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June 27, 2010

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Canadian content

1.  Economic Recovery : Commentary by Paul Hellyer, John Stapleton - June 2010
2. Reducing Lone-Parent Poverty: A Canadian Success Story (John Richards, C.D. Howe Institute) - June 24
3. British Columbia child poverty: still going down or still the worst?? (BC Government / Opposition / Victoria Times-Colonist) - June 17
4. Multi-million dollar fund will open doors to justice wider across Canada
(Law Foundation of Ontario)
- May 3
5. Poverty Elimination Act tabled in the House of Commons (Citizens for Public Justice)
- June 16
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2010 - June 25
--- Study: Health factors and early retirement among older workers, 1996/1997 to 2006/2007 - June 25
--- Work absences in 2009 - June 25
---The health of First Nations living off-reserve, Inuit and Métis adults, 2007 - June 23
--- Acute-care hospitalizations and Aboriginal identity in Canada, 2001/2002 - June 23
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2010 - June 22
--- Low Income Lines, 2008-2009 - June 17
Jennefer Laidley's Daily Media Scan - coming next week!
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - June 20

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. [U.S.] EXTRA-EXTRA-EXTRA :The Rich get Richer!! (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ) - June 25
11. [U.S.] From The Lewin Group:
--- Welfare Leavers in Colorado - July 2009
--- Welfare Time limits: State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families - April 2008
12. Australian Policy Online (recent content) - June 20
13. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

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1. Economic Recovery : Commentary by Paul Hellyer, John Stapleton - June 2010

Economic Recovery:
Commentary by Paul Hellyer, John Stapleton

June 2010


Print more money?

Look to Canadian precedent to revive economy
By Paul Hellyer
June 23, 2010
(...) In 1938, there were no new jobs available in Canada — none. Then war broke out in 1939. Pretty soon everyone was working. Some people joined the armed forces, others built factories or made munitions. The question is, where did they get the money necessary to do all this? The Bank of Canada printed it. (...) [T]
he money-creation function was shared between the Government of Canada, through the Bank of Canada, and the private banks. This was the system that got us out of the Great Depression, helped finance World War II, helped finance postwar infrastructure such as the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Trans-Canada Highway and assisted in laying the foundation for our social security network. It was the system that gave us the best 25 years of the 20th century!
The Toronto Star
[ Author Paul Hellyer was Minister of Defence in the Trudeau government in the 1970s. ]
[ See Paul Hellyer - from Wikipedia ]


Spend or save?

The Battle Between Paradigms
With economic recovery, a new stimulus-based mentality has arrived to challenge the old laissez-faire way of thinking. Which will win?
By John Stapleton
June 16, 2010
For about 30 years (since U.S. President Ronald Reagan), much of the western world lived under the spell of the prevailing “less government, lower taxes, markets rule” paradigm. But a year or more of economic recovery has allowed a new alpha paradigm to muscle its way onto the scene. The “stimulus/growth/spend lots/no limits” paradigm has successfully duelled the global “less-is-more-everything-costs-billions” paradigm, bringing it to a standstill. This centre stage “smackdown” – where neither wins the decision in the hearts and minds of Canadians – is our defining battle.
The Mark
"The people and ideas behind the headlines"

Related link:

Open Policy - John Stapleton's website

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

2. Reducing Lone-Parent Poverty: A Canadian Success Story - June 24
(John Richards, C.D. Howe Institute)

Poverty Rate Among Single-Parent Families Cut
by Half over Decade: C.D. Howe Institute
(PDF - 60K, 2 pages)
June 24, 2010
The poverty rate among the two million Canadians living in lone-parent families has fallen by more than half over a decade, according to a C.D. Howe Institute study released today. In Reducing Lone-Parent Poverty: A Canadian Success Story, Professor John Richards, the Roger Phillips Scholar in Social Policy, finds this decline largely reflects smart social program reforms that led to a dramatic increase in employment income among these families.

The complete study:

Reducing Lone-Parent Poverty:
A Canadian Success Story
(PDF - 538K, 20 pages)
By John Richards
"From 1996 to 2007, the poverty rate among the two million Canadians living in lone-parent families fell by more than half – from nearly 50 percent to just over 20 percent. What did Ottawa and the provinces do right? And what comes next?
(...) In mid-1990s, most provinces adopted 'tough love' initiatives that rendered welfare access more difficult for those classified as employable, a category including most single parents. Accompanying the 'tough love' were 'soft love' initiatives..."

C.D. Howe Institute
The C.D. Howe Institute is a leading independent, economic and social policy research institution. The Institute’s individual and corporate members are drawn from business, universities and the professions across the country.



Lone Parent Success Story Not Because of Tough Love
By Armine Yalnizyan
June 24, 2010
"John Richards tells us 'tough love' was the right public policy stance for governments to take in the mid 1990s. (...) Richards tells us that the tightening of access to welfare and the imposition of workfare was the kick-in-the-butt that lone parents needed to move themselves out of poverty...."

Armine thinks otherwise.
And she backs up her views with facts.
Click the link above to read the rest of her comment about John Richards' study.
(I personally think the Richards study is just a little bit paternalistic, misogynistic and discriminatory. But that's just me, eh...)

Armine concludes her blog entry: "As the Age of Austerity approacheth, let us hope that reports like this help define the limits of tough love, and provide incentives to gear up the many poverty reduction strategies in Canada. It is both achievable and affordable to reduce poverty for every group in Canada. Now that would be a success story worth writing about."
[ Hear, hear! Gilles ]
NOTE: if you want to get in your two cents' worth on this topic,
read Armine's comment at the link above, then add your comment at the bottom of the page.

Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
[ The Progressive Economics Forum ]

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (II) in Canada page:

3. British Columbia child poverty: still going down or still the worst?? - June 17
(BC Government / Opposition / Victoria Times-Colonist)

Alternate Sub-Titles:
Cherrypicking 101 or
Another Reason Government News Releases Should be Taken with Two Antacid Tablets.


From the
British Columbia
Ministry of Children and Family Development:

Child Poverty Continues its Decline
June 17, 2010
VICTORIA – Statistics Canada released figures (June 2010) showing that child poverty levels in BC have declined for the fifth year in a row and are now at a nearly 30-year record low for the province:
· Child Poverty in B.C. has declined for the fifth year in a row, according to figures released today by Statistics Canada.
· The most recently-released child poverty rate is 10.4 per cent. That is a 20 per cent decline from 13 per cent the year previous and a 46 per cent drop since 2003.
· The child poverty level (LICO after tax) is now at its lowest level since 1980.
· The child poverty rate in B.C. fell by 46 per cent between 2003 and 2008.
· Provincially, the median after tax income for families for two or more people rose 5.7 per cent in B.C.


From BC New Democrats*
(Official Opposition):

B.C. Ranks Highest in Canada for Child Poverty

News Release
June 17, 2010
Today the B.C. Liberals are saying they’re proud of new child poverty figures from Statistics Canada.
But a closer look at the numbers reveals that B.C. continues to have the highest child poverty rate in the country, for the seventh year in a row. As the Statistics Canada figures show, more than one in ten B.C. children live in poverty.
[ * BC New Democrats? What happened to "New Democratic Party"? More re-branding, I guess...]


Action needed on child poverty
June 22, 2010
The political reaction to the latest child poverty statistics was predictably disheartening. The government's public affairs bureau quickly sent out a news release headlined "Child poverty rate continues its decline," which failed to include the fact that B.C. still has the highest child poverty rate in the country. The New Democrats followed with a news release headlined "Reality Check: B.C. ranks highest in Canada for child poverty," which didn't note the province had made progress between 2007 and 2008. Politics as usual. But surely some issues call for a less partisan approach -- from the government side, an acknowledgment that far too many children live in poverty, from the Opposition, a recognition that progress has been made. The situation in B.C. remains grim. About one in 10 B.C. children lived in poverty in 2008. Statistics Canada reported B.C. has had the worst child poverty rate among provinces for seven straight years. And the number of children living in poverty today is almost certainly higher, given the economic downturn. (...)
The most obvious first step is to develop a plan to reduce child poverty, rather than relying on a series of ad hoc measures or hoping broad economic growth will lift families out of poverty. Six other provinces have done that, introducing detailed plans with specific targets, actions and deadlines. They ensure accountability and a co-ordinated effort across government, rather than leaving ministries to act -- or not act -- in isolation.
The B.C. government has refused to take that first step.
Victoria Times Colonist

- Go to the BC Government Links page:

4. Multi-million dollar fund will open doors to justice wider across Canada - May 3
(Law Foundation of Ontario)

Multi-million dollar fund will open doors to justice wider across Canada
Toronto, May 31, 2010 – The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) invites applications from across Canada to its just-launched, $14.6-million Access to Justice Fund. The Fund was established as part of a groundbreaking arrangement relating to the settlement of a major class action lawsuit. The Fund will be used to improve access to justice nationally, with a focus on five specific themes:
* linguistic minorities and people living in rural and remote areas
* Aboriginal people
* individuals without legal representation
* family violence
* consumer rights
The ATJ Fund will be open for applications for a one-year period, and non-profit organizations from across Canada are invited to apply
LawFoundation of Ontario

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

5. Poverty Elimination Act tabled in the House of Commons - June 16
(Citizens for Public Justice)

Poverty Elimination Act tabled in the House of Commons
By Chandra Pasma
June 16, 2010
A Private Member’s bill mandating the creation of a federal poverty elimination strategy was tabled this afternoon in the House of Commons. The bill was presented by Tony Martin of the New Democratic Party and seconded by Mike Savage of the Liberal Party and Yves Lessard of the Bloc Québécois. Bill C-545 directs the federal government to consultatively develop a federal poverty elimination strategy, creates a new, independent Poverty Commissioner to monitor progress of the strategy, and provides a stronger advisory role for the National Council of Welfare, to be renamed the National Council of Poverty and Social Inclusion. The poverty elimination strategy would focus on three major elements: income security, housing and social inclusion.
Citizens for Public Justice

The Bill:

BILL C-545
An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada

Third Session, Fortieth Parliament,
59 Elizabeth II, 2010
First reading, June 16, 2010
Mr. Martin (Sault Ste. Marie)

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2010 - June 25
--- Study: Health factors and early retirement among older workers, 1996/1997 to 2006/2007 - June 25
--- Work absences in 2009 - June 25
---The health of First Nations living off-reserve, Inuit and Métis adults, 2007 - June 23
--- Acute-care hospitalizations and Aboriginal identity in Canada, 2001/2002 - June 23
--- Consumer Price Index, May 2010 - June 22
Low Income Lines, 2008-2009 - June 17

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

June 25, 2010
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2010
Non-farm payroll employment rose for the third consecutive month in April, increasing by 35,600. This brings total gains since the start of the upward trend in August 2009 to 166,900 (+1.2%).
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings


From the June 2010 issue of
Perspectives on Labour and Income:

June 25, 2010
Study: Health factors and early retirement among older workers, 1996/1997 to 2006/2007
Workers with health problems were most likely to retire before reaching the age of 65, whereas the exit rate from the labour force was consistently lower for healthy workers without chronic conditions.
About 35% of full-time workers who were between the ages of 40 and 52 in 1994/1995, and who reported poor or fair health, had left work by 2006/2007 when they were at most 64 years of age. About 24% of workers who had been diagnosed with three or more chronic conditions had also left work during this 12-year period.

Related subjects:
* Health
* Lifestyle and social conditions

Work absences in 2009
HTML version
PDFversion (134K, 10 pages)

This overview presents data on absences from work for personal reasons (illness or disability and personal or family responsibilities) by various demographic and labour market characteristics, using data from the Labour Force Survey. Only full-time employees have been considered in this analysis.


June 23, 2010

Study: The health of First Nations living off-reserve, Inuit and Métis adults, 2007
First Nations living off-reserve, Inuit and Métis adults aged 20 or older were less likely to report being in excellent or very good health and were more likely to report at least one activity limitation than were non-Aboriginal adults. First Nations (off-reserve) and Métis adults were also more likely than non-Aboriginal adults to be diagnosed with one of several chronic conditions including arthritis, diabetes, heart problems and cancer. On the other hand, Inuit adults were equally or less likely to be diagnosed with such conditions.


The Health of First Nations Living Off-Reserve, Inuit, and Métis
Adults in Canada: The Impact of Socio-economic Status on Inequalities in Health

Also posted June 23:

Acute-care hospitalizations and Aboriginal identity in Canada, 2001/2002
Health disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations in Canada, including differences in life expectancies, have clearly been established. A variety of sources is currently used to measure and document these disparities, yet information gaps persist...

Related subjects:
* Aboriginal peoples
* Health and well-being
* Health
* Diseases and health conditions


June 22, 2010
Consumer Price Index, May 2010
Consumer prices rose 1.4% in the 12 months to May, following a 1.8% increase in April. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices declined 0.1% from April to May.
- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit
* Consumer Price Index and major components

Related reports:

The Consumer Price Index, May 2010
PDF version (432K, 67 pages)
HTML version - Table of contents with links to each of the following sections of the report:
1. Highlights 2. Briefing notes 3. Analysis 4. Tables 5. Charts 6. Data quality, concepts and methodology 7. Appendices 8. User information 9. Related products

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

Related subjects:
* Prices and price indexes
* Consumer price indexes


NOTE: the link immediately below was included in last week's newsletter,
but has been repeated below because I missed some key info last week.


June 17, 2010
Income of Canadians, 2008
This report contains analysis, charts and time series at the Canada, province and some census metropolitan area level. To provide a more complete picture of low income, the report includes analysis using three complementary low income lines: the low income cut-offs, the low income measures and the market basket measure (MBM). The first two were developed by Statistics Canada; the MBM is based on concepts developed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
- includes three tables:
----- Selected income concepts by main family types, 2007 and 2008
----- Selected income concepts for economic families of two persons or more by province, 2008 ith two persons or more.
----- Percentage of persons in low income (1992 base after-tax income low income cut-offs)

"Median after-tax income for families with two or more people, adjusted for inflation, was $63,900 in 2008, virtually unchanged from 2007. This followed four years of growth. For unattached individuals, after-tax income also remained unchanged, at $24,900. This was the first time in three years in which no significant change was observed." (Excerpt)

Related subjects
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household, family and personal income
* Low income and inequality


Low Income Lines, 2008-2009 *
June 17, 2010
HTML version
PDF version (1.2MB, 34 pages)
In order to provide a holographic or complete picture of low income, Statistics Canada is implementing an approach that uses three complementary low income lines:
- the Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs)
- the Low Income Measures (LIMs)
- the Market Basket Measure (MBM)
Click the link above for more information on how each measure works.

* True to form, StatCan takes great pains to emphasize that "these measures are not measures of poverty, but strictly measures of low income."
StatCan has been consistently repeating that disclaimer since Ivan Fellegi, Chief Statistician of Canada, posted the following edict on his agency's website in 1997:

"On poverty and low income" - by Ivan Fellegi (1997)
- explains why his agency's low income cut-offs should not be used as the "official" poverty line for Canada.

SO - could someone explain to me how LICOs, LIMs and the MBM can be measures of low income without being measures of poverty?
(A rose is a rose is a rose, no?...)

Related link:

A New Era for Measuring Poverty in Canada
Posted by Iglika Ivanova
June 18, 2010
Last Thursday’s Statistics Canada release of individual and household income data for 2008 marks a new era in the study of poverty in Canada. Instead of reporting only on the Low Income Cut Offs (LICO), as they used to, Statistics Canada reported on three of the most common measures of low income in the same publication (LICO, the low income measure and the market basket measure). Gone are the days of looking for different studies produced by different institutions to compare trends of low income in Canada. Even more importantly for those of us looking for reliable and timely data on low incomes, Statistics Canada has now taken over producing the Market Basket Measure (MBM) from HRSDC.
Relentlessly Progressive Economics Blog
[ The Progressive Economics Forum ]


The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:

7. Jennefer Laidley's Daily Media Scan - coming next week!

Jennefer Laidley is with the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) in Toronto.
Part of Jennefer's job at ISAC is scanning the media for links to items of interest for social researchers and advocates in Toronto, and she also covers the provincial and national scene. She shares her findings in a daily email to her mailing list, but this collection is too rich to keep on a limited circulation. I contacted Jennefer, and she gave me permission to copy the links from her daily emails to a new page that I'll create and add to my site sometime in the coming week. Jennefer's focus is a bit broader than mine in terms of topics that she covers, but I'll definitely be highlighting some of her daily information nuggets in my own newsletter.
Thanks for agreeing to share your work, Jennefer!

Here's just a sampling of Jennefer's daily offerings:
--- links to G20 media content and Paul Martin on abortion, all from Friday:


Why I will protest:

More on the police state that’s descended in Toronto:

Here’s why Dave Vasey got arrested – thanks to provincial Cabinet:



They can use the sound cannons after all:


And, um, WHAT? Sharpshooters??

The downtown core is seriously empty:

Rick Salutin on democratic decline:

Um, where’s all the money going?

Maybe here:

Paul Martin says abortion is AOK:


Check out the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) website!
ISAC works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.
Visit their website and their affiliate Social Assistance Review website for a large collection of Ontario resources.

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

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

June 27, 2010

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

Implementing early learning: Status report
23 Jun 10
- Staff report from Toronto Children's Services discusses the impact of Ontario's early learning program on child care in the city; offers recommendations -- including a base funding model -- to create a sustainable and high quality system.

School's out...and so is physical activity warns The Heart and Stroke Foundation
23 Jun 10
- Survey finds "the majority of kids in the GTA will be missing out on physical activity this summer, as parents scramble to find child care solutions once school is out".

New poverty figures show poverty eradication must be part of recession recovery
23 Jun 10
- Press release from Campaign 2000 calls for action to end child poverty as new statistics show Canada's child poverty rate is still 9 per cent.

Gathering labour market information on Canada's early childhood education
and care (ECEC) workforce: Data collection methods and classification systems

23 Jun 10
- Report from the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council summarizes data collection tools and classification systems used in Canada, types of data collected, who uses the information and why the data are important.


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

· Kids on holiday, parents on overtime
[IE] 22 Jun 10

· Summer time often means no play time for kids: Survey
[CA] 21 Jun 10

· Gay workers will get time to care for partner's sick child
[US] 21 Jun 10

· Stay-at-home dads shattering stereotypes
[CA] 19 Jun 10

· More new dads take parental leave
[CA] 16 Jun 10

· No vacancies for our children
[AU] 7 Jun 10



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

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

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 25:
Millennium Development Goals and Global Poverty
Senate Jobs Bill and State Budgets
Health Insurance Coverage in the US
Effects of Cuts to Social Programs on Public Health

June 24:
Access to Community Colleges and For-Profit Colleges
US Strategy on Homelessness
US Refugee Resettlement System
Widows and Poverty
Weatherization Program - California

June 23:
Recession and State Budgets
Jobs Bill and Unemployment Benefits
Small High Schools and Academic Achievement - New York City
Medicaid and Dental Care - California
State Budgets and Medicaid Costs

June 22:
Child Poverty - Indiana, Louisiana
Prisoner Re-Entry Programs - Michigan
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
Child Custody and Non-Resident Fathers

June 21:
TANF Emergency Fund and State Jobs Programs
State Jobless Benefits Fund - Utah
Health Insurance Coverage and Employment


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

10. [U.S.] EXTRA-EXTRA-EXTRA :The Rich get Richer!! - June 25
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities )

Recent release from the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

Income Gaps Between Very Rich and Everyone Else
More Than Tripled In Last Three Decades, New Data Show

By Arloc Sherman and Chad Stone
June 25, 2010
HTML version
PDF version
(516K, 7 pages)
The gaps in after-tax income between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the middle and poorest fifths of the country more than tripled between 1979 and 2007 (the period for which these data are available), according to recent data from the Congressional Budget Office. Taken together with prior research, the new data suggest greater income concentration at the top of the income scale than at any time since 1928.

Top 1% Leaving Others in the Dust
June 25, 2010
After-tax incomes nearly quadrupled for the top 1 percent of Americans in the last three decades, while barely rising among middle- and lower-income households, according to new data from the Congressional Budget Office.
(...) The new CBO data — the most comprehensive numbers available on income inequality — only go through 2007, so they don’t show the impact of the recession and the stock market plunge. These events may have reduced inequality somewhat by shrinking incomes the most at the top, as the bursting of the bubble did a decade ago

Off the Charts Blog
[ Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ]
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Related links:

Average Federal Tax Rates in 2007 (PDF - 65K, 7 pages)
June 2010
Congressional Budget Office


What about the wealth gap?

Top 1% Increased Their Share of Wealth in Financial Crisis
April 30, 2010
By Robert Frank
Many economists and journalists, myself included, assumed inequality would decline during the global financial crisis. The rich tend to be the bi-polars of the economy, reaping the most when times are good and losing the most (on a percentage basis) during busts. (...) New calculations by Edward Wolff, the New York University economist and an expert on U.S. wealth statistics, show that the top 1% actually held onto its share of national wealth in the crisis, and may have even gained a bit.
The Wealth Report


Is there a growing gap in Canada?

The Growing Gap project takes an in-depth and sustained look at one of the biggest challenges of our time: Worsening income and wealth inequality in Canada. Growing Gap is an initiative of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

11. [U.S.] From The Lewin Group:
--- Welfare Leavers in Colorado
- July 2009
--- Welfare Time limits: State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families - April 2008

Welfare Leavers in Colorado (PDF - 726K 87 pages)
Prepared by Sam Elkin et al
For the Colorado Department of Human Services
July 31, 2009

Selected key findings
The good news:
Only about one in ten individuals who stopped receiving cash assistance through Colorado Works returned to welfare.
The bad news:
Fifty-nine percent of leavers were receiving food stamps; about one-third were receiving some form of housing assistance; almost half of childless leavers had no public health insurance coverage (although 3/4 of parents had coverage for their kids)
Related link:
Colorado Department of Human Services
The Lewin Group
The Lewin Group is an Ingenix company. Ingenix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, was founded in 1996 to develop, acquire and integrate the world's best-in-class health care information technology capabilities. The Lewin Group operates with editorial independence and provides its clients with the very best expert and impartial health care and human services policy research and consulting services.

Also from The Lewin Group:

Welfare Time Limits: An Update on
State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families
(PDF - 1.3MB, 231 pages)
Prepared by Mary Farrell et al
For the U.S. Govt. Administration for Children and Families
April 2008
One of the most controversial features of the 1990s welfare reforms was the imposition of time limits on benefit receipt. The law prohibits states from using federal TANF funds to assist most families for more than 60 months. Under contract to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Lewin and MDRC conducted a comprehensive review of what has been learned about time limits. The review, which updates a 2002 study, includes analysis of administrative data reported by states to ACF, visits to several states, and a literature review. Key findings include the following: time-limit policies vary dramatically from state to state; nationally, at least a quarter million TANF cases have been closed due to reaching a time limit since 1996, although about one-third of these closures have occurred in New York, which continues to provide assistance through a state and locally funded program; and many of the families whose TANF cases were closed due to time limits are struggling financially and report being worse off than they were while on welfare.
Related link:
Administration for Children and Families
[ U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services ]

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:

12. Australian Policy Online - recent content

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.


Week ending June 27, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Dual-sector university cohesion: a discussion paper
2. Gillard: from zero to Labor Party hero
3. 8 Aboriginal ways of learning
4. The biographer and the biographee
5. Hackers, fraudsters and botnets: tackling the problem of cyber crime

[You'll find these links on the APO home page.]


New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social Inclusion * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Week ending June 27, 2010
Most viewed this week:

1. The making of Julia Gillard
2. Overseas students: immigration policy changes 1997–May 2010
3. Connecting ideas: collaborative innovation for a complex world
4. Gender equality blueprint 2010
5. Compulsory income management: a flawed answer to a complex issue

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

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From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

23 June 2010, issue 1180
In this issue:
Editorial: Child Domestic Workers - the dawn of a new Convention?
Latest news and reports:
- End detentions of children seeking asylum (Greece, Spain, Australia)
- Europe's behaviour towards Roma children: signs of improvement?
- Human Rights Council - new experts revealed
- Guidance to improve use of medicines for children
- Violence against children (updates from South Africa, Middle East and North Africa)
**From the Frontline** Marcel Sibomana from the African Movement for Working Children and Youth
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues * Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


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- links to hundreds of weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.
NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

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Top Ten Hottest Urban Legends 


On this page you'll find the top urban legends currently (June 27/10) circulating most widely, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage. If you receive a forwarded email from  a friend or relative with  any of the content below appearing in the Subject line or the body of the message, please go to the Snopes website (the Source link at the bottom of these urban legends) and see if it's worth forwarding to another 150 people

    Bottle Bombs
   1. Message warns about plastic bottle bombs left in unsuspecting residents' yards.

   Cattle Guards
   2. Joke about politician's ordering the firing of cattle guards.

   New Pepsi Can
   3. Claim that a new Pepsi soda can design omits the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.

   Invitation / Olympic Torch / Black in the White House
   4. Warning about the 'Black in the White House' computer virus.

   Press Conference
   5. President Obama is the 'first U.S. President to hold a press conference without the American flag present.

   Postcard Virus
   6. Warning about a computer virus masquerading as a postcard from a friend or family member.

   Palestinian Resettlement
   7. Claim that President Obama issued an order allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the U.S.

   Wasp Spray
   8. Claim that wasp spray is a preferable alternative to pepper spray for protection against assailants.

   *77 Cell Phone Notification
   9. Advisory about contacting police by calling *77 (or *112 or *47) on a cell phone.

  10. Discussion of whether various religious groups are exempt from requirements to obtain health insurance.

[The list is actually the top 25 urban legends.
 If you're a hard-core urban legend fan, follow the Source link for the rest....]


And, in closing...


G20 Toronto Summit – June 26-27, 2010


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