Canadian Social Research Newsletter
December 27, 2011

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,511 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
All the best to you and those you love in 2012.

BONNE ANNÉE, GRAND NEZ!
Gilles



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Ontario's poverty reduction strategy 2011 annual report (third progress report) (Government of Ontario) - December 20
2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for October 2011 (Finance Canada) - December 23
3. Fall issue of the International Productivity Monitor (Centre for the Study of Living Standards) - December 21
4. Health Local - find a local health services professional or service anywhere in Canada by postal code
5. SPAR Monitor (bulletin) - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change (SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto) - December 21
6. Baird Appoints Senator Segal as Special Envoy for Commonwealth Renewal (Canada News Centre) - December 21
7. Government of Canada makes education more affordable for part time students - December 21
8. 2011 Year in Review : Canada Without Poverty - December 21
9. Harper Government announces major new investment in health care (Finance Canada) - December 19
10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2011 - December 22
--- Study: Economic growth in Canada and the United States, 1997 to 2011 - December 21
--- Consumer Price Index, November 2011 - December 20
--- Fiscal Arrangements Certificates: Federal Equalization Program 2012/2013 - December 20
--- Quarterly Demographic Estimates, July to September 2011 - December 20

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

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [United States] The Anti-Entitlement Strategy (Thomas B. Edsall in the New York Times) - December 20
14. U.S. Census Bureau Clarifies Poverty Numbers - December 16
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Ontario's poverty reduction strategy 2011 annual report (third progress report) - December 20
(Government of Ontario)

From the
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services:

Breaking the Cycle:
The Third Progress Report
Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
2011 Annual Report
(PDF - 3.6MB, 33 pages)
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/breakingthecycle/2011AnnualReport.pdf
PDF file date : December 16, 2011
Excerpt from the Minister's Message:
The poverty rate for children in Ontario declined from 15.2 per cent in 2008 to 14.6 per cent in 2009, which means 20,000 children have moved out of poverty, due in part to our investments in children and families. As well, the poverty rate for children living in deep poverty declined from 8.5 per cent in 2008 to 7.3 per cent in 2009, meaning 34,000 children were lifted out of deep poverty. Poverty rates for children in single mom-led families dropped most dramatically, from 43.2 per cent in 2008 to 35.2 per cent in 2009. It is important to note that data from Statistics Canada lags by 18 months.

Breaking the Cycle: Annual Reports
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/breakingthecycle/report/reports.aspx
- includes the table of contents of all three reports with links to each chapter (in HTML format) of each progress report, along with a link to each complete report in PDF format

Source:
Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy

http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/breakingthecycle/index.aspx
- this is the Ontario Government's poverty reduction website.
- incl. links to reports and news releases along with "Help for Families" : * Education and early learning * Employment * Financial support * Tax benefits for families * Housing * Health and wellness * Children's Activities
[ Ministry of Children and Youth Services:
http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/index.aspx ]
[ Government of Ontario:
http://www.gov.on.ca/ ]

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From the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://childcarecanada.org/

Breaking the cycle: Ontario's poverty reduction strategy 2011 annual report
Third progress report

[Highlights and excerpts only]
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/11/12/breaking-cycle-ontarios-poverty-reduction-strategy-2011-ann
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
Source: Government of Ontario

Also from CRRU:

Campaign 2000: Twenty years of fighting for action on child poverty
Know Thy History: Looking Back on Child Care
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/11/11/campaign-2000-twenty-years-fighting-action-child-poverty

Publication Date: November 23, 2011
Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://childcarecanada.org/
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit was established to:
provide public education, resources and consultation on ECEC policy and research; foster and support research in various fields focusing on ECEC; carry out relevant research projects and publish the results; support, promote and provide communication on ECEC policy and research.

Also posted to the CRRU website recently (December 20):

The economics of inequality: The value of early childhood education
By James J. Heckman
Publication Date: 1 May 2011
Source: American Educator (American Federation of Teachers)
[ Complete article (PDF - 808K, 6 pages):
http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2011/Heckman.pdf
Excerpt:
The logic is quite clear from an economic standpoint. We can invest [in early childhood education] early to close disparities and prevent achievement gaps, or we can pay to remediate disparities when they are harder and more expensive to close. Either way we are going to pay. And, we'll have to do both for a while. But, there is an important difference between the two approaches. Investing early allows us to shape the future; investing later chains us to fixing the missed opportunities of the past.

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

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

2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for October 2011 - December 23
(Finance Canada)

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for October 2011
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-144-eng.asp
December 23, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for October 2011.

Highlights:

October 2011: Budgetary deficit of $2.2 billion
There was a budgetary deficit of $2.2 billion in October 2011, compared to a deficit of $4.1 billion in October 2010.

April to October 2011: Budgetary deficit of $15.4 billion
For the first seven months of the 2011–12 fiscal year, the budgetary deficit stood at $15.4 billion, compared to a deficit of $21.5 billion reported in the same period of 2010–11.

Related document:

The Fiscal Monitor: October 2011
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2011-10-eng.asp

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

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

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

3. Fall issue of the International Productivity Monitor - December 21
(Centre for the Study of Living Standards)

Recent Release from the
Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS):

On December 21, 2011, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards released the
Fall issue of the International Productivity Monitor:
http://www.csls.ca/ipm/ipm22.asp

This issue contains five articles:
* Don Drummond : Confessions of a Serial Productivity Researcher
* Pierre Therrien and Petr Hanel : Innovation and Productivity: Summary Results for Canadian Manufacturing Establishments
* Daniel Lind : The Myths and Reality of Deindustrialization in Sweden: The Role of Productivity
* Michael-John Almon and Jianmin Tang : Industrial Structural Change and the Post-2000 Output and Productivity Growth Slowdown: A Canada-U.S. Comparison
* Ricardo de Avillez : A Half-Century of Productivity Growth and Structural Change in Canadian Agriculture: An Overview

Press release / Highlights:

Release of the Fall 2011 Issue of the
International Productivity Monitor
(small PDF file, 2 pages)
http://www.csls.ca/ipm/22/PressRelease.pdf

Source:
Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS)
http://www.csls.ca/

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

4. Health Local - find a local health services professional or service anywhere in Canada by postal code

Find a Health Services Professional
http://www.health-local.com/businesses/
Just key in your postal code and the type of professional or service you're seeking, and the results page will give you a list of locations, starting with the one nearest to you.
- includes: Medical Clinics - Chiropractors - Cosmetic Procedures/Medi Spas - Counselling & Psychotherapy - Day Spas - Dentists - Diagnostic Imaging - Eye Care Professionals - Fertility Clinics - Fitness - Classes - Fitness (Equipment, Gyms & Clubs, Personal Training) - Hair Removal - Hair Restoration - Health Food & Supplements - Hearing Specialists - Home Care Services - Home Health Products - Laser Eye Centres - Massage Therapists - Medical Laboratories - Naturopathic Doctors - Nursing Homes - Occupational Therapists - Orthodontists - Orthotics - Pharmacies - Physiotherapists - Speech Therapy - Travel Clinics - Weight Loss Clinics - Wellness Centres.

NOTE: While this site doesn't really have much to do with social research per se, I found it very comprehensive and easy to use when looking for a particular type of specialist or service. Try it - you'll like it! [This is an unpaid endorsement of a site that I think is useful. Gilles]

Source:
Health Local
http://www.health-local.com/
Health Local is positioned as the country’s most comprehensive online directory of health service providers to help Canadians from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia find health service professionals that best suits their needs. Health Local provide all Canadians with access to all Canadian chiropractors, dentists, medical clinics, physiotherapists, massage therapists, orthodontists, eye care specialists and a host of other health service professionals.
- incl. links to : Find a Health Services Professional - Your Healthy Life - Question of the week - Blog - Videos - Newsletter

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- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

5. SPAR Monitor (bulletin) - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - December 21
(SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto)

From the
City of Toronto:

SPAR Monitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
This bi-weekly bulletin is a quick inventory of recent social research information. Its purpose is to promptly
disseminate the most current external and internal research relevant to social policy.

SPARmonitor : December 21, 2011 (PDF - 197K, 9 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011-12-21_SPAR Research Bulletin_70.pdf
Table of contents of this issue:
(Click the link above to access all content below)
* Forty is Too Young to Die: A call for action from Toronto's Early Onset Illness and Mortality Working Group, a coalition of Toronto agencies, academics and housing providers, December 08, 2011.
* Brain Health + Brain Skills = Brain Capital, Wilson + Wilkerson 2011, Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health 2011 Report, December 08, 2011.
* Regional Economic Shocks and Migration by André Bernard, Perspectives on Labour and Income, Statistics Canada, November 23, 2011.
* The Impact of Considering Birthplace in Analyses of Immigrant Health by Michelle Rotermann, Health Reports, Statistics Canada, November 2011.
* The Real Outsiders: Politically Disengaged Views on Politics and Democracy, by Heather Bastedo, Wayne Chu, Jane Hilderman and Andre Turcotte, Samara, December 2011.
* How Have the Risk of Layoff and Earnings Losses of Laid-off Workers Evolved since the Late 1970s in Canada? By René Morissette, Theresa Qiu, and Ping Ching Winnie Chan, Analytical Studies Branch (Research Paper Series), Statistics Canada, December 2011.
* National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2011, by Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), November 03, 2011.
* Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective 2011, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics Division, Statistics Canada, September 2011.
* Human Rights Accountability in National Security Practices: A Special Report to Parliament by Canadian Human Rights Commission, November 28, 2011.
* Community Transformation from an Economic Costing Perspective: The link between area of residence and places of employment in a disadvantaged community Dr. Linda DeRiviere and Jeffrey Brojges, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, December 2011.
* State of the Inner City Report 2011, Neoliberalism: What a difference a theory makes by Lindsey Li, Sarah Cooper, Shauna MacKinnon, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba Office, December 14, 2011.
* Tapping our Potential: Diaspora Communities and Canadian Foreign Policy, a Joint Initiative of the Mosaic Institute and the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation, December 19, 2011.
Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration:
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto:
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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

6. Baird Appoints Senator Segal as Special Envoy for Commonwealth Renewal - December 21
(Canada News Centre)

Baird Appoints Senator Segal as Special Envoy for Commonwealth Renewal
http://goo.gl/1a1to
News Release
December 21, 2011
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the appointment of Senator Hugh Segal as Canada’s special envoy for Commonwealth renewal. (...) The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries that work together toward shared goals of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law in its member states.
Source:
Canada News Centre
http://news.gc.ca/web/index-eng.do

COMMENT (by Gilles):
I guess the Harper Government™ finally had enough of Senator Segal's incessant natterings about inequality in Canada and all that guaranteed annual income nonsense [ http://goo.gl/wQehd ] to shift the focus of his attention and energy to something else less embarrassing for the Harper Government™.
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

7. Government of Canada makes education more affordable for part time students - December 21

Government of Canada makes education more affordable for part time students
http://goo.gl/4cFWD
News Release
December 21, 2011 — Today, the Government of Canada announced a new measure to improve access to post-secondary education. Beginning January 1, 2012 new and existing loans for part-time students will be interest-free during study. Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement today at the University of Toronto, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley.
Source:
Canada News Centre
http://news.gc.ca/web/index-eng.do

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

8. 2011 Year in Review : Canada Without Poverty - December 21

2011 Year in Review : Canada Without Poverty (CWP)
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/2011/12/highlights-from-2011/
December 21, 2011
The past year offered many high-points for Canada Without Poverty including speaking opportunities, new partnerships, and increased media attention. In light of the approaching new year, it felt appropriate to look back and reflect on some key moments that had great significance for the organization. Here are just a few:
* Dennis Raphael released the second edition of Poverty in Canada. Features a foreword by Canada Without Poverty Executive Director Rob Rainer, and the late Jack Layton.
* Executive Director Rob Rainer co-hosted a special edition of CBC’s The Current that looked at poverty across the country.
* The first Dignity for All policy summit on housing and early childhood education and care was held on March 3-4th
* In November, Canada Without Poverty held a workshop in Calgary on ethno-cultural engagement and leadership on poverty in partnership with the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women and the Calgary Centre for Culture, Equity and Diversity
* Speaking engagements included: the Bissell Centre in Edmonton, Whitehorse, at Carleton and Waterloo University; and Basic Income Conference in New York City
* In September, CWP appeared on Parliament Hill before the federal Finance Committee, one of the first groups to do so in response to the federal government’s invitation for pre-budget consultation.
* More, including CWP plans and activities for 2012...
Source:
Canada Without Poverty (CWP)
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada .

TIP : Check out the impressive CWP Resources Links page:
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/resources/

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

9. Harper Government announces major new investment in health care - December 19
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government announces major new investment in health care
“Federal health care funding will increase from $30 billion in 2013-14 to $38 billion in 2018-19”
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/11-141-eng.asp
News Release
December 19, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced a major new investment in health care. The new investment in health care will see funding grow to record levels from $30 billion per year in 2013-14 to $38 billion per year in 2018-19, for a total investment of $178 billion in health care over the five-year period. (...)
From 2006-07 to 2011-12, support provided through the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) to the provinces and territories in Canada has reached record highs, increasing by almost $7 billion, or nearly 34 per cent overall. Today’s announcement means federal support for health care will now continue to grow every year beyond the record levels the federal government has already invested.

Related Documents:

* Backgrounder on major transfer renewal
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/data/11-141_1-eng.asp

* Backgrounder on 2012-13 major transfer amounts
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/data/11-141_2-eng.asp
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced a major new investment in health care. The new investment in health care will see funding grow to record levels from $30 billion per year in 2013-14 to $38 billion per year in 2018-19, for a total investment of $178 billion in health care over the five-year period.

* Federal/Provincial Transfer Payment Update:
Federal Support to Provinces and Territories
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/mtp-eng.asp

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

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Related links:

From the
Ottawa Citizen:

Paul Martin blames Tories for lack of progress on heath-care reform
http://goo.gl/4hy5F
By Mark Kennedy
December 19, 2011
OTTAWA — Former prime minister Paul Martin says much-needed reforms to the health-care system that were supposed to stem from a 2004 deal he struck with the provinces never occurred. In an exclusive interview with Postmedia News, Martin said the provinces didn't fully meet their end of the bargain for receiving billions in federal cash. But he blames Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government, which he said refused to meet with the provinces to discuss reforms upon winning power from the Liberals in 2006.
(...) In Victoria on Monday, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty surprised his provincial counterparts by outlining a long-term funding plan through to 2024. Flaherty announced that federal funding for medicare will continue to rise by six per cent annually until 2016-17, after which it will be tied to economic growth in the nominal gross domestic product. The expected slower growth in federal funding beyond 2016-17 has caused concern about provinces — some of whom predicted Monday that this will lead to cuts in medical services for Canadians.
Source:
Ottawa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

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From the
Victoria Times Colonist:

Provinces balk at cuts in health-care funding
Ottawa warns future spending to be linked to economic growth; B.C. supports plan
http://goo.gl/4Mws9
December 19, 2011

Ottawa may begin cutting back health-transfer payments in 2017
http://goo.gl/HOkrM
December 19, 2011
- includes links to six more related articles

Source:
Victoria Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/

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- Go to the Canada Assistance Plan / Canada Health and Social Transfer / Canada Social Transfer Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/cap.htm

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2011 - December 22
--- Study: Economic growth in Canada and the United States, 1997 to 2011
- December 21
--- Consumer Price Index, November 2011
- December 20
--- Fiscal Arrangements Certificates: Federal Equalization Program 2012/2013
- December 20
--- Quarterly Demographic Estimates, July to September 2011
- December 20

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

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December 22, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/111222/dq111222a-eng.htm
In October, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 1.4% to $885.36 from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings rose 2.7%.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related report:

Employment, Earnings and Hours - main product page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=72-002-X&lang=eng
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.
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* On the main product page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://goo.gl/FsMeZ

* Employment and unemployment
http://goo.gl/mMHwY

* Hours of work and work arrangements
http://goo.gl/DGFGo

* Industries
http://goo.gl/q4V02

* Wages, salaries and other earnings
http://goo.gl/EK2Qr

December 21, 2011
Study: Economic growth in Canada and the United States, 1997 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/111221/dq111221b-eng.htm
Living standards in Canada are growing at a faster pace than in the United States even though comparisons of labour productivity—the most often-cited indicator—show Canada falling behind during the past decade. Two other measures of standard of living—real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and real gross national income (GNI) per capita—show that Canada's performance has improved relative to the United States during this period.
Source:
Economic Insights - product main page
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-626-XWE&lang=eng
Articles in the Economic Insights series highlight issues related to the growth and development of Canada's economy. In some cases, these articles synthesize the results of previous research carried out by Statistics Canada; in others, they provide contextual information that accompanies the release of new data. The Economic Insights series features concise examinations of economic events, trends, and important structural changes in the economy.

Similar studies from the Economic Analysis Division:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/economicanalysis

Related subjects:

* Economic accounts
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3764&lang=eng&more=0

* Gross domestic product
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3764&id=3012&lang=eng&more=0

December 20, 2011
Consumer Price Index, November 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/111220/dq111220a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 2.9% in the 12 months to November, matching the increase in October. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.1% in November.
- 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

Source:
The Consumer Price Index - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&lang=eng
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.
* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ earlier editions of this report:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&chropg=1&lang=eng ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-557-X&lang=eng

Related subjects:

* Prices and price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3956&lang=eng&more=0

* Consumer price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3956&id=2178&lang=eng&more=0

December 20, 2011
Fiscal Arrangements Certificates: Federal Equalization Program 2012/2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/111220/dq111220b-eng.htm
Fiscal Certificates prepared for the administration of the Federal-provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and Regulations are now available. The Fiscal Certificates cover the four fiscal years of data from 2008/2009 to 2011/2012. The Fiscal Certificates are available free of charge in electronic format upon request. Data on residential property value assessment, residential and non-residential property tax revenues, and population estimates, by census subdivision, for reference years 2007 to 2009, are also available free of charge in electronic format upon request.
[ Click the above link for contact information. ]

Related subjects:

* Government
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3055&lang=eng&more=0

December 20, 2011
Quarterly Demographic Estimates, July to September 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-002-x/91-002-x2011003-eng.htm
Table of contents:
Highlights
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-002-x/2011003/aftertoc-aprestdm1-eng.htm
Analysis
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products
PDF version (388K, 82 pages):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-002-x/91-002-x2011003-eng.pdf

Source:
Quarterly Demographic Estimates - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=91-002-X&lang=eng
This publication presents quarterly estimates of population for Canada, provinces and territories as well as statistics on the following components of population change: births, deaths, immigration, emigration, returning emigration, net temporary emigration, net non-permanent residents and interprovincial migration, the latter by origin and destination.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Ethnic diversity and immigration
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=30000&lang=eng&more=0

* Immigrants and non-permanent residents
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=30000&id=30004&lang=eng&more=0

* Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3867&lang=eng&more=0


The Daily Archives
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

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

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

December 27, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Short-term impact analysis of an expansion of regulated early learning and care in Nova Scotia
http://goo.gl/cmSuw
20 Dec 2011
Report written by Robert Fairholm "provides an analysis of the short-term economic impact of an expansion of regulated early learning and care (ELC) as it is currently structured in the province of Nova Scotia."

Breaking the cycle: Ontario's poverty reduction strategy 2011 annual report
http://goo.gl/1y4qr
20 Dec 2011
Third progress report for Ontario's poverty reduction strategy describes developments in ECEC and how they impact family/child poverty.

The economics of inequality: The value of early childhood education
http://goo.gl/OOHYA
20 Dec 2011
Article by James Heckman presents the economic rationale for investing in ECEC; argues that "the logic is quite clear from an economic standpoint... investing early allows us to shape the future."

Partnering for excellence: 2010 performance benchmarking report
http://goo.gl/zckNt
19 Dec 2011
OMBI's 2010 performance benchmarking report provides data on municipal child care services; data shows that "while a majority of [child care]funding is from the province, municipalities can spend 100% of funds to provide services."

All in a day's work
http://goo.gl/bylI8
19 Dec 2011
Fact sheet from the Vanier Institute of the Family examines how families spend their time; indentifies "different patterns of time use between men and women" and concludes that "time spent on child care continues to rise among men and women."

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

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

Free preschool pondered: Territorial government looks at funding education for four year olds
http://goo.gl/nnMmc
20 Dec 2011 Northwest Territories

Reduced charge for daycare owner in infant’s death
http://goo.gl/wS3N6
19 Dec 2011 Ontario

Kids and corporations
http://goo.gl/rS95n
19 Dec 2011 Ontario

Our children are not-for-profit
http://goo.gl/vkxTn
19 Dec 2011 Ontario

Affordable childcare must be priority to end child poverty, says Alan Milburn
http://goo.gl/YyIHQ
19 Dec 2011 Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

December 22:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/22/
Promise Neighborhood Programs
Kids Count Report - Kansas

December 21:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/21/
Achievement Gap - Seattle, WA
Detroit Free Press Series on Homeless Students

December 20:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/20/
Poverty Measurement in the US
Joblessness and Unemployment
Medicaid Programs - Wisconsin, Utah

December 19:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2011/12/19/
Medicaid Program - Florida
State Minimum Wage - Florida
Medicare/Medicaid Programs and Hospitals

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

13. [United States] The Anti-Entitlement Strategy - December 20
(Thomas B. Edsall in the New York Times)

Coming to a Canadian election platform near you?

United States:

The Anti-Entitlement Strategy
By Thomas B. Edsall
http://goo.gl/meJur
December 25, 2011
[Republican leadership candidate] Mitt Romney wants to stigmatize most “safety net” spending – the array of social insurance programs from Medicare to food stamps to unemployment compensation to free school lunches — as a form of welfare that is “cultivating government dependence.” (...) Romney and his aides have designed his rhetoric to define pretty much all spending on entitlements, including provisions for the injured, unemployed, sick, disabled or elderly as benefits to the poor who, Romney implies, are undeserving. And it doesn’t matter whether the money to pay for these programs comes from employer and employee contributions and not just tax revenue — they are all under suspicion. In an op-ed published Dec. 19 in USA Today [ http://goo.gl/p1aA7 ], Romney described the 2012 election as a battle between the partisans of entitlement and the partisans of opportunity.
Polls conducted since 1972 by the General Social Survey show that by margins of two to one, voters consistently say too little is spent on the poor, on education, on health care, on drug treatment — the list is long. This internal conflict on the part of voters – opposed to welfare but supportive of programs for the poor — demonstrates how important it is for each side to frame the debate in terms favorable to its own cause — just what Romney is trying to do with his use of the catch phrase “entitlement society.” We are headed toward an ideological confrontation over the next 11 months of an intensity rarely seen in American political history.
[Author Thomas B. Edsall is a professor of journalism at Columbia University.]
Source:
Campaign Stops Blog
http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/
[
New York Times Opinion page
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/opinion/index.html ]

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

14. U.S. Census Bureau Clarifies Poverty Numbers - December 16

U.S. Census Bureau Clarifies Poverty Numbers
http://goo.gl/bOUuV
By Sharon Bernstein
December 16, 2011
An experimental report said counting taxes and other expenses could make more people live on the poverty line, but officials stressed that it's not correct to say one out of two Americans are low income. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau moved Friday to clarify widely reported figures meant to estimate the number of Americans living in poverty. Dueling Census reports (links below) – one based on official poverty estimates that was released just last week and another based on an experimental calculus used in November – differed from one another by 20 percent regarding the number of people viewed as living in poverty.

U.S. and California Census poverty estimates
[ http://media.nbclosangeles.com/documents/census+poverty+info+with+header+text.pdf ]

Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010 (PDF - 1.2MB, 24 pages)
http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-241.pdf

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

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

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

21 December 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1256
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4020
In this issue:
General Assembly adopts complaints mechanism!
CRIN Users Survey: the findings
Latest news and report
- Big shoes to fill
- Child rights rapporteurship
- Child coffins run out in flood city
- Women protest against police violence
- Children demand evacuation
- Xenophobia fuelled through misinformation
- "Protecting" children through vague language
- Psychiatric torture in hospitals
- Discrimination leads to police apathy
- Loopholes to get to children
- UN news
- Other news
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- links to 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, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

Source:
CRINMAIL (incl. subscription info)
http://www.crin.org/email/

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://www.crin.org/

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


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Fourteen Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

There are so many things out there that we deal with or see everyday, but have no idea what they are called.
This is a list of ridiculous real names for everyday items.

1. Tittle : The dot over an 'i' or 'j.'

2. Lunule : The white, crescent shaped part at the top of a nail.

3. Ferrule : The metal ring on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

4, Gynecomastia : Man-boobs.

5. Muntin : The strip separating window panes.

6. Morton's Toe : When your second toe is bigger than your big toe.

7. Semantic Satiation : What happens when you say a word for so long that it loses its meaning.
Limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit.

8. Paresthesia : The pins and needles feeling you get when part of your body falls asleep.
[ Bonus : When part of your body falls asleep, this is known as obdormition. ]

9. Phosphenes : The lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.

10. Dysania : The state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.

11. Mondegreen : Misheard song lyrics.

12. Philtrum : The groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips.

13. Purlicue : The space between the thumb and the forefingers.

14. Aglet : The plastic coating on a shoelace.

Source:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/25-everyday-things-you-never-knew-had-names
NOTE: The source file actually contains 25 everyday things

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The 50 Funniest Headlines Of 2011
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-50-funniest-headlines-of-2011

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The 40 Best Protest Signs Of 2011
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-40-best-protest-signs-of-2011

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The 12 Cats of Christmas
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/the-12-cats-of-christmas

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109 Cats Celebrating Christmas
http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/109-cats-celebrating-christmas

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35 Reasons Why Dogs Hate The Holidays
http://www.buzzfeed.com/hgrant/35-reasons-why-dogs-hate-the-holidays

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Singing horses (Requires Flash)
http://www.flashgames247.com/play/203.html

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Baby Do's and Dont's
http://imgur.com/gallery/PTdL7