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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 27, 2007

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 1793 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 Nova Scotia Community Services:
--- Report to the Community 2007 - May 18
--- Business Plan 2007-2008 - Department of Community Services - March 23
2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for March 2007 (Department of Finance Canada) - May 25
3. Looking-Ahead: A 10-Year Outlook for the Canadian Labour Market (2006-2015) (Human Resources and Social Development Canada) - October 2006
4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Impact of immigration on labour markets in Canada, Mexico and the United States - May 25
--- Your Guide to Data Sources on Census-related Topics, Census year 2006 - May 24
--- Study: Marital breakdown and subsequent depression, 1994/1995 to 2004/2005 -
May 22
5. Network magazine - Spring/summer 2007 issue (Canadian Women's Health Network)
6. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - May 25

International Content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. World Directory of Think Tanks (National Institute for Research Advancement - Japan )
9. 
Policy Hub Bulletin / Government Social Research Bulletin (monthly) - United Kingdom
10. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing
11. CERC Bulletin (Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion [CERC] - Paris)
12. PovertyNet Newsletter (World Bank)
13. Chronic Poverty Updates (Chronic Poverty Research Centre)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. What's new from Nova Scotia Community Services:
--- Report to the Community 2007 - May 18
--- Business Plan 2007-2008 - Department of Community Services - March 23

What's new from
Nova Scotia Community Services:

Report to the Community 2007 (PDF file - 415K, 2 pages)
May 18, 2007
- this two-page pamphlet outlines Community Services work in the province --- Employment Support and Income Assistance (50,000 people assisted per year), family and children's services (23,000 children received protection services), services for people with disabilities (50,000 people benefited) and housing (20,000 Nova Scotians in social housing).

Business Plan 2007-2008 - Department of Community Services (PDF file - 250K, 25 pages)
March 23, 2007
"(...) The primary responsibility of the Department of Community Services is to ensure the basic needs of individuals and families are met by protecting children and adults at risk, and by providing financial support to persons in need. Most of the department’s expenditures are in the form of direct payments to clients in need of financial assistance or to service providers who provide residential, vocational, child care, housing, protection and other social services on behalf of the department.."

Source:
Publications and Reports
- links to over two dozen links (as at May 27/07) to business plans, accountability reports and other reports dealing with housing and services for children and families

- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for March 2007 - May 25
(Department of Finance Canada)

What's new from the
Department of Finance Canada:

May 25, 2007
Release of The Fiscal Monitor

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for March 2007.
Highlights:
March 2007: budgetary deficit of $0.4 billion
April 2006 to March 2007: budgetary surplus of $9.7 billion, after deducting the cost of budget measures

Related document:

* The Fiscal Monitor – March 2007
[Earlier months +_earlier years]

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

3. Looking-Ahead: A 10-Year Outlook for the Canadian Labour Market (2006-2015) - October 2006
(Human Resources and Social Development Canada)

Looking-Ahead: A 10-Year Outlook
for the Canadian Labour Market (2006-2015)
October 2006
(posted to the HRSDC site May 2007)
HTML version
PDF version
- 1.2MB, 139 pages)
- highlights the results of the department's latest ten-year Canadian labour market projections.

Source:
Human Resources
and Social Development Canada

NOTE: I don't generally include links to labour studies in my site, but I thought this might make for interesting reading --- it includes info on past and future employment growth by industry and occupation, profiles of the labour force by educational and skill levels, projections re. employment, immigration, school leavers, retirement, and much more (see the table of contents).

BTW, HRSDC, Looking Ahead used in this context does *not* take a hyphen; check with your quality control people.
And yes, I do reserve the right to make an occasional typo in my own work; there's only one of me, eh..

4. What's New from Statistics Canada:
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Study: Impact of immigration on labour markets in Canada, Mexico and the United States - May 25
--- Your Guide to Data Sources on Census-related Topics, Census year 2006
- May 24
--- Study: Marital breakdown and subsequent depression, 1994/1995 to 2004/2005 -
May 22

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

May 25, 2007
Study: Impact of immigration on labour markets in Canada, Mexico and the United States
Immigration has tended to lower wages in both Canada and the United States, according to a new study. However, it was also found that the impact of immigrants on the wages of domestic workers depends to a large extent on the skill mix of the newcomers.
Summary of the research paper
Link to the source of the complete paper:
A Comparative Analysis of the Labor Market Impact
of International Migration: Canada, Mexico, and the United States
(free only for National Bureau of Economic Research subscribers, $5 for others)
Further related reading from StatCan

May 24, 2007
Your Guide to Data Sources on Census-related Topics, Census year 2006
A new comprehensive guide to data sources on census-related topics for the Census year 2006 is available today. Your Guide to Data sources on Census-related Topics provides a list of alternate data sources that complement the existing information available through the census.
Related link:
Census of Canada - 2006, 2001, 1996

May 22, 2007
Study: Marital breakdown and subsequent depression, 1994/1995 to 2004/2005
Men and women whose marriage has broken up have a higher risk of being depressed than people who remained with their spouse, according to a new study. However, men appear to take the separation harder.

Complete article:
HTML
PDF
(213K, 12 pages)

Source:
Health Reports
Health Reports, a quarterly journal produced by the Health Statistics Division at Statistics Canada, is designed for a broad audience that includes health professionals, researchers, policy makers, educators and students. Its mission is to provide high quality, relevant and comprehensive information on the health status of the population and the health care system.

Earlier issues of Health Reports - back to 1996

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

5. Network magazine - Spring/summer 2007 issue
(Canadian Women's Health Network)

Network magazine - Spring/summer issue
The Spring/Summer issue (2007) of Network magazine, the official publication of the Canadian Women's Health Network, is now online. This issue includes several articles dedicated to violence issues, specifically, the missing and murdered women of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, as well as many other pressing women's health topics and concerns.

Complete issue:
HTML
PDF
(2.5MB, 36 pages)

Feature articles include:

Editor's Note
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg1.html

Aboriginal women too often the victims of racialized, sexualized violence
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg2.html

Memorials for women across Canada
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg3.html

The Global Women's Memorial
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg4.html

Violence prevention is a public health issue
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg5.html

What you need to know about the HPV vaccine
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg6.html

New prenatal screening recommendations discriminatory
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg7.html

The Children's Fitness Tax Credit: Less than meets the eye
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg8.html

Silicone breast implants back on the market
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg9.html

The global epidemic of tobacco use among women and girls
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg10.html

It is time for a national birthing strategy
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg11.html

Poor health and economic insecurity are realities for female unpaid caregivers
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg12.html

Recommended resources
http://www.cwhn.ca/network-reseau/9-34/9-34pg13.html

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Earlier issues - back to 1996

For more information on Network magazine, or to subscribe, please visit:
www.cwhn.ca

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Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

6. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - May 25

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.
Below, you'll find selected content of the latest issue of this bulletin.

For more information about this service,
including instructions for (un)subscribing, see:
http://www.childcarecanada.org

25-May-07

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What's New
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WHAT WE’VE HEARD…SUMMARY OF CONSULTATIONS ON THE CHILD CARE SPACES INITIATIVE
Report from Human Resources and Social Development Canada provides “a summary of the views and advice received during the Child Care Spaces Initiative consultations.”
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=103009

THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF QUEBEC’S CENTRES DE LA PETITE ENFANCE
Presentation by Professor Gordon Cleveland to the ACFAS Conference provides an economic approach to evaluating the first ten years of Quebec’s child care reforms.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=103008

FAMILY POLICY, SOCIAL TRENDS AND FERTILITY IN QUEBEC: EXPERIMENTING WITH THE NORDIC MODEL?
Report for the Government of Quebec considers the state of Quebec’s family policy and what the impact might be on fertility rates.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=103007

DESCRIPTIVE DATA ON PRE-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, SCHOOL-AGE CHILDCARE, SCHOOLS AND ADULT EDUCATION IN SWEDEN 2006
Report from the Swedish Education Agency provides a comprehensive picture of how child care is organized in Sweden; includes 2005 enrolment and expenditure data.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=103006

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Child care in the news
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Good daycare can overcome poverty; Children with better care showed fewer signs of depression [US]
Victoria Times Colonist, 23 May 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=102948

Child care advocates push for more spaces [CA-BC]
Kelowna Daily Courier, 23 May 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=102952

Government denying its duty of care [AU]
Adelaide Advertiser, 23 May 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=102954

Clinton proposes pre-K access for all kids [US]
Associated Press, 21 May 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=103001

Government 'about to deliver' on child care: Fentie [CA-YT]
Whitehorse Daily Star, 17 May 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=102949

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit
University of Toronto, Canada
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Related Links:

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

Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

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

7. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.

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

8. World Directory of Think Tanks
(National Institute for Research Advancement - Japan )

NIRA'S World Directory of Think Tanks
"The directory, a representative NIRA publication, is a comprehensive source of information, and has been used through the years by research institutions, corporate entities, and universities around the world."
- incl. links to 318 institutes from 89 nations

Source:
National Institute for Research Advancement
(NIRA) - Japan
The National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) is an independent policy research body established on the initiative of leading figures from Japan's industrial, academic, labor and local government communities. NIRA was established in 1974 under the National Institute for Research Advancement Act and is funded through an endowment made up of capital contributions and donations from both the public and private sectors.

Also from NIRA:

Links to Think Tanks and Other Policy Research Resources -  extensive international list
Includes Links to Think Tanks and Other Policy Research Resources in Canada

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

9. Policy Hub Bulletin / Government Social Research Bulletin (monthly) - United Kingdom

Policy Hub Bulletin - monthly
News Archive - view the contents of previous Bulletins back to September 2002
Subscribe to this Bulletin - free, by email

Evidence Hotlinks
This area of Policy Hub provides access to a wide range of organisations and resources that will help you find evidence on social and economic issues in the United Kingdom and Internationally.
* United Kingdom Evidence * International Evidence - including Country Resources - including Canada * Using Evidence
===> recommended reading - excellent collection of U.K. and international resources
!

Source:
Policy Hub (U. K.)
"... a web-site developed by the Government Social Research Unit, which aims to improve the way public policy is shaped and delivered."
[ Government Social Research ]
[ HM Treasury website ]

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Government Social Research Bulletin (links to almost three dozen bulletins (as at May 27/07) back to 2002.
Research News
Source:
U.K. Government Social Research
[ HM Treasury website ]

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

10. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing

APO Weekly Briefing
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 50+ events of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO)
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 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. CERC Bulletin (semi-monthly)
(Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion [CERC] - Paris)

From the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

CERC Bulletin - links to all CERC semi-monthly bulletins
Subscribe - To be informed of CERC activities and to receive the bulletin

Online Information Service
Information and online resources organized under five themes: Poverty * Social minima * In-work benefits * Minimum wage * Unemployment and return to work .
- includes links and resources for Canada...
HINT: click on the links in the right-hand margin of each theme page for more content

CERC Bulletins/Reports/Studies/Working papers
- Click on the links in the left margin of the CERC website home page for access to a large collection of online resources

12. PovertyNet Newsletter (monthly)
(World Bank)

PovertyNet Newsletter - from The World Bank
The PovertyNet Newsletter is a monthly newsletter containing updates on new information and resources available on the PovertyNet web site, covering:
* Poverty Reduction Strategies * Pro-Poor Growth and Inequality * Poverty Analysis * Poverty Monitoring * Impact Evaluation * Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) * Empowerment
- includes links to earlier issues

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

13. Chronic Poverty Updates
(Chronic Poverty Research Centre)

Chronic Poverty Updates
- incl. links to the following updates:
* 5 Key Points for the 2005 Summit (September 2005) * Making chronic poverty history (July 2005) * Opportunity is not enough (September 2003) * The lost millions (July 2002)

Source:
Chronic Poverty Research Centre (U.K.)
CPRC is an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs established in 2000 with initial funding from the UK's Department for International Development.Chronic Poverty Research Centre -

CPRC Resources - incl. links to : Working Papers - Special Journal Issues - Books, reports and other publications - Policy Briefs - CPRC Conference Papers - Methods Toolbox - Bibliographic Database - Chronic Poverty Updates

Related link:

Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre (U.K.)

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm
- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm


Disclaimer/Privacy Statement

Both Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and this Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong solely to me, Gilles Séguin.

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

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Thanks, CUPE!

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Privacy Policy:
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Links presented in the Canadian Social Research
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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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Cheers!
Gilles

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20 Facts du Jour

315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
 
40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

A cat's urine glows under a black light.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Apples are more efficient than caffeine for waking you up in the morning.

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories a hour.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
 
Celery has negative calories - it takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!
 
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying

Source:
http://www.joe-ks.com/Diatribe.htm

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And in closing...

Weird words
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/index.htm
(All is copacetic, so don't get discombobulated, eh...)