the core competencies of any government is to provide public goods, and that includes publicly-produced databases.

Access to those data should be free, and Statistics Canada’s budget should be increased by the $100-million it would cost to take down its paywall. (bolding added)

Source:
Globe and Mail

COMMENT (by Gilles):

Excellent suggestion!!
That's pretty much what many people and organizations have been demanding for at least the past decade.
See, for example, the website of my friend Tracey Lauriault:
datalibre.ca - "urging governments to make data about canada and canadians free and accessible to citizens"
The data is collected using Canadian tax-payer funds, and we believe use of the data should not be restricted to those who can afford the exorbitant fees.
[ datalibre.ca's OpenData Links & Resources - the BEST list on the open data movement! ]

Kudos to the Globe and Mail for even suggesting that StatCan should make all of its data available for free!
In the real world, though, Stephen Harper and His Majority can do whatever they bloody well want, knowing how easy it was for them to deep-six the long form Census questionnaire on ideological grounds. Steve and His Majority are firm in their belief that ideology trumps evidence-based research.
Looks like he's correct, at least for the next four years...

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

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

13. Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent announces new left-wing institute - June 17
(CBC News)

Broadbent announces new left-wing institute
By Laura Payton
June 17, 2011
Former NDP leader Ed Broadbent is setting up a new institute to explore social democratic policy and ideas. The think tank, named for Broadbent, will reach out to social democrat-leaning academics for their ideas, provide education and train activists, but be independent from the party, he announced Friday. (...) It's not clear how the institute will be funded, although Broadbent said it will operate as an NGO. (...) He hopes to have the Broadbent Institute running by the fall. Broadbent made the announcement just before the NDP kicked off its convention in Vancouver, celebrating its 50th year of existence and its new status as the Official Opposition to the governing Conservatives.

[ 60 comments ]

Source:
CBC News

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14. Comprehensive Policies to Combat Poverty Across Canada, by Province - September 2009
(National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy)

Comprehensive Policies to
Combat Poverty Across Canada, by Province

NOTE: I stumbled across this September 2009 comparative analysis of the antipoverty policies of all Canadian jurisdictions as of the summer of 2009. It's not the most timely analysis, because there have been many new developments since 2009, but I highly recommend this analysis nonetheless. It's an excellent comparison of the existing measures across jurisdictions, in table format.

Comprehensive Policies to
Combat Poverty Across Canada, by Province
(PDF - 315K, 18 pages)
September 2009
By Anika Mendel
[ Version française - fichier PDF - 310Ko., 18 pages]
 "(...)The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy has conducted a scan of comprehensive laws and strategies. This refers to legislation, plans or strategies “that are multifaceted, crossing program areas and jurisdictions. This scan seeks to provide a descriptive overview of existing comprehensive antipoverty policies, and to guide the reader towards these policy documents and analyses of them. It also aims to provoke discussion concerning current and future policy responses to poverty."


Source:
National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
[ Institut national de santé publique - English home page]
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[ Centre de collaboration nationale sur les politiques publiques et la santé ]
[ Institut national de santé publique - page d'accueil en français ]

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

15. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Perspectives on Labour and Income, June 2011 online edition - June 24:
------ Immigrants in self-employment
------ The income of immigrants who pursue postsecondary education in Canada
--- Canadian Economic Observer, June 2011 - June 23
--- Employment Insurance, April 2011 - June 23
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Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2011 - June 22
--- The Income Management Strategies of Older Couples in Canada - June 22
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2010 - June 21
--- Leading indicators, May 2011 - June 21
--- Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets --- Spending on Postsecondary Education - June 21
--- Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, First quarter 2011 - June 20
--- Low Income Lines, 2009-2010 - June 15

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

June 24, 2011
Perspectives on Labour and Income, June 2011 online edition
The June 2011 online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income, released today, features two items:

Immigrants in self-employment
[ HTML ] [ PDF ]
... looks at how self-employed immigrants differ from their non-immigrant counterparts across a number of personal and job characteristics. It also compares the reasons immigrants and non-immigrants report for entering and staying in self-employment.

The income of immigrants who pursue postsecondary education in Canada
[ HTML ] [ PDF ]
... examines a cohort of immigrants who were between 25 and 44 years of age when they arrived in Canada in 1998 and 1999. Changes in their employment income over an eight-year period are studied based on whether these individuals pursued postsecondary education in Canada.

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
This publication brings together and analyzes a wide range of labour and income data. Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income.
[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.


June 23, 2011
Canadian Economic Observer, June 2011
Sections
Tables
Charts
Appendices
User information
Related products
Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]


June 23, 2011
Employment Insurance, April 2011
In April, 598,400 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, down by 6,500 (-1.1%) from March and the seventh consecutive monthly decline.

- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Related link:

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps, April 2011
- change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations.
- incl. Intro to maps + link to April 2011 maps [in the left margin]
Source:
Employment Insurance Statistics Maps - Product main page*
Set of maps presenting Employment Insurance Statistics. The maps show the percentage change in the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs), using 2001 Census geography. Data are also shown in a tabular format.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects
o Labour
o Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
o Non-wage benefits

[ earlier editions of this report ]


June 22, 2011
Canada's population estimates, first quarter 2011
As of April 1, 2011, Canada's population was estimated at 34,349,200, up 70,800 (+0.2%) from January 1, 2011. Alberta registered the fastest first-quarter increase (+0.4%) in the country.


June 22, 2011
The Income Management Strategies of Older Couples in Canada
Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series
By Christine Laporte and Grant Schellenberg
Abstract
Executive summary
Main article
Tables
Appendices
User information
PDF version

Source:
The Income Management Strategies of Older Couples in Canada - main product page*
In this study, the income management strategies of Canadian couples are examined using data from the 2007 General Social Survey. The extent to which "older" couples, in which at least one spouse or partner is aged 45 or older, employ an allocative, pooled, or separate strategy is explored. Results show that the income management strategies used by these couples are correlated with relationship characteristics, such as common-law status, duration of relationship, and the presence of children. As well, the likelihood of using a separate approach is positively correlated with levels of educational attainment and with the amount of income received by wives or female partners.

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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue
of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues of Analytical Studies Branch papers.


June 21, 2011
Canadian Community Health Survey, 2010
In 2010, 6 in 10 Canadians, or 17.3 million people, aged 12 and older assessed their health as very good or excellent. At the same time, new data indicated some shifts in the health of the population.


June 21, 2011
Leading indicators, May 2011
The composite leading index rose 1.0% in May after a 0.9% increase in April. The May increase equaled the largest advance this year. In comparison, the composite leading index rose 0.4% as recently as December 2010. In May, 9 of the 10 components increased, 1 more than the month before, while 1 declined. The manufacturing sector showed the largest improvement from the previous month.

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
* Current conditions
* Economic accounts
* Leading indicators


June 21, 2011
Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets
Spending on Postsecondary Education
June 2011
Tables & charts:
* A brief outline of three surveys that provide data for Indicator B2: Public and private expenditures on education
* Household expenditures, all households and those reporting expenditures for postsecondary tuition, Canada and provinces, 2009
* Average undergraduate and graduate university tuition fees, full-time Canadian students, Canada and provinces, 2008/2009
* University revenues from private sources (including student fees) and government sources, as proportions of total university revenues, Canada and provinces, 2008/2009
Source:
Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets - Product main page*
The fact sheets in this series provide an "at-a-glance" overview of particular aspects of education in Canada and summarize key data trends in selected tables published as part of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP). The PCEIP mission is to publish a set of statistical measures on education systems in Canada for policy makers, practitioners and the general public to monitor the performance of education systems across jurisdictions and over time.
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[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]


June 20, 2011
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review, First quarter 2011
* GDP by income and by expenditure
* GDP by industry
* Balance of international payments
* Financial flows
* Labour productivity
* International investment position
* National balance sheet accounts

Source:
Canadian Economic Accounts Quarterly Review - main product page*
This publication presents an overview of the economic developments reported in Canada's national accounts for the most recent quarter. The overview covers several broad areas: 1) gross domestic product (GDP) by income and by expenditure; 2) GDP by industry; 3) balance of international payments accounts; 4) labour productivity and other related variables; 5) international investment position; and, 6) national balance
Click View for the latest issue of this periodical; click Chronological index for earlier editions.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]


June 15, 2011
Low Income Lines, 2009-2010
HTML version <=== Click this link for detailed information on each of the three measures listed below.
PDF version (1.8MB, 39 pages)
In order to provide a holographic or complete picture of low income, Statistics Canada uses three complementary low income lines:
- the Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs)
- the Low Income Measures (LIMs)
- the Market Basket Measure (MBM)

StatCan always takes great pains to emphasize that "these measures are not measures of poverty, but strictly measures of low income."
StatCan has been consistently repeating that disclaimer since Ivan Fellegi, Chief Statistician of Canada, posted the following edict on his agency's website in 1997:

"On poverty and low income" - by Ivan Fellegi (1997)
- explains why his agency's low income cut-offs should not be used as the "official" poverty line for Canada.

How can LICOs, LIMs and the MBM can be measures of low income without being measures of poverty?
(A rose is a rose is a rose, no?...)

Related link:

Not allowed to talk about poverty
Posted by Marc Lee
June 25, 2011
BC Stats put out a release yesterday with the headline Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs) are a Poor Measure of Poverty (small PDF file) and author Dan Schrier gets in a dirty hit right in first paragraph:

"Despite protestations from Statistics Canada that LICOs are not meant to be used as a measure of poverty, there are many groups that insist on using them for exactly that purpose."

We’ve heard this before from Statscan, it is not a new line. But it is perhaps the most bogus argument ever. I have no problem with someone criticizing the shortcomings of the LICO, because no measure of a complex phenomenon like poverty is going to be perfect. There are Low Income Measures (LIMs) and Market-Based Measures (MBMs) too, though they tend to draw the same conclusions about the numbers. In the absence of an official poverty line and numbers, these are what academics and NGOs working on poverty issues will use.
Source:
Progressive Economics Forum


The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

June 26, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Early childhood education and care in Toronto: Funding the future
22 Jun 2011
Paper by CRRU Executive Director Martha Friendly for the City of Toronto provides background research on child care funding models, reviews current ECEC funding arrangements and makes recommendations to both the provincial and municipal governments.

Early education economic forum
24 Jun 2011
Video and slides available from recent Atkinson Centre forum; presentations by Pierre Fortin and Robert Fairholm, panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lars Osberg.

Is universal child care leveling the playing field? Evidence from non-linear difference-in-differences
22 Jun 2011
Discussion paper from the Institute for the Study of Labor describes a study that investigated "how the introduction of large-scale, publicly subsidized child care in Norway affected the earnings distribution of exposed children as adults".

"I should have applied before I was pregnant": How child care in Toronto fails mothers
22 Jun 2011
Report from the Mothers' Task Force on Child Care presents the findings from a community consultation and survey of mothers on what works and what doesn't in child care in Toronto.

Council conclusions on early childhood education and care: Providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow
22 Jun 2011
Document adopted by the Council of the European Union calls on Member States to "analyse and evaluate existing ECEC services at local, regional and national level in terms of their availability, affordability and quality".

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Mothers demand more affordable child care
22 Jun 2011
Ontario

Quebec's child care scheme pays for itself : economist
22 Jun 2011
Quebec

Governments are failing families
22 Jun 2011
Canada

The difference a day makes
22 Jun 2011
British Columbia

More early education suggested
22 Jun 2011
International

MORE Child care in the news

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Links to child care
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CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 24:
States and Cuts to Safety Net Programs
Medicaid Costs - Colorado
Housing Subsidies - Britain
Extension of Jobless Benefits - Wisconsin

June 23:
Medicaid Cuts and Job Losses
Racial Achievement Gap

June 22:
Urban Poverty - Canada
Universal Meal Service Pilot Program
State Budgets and Programs for the Poor - Pennsylvania
Low-Income Workers and Retirement Savings - UK

June 21:
Extension of Jobless Benefits
Census Poverty Data - Minnesota
Senior Community Service Employment Program

June 20:
Summer Meal Programs - California
State Minimum Wage - New Hampshire
Foster Care and Family Placements
Education Funding - North Carolina

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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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

18. Recently in the New York Times:
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An Unfair Burden [on the Poor]- June 24
--- Polling Poverty... and Pessimism - June 25
--- How to Cut Child Poverty in Half - June 13

Recently in
the New York Times:

An Unfair Burden [on the Poor]
Editorial
June 24, 2011
For all of the economic hardship of the last several years, there was reason to hope that the nation could avoid a crushing increase in the number of Americans living in poverty. That hope is fading fast. In 2008, amid a deepening recession, a Census Bureau measure showed that the number of poor Americans rose by 1.7 million to nearly 47.5 million. In 2009, thanks in large part to the Obama stimulus, the rise in poverty was halted — a significant accomplishment at a time of worsening unemployment. When data for 2010 are released in the fall, poverty is expected to have stayed in check because the stimulus, including aid to states and bolstered unemployment benefits, was still in effect last year. This year and next are a different story. The stimulus is waning and Republicans are targeting poverty-fighting programs for deep cuts. Obama officials have said that low-income programs will not be automatically cut to fit a preconceived target from the debt-limit talks, but there is no guarantee they will stick to that position.

[ 98 Comments ]

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Polling Poverty... and Pessimism
June 25, 2011

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How to Cut Child Poverty in Half
By Nancy Folbre
June 13, 2011
Cutting child poverty in half sounds like a magician’s trick, or some miracle of rapid economic growth. But Britain has used standard policy tools to reduce its child-poverty rate by more than half since 1994 and has effectively defended this progress against the pressures of the Great Recession. By contrast, the child poverty rate has trended upward in the United States since 2000, and children have proved economically vulnerable to increased unemployment. Most other rich countries rate higher on indicators of child well-being than either Britain or the United States. But we have more in common with Britain than most other countries, and rightfully pay closer attention to it.
[Nancy Folbre is an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.]

Source:
New York Times

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

19. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

22 June 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1230
In this issue:
Complaints Mechanism adopted : UN Human Rights Council adopts complaints mechanism for children
Setting new precedents:
– Domestic Workers Convention
– Business and Human Rights
– Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Latest news and reports
- State neglect: China
- Discrimination: Japan
- Right to remain silent: United States
- Evicting the homeless: Haiti
- An excessive resort: England & Wales
- Corporal punishment: New publication!
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

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

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

 


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Lake Superior State University
2011 List of Banished Words
     
VIRAL
Often used to describe the spreading of items on the Internet i.e. 'The video went viral.' It is overused.


EPIC
More than one nominator says the use of 'epic' has become an epic annoyance.
Over-use of the word 'epic' has reached epic proportions.


FAIL
What originally may have been a term for a stockbroker's default is now abused by today's youth as virtually any kind of 'failure. Whether it is someone tripping, a car accident, a costumed character scaring the living daylights out a kid, or just a poor choice in fashion, these people drive me crazy thinking that anything that is a mistake is a 'fail.' They fail proper language!


WOW FACTOR
This buzzword is served up with a heaping of cliché factor and a side order of irritation. But the lemmings from cable-TV cooking, whatever design and fashion shows keep dishing it out. I miss the old days when 'factor' was only on the math-and-science menu.


A-HA MOMENT
All this means is a point at which you understand something or something becomes clearer. Why can't you just say that?


BACK STORY
This should be on the list of words that don't need to exist because a perfectly good word has been used for years. In this case, the word is 'history,' or, for those who must be weaned, 'story.'


BFF
"These chicks call each other BFF (Best Friends Forever) and it lasts about 10 minutes. Now there's BFFA (Best Friends For Awhile), which makes more sense." Kate Rabe Forgach, Ft. Collins, Colo.


REFUDIATE
Adding this word to the English language simply because a part-time politician lacks a spell checker on her cell phone is an action that needs to be repudiated.


MAMA GRIZZLIES
Unless you are referring to a scientific study of Ursus arctos horribilis , this analogy of right-wing female politicians should rest in peace.


THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
These politicians in Congress say 'the American People' as part of what seems like every statement they make! I see that others have noticed it, too, as various websites abound, including an entry on Wikipedia.


I'M JUST SAYIN'
'A phrase used to diffuse any ill feelings caused by a preceded remark,' according to the Urban Dictionary. Do we really need a qualifier at the end of every sentence? People feel uncomfortable with a comment that was made and then 'just sayin'' comes rolling off the tongue? It really doesn't change what was said, I'm just sayin'.


FACEBOOK / GOOGLE as verbs
Facebook is a great, addicting website. Google is a great search engine. However, their use as verbs causes some deep problems. As bad as they are, the trend can only get worse, i.e. 'I'm going to Twitter a few people, then Yahoo the movie listings and maybe Amazon a book or two.


LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
It's an absurdity followed by a redundancy. First, things are full or they're not; there is no fullest. Second, 'live life' is redundant. Finally, the expression is nauseatingly overused. What's wrong with enjoying life fully or completely?

Source:
http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php

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Click this before buying overpriced HDMI cables for your TV:
http://imgur.com/r/reddit.com/CuSX0

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Killer Queen by FreddeGredde and his seven clones (video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o57xEVHrYvE

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Radio stations
http://www.windowsmedia.com/radioui/home.aspx

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Grooveshark
http://grooveshark.com/
Never buy another record again!!
("What's a "record"?)

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25 Hottest Urban Legends
http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp
This page compiles the 25 urban legends currently circulating most widely, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage. Check this page before forwarding the latest "INTERNET WARNING!!!" to everyone in your email contacts list.

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Sgt. Reckless, Korean War Hero... Horse.
http://www.neatorama.com/2011/06/25/sgt-reckless-the-korean-war-hero-horse/