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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 27,  2008

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1911 subscribers.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Albertans on welfare to get payment boost [+ higher earnings exemptions] (Calgary Herald) - October 24
2. The Fiscal Monitor, August 2008 (Department of Finance Canada) - October 24
3. Fall Economic Statement 2008 / Pre-Budget 2009 Consultation (Government of Ontario) - October 22
4. Social Housing in Canada (papers) (Canadian Policy Research Networks) - September 25

5.
What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
--- Consumer Price Index, September 2008 - October 24
--- Study: Skilled trades employment, 1987 to 2007 - October 24
--- Juristat - October 2008 - October 23
--- Leading indicators, September 2008 - October 22
--- Study: Caring for seniors, 2007 - October 21
--- Canadian Social Trends Number 86 - October 21

***** Eldercare: What we know today
***** 2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement plans and expectations of older workers
***** 2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement puzzle: Sorting the pieces
***** Life in metropolitan areas: A profile of perceptions of incivility in the metropolitan landscape
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 15

International  content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
8. U.S. Presidential Election Links
9. Income inequality and poverty rising in most OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD) - October 21
10. UNdata (United Nations)
11. Policy Hub Bulletin (United Kingdom) - September 2008

12. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
13. CRINMAIL (October 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Albertans on welfare to get payment boost (+ higher earnings exemptions) - October 24
(Calgary Herald)

October 22, 2008
Province provides more help to Albertans in need
Increases to benefits and earning exemptions will help those who need it most
Albertans receiving Alberta Works income support will receive higher monthly benefits beginning November 1. In addition single Albertans who work and qualify for income support assistance will see earning exemptions double from $115 to $230 a month - meaning they can make more money before their benefits are affected. (...) The maximum qualifying income levels for the Alberta Child Health Benefit (ACH) and Alberta Adult Health Benefit (AAHB) also increased allowing families to earn more and remain eligible for the benefit.

More info on Alberta Works / Income Support

Source:
Alberta Employment and Immigration

Related link:

Income support / Welfare links for all provinces and territories
(A Canadian Social Research Links page)

Albertans on welfare to get payment boost
October 24, 2008
Albertans in 46,500 households receiving welfare payments will get a boost in their monthly payments next week. On Nov. 1, those who receive income support through Alberta Works -- the government's official name for welfare -- will receive an increase after the province approved a rate hike. (...) Earning exemptions will double to $230 from $115 a month, meaning those Albertans can make more money before their benefits are affected. Of the 4,000 Albertans receiving those benefits and working either part-time or full-time, 1,400 will notice the increase to the earnings exemption.
Source:
Calgary Herald

- Go to the Alberta Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

2. The Fiscal Monitor, August 2008 - October 24
(Department of Finance Canada)


Release of The Fiscal Monitor

October 24, 2008
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for August 2008.
* August 2008: budgetary deficit of $1.7 billion
* April to August 2008: budgetary surplus of $1.2 billion

Related document:

* The Fiscal Monitor - August 2008
[ Earlier monthly releases of The Fiscal Monitor in 2008 - includes a link to earlier years ]

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

3. Fall Economic Statement 2008 / Pre-Budget 2009 Consultation - October 22
(Government of Ontario)

Ontario Fall Economic Statement 2008
October 22, 2008

Fall Economic Statement Updates Ontario Finances
News Release
October 22, 2008
In the face of global economic uncertainty and the slowing U.S. economy, the McGuinty government is continuing to encourage long-term economic growth and do everything it can to protect key public services. In its 2008 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review released today, the government revised the province’s projected economic growth outlook for 2008 to 0.1 per cent, down from the 1.1 per cent forecast in the 2008 Budget last March. As a result, projected revenue will decline, while expenditures will increase in certain areas.

Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review 2008
- incl. table of contents and links to individual sections of the economic statement
[ PDF version of the
complete Economic Statement
- 1MB, 90 pages ]

Related links (all posted October 22):

* Minister's Statement to the Legislature
*
Backgrounder: 2008 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review
* Backgrounder: Managing Expenditures
* Backgrounder: The Budget Measures Act, 2008 (No.2)
* Ontario's Five-Point Economic Plan

Fairness.ca - Ontario's Fairness Campaign
"Building a Strong Ontario for a Strong Canada"

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Province-wide Pre-Budget 2009 Consultations:
Tell Us What You Think

View the video introduction on Pre-Budget Consultations (or read the transcript) by the Ontario Minister of Finance and Revenue, and then answer the six questions; there's a text box for your "open-ended" answer.
For example, under question #3 ("Given the current fiscal challenges, what government programs could be delayed, phased in more slowly or eliminated?"), someone who believes in social justice might answer : "There is not one single mention of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy in this 90-page Economic Statement and the related backgrounders. It appears that the Ontario Government has already decided that poverty reduction will be 'phased in more slowly', and that's not right."
[ Assignment for historians : check through Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's old diatribes when he was Opposition Leader against Mike Harris (the Tory Premier who implemented deep cuts in welfare and other social supports in the mid-1990s) to find a rant of his about why poverty reduction is all the more critical during an economic downturn. ]

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OCTOBER 23 UPDATE:
`Full steam ahead,' minister says
Government targets December for plan to help poor while Hampton demands action and not `talk'

October 23, 2008
The Liberal government says it plans to move ahead on its anti-poverty agenda, despite the dire economic outlook for the province. While Ontario slows spending in some areas, the Liberal government will not back down on its commitments to fight poverty, said Deb Matthews, provincial chair of the cabinet committee on poverty reduction and the minister of children and youth services.
Source:
The Toronto Star
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Take part in our informal pre-budget poll
If you were frustrated like me to find zero references to the poverty reduction strategy in the Economic Statement, don't expect this quickie poll to lift your spirits.

How to Participate in the 2009 Pre-Budget Consultations
All the bumph you need to know about getting in your two cent's worth, including coordinates for input by telephone, email, regular mail and fax.
The only information that's missing is the deadline for submissions to the process. Well, Duh.

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

4. Social Housing in Canada (papers) - September 25
(Canadian Policy Research Networks)

Social Housing in Canada - 2008
September 25, 2008
CPRN's Housing Internship Program was initiated in 2006 to support original public and social policy research in Canada's social housing sector. The program has been funded by Social Housing Services Corporation of Ontario, the Knowledge Mobilization Unit of York University and the City of Ottawa. Interns, who are public policy post-graduates, research and produce the papers. It is the only housing-specific policy research-training program in Canada and to date has funded 13 internships and produced 12 reports, including a synthesis report.

NOTE : the link below is to the synthesis paper, which consists of a one-paragraph description/summary of each of the individual reports.
Social Housing in Canada [synthesis](PDF - 40K, 3 pages)

Individual reports:
[The release date for the reports listed below varies from October 2007 to September 2008,
and most of them are between 50 and 60 pages in length.
You can access links to all of the reports below on the CPRN Social Housing in Canada page.]

*Fostering Better Integration and Partnerships for Housing in Canada: Lessons for Creating a Stronger Policy Model of Governmental and Community Collaboration
* Social Lives in Social Housing: Resident Connections to Social Services
* Sustaining Ontario’s Subsidized Housing by Supporting Non-Profit Organizations
* Moving Towards Sustainability: City-Regions and Their Infrastructure
* The Role of Supportive Housing for Low-Income Seniors in Ontario
* Linking Social Housing and Energy Efficiency
* The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Funding Social Housing in Canada
* Towards Food Security Policy for Canada’s Social Housing Sector
* Housing for Immigrants in Ontario’s Medium-Sized Cities
* A Safer Haven: Innovations for Improving Social Housing in Canada

Source:
Canadian Policy Research Networks

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

5. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
---
Consumer Price Index, September 2008 - October 24
--- Study: Skilled trades employment, 1987 to 2007 - October 24
--- Juristat - October 2008 - October 23
--- Leading indicators, September 2008 - October 22
--- Study: Caring for seniors, 2007 - October 21
--- Canadian Social Trends Number 86 - October 21

***** Eldercare: What we know today
***** 2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement plans and expectations of older workers
***** 2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement puzzle: Sorting the pieces
***** Life in metropolitan areas: A profile of perceptions of incivility in the metropolitan landscape

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

October 24, 2008
Consumer Price Index, September 2008
Consumer prices rose 3.4% in the 12 months to September, due largely to higher energy and food prices. This was a slightly slower pace than August's 3.5% increase, when the pace of consumer price growth was the highest since March 2003. The seasonally-adjusted monthly CPI rose 0.2% from August to September.

October 24, 2008
Study: Skilled trades employment, 1987 to 2007
More than one million people worked in skilled trades in 2007, where employment growth has been a steady 2.2% a year on average since the recession of the early 1990s. This group includes trades (such as plumbers, masons, mechanics and crane operators) where a licence or certificate may be a condition of employment.

October 23, 2008
Juristat - October 2008
Today, Statistics Canada launches a new online edition of Juristat. This publication, which will be released five times a year, is a source of analysis and data on issues relating to Canada's justice system. The publication will also serve as a key point of access to other Statistics Canada crime and justice related data and analysis. Each edition of Juristat features multiple articles exploring a range of justice related issues.

October 22, 2008
Leading indicators, September 2008
The composite leading index dipped 0.2% in September, after a 0.3% gain in August capped a string of five consecutive increases. Most of the reversal originated in a sharp drop in the stock market; excluding it, the composite index would have been unchanged. Overall, five of the nine other components retreated, while one was unchanged.

October 21, 2008
Canadian Social Trends Number 86
- contains links and longer descriptions (+PDF versions) of the four following articles:

*** Eldercare: What we know today
October 21, 2008
In 2007, about 2.7 million Canadians aged 45 and over, or approximately one-fifth of the total in this age group, provided some form of unpaid care to seniors (people 65 years of age or older) who had long-term health problems.

*** 2007 General Social Survey Report:
The retirement plans and expectations of older workers

September 9, 2008
After many years of public discussion about Canada’s aging population, the leading edge of the baby boom generation is now on the cusp of retirement...

*** 2007 General Social Survey Report
The retirement puzzle: Sorting the pieces

September 9, 2008
Do Canadians have the information they need to plan for retirement? Drawing on data from the 2007 General Social survey, this article examines the ‘informational resources’ of Canadians aged 45 to 59.

*** Life in metropolitan areas
A profile of perceptions of incivility in the metropolitan landscape

July 15, 2008
“Signs of crime,” which criminologists often call incivility, range from evidence of drug dealing and drug use to garbage littering the neighbourhood. When these perceptions of incivility reach levels of being considered a problem by residents, they can disrupt the community as a whole and lead to feelings of insecurity.

The Daily Archives - select a month and a date from the drop-down menu

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

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - October 22

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

October 22, 2008

Growing unequal? Income distribution and poverty in OECD countries
22 Oct 08
- Report from the OECD finds that Canada lags behind 17 developed countries on income inequality, with no detailed plan to fight poverty.

Investing in child care is the best choice
22 Oct 08
- Submission from BC Child Care Advocacy Forum to the Select Standing Committee on Finances and Government Services makes the case for provincial investment in ELCC.

Pedagogical connections, Issue 2, Fall 2008
22 Oct 08
- Newsletter from the University of Victoria’s Unit for Child Care Research and Professional Development features discussion of the BC Early Learning Framework and a summary of the Unit’s forum on Indigenous ECEC.

After-school programs and academics: Implications for policy, practice, and research
22 Oct 08
- Issue of the Social Policy Report (US) reviews program evaluation literature, observational studies, and commentaries on the effectiveness and potential of after-school programs.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news


· Copy Quebec daycare, PQ leader says [CA-ON]
24 Oct 08

· Community sector warns against ABC Learning bailout [AU]
23 Oct 08

· Income gap growing wider [CA]
21 Oct 08

· Economic crisis no excuse to abandon anti-poverty fight [CA]
21 Oct 08

· City scales back plan for locally grown food [CA-ON]
21 Oct 08

· Big differences in candidates' education plans [US]
20 Oct 08

· Child care impacts region’s growth [CA-MB]
17 Oct 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

October 23, 2008
* Increasing Need for Social Services
* Privatization of Social Services - Indiana, Texas
* Homeless Families in U.S. Cities
* Payments to Foster Parents - California
* Nebraska Safe Haven Law
* Philadelphia School Breakfast and Lunch Program
* Home Energy Assistance Programs
* No Child Left Behind - Illinois
* Report: States and High School Graduation Rates
* Health Insurance Coverage of Parents and Children
* Costs of Higher Education
* Prescription Drug Costs
* OECD Report: Income Inequality
* Opinion: Safety Net for Workers

October 20, 2008
Past Poverty Dispatches | Search Poverty Dispatches

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

* Geographic Boundaries and Anti-poverty Funds - Appalachia
* Toledo Blade Series on the Ohio Economy
* Poverty Measurement
* State Medicaid Programs and Funding
* State Budget Cuts and Social Services - Nevada, South Carolina, Massachusetts
* Kids Count Report - Alabama
* Food Assistance Programs
* State Unemployment Benefits - Missouri
* Home Energy Costs and Assistance Programs - Wisconsin, Massachusetts
* Home Foreclosures and Renters
* School Enrollment Rates and Funding - Michigan
* Prisoner Re-entry and Jobs

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

8. U.S. Presidential Election Links


U.S. Presidential Election Links:

America Votes '08 - U.S. election campaign coverage
Follow the U.S. presidential campaign with the latest news, features and video an interactive graphics.
Source:
Toronto Star

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U.S. Votes 2008 - In Depth from the CBC

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University of Michigan Documents Center: Elections 2008
Extensive, annotated listing of websites related to the 2008 U.S. national election. Covers presidential and congressional candidates, debates, campaign finance, media coverage, advertising, policy issues (such as energy, gay marriage, and terrorism), elections and voting, and much more
Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index

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2008 Presidential Election Links
Source:
Librarians' Internet Index

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University of Michigan Documents Center: Elections 2008
Extensive, annotated listing of websites related to the 2008 U.S. national election. Covers presidential and congressional candidates, debates, campaign finance, media coverage, advertising, policy issues (such as energy, gay marriage, and terrorism), elections and voting, and much more. Also includes relevant Library of Congress subject headings and keyword searching suggestions for databases and online search engines. Maintained by political science librarian Grace York and interns at the University of Michigan Library.
Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

9. Income inequality and poverty rising in most OECD countries - October 21
(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD)

Income inequality and poverty rising in most OECD countries
News Release
October 21, 2008
The gap between rich and poor has grown in more than three-quarters of OECD countries over the past two decades, according to a new OECD report. OECD’s Growing Unequal? finds that the economic growth of recent decades has benefitted the rich more than the poor. In some countries, such as Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway and the United States, the gap also increased between the rich and the middle-class.

Growing Unequal report main page
- includes links to:
* News release and press material * Country notes * Messages, figures and data * Multilingual summaries * How to Obtain this Publication
[ NOTE : I don't generally link to reports that aren't freely available on the Web, but there are enough "freebies" on the report's main page (see below) to interest researchers who'd like to see a sample of the complete report's content before, or in lieu of, forking over the $108 for the paper copy or $75 for the PDF.]

Are we growing unequal?
New evidence on changes in poverty and incomes over the past 20 years
(PDF - 279K, 8 pages)
Media Brief
October 2008

Interview with co-author
Mark Pearson on key findings
(video)

Canada Country Note (PDF - 248K, 2 pages)
"(...) After 20 years of continuous decline, both inequality and poverty rates have increased rapidly in the past 10 years, now reaching levels above the OECD average.(...) Canada spends less on cash benefits such as unemployment benefits and family benefits than most OECD countries."
Source:
Country Notes
- other countries include:
* Australia * France (en Français) * Germany (in German) * Italy (in Italian) * Japan (in Japanese) * Mexico (in Spanish) * New Zealand * United Kingdom * United States)

OECD Links to Social Policy Related Websites

Source:
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris)

Related links:

Income gap widens between Canada's rich and poor, OECD study says
October 21, 2008
By Michelle Mcquigge And Eric Shackleton
TORONTO - The gap between the haves and the have-nots in Canada has widened significantly over the last few years according to a global report, and the slowdown in the economy is going to hit both rich and poor alike with more job losses and reduced incomes going ahead, say the experts.
Source:
Yahoo Canada News

Inequalities rise, society not breaking down: OECD
October 21, 2008
PARIS (Reuters) - The gap between the rich and poor has grown in most wealthy nations, but not as quickly as many people believe and not enough to raise fears of social upheaval, the OECD said in a report released Tuesday. The 30-nation Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said governments were off-setting widening disparities by increasing taxes and boosting welfare spending.
Source:
Washington Post

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

10. UNdata - "A World of Information"
(United Nations)

UNdata - "A World of Information"
The United Nations (UN) website contains a tremendous amount of data, and for some new users (and even those who are more experienced), it may be a bit overwhelming. Recently, the UN created this fine website designed to assist those who might need a bit of assistance with this whole process. On the UN Data site, visitors can simply type in their search terms, look over a list of popular searches, and even take a look at their "News" section, which offers up a selection of helpful recent additions. Further down on the homepage, visitors can look through the "Database Coverage" area. Here they can take advantage of some specially culled statistics, including data sets related to the World Health Organization (WHO), refugees, industrial commodities, and children. The site is rounded out by a "Glossary" section, which offers a nice summary of each term that might be encountered while utilizing the site.
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.
http://scout.wisc.edu/

- includes links to:
* Indicator databases
- Key Global Indicators - Millennium Development Goals - Gender Info 2007 - Indicators on Women and Men - The State of the World’s Children 2008 - ECE Database
The list of topics covered includes:
* Education * Employment * Energy * Environment * Food and Agriculture * Health * Human Development * Industry * Information and Communication Technology * National Accounts* Population * Refugees * Trade * Tourism

Source:
United Nations

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm
- Go to the United Nations Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

11. Policy Hub Bulletin (United Kingdom) - September 2008

Policy Hub Bulletin --- the content of this link changes each month
News Archive - view the contents of previous Bulletins back to September 2002 (200+ links)
Subscribe to this Bulletin - free, by email

From the Policy Hub home page (recent release):

Child poverty in the UK
On 30 September 2008, the Campaign to End Child Poverty published new figures which reveal that 174 parliamentary constituencies in Britain have 50% or more children living in or on the brink of poverty. Official measures of child poverty are based on a national survey of family income, highlighting poverty at a national and regional level but not in more local areas. In contrast, the figures supplied by the Campaign to End Child Poverty use tax credit data to determine the percentage of children in families with low incomes in local authorities and constituencies across the UK. Child poverty data for the UK is presented as a series of maps and tables.

Sample content from the latest issue of the Bulletin :
Click the "Content" link to access all of the items below:
--- and be sure to visit the Policy Hub Home page for news items added since the release of this bulletin.

Content of the
September 2008 Policy Hub Bulletin:

(Click the link above to access any of the studies below - only the last two items below have hyperlinks that you can click.)
* Tackling Canada's social housing challenge - CPRN report
* Measuring equality at a local level - IDeA report
* Thinking about rural transport - CRC report
* Pathways for youth to the labour market - CPRN report
* Evidence & policy (Volume 4, number 3) - Policy Press
* Homebuilding in the UK - OFT report
* Well disposed: responding to the waste challenge - Audit Commission report
* Making progress: the health, development and wellbeing of Australia's children and young people - AIHW report
* Youth mentoring: a good thing? – CPS report
* Survey of users of mental health services 2008 - Healthcare Commission report
* Education at a glance - OECD report
* NHS spending: local variations in priorities - King’s Fund report
* Care contradictions: putting people first? - Counsel and Care report
* The lawful society - Reform report
* Health is global: a UK government strategy - UK Government report
* Child poverty in the UK - Campaign to End Child Poverty survey
* Review of urgent and emergency care services 2007/2008 - Healthcare Commission report
* Our lives, our choices - LGA report
* The media, poverty and public opinion in the UK - JRF report
* Making the NHS the best insurance policy in the world - Reform report
* The flexible new deal: making it work - SMF report

Website of the month
- archive of links to websites that are featured in the monthly bulletin, going back to 2003
- Recommended!

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

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

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

12. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

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

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

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

13. CRINMAIL - October 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

23 October 2008 - CRINMAIL 1027
* BOTSWANA: Draft child rights bill on the agenda [news]
* CAMBODIA: Children denied right to lawyers [news]
* CHINA: Children's bad eyesight blamed on too much study [news]
* SOMALIA: Conflict forces more children onto Somaliland streets [news]
* OPT: Palestinian group says Israelis killed 68 children in Gaza in year [news]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Rights of the child with focus on juvenile justice - report by Council of Europe [publication]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

21 October 2008 - CRINMAIL 1026
* CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: Global Report 2008 - Ending legalised violence against children [publication]
* IRAN: Child offenders still facing execution [news]
*UAE: New Law On Children’s Rights on Cards [news]
* SPAIN: Returns at Any Cost - Spain’s Push to Repatriate Unaccompanied Children in the Absence of Safeguards [publication]
* LEBANON: Child Sexual Abuse - the situation in Lebanon [publication]
* SPECIAL PROCEDURES: Upcoming visits
* EMPLOYMENT: Save the Children Sweden (MENA)
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ earlier weekly issues
, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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


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The American Credit Crunch

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Q: What’s the easiest way to make a small fortune these days?
A: Start off with a large one.

Q: What’s the difference between an investment banker and a large pizza?
A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.

Q: What’s the definition of optimism?
A: An Investment Banker ironing five shirts on a Sunday evening.

The credit crunch is getting bad isn’t it?
I mean, I let my brother borrow $10 a couple of weeks back, it turns out I’m now America’s third biggest lender.

Resolving to surprise her husband, an investment banker’s wife pops by his office. She finds him in an unorthodox position, with his secretary sitting in his lap. Without hesitation, he starts dictating, “…and in conclusion, gentlemen, credit crunch or no credit crunch, I cannot continue to operate this office with just one chair!”

Q: What’s the difference between Investment Bankers and London Pigeons?
A: The Pigeons are still capable of making deposits on new BMW’s.

A lobbyist on his way home from Parliament is stuck in traffic. Noticing a police officer, he winds down his window and asks: ‘What’s the hold-up?’ The policeman replies: ‘The Prime Minister is so depressed he’s stopped his motorcade and is threatening to douse himself with petrol and set himself on fire. He says no one believes he can get us through the credit crunch. So we’re taking up a collection for him.’ The lobbyist asks: ‘How much have you got so far?’ The officer replies: ‘About 40 gallons, but a lot of people are still siphoning.’

Q: George Bush was asked recently:  “What do you think of the Credit Crunch?”
A: He replied: “It's my favorite candy bar.”

Source:
http://listverse.com/humor/20-hilarious-credit-crunch-jokes/


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And, in closing...

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Pew Research Center News IQ Quiz
A short but humbling experience.
You have to be a bona fide U.S. news junkie to ace this quiz.
I'm not, I guess --- I scored 60%.
<Beat the Canadian Social Research Guy's score!!>
Source:
Pew Research Center (U.S.)
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take positions on policy issues. (...) The Center's work is often cited by policy-makers, journalists and academics, as well as advocates from across the political spectrum.
[ See Social Trends ]
[ See Pew Research Center Research Topics ]

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