Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 27, 2013

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 2,611 subscribers.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. New from John Stapleton:
--- Why low-income families don't apply for federal education assistance programs - January 22
--- What’s wrong with debit cards for social assistance recipients? What’s wrong with cutting benefits to long term recipients?- January 18
2. The Fiscal Monitor: November 2012 (Finance Canada)
- January 25
3. The Distribution of Wealth: Implications for the Neo Liberal Justification for Economic Inequality (Andrew Jackson, Broadbent Institute)
- January 23
4. Fixing Homelessness Means Putting Housing First (Huffington Post Canada) - January 23
5. New Public Legal Education and Information Webinars from PLEI Connect - January 2013
6. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 25 January 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
7. [Alberta] The cost of poverty : Those who suffer most are those who have no choice (Meaghan Baxter in VueWeekly) - January 24
8. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 22 January 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
9. Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak on wrong track with welfare [reform proposals]: Toronto Star Editorial - January 20
10. Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates' Questionnaire on Poverty Reduction (25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction) - January 22

11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, December 2012 - January 25
--- Consumer Price Index: Basket update and Enhancement Initiative
- January 25
--- StatCan Blog (new!) - January 24
--- Public postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2010/2011 - January 23
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in October 2012 - January 22
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [U.S.] Policy Basics: Federal Rental Assistance Programs (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - January 25
15. [U.K.] - Beyond the bottom line: The challenges and opportunities of a living wage (Institute for Public Policy Research) - January 20
16. World Economic Forum 2013 : "In secret meetings in tiny rooms, the rich plot to get even richer" (The Guardian - U.K.) - January 21
17. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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

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1. New from John Stapleton:
--- Why low-income families don't apply for federal education assistance programs - January 22
--- What’s wrong with debit cards for social assistance recipients? What’s wrong with cutting benefits to long term recipients?- January 18

New from
John Stapleton, Open Policy:

http://www.openpolicyontario.com/

Stop wondering about under-subscription of benefits:
Getting the Learning Bond and Education Savings Grants is really hard for low-income parents
http://openpolicyontario.com/stop-wondering-about-under-subscription-of-benefits/
By John Stapleton - Open Policy Ontario

January 22, 2013
A blog about why it is hard for low-income parents to receive the benefits of an RESP, Education Saving Grant or Canada Learning Bond for their children's education.
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In this blog post, John encounters, along with four single parents, eight of the significant barriers facing low-income parents in the course of the application process for these education-related assistance programs.

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What’s wrong with debit cards for social assistance recipients?
http://openpolicyontario.com/whats-wrong-with-earmarked-debit-cards-and-lower-benefits-for-long-terms-social-assistance-recipients/
By John Stapleton
January 18, 2013
What’s wrong with earmarked debit cards and lower benefits for long terms social assistance recipients?
Nothing as long as they are not earmarked!

What’s wrong with restrictions on debit cards e.g. no liquor or cellphones?

1. The desired outcome of better spending of funds would simply not occur - no evidence is available that it would change spending patterns.
2. There would be a black market for cards just like food stamps in the US
3. Restricting inadequate funds for necessities would mean that people may not be able to pay the rent and therefore get evicted
4. A system with 800 rules would be burdened with at least 10 more rules and likely closer to 50.
5. The root causes of questionable spending e.g. addiction, lack of education would remain unaddressed and unsolved.
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What’s wrong with cutting benefits to long term recipients?

1. Historically, rates for longer term recipients were increased because of the need to replace clothing, utensils etc., something that you would not require (in theory) in an emergency.

2. How does taking food off someone’s plate make them more employable? Especially the plates of children (if the policy were to apply with recipients with kids).

3. The system is now awash in incentives as a full time minimum wage job in fast food pays $17 k and social assistance pays $7,272. Anyone who can make this trade-off would pick work. Will paying less social assistance make that job less elusive?

4. It would take a 56% rate increase to get (single) rates back to where they were in 1993, the last year in which there was a real increase in social assistance incomes. Arguably the reductions the PC’s are talking about have already taken place. Job done. Mission accomplished! (And they apply to all recipients – why wait to cut?)

5. Social assistance caseloads have already begun to moderate – what’s the big concern?
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Getting social policy advice from the PC’s is like getting marriage tips from the Kardashians.

Source:
Open Policy (John Stapleton's website)
http://www.openpolicyontario.com/

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Related link:

From the
PC Party of Ontario:
[ http://www.ontariopc.com/
]

Break Down Bureaucracy To Build Up Opportunity
http://www.ontariopc.com/news/break-down-bureaucracy-to-build-up-opportunity/
January 16, 2013
TORONTO – Ontario can help people bridge from dependency to work while saving taxpayers money if we untangle the jumble of rules and regulations around social assistance, PC Leader Tim Hudak said today. Hudak made the comments with Community and Social Services critic Toby Barrett in advance of Thursday’s release of Paths to Prosperity: Welfare to Work – the eighth in a series of PC papers on ideas to stop overspending, deliver more value to taxpayers and create jobs.

Paths to Prosperity – Welfare to Work
January 17, 2013
HTML : http://www.ontariopc.com/paths-to-prosperity/welfare-to-work/
PDF (868K, 23 pages) : http://www.ontariopc.com/media/2013/01/Hudak-White-Paper-Social-Services-E.pdf

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
lresearch.net/ecd2.htm

- Go to the Education Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/education.htm

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

2. The Fiscal Monitor: November 2012 - January 25
(Finance Canada)

From
Finance Canada:

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for November 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n13/13-012-eng.asp
January 25, 2013
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for November 2012.

Highlights:

NOVEMBER 2012: BUDGETARY DEFICIT OF $1.9 BILLION
There was a budgetary deficit of $1.9 billion in November 2012, compared to a deficit of $1.6 billion in November 2011.

APRIL TO NOVEMBER 2012: BUDGETARY DEFICIT OF $12.4 BILLION
For the first eight months of the 2012–13 fiscal year, the budgetary deficit stood at $12.4 billion, compared to a deficit of $15.5 billion reported in the same period of 2011–12.

Related document:

The Fiscal Monitor - November 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2012-11-eng.asp

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[ earlier editions of the Fiscal Monitor back to 1996:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf-index-eng.asp ]

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

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

3. The Distribution of Wealth: Implications for the Neo Liberal Justification for Economic Inequality - January 23
(
Andrew Jackson, Broadbent Institute)

The Distribution of Wealth: Implications for the Neo Liberal Justification for Economic Inequality
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/andrew-jackson-distribution-wealth-implications-neo-liberal-justification-economic-inequality
January 23, 2013
By Andrew Jackson
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[W]ealth, especially financial wealth, is highly concentrated in Canada and produces a significant source of income and economic well-being for the rich which is not earned in the same sense as income from wages and salaries. At a minimum, inequality of financial wealth reinforces inequality of income, and bequests of wealth between generations can be very large. This is hard to justify on the normative grounds used by neo liberals to justify economic inequality, namely that individual rewards reflect the productive contributions of individuals. Accordingly, it is not “unfair” to consider taxation of inheritances and large accumulations of wealth or to reflect on other means to reduce large concentrations of private wealth.

Andrew Jackson is the Senior Policy Advisor at the Broadbent Institute, and Packer Visiting Professor of Social Justice at York University.

Source:
Broadbent Institute
http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/

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

4. Fixing Homelessness Means Putting Housing First - January 23
(Huffington Post Canada)

Fixing Homelessness Means Putting Housing First
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/stephen-hwang/at-home-homeless-study_b_2536434.html
January 23, 2013
By Stephen Hwang and Paula Goering
(...) Housing First is based on the principle of providing housing to those in need before they're deemed "ready" to re-enter society. To qualify for housing, individuals don't need a job or a stable lifestyle, and they don't need to enter rehab, though once they get a home, many of them will accomplish all of these things and more.

Canada will soon finish the largest randomized trial of its kind on Housing First in the world. Overseen by the Mental Health Commission of Canada with funding from Health Canada, At Home/Chez Soi, where we are both investigators, has housed about 1,000 people with mental illness in five cities across Canada. Each participant was given a choice of apartments to live in, a rent subsidy and an assigned case worker for support.

Housing First
http://www.homelesshub.ca/topics/housing-first-209.aspx

Mental Health Commission of Canada
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/

At Home/Chez Soi
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/homelessness.aspx

Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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

5. New Public Legal Education and Information Webinars from PLEI Connect - January 2013

Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI)

PLEI Connect
http://pleiconnect.ca
PLEI Connect is a project to help organizations across Canada identify and share technology tools to effectively deliver public legal education and information (PLEI) services. The PLEI Connect project team is made up of:
* Community Legal Education Ontario [ http://www.cleo.on.ca ]
* Éducaloi [ http://www.educaloi.qc.ca ]
* PovNet [ http://povnet.org ]
* Courthouse Libraries BC [ http://www.courthouselibrary.ca ]

PLEI Connect is supported with funding from the Access to Justice Fund [ http://www.lawfoundation.on.ca/atjf/ ],
administered by the Law Foundation of Ontario [ http://www.lawfoundation.on.ca/ ] and
Department of Justice Canada <http://www.justice.gc.ca>.

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New Set of Webinars and Web labs - PLEI for Mobile and "Les médias sociaux et la VIJ"
http://pleiconnect.ca/announcement/new-set-webinars-and-web-labs-plei-mobile-and-les-m%C3%A9dias-sociaux-et-la-vij

* PLEI Connect - 3rd Web lab: PLE for Mobile - Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM PST / 12:30 PM EST.
* La Connexion VIJ - 3e weblab - La VIJ dans les médias sociaux - Wednesday January 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM PST / 12:30 PM EST.*

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PLEI Connect : Recordings of 3rd set of Webinars Now Available!
[ PLEI = Public Legal Education and Information ]
http://pleiconnect.ca/announcement/recordings-3rd-set-webinars-now-available

To register, please visit: http://clbc.webex.com

Source:
PLEI Connect
- Where technology & public legal education and information meet
http://pleiconnect.ca/

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Source:
PLEI Connect
http://pleiconnect.ca

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

6. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 25 January 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Media and Policy News for 25 January 2013
http://goo.gl/smJ2D

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

Top Stories

* The Canada Revenue Agency is no longer mailing personalized tax packages, and the simplified form has been discontinued
* Anti-poverty rally at Liberal leadership convention tomorrow
* More on PC’s “Welfare to Work” white paper
----- System needs reform, but don’t paint everyone with the same brush
----- "Carrots and sticks" in Hudak’s welfare plan

Ontario Issues

* Sudbury Labour Council’s letter on SCAP’s work on CSUMB
* No money to keep the heat on in Owen Sound – CSUMB elimination a factor
* Big impacts coming in Renfrew County
* Martin Regg Cohn on the other Liberal leadership candidates
* New PCs white paper pledges to delay full-day kindergarten and slash education jobs
The National Post comments on poverty reduction in Ontario

Around the Province

* Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network looking to buy property for “community asset that could include a diverse mix of housing, new meeting spaces and a cultural/arts centre”

Reports and Other Goodies

* From the CCPA: Canada’s $145 billion infrastructure gap: Where it came from and why it will cost so much to fix it
* From Windsor’s Pathway to Potential: Excellent “Understanding Poverty” workbook
* A new campaign to draw attention to our unravelling social safety net
* Oxfam has started a campaign “to end extreme wealth by 2025, and reverse the rapid increase in inequality seen in the majority of countries in the last twenty years, taking inequality back to 1990 levels”. Here’s their great media brief on the cost of extreme wealth and inequality
* Alex Himelfarb’s great speech to CCPA-Ontario’s recent “Post-Austerity” symposium
* John Stapleton: A Ball Player, a Cop, a Janitor, and a Welfare Recipient
* How does policy change happen? Here are six theories

Across the Country

* The real problem for the Alberta government's budget is tax and royalty giveaways
* City of Winnipeg budget cuts impede the fight against poverty
----- CCPA Manitoba report

National Issues

* How running government “like a business” has been a dismal failure
* Carol Goar: Corporate balance sheets are healthy as the economy languishes
* Inequality and Idle No More
* Tom Walkom wonders whether Liberals matter any more

Federal News

* The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s latest report says cuts are deeper on the front end, but spending is up in the back
* Bank of Canada to keep interest rates low as economic “deterioration” keeps inflation at bay
* Harper’s “crony capitalism”

International

* In New Zealand, a new report says people from refugee backgrounds with disabilities have ‘slipped through the cracks’
* A flexible, educated, and not unionised workforce key to getting The Hobbit to film in NZ
* Don’t just change policy to end hunger, challenge power
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Charities' silence on government policy is tantamount to collusion
* Britain is headed for a “triple-dip” recession (Ed note: perhaps that austerity thing isn’t working out the way they planned)
* Oh gee, it’s not just me - the IMF tells Britain they might want to reconsider that austerity thing
* Maybe going after companies like Starbucks that evade taxes might work, says Cameron
* Are declining corporate tax rates a “ruinous race to the bottom”?

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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

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

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

7. [Alberta] The cost of poverty : Those who suffer most are those who have no choice - January 24
(Meaghan Baxter in VueWeekly)

Alberta

The cost of poverty:
Those who suffer most are those who have no choice
http://vueweekly.com/front/story/the_cost_of_poverty/
By Meaghan Baxter
January 24, 2013
Alberta is one of the country's wealthiest provinces, with an abundance of resources and opportunities at our fingertips. However, below the surface is an issue that continues to grow, and one that prevents a staggering number of Albertans from accessing those opportunities, attaining an adequate quality of life, or even simply making ends meet every month.
(...)
On November 20, 2012—also known as National Child Day—PIA, along with the Alberta College of Social Workers and the Edmonton Social Planning Council, published Achieving the Promise: Ending Poverty in Alberta [see the link below], one of many reports being released across Canada by the national coalition Campaign 2000.
(...)
Premier Alison Redford pledged to end child poverty in Alberta within five years during the last provincial election, with further measures to be taken to end poverty in Alberta within 10 years, and is being challenged to make good on her word.

Source:
VueWeekly.com
(Edmonton)
http://vueweekly.com/

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Achieving the Promise:
Ending Poverty in Alberta
(PDF - 1.7MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/reportCards/provincial/Alberta/2012ReportCardAB.pdf
November 2012
By John Kolkman and Joseph Ahorro of the Edmonton Social Planning Council [ http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/ ]
and Bill Moore-Kilgannon of Public Interest Alberta [ http://pialberta.org/ ]

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

8. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 22 January 2013
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Media and Policy News for 22 January 2013
http://goo.gl/leUlr

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

Top Stories

* Toronto Star endorses Sandra Pupatello for Liberal leader
* Sandra Pupatello vows to transform social assistance
* Sandra Pupatello's social policy statements
* Kathleen Wynne wants to be the “social justice Premier”
* Her social policy statements
* Pledges on poverty reduction from Liberal leadership candidates
* News release and info graphic
* Where's the public debate on reforming social assistance?

Community Start-Up

* Andrea Horwath says the elimination of CSUMB (and other housing-related cuts) is “unacceptable”
* SCAP continues the fight in Sudbury - and an info meeting is scheduled for Feb 5
* Letter to the Editor in London

Other Ontario Issues

* Hudak's plan for welfare leads "back to the Mike Harris days"
* Ontario announces creation of Accessibility Standards Advisory Council to "help remove barriers for people with disabilities"

Federal Issues

* Refugees in Canada now have poorer access to health care than those in refugee camps
* Service Canada really wants to help a woman who was denied Employment Insurance under the new rules. But they can’t find her to give her their help. Even though she’s been protesting the decision every day right outside their office...

International

* Economist James Galbraith : “I don’t think it’s a good idea from the standpoint of the future of the American economy, to reduce the security that people expect in their old age.”
* Food speculation drives prices up – people starve while bankers prosper
* Huge slowing in jobs growth – labour mismatches abound
* Number of welfare recipients in Japan at an all time high - cutting benefits being considered to save government money
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Can we fight poverty by ending extreme wealth?

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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

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

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

9. Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak on wrong track with welfare [reform proposals] : Editorial - January 20
(Toronto Star)

Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak on wrong track with welfare [reform proposals]: Editorial
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1317261
January 20, 2013
If Tim Hudak becomes the next premier of Ontario, welfare recipients can expect to get a second dose of the deprivation and shame they experienced under Mike Harris in the 1990s. Emulating his former boss, the Progressive Conservative leader is pledging to cut welfare rates for able-bodied recipients who have depended on social assistance for too long.
(...)
What is required now, Hudak contends, is another dose of tough love. He hasn’t said how much he will cut welfare rates, how many of the 400,000 Ontarians who depend on social assistance will be affected, or how much he expects to save. But he has made it clear that under a Tory government, the only acceptable excuse for not working will be a disability that makes it impossible.
Along with cutting payments, he intends to deliver a portion of welfare in the form of a debit card that can be used only at food stores. “By limiting where the money can be spent, we can ensure that the money intended for necessities is set aside.”

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

10. Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates' Questionnaire on Poverty Reduction - January 22
(
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction)

[Ontario] Liberal Leadership hopefuls pledge action against poverty
http://25in5.ca/liberal-candidates-pledge-action-against-poverty/

January 22, 2013
Liberal Candidates pledge action against poverty, 25 in 5 Network survey shows
TORONTO, Jan 22, 2013 – Liberal candidates vying to become Ontario’s next premier are committing to step up the province’s fight against poverty. Results from a questionnaire released today by the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction reveal that most candidates, including both front-runners, are pledging action on income security, affordable housing and good jobs.

Results of the Candidates' Questionnaire on Poverty Reduction
http://25in5.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Liberal-leadership-candidates-questionnaire.png

Source:
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
http://25in5.ca/
25-in-5: Network for Poverty Reduction is a multi-sectoral network comprised of more than 100 provincial and Toronto-based organizations and individuals working on eliminating poverty. We have organized ourselves around the call for a Poverty Reduction Plan with a goal to reduce poverty in Ontario by 25% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years.

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

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, December 2012 - January 25
--- Consumer Price Index: Basket update and Enhancement Initiative
- January 25
--- StatCan Blog (new!) - January 24
--- Public postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2010/2011 - January 23
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in October 2012
- January 22

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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January 25, 2013
Consumer Price Index, December 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130125/dq130125a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 0.8% in the 12 months to December, matching the increase in November. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index decreased 0.1% in December after decreasing 0.2% in November.
- includes links to five charts and three tables

Source:
The Consumer Price Index
- product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&lang=eng
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
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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.

[ Earlier editions of this report (back to 2001):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&chropg=1&lang=eng ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-557-X&lang=eng

Related subjects:

* Prices and price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3956&lang=eng&more=0

* Consumer price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3956&id=2178&lang=eng&more=0

January 25, 2013
Consumer Price Index: Basket update and Enhancement Initiative
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130125/dq130125b-eng.htm
On March 27, 2013, with the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for February, Statistics Canada will publish an updated basket of goods and services.
This move implements one of the key objectives of the CPI Enhancement Initiative, a five-year program designed to improve the CPI's accuracy and relevance. Under these new measures, the basket will be updated every two years instead of every four years.

January 24, 2013
StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130124/dq130124f-eng.htm
Today, Statistics Canada launches the StatCan Blog, a monthly commentary designed to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians. It is the Agency's latest step in engaging Canadians by using social media, supplementing its presence on Twitter and YouTube. These social media initiatives reflect the increasingly digital milieu in which Statistics Canada operates. The StatCan Blog will demystify some of the Agency's decisions, priorities and methodologies, and offer a glimpse into its future. Canadians are invited to comment on the blog and provide feedback on Statistics Canada's direction.

January 23, 2013
Public postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2010/2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130123/dq130123a-eng.htm
Just over 1,955,300 students were enrolled in Canadian public postsecondary institutions during the academic year 2010/2011, a 2.7% increase from the previous year. Canadian students made up 91.5% of total enrolments and international students 8.5%. Enrolments increased in every province except New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, where they remained relatively stable.

- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

January 22, 2013
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in October 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130122/dq130122b-eng.htm
There were 268,000 job vacancies among Canadian businesses in October, compared with 254,000 vacancies in October 2011. There were 5.0 unemployed people for every job vacancy, down slightly from 5.3 one year earlier. The national job vacancy rate was 1.8% in October, unchanged from 12 months earlier.

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



Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.


Source:
The Daily

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

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

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

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

January 27, 2013

What's new online this week:

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

Governing motherhood: Who pays and who profits?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/governing-motherhood-who-pays-and-who-profits
22 Jan 2013 | Nova Scotia
Report from the CCPA Nova Scotia office states that "if policy makers are truly interested in improving child health and welfare, more needs to be done to address the problems faced by families comprehensively and structurally; not only in terms of training individual mothers to behave in particular, culturally defined ways".

Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/manitoba-early-learning-and-child-care-program
22 Jan 2013 | Manitoba
Report from Manitoba's Auditor General identifies inconsistencies in the licensing and funding processes within Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care program.

Status quo? The unfinished business of feminism in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/status-quo-unfinished-business-feminism-canada
21 Jan 2013 | Canada
National Film Board documentary by Karen Cho highlights three key issues addressed in the Report on the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (1970) - universal childcare, violence against women and access to abortion. The film uses historical and contemporary footage to question why new generations of Canadian women are still struggling with these issues. Screening at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto on February 5th.

Martha Friendly: Why high-quality universal child care is part of a more equal Canada for all of us
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/martha-friendly-why-high-quality-universal-child-care-part-
21 Jan 2013 | Canada
Martha Friendly responds to the Broadbent Institute's Equality Paper and argues that, "economic, generational, gender and racial equality means creating public structures to sustain families and children by ensuring that the necessary resources to support them are provided using public funds generated through a fair tax system.".

Cash for childcare: Experiences from Finland, Norway and Sweden
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/01/cash-childcare-experiences-finland-norway-and-sweden
21 Jan 2013 | International
Report from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung argues that "cash for childcare benefits are considered detrimental to gender equality, undermining mothers’ employment and the development of childcare services".

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

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

Ontario Tories would delay full-day kindergarten, slash thousands of education jobs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/ontario-tories-would-delay-full-day-kindergarten-slash-thousands-edu
24 Jan 2013 | Ontario

Editorial: PQ should use private daycares to expand public system
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/editorial-pq-should-use-private-daycares-expand-public-system
24 Jan 2013 | Quebec

Hike population by fixing daycare, NDP critic says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/hike-population-fixing-daycare-ndp-critic-says
23 Jan 2013 | Newfoundland

Sudbury council asks for daycare cost-cutting help
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/sudbury-council-asks-daycare-cost-cutting-help
22 Jan 2013 | Ontario

Review compares methodology of US and Norway child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/01/review-compares-methodology-us-and-norway-child-care
22 Jan 2013 | Europe, United States

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

13. 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:
(older external links may be broken)

January 25, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/25/
States and Medicaid Expansion (4 articles)
Child Poverty – Detroit, MI (2 articles)
- includes "Study: 60 percent of Detroit kids live in poverty"
Child Welfare System – Arizona

January 24, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/24/
Child Welfare System – Oregon

January 23, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/23/
Kids Count Report – Nebraska (2 articles)
Medicaid and Co-payments

January 22, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/01/22/
US High School Graduation Rate (3 articles)

January 21, 2013 - no Poverty Dispatch for today

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

14. [U.S.] Policy Basics: Federal Rental Assistance Programs - January 25
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

From the
(U.S.) Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

* Policy Basics: Federal Rental Assistance Programs
HTML - http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3890
PDF (3 pages) - http://www.cbpp.org/files/PolicyBasics-housing-1-25-13RA.pdf
Federal rental assistance enables 5 million low-income households to afford modest homes. Three major programs — Housing Choice Vouchers, Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, and Public Housing— assist about 90 percent of these households.

* Housing Choice Vouchers:
HTML - http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=279
PDF (2 pages) - http://www.cbpp.org/files/PolicyBasics-housing-1-25-13vouch.pdf
Created in the 1970s, the “Section 8” Housing Choice Voucher Program has become the dominant form of federal housing assistance.

* Section 8 Project-based Rental Assistance
H
TML - http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3891
PDF (2 pages) - http://www.cbpp.org/files/PolicyBasics-housing-1-25-13PBRA.pdf
The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs enable more than 2 million people in 1.2 million low-income households to afford modest apartments by contracting with private owners to rent some or all of the units in their housing developments to low-income families.

* Public Housing
HTML -
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=2528
PDF (3 pages) - http://www.cbpp.org/files/policybasics-housing.pdf
Public housing is one of the nation’s three main rental assistance programs. Public housing developments provide affordable homes to 2.2 million low-income Americans.

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

http://www.cbpp.org/
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

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

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

15. [U.K.] - Beyond the bottom line: The challenges and opportunities of a living wage - January 20
(Institute for Public Policy Research)

[U.K.] Beyond the bottom line: The challenges and opportunities of a living wage (PDF - 1MB, 77 pages)
http://www.ippr.org/images/media/files/publication/2013/01/beyond-bottom-line_living-wage_Jan2013_10162.pdf
By Kayte Lawton and Matthew Pennycook
20 Jan 2013
This report from IPPR and the Resolution Foundation [ http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/ ] provides significant new detail on the value, costs and impacts of the living wage, for employees and employers alike.

Source:
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
http://www.ippr.org/
IPPR is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank.
We produce rigorous research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world.

Related links:

Living wage could save £2bn - think tank research
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20853767
27 December 2012
Widespread use of a so-called living wage could save the government £2bn a year, according to two think tanks.
The saving has been calculated by the Resolution Foundation and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). They say paying staff at least £7.45 per hour outside London, and £8.55 within the capital, would boost the nationwide income by £6.5bn a year. But the government would collect more income tax and pay out less in benefits and tax credits...
Source:
BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/

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Living wage zones could become key Labour pledge
Cross-party support in Westminster for radical plan to encourage pay policy across public and private sectors
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/20/living-wage-zones-labour
By Toby Helm
20 January 2013
The first detailed blueprint for boosting the wages of millions of low-paid private and public sector workers, while saving the Treasury billions of pounds a year, is released today by two leading thinktanks as support for the living wage grows at Westminster.
Source:
The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/

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Living Wage : The Canadian Context

A Living Wage: Why It Matters:
A toolkit of resources

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario/livingwageON
What’s a living wage and why does it matter?
We’ve pulled together nine helpful resources on the subject.
Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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Click the link below for more online resources
on living wages in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

16. World Economic Forum 2013 : "In secret meetings in tiny rooms, the rich plot to get even richer" - January 21
(The Guardian - U.K.)

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013
Davos, Switzerland
January 30 to February 2, 2013

From
The Guardian (U.K.):

An action-packed thriller is about to unfold in Davos, Switzerland
In secret meetings in tiny rooms, the rich plot to get even richer
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/21/davos-switzerland-rich-plotting-richer
21 January 2013
By Aditya Chakrabortty
I have an idea for a particularly mediocre film. The plot runs thus: a bunch of rich white men gather in an Alpine hamlet. (...) With this much cash flying about, busted film stars and semi-retired pop singers swoop in. (...) But away from the gluhwein and the gabfest, the real action is slowly revealed. The businessmen summon prime ministers and presidents to secret meetings in tiny rooms, where they order the lives of the billions consigned to the plains below – and so make themselves even richer.
(...)
Perhaps you think my scenario is too crass to be credible, yet a far cruder version is about to unfold: it's called Davos. More than 2,500 business executives and bankers will converge on the highest town in Europe for the annual World Economic Forum. For the next five days, Davos will, it's safe to say, boast more millionaires per square foot than anywhere else on the planet.
(...)
The summit's notional purpose is to allow heads of businesses and of state to mull over the future for the world economy. The theme of this year's conference is "Resilient dynamism" which, true to Davos form, is a title that would make equal sense, or nonsense, the other way round.
(...)
...this is what makes Davos so fascinating: it is the most perfect case study of how the practitioners of free-market, globalised capitalism give the public one explanation for what they are doing and why, while privately pursuing the complete opposite.

Source:
The Guardian (U.K.)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/21/davos-switzerland-rich-plotting-richer

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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013
http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2013
30-Jan-2013 to 02-Feb-2013
Davos, Switzerland

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

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

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

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World Social Forum

The 2013 World Social Forum will take place in Tunis, March 23rd to 28th
http://www.ong-ngo.org/en/the-2013-world-social-forum-will-take-place-in-tunis-march-23rd-to-28th/
August 17, 2012
The International Council (IC) of the World Social Forum (WSF) met from 15 to 17 July in Monastir, Tunisia, to discuss the new global social and political dynamics in the emergence of resistance movements in different parts of the world, the organization of the next edition of the WSF and the future of the IC and the Forum process. On the occasion, announced the time, date and place of the next edition of the World Social Forum, which will take place from 23 to 28 March 2013 in Tunis, the Tunisian capital.

Information note on World Social Forum International Council
http://www.forumdesalternatives.org/en/information-note-on-world-social-forum-international-council

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

World Social Forum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Social_Forum
The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting of civil society organizations, first held in Brazil, which offers a self-conscious effort to develop an alternative future through the championing of counter-hegemonic globalization

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

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

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

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)

Below is the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

23 January 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1311
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4557
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Iran executes juvenile offender
- Russia plans to test schoolchildren for drug use
- Children killed by African Union peacekeepers in Somalia
- Conflict in Mali spawns human rights abuses
- Former Chad dictator to stand trial for war crimes
- Low-income parents forced to give up children
- Bubble trouble in kindergarten
- Children given views on violence in custody
- Border police failing to protect vulnerable migrants
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Mali
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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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/
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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GEORGE CARLINISMS

Do people in Australia call the rest of the world "up over"?
Does that screwdriver really belong to Philip?
Can a stupid person be a smart-ass?
Does killing time damage eternity?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?
Why is it that night falls but day breaks?
Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand?
Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
y is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Are part-time bandleaders semi-conductors?
Can you buy an entire chess set in a pawn shop?
Daylight savings time - why are they saving it and where do they keep it?
Did Noah keep his bees in archives?
Do pilots take crash-courses?
Do stars clean themselves with meteor showers?
Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?
How do you get off a non-stop flight?
How do you write zero in Roman numerals?
How many weeks are there in a light year?
If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his Walkman?
If athletes get athlete's foot, do astronauts get mistletoe?
If Barbie's so popular, why do you have to buy all her friends?
If blind people wear dark glasses, why don't deaf people wear earmuffs?
If cats and dogs didn't have fur would we still pet them?
If peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter, then what are Girl Scout cookies made out of?
If space is a vacuum, who changes the bags?
If swimming is good for your shape, then why do the whales look the way they do?
If tin whistles are made out of tin, what do they make fog horns out of?
If white wine goes with fish, do white grapes go with sushi?
If you can't drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots?
If you jog backwards, will you gain weight?
How come wrong numbers are never busy?
Why do they call it "chili" if it's hot?
Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game, when we are already there?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

More:
http://www.gcfl.net/archive.php?funny=1371

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11 Common Words You're Probably Mispronouncing
http://drupal.mentalfloss.com/article/32273/11-common-words-youre-probably-mispronouncing

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Cursor, cursor, where's my cursor?
http://www.pointerpointer.com/

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Ocean (2012) - John Butler - Studio Version (video, duration 12:05)
http://vimeo.com/47637849

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A Cat's Guide To Caring For A Human (video, duration 3:15)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xTQGatWdFOY

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Chicken and egg question answered
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/may/26/uknews

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