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September 27, 2010

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

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Canadian content <>

1.   Who's Hungry: 2010 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (Daily Bread Food Bank - September 23)
2. Razor-thin reprieve (153-151) for the Long Gun Registry - September 23
3. Armine Yalnizyan and Tracey Lauriault speak out about the Census long form questionnaire - September 22, 24

4. Aboriginal Documentary Heritage: Historical Collections of the Canadian Government (Library and Archives Canada)
5. Alberta Income Support Caseload - monthly welfare statistics
6. British Columbia Public Hearings on Legal Aid - September/October 2010
7.What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2010 - September 24
--- Teacher's Guide to Data Discovery - September 24
--- Employment Insurance, July 2010
- September 23
--- Leading indicators, August 2010 - September 22
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2010
- September 21
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 27

International content
9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. Millennium Development Goals Summit (New York - September 20-22, 2010)
Australian Policy Online - selected recent content (September 27)
--- South Australia's strategic plan: what progress on poverty?
--- Are disadvantaged families "hard to reach"?

12. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

International content

Have a great week!

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1. Who's Hungry: 2010 Profile of Hunger in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) - September 23
(Daily Bread Food Bank - Toronto)

Fall Drive launches with release of
new report on hunger in the Greater Toronto Area
(PDF - 24K, 1 page)
Media Release
September 23, 2010
TORONTO — Daily Bread Food Bank launched its annual Fall Drive today with a new report on hunger in the GTA showing the largest increase in food bank use in fifteen years. With food bank use at an all time high, the need to give is stronger than ever. While donors and supporters dug deep last year, donations have also flat lined, meaning Daily Bread Food Bank is trying to do more with less. (...) The report, Who's Hungry: 2010 Profile of Hunger in the GTA, shows an overall increase of 15 per cent in client visits. For Daily Bread’s member agencies, there were an extra 123,000 visits last year. The average person coming to a food bank spends 68 per cent of their income on rent and utilities. With an average monthly income of $1000, that leaves just over $300 for everything else: school supplies for the kids, clothes for winter, medications and food. The research shows most people are going into debt to make up the shortfall: 59 per cent have borrowed from family or friends and 28 per cent have used credit cards recently in order to pay the bills. The issue with hunger isn’t about food security, it’s about income security. There is enough food for everyone, but people on low incomes do not have enough money to purchase the food that is available.

The report:

Who's Hungry: 2010 Profile of Hunger in the GTA (PDF - 7.4MB, 32 pages)
This past year, food banks experienced the largest increase in client visits since social assistance rates were cut by 21.6 per cent in 1995. The percentage of children 18 years of age and under requiring food banks remains the same, while the percentage of people 45 years of age or older using food banks is getting larger.

Key Findings (60K, 1 page)

Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. As Canada’s largest food bank, Daily Bread serves people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies across Toronto.

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

2. Razor-thin (153-151) reprieve for the Long Gun Registry - September 23

A reprieve for Canada's Long Gun Registry:
Vote supports Registry (153-151),
Harper vows the Tories will not stop until the registry is dead.

(Reminiscent of Parti Québécois leader and former Québec Premier Jacques Parizeau's take on sovereignty referenda: "If we don't win this time, we'll just have another referendum and another one after that, until we win.")

From the
Globe and Mail:

Tories aim to turn long-gun defeat into victory:
Stephen Harper’s latest attempt to kill the long-gun registry has ended in defeat,
but the result has handed the Conservatives a political club they can use to hammer rivals in the next election campaign.

By Steven Chase and Gloria Galloway
September 23, 2010
The opposition majority in the Commons joined forces on Wednesday to quash a Tory private member’s bill that aimed to scrap the long-gun portion of Canada’s firearms registry. The Liberals, Bloc Québécois and NDP voted down the legislation by a razor-thin margin of 153-151. No MPs skipped the vote, and six New Democrats sided with the Conservatives as expected.
“The people of the regions of this country are never going to accept being treated like criminals, and we will continue our efforts until this registry is finally abolished.”
[Divide and conquer is alive and well...)

- Don't forget to read some of the 2000+ comments!

Globe and Mail


From the
Toronto Star:

Reason barely defeats gun registry anger
September 23, 2010
By James Travers
Loved by some, hated by others and exaggerated by all, the gun registry has never been just about public safety. Now, in the aftermath of a rancorous Commons vote, it’s mostly about the soaring power of emotion in Canadian politics and the coming federal election. With decisive help from Jack Layton’s NDP, Liberals rescued the registry from Conservatives last night by narrowly winning a weak argument. Backed by gun crime victims, police chiefs and metropolitan voters, Michael Ignatieff forced a nervous caucus to accept that, on balance, saving the registry Jean Chretien introduced in 1995 is worth the rural political risks. (...) However stumbling the journey, opposition parties finally arrived at the right place last night. While hardly a crime panacea, the registry is worth keeping. Scrapping it would deny police of a tool chiefs insist is useful. Ending it now when the RCMP says it’s finally working would only exacerbate the original waste, leaving Canadians with nothing for their money. Harper promises to continue the fight. Along with targeting flip-flopping MPs, Conservatives will use the defeat to prime the donation pump and as proof only a majority will allow the party to advance its agenda. Conservative zeal will fade if, after 15 years of acrimony, Canadians finally move on to more pressing matters. What won’t change is ruling party tactics.

Related articles:
[Click the link above, then scroll down to "Related"
in the left margin for links to the following articles.]

* How MPs voted
* Registry’s backers and opponents reload
* Gun registry survives vote
* Photos: Gun vote looms
* Topic: Gun registry
* Profile: The Difference Maker
* Profile: The Crusader
* Profile: The Flag Bearer
* Travers: A waste of time
* Editorial: Liberals, NDP face duty
* Why gun control is really a gender issue
* Heat is on in gun country
* RCMP report (2010)
* RCMP report backs registry
* Police chiefs' report (PDF)

Toronto Star


Related links + more background information
and analysis of the long gun registry issue:

3. Armine Yalnizyan and Tracey Lauriault speak out about the Census long form questionnaire - September 22, 24

The Census long form questionnaire:
Saving Statistics Canada and a snippy response to Industry Minister Clément

Saving Statistics Canada
By Armine Yalnizyan
September 22, 2010
On September 9th, Canada’s Prime Minister received a letter from Mel Cappe, David Dodge, Alex Himelfarb and Ivan Fellegi. It opened with a stern warning that government actions with regard to the census over the summer “put the well earned credibility and respected international standing of Statistics Canada at risk”. Then they told him how to fix the problem. (...)
Summer’s over. Parliament is back. The vote to end the long-gun registry came and went, with the Harper team threatening to get more serious about killing it in future. It’s time to get more serious about the other threats we face as a society.
The census decision is one of those threats, for the reasons noted by Messrs Dodge, Cappe, Himelfarb and Fellegi. Parliamentarians will find themselves revisiting it many times this fall. There’s one simple way to stare down that threat: Adopt the Fellegi amendment (for short). Here’s what it looks like...
Blog : Relentlessly Progressive Economics
Part of:
Progressive Economics Forum
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.


A response to Mr. Clement about
his response to my letter on the Census

By Tracey Lauriault
September 24, 2010
Awhile back, Tracey Lauriault of (the most comprehensive online resource on the Census questionnaire issue) wrote to Tony Clement, federal Industry Minister, to express her concerns about the cancellation of the long form Census questionnaire. The original message from Tracey may be on the site (I couldn't find a link), but this is more about the reply that Minister Clement sent to Tracey and her comments about that reply.
Some folks get pretty passionate about the Census long form --- Tracey is one of them.
Well worth a read.

Also found on
the datalibre website:

Tony and the Census in 2.5 D - video segment from the Rick Mercer Report
"Tony Clement --- a true champion against scientific data!"

Check the News Search Results Page to see if there's anything recent for "Canada census 2011, long form questionnaire."
Here's the most recent media roundup (dated September 11) from (34 links)
* Go to for earlier postings

Related link:

Statistics Canada's Census of Canada Home Page

- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:

4. Aboriginal Documentary Heritage: Historical Collections of the Canadian Government
(Library and Archives Canada)

Aboriginal Documentary Heritage
Aboriginal Documentary Heritage: Historical Collections of the Canadian Government recounts first-hand information illustrating the complex and often contentious relationship between the Canadian government and Canada's Aboriginal people from the late 1700s to the mid-20th century.
- incl. links to :
* Introduction * The Resources from an Aboriginal Perspective * The Red and Black Series * Treaties, Surrenders and Agreements * Aboriginal Soldiers in the First World War * Glossary * Further Research * Copyright/Sources * Comments

TIP: Further Research includes links to a further 13 related collections.

Aboriginal Peoples Collection
[ Library and Archives Canada ]

Discover the rest of the
Library and Archives Canada Collection

* Genealogy and Family History * Portrait Gallery of Canada * Aboriginal Peoples * Educational Resources * Art and Photography * Biography and People * Censuses * Ethno-Cultural Groups * Exploration and Settlement * Literature * Military and Peacekeeping * Music and Performing Arts * National Identity * Newspapers * Other Topics * Philately and Postal History * Politics and Government * Sports * Vital Statistics

- Go to the First Nations Links page:

5. Alberta Income Support (welfare) Caseload - August 2010

Alberta Income Support Caseload - monthly welfare statistics
Income Support (IS) provides financial benefits to individuals and families in Alberta who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs, including food, clothing, and shelter.
The number of cases in August 2010 was 39,633, a decrease of 0.45% from July 2010, which had 39,814 cases. The August IS caseload is up 46.6% from what was observed in August 2008.
Alberta Office of Statistics
Check the Office of Statistics for stats on:
Aboriginal Peoples - Health - Agriculture - Income, Pension, Spending and Wealth - Children and Youth - International Trade - Construction - Labour - Crime and Justice - Languages - Culture and Leisure - Manufacturing - Economic Accounts - Population and Demography - Education, Training and Learning - Prices and Price Indexes - Energy - Science and Technology - Environment - Seniors - Ethnic Diversity and Immigration - Society and Community - Families, Households and Housing - Tourism
Government - Transportation

NOTE : Alberta is one of six Canadian provinces that now
offer recent monthly welfare caseload statistics on their websites.
[ Big deal - so what?? ]

- Go to the Alberta Links page:
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

6. British Columbia Public Hearings on Legal Aid - September/October 2010

British Columbia Public Hearings
on Legal Aid - September/October 2010

The BC Public Commission on Legal Aid is holding hearings across the province in September and October 2010 to hear from the public about problems accessing legal help. You can help promote awareness and participation in the hearings on legal aid in your area by using the posters on the Coalition for Public Legal Services website (see the link below). Download and print out any or all of these files. Share, distribute, post and help get the word out to encourage attendance at these Public Commission hearings.
Hearings to be held in:
Chilliwack - Cranbrook - Kamloops - Kelowna - Nanaimo - Prince George - Surrey - Terrace - Vancouver - Victoria - Williams Lake
[ Double the impact of your submission – send a copy to the Finance Committee. Go to the CPLS home page for more information.]

Coalition for Public Legal Services
What does the perfect justice system look like?
Why is justice so difficult to access by so many people in British Columbia?
These are the questions that the Coalition for Public Legal Services (CPLS) strives to answer.
We are a group of stakeholders advocating for an accessible justice system in our province.
- incl. links to :
* Legal Aid in BC : History of BC Legal Services Society Cuts - LSS Cuts of 2009 - Justice For All? Video
* Coalition for Public Legal Services : Our Cause - Who We Are - Member Organizations - Join the Coalition
* News : Latest News - News Archive - Press Releases - Access to Justice Campaign Blog - Events
* Get involved : Facebook Group - Petition - Love Is Not Enough Bike Tour - Write to your Local Council - Write to your MLA - Write to the Ministry of Attorney General
* Renewing our Commitment to Legal Aid : Background: The Emergence of Legal Aid - Legal Aid and the Constitution - Legal Aid in BC - Legal Aid in Ontario - Conclusion
* Blog

- Go to the BC Government Links page:
- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2010 - September 24
---Teacher's Guide to Data Discovery - September 24
Employment Insurance, July 2010
- September 23
Leading indicators, August 2010 - September 22
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2010
- September 21

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

September 24, 2010
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2010
Between July 2009 and July 2010, the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 3.9% to $855.66. This was the fastest year-over-year increase since February 2008.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related report:

Employment, Earnings and Hours
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE: Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month behind this report.
Click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

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


September 24, 2010
Teacher's Guide to Data Discovery
A guide for elementary and secondary teachers on the basic skills involved in statistical investigation: choosing the dataset, understanding data concepts and analysing the data with or without computer software.
Click the link above, then "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.


September 23, 2010
Employment Insurance, July 2010
In July, 672,200 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, down 31,400 from June. This decline offsets increases observed in the spring, and brings the number of beneficiaries back to the level recorded in March.
- 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

Employment Insurance Statistics Maps
- set of maps presenting the number of regular Employment Insurance beneficiaries. These maps complete the analysis published simultaneously in The Daily. The maps show the percentage change in number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in the last 12 months, by Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) and Census Agglomerations (CAs).
Click the link above, then "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

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

[ earlier editions of this report ]


September 22, 2010
Leading indicators, August 2010
The leading index rose 0.5% in August, matching its average increase over the previous two months. The sources of growth were little changed, as manufacturing posted the largest gains while housing continued to retrench.

Related subjects:
* Business performance and ownership
* Current conditions
* Economic accounts
* Leading indicators


September 21, 2010
Consumer Price Index, August 2010
Consumer prices rose 1.7% in the 12 months to August, following a 1.8% increase in July. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.1% in August.
- 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 report:

The Consumer Price Index
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
Click the link above, then "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

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


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 Employment Insurance Links page:

- Go to the Education Links page:

- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page:

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - September 27

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

September 27, 2010

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

BC smart family policy 2010 report card: Assessing British Columbians' support for families with young children
22 Sep 10
- Report from UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership finds vulnerability is on the rise in BC; recommends increasing parental leave and expanding ECEC services.

Materials from the Belgian Presidency of the EU's expert conference "Europe de l'enfance"
22 Sep 10
- Recent conference aimed to create a more coordinated approach to child policy across the EU; key messages include a call to "guarantee a right for all children to access high-quality, diversified and integrated ECEC services."

Learning together: A study of six B.A. completion cohort programs in early care and education. Year 2 report
22 Sep 10
- Second report from a longitudinal study by the Centre for the Study of Child Care Employment looks at the success of B.A. programs that target small groups of adults working in ECE to pursue a course of study together.

Quality costs: Paying for early childhood education and care
22 Sep 10
- Presentation by the Executive Director of Daycare Trust (UK) for a seminar at the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare explores what it would cost to build a high quality ECEC system.


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

· Government adding day-care spaces to city school
[CA-SK] 21 Sep 10

· Percentage of vulnerable children on the rise in B.C kindergartens - UBC study
[CA-BC] 21 Sep 10

· First Nations leaders demand more money for education
[CA] 21 Sep 10

· Hudak's stand on kindergarten risks raising ire of families
[CA-ON] 17 Sep 10

· Finland's secrets to educational success
[FI] 14 Sep 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:

September 24:
US Food and Nutrition Programs
Homeless Students - Oregon
Child Care Subsidy Program and Fraud
Health Care Reform and Children’s Coverage
Number of Children in Foster Care - Pennsylvania

September 23:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Hawaii
State Unemployment Rates
Child Care Subsidies - New Mexico
Welfare Eligibility System - Indiana

September 22:
Spending on Safety Net Programs
Sentencing and Incarceration of Women - Oklahoma
Medicaid Programs - New York, Pennsylvania

September 21:
Promise Neighborhoods Program
Millennium Development Goals - Education
Millennium Development Goals - Africa
Maternal Mortality Rates
Child Welfare System - Milwaukee, WI

September 20:
State Job Training Programs
Long-Term Unemployment of Workers Over 50
Political Reaction to Poverty Rate
General Assistance Medical Care - Minnesota


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. Millennium Development Goals Summit (New York - September 20-22, 2010)

High-level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the
UN General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals
("The Millennium Development Goals Summit")
New York, September 20-22 (2010)


Closing Press Release:

UN Summit concludes with adoption of
global action planto achieve development goals by 2015
(PDF - 275K, 2 pages)
Secretary-General secures more than $40 billion for women’s and children’s health
22 September, 2010 — A United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concluded today with the adoption of a global action plan to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals by their 2015 target date and the announcement of major new commitments for women’s and children’s health and other initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease. The outcome document of the three-day Summit – Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals – reaffirms world leaders’ commitment to the MDGs and sets out a concrete action agenda for achieving the Goals by 2015.

Related links:

The Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health
New York
Launched on 22 September 2010, The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health sets out a plan to save the lives of millions of women and children. It calls for a bold, coordinated effort, building on what has been achieved so far - locally, nationally, regionally and globally.


The official summit website:

Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
20-22 September 2010
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.

The High-level Plenary Meeting will consist of six plenary meetings, on the basis of two meetings a day, and six interactive round-table sessions to be held in concurrence with plenary meetings.
Roundtable themes:
* Poverty, hunger and gender equality * Health and education * Promoting sustainable development * Emerging issues * Addressing the special needs of the most vulnerable * Widening and strengthening partnerships

MDG Summit Documents

Live video stream

Read the latest news
from the United Nations News Centre
- including coverage of the MDG summit in New York

News releases from the Summit:

'The Clock is Ticking,’ Secretary-General Says, Urging World Leaders
to Generate Resources, Political will to Achieve Millennium Development Goals by 2015
20 September 2010
Despite obstacles, scepticism and a fast-approaching 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved if the global community stayed true to the promise made a decade ago to end the dehumanizing conditions of poverty by making smart investments in infrastructure, opening export markets and generally rethinking conventional wisdom, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders today as he opened the General Assembly’s high-level meeting to take stock of progress.

Poorest countries at epicentre of
development emergency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns

21 September 2010
With just five years remaining until the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sounded the alarm that the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) continued to be mired in poverty.


The Secretary-General's report

12 February 2010
Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote
an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium
Development Goals by 2015:
Report of the Secretary-General
(PDF - 166K, 35 pages)
Follow-up to the outcome
of the Millennium Summit
"(...) The Millennium Development Goals have triggered the largest cooperative effort in world history to fight poverty, hunger and disease. They have become a rallying cry in poor and rich countries alike, and a standard for non-governmental organizations and corporations as well. Nearly 10 years after they were adopted, they are alive and stronger than ever, which is a rarity among global goals. The world wants them to work." [Report, p.31]
- Four main sections:
1. Examination of the importance of the Millennium Declaration and how it drives the United Nations development agenda.
2. Progress review re. achieving the Millennium Development Goals, presenting both shortfalls and successes in the global effort and outlines emerging issues.
3. Summary of lessons learned to shape new efforts for accelerating progress to meet the Goals and identifies key success factors.
4. Specific recommendations for action.
The report calls for a new pact to accelerate progress in achieving the Goals in the coming years among all stakeholders, in a commitment towards equitable and
sustainable development for all.


The CBC coverage:

Millennium Development Goals summit opens
UN meeting to review progress in getting rid of extreme poverty, hunger, disease
September 20, 2010
World leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday for the Millennium Development Goals summit, two days aimed at measuring their success in eradicating global poverty. The summit focuses on the Millennium Development Goals, a series of "quantified, time-bound targets for addressing extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and for promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a pre-summit report. (...) The goals were agreed to 2000 by 189 of the UN's member states; they committed to achieving them by 2015.


Related links:

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The MDGs offer us a roadmap to end poverty and its root causes. In September 2000, 189 world leaders adopted the MDGs as part of the Millennium Declaration, agreed to at the United Nations Millennium Summit.
The MDG's set an unprecedented global framework for development that is a crucial step towards ending poverty and inequality by 2015.

What are the Millennium Development Goals?

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
United Nations


Latest MDG annual reports:

Millennium Development Goals Report 2010 (PDF - 49.5MB, 80 pages)*
Annual assessment of global progress towards the Millennium Development Goals
[ *Aside to the nice people of the U.N. website team: lower filesizes will increase
the number of visitors who download your reports. This file is HUMONGOUS!

[ Millennium Development Goals 2009 report (PDF - 8MB, 60 pages) ]


Poverty Reduction
Through the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals the world is addressing the many dimensions of human development, including halving by 2015 the proportion of people living in extreme poverty.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP advocates for nationally-owned solutions to reduce poverty and promote human development. We sponsor innovative pilot projects; connect countries to global good practices and resources; promote the role of women in development; and bring governments, civil society and outside funders together to coordinate their efforts.


End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign
"We are the generation that can end poverty"
"End poverty by 2015" is the historic promise 189 world leaders made at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed onto the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals.


Poverty Reduction: Country Briefings
These OneWorld briefings assess progress in poverty reduction for over 60 developing countries. Now more than midway to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the overall picture is not encouraging, reinforcing conclusions of the 2010 UN Millennium Development Goals Report.
- also includes links to info on :
* Living with Poverty * Global Trends * Economic Recession * Measuring National Poverty * Measuring Global Poverty * Causes * Why Should We Care? * MDGs *
Climate Change * Solutions
One World UK
OneWorld UK aims to provide the UK's best online coverage of human rights and sustainable development.


Make Poverty History - Canada
The Canadian Make Poverty History campaign was launched in February 2005 with the support of a wide cross-section of public interest and faith groups, trade unions, students, academics and literary, artistic and sports leaders. Make Poverty History is part of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (the third link below). National campaigns are now active in over 100 countries. The global campaign, which also launched in 2005, presses G8 leaders for action on global poverty issues.

End Poverty in Canada Campaign


Make Poverty - U.K.
The Make Poverty History campaign in the UK officially came to an end in 2006. However, the Global Call to Action against Poverty, the world’s largest civil society anti-poverty alliance continues, and organisations across the world continue to work together to make poverty history.

Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
GCAP is a growing alliance that brings together trade unions, INGOs, the women’s and youth movements, community and faith groups and others to call for action from world leaders in the global North and South to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality.


Canada Without Poverty (CWP)
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.

CWP Advocacy Network
Last updated July 25, 2010
The CWP Advocacy Network is a new national non-profit but non-charitable organization. It exists to directly lobby politicians and other public policy makers, at all levels of government in Canada, for policies and legislation that help prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty in Canada.


Dignity for All - The Campaign for a poverty free Canada
The Dignity for All Campaign calls for vigorous and sustained action by the federal government to combat the structural causes of poverty in Canada.


Poverty Elimination Bill Introduced
July 6, 2010
On Thursday, June 17, NDP MP Tony Martin tabled private member’s Bill C-545, An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada.

A year earlier:

Canada to UN: We'll decide what rights we will choose to observe...
June 8, 2009
By Michael Shapcott
Canada has signed a significant number of international human rights treaties that are legally binding in international law, but the federal government believes that it can pick and choose among its obligations - according to the official document tabled at the United Nations' Rights Council in Geneva today. The good news is that the federal government has accepted its responsibility to take a stronger role in ensuring all Canadians are adequately housed, but the federal government says that companion initiatives to address deep and persistent poverty and income inequality are mostly the responsibility of provinces and territories (and not the national government)...
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The Toronto Star:

Find the will to cut hunger
September 19, 2010
Much lip-service will be paid to global poverty when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other leaders gather at the United Nations this week to open the General Assembly and to review their lofty development goals. Canada is lobbying for a seat on the Security Council, and Harper intends to make two “pretty robust” speeches to showcase Ottawa’s activism on economic, aid and security issues. (...) But when all is said and done, Canada is anything but a generous donor. This year we will spend just 0.33 per cent of our wealth (measured as gross national income) on aid. Of the major donor countries, we rank 18th. Nine of our partners give 0.5 per cent or more. It will be interesting to see what, if any, additional hard cash Harper is prepared to put on the table in New York this week to advance the UN goals.

Global Voices: Seeing a future in UN's development goals
September 20, 2010

By Craig and Marc Kielburger
When we kicked off the millennium, we didn’t call the MDGs indicators. We called them a legacy, when the largest-ever gathering of world leaders collectively put the most vulnerable members of our society first. Today, as those leaders regroup to talk progress on the 10th anniversary of the targets, there is now a feeling of discouragement. That’s because the indicators show many countries are falling behind.

Toronto Star

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11. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content (September 27)
South Australia's strategic plan: what progress on poverty?
--- Are disadvantaged families "hard to reach"?

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New in APO:

South Australia's strategic plan: what progress on poverty?
27 September 2010
This information paper uses the South Australian Government's own ratings to analyse progress in different areas of South Australia's ten year Strategic Plan.
South Australian Council of Social Service


Are disadvantaged families "hard to reach"?
27 September 2010
This paper provides ideas for practitioners and policy-makers about how to increase engagement of disadvantaged families in child and family services and programs.
Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia


Week ending September 26, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Australian Transport Research Forum 2010
2. The future of internet censorship
3. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
4. The economic implications of fewer international higher education students in Australia
5. Memo to a progressive Prime Minister: Leadership for the long-term

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Week ending September 26, 2010
Most viewed this week in the Social Policy area:

1. Australian Transport Research Forum 2010
2. The future of internet censorship
3. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
4. The economic implications of fewer international higher education students in Australia
5. Memo to a progressive Prime Minister: Leadership for the long-term

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