Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 27, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,556 subscribers.

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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...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. 46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) + Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
2. Release of The Fiscal Monitor - March 2012 (Finance Canada) - May 25
3. Behind the Numbers [blog] (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 2012
4. Harper Government toughens up Employment Insurance rules, freezes expenditure data - May 24

5. Poverty Amongst Plenty : Waiting for the Yukon Government to Adopt a Poverty Reduction Strategy (by Nick Falvo, in The Homeless Hub) - May 24
6. SPAR ( Social Policy Analysis & Research) Monitor : May 23 (City of Toronto)
7 . Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing - May 22
8. The Three Amigos: How Income Inequality in Mexico is different than Canada and the U.S. (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 18
9. Clearing Away the Fog: Government Estimates of Job Losses (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 16
10. Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement (The Media Co-op) - May 16
11. Brief Presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 7
12.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2011 - May 25
--- Canadian Economic Observer, May 2012 - May 25
--- Employment Insurance, March 2012 - May 24
--- Study: Youth neither enrolled in school nor employed, 2011 - May 23
--- Leading indicators, April 2012 - May 23
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in February 2012 - May 23
--- Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2010 - May 22

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

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [U.S.] Office on Women's Health : womenshealth.gov - Empowering women to live healthier lives
16. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. 46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) + Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)

46th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA)
http://www.economics.ca/2012/en/
June 7-10, 2012
University of Calgary
This annual conference is open to members of the Canadian Economics Association and to anyone else who can sit through twenty minutes of "Equilibrium Effects of Education Policies: A Quantitative Evaluation" or "Generational Asset Pricing, Equity Puzzles, and Cyclicality". Non-members pay a higher registration fee. For more registration details, see http://www.economics.ca/2012/en/registration.php

Conference program
http://www.economics.ca/2012/en/program.php

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Progressive Economics Forum (PEF) at the
46th Annual Conference of the CEA

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/pef-canadian-economics-association/

Each year, the PEF organizes a number of the sessions at the CEA conference
.
For 2012, those sessions will take place on June 8 and 9, and you'll find the complete program for those PEF sessions by
clicking the PEF link immediately above. Click the "Conference program" link a few lines higher up on this page to access a comprehensive program for the entire four-day CEA conference, including the PEF sessions.

Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/
Progressive Economics Forum (PEF)
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations.

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

2. Release of The Fiscal Monitor - March 2012 - May 25
(Finance Canada)

New from
Finance Canada:

Release of The Fiscal Monitor - March 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-059-eng.asp
May 25, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for March 2012.

Highlights:

March 2012: Budgetary deficit of $9.0 Billion
There was a budgetary deficit of $9.0 billion in March 2012, compared to a deficit of $6.2 billion reported in March 2011.

April 2011 to March 2012: Budgetary deficit of $23.5 Billion
For the April 2011 to March 2012 period, the budgetary deficit stood at $23.5 billion, compared to a deficit of $34.4 billion reported in the same period of 2010–11.

Related Document:

The Fiscal Monitor - March 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2012-03-eng.asp

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

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

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

3. Behind the Numbers[blog]- May 2012
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Behind the Numbers
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/
CCPA's national blog, Behind the Numbers, delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Selected recent blog posts:

* The Economics of EI “Reform.”, by Andrew Jackson
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/05/24/the-economics-of-ei-reform/

* De-growth or growth? Maybe we don’t need to figure that out, by Seth Klein
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/05/16/de-growth-or-growth-maybe-we-dont-need-to-figure-that-out/

* Tightening the Screws on the Unemployed, by Andrew Jackson
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/05/15/tightening-the-screws-on-the-unemployed/

* Don’t Kid Yourself: We all pay for the defunding of higher education, by Erika Shaker
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/05/09/dont-kid-yourself-we-all-pay-for-the-defunding-of-higher-education/

* While You Were Sleeping: Fed Policies Make It Easier to Hire a Cheaper You, by Armine Yalnizyan
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/05/03/while-you-were-sleeping-fed-policies-make-it-easier-to-hire-a-cheaper-you/

* The Federal Budget and Women, by Angella MacEwan
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/05/02/the-federal-budget-and-women/

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

4. Harper Government toughens up Employment Insurance rules, freezes expenditure data - May 24

From the Government of Canada:

Connecting Canadians with Available Jobs
http://goo.gl/vdreY
May 24, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario—The Government is making improvements to Employment Insurance (EI) to connect Canadians with available jobs. The announcement was made by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
Source:
Canada News Centre
http://news.gc.ca/web/index-eng.do

NOTE : Click the "Connecting Canadians" link above and then scroll down past the eight paragraphs of the announcement
and you'll find an extensive backgrounder with detailed information about all EI changes announced today.

More info on EI:

From Service Canada
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/index.shtml

From Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/ei/index.shtml


From CBC News:

Workers' EI history to affect claim under future rules
Rule changes expected to be in place by 2013 stem from EI reform announced in March budget
http://goo.gl/Rw5vN
By Meagan Fitzpatrick
May 24, 2012
The longer and more frequently someone is claiming employment insurance, the broader their job search will have to be and the lower the wages they must be willing to accept, according to proposed regulations outlined this morning. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley revealed details Thursday about plans to reform EI that would change the definitions of "suitable work" and "a reasonable job search."

Under new regulations expected to be in place by early 2013, the new definition of suitable employment would be based on six criteria:
* Personal circumstances.
* Working conditions.
* Hours of work.
* Commuting time.
* Type of work.
* Hourly wage.

421 comments on this article
http://goo.gl/HkQea

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Video : Human Resources Minister Diane Finley
announces new proposed rule changes for Employment Insurance
(duration : 30 minutes)
http://www.cbc.ca/video/watch/News/Politics/ID=2238733346

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Ottawa freezes Employment Insurance data
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/23/employment-insurance-data.html
May 23, 2012
Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is set to announce details Thursday morning that will alter the landscape for those collecting EI, with particular emphasis on repeat claimants.
At the same time, Finley's department has stopped sending Statistics Canada key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants, The Canadian Press has learned. Three tables normally produced with Statistics Canada's monthly EI summary are now "frozen," according to the agency website. Diane Finley's department has stopped sending Statistics Canada key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants. "Data are not available to users," a note says for the tables that normally show the total dollar amount of benefits paid to each province and the average weekly payments by province.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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From CTV News:

Ottawa unveils rules to toughen Employment Insurance eligibility
http://goo.gl/UWRfq
May 24, 2012
The federal government is changing the employment insurance system to put more pressure on unemployed Canadians to accept "suitable" jobs, while also requiring employers to hire local workers before seeking foreign help. While laying out the sweeping regulatory changes, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley summed up the government's perspective in one line: "In short, we want to help Canadians who want to work."
(...)
Among the changes:
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Recipients would be broken up into several categories, depending on how long they've been on EI and how many times they've accessed the system in the past.
* Those who have been on EI the longest would have to accept a wider range of jobs than so-called long-tenured workers on EI for the first time.
* Employers would be required to search for local unemployed workers before going offshore to hire temporary employees.
* In most cases, people on EI would be required to accept a job within an hour's drive of their home, if it paid within 70 per cent of their previous job.
* EI recipients will receive job alerts twice a day, as opposed to the current rate of three jobs per week.

The changes represent a major shift in the focus of employment insurance. Instead of functioning as an insurance service, which all workers pay into and which provides a cushion for the newly unemployed, it will transition to more of an employment service that works to quickly re-inject unemployed Canadians back into the workforce.
(...)
Under the proposed changes, EI recipients will be divided into the following categories:
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Long-tenured workers: Those who have paid into the system for seven of the past 10 years and collected EI for less than 35 weeks in the past five years.
* Frequent claimants: Anyone who has made three or more claims and collected benefits for more than 60 weeks in the past five years.
* Occasional claimants: All other EI recipients.

114 comments on this article:
http://goo.gl/H7b5V

Source:
CTV News Ottawa

http://ottawa.ctv.ca/

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From the Toronto Star:

EI Reform: Unemployed Canadians face crackdown under federal changes
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1183424
May24, 2012

102 comments on this article:
http://goo.gl/IT6JW

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

5. Poverty Amongst Plenty : Waiting for the Yukon Government to Adopt a Poverty Reduction Strategy - May 24
(Nick Falvo, in The Homeless Hub)

Poverty Amongst Plenty:
Waiting for the Yukon Government to Adopt a Poverty Reduction Strategy
(PDF - 5.2MB, 45 pages)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/ResourceFiles/Final_Yukon_22052012.pdf
By Nick Falvo
May 24, 2012
Abstract:
Poverty is bad for the economy, leads to higher health care costs and takes a serious toll on human lives. Most Canadian jurisdictions have developed poverty reduction strategies in the past decade, but Yukon has not. This policy report will provide an overview of poverty indicators in Yukon. It will discuss child apprehensions, housing, land development and homelessness. The report will then provide an overview of the Yukon Child Benefit, social assistance and Yukon seniors’ benefits. This will be followed by a consideration of education, literacy, early child education, child care and at-risk youth. Yukon’s fiscal situation will then be discussed, followed by a look at initial steps taken by the Yukon Government towards the development of a poverty reduction strategy. The report concludes with five recommendations for the Yukon Government.

Executive Summary (PDF - 1.3MB, 3 pages)
http://homelesshub.ca/ResourceFiles/Yukon_execsummary.pdf

Plain Language Summary (PDF - 68K, 1 page)
http://homelesshub.ca/ResourceFiles/Yukon_SummaryMay2012.pdf

Source:
The Homeless Hub

http://homelesshub.ca/

Video (duration 2:14):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ilOdLcosKc
Nick Falvo speaks about poverty in Yukon and the need for a poverty reduction strategy.

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

- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

6. SPAR ( Social Policy Analysis & Research) Monitor : May 23
(City of Toronto)

From the
City of Toronto:

SPAR Monitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information. Its purpose is to
promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : May 23, 2012 (PDF - 164K, 6 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_81.pdf

Table of contents for this issue:

Ø Changing Directions Changing Lives, the Mental Health Strategy for Canada
Ø Work Absences in 2011
Ø Labour Force Update
Ø Fiscal Transfers to Immigrants in Canada
Ø Scaling up Corporate Social Investments in Education
Ø 25 is the New 21: The Costs and Benefits of Providing Extended Care & Maintenance to Ontario Youth in Care Until Age 25
Ø My Real Life Workbook
Ø Working after Age 65: What is at Stake?
Ø Bold Action with an Aging Tool Kit: Toward A True Canadian Innovation Strategy
Ø Poverty in Canada: UN food Envoy Blasts Inequality

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

7. Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing - May 22

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing
http://goo.gl/Xu5xe
May 22, 2012
Toronto, ON - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto joined YWCA Toronto to celebrate the official opening of 300 affordable housing units. The project is supported by $21 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. The construction of the affordable housing component of the YWCA Elm Centre has created up to 750 jobs in Ontario and helps to meet the housing needs of families and individuals in the Toronto area.
(...) The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest more than $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 605,000 households living in existing social housing. In Ontario, this represents some 237,750 households.
(...) Ontario continues to build new affordable housing and repair existing units. Since 2003, Ontario's investment in affordable housing has translated into the construction and repair of more than 270,000 housing units and the provision of 35,000 rent supplements for Ontario families on fixed incomes.

Backgrounder:
New affordable housing rental units for seniors, persons with disabilities and families in Ontario
http://goo.gl/lM8yC
List of 27 projects that received combined $144.93 million federal/provincial funding under Canada's Economic Action Plan and the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement.
NOTE: The above backgrounder is part of a news release from the City of Ottawa announcing the new funding; click the link above and scroll halfway down the next page for the list of 27 projects, including name of the community, street address of the project, the number of units and the total federal and provincial funding for each project.

Related links:

Affordable housing is a key component of
Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy:
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/breakingthecycle/index.aspx

Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy - Government of Ontario (PDF - 1.1MB, 20 pages)
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=8590

Affordable housing in Ontario
http://www.ontario.ca/housing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/index.cfm

Ontario Ministry of Municpal Affairs and Housing
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/page11.aspx

Canada's Economic Action Plan
http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

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

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

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

8. The Three Amigos: How Income Inequality in Mexico is different than Canada and the U.S. - May 18
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Three Amigos: How Income Inequality in Mexico is different than Canada and the U.S.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/instability-implications-increasing-inequality
May 18, 2012
An examination of income inequality in North America reveals that Mexico is the only part of the continent where the middle class has been gaining from growth, according to a new study by internationally respected economist Lars Osberg, Dalhousie University professor and CCPA Research Associate.

Mexico’s middle class has benefited from urbanization, greater female employment, improved education and better social programs. Although similar trends in Canada and the U.S. maintained growth in middle class incomes until the 1970s, Osberg says, they have since run out of steam. Globalization, technological advances, a drop in unionized work, and a deregulated labour market have contributed to stagnant real incomes for most in Canada and the U.S. since the 1980s. Meanwhile, income growth at the top has accelerated in both Canada and the U.S.

Read the full study:

Instability Implications of Increasing Inequality (PDF - 1.1MB, 40 pages)
http://goo.gl/eM92W

See our infographic comparing the Three Amigos:
http://goo.gl/YzueY

News Release:
Mexico’s middle class gaining from economic
growth; Canada and the U.S. trailing
http://goo.gl/y5TwM

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

9. Clearing Away the Fog: Government Estimates of Job Losses - May 16
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

New report lifts fog on government job cuts
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/clearing-away-fog
May 16, 2012
Due to the opaque reporting methods used by the federal government to detail its spending and employment projections, getting a clear picture of core public service job losses is unnecessarily complicated. However, CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald has analyzed data from recently released 2012-13 Reports on Plans and Priorities [see below] as well as the 2012 federal budget to assess the impact of several rounds of spending cuts on federal employment.

The report, Clearing Away the Fog: Government Estimates of Job Losses, finds that the total number of federal core public service job losses over the next three years will be 29,600—far more than the 19,200 estimate that is now commonly cited. The Departments of National Defence, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Public Works and Government Services Canada will be particularly hard hit. The analysis also notes that a significant number of positions at Crown corporations, non-profit agencies, and private sector firms who do business with the government outside of the core public service will also be lost, although it is difficult to determine just how many.

Read the full report:

Clearing Away the Fog: Government Estimates of Job Losses (PDF - 238K 5 pages)
http://goo.gl/Fn1Ig
May 2012

News release:
Federal documents reveal 29,600 job cuts by 2015
http://goo.gl/BFFGA

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Related link:

2012–13 Part III - Reports on Plans and Priorities
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rpp/2012-2013/index-eng.asp
Click on the name of a federal department or institution for detailed information on plans and priorities for the next three years.
NOTE: The RPPs do **not** include any of the federal civil service job cuts announced in the March 29 (2012)
federal budget:
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html

Source:
Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPPs)

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rpp/index-eng.asp
RPPs are individual expenditure plans for each federal department and agency (excluding Crown corporations). These reports provide increased levels of detail over a three-year period on an organization’s main priorities by strategic outcome(s), program activity(ies) and planned/expected results, including links to related resource requirements.

RPPs are part of the
Estimates for the Government of Canada and Other Supporting Documents
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/est-pre/index-eng.asp
Part I and II - Main Estimates
Part III - Reports on Plans and Priorities
RPP Overview
Part III - Departmental Performance Reports
Canada's Performance
Supplementary Estimates
Appropriation Acts (Supply Bills)
Governor General Special Warrants

Department reponsible:
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/

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

10. Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement - May 16
(
The Media Co-op)

From The Media Co-op:

Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement
http://montreal.mediacoop.ca/story/ten-points-everyone-should-know-about-quebec-student-movement/10896
May 14, 2012
By Andrew Gavin Marshalll

The student strikes in Quebec, which began in February and have lasted for three months, involving roughly 175,000 students in the mostly French-speaking Canadian province, have been subjected to a massive provincial and national media propaganda campaign to demonize and dismiss the students and their struggle. The following is a list of ten points that everyone should know about the student movement in Quebec to help place their struggle in its proper global context.

The ten points:

1) The issue is debt, not tuition
2) Striking students in Quebec are setting an example for youth across the continent
3) The student strike was organized through democratic means and with democratic aims
4) This is not an exclusively Quebecois phenomenon
5) Government officials and the media have been openly calling for violence and “fascist” tactics to be used against the students
6) Excessive state violence has been used against the students
7) The government supports organized crime and opposes organized students
8) Canada’s elites punish the people and oppose the students
9) The student strike is being subjected to a massive and highly successful propaganda campaign to discredit, dismiss, and demonize the students
10) The student movement is part of a much larger emerging global movement of resistance against austerity, neoliberalism, and corrupt power

Source:
The Media Co-op
http://www.mediacoop.ca/

[ This article was originally published at:
http://www.andrewgavinmarshall.com ]

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

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

11. Brief Presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food - May 7
(
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Brief Presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (PDF - 216K, 9 pages)
http://goo.gl/eOqn8
By Bruce Campbell
May 7, 2012
This brief, presented to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, analyzes the impact of key measures in the 2012 federal budget on poverty and inequality—and by extension, on food insecurity in Canada.

"Since the crisis hit in 2008, the Conservative government, far from taking measures to reduce poverty and food insecurity, has brought in policies that are making the situation worse. This brief focuses on several key policy changes in the 2012 budget, notably to unemployment insurance; to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program; to the pension system. These changes will increase poverty levels for low income seniors, force unemployed workers into low wage jobs, and increase hardship and insecurity for the most vulnerable members of our society."

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2011 - May 25
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Canadian Economic Observer, May 2012 - May 25
--- Employment Insurance, March 2012 - May 24
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Study: Youth neither enrolled in school nor employed, 2011 - May 23
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Leading indicators, April 2012 - May 23
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Job vacancies, three-month average ending in February 2012 - May 23
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Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2010 - May 22

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

May 25, 2012
Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120525/dq120525a-eng.htm
Membership in registered pension plans (RPPs) in Canada amounted to 6,065,750 in 2010, an increase of 42,000 or 0.7% from 2009. Membership increased in public sector plans, but declined in private sector plans. Membership in public sector pension plans rose 1.8% to 3,140,970, while the number of members in private sector plans declined 0.5% to 2,924,790. As a result, the public sector accounted for 52% of total membership in RPPs, up from 46% a decade earlier. In the early 1980s, membership in the private sector represented almost 60% of total members. Women accounted for three-quarters of the increase in RPP membership. In 2010, they represented 62% of membership in the public sector and 37% in the private sector.
- includes one chart and one table : Registered pension plan membership, by sector and type of plan

Free CANSIM tables:

Tables 280-0008 to 280-0014:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=280-0008..280-0014&p2=31

Tables 280-0016 to 280-0027
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=280-0016..280-0027&p2=31

Related subjects:

* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=70008&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

* Labour
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2621&lang=eng&more=0

* Non-wage benefits
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&more=0

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

 

May 25, 2012
Canadian Economic Observer - May 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-010-x/11-010-x2012005-eng.htm
Sections:
1. Current economic conditions
2. Economic events
3. Recent feature articles
4. National accounts
5. Labour markets
6. Prices
7. International trade
8. Goods-producing industries (manufacturing, construction and resources)
9. Services (trade, transportation, travel and communications)
10. Financial markets
11. Provincial (latest Unemployment rates and Consumer Price Index)
Tables
Charts
Appendices
User information
Related products

Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-010-XWE&lang=eng
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2239&lang=eng&more=0

* Current conditions
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2239&id=712&lang=eng&more=0

* Economic accounts
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3764&lang=eng&more=0

* Leading indicators
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3764&id=1880&lang=eng&more=0

 

May 24, 2012
Employment Insurance, March 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120524/dq120524a-eng.htm
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits was little changed in March at 549,400. The number of beneficiaries has been relatively stable since September 2011.
- 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

Free CANSIM Tables:

Tables 276-0001 to 276-0004
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0001..276-0004&p2=31

Tables 276-0006
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0006&p2=31

Tables 276-0009
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0009&p2=31

Tables 276-0011
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=276-0011&p2=31

Tables by subject: Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/ind01/l3_2621_2627-eng.htm?hili_none

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2621&lang=eng&more=0

* Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2627&lang=eng&more=0

* Non-wage benefits
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2621&id=2628&lang=eng&more=0

[ earlier editions of this report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=73-002-X&chropg=1&lang=en ]

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Related link from the
Progressive Economics Forum:

Key EI Data No Longer Available
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/05/24/key-ei-data-no-longer-available/
By Andrew Jackson
May 24, 2012
As Heather Scoffield of Canadian Press reports here [ http://goo.gl/3gxK3 ], Statistics Canada are no longer publishing key EI data because HRSDC have stopped providing it. Data on the dollar value of EI regular benefits are not published in the monthly Statscan release, but were available each month on CANSIM… until March of this year.
(...)
The frozen tables are:
* CANSIM Table 276-0005 : Employment Insurance Program, benefit payments by province and type of benefit monthly (Dollars), Jan 1943 to Mar 2011
* CANSIM Table 276-0015 : Employment Insurance Program, weeks paid by province and type of benefit monthly (Number), Jan 1943 to Mar 2011
* CANSIM Table 276-0016 : Employment Insurance Program, average weekly payments by province and type of benefit monthly (Dollars), Jan 1942 to Mar 2011.
(These figures will be available once a year, about a year behind.)

No explanation has been provided by HRSDC.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

http://www.progressive-economics.ca/

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...and from the CBC:

Ottawa freezes Employment Insurance data
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/23/employment-insurance-data.html
May 23, 2012

 

May 23, 2012
Study: Youth neither enrolled in school nor employed, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120523/dq120523b-eng.htm
In 2011, 13%, or 904,000, of the 6.8 million Canadians aged 15 to 29 were neither in school nor did they have a job. This proportion, which has changed little during the past decade, has been among the lowest of all G7 nations. (...) Those 904,000 young people in 2011 consisted of 391,000 who were looking for work and 513,000 not looking for work. The remaining 5.9 million youth (87%) were equally split into those in school and those with a job.

Highlights:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2012002/article/11675/11675hl-fs-eng.htm

Full article:
HTML
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2012002/article/11675-eng.htm
PDF (172K, 15 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/2012002/article/11675-eng.pdf

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=75-001-X&lang=eng
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. ]

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

 

May 23, 2012
Leading indicators, April 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120523/dq120523c-eng.htm
The composite leading indicator rose 0.3% in April, matching the increase in March. This was the 10th consecutive monthly increase. Of the 10 components, 7 advanced in the month.
- includes one table : Leading indicators

"Note to readers:
This is the final release of the composite leading indicator, which is being discontinued."

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COMMENT by Gilles --- expect to see the above "Note to readers" on many StatCan products in the coming months as part of the Harper Government™'s exorcism of those pesky researchers and their damn statistics.
Accountability?
Yeah, sure thing.

 

May 23, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in February 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120523/dq120523e-eng.htm
Preliminary data on job vacancies are now available for February. Canadian businesses had, on average, 237,000 job vacancies in February, and the job vacancy rate was 1.7%. Job vacancy data tables are not currently available on CANSIM, but can be obtained by contacting Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre.

Related subjects:

Labour
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2621&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Employment and unemployment
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=1803&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Industries
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2621&id=2623&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

 

May 22, 2012
Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120522/dq120522a-eng.htm
According to police-reported data, about 99,000 Canadians were victims of family violence in 2010. Of these, almost 50% were committed by their spouse. An additional 17% were committed by a parent, 14% by an extended family member, 11% by a sibling and 9% by a child, usually a grown child. Unlike other forms of violent crime, the risk of becoming a victim of family violence was more than twice as high for females as for males.

Related subjects:

Children and youth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Violence among children and youth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20009&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Crime and justice
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2693&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Crimes and offences
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2102&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Family violence
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2696&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Victims and victimization
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=455&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

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

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

May 26, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

New research highlights the value of unions to child care providers
http://goo.gl/YdJSy
23 May 2012 | United States
Summary of two new American studies examines the impact of unionization and training on family child care providers in Washington State and New Jersey.

Giving voice to New Jersey’s caregivers: The union experiences of home-based child care providers
http://goo.gl/QzbCN
23 May 2012 | United States
Report from the Center for Women and Work documents the impact of unionization on New Jersey’s home-based child care workforce.

Training makes a difference: The experience of unionized family, friend, and neighbor child care providers in Washington State
http://goo.gl/cb3XB
23 May 2012 | United States
Study conducted in the U.S. by the Economic Opportunity Institute examines the impact of unionization and training on home child care providers and the children they care for.

Focus group summary and analysis: Public perceptions of early learning and child care
http://goo.gl/L0UxO
23 May 2012 | Canada
Based on a series of focus group discussions in five major metropolitan areas across Canada, this report summarizes key insights into the public's (including parent) current perceptions and visions of Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada.

Advocacy in action: Ontario's child care community raises profile of funding crisis
http://goo.gl/KtVca
23 May 2012 | Ontario
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care's Katie Arnup spoke out about the shameful fact that 4 out of 5 Ontario kids do not have access to a licensed child care space. The child care community was proud to stand alongside labour partners, community activists, parents and kids to defend public services and good jobs in Ontario.

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

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

Conservative MP's plan to overhaul childcare 'not the answer', say experts
http://goo.gl/GjXZ7
22 May 2012 | Europe

Quebec students invite generational conversation
http://goo.gl/BY4wa
23 May 2012 | Canada

Corporate for-profit daycare comes to Winnipeg
http://goo.gl/BKHQE
23 May 2012 | Manitoba

Childcare courses a growing choice for local men
http://goo.gl/UFETd
23 May 2012 | Europe

Time to move on full-day kindergarten
http://goo.gl/MRx4L
23 May 2012 | Saskatchewan

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

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

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

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/
Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

May 25:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/25/
Unemployment Benefits - Pennsylvania, Florida
State Medicaid Cuts - Illinois

May 24:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/24/
Foster Care and Kinship Families - New Jersey
Chronic Homelessness - New Orleans, LA
Child Poverty Rate - South Africa

May 23:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/23/
Rural Poverty Rates
Teenage Pregnancy
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - New York City

May 22:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/22/
State Medicaid Cuts - Illinois
Income Inequality - New York City

May 21:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/05/21/
Poverty Rate - New Jersey
Fuel Poverty in the UK

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

15. [U.S.] Office on Women's Health : womenshealth.gov - Empowering women to live healthier lives!

[U.S.] Office on Women's Health : womenshealth.gov - Empowering women to live healthier lives!
http://www.womenshealth.gov/
The Office on Women's Health's (OWH) mission is to provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches. OWH achieves its mission and vision by developing innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information. OWH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [ http://www.hhs.gov/ ]

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- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm

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

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

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

23 May 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1277
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4229
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Lowering ages (and standards)
- Schoolchildren as targets
- Suppression of expression
- Celebrating with...guns
- Wrongful detention
- Smacking laws & role models
- Child participation in justice proceedings
Children's Rights Wiki:
Spotlight on the Republic of the Congo
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

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

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


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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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Boomer Dress Code

Many "boomers" are quite confused about how they should present themselves.
Despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided:

* A nose ring and bifocals

* Spiked hair and bald spots

* A pierced tongue and dentures

* Miniskirts and support hose

* Ankle bracelets and corn pads

* Speedos and cellulite

* A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar

* Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor

* Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge

* Bikinis and liver spots

* Short shorts and varicose veins

* Inline skates and a walker

And last, but not least...

Thongs and Depends.

Please keep these basic guidelines foremost in your mind when you shop.

Source:
http://www.clevelandseniors.com/forever/txtdresscode.htm

 

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Bird Songs and Sounds of City Habitat
http://www.birdjam.com/habitat.php?id=5

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Kitty video! (10 minutes of AWWWWWWWWW)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhRuG0D-WsU&feature=g-vrec

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Mongolian Throat singers live at Fantasy Studios,
Berkeley, California on November 18, 2008
(video, duration 1:18:44).
Definitely worth listening to.
http://www.fazed.org/out/?id=19604

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OOOOOOOH, I LOVE TURTLES! (video, duration 3:30)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdqTmBGcg3M

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Doing the Edge Walk - CN Tower, Toronto (video, duration 12:28)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV0J3XXxMxE
$175.
Barf bag not included.
Wanna sign up?
http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca/

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A Day in Venice Italy (video, duration 3:23)
http://vimeo.com/40977797