Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 27, 2011


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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,384 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...

IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:


Canadian content

1. $25.7 Billion spent on disability in Canada poorly coordinated? (Institute for Work & Health) - Winter 2011
2. Ontario toughens welfare diet rules (Ministry of Community and Social Services) - February 26
3. The Fiscal Monitor – December 2010 (Finance Canada) - February 25
4. Alberta Budget 2011 - February 24

5. British Columbia Liberal Leadership Candidates' Poverty Plans (StrategicThoughts.com) - February 22
6. Minimum wage in New Brunswick is keeping thousands of workers in poverty (Common Front for Social Justice) - February 21
7. The shame of Legal Aid Ontario (By Clayton Ruby in The Lawyers Weekly) - February 25 issue
8. [British Columbia] Community Health Online Digital Archive Research Resource (historical BC NGO resources)

9. Tough on poverty, tough on crime (By Senator Hugh Segal in the Toronto Star) - February 20

10. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French (RDI)
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2010 - February 24
--- Apprenticeable occupations and the employment downturn in Canada, October 2008 to October 2010 - February 24
--- Doctoral Students and University Teaching Staff - February 24
--- Study: Inside the labour market downturn, October 2008 to October 2010 - February 23
--- Public Sector Employment, Fourth quarter 2010 - February 22

12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - February 27

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. Twenty Facts About U.S. Inequality that Everyone Should Know ( Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality)
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]



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* 23,906 people have so far, including me
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1. $25.7 Billion spent on disability in Canada poorly coordinated?
(Institute for Work & Health
)

$25.7 Billion spent on disability in Canada poorly coordinated?

In 2008-2009, the federal and provincial-territorial
governments in Canada spent an estimated $25.7 Billion on disability benefits.

This figure includes Canada and Quebec Pension Plans disability benefits, Employment Insurance sickness benefits, veterans' disability benefits, various tax measures, provincial workers' compensation benefits and social assistance disability benefits and employment-based long-term disability plans.

At issue: Income security
for persons with disabilities in Canada
(Winter 2011)
A more coordinated and client-oriented approach is needed for disability benefit programs in Canada, according to a new Issue Briefing from the Institute for Work & Health. (...) “The current array of disability programs is not a system, but a disconnected array of federal, provincial and private programs, some of which pay little or no attention to helping disabled workers reintegrate into the workforce,” says John Stapleton, the lead author of the briefing.

Source:
At Work Newsletter :Winter 2011 issue (PDF- 3.7MB, 8 pages)
- includes the article highlighted above and five other articles.
[ At Work Newsletter Home Page (incl. links to all six articles in this issue of the newsletter)
Key research findings from the Institute for Work & Health, featuring evidence-based health and safety information that affects workers and informs workplace decision-makers. ]
[ At Work Past Issues ]

Source:
Institute for Work & Health
The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and share research that protects and improves the health of working people and is valued by policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians, and health & safety professionals.

Related links:

A patchwork quilt: Income security for Canadians with disabilities (PDF - 535K, 4 pages)
Issue Briefing
By John Stapleton and Stephanie Procyk
November 29, 2010
Source:
Institute for Work & Health

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Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers.
Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration
(PDF - 1MB, 84 pages)
September 2010

Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

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

2. Ontario toughens welfare diet rules - February 26
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

Ontario toughens welfare diet rules
By Jonathan Jenkins
February 26, 2011
TORONTO - Extra cash for chronically ill welfare recipients to eat healthy will be harder to get starting April 1 under new rules designed to combat fraud and comply with an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling -- changes that are making some sick people nervous. (...) As of April, recipients of the special diet allowance will all have to reapply for the program, consent to have their relevant medical records checked and have their applications signed by a doctor or registered nurse practitioner, nutritionist or midwife. As well, there are changes to the rates people with different conditions would be paid, with some afflictions getting less money or delisted altogether.
Source:
CNEWS (canoe.ca)

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Related links:

From the Ontario
Ministry of Community and Social Services
:

Special Diet Allowance Changes
The Special Diet Allowance helps social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions receive the special diets they need to help manage their conditions. The Special Diet Allowance will change on April 1, 2011 to make the program more accountable and comply with a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision. The Special Diet Allowance is one of the many social assistance benefits that will be considered in the context of Ontario’s social assistance review.

* How to apply for the revised Special Diet Allowance
* List of eligible medical conditions

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From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

Special Diet Allowance:
Why The Program Is Changing
(Word file - 81K, 2 pages)
February 11, 2011

The Special Diet Allowance:
What You Should Know
(Word file - 113K, 4 pages)
February 11, 2011

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

3. The Fiscal Monitor – December 2010 - February 25
(Finance Canada)

Release of the Fiscal Monitor
News Release + Highlights
February 25, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for December 2010.

Highlights:
December 2010 : Budgetary deficit of $1.4 Billion
April to December 2010 : Budgetary deficit of $27.4 Billion

Related document:

The Fiscal Monitor - December 2010

[ earlier editions of The Fiscal Monitor - going back to 1996 ]

Source:
Finance Canada

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

4. Alberta Budget 2011 - February 24

Alberta Budget 2011
February 24, 2011

- includes links to newsroom, charts and graphs and other budget documents

Budget 2011 lays the foundation to build a better Alberta
Province well-positioned for return to economic growth

News Release
February 24, 2011
- includes Budget highlights

Government and Ministry Business Plans, 2011-14
* Employment and Immigration
(PDF - 237K, 4 pages) - dept. responsible for welfare
* Children and Youth Services
(PDF - 79K, 4 pages)
* Seniors and Community Supports (PDF - 80K, 4 pages)

Source:
Alberta Finance and Enterprise

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

A Political Geyser Gushes to the Surface (PDF - 432K, 3 pages)
The Alberta government released its 2011 budget earlier today. The tone of the budget picks up from last year with the need for austerity and long-run fiscal sustainability. For a second straight year, several ministries saw cuts to their departmental allocations. However, all but $240 million of the savings generated from this restraint will be re-invested in key priority areas like health and education.
Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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Media:

'Practical' Alta. budget projects $3.4 billion deficit
February 24, 2011
Alberta's Progressive Conservative government is projecting a $3.4 billion deficit for the 2011-12 fiscal year, while relying heavily on the savings account known as the Sustainability Fund for billions of dollars of spending on infrastructure and health. The fund, now forecast at $11.2 billion, is projected to end the fiscal year at $5.3 billion, but Finance Minister Lloyd Snelgrove defended his government's use of the money.
Source:
CBC News

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Alberta freezes student assistance, operating grants
Council of Alberta University Students says budget does not improve access to university
By Sarah Petz
February 25, 2011
While post secondary education in Alberta may have faired [sic] better with this year’s provincial budget than in 2010, some student representatives are still concerned that the funding allocated is not enough to make up for last year’s drastic cuts.The ministry of Advanced Education and Technology saw a 1.2 per cent increase to its operational support budget, which covers basic operational funding for Alberta post secondary education. However, funding for student assistance programs and operating grants to universities and colleges have been held at 2010 levels. The budget also saw payouts from the Access to the Future Fund, an endowment created in 2005 to match private donations to post secondary institutions, suspended for two years, leaving $700 worth of donations left in limbo, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Source:
Macleans.ca On Campus

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

- Go to the 2011 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2011.htm

5. British Columbia Liberal Leadership Candidates' Poverty Plans
(
StrategicThoughts.com
)

British Columbia

Poverty Plans
By David Schreck
February 22, 2011

In preparation for the BC Liberal leadership vote on February 26, the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition asked each of the five leadership candidates some questions around poverty reduction. On the Coalition website's home page, you'll find a link to those questions, a brief summary of each would-be leader's responses and a link to each of their websites. Pundit David Schreck offers his views (with a special focus on poverty plans) concerning a recent Shaw Cable BC Liberal leadership debate, along with some observations about the poverty reduction initiatives underway in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Source:
StrategicThoughts.com
This is the personal website of David Schreck - political pundit, former MLA and former Special Advisor to the (NDP) Premier, among other accomplishments.

For more links to more BC poverty reduction information, go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies
and Campaigns page of this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

... and click the BC link near the top of the page.

6. Minimum wage in New Brunswick is keeping thousands of workers in poverty - February 21
(Common Front for Social Justice)

Press conference following World Day of Social Justice:
Minimum wage in New Brunswick is keeping thousands of workers in poverty
(PDF - 191K, 6 pages)
February 21, 2011
February 20th was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations as World Day of Social Justice in 2007. By unanimously adopting this day of reflection about “opening up our tents”, the 192 members of the UN recognize that the objective of social development is social justice, solidarity, harmony and equality within and among countries. (...) On this day following World Day of Social Justice, we at the Common Front for Social Justice wish to publicly state that in New Brunswick (N.B.), thousands of workers are living in poverty. Indeed, poor people are getting poorer and rich people are getting richer. The Common Front for Social Justice is concerned about three proposals [concerning the minimum wage] coming mainly from employers in the business sector:
1. Proposal for a different minimum wage for workers in training.
2. Proposal for a lower minimum wage for the food service sector.
3. Proposal for a lower minimum wage for workers under the age of 18.

Source:
Common Front for Social Justice:
[ Front commun pour la justice sociale ]

The Common Front for Social Justice is fighting to build a more humane society based on the respect and dignity of all. We want a New Brunswick without poverty. We want a society which gives each and everyone a decent living, in particular by having a minimum wage and social income on which citizens can live on and not just exist.

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Related links:

Minimum wage hike in
New Brunswick will hurt more than help

Moncton, February 16, 2011
In spite of government's promise to re-examine planned minimum wage hikes, it just confirmed small businesses' worst fear - the minimum wage will increase on April 1st by 50 cents and then on September 1st by another 50 cents to finally reach $10 per hour. This total jump of 10 per cent in one year alone will put New Brunswick in second place tied with the oil-rich Newfoundland and Labrador among all provinces.
Source:
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

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From the CBC:

The Other Side of the Minimum Wage Coin (audio podcast interview)
February 15, 2011
"Kevin Steen, president of Damascus Coffee in Riverview, and Real Robichaud, Executive Director of Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, talk about the increase of minimum wages and how it will affect the province."
[ Also included in this clip, but curiously omitted from the CBC's description in the above blurb, is a brief exchange with Jean-Claude Basque, Co-chair of the Common Front for Social justice. ]

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Related links:

Minimum Wage : Reframing the Debate (PDF - 4.5MB, 36 pages)
February 2011
Source:
Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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Flogging a Dead Horse:
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) on Minimum Wage

By Andrew Jackson
February 10, 2011
Source:
The Progressive Economics Forum

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Current and Forthcoming Minimum
Hourly Wage Rates for Adult Workers in Canada

Source:
Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

7. The shame of Legal Aid Ontario - February 25 issue
(By Clayton Ruby in The Lawyers Weekly)

The shame of Legal Aid Ontario
By Clayton Ruby*
February 25, 2011
Ontario is providing third rate legal services to the poor, and it is time it stopped. Chris Bentley is the Attorney General of Ontario. He should be ashamed. John McCamus is chair of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). He should be ashamed. They are not ashamed, of course. They have status, position and power. They don’t value access to justice. (...) The attorney general and the chair of LAO cannot invoke justice to justify the inadequate services we allow to the poorest of us. Indeed, many of the clients are mentally ill, disturbed, isolated, or so thoroughly beaten down that they cannot take on yet another fight. They cannot organize effectively. This province ignores their cries for justice?—? because it can.
(...)
Legal aid has become a scheme so tattered that it is held together by family, criminal and immigration lawyers who effectively donate their services. This is charity. As José Saramago, writer of Blindness, who won the Nobel Prize for literature, said: “Charity is what is left when there is neither kindness nor justice.”

[ * Clayton Ruby holds an honourary Doctor of Laws degree awarded by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a bencher of the law society and a Member of the Order of Canada. ]

Source:
The Lawyers Weekly

Related link:

Legal Aid Ontario
The 1998 (Ontario) Legal Aid Services Act establishes Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), an independent but publicly funded and publicly accountable non-profit corporation, to administer the province's legal aid program.

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

8. [British Columbia] Community Health Online Digital Archive Research Resource
(historical NGO resources
)

Attention, BC history buffs:

Community Health Online Digital Archive Research Resource (CHODARR)
The goal of CHODARR is to improve health and social welfare research and advocacy by providing academic and community-based health researchers and social justice advocates a resource to share and preserve share their research products. CHODARR is a permanent, catalogued and publicly accessible online digital archive of research materials related to health and social welfare, with an emphasis on housing, gender, aboriginal issues, HIV and mental health.

BROWSE the CHODARR collection
- archived newsletters, reports and research going back to the early 1990s
from a number of organizations including:
» AIDS Vancouver Collection (31 Records)
» British Columbia Persons with AIDS Society Collection (78 Records)
» Carnegie Newsletter Collection (17347 Records back to 1986)
» Centre for Native Policy and Research Collection (14 Records)
» Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Collection (137 Records)
» End Legislated Poverty Collection (66 Records)
» General collection (29 Records)
» Health and Home Collection (83 Records)
» Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users Collection (575 Records)
» Vancouver Women’s Health Collective Collection (407 Records)

Thanks for this archival tip to my friend Penny of PovNet,
an online anti-poverty community without equal in Canada.
I heartily recommend PovNet!

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

9. Tough on poverty, tough on crime - February 20
(By Senator Hugh Segal
in the Toronto Star)

Tough on poverty, tough on crime
February 20, 2011
By Senator Hugh Segal
Debates about whether approaches to crime and corrections in Canada are too soft or too tough are ongoing and endemic.
While the partisan debate continues unabated, the real issue is why prisons disproportionately house our most vulnerable citizens. While all those Canadians who live beneath the poverty line are by no means associated with criminal activity, almost all those in Canada’s prisons come from beneath the poverty line. Less than 10 per cent of Canadians live beneath the poverty line but almost 100 per cent of our prison inmates come from that 10 per cent. There is no political ideology, on the right or left, that would make the case that people living in poverty belong in jail...
[ Comments (82)]
Source:
Toronto Star

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

10. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada

Available in French only (see English text below):

Naufragés des villes *
Série de dix émissions hebdomadaires débutant lundi le 24 janvier à 20h, heure de l'est à RDI.
Les dix émissions seront diffusées tous les lundis à 20h et rediffusées les samedis à 21h 30.
Peut-on vivre à Montréal avec 19,47 $ par jour?
Autrement dit, est-il possible de survivre avec une prestation d'aide sociale?
Cette question est à l'origine de la série documentaire Naufragés des villes qui suit pendant deux mois deux volontaires livrés à eux-mêmes au coeur de Montréal avec la somme de 19,47 $ par jour.
[ * Cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour plus de renseignements au sujet
de la série et pour visionner les épisodes en entier sur votre ordinateur. ]
Source:
Radio-Canada

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English:

Naufragés des villes (available in French only)
U
nofficial translation : Urban Castaways

Ten-part series (starting January 24, Monday nights on RDI) about life on welfare in Montreal.
All programs in the series will be broadcast on Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time on RDI and re-broadcast on Saturdays at 9:30pm
.
If you click on the program website link, you'll find a link to each episode after it's broadcast, so you can watch anytime on your computer.
If you understand French, I highly recommend the series, because there will be many comparisons throughout the ten programs between life on welfare in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada.
English abstract:
What exactly does it mean to be poor in Canada today?
We find out as two volunteers leave behind their status, résumé, network of friends and bank cards. Throughout the two-month experiment, they will have no financial resources except the $19 a day we provide them – the equivalent of welfare benefits for a person living alone. With handpicked experts and social workers watching and analyzing, their journey will be the main focus of a 10-episode series documenting their efforts to find housing, food, medical care, clothing, jobs . . . and deal with prejudice. Using hidden cameras and daily check-ins, we document their progress.
Source:
Radio-Canada (French home page)

- 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

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2010 - February 24
--- Apprenticeable occupations and the employment downturn in Canada, October 2008 to October 2010 - February 24
--- Doctoral Students and University Teaching Staff - February 24
--- Study: Inside the labour market downturn, October 2008 to October 2010 - February 23
--- Public Sector Employment, Fourth quarter 2010 - February 22

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

February 24, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2010
Between December 2009 and December 2010, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 4.5% to $872.12. December marked the fifth consecutive month during which year-over-year growth was above 4.0%. In comparison, average weekly earnings grew by 2.4% from December 2008 to December 2009.
Source:
Employment, Earnings and Hours - product main page*
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE:
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month after this report first appears in The Daily.
* 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
* Employment and unemployment
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

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February 24, 2011
Study: Apprenticeable occupations
and the employment downturn in Canada, October 2008 to October 2010

The decrease in employment between October 2008 and October 2009 was larger in occupations for which an apprenticeship program exists than in all other occupations combined. However, in the subsequent year, the recovery in employment was stronger in these apprenticeable occupations than in all other occupations.

Related subjects:

* Education, training and learning
* Adult education and training
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Job training and educational attainment

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February 24, 2011
Doctoral Students and University Teaching Staff
February 2011
- includes trend analysis and charts covering the following topics:
* Enrolments in doctoral programs * Earned doctorates * University faculty * Gender differences by discipline * Notable gains for women
Source:
Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets - Product main page*
The fact sheets in this series provide an "at-a-glance" overview of particular aspects of education in Canada and summarize key data trends in selected tables published as part of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP). The PCEIP mission is to publish a set of statistical measures on education systems in Canada for policy makers, practitioners and the general public to monitor the performance of education systems across jurisdictions and over time.
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[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]---

Related link:

Education Matters - Product main page*
This free online periodical provides summary information on issues and gives access to education indicators and Canadian education analysis. It presents information, statistics and analysis in a non-technical, highly readable format for teachers, students, parents, education associations, researchers and policy makers [ This free online periodical provides summary information on issues and gives access to education indicators and Canadian education analysis. It presents information, statistics and analysis in a non-technical, highly readable format for teachers, students, parents, education associations, researchers and policy makers.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

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February 23, 2011
Study: Inside the labour market downturn, October 2008 to October 2010
Employment rebounded more quickly from the recent economic downturn than it did in the recessions of the early 1980s and early 1990s.

Inside the labour market downturn
February 23, 2011
* Highlights
* Full article:
--- HTML version
--- PDF version
(259K, 14 pages)

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

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February 22, 2011
Public Sector Employment, Fourth quarter 2010
Public sector employment on a seasonally adjusted basis rose to 3,612,000 in the fourth quarter, up 3,000 from the third quarter. Employment increased 0.7% in federal general government and by 0.6% in universities and colleges. These gains were partly offset by a 0.6% decrease in local general government.

Related subjects:

* Government
* Employment and remuneration

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

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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35,000 Census jobs across Canada (April-August 2011)
Looking for Enumerators and
Crew Leader/Supervisors in your community!

* Available jobs
* Who should apply?
* The hiring process

[ Apply NOW - online or by mail! ]*

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PLUS:
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1,200 jobs in the Census Data Operations Centre in Gatineau QC (April-September 2011)
NOTE : these 1,200 positions are open to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec residents only.

Source:
2011 Census of Canada
The next census will take place in May 2011.

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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 - February 27

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

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February 27, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Early childhood education and care: Providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow
23 Feb 11
- Document from the European Commission launches a process to improve access to ECEC services and to raise quality throughout EU Member States.

Les structures associatives de la petite enfance: Des valeurs mises en danger!
23 Feb 11
- Short video from France creatively captures the issues at stake in the privatization of French child care.

Alberta improves parents' access to quality child care
23 Feb 11
- Press release from the Government of Alberta says the province has reached its goal under the Creating Child Care Choices plan.

Alberta's child care system still struggling
23 Feb 11
- Press release from Public Interest Alberta says the province is ending Space Creation Innovation Funding despite long waiting lists for quality child care.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Alberta day-care expansion program closes, but subsidies will continue: minister
[CA-AB] 23 Feb 11

· Essential to know the pitfalls of childcare
[AU] 23 Feb 11

· Childcare woes thwart bilingualism
[BC] 23 Feb 11

· Spaces must be affordable
[CA-ON] 21 Feb 11

· Toronto searching for solutions
[CA-ON] 19 Feb 11

· Distance makes the daycare dash a drag
[CA-ON] 19 Feb 11

· Toronto lawyer recalls halcyon daycare days
[CA-ON] 19 Feb 11

· Brussels calls for 'universal' child care
[EU] 18 Feb 11

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

- 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.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

February 25:
Application Process for SNAP - Connecticut
Medicaid and Home Care
General Assistance Program - California
Earned Income Tax Credit
Paid Parental Leave
UNICEF Report: State of the World's Children 2011

February 24:
School Lunch Programs
Population Decrease in US Counties

February 23:
Health Insurance Coverage for Low-Income Adults - Pennsylvania
States and Medicaid Cuts
Financial Services in Poor Areas

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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To subscribe to this email list, send an email to:
povdispatch-request@ssc.wisc.edu?subject=subscribe

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

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

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

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

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

14. Twenty Facts About U.S. Inequality that Everyone Should Know
(Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality
)

Twenty Facts About U.S. Inequality that Everyone Should Know
Links to 20 graphics:
*
Wage Inequality * CEO pay * Wealth Inequality *
Education Wage Premium * Gender Pay Gaps * Occupational Sex Segregation * Racial Gaps in Education * Racial Discrimination * Poverty * Residential Segregation * Health Insurance * Intragenerational Income Mobility * Bad Jobs * Discourage Workers * Homelessness * Intergenerational Income Mobility * Deregulation of the Labor Market * Job Losses * Immigrants and Inequality * Productivity and Real Income

See also:

Key Issues in Poverty & Inequality
- incl. links to online resources
organized under the following topics:
[NOTE : Only a few selected links are highlighted below.
To access links to all topics, click the Key Issues links above.]
* Children * Citizenship & Civil Rights * Conflict - War & Instability * Consumption & Lifestyles * Crime & the Legal System * Development Economics * Disabilities * Discrimination & Prejudice * Education * Elites * Environment * Gender * Globalization * Health & Mental Health * History of Inequality * Immigration * Income & Wealth * Labor Markets * Land - Housing & Homelessness * Lifecourse - Family & Demography * Measurement & Methodology * Organizations * Philosophy * Policy * Politics & Political Economy * Poverty * Public Opinion & Attitudes * Race & Ethnicity * Sexual Orientation * Social Class & Occupations * Social Mobility * Social Networks * Theory * Transportation * Future of Inequality

Source:
Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality
[ Stanford University ]

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

15. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

Latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

23 February 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1214
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Update on inhuman sentencing: Yemen
- State repression of civilian uprising: Libya
- A (gendered) step forward: Afghanistan
- Settlement for child deaths: Nigeria
- Accountability for sexual violence: DR Congo
- Increase in child prostitution: Malaysia
- Backing child labour: European Union
- Physical child abuse: Sweden
- Voting for children's rights: Ireland
Employment
Jargon of the Week
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

NOTE: see http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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

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

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

 


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Wacky
Definitions:

hebrew: the manly beer

hermit: lady's baseball glove

hierarch: what Noah needed for the giraffes

hollandaise: Dutch coma

holstein: an entire beer mug

hundred: fear of Attila

khakis: what you need to start the car in Boston

kindred: horror of relatives

ohnosecond: that minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.

pasteurize: too far to see

Polaroids: what Arctic bears get from sitting on icecaps

polygon: a missing parrot

saplings: babes in the woods

shotgun wedding: a case of wife or death

telecommunications: a bit far-fetched

toad: what happens to an illegally-parked frog

will: a dead giveaway

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Man, those martial arts are brutal --- not! (video)
http://www.wimp.com/taekwondofight/
(Safe for sensitive eyes)

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Stop motion: Organizing the bookcase (video)
http://www.wimp.com/organizingbookcase/

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The Colour Clock
http://thecolourclock.co.uk/
Nice screen-saver for clock-watchers...

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Kill some time:
http://www.jimmyr.com/
(OK, kill *lotsa* time.)

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Free software
http://www.bigbrains.com/free-software/