Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 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 2,393 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. The 2011 federal election will take place on May 2, 2011
2. Saskatchewan 2011-12 Budget - March 23, 2011
3. Federal Government 2011-12 Budget - March 22
4. New Brunswick 2011-12 Budget - March 22
5. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for January 2011 (Finance Canada) - March 22
6. Running on Empty: A Decade of Hunger in Ontario (Ontario Association of Food Banks) - March 2011

7. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French (RDI)
8.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Consumption patterns among aging Canadians, 1982 to 2008
- March 25
--- Employment Insurance, January 2011
- March 24
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2010
- March 24
--- Government Finance Statistics, fourth quarter 2010
- March 24
--- Leading indicators, February 2011
- March 22
9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
10. Openparliament.ca - Keep tabs on Parliament.

International content

11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
12. [U.S.] The Atlantic Magazine : April 2011 issue:
----- The 12 States of America (income inequality)
----- Secret Fears of the Super-Rich
13. [U.S.] Policy Affects Poverty: The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2009 (New York City - Center for Economic Opportunity)
14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

[ gilseg@rogers.com ]




1. Federal election 2011 - May 2, 2011

Harper confirms Canadians heading to polls May 2
March 26
Canadians will go to the polls on May 2, Stephen Harper announced Saturday morning after visiting Gov. Gen. David Johnston and asking to have Parliament officially dissolved. The move comes after MPs voted Friday in favour of a Liberal motion that said Parliament had lost confidence in the government. The motion cited a ruling earlier in the week that found the Conservatives in contempt of Parliament.
Source:
CTV.ca

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Vote Compass - Whose views are most like yours?
Take this short survey to see which party leader's views are most similar to yours.
[OMG, I'm Green!]

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Catch-22
A voter-powered campaign to Defeat the Harper Conservatives

Catch 22 Harper Conservatives is a national, grassroots, pro-democracy campaign to help defeat the Conservative government in the next election. The campaign is not affiliated with any political party or organization.

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Why Stop Harper!
This website will focus on the more than 100 reasons that Canadian voters should not support Stephen Harper's Conservative Party in the next election.
Excerpt:
The government drastically cut funding for Status of Women Canada and even took the word “equality” out of its mandate. He has eroded pay equity, calling it “a rip off.” In spite of the fact that the House of Commons has been calling for a comprehensive national strategy to combat violence against women since 2008, the government has failed to act.
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Recommended reading for anyone with short-term memory problems!

In the same vein...

Ten reasons to oppose the Harper candidate in your riding
By Kathleen O'Hara
The following is designed not to insult or ridicule the Harper Conservatives -- it is to show accurately and honestly why the Tories shouldn't run or represent Canada. Stephen Harper promised to "change the face of Canada" so drastically we wouldn't recognize it. He has succeeded and Canadians must decide if that is really what they want.
January 5, 2011
Source:
rabble.ca

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Openparliament.ca - Keep tabs on Parliament.
View the performance of your MP in the last Parliamentary session, the status of Bills and Debates

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CBC News Inside Politics Blog

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

- includes all of the above links and more

2. Saskatchewan 2011-12 Budget
March 23, 2011

Saskatchewan 2011-12 Budget - main budget page
March 23, 2011
Government is building on the economic momentum Saskatchewan has achieved by delivering a budget that helps to define the Saskatchewan Advantage. It will:
• Lower taxes;
• Improve public services; and,
• Reduce debt, all within the context of a balanced budget.
- includes all budget-related news releases (16 of them) and documents (Address - Estimates - Summary Book - Financial Overview - Budget Brochure)

The Saskatchewan Advantage : Lower Taxes, Improved Services, Less Debt (PDF - 51K, 2 pages)
News Release
March 23, 2011
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget that improves government services, reduces the provincial debt and lowers taxes for individuals, families, homeowners, farmers and businesses. Krawetz said the province’s growing economy has created “The Saskatchewan Advantage” and means Saskatchewan’s budget will be unlike most others tabled across Canada this year. (...)
The 2011-12 Budget cuts taxes by almost $200 million, reduces debt by $325 million and improves public services, while still posting a surplus of $115 million and leaving just over $710 million in the government’s “rainy day account” – the Growth and Financial Security Fund. Revenue for 2011-12 is forecasted to be $10.79 billion, up 8.5 per cent from last year’s budget while expense is expected to be $10.67 billion, up 5.5 per cent from last year. On a summary basis, that is, when all government operations are included, the budget surplus is expected to be $54.3 million.

BACKGROUNDER: Budget 2011-12 Key Facts and Figures (PDF - 40K, 5 pages)
- includes budget highlights by sector
Excerpt:
Social Services:
- $197.8 million total Child Welfare budget.
- $34 million for a new Saskatchewan Children and Youth Agenda.
- $15.3 million for a response to the Child Welfare Review. This will provide better support for children in care, strengthen home assessments within the child welfare system, increase the number of child protection workers and provide more intensive family supports, and an increase of 26.9 per cent in funding for the Family Finders Program, which has been very successful in finding First Nations families and interested individuals such as relatives in providing homes off-reserve for First Nations Children in care of the Minister.
- $26.6 million for caseload and cost per case increases in income assistance programs,
- $13.6 million or 3.9 per cent over the 2010-11 Forecast, largest increases in SAP, Rental Housing Supplement and Shelter Allowances.
- $33.9 million for social housing capital projects to match federal funding pre-funded.
- $15.8 million for intellectually disabled addressing wait lists and adding new individuals.
- $1.7 million for two new housing initiatives to create more affordable housing in Saskatchewan. This is on top of $33.9 million announced previously which will go toward renovation of existing government assisted housing and to support the development of new housing.

First Nations and Métis Relations:
- $3.6 million to maintain funding for all current Treaty Land Entitlement Agreements.
- $490,000 for the new Northern Action Plan – a three-year plan with an objective to reduce suicide rates and drug use among northern youth.
- $350,000 to support First Nations and Métis engagement in consultations on the Children
and Youth Agenda

[ All 16 news releases - these links are on the main Budget page for 2011-2012 ]

[ Links to Previous years' budgets ]

Source:
Saskatchewan Finance Department

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

What a Difference a Year Makes (PDF - 460K, 3 pages)
A year ago tomorrow, the Saskatchewan government tabled a preemptive budget layered with service cuts and tax hikes. This was done to avoid exerting a more comprehensive fiscal consolidation effort later on down the road. The 2011 budget released today looked nothing like its predecessor. The government’s tone has shifted from uncertainty and a need for restraint to securing long term economic prosperity. After last year’s belt tightening, new tax measures and spending initiatives were presented. All told, the Province is the first thus far in the budget season to report a surplus position of $20 million in FY 10-11 and $383 million in FY 11-12
Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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Selected media coverage:

From CBC News:

Tax cuts, extra spending in Sask. budget
March 23, 2011
Saskatchewan rolled out a surplus budget Wednesday that includes tax cuts and extra spending — and will be the last before a provincial election in the fall. The budget unveiled by Finance Minister Ken Krawetz Wednesday projects spending in the general revenue fund to come in at $10.7 billion, while revenues are about $10.8 billion, for the fiscal year that begins April 1. The result is a $115-million surplus in the general revenue fund, which covers ministries.

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Analysis by the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Saskatchewan Office:

The “Other Saskatchewan”
A Budget Response by CCPA Saskatchewan
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by Simon Enoch
March 24, 2011
If yesterday’s budget was designed to give something to everyone in order to win over voters for the upcoming election, then it is clear where the poorest and most vulnerable in our province rank in the minds of Sask Party electoral strategists. (...) Finance Minister Ken Krawetz also made repeated mention of the “Saskatchewan Advantage” – obviously borrowing from the oft-used “Alberta Advantage.” Let’s hope that the Sask Party is not intent on also borrowing Alberta’s record of wanton neglect for the poorest in that province as well; the “Other Saskatchewan” simply cannot afford it.

* NOTE: The URL for this file contains quote marks (" "):
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/"other-saskatchewan"

On some systems, these quote marks will be automatically re-coded as shown below by the browser, according to the rules for ASCII Control characters and Non-ASCII characters. And the URL will appear as:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/%E2%80%9Cother-saskatchewan%E2%80%9D

See which of the above two links works in your browser.
[If neither link works, go to the home page of the CCPA SK Office and do a site search for "budget response".
The link isn't on the CCPA-SK home page yet (March 24pm), but I'm sure it will be posted there quite soon.

I've sent an email to the CCPA Contact Us link to suggest a re-post of the file without the quote marks.
...
Which is why it's a good idea to avoid characters like quote marks and spaces between your words or characters when you're naming a file that will be uploaded to the Internet [ More on that : the techie-talk version ]

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

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

3. Budget 2011 - Government of Canada - March 22

Budget 2011 - Government of Canada
March 22, 2011
[ français ]
- main budget page, includes links to :
* The Budget Plan
* Budget Speech
* Budget in Brief
* not much more...

Harper Government launches next phase of
Canada's Economic Action Plan—a low-tax plan for jobs and growth

News Release
March 22, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled a budget plan that launches the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, a low-tax plan for jobs and growth, which keeps the Government on track to return to balanced budgets in the medium term.

[ Federal budgets for earlier years ]

Related link:

The Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan
—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth

- this is a link to the Canada’s Economic Action Plan website.

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

All signs point to a short shelf-life for today's federal budget (PDF - 870K, 4 pages)
The federal government released its budget earlier today. Included in this publication was a smattering of small measures such as a temporary credit for small businesses and renewed funding for the ecoEnergy retrofit program. However, given the Conservative government’s minority status in Parliament, the budget requires the support of at least one other party. All three opposition party leaders have declared that they will vote the budget down. Under this scenario, all of the new spending and tax items announced today would not be implemented.
Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ TD Bank Financial Group ]

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Selected media coverage:

From CBC News:

Opposition leaders reject federal budget
March 22, 2011
Opposition leaders immediately rejected the Conservative government's budget Tuesday, setting the stage for a possible spring election. Within minutes of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabling his "low-tax plan for jobs and growth" in the House of Commons, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe and NDP Jack Layton all said the budget didn't contain enough to warrant their support.

Related CBC Links:

* Weston says budget marks Tories' campaign kickoff
* Budget 2011: How satisfied are you with what's in it?
* Interactive : Something for everyone
* Online reaction to the 2011 budget
* Budget aims to build on growth

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* Budget 2011 - from the Globe and Mail

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* 2011 Federal Budget - from the Toronto Star

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Other selected analysis:

From the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
:

Federal budget 2011 and responses
23 Mar 11
CRRU has gathered budget documents, NGO responses and media coverage of the recent federal budget from the following groups:
* Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 22 Mar 11 : Harper budget priorities: Bread. Canadians’ priorities: Crumbs.
* YWCA Canada, 22 Mar 11 :
Child care gap fails the economy: Prisons not an investment in women’s safety
* Campaign 2000, 22 Mar 11 :
The budget: Measuring-out in coffee spoons for families
* Caledon Institute of Social Policy, 23 Mar 11 :
Policy agenda in search of a budget
* Public Service Alliance of Canada, 22 Mar 11 :
Federal budget fails seniors, workers and all Canadians
* Canadian Association of University Teachers, 22 Mar 11 : Another missed opportunity for post-secondary education and research
* Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), 22 Mar 11 :
“Bits and pieces” budget lacks vision for Canadian workers
* CUPE Newfoundland Labrador Division, 22 Mar 11 : Ditch the fighter jets and corporate tax cuts
* United Food and Commercial Workers, 23 Mar 11, Canada's largest private sector union says federal budget "falls short" for working families

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From the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE)
:

Designed to fail: Harper's nickel and dime 2011 budget
March 22, 2011
2011 Federal Budget Summary and Overview:
The 2011 federal budget is billed as the “low-tax plan for jobs and growth,” but there is little of substance new here—either on spending to create jobs or tax cuts. At most, it includes a lot of bits and pieces in a politically opportunistic bid to stay in power.

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From the
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC):

Analysis of the 2011 Federal Budget
22 March 2011
With unemployment and underemployment still at high levels, the federal government should have led the way to a sustained and broadly shared economic recovery. Instead, the Conservative Budget introduces only very modest new job creation and social spending measures, including a supplement to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for low income seniors, and a home energy retrofit program

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From the
Wellesley Institute
:

Federal budget 2011: Nothing to reverse
erosion in national housing / homelessness investments

The 2011 federal budget – released earlier this afternoon – does nothing to reverse the two decades of erosion in federal affordable housing investments (as set out in the Wellesley Institute’s Precarious Housing in Canada 2010). The latest federal budget, which may not be implemented as all three opposition parties have indicated that they do not support it, offers no new investments in housing or homelessness.

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From the
Canadian Centre
for Policy Alternatives
:

Harper Budget Priorities : Bread.
Canadians’ Priorities : Crumbs.

March 22, 2011
OTTAWA—Today’s federal budget looks more like an attempt to stay in power than a fiscal remedy for the real problems facing Canadians, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), an independent think tank. The CCPA’s leading economists find this year’s federal budget obscures the true cost of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s plan to balance the books while favouring Harper’s pet projects over Canadians’ priorities.

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From
Make Poverty History - Canada:

Federal Budget Fails to Address Poverty
March 22, 2011
An increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors of up to $600 a year for single seniors and $840 for couples is about the only measure in the federal budget that does anything to reduce poverty. And it will actually help a relatively small number of people because it is targeted only to those receiving the maximum GIS amount. Even this modest anti-poverty measure might not have been in the budget had it not been for a half hearted effort by the Conservatives to gain the support of the New Democratic Party. But the amount in the budget was not even a half measure. It was only about a third of what is needed to bring all seniors out of poverty and it wasn't enough to justify NDP or any other opposition party's support.

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From
Canada Without Poverty:

Federal budget offers little for struggling Canadians
Mar 22nd, 2011
This afternoon the Conservative government presented the 2011 budget with poor reviews. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty offered the same old “stay the course” rhetoric, which means that corporate tax cuts and a focus on slaying the deficit are paramount. Little was presented that surprise anti-poverty groups, although low-income seniors are given a modest increase through the guaranteed income supplement. This was not enough to keep opposition parties happy – all have rejected the budget pushing us even closer to an election call.

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

4. New Brunswick 2011-2012 Budget - March 22

New Brunswick 2011-2012 Budget
March 22, 2011
- main budget page, includes links to:
* Budget Speech
* News Release (see below)
* Economic Outlook
* Main Estimates
* Capital Estimates
* Fact Sheets
* Historical Budgets

Government cuts in 2011-12 budget forecast to reduce deficit by more than half
News Release
22 March 2011
FREDERICTON (CNB) – The provincial government tabled its 2011-12 budget today at the legislative assembly, announcing significant spending reductions and increased revenue measures expected to result in a smaller deficit, projected at $448.8 million. Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said the provincial government had been facing a $1-billion deficit if the spending trends of the past four years continued.

Source:
New Brunswick Department of Finance

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TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the Budget:

Welcome to life in fiscally-constrained New Brunswick (PDF - 418K, 3 pages)
By all accounts, today’s provincial budget is a defining one for the new Alward government and austerity was certainly the theme of the day. In an attempt to rein in the Province’s sizeable deficits, $220 million in new spending cuts and $100 million in new revenue-generating measures are to be in effect for FY 11-12.

Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
[ Part of the
TD Bank Financial Group
]

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Media:

From CBC News:

N.B.'s hard cuts to come: finance minister
Mar 23, 2011
New Brunswick's finance minister is cutting spending by $220 million in the upcoming fiscal year, but says he's putting off many of the difficult cuts for at least another year. Finance Minister Blaine Higgs, who announced the provincial budget Tuesday, said turning around such massive spending can't be done in one year and it has to be properly researched and analyzed first.

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Critique:

March 23, 2011
News release
Moncton- Provincial budget puts nothing in the plates of the poor. (PDF - 291K, 2 pages)
“All of them are already in the last notch of their belt, so how much more can they tighten it; right now their stomach is already touching their backbone,” stated Ms McCaustlin. “We are very disappointed with this first budget coming from the newly elected Alward government”, says Linda McCaustlin, co-chair of the Common Front for Social Justice. The Social Development Department will only have a 1.3% increase in the “Income Security” section of next year’s budget, barely enough to keep up with the inflation rate.
Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
The Common Front for Social Justice is one of the largest democratic and popular organizations in New Brunswick, with close to 75,000 group and individual members. The Common Front brings together individuals as well as local, regional and provincial organizations to work towards the eradication of poverty.

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Version française:

Communiqué
Le 23 mars 2011
Moncton- Le budget provincial ne met rien dans l’assiette des pauvres
« Toutes les personnes en situation de pauvreté ne peuvent plus serrer leur ceinture; ils sont au dernier trou et leur estomac frotte déjà sur leur colonne vertébrale! Nous sommes très déçus du premier budget du nouveau gouvernement Alward » dit Madame Joanne Petitpas, secrétaire du Front commun pour la justice sociale. Le budget du ministère du Développement social de 2011-2012 ne contient qu’une augmentation de 1,3 % à la portion « Sécurité du revenu », ce qui est à peine suffisant pour compenser pour le taux d’inflation.
Source:
Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick

Le Front commun pour la justice sociale est un des plus importants organismes démocratiques et populaires au NB. Il compte environ 75 000 membres individuels et collectifs. Il regroupe des individus et des organisations locales, régionales et provinciales travaillant ensemble à l'élimination de la pauvreté.

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

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

5. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for January 2011 - March 22
(Finance Canada)

From Finance Canada:

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for January 2011
News Release + Highlights
March 22, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for January 2011.

Highlights:
January
2011 : Budgetary deficit of $0.3 Billion
April to January
2011 : Budgetary deficit of $27.7 Billion

Related document:

The Fiscal Monitor - January 2011

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

Source:
Finance Canada

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

6. Running on Empty: A Decade of Hunger in Ontario - March 2011
(Ontario Association of Food Banks)

Bad policy creates the poverty trap
By Judith Maxwell
March 22, 2011
Feeding the hungry. It’s a global problem. It’s also a local problem and a sign of costly malfunctions in housing and labour markets.
In 2010, food banks in Ontario provided emergency food for 3.1 per cent of the population, up from an average of 2.4 per cent from 2000 to 2007, according to Running on Empty: A Decade of Hunger in Ontario published Tuesday by the Ontario Association of Food Banks. In the midst of so much plenty, there is hunger. Why?
[ 38 comments ]

Source:
Globe and Mail

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The report:

Running on Empty: A Decade of Hunger in Ontario (PDF - 450K, 16 pages)
March 2011
Author : Judith Maxwell

Excerpt:

Key Facts
• 402,000 Ontarians a month were forced to turn to food banks in 2010, up sharply from 374,000 in 2009
• Since the recession hit in 2008, food bank use in Ontario has grown by 28 percent, an unprecedented increase
• In 2010, 3.1 percent of the Ontario population accessed food banks, making the province of Ontario the third most intensive user of food bank services, after
Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba
• In an effort to balance fixed incomes with rising costs of living, more Ontario seniors are turning to food banks to make it through the month – 12 percent of
the adults served were over 65 in 2010, up from 4 percent in 2009.
Seniors also make great use of meal programs offered by food banks

Source:
Ontario Association of Food Banks
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of 20 regional food banks and over 100 community food banks across the province from Windsor to Ottawa and Niagara Falls to Thunder Bay working towards a hunger-free Ontario. It is our mission to provide food, funding, and solutions to reduce hunger in the province.

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

7. 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)

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

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

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Consumption patterns among aging Canadians, 1982 to 2008
- March 25
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Employment Insurance, January 2011
- March 24
--- Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2010
- March 24
--- Government Finance Statistics, fourth quarter 2010
- March 24
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Leading indicators, February 2011
- March 22

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

March 25, 2011
Study: Consumption patterns among aging Canadians, 1982 to 2008
Canadians in their early 70s saw their income fall during their retirement years. However, they were able to continue to spend nearly as much on goods and services as they did in their late 40s. After taking the declining size of families into account, this study found that a group of households headed by individuals aged 71 to 74 in 2008 spent 5% less on goods and services than a similar group in its late 40s in 1982. Over the same period, average household income declined by about 16%.

The study:

Consumption patterns among aging Canadians
Highlights
Full article:
* HTML
* PDF - 171K, 12 pages)

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income, March 2011

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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March 24, 2011
Employment Insurance, January 2011
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits declined by 13,300 (-2.0%) in January to 640,200, the sixth decline in seven months. The number of beneficiaries decreased in seven provinces, with the fastest decline in Ontario.
- includes three tables:
* Employment Insurance: Statistics by province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age group, sex, province and territory
* Beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan areas

Related link:

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

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

[ earlier editions of this report ]

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March 24, 2011
Canada's population estimates, fourth quarter 2010
As of January 1, 2011, Canada's population was estimated at 34,278,400, an increase of 40,400 (+0.1%) from October 1, 2010. Demographic growth was fastest on the Prairies with Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta all having growth rates above the national average.

Quarterly Demographic Estimates - product main page*
This publication presents quarterly estimates of population for Canada, provinces and territories as well as statistics on the following components of population change: births, deaths, immigration, emigration, returning emigration, net temporary emigration, net non-permanent residents and interprovincial migration, the latter by origin and destination.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories - product main page
This publication presents annual estimates of the total population and annual estimates by age and sex for Canada, provinces and territories. It also presents estimates of the following components of population change: births, deaths, immigration, emigration, returning emigration, net temporary emigration, net non-permanent residents and inter-provincial migration, the latter by origin and destination. As in the case of population estimates, the components are also available for the total population and by age and sex.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Ethnic diversity and immigration
* Immigrants and non-permanent residents
* Population and demography

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March 24, 2011
Government Finance Statistics, fourth quarter 2010
Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system which presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis across countries. Quarterly GFS data are available on CANSIM, for overall government in Canada and for four sectors from 1991 to the fourth quarter of 2010. These sectors are federal government; provincial/territorial governments; local governments; and Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

Related subjects:

* Economic accounts
* Financial and wealth accounts
* Government financial statistics
* Government
* Balance sheets
* Revenue and expenditures

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March 22, 2011
Leading indicators, February 2011
The composite leading index rose 0.8% in February, double its gain in each of the previous three months and its largest advance since May 2010. The increase was broadly-based, with 9 of the 10 components posting gains in February compared with 5 rising the month before. A turnaround in manufacturing contributed to the overall increase in the index.

Related subjects:

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

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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

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

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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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

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March 27, 2011

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

Federal budget 2011 and responses
23 Mar 11
- CRRU has gathered budget documents, NGO responses and media coverage of the recent federal budget.

Newfoundland and Labrador Speech from the Throne
23 Mar 11
- Newfoundland government Speech from the Throne says upcoming budget will "announce a significant initiative in child care, with a focus on infant care".

The Investigating Quality Project: Innovative approaches in early childhood
23 Mar 11
- Chapter by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Alan Pence from the forthcoming book "New directions in early childhood education and care in Canada".

Low fertility in Canada: The Nordic model in Quebec and the U.S. model in Alberta
23 Mar 11
- Article from Canadian Studies in Population explores how and why "fertility is rising most in Alberta and Quebec, that is in provinces where young families have had the security of either good job opportunities or supportive social policy."

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.]

· Federal budget ignores child care yet again
[CA] 23 Mar 11

· Here's what putting family first entails
[CA-BC] 21 Mar 11

· Outsourcing threatens benefits of full-day learning
[CA] 21 Mar 11

· Childcare changes would cost parents - Govt
[NZ] 21 Mar 11

· Childcare worker shortage looms
[AU] 21 Mar 11

· Mothers march for Sure Start
[GB] 18 Mar 11

· Daycare, education get cash in 2011-12 Quebec budget
[CA-QB] 17 Mar 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.

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

10. Openparliament.ca - Keep tabs on Parliament.

Openparliament.ca - Keep tabs on Parliament.
MPs - Bills - Debates

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- Go to the 2011 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2011_fed_election.htm

- Go to the General Federal Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm

11. 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:

March 25:
States and Unemployment Benefits
Child Poverty - South Africa
State Budget and Social Services - California
Report: Food Insecurity in the US

March 24:
Unemployment Benefits - Michigan
Drug Testing and Welfare Applicants - Florida
Kids Count Report - New Jersey

March 23:
Report: Poverty in New Jersey
States and Medicaid Costs - Minnesota, Texas

March 22:
World Food Prices
Food Insecurity - Ontario, CA
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

March 21:
2010 US Census
Effectiveness of Antipoverty Programs - New York City

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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

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

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

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

12. [U.S.] The Atlantic Magazine : April 2011 issue:
----- The 12 States of America (income inequality)
----- Secret Fears of the Super-Rich

From
The Atlantic Magazine : April 2011 issue

The 12 States Of America
Since 1980, income inequality has fractured the nation.

By Dante Chinni and James Gimpel
[Chinni and Gimpel are also co-authors of Our Patchwork Nation - see "Related link" below.]
Most stories about inequality in America miss an important point: rising disparities are not just about investment bankers versus auto workers. They’re about entire communities of “winners” and “losers.” And as these communities continue to diverge, the idea of “an American economy” looks more and more like an anachronism. We analyzed reams of demographic, economic, cultural, and political data to break the nation’s 3,141 counties into 12 statistically distinct “types of place.” When we look at family income over the past 30 years through that prism, the full picture of the income divide becomes clearer—and much starker.

Interactive Map: Income Inequality in the U.S.
Since 1980, income inequality has fractured the nation. Click the icons just above the map of the USA to see each of the dozen states*, which counties belong to them and how median income has changed from 1980 to 2009.
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* "States" include : Moneyed Burbs - Minority Central - Military Bastions - Evangelical Epicenters - Tractor Country - Campus and Careers + six more states
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Related link:

Our Patchwork Nation
Co-authored by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel
Patchwork Nation is a reporting project of the Jefferson Institute that aims to explore what is happening in the United States by examining different kinds of communities over time. The effort divides America's 3,141 counties into 12 community types based on certain demographic characteristics, such as income level, racial composition, employment and religion. You can read about the methodology of the project on the methodology page.

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Also from the
April 2011 issue of The Atlantic:

Secret Fears of the Super-Rich
Does great wealth bring fulfillment? An ambitious study by Boston College suggests not. For the first time, researchers prompted the very rich—people with fortunes in excess of $25 million—to speak candidly about their lives. The result is a surprising litany of anxieties: their sense of isolation, their worries about work and love, and most of all, their fears for their children.
The results of the study are not yet public, but The Atlantic was granted access to portions of the research, provided the anonymity of the subjects was strictly maintained. The center expects to present the full conclusions gradually at upcoming conferences and to publish them over the next several months. The study is titled The Joys and Dilemmas of Wealth.

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

13. [United States] Policy Affects Poverty: The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2009 - March 2011
(New York City - Center for Economic Opportunity)

United States

Policy Affects Poverty: The CEO Poverty Measure, 2005-2009 (PDF - 842K, 148 pages)
March 2011
Source:
Center for Economic Opportunity (New York City)
The Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was established by Mayor Bloomberg on December 18, 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. The CEO works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives aimed at poverty reduction, and manages an Innovation Fund through which it provides City agencies annual funding to implement such initiatives.

[ more CEO poverty research links ]

Related link:

Poverty Measure
- links to key research that examines how and whether the federal government should update the poverty measure. The resources below explore the state of the current measure, as well as alternative approaches to measuring poverty. This section also includes comparative studies that evaluate the current U.S. method with that of other industrialized nations.
Source:
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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

14. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

There was no issue of CRINMAIL this past week.
Click the next link below to view earlier newsletters.

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

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

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

 


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One more dozen
Funny Newspaper Headlines


* Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

* Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

* Hospitals are Sued by Seven Foot Doctors

* Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

* Lawmen from Mexico Barbecue Guests

* Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms

* Man is Fatally Slain

* Milk Drinkers are Turning to Powder

* Miners Refuse to Work after Death

* Nicaragua Sets Goal to Wipe out Literacy

* Organ Festival Ends in Smashing Climax

* Panda Mating Fails - Veterinarian Takes Over

Source:
http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/headlines.html


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And, in closing...

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Not really a dance, but a synchronized
street performance by about 10 Japanese "businessmen"
http://www.wimp.com/unusualdance/


Très cool.

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Modular Marble Machines
http://www.dump.com/2011/03/13/modular-marble-machines-video/

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Worried about radiation from Japan?
I found this helpful:
http://xkcd.com/radiation/

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The Four Stages of a Man's Life
http://i52.tinypic.com/2afdicz.jpg