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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 27, 2008

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 1881 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Retiring together, or not, 1986 to 2001 - April 25
--- Local government finance: Assets and liabilities at December 31, 2005 - April 25
--- Earnings, income and shelter costs, 2006 Census - April 24
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, January 2008 - April 24
2. 2008 Provincial Budget - Prince Edward Island - April 23
3. Éliminer la pauvreté : ce que peuvent faire les gouvernements (Petits déjeuners sur la Colline) - Le 17 avril
4. The federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada (House of Commons Social Development Committee evidence) - April 10
5. Living on Welfare in BC: Experiences of Longer-Term “Expected to Work” Recipients (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 22
6. Alberta Budget 2008 - April 22
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - April 25

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
9. Tax Freedom Day - U.S. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - April 23

10.
Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content:
--- Pulling the threads together - Consultations, conversations and contemplations on child poverty in Australia- Posted 22-04-2008
--- Private rent assistance 2006-07: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data report - Posted 22-04-2008
--- Measures of Australia's progress: summary indicators, 2008 - Posted 22-04-2008
--- Australia 2020 Summit - initial report - Posted 21-04-2008

11. CRINMAIL 976, 977 (April 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Retiring together, or not, 1986 to 2001 - April 25
--- Local government finance: Assets and liabilities at December 31, 2005
- April 25
--- Earnings, income and shelter costs, 2006 Census
- April 24
--- Employment, Earnings and Hours, January 2008
- April 24

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

April 25, 2008
Study: Retiring together, or not, 1986 to 2001
Rather than retiring together, men and women in dual-earner couples appeared to have approached retirement in a more independent fashion during the 1990s, a new study has found. The study, published today in Perspectives on Labour and Income, examined the extent to which spouses in dual-earner couples synchronized the timing of their retirements over the last two decades. It also looked at factors associated with taking different paths into retirement.

The article "Retiring together, or not" is now available in the
April 2008 online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income.

[ Earlier issue sof Perspectives on Labour and Income ]

April 25, 2008
Local government finance: Assets and liabilities at December 31, 2005
During the five years leading up to December 31, 2005, local governments in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Nunavut had financial assets that exceeded their liabilities. The net financial debt of local governments, defined as the excess of liabilities over financial assets, was $9.5 billion at December 31, 2005, up 7.4%, or $652 million, from a year earlier. On a long term basis, local government finance continued to improve, with net financial debt declining from a peak of $23.5 billion in 1993.

April 24, 2008
Earnings, income and shelter costs, 2006 Census
On May 1, 2008, Statistics Canada will release a detailed analysis of data from the 2006 Census on earnings and income. This analysis will be presented in an online document, titled Earnings and Incomes of Canadians Over the Past Quarter Century, 2006 Census, which will be available on our website at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, on May 1.
[click the link for more detail.]

April 24, 2008
Employment, Earnings and Hours, January 2008 (PDF - 2.4MB, 553 pages)
Over 500 pages of current monthly labour market information at the national and provincial/territorial levels, estimates based on a combination of different sources (records provided by Canada Revenue Agency, data from Statistics Canada on public administration services and data from a small sample Statistics Canada survey questionnaire to businesses. The tabulations cover employment, average weekly and hourly earnings, average weekly hours and more, for over 300 industries.

[ Earlier issues in this series ]

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

2. 2008 Provincial Budget - Prince Edward Island - April 23

2008 Provincial Budget - Prince Edward Island
April 23, 2008
- includes the Budget Address and supporting documents (Highlights - Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure - Capital Estimates), as well as links to previous PEI budgets back to 1997

Highlights (PDF - 1.9MB, 11 pages)

Source:
Government of Prince Edward Island

Related links:

Seniors care highlights health spending
April 24, 2008
A plan to replace five government-owned seniors care manors on P.E.I. was the highlight of new health spending announced in Wednesday's budget.
Source:
CBC News

Spending welcome, but why the deficit?
Most of the spending targets are worthy ones, but did government need to go into the red?
April 24, 2008
"(...) planning for a $34.9-million deficit for 2008-09 is hardly a lofty goal..."
Source:
The Guardian (Charlottetown PEI)

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Prince Edward Island, 2008 budget"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

3. Éliminer la pauvreté : ce que peuvent faire les gouvernements - Le 17 avril
(Petits déjeuners sur la Colline)

Éliminer la pauvreté : ce que peuvent faire les gouvernements (PDF - 316Ko, 9 pages) [available in French only]
Alain Noël, PhD
Université de Montréal
Le 17 avril 2008
« (...) Collectivement, nous devrons également garder à l'esprit que pour éradiquer la pauvreté, il ne suffit pas de miser sur la croissance économique et sur l'emploi.
Il faut aussi redistribuer le revenu. »
Source:
Petits déjeuners sur la Colline
NOTA : cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour voir la collection
complète de 46 présentations dans le cadre de cette initiative depuis 1996.
[ Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines ]
La Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines regroupe 66 associations savantes, 73 universités et collèges, et 7 membres affiliés comprenant plus de 50 000 chercheurs, étudiants et praticiens de tout le pays. Par ses multiples activités, la Fédération s'emploie à appuyer et à promouvoir la recherche en sciences humaines, disciplines essentielles à la compréhension des phénomènes sociaux, culturels et économiques, nous permettant ainsi de résoudre les problèmes les plus complexes.

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NOTE to Anglophones:

In his April 17 presentation, Éliminer la pauvreté : ce que peuvent faire les gouvernements (What governments can do to eliminate poverty), Political Science Professor Alain Noël offers some interesting insights into poverty reduction/elimination in other countries and in Canada, with a special focus on Québec and Newfoundland and Labrador, the two provinces that already have a poverty reduction strategy in place. He also speaks about the recent resurgence of public interest in poverty reduction in Canada and on the world scene, and he suggests that the federal government needs to step up to the plate in terms of its poverty reduction efforts in areas such as Employment Insurance, income security for Canada's seniors, equalization, taxation and Aboriginal people.

Professor Noël's presentation (PDF - 316K, 9 pages) is available in French only.

Source:
Breakfast on the Hill Series (English home page)
NOTE: click the link above to access 46 presentations in the Breakfast on the Hill series, going right back to 1996.
[ Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences ]
The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, known as the Federation, is a membership-based organization that is made up of 66 scholarly associations, 73 universities and colleges and 7 affiliates, comprising more than 50,000 scholars, students and practitioners across Canada. Through its activities, the Federation strives to support and advance Canada's research in the humanities and social science, fields which are intrinsically important to the development of social, cultural and economic understanding, thus giving our society necessary tools to address the most complex of questions.

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

4. The federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada - April 10
(House of Commons Social Development Committee evidence)

The federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada:
EVIDENCE - Meeting No. 23 of the
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
(39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION)
April 10, 2008

Recommended reading --- this transcript is over 40 printed pages of valuable information concerning the federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada, including an extended discussion of the relative merits of the low-income measures in use in Canada (LICOs, LIMs and MBMs ) and elsewhere in the world.

Witnesses:

Frank Fedyk (Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Research, Department of Human Resources and Social Development)
Sylvie Michaud (Director, Income Statistics Division, Statistics Canada)
Garnett Picot (Director General, Socio-Economic and Business Analysis Branch, Statistics Canada)
Sheila Regehr (Director, National Council of Welfare)
Doug Murphy (Assistant Director, Economic Security Policy, Department of Human Resources and Social Development)
Shawn Tupper (Director General, Social Policy Development, Department of Human Resources and Social Development)

Source:
House of Commons Standing Committee on
Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)

[ Parliament of Canada website ]

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

5. Living on Welfare in BC: Experiences of Longer-Term “Expected to Work” Recipients - April 22
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Ground-breaking study follows BC welfare recipients for two years
Reveals welfare rules and rates cause disturbing harm to most vulnerable
News Release
April 22, 2008
Vancouver - A ground-breaking study that for two years followed British Columbians living on welfare paints a disturbing picture of how people are forced to make ends meet under new welfare rules and low rates. (...) Living on Welfare in BC: Experiences of Longer-Term “Expected to Work” Recipients followed 62 people from Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.
(co-published by the CCPA–BC office and Raise the Rates)

Living on Welfare in BC:
Experiences of Longer-Term “Expected to Work” Recipients

April 2008
By Seth Klein and Jane Pulkingham
With Sylvia Parusel, Kathryn Plancke, Jewelles Smith, Dixon Sookraj, Thi Vu, Bruce Wallace and Jane Worton
"(...) "Only a small fraction of the participants in this study left poverty. Those who remain on assistance remain very poor, even if re-categorized. Those forced off even more so. And while those who shifted from income assistance to the labour market were better off, most are now counted among the working poor.""
Complete report (PDF - 2.7MB)
Summary (PDF - 1.1MB)

CCPA Reports and Studies - links to 800+ reports

Source:
Economic Security Project <==== incl. links to 25 related studies
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) - British Columbia Office
[ CCPA National Office ]

Poverty Built into BC's System
Two-year study looks at welfare policies' effects on people.
By Andrew MacLeod
April 22, 2008
- incl. links to three related Tyee articles and more resources
Source:
The Tyee

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"CCPA, BC, welfare report"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

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

6. Alberta Budget 2008 - April 22

Alberta Budget 2008 (April 22, 2008)
- NOTE: in addition to links to budget documents, this page presents detailed budget highlights for the following areas (click on any plus sign (+) or link on that page for more info):
* Communities * Businesses * The environment * First Nations and Métis Settlements * Parents * K-12 students * Post-secondary students * People with disabilities * Albertans with lower incomes, seniors, and Albertans in need * Affordable housing * Farmers * Community groups and the arts * Tax cuts * Surplus and savings

Alberta Budget 2008 supports strong social programs for Alberta's growing population
Further investments made in programs for families, seniors, people with disabilities, children, and new Albertans
News Release
April 22, 2008
Budget highlights:
* $76 million more for quality, affordable child care
* $46 million more for affordable supportive living for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities
* $58.5 million more for housing targeting lower-income Albertans and homeless people
* $41 million more for increased support to contracted social agencies
* $15.3 million more in supports to help immigrants, including $1.8 million more in settlement services
* $12.5 million more in resources to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
* $3.5 million more in support for community-based social programs

Source:
Government of Alberta

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Alberta budget 2008"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

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

7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - April 25

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

April 25, 2008

A global history of early childhood education and care
25 Apr 08
- Background paper prepared for the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007 examining the history of developments in ECEC around the world.

Stats and Facts: A profile of the labour market in Canada
25 Apr 08
- Stats and Facts from the Canadian Council on Social Development presenting national data on family demographics, child care, and labour force participation.

Blueprint for early childhood development and school reform
25 Apr 08
- Discussion paper from the Victorian Government (AU), outlining the proposed priorities and actions for the integration of early childhood services and schools.

Implementing policies to reduce the likelihood of preschool expulsion
25 Apr 08
- Policy brief from the Yale Child Study Center examining factors associated with prekindergarten expulsions in the United States.

Little Britons: Financing childcare choice
25 Apr 08
- Report from Policy Exchange UK recommending a demand rather than supply side method of financial assistance to increase parental preferences for child care.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Childcare windfall for dual-income families [AU]
26 Apr 08

· Kiddie credits [CA-ON]
24 Apr 08

· Childcare subsidies face shake-up [NL]
23 Apr 08

· Options studied for kindergarten [CA-ON]
23 Apr 08

· ABC sells US centres, expects loss [AU]
22 Apr 08

more CC IN THE NEWS

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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)

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

8. 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 twice a week
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

April 24, 2008
* Federal Medicaid Rule Changes
* Funding for Medicaid Programs - Florida
* Children's Health Care Coverage - Ohio, Indiana
* Report: Child Poverty and Brain Development - North Carolina
* Homelessness and Housing First - Las Vegas, NV
* Utility Shut-offs and Assistance Programs - Minnesota
* Food Assistance Programs
* State Minimum Wages - Missouri, Connecticut
* State Budget and Spending on Prisons - California
* Effect of Divorce on Mothers' Income
* Home Foreclosures and Renters
* No Child Left Behind and Calculating Graduation Rates
* States' Student Loan Programs

April 21, 2008
* People Living in Poverty - Louisiana
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* State Health Care Plans - Massachusetts, Ohio, Minnesota
* Report: States and Child Poverty
* State Budget Cuts and Social Programs - Florida
* Costs of Living and Increased Need for Services
* Food Stamp Program - Vermont
* Prisoner Re-entry Programs - South Dakota, Tennessee
* Payday Lending Legislation - Ohio
* KIPP Charter Schools and Evaluating Test Scores
* Colleges and Financial Aid for Low-income Students
* Trends in Hourly Work and Wages

Search Poverty Dispatches

IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches, links to Web-based news items dealing with poverty, welfare reform, and related topics twice a week.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.
Anyone wishing to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail should send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu.

Past Poverty Dispatches - back to June 2006

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

- 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

9. Tax Freedom Day - U.S. - April 23
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

TAX FOUNDATION FIGURES DO NOT REPRESENT TYPICAL HOUSEHOLDS’ TAX BURDENS:
Figures May Mislead Policymakers, Journalists, and the Public
April 23, 2008
By Robert Greenstein and Aviva Aron-Dine
Each year, the Tax Foundation releases a report projecting “Tax Freedom Day,” which it describes as the day when “Americans will finally have earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year.” Over the years, many pundits and policymakers have misinterpreted the Tax Foundation’s report as reflecting the tax burdens that the broad swath of middle-income families must shoulder.

In fact, however, according to data from authoritative sources such as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, middle-income Americans pay significantly less in taxes as a share of their income than the Tax Foundation’s report implies.

This analysis explores significant flaws in the Tax Foundation’s report.

This piece is posted to:
http://www.cbpp.org/4-23-08tax.htm
http://www.cbpp.org/4-23-08tax.pdf
(7pp.)

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Related link:

Tax Freedom Day: A Cause for Celebration or Consternation?
Prepared by:
Sheena Starky
Economics Division
18 September 2006
Source:
Parliament of Canada website

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

10. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
---
Pulling the threads together - Consultations, conversations and contemplations on child poverty in Australia- Posted 22-04-2008
--- Private rent assistance 2006-07: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data report - Posted 22-04-2008
--- Measures of Australia's progress: summary indicators, 2008 - Posted 22-04-2008
--- Australia 2020 Summit - initial report - Posted 21-04-2008

APO Weekly Briefing ===> the content of this link changes each week
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO TOP FIVE 10 for 23 April 2008:
[click the link to the APO home page link above to access the links for these items]

1. FOREIGN POLICY: Courageous first moves
2. Australia 2020 Summit background papers
3. Participation and equity: a review of the participation in higher education of people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and Indigenous people
4. Six social policy myths
5. Homelessness: A roof over every head

Selected content from the most recent APO Weekly Briefing:

Pulling the threads together - Consultations, conversations and contemplations on child poverty in Australia
Posted 22-04-2008
Catherine McDonald and others / Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
Current debate on policy surrounding child poverty in Australia fails to include the perspective of children themselves. This summary paper reports on the Children's Lived Experience of Poverty Project.

Private rent assistance 2006-07: Commonwealth State Housing Agreement national data report
Posted 22-04-2008
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This publication reports on Commonwealth State Housing Agreement private rent assistance. It presents the data items and performance indicators collected to meet the requirements of the CSHA national performance reporting framework.

Measures of Australia's progress: summary indicators, 2008
Posted 22-04-2008
Australian Bureau of Statistics
This set of articles and data gives a snapshot of national progress over the last decade, using key measures. The publication also includes an article on the relationships between society, economy and the environment.

Australia 2020 Summit - initial report
Posted 21-04-2008
The Initial Report from the 2020 Summit to the Prime Minister, sets out the key results of discussion by 1000 Australians over the weekend of 19 and 20 April in Canberra.
[Related link : Australia 2020 Summit ]

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

11. CRINMAIL 976, 977 (April 2008)
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

24 April 2008 - CRINMAIL 977- Special Edition on Food
* Introduction: What do soaring food prices mean for children?
* The Right to Food - and what a rights-based approach means
* Publications and factsheets
* News stories
* Organisation websites
**Other news**
**Quiz special on the Right to Food**

22 April 2008 - CRINMAIL 976
* BELGIUM: The detention of immigrant children [news]
* TURKEY: Kurdish children victimised [news]
* CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: Help at Hand Toolkit [publication]
* ENGLAND & WALES: Almost 3,000 children in custody [news]
* INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2007 [publication]
* AFGHANISTAN: Millions of children, mainly girls, still not attending school [news]
* EMPLOYMENT - APSA (India)
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ 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.

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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Beautiful day to call in sick...

Actual excuses given by people who called in sick (from CareerBuilder.com)
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A buffalo escaped from the game reserve and kept charging the employee every time she tried to go to her car from her house.

I accidentally flushed my keys down the toilet.

Employee called from his cell phone, saying that he was accidentally locked in a restroom stall and that nobody was around to let him out.

I had to help deliver a baby on my way to work.

Employee's wife said he couldn't come into work because he had a lot of chores to do around the house.

It's way too cold outside to leave the house.

I had race tickets for Sunday's race, which was rained out, so they are running it today.

Employee's dog swallowed her bus pass.

Employee was sad.

I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious.

I hurt myself bowling.

My boyfriend's snake got loose and I'm afraid to leave the bedroom until he gets home.

I accidentally drove through the automatic garage door before it opened.

Source:
http://www.funny2.com/sickemployees.htm
(Click the link for a dozen more excuses.)



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And in closing...
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Can *you* hold your breath for 16 minutes?
David Blaine can.

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A New Forecast of California Earthquakes
"California has a 99.7% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake during the next 30 years."

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Spring reading list from
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
:

Wikipedia Category : POVERTY
- incl. links to 13 sub-categories and 107 pages, from Able-bodied poor and Asset Poverty to Workhouse test and Working poor

Poverty in Canada
- incl. the following : * History of poverty in Canada * Measures of poverty in Canada * Low income groups in Canada * Effects of poverty in Canada * Assistance for poor people in Canada (Government transfers and intervention - Non-governmental assistance) * more...

Poverty reduction
Poverty reduction (or poverty alleviation) is any process which seeks to reduce the level of poverty in a community, or amongst a group of people or countries. Poverty reduction programs may be aimed at economic or non-economic poverty...

Homelessness in Canada
- incl. the following : * History * Causes ( Lack of low income housing - Deinstitutionalization - Poverty in Canada) * Data Collection * External links

Measuring poverty
Although the most severe poverty is in the developing world, there is evidence of poverty in every region. In developed countries, this condition results in wandering homeless people and poor suburbs and ghettos. Poverty may be seen as the collective condition of poor people, or of poor groups, and in this sense entire nation-states are sometimes regarded as poor. To avoid stigma these nations are usually called developing nations.
- incl. links (in right-hand margin) to maps of the world showing poverty by country (% of pop. living on less than $1/day), life expectancy, ranking on the Human Development Index, the Gini coefficient (a measure of income inequality)

Welfare reform
Movements in many countries around the world push for welfare reform. Sizeable and powerful reform movements exist in the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, and France among many others.
- incl. the following : * United States * The Welfare System and reform in Great Britain * The Welfare System and reform in France * References * External links

The Human Development Index and
The Human Poverty Index:

Human Development Index
The Human Development Index (HDI) is the normalized measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, standard of living, and GDP per capita for countries worldwide. It is a standard means of measuring human development, i.e. the well-being, especially child welfare. It is used to determine and indicate whether a country is a developed, developing, or underdeveloped country. It is also used to measure the impact of economic policies on quality of life.[1]

Human Poverty Index
The Human Poverty Index is an indication of the standard of living in a country, developed by the United Nations (UN). For highly developed countries, the UN considers that it can better reflect the extent of deprivation compared to the Human Development Index

Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia