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.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
National Disability Savings advertising campaign launched
(Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - July 6
2. Québec Handy Numbers, 2009 Edition - Revised April 2009 (Institut statistique du Québec)
3. What's new at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University (IIGR)
--- Call for Paper Proposals : 2009 Special Series on the Federal Dimensions of Reform of the Supreme Court of Canada
--- All IIGR publications back to 1976 are now available free online in the Publications Archive
--- summer reading list : IIGR Working Papers
4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2008 - July 23
--- Study: Guaranteed Income Supplement update, 2006 - July 22
--- Barriers to training access - July 22
--- Gambling - July 22
--- Police-reported crime statistics, 2008 - July 21
--- Incarceration of Aboriginal people in adult correctional services - July 21
5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - July 26
6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage
of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University
7. U.S. Health Care Reform : an update (Wellesley Institute) - July 21
8. Australian Policy Online
a great week!
Canadian Social Research Links
1. National Disability
Savings advertising campaign launched - July 6
Disability Savings advertising campaign launched July 6
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has launched a new advertising campaign about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), Canada Disability Savings Grant and Canada Disability Savings Bond, which help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. The campaign consists of two short radio spots (click the above link to access the transcripts and the MP3 audio files) and a one-page poster (see below) referring people to the Disability Savings website.
Helping people with disabilities save for the future
PDF version (651K, 1 page)
"The Government of Canada has now made available the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) to help people with disabilities, under 60 years of age, who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit. A matching Canada Disability Savings Grant of up to $3,500 per year will be paid on eligible contributions made to an RDSP. The Government of Canada will also contribute a Canada Disability Savings Bond of up to $1,000 per year to the RDSPs of eligible low-and modest-income Canadians, even if no contribution is made.
For more information on eligibility:
Go to Disability Savings:
Or call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
TTY users may call 1-800-926-9105."
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada(HRSDC)
Also from HRSDC's Disability Savings page:
of RDSPs under provincial/territorial welfare programs
Updated to July 2009
In the determination of financial eligibility for needs-tested welfare or disability benefits, each province and territory decides how it will treat assets and income from various sources, both at the point of application and on an ongoing basis. This page provides a current overview of the treatment of the RDSP in all Canadian provinces and territories, and it includes links to the relevant source material in each jurisdiction.
links from the
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network:
Registered Disability Savings Plan
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a savings plan designed specifically for people with disabilities in Canada. The first of its kind in the world, this new tax-deferred savings vehicle will assist families in planning for the long - term financial security of their relatives with disabilities.
- incl. links to * What is it? * How do I qualify * Where do I get it?
[ Registered Disability Savings Plan Blog- "...everything you wanted to know about the RDSP" ]
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is a non-profit organization, established in 1989 by and for families committed to future planning and securing a good life for their relative with a disability.
PLAN is the non-profit organization that proposed, researched, and campaigned for the RDSP.
PLAN created and maintains the RDSP website and the RDSP Blog.
Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
Handy Numbers, 2009 Edition - Revised April 2009
Handy Numbers, 2009 Edition (PDF - 1.8MB, 60 pages)
[link revised August 1]
Revised April 2009
Each year the Institut de la statistique du Québec publishes this practical brochure, which collates basic statistical information about Québec society. Québec Handy Numbers contains a wide range of demographic and economic data for Québec as a whole, as well as some illustrations to help clarify the reading. In addition, the last section, entitled “Regions at a Glance”, provides an overview of the 17 administrative regions.
NOTE: on page 16, you'll find the following welfare
("Last-Resort Financial Assistance") statistics for 2001, 2007 and 2009:
* Total benefits paid for adults / children
* Average benefits paid for adults / children
* Number of Households (cases)
* Average benefits paid per household
Institut statistique du Québec (English home page)
- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm
Québec chiffres en main, édition 2009 (PDF - 1,6Mo,
Révisé le 31 mars 2009
L’Institut de la statistique du Québec publie chaque année cette brochure de format pratique qui réunit l’information statistique de base relative à la société québécoise. Le Québec chiffres en main présente un grand nombre de données sur la population et l’activité économique à l’échelle du Québec, ainsi que quelques fi gures pour en éclairer la lecture. Par ailleurs, la dernière section, intitulée « Coup d’oeil régional », effectue un survol des 17 régions administratives.
Institut statistique du Québec
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm
new at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University (IIGR)
of Intergovernmental Relations
The Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University is Canada's premier university-based centre for research on all aspects of federalism and intergovernmental relations, both in Canada and in countries around the world.
The IIGR has launched a
2009 working paper series on the Federal Dimensions of Reform of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Institute is proud to announce that all IIGR publications since 1976
have now been made freely available in PDF format in the Publications Archive:
* Aboriginal Peoples and Constitutional Reform Series
* Annual Reports
* Dean's Conference on Law and Policy
* Discussion Papers
* Reflection Papers
* Research Papers
* Social Union Series
* State of the Federation Series
3. More summer reading list material, in
case you live in Central Canada like me and
you're looking for something to do inside during the never-ending monsoon season
that is the *#^$@ summer of 2009:
* The Watts Collection
* Fiscal Imbalance Series
* Spending Power Series
* Public Health Series
* Asymmetric Federalism Series
* Interdependence of Democracy Initiatives and Federalism Initiatives Series
* Senate Reform Series
* Special Series on the Federal Dimensions of Reform of the Supreme Court of Canada
* Council of the Federation Series
* Miscellaneous Papers
- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm
New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2008
"In 2008, 571,800 unemployed individuals had contributed to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and had had a job separation that was deemed valid. Of those, 82.2% had worked enough hours to be eligible to receive regular EI benefits."
[ NOTE: In the third paragraph of the report summary, we are told that "[t]hese 571,800 unemployed individuals accounted for 52.2% of the 1.1 million unemployed Canadians." ]
- includes three tables showing coverage and eligibility of the unemployed for regular Employment Insurance benefits and maternity or parental benefits from 2003 to 2008.
The other side of the coin:
Employment Insurance in the Great Recession (PDF - 41K, 5 pages)
Michael Mendelson, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
Belt-tightening changes made to Employment Insurance in the 1990s have decimated the program’s coverage over the years and substantially reduced the value of payments. Today only three in ten unemployed Canadians receive regular EI benefits in contrast to eight in ten in the last recession, in 1990.
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Monitoring and Assessment Report 2008
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada(HRSDC)
NOTE: numbers will differ between StatCan's 2008 EI coverage report and the EI assessment report "...because StatCan uses seasonally unadjusted data on unemployment and EI beneficiaries, while HRSDC uses seasonally adjusted unemployment data. StatCan uses seasonally unadjusted data on EI beneficiaries because they prefer to use comparable seasonally unadjusted data for unemployment."
Links to more
reports about EI:
- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm
Perspectives on Labour and Income
July 2009 issue
- includes links to the articles below on the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) takeup rate, barriers to training and gambling.
PDF version (1.8MB, 30 pages - includes all three articles below)
Perspectives on Labour and Income main page - click "Chronological index" for earlier issues of this magazine
Guaranteed Income Supplement update, 2006
More seniors who are eligible for Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefits are actually receiving them, as both take-up rates and application rates have improved. The GIS was established in 1967 as an additional benefit for low-income seniors receiving the Old Age Security pension. (...) Increases in both the GIS take-up rate and application rate between 2000 and 2006 coincided with a number of reforms by the federal government to simplify the application process. Since 2007, seniors have needed to apply only once to receive GIS payments for all years of eligibility, provided they file tax returns. This marks a significant change from the study period, when eligible seniors were required to re-apply if they lost eligibility during one or more years because of an increase in income. [ More... ]
Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) update
By May Juong
* Full article:
--- HTML version
--- PDF version (141K, 9 pages)
Related StatCan subjects:
o Income, pensions, spending and wealth
o Household, family and personal income
o Low income and inequality
o Income, pensions and wealth
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm
Barriers to training access
By Gordon B. Cooke et al.
* Full article:
--- HTML version
--- PDF version (151K, 12 pages)
Abstract: Workers at the low end of the earnings scale, workers with less education, non-unionized workers and women are all less likely than other workers to receive employer-sponsored training. But they are also less likely to decline it when it is offered. Within each of the first three categories, women lag behind men in receiving training. Controlling for various individual, job and workplace characteristics helps explain some of these persistent labour market differences between men and women.
PDF version (505K, 5 pages)
* Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals (VLTs), casinos and slot machines not in casinos rose steadily from $2.73 billion in 1992, before levelling off and remaining at over $13 billion since 2005, but then dropping for the first time in 2008, to $13.67 billion from $13.70 in 2007.1
* Average gambling revenue per person 18 and over in 2008 ranged from $114 in the three territories to $825 in Saskatchewan, with a national average of $528.2
* Compared with workers in non-gambling industries, those in gambling were more likely to be non-unionized (74% versus 69%), paid by the hour (81% versus 65%), and paid less ($19.85 hourly versus $21.30) and receiving tips at their job (33% versus 7%).
- incl. Tables and Charts:
Table 1 Gambling revenues and profits
Table 2 Characteristics of workers
Table 3 Characteristics of jobs
Table 4 Household expenditures on gambling activities
Table 5 Household expenditure on all gambling activities by income groups, 2007
Chart A Net revenue from government-run gambling has increased steadily
Chart B Growth in gambling has leveled off
gambling revenues dropped last year; Manitoba has most gamblers
By Chinta Puxley (CP)
July 23, 2009
WINNIPEG — Statistics Canada says gambling revenues in 2008 dropped for the first time in 16 years as Canadians pumped less cash into lottery tickets, horse racing and video lottery terminals.The number of households involved in at least one gambling activity also dropped across the country - from 74 per cent in 2000 to 52 per cent in 2007, says a study released Wednesday. Some of the study's figures are for 2007 and some are for 2008.
The Canadian Press
- Go to the Social Costs of Gambling Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gambling.htm
Juristat - July 2009 issue
- includes links to the articles below on police-reported crime statistics in Canada in 2008 and the incarceration of Aboriginal people in adult correctional services in 2007/2008.
Police-reported crime statistics, 2008
Police-reported crime in Canada continued to decline in 2008. Both the traditional crime rate and the new Crime Severity Index fell 5%, meaning that both the volume of police-reported crime and its severity decreased. Violent crime also dropped, but to a lesser extent.
[ Highlights ]
[ Full article in HTML ]
[ Full article in PDF- 977K, 37 pages) ]
Incarceration of Aboriginal people in adult correctional services
In 2007/2008, Aboriginal adults accounted for 22% of admissions to sentenced custody, while representing 3% of the Canadian population. Age, level of education, and employment status can only partially explain the representation of Aboriginal adults incarcerated in Canadian prisons, according to a new study that used data from the Integrated Correctional Service Survey and the 2006 Census to analyze factors that could be contributing to the representation of Aboriginal adults in custody.
- includes two tables:
* Aboriginal people as a proportion of admissions to adult provincial/territorial sentenced custody, and as a proportion of the general population, 2007/2008
* Incarceration rates for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal persons aged 20 to 34, by employment and education status, selected jurisdictions, on May 16, 2006
[ Highlights ]
[ Full article in HTML ]
[ Full article in PDF- 496K, 27 pages) ]
Juristat main page - click "Chronological index" for earlier issues of this magazine
* Recently released analytical studies on crime and justice
* Statistics by subject: Crime and justice
* Tables by subject: Crime and justice
Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
- Go to the First Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm
The Daily Archives
- select a year and month from the drop-down menu to view releases in chronological
[ Statistics Canada ]
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
5. What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto)
What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
July 26, 2009
child a better future, Public Kindergarten Commissioner report
22 Jul 09
- Report by the Public Kindergarten Commissioner outlining a vision for full-day kindergarten in the public school system in Prince Edward Island.
22 Jul 09
- Joint statement from the Division for Early Childhood and National Association for the Education of Young Children on inclusion in early childhood.
mismatch between employment and child care in Italy: the impact of rationing
22 Jul 09
- Paper from the University of Verona analyzing the characteristics of the child care system and its relationship to mother’s labour market participation in Italy.
and postcolonialism in early childhood education
22 Jul 09
- Article from the University of Victoria discussing social justice in the early childhood environment.
24 Jun 09
- Just published – a new book co-authored by CRRU director Martha Friendly and University of Manitoba Sociologist Susan Prentice.
our best future in mind: Implementing early learning in Ontario
17 Jun 09
- Report to the Premier of Ontario from Charles Pascal, the Premier's Special Advisor on Early Learning.
more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »
child care in the news
· Early education
reduces risky behaviors
[US] 22 Jul 09
staff overworked and underpaid
[AU] 22 Jul 09
child care operator to open books
[AU] 21 Jul 09
sector worries about future
[CA-PE] 21 Jul 09
commits to full-day school-based kindergarten in 2010
[CA-PE] 20 Jul 09
of Canadians would like to see full-day kindergarten: poll
[CA] 25 Jun 09
more CC IN THE NEWS »
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- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm
|6. 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 content from the Poverty Dispatch:
Minimum Wage Increases
Health Care Reform - Massachusetts, Texas
State Systems and Jobless Benefits
Increasing Need for Assistance Programs - Oregon
Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
Report: High School Graduation Rates
U.N. Arab Human Development Report
Minimum Wage Increase - Indiana, Florida
Extension of Unemployment Benefits - Colorado
Food Stamps and Military Families
State Budgets and Program Cuts
Food Stamps and Farmers' Markets
State Budget Cuts - California
Extended Jobless Benefits - Texas
Child Poverty in Rural America
State Medicaid Programs and Health Care Reform
Stimulus Spending and Needy Communities
Funding for Community Colleges
State Budgets and Program Cuts - Kentucky, California
Economic Stimulus and Foster Care - Tennessee
Federal Minimum Wage Increase
Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
States and Health Insurance Coverage
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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
7. U.S. Health Care
Reform : an update - July 21
US Health Care Reform: An Update before the Speech
July 21, 2009
By Matt Kanter
Canadians continue to watch with interest and concern as policy-makers in the United States debate how to best reform the US health care system. Canadians and the Canadian health care system have even been targeted in negative advertisements surrounding the potential reforms south of the border. The following is an update to my analysis (posted on July 16th - see below) of the bill introduced by the Democrats in the US House of Representatives last Tuesday. Since then, three key events have taken place...
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ Wellesley Institute ]
An Ambitious Plan to Reform US Health Care
July 16, 2009
By Matt Kanter
[ Full text of the bill (PDF - 1.7MB, 1018 pages) ]
[ Summary of the bill's provisions (PDF - 464K, 35 pages) ]
[ Wellesley Institute ]
Experiences From Around The World
-- How Do Universal Health Care Systems Compare?
July 21, 2009
By Margo Irvin and Morgan Korn
Landmark health care legislation that would provide health insurance for all Americans is under intense scrutiny -- in particular, the "public option," which creates a government health insurance program that would compete with private insurers. Critics lambast the public option as "socialized medicine," warning that bureaucracy and government-mandated rationing would lead to interminable waits and dangerously substandard care. Americans are without health insurance, an anomaly when compared to their European and Asian counterparts. President Barack Obama had wanted a comprehensive bill on a new domestic health care system on his desk for signing by October, but acknowledging the fractious environment, extended his deadline to the end of the year. What the White House and Democrats are proposing does not resemble the health care systems in other countries -- seven of which are depicted in the slideshow that accompanies this article.
"(...) 45 million Americans are currently uninsured, including 9 million children, and estimates put the number of early deaths due to lack of health care at 18,000 a year. Despite the fact that Americans spend over twice as much per capita on health care as most other industrialized nations, the US falls behind those nations when it comes to preventable mortality. Yet, in an attempt to sway public opinion away from universal coverage, opponents point to worst-case scenarios in countries with government-run health care."
: if you click the above link, you'll see "Read More" immediately under the title
of the article; select Huffington Post articles by theme (Canadian Health Care,
Health Care, Health Care Bill, Health Care Debate, Obama Health Care, Slidepoll,
Socialized Medicine, Universal Health Care, World News)
cast as villain in U.S. health care fight
Ad stars Canadian who says system failed her
July 7, 2009
A recent television ad against health care reform in the U.S. shows Canadian Shona Holmes staring straight into the camera and telling the audience a brain tumor would have killed her had she relied on her government-run health plan, which would have provided treatment far too late. "Now, Washington wants to bring Canadian-style health care to the U.S.," a narrator says darkly. The TV spot from a conservative group is dramatic but deceptive. In fact, U.S. President Barack Obama and the Democrats pushing to overhaul health care want to create an optional, government-run plan to compete with private insurers, not replace them.
Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
|8. Australian Policy Online|
Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia. [ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page, and the downloads vary depending on the topic you select.
New Research : Social Policy |
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social problems * Welfare * Youth
- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm
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Week in Pictures: July 15th – July 22th, 2009