Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 26, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,572 subscribers.

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

Canadian content

1. Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Pension Savior — or a New Tax on the Poor? - August 23
2. Are Albertans really paying for Quebec’s social programs?
(Canada West Foundation) - April 20 (2012)
3. [Manitoba] 2012 Acceptable Living Level (ALL) Report (Winnipeg Harvest and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg) - February 16, 2012
4. Harper’s Methodical Campaign to Silence Democracy : Tom Flanagan (Toronto Star) - August 18
5. Senator Art Eggleton tries a new tack in his fight against poverty (Toronto Star) - August 16
6. 12th Annual National Report Card on Health Care (Canadian Medical Association) - August 2012
7. Canada Social Transfer Project : Accountability Matters (Canadian Association of Social Workers) - March 2012
8. Les élections générales au Québec auront lieu le 4 septembre 2012. The 2012 Québec election takes place on September 4 (2012).
9. Latest Media and Policy News (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - 24 August 2012

10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Employment Insurance, June 2012 - August 23
--- Study: How the older unemployed look for work, 2006 to 2010 - August 22
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2012 - August 20

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

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [U.S.] Identifying the Disadvantaged: Official Poverty, Consumption Poverty and the New Supplemental Poverty Measure (Journal of Economic Perspectives) - Summer 2012
14. Breadline Britain: councils fund food banks to plug holes in welfare state (The Guardian - U.K.) - August 21
15. Australian welfare agencies report nationwide food shortage for people in need - (Radio Australia) - August 21

16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Pension Savior — or a New Tax on the Poor? - August 23

Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs): the right solution
at the right time to help Canadians better save for their retirement
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-095-eng.asp
August 23, 2012
The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today spoke to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto about the role of private sector pension innovation in supporting a strong retirement income system for Canadians. “The Harper Government is acting in accord with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s conclusion that a growing role for private pensions will be essential to closing the pension gap,” said Minister Menzies. “This gap is real. It is estimated that more than 60 per cent of Canadians do not have access to a workplace pension plan.” The recent passage by the House of Commons of the federal Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP) framework is an important step towards offering an innovative, new, low-cost private pension option to the millions of Canadians currently without access to a workplace pension plan, including employers, employees and the self-employed. Once operational, PRPPs will allow many small business owners and their employees to have access to such a plan for the very first time.

Source:
Department of Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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Complete C.D. Howe report:

Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Pension Savior — or a New Tax on the Poor? (PDF - 1MB, 24 pages)
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/Commentary_359.pdf
August 23, 2012
By James Pierlot and Alexandre Laurin
Ottawa needs to rethink the tax rules for Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) to realize their potential. As it is, many low- to middle-income Canadians should avoid this new retirement saving vehicle.

Source:
C.D. Howe Institute
http://www.cdhowe.org/

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From the Financial Post:

Tax rules make pooled pensions a bad choice for many Canadians: C.D. Howe
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/08/23/tax-rules-make-pooled-pensions-a-bad-choice-for-most-canadians-c-d-howe/
By Barbara Shecter and Gordon Isfeld
August 23, 2012
The federal government’s proposed new pension system, mainly aimed at self-employed Canadians, is no more than an RRSP program with a “new coat of paint,” according to the C.D. Howe Institute. The Ottawa-based public-policy group also warned the pooled registered pension plan would do little to help mid- to low-income earnings save for retirement. The report, titled Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Pension Savior — or a New Tax on the Poor?, concludes that PRPPs could be “vastly improved” by changes to proposed tax rules.

Source:
Financial Post

http://www.financialpost.com/

Earlier articles on this topic
from the Financial Post:

* Mandatory participation for pooled pensions: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board chief
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/06/07/contemplate-mandatory-participation-in-pooled-pensions-cppib-chief/
Jun 7, 2012

* Choose pensions over Pooled Registered Pension Plans
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/04/10/choose-pensions-over-pooled-registered-pension-plans/
April 10, 2012

* Better solution than Ottawa’s pooled pensions
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/03/08/better-solution-than-ottawas-pooled-pensions/
March 8, 2012

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- Go to the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/prpp.htm

2. Are Albertans really paying for Quebec’s social programs? - April 20, 2012
(Canada West Foundation)

Are Albertans really paying for Quebec’s social programs?
http://cwf.ca/commentaries/are-albertans-really-paying-for-quebec-s-social-programs
April 20, 2012
By Michael Holden
Student protests in Quebec have triggered a curious response from some observers. Appalled that Quebecers have the audacity to protest tuition fees rising from the lowest in the country to possibly the second-lowest, they opine that the only reason Quebec can afford such fees in the first place is on the back of the Alberta taxpayer. As the narrative goes, Quebec’s low tuition, $7-a-day daycare and other generous social programs are all being paid for by hard-working Albertans who could only dream of affording such luxuries themselves. This story appeals to Albertans convinced that Ottawa and Quebec are stealing our wealth, but this is simply not the case.

Source:
Canada West Foundation
(CWF)
http://cwf.ca/
Author Michael Holden is the Senior Economist at the Canada West Foundation. CWF is the only think tank dedicated to being the objective, nonpartisan voice for issues of vital concern to Western Canadians.

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

3. [Manitoba] 2012 Acceptable Living Level (ALL) Report - February 16, 2012
(Winnipeg Harvest and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
)

Manitoba : 2012 Acceptable Living Level (ALL) Report (February 16, 2012)
http://winnipegharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ALL-REPORT-media-release-February-16-2012.pdf
News Release
February 16, 2012
WINNIPEG-Low-income parents in Winnipeg -- whether they are working or on welfare -- do not have enough money to adequately feed, shelter and clothe themselves and their children. More than a dozen Winnipeg Harvest clients, acting as consultants, today released the 2012 Acceptable Living Level (ALL) for four family types. The 2012 Acceptable Living Level Report sets out how much disposable income is needed in the marketplace to buy a basket of goods and services that can sustain a fair, modest and acceptable living level.

The report demonstrates that current welfare rates, even when federal child benefits are taken into account, fall far short of meeting the 2012 Acceptable Living Level. Even two parents working fulltime at minimum wage jobs have incomes far below the 2012 Acceptable Living Level.

Complete report:

A More Inclusive and Generous Canada:
The 2012 Acceptable Living Level
(PDF - 896K, 95 pages)
http://winnipegharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-A.L.L.-REPORT.pdf

Prepared by:

Winnipeg Harvest
http://winnipegharvest.org/

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
http://www.spcw.mb.ca/

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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

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

4. Harper’s Methodical Campaign to Silence Democracy : Tom Flanagan - August 18
(Toronto Star)

Harper’s Methodical Campaign to Silence Democracy:
The plan is revealed in a book by the PM’s former top strategist Tom Flanagan.
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/08/18/Stephen-Harper-Silencing-Democracy/
By Keith Reynolds
18 August 2012
Since taking power federally in 2006, the Conservative government has undertaken a continuous attack on civil society organizations. One of the government's first actions was to cut support for women's organizations that lobbied or did research on the status of women. Environmental organizations have been accused of acting in the interest of foreign powers. Revenue Canada was given extra money to investigate them. How did we come to the point where organizations advocating equality and changes to public policy appear to be seen by the government as the enemy of Canadians?

Source:
The Tyee

http://thetyee.ca/

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

5. Senator Art Eggleton tries a new tack in his fight against poverty - August 16
(Toronto Star)

Senator Art Eggleton tries a new tack in his fight against poverty
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1242999
August 16, 2012
By Carol Goar
Senator Art Eggleton has learned a painful lesson over the past two years. Canadians don’t respond to speeches about poverty.
The former Toronto mayor, former cabinet minister and longtime Liberal MP hit the road following the release of A Call to Action on Poverty (PDF - 3.8MB, 290 pages):
[ http://www.parl.gc.ca/40/2/parlbus/commbus/senate/com-e/citi-e/rep-e/rep02dec09-e.pdf ]
... a massive report by the Senate subcommittee on cities, which he chaired. It was loaded with facts, figures and heart-rending stories. It made affordable recommendations. It was written with conviction and urgency.
The 362-page tome attracted no attention in Ottawa.
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This spring, the veteran politician tried a new tack. Instead of focusing on poverty, he talked about inequality. He showed how the widening income gulf between the rich and the rest of society was jeopardizing economic growth, stoking intergenerational tension, breeding urban violence and stifling hope. His message finally hit home. “I find my speeches on this subject resonate with more people,” Eggleton said. “They will respond to what they see as unfairness.”
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Eggleton admits his message runs directly counter to what Canadians are hearing from their governments, employers and mainstream economists. He acknowledges that terms such as “egalitarian,” “redistribution” and “sharing” have vanished from the political vocabulary. But he sees hopeful signs. Shortly before the House of Commons closed for its summer recess, MP Scott Brison won approval for a motion calling on the finance committee to study income inequality. Twenty-three Conservatives broke ranks to ensure its passage. A day later, parliamentarians announced the creation of an all-party anti-poverty caucus:
[ http://www.cwp-csp.ca/2012/05/new-federal-all-party-anti-poverty-caucus/ ]
... co-chaired by Conservative MP Michael Chong, NDP MP Jean Crowder and Eggleton (its founder). It will spend the next year finding non-partisan ways to free those trapped at the bottom of the income hierarchy.

Fighting poverty is still his primary objective, Eggleton says. But moral crusades don’t move people. So he has widened his focus, revised his message and made it everybody’s issue.

10 Comments about this article:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1242999--senator-art-eggleton-tries-a-new-tack-in-his-fight-against-poverty#comments

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

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

6. 12th Annual National Report Card on Health Care - August 2012
(Canadian Medical Association)

Income is the Great Divide When it Comes to Canadians' Health
http://cnw.ca/VvW2
August 13, 2012
The health of Canadians is increasingly being affected by how much money they earn, with lower income groups reporting poorer health and greater use of health services than those with higher incomes, a new public opinion survey indicates. In describing their health, only 39 per cent of those earning less than $30,000 a year said it was excellent or very good, compared to 68 per cent of those earning $60,000 or more - a gap of 29 percentage points. In 2009, the gap between the two income groups was 17 points. The findings come from an Ipsos Reid [ http://www.ipsos.ca/en/ ] survey carried out for the Canadian Medical Association as it prepared its 2012 National Report Card on Canadian health care.

Complete report:

12th Annual National Report Card on Health Care (PDF - 1.6MB, 45 pages)
http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/CMA/Content_Images/Inside_cma/Media_Release/2012/reportcard/CMA-2012National-Report-Card_en.pdf
August 2012
Table of contents:
* Introduction
* Methodology
* Executive Summary
* Detailed Findings
* Health Status of Canadians
* Social Determinants of Health
* Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Health of Canadians
* 2012 Report Card

Source:
Canadian Medical Association
http://www.cma.ca/

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- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

7. Canada Social Transfer Project : Accountability Matters - March 2012
(Canadian Association of Social Workers)

Canada Social Transfer Project : Accountability Matters
Canadian Association of Social Workers
March 2012

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING!

First, some context:

The Canada Social Transfer (CST) is the primary source of federal funding in Canada that supports provincial and territorial social programs, specifically, post secondary education, social assistance, social services, and programs for children. In 2007, legislated funding for the CST was extended to 2013-2014, putting it on the same long-term predictable legislative track as the Canada Health Transfer (CHT). As both 2014 and the review of the CHT and CST are fast approaching, conversations have begun at the federal level about the Canada Health Transfer. The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), a national organization that has adopted a pro-active approach to addressing issues pertinent to social policy and social work practice in Canada, calls for a similar approach of review of the Canada Social Transfer (CST) to be undertaken at the federal level.
(...)
While the Canada Health Transfer is attached to a set of conditions through the Canada Health Act, the Canada Social Transfer is a largely unconditional transfer, a fact that has come into question over time by scholars, policy-makers and activists.
[Source: Excerpt from report background, p.6]

Canadian Association of Social Workers Report on Social Transfer
http://casw-acts.ca/en/canadian-association-social-workers-report-social-transfer
News Release
March 19, 2012
The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) today issued a comprehensive report aimed at bringing attention to the lack of accountability inherent in the receipt and delivery of the Canadian Social Transfer. Entitled Canada Social Transfer Project - Accountability Matters, the Report outlines recommendations on renewing accountability for the billions transferred annually from the federal to provincial governments in support of social services, childcare and post-secondary education.

Complete report:

Canada Social Transfer Project:
Accountability Matters
(PDF - 440K, 79 pages)
http://goo.gl/1Y02M

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Version française:
Étude sur le Transfert canadien en matière de programmes sociaux :
La reddition de compte, c'est important
(PDF - 536K, 82 pages)
http://goo.gl/2ZuWE
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Selected contents:

* Background to the Project
* Importance of Social Programs in Canada
* Financing of Social Services in Canada : Cost-Sharing & Block Funding
* Federal and Provincial/Territorial Relations
* Jurisdictional Landscape of Social Service Delivery:Past and Present
* Social Union Framework Agreement
* Changing Funding Models and Commitments
* Changes in Roles and Relationships
* Issues with the Current Canada Social Transfer : Accountability Issues - Role and Relationship Issues - Financing Issues
* Transfers and Social Citizenship Rights
* Potential Future Roles for Federal Government
* Key Informant Interview Findings (Current Approach to the CST - Federal and Provincial Roles - Attaching Conditionality to the CST - more...
* Recommended Federal, Provincial, Territorial Leadership and Collaboration
* Action Plan for Moving Forward on Recommendations

Source:
Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)

http://casw-acts.ca/

Related link:

An end to the perpetual welfare trap?
Guaranteed incomes debated

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/an-end-to-the-perpetual-welfare-trap-167004295.html
By: Mary Agnes Welch
August 22, 2012

Bringing back a discarded government program could save taxpayers millions in health-care and bureaucracy costs and dramatically shrink poverty, just as it did in Dauphin almost 40 years ago.
The problem is, even the province's left-leaning NDP government likely doesn't have the political will to use it.
That was the feeling Tuesday at a standing-room-only lecture about a hot public-policy idea -- a guaranteed annual income that would replace welfare.
It's an idea with roots in Manitoba. Nearly 40 years ago, Dauphin was the site of an experiment on the effects of a guaranteed income. Every low-income person in town, including the working poor and people not eligible for welfare, got a top-up to ensure a basic level of income.
At a discussion hosted by Winnipeg Harvest, University of Manitoba researcher Evelyn Forget said the results were remarkable: People had much better health, far more children graduated from high school and people didn't stop working just because they were guaranteed an income.
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Guaranteed annual income had a rebirth as an interesting, if seemingly radical, policy alternative to the confusing, expensive hodge-podge of welfare systems in Canada. We've already adopted some targeted elements of a GAI, such as the national child benefit and the guaranteed income supplement for seniors. Yukon toyed with a version of the GAI in 2007, and there was an international conference focused on the idea in Toronto in May of this year.
- includes an overview of the Mincome Manitoba experiment of the mid-1970s, specifically in Dauphin Manitoba.

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

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

8. Les élections générales au Québec auront lieu le 4 septembre 2012.
The 2012 Québec election takes place on September 4 (2012).

[NOTE : Links to English resources appear below the French links.]

Les élections générales au Québec auront lieu le 4 septembre.

Le Directeur général des élections du Québec
http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/francais/
- liens vers des renseignements pertinents pour les groupes suivants:
* Électeurs * Candidats ou partis politiques * Agents ou représentants officiels * Médias * Enseignants ou étudiants * Chercheurs * Experts électoraux et internationaux

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Élections Québec 2012
http://www.radio-canada.ca/elections-quebec-2012

Source:
Radio-Canada

http://www.radio-canada.ca/elections-quebec-2012

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Élections Québec 2012
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/elections-2012

Source:
Le Devoir
http://www.ledevoir.com/

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Couverture de l'élection Québec 2012
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/elections-quebec-2012/

Source:
La Presse

http://www.lapresse.ca/

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English media coverage
of the 2012 Québec election:

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Director-General of Elections Québec
http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/english/index.php
- incl. links to info for:
* Electors * Candidates and political parties * Official agents or representatives * Media * Teachers and students * Researchers * International and electoral experts

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Québec Votes 2012
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/quebecvotes/index.html

Source:
Montreal Gazette

[ http://www.montrealgazette.com/ ]

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CBC Election 2012
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecvotes2012/

Source:
CBC Montreal

[ http://www.cbc.ca/montreal/ ]

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Vote Compass
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecvotes2012/features/votecompass.html
Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by political scientists.
Answer a short series of questions to discover how you fit in the Quebec political landscape.
NOTE: you don't have to be from Quebec to try the Vote Compass.
I'm from Ontario, and, according to my Vote Compass answers, I'd vote for the Green Party.
<Probably because the NDP has no provincial party in Quebec...>

Timeline : the campaign day by day
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebecvotes2012/features/timeline/

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From the
Toronto Star:
[ http://www.thestar.com ]

Quebec Election 2012
http://www.thestar.com/topic/quebecelection

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

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

9. Latest Media and Policy News: 24 August 2012
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

Latest Media and Policy News: 24 August 2012
http://goo.gl/3QB9S

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.
[NOTE by Gilles : If I don't include the links to the media articles below, it's because I appreciate the work done by Jennefer and ISAC in preparing this media scan, and I want to encourage ISAC to maintain this project by sending as many interested parties to that "Latest Media and Policy News" page as possible. The bottom line : If ISAC's site stats show more visitors to the page, that means more justification to continue the initiative...]

Top Stories

* Cuts to the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit and the Home Repairs Benefit not sitting well with advocates in Guelph
* Why affordable housing is a human right
* Some of the legal issues involved in the provision of social housing

Ontario Politics

* With September 6 by-elections looming, polls show Libs and Cons in a tie
* Kitchener-Waterloo Common Front says inequality should be a by-election issue

Around the Province

* McGuinty goes to Association of Municipalities (AMO) meeting and vows to continue uploading costs from municipalities
* Ontario’s new $20 million Youth Action Plan will help get guns off the streets
* Lack of dental coverage a serious issue
* City of Toronto working group proposing fixes to repair backlog
* A quiet funeral for Bill Buss
* Michael Shapcott of Wellesley remembers Bill by calling for an end to homelessness
* Meanwhile, Toronto’s social housing wait lists grow

Across the Country

* Alberta’s making strides against homelessness
* Injury often means going home for migrant workers
* The Canadian Medical Association rebuffs stealth moves to recriminalize abortion
* Harper says resource extraction will resolve social problems in the North
* More protests in Montreal
* The conservative Parti Conservateur du Québec takes aim at unempoyment insurance recipients

The Economy

* Mark Carney tells CEOs to free up all that “dead money” they’re hoarding1
* Jim Flaherty repeats the call, but Carol Goar says he needs to do more
* Toby Sanger on corporate cash hoarding in Canada
* Target takes over Zellers – mass layoffs ensue
* And so do workers’ protests...
* How to make sure there are fewer bad jobs in Canada – despite what Flaherty says
* Canadians’ debt loads highest in eight years

Labour

Canadian Labour Congress study shows unionized workers earn more
CAW and CEP merge

Federal Issues

* Harper’s campaign to silence democracy – explained by Tom Flanagan
* Art Eggleton talks inequality, not poverty, to get the message across
* Alan Broadbent on federal cuts to information, and those who step into the breach
* Federal cuts to refugee health care almost cost this man his vision
* Immigration policy changes mean more points for language, fewer for work experience
* Flaherty meets with CEOs. Here’s what they want from him...
* Elections Canada says there have been 1,394 specific robocall occurrences

International

* How to recover from an economic crisis, Iceland-style (i.e., by penalizing those who caused the problem in the first place)
* Americans throw away 40% of their food every day. Canadians are probably the same.
* New report shows the US middle class is facing the worst decade in history
* What’s the hottest US campaign ad topic? Welfare
* Greece’s pensioners facing poverty
* Junior minister in The Netherlands says “there needs to be a ‘cultural shift’ to ensure benefits are seen as a last resort not a choice”
* Who benefitted from Bush’s corporate tax cuts
* Big welfare changes affect 17,000 New Zealanders

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By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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

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

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Employment Insurance, June 2012 - August 23
--- Study: How the older unemployed look for work, 2006 to 2010 - August 22
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2012
- August 20

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

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August 23, 2012
Employment Insurance, June 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120823/dq120823a-eng.htm
In June, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits continued its downward trend, edging down to 507,600 from 512,100 in May. The number of beneficiaries declined slightly in Nova Scotia and edged up in Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
- includes two charts:
--- Employment Insurance beneficiaries unchanged in May
--- Number of claims down in May
- includes three tables:
--- Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory – Seasonally adjusted
--- Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex and province and territory – Not seasonally adjusted
--- Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan area1 – Not seasonally adjusted

Tables by subject: Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/ind01/l3_2621_2627-eng.htm?hili_none

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2621&lang=eng&more=0

* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&more=0

* Non-wage benefits
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&more=0

[ earlier editions of this report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=73-002-X&chropg=1&lang=en ]

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

August 22, 2012
Study: How the older unemployed look for work, 2006 to 2010
HTML version : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120822/dq120822c-eng.htm
PDF version
(124K, 2 pages) :
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120822/dq120822c-eng.pdf
Older unemployed workers spent as much time on average looking for work as their younger counterparts did during the four-year period from 2006 to 2010. On average, unemployed people aged 55 to 64 spent 13 hours per week looking for work. This was similar to the time spent by the youngest group of unemployed aged 20 to 34.

NOTE:
The article "The job search of the older unemployed" is now available in the August 2012 online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income (see the next link below). This is the final online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income. In future, analytical articles on changes in Canada's social and demographic fabric, and related studies, will appear on Statistics Canada's website in a new publication on social statistics. It will be available free of charge beginning in the Fall of 2012.

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-001-X&lang=eng
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. ]

Related subjects:

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

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

August 20, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120820/dq120820a-eng.htm
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in May 2012
There was an average of 258,000 job vacancies in the three-month period ending in May, an increase of 22,000 from the same period in 2011. For every job vacancy, there were 5.5 unemployed people, down from 6.3 in May 2011. The decline in this ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was a result of both the increase in job vacancies and a decline in the number of unemployed people.The national job vacancy rate was 1.8% in the three-month period ending in May, up slightly from 1.7% a year earlier.
Job vacancy data tables are not currently available on CANSIM, but can be obtained by contacting Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre.

Related subjects:

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

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

* Industries
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2623&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

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

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

August 26, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

CRRU remembers Jack Layton
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/crru-remembers-jack-layton
22 Aug 2012 | Canada
On the anniversary of Jack Layton's death August 22 2011 - We at the Childcare Resource and Research Unit join our fellow Canadians in remembrance, reflecting on the spirit of Rev. Brent Hawkes' words at Jack's state funeral a year ago: "Rise to the occasion, because the torch is now passed. The job of making the world a better place is up to us".

Caring for our nation's future: The impact of ARRA funding on access to child care (Based on case studies in Georgia and Tennessee)
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/caring-our-nations-future-impact-arra-funding-access-child-
22 Aug 2012 | United States
Policy brief from the National Council for Research on Women (US) describes how stimulus funding increased access and quality in child care in two states. Findings revealed a number of ongoing issues and recommendations are put forward.

Closing the education gap: A case for Aboriginal early childhood education in Canada, a look at the Aboriginal Headstart Program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/closing-education-gap-case-aboriginal-early-childhood-educa
22 Aug 2012 | Canada
Article in Canadian Journal for Education discusses the Aboriginal Head Start program and concludes, "though empirical data relating to the program’s success are limited, to say the least, there is some evidence to suggest that the program is making significant progress throughout the Aboriginal community and has paved the way for a stronger and increasingly educated Aboriginal population who have, more importantly, a better understanding of who they are and where they come from".

CMEC statement on play-based learning
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/cmec-statement-play-based-learning
22 Aug 2012 | Canada
Statement from the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada advocates that "intentional teaching involves educators being deliberate and purposeful in creating play-based learning environments - because when children are playing, children are learning".

Save Peel child care - Flyer from OCBCC
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/08/save-peel-child-care-flyer-ocbcc
15 Aug 2012 | Ontario
Flyer from the OCBCC lists actions that parents can take to stop the closure of all 12 Learn.Play.Care regionally operated child care centres in Peel Region, Ontario.

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

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

Germany debates plan to pay stay-at-home moms
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/germany-debates-plan-pay-stay-home-moms
22 Aug 2012 | Europe

Still trying to "have it all" in Sweden
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/still-trying-have-it-all-sweden
22 Aug 2012 | International

Six things cheaper than the cost of child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/6-things-cheaper-cost-child-care
22 Aug 2012 | United States

Child care centres receive professional development funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/child-care-centres-receive-professional-development-funding
22 Aug 2012 | Saskatchewan

Daycare closing stuns families: CAW centre offered night service
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/08/daycare-closing-stuns-families-caw-centre-offered-night-service
20 Aug 2012 | Ontario

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

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 24, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/24/
Homeless Advocacy Project - Philadelphia, PA
State Medicaid Programs - New York, Utah
Poverty and Tropical Diseases

August 23, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/23/
Homelessness - New York City
Poverty Rate - Philippines

August 22, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/22/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Pre-Kindergarten Program - North Carolina

August 21, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/21/
School Voucher Program - Indiana
States and Medicaid Expansion

August 20, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/08/20/
High School Graduation Rate - Georgia
Modesto Bee Special Report on Poverty

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

13. [U.S.] Identifying the Disadvantaged: Official Poverty, Consumption Poverty and the New Supplemental Poverty Measure - Summer 2012
(
Journal of Economic Perspectives)

U.S. poverty measures

Identifying the Disadvantaged: Official Poverty,
Consumption Poverty and the New Supplemental Poverty Measure
(PDF - 640K, 26 pages)
http://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/jep.26.3.111
By Bruce D. Meyer and James X. Sullivan
A study in the summer 2012 edition of the Journal of Economic Perspectives takes a look at three poverty measures—the federal poverty measure, the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) and a consumption-based measure—and how each identifies the neediest of Americans. Identifying the Disadvantaged: Official Poverty, Consumption Poverty and the New Supplemental Poverty Measure argues that the consumption-based measure does a better job of capturing who is the most disadvantaged than the two income-based measures because it accounts for savings usage, ownership of durable goods, access to credit and the use of anti-poverty programs. The study notes that the most vulnerable families also appear to report their consumption more accurately than income in annual data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Source:
Journal of Economic Perspectives

http://www.aeaweb.org/jep/index.php

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More articles on poverty measurement:
http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/poverty_measurement.aspx
(Click the link above to access the following articles and 38 more articles going back to 1995)

Selected recent titles:

* A Clearer View of Poverty: How the Supplemental Poverty Measure Changes Our Perceptions of Who is Living in Poverty (PDF - 392K, 7 pages)
http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/a-clearer-view-of-poverty-how-the-supplemental-poverty-measure-changes-our-perceptions-of-who-is-living-in-poverty/at_download/file
(Institute for Women's Policy Research, July 2012)

* Wisconsin Poverty Report: How the Safety Net Protected Families from Poverty in 2010 (PDF - 2MB, 24 pages)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/research/WisconsinPoverty/pdfs/WIPovSafetyNet_Apr2012.pdf
(Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2012)

* The New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Poverty Measure, 2005-2010 (PDF - 3MB, 118 pages)
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ceo/downloads/pdf/CEO_Poverty_Measure_April_16.pdf
New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, April 2012

* Two Generations in Poverty: Status and Trends among Parents and Children in the United States, 2000-2010 (PDF - 1.2MB, 17 pages)
http://www.aspeninstitute.org/sites/default/files/content/docs/ascend/2011_Child_Trends_Final_Report.pdf

Source of the above list:
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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

14. Breadline Britain: councils fund food banks to plug holes in welfare state - August 21
(
The Guardian U.K.)

Breadline Britain: councils fund food banks to plug holes in welfare state:
Local authorities asking 'big society' to deliver crisis aid to vulnerable people after social fund budget is cut next April
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/aug/21/councils-invest-food-banks-welfare-cuts
By Patrick Butler
21 August 2012
Local authorities are preparing to invest in charity-run food banks to cope with an expected deluge in demand for crisis help from low income families hit by welfare cuts:
[ http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/welfare ]
... raising the spectre of depression-era US "breadlines". Cuts next year to the social fund:
[ http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides/technical-guidance/sb16-a-guide-to-the-social/ ]
... which provides emergency aid to vulnerable people, mean that from April 2013 many councils will no longer be able to provide cash help to applicants. Instead they will offer "in kind" support such as referring clients to food banks and issuing electronic food vouchers.

502 comments about this article:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/aug/21/councils-invest-food-banks-welfare-cuts#start-of-comments

Source:
The Guardian (U.K.)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/

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

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

15. Australian welfare agencies report nationwide food shortage for people in need - August 21
(
Radio Australia)

Australian welfare agencies report nationwide food shortage for people in need
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-21/welfare-agencies-report-nationwide-food-shortage-for-people-in-need/1003066
21 August 2012
A new survey of Australian welfare agencies shows they are struggling to meet the demand for food relief. The Chief Executive of Foodbank New South Wales, John Webster says the Organisation's report "End Hunger" is being released today at Federal Parliament and it shows there is a hidden problem with hunger in Australia.
Two and a half thousand welfare agencies were surveyed and Mr Webster says the figures are worrying...

Source:
Radio Australia

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 August 2012, CRINMAIL issue 1290
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4363
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Cursing blasphemy laws
- People with mental disabilities used in suicide attacks
- Pregnant teen at centre of abortion debate dies
- State violence continues unabated
- UN slams mandatory asylum detention regime
- And the good news
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Ethiopia
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

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

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

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

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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THE BEST OF PHYLLIS DILLER:

1. It's a good thing that beauty is only skin deep, or I'd be rotten to the core.

2. Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age - as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.

3. Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.

4. I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.

5. Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.

6. We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.

7. Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

8. Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?

9. I buried a lot of my ironing in the back yard.

10. Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.

11. The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

12. I admit, I have a tremendous sex drive. My boyfriend lives forty miles away.

13. What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

14. My photographs don't do me justice - they just look like me.

15. Robert Redford once asked me out. I was in his room.

16. If your kids write their names in the dust on the furniture, don't let them put the year.

17. A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.

18. Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.

19. Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

20. His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.

21. I asked the waiter, 'Is this milk fresh?' He said, 'Lady, three hours ago it was grass.'

22. I'm eighteen years behind in my ironing.

23. I've been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about short and cheap?

24. If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what amillionaire looked like.

25. My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.

R.I.P. Phyllis...

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And, in closing...
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Ten words you need to stop misspelling
http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=76168

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The 10 most-watched TED Talks to date in 2012:
http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/

1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006)
2. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008)
3. Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009)
4. David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007)
5. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009)
6. Tony Robbins asks Why we do what we do (2006)
7. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010)
8. Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005)
9. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006)
10. Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010)

Source:
The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date in 2012:
http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/
[Click the source link for the other top TED Talks]

Want more?

The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date in 2011
http://blog.ted.com/2011/06/27/the-20-most-watched-tedtalks-so-far/

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Jimmy Fallon and his Barbershop Quartet do UB40 (video, duration 2:20)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-4FtBjjelA
(It's gonna make you sweat.)

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Tops on my Christmas Wish List for this year: The Photoplayer!! (video, duration 1:55)
http://goo.gl/bRP82

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