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February 28, 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

<>1.  The Recession Continues (John Stapleton in The Mark) - February 24
2. The Fiscal Monitor for December 2009 (Department of Finance Canada)
- February 26
3. Party on, Garth!! The Olympics and the Downtown Eastside (Vancouver) - February 24, 25
4. 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration (UN Commission on the Status of Women) - March 1-12
5. Federal funding for child welfare portal website to end in March - February 25
6. [New Brunswick] Economic and Social Inclusion Act introduced (NB Social Development) - February 19
7. [Yukon] Social Inclusion Strategy to Address Poverty Issues (YK Health and Social Services) - October 1/09

8. Bab.la --- "where language lovers can meet" (translation/language tools)
9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Leading indicators, January 2010 - February 19
--- Employment Insurance, December 2009 - February 19
--- Consumer Price Index, January 2010 - February 18
--- New Immigrants' Assessments of Their Life in Canada - February 18

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - February 20

International content
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11. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
12. A stronger, fairer Australia (Australian Government’s vision and strategy for social inclusion) - February 19
13. Australian Policy Online - recent content
14. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #132, February 2010

15. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!
Gilles

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Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net


E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. The Recession Continues - February 24
(John Stapleton in The Mark)

The Recession Continues
Economists measure economic recovery using statistics
that ignore the reality faced by the majority of the population.

February 24, 2010
By John Stapleton
"... for everyone who is not an economist (or a journalist who reports the findings of economists), a recessionary period is generally defined as “bad times,” meaning lower living standards, unemployment, lower spending, and lack of opportunity. And as the present recession proves, the economy can grow while the lives of the great majority of people who inhabit the economy do not improve at all."
Source:
The Mark
The Mark is founded on the idea that thousands of credible Canadians have important things to say but cannot reach a national audience. (...) The Mark will be their platform. At its core The Mark is a national movement to record Canadian ideas and propel the people behind them. It is a collection of thoughts and a tool for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and debate between outstanding Canadians.

Related link:

Open Policy - John Stapleton's personal website
John is a Policy Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation and St. Christopher House in Toronto.

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

2. The Fiscal Monitor for December 2009 - February 26
(Department of Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor for December 2009
February 26, 2010
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for December 2009.
Highlights:
December 2009: budgetary deficit of $3.1 billion
April to December 2009: budgetary deficit of $39.4 billion

Related document:
* The Fiscal Monitor for December 2009

[ earlier issues of The Fiscal Monitor ]

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

3. Party on, Garth!! The Olympics and the Downtown Eastside (Vancouver) - February 24, 25

Heading to the Downtown Eastside for the swankiest party of the Games
Bob Rennie’s bash drew Iggy, Olympians, and protesters

by Anne Kingston
February 25, 2010
Is Bob Rennie trying to save Vancouver's Downtown Eastside or to gentrify it?
Source:
Macleans magazine

Sort-of-related link - another kind of party, like an allegory:

A Party of Olympian Proportions
February 24, 2010
Imagine Vancouver like this GIANT apartment building, y'see...
Source:
Vancouver Media Co-op
"Local Independent News"

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

4. Fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration - March 1-12
(United Nations Commission on the Status of Women)

From
WomenWatch (United Nations):

Beijing +15
Fifteen-year review of the implementation of the
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the
outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000)
March 1-12, 201
New York
In March 2010, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly. Emphasis will be placed on the sharing of experiences and good practices, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges, including those related to the Millennium Development Goals. Member States, representatives of non-governmental organizations and of UN entities will participate in the session. A series of parallel events will provide additional opportunities for information exchange and networking.

Also from WomenWatch:

Online discussions on the Critical Areas of Concern
The Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality invites you to participate in online discussions on the Critical Areas of Concern as a contribution to the 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women from 1-12 March, 2010. (...) The online discussions provide a forum for individuals, groups and networks not able to attend the Commission on the Status of Women to contribute to the review.

The Beijing Declaration
and Platform for Action

Beijing, China
September 1995
Action for Equality, Development and Peace

Source:
WomenWatch
WomenWatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system.

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From the
Canadian Feminist
Alliance for International Action (FAFIA):

Reality Check: Women in Canada and the Beijing Declaration
and Platform for Action Fifteen Years On, a Canadian Civil Society Response
(PDF - 314K, 40 pages)
February 22, 2010
Table of contents:
Part One: Overall Achievements and Obstacles
Part Two: Critical Areas of Concern:
* Women and Poverty * Women and Education and Training * Violence Against Women * Women and Armed Conflict * Women and the Economy * Women And Politics * Women and the Environment * The Girl-Child
Part Three: Gender Architecture in Canada
Part Four: Key Challenges and Plans for the Future

No Action: No Progress (PDF - 1MB, 27 pages)
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action
Report on Canada's Progress in Implementing Priority Recommendations made by
the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2008

February 2010

Source:
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)
The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action is a dynamic coalition of over 75 Canadian women’s equality-seeking and related organizations. FAFIA’s mandate is to further women’s equality in Canada through domestic implementation of its’ international human rights commitments.

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

5. Federal funding for child welfare portal website to end in March - February 25

February 25, 2010

News from the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare:

NOTE:
I received this by email but I can't find the same information on the Centre's website, so I'm copying the entire message below.
Gilles

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Public Health Agency Funding Ending – Research Portal Focus of Future CECW Work


The Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare (CECW) is pleased to announce that its major communications network, the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal, will be a primary focus of our future activities (www.cwrp.ca). This portal will showcase the work of Canadian child welfare researchers, provide a wealth of information about child welfare across Canada, and will identify policy and research needs for child welfare in Canada and beyond.

The emphasis on the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal comes at a time of transition for the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare. The CECW will complete its mandate in March 2010 as part of the Centres of Excellence for Children's Well-Being, which has been generously funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada
and Health Canada since 2000. The ending of PHAC's funding cycle for the Centres of Excellence for Children's Well-Being Program will leave a serious gap in Canada's voice to create a national child welfare research agenda and to collaborate closely on policy and practice development. For this reason, the CECW's directors and sponsoring organizations are committed to continuing their collaboration and expanding their networking with partnerships that have developed over that past 10 years. In doing so, we will place particular stress on using our own energies and seeking support from the federal government and elsewhere to further a national research agenda in child welfare for Canada.

We look forward, as individuals and organizations, to continuing our efforts to promote excellence in child welfare research, policy and practice.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Regehr, CECW Executive Director, University of Toronto
Cindy Blackstock, CECW Co-Director, First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
Claire Chamberland, CECW Co-Director, Université de Montréal
Peter Dudding, CECW Co-Director, Child Welfare League of Canada
Aron Shlonsky, CECW Co-Director, University of Toronto
Nico Trocmé, CECW Scientific Director, McGill University

Please feel free to distribute this enewsletter broadly within your organization.

For more information:
info@cecw-cepb.ca

Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare*
http://www.cecw-cepb.ca/

Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal*
http://www.cwrp.ca/

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* NOTE: The two links above take you to the same website.
The "Centre" link is to the current location of the site, and
the "Portal"link is to the location of the site once it is liberated
from the shackles of federal government funding.
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Personal Endorsement:
Whether you call it the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare or the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal, this is *the* website to visit for information about child welfare / child protection / child and family services (different names for similar services). Here, you'll find large collections of resources on these types of programs for each province and territory. The site also includes extensive resources in the areas of : * Child Abuse & Neglect * Intervention & Prevention * Families & Communities * Children & Youth in Care * Aboriginal Child Welfare * Policy & Legislation * Provinces & Territories.

I highly recommend this site, and I think it sucks that neither Public Health Agency of Canada nor Health Canada can find the funds to continue this valuable information service. My best wishes to all who are involved with the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal --- and I'll definitely keep referring visitors to their impressive collection of online resources.
Gilles

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

6. [New Brunswick] Economic and Social Inclusion Act introduced - February 19
(New Brunswick Social Development)

Economic and Social Inclusion Act introduced
News Release
Feb. 19, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Legislation introduced today will implement the province's poverty reduction plan and ensure the delivery of poverty initiatives at the community level. Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock introduced the Economic and Social Inclusion Act in the legislative assembly.

The Legislation:

BILL 39, 2010:
The Economic and Social Inclusion Act

The Economic and Social Inclusion Act will serve as the legislative framework to implement New Brunswick's poverty reduction plan (see "The Plan", below).
(...) Specifically, the act will:
* establish the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, a Crown corporation to monitor and advance the plan;
* provide for the establishment of community inclusion networks; and
* provide for the establishment of a co-ordination unit to provide support for the board and the community inclusion networks.

The Plan:

Overcoming Poverty Together:
The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan
(PDF - 100K, 5 pages)
November 13, 2009
By 2015, New Brunswick will have reduced income poverty by 25% and deep income poverty by 50%, and will have made significant progress in achieving sustained economic and social inclusion

Source:
New Brunswick Social Development

Related links:

New Brunswick introduces its poverty reduction legislation:
http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/rss/article/960470

Moves to revamp Social Assistance in that province by July 2011, with some immediate changes:
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/958063

And NB sets up a new Crown Corp to oversee poverty reduction:
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/960314

[Thanks to Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre for these media links.]

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First-ever poverty reduction plan adopted:
The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan

November 2009
Background information on the NB government poverty reduction plan

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Also from New Brunswick Social Development:

Changes to Household Income policy introduced
February 17, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is improving the Household Income Policy for Department of Social Development clients. Kelly Lamrock, minister of social development, made the announcement today. (...) The new policy, which only applies to clients who were in receipt of assistance as of Jan. 1, represents a $5-million investment this fiscal year. It is an interim measure that will help current clients economically until Social Assistance Reform, including an important and significant overhaul of the Household Income Policy, is complete in mid-2011.

Related links:

Social assistance clients can have roommates: Minister Lamrock
February 17, 2010
The New Brunswick government has stopped penalizing social assistance recipients who have roommates. It has eliminated a decades-old policy that clawed back the benefits of low-income clients who live with someone else to pool their financial resources, Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock announced Wednesday.
Source:
CBC New Brunswick

The working poor's best hope
New Brunswick may well provide the bold
leadership in social policy that this country so urgently requires
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
February 26, 2010
(...) As Ottawa continues to bury its head in the snow, the initiative for tackling the long-lamented scourge of poverty has shifted to the provinces. Quebec and Newfoundland were first out of the gate with provincial poverty-reduction plans; several other provinces have been introducing their own campaigns. The way to break down the welfare wall is to extend income supports and services traditionally reserved for those on welfare to the working poor – Canada's forgotten poor. New Brunswick, which is taking important steps to do exactly this in its ambitious reform, may well provide the bold leadership in social policy that this country so urgently requires.
Source:
The Globe and Mail

Related link:

Caledon Institute of Social Policy
[The co-authors of this article are president, vice-president and
senior scholar, respectively, of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.]
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis; seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy; and develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector.

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

7. [Yukon] Social Inclusion Strategy to Address Poverty Issues - Oct. 2009
(Yukon Health and Social Services)

Yukon

Social Inclusion Strategy to Address Poverty Issues
News Release
October 14, 2009
WHITEHORSE – Health and Social Services Minister Glenn Hart announced today the development of a social inclusion strategy for the territory. “A social inclusion strategy is a significant advancement in social policy in Yukon. Social inclusion ensures that services target those in need and are accessible for all members of society,” Hart said. “Social inclusion is a measure of any government on how it deals with those citizens in need of support.”
(...) There will be four phases in developing the strategy:
• Creating a collaborative process.
• Collecting data and consulting.
• Developing a strategy to address priorities from the data and consultations.
• Reviewing and reporting annually.
Source:
Yukon Health and Social Services

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Social Assistance Recipients Now Receiving Increased Food Allowance
February 6, 2009
WHITEHORSE – Social assistance recipients received an increase in their food allowance in January 2009, announced Health and Social Services Minister Glenn Hart. (...) The food portion of the standard benefit increased to $232 a month for a single person, $442 for a family of two and $633 for a family of three. These amounts reflect increases of 15 per cent, 10 per cent and five per cent, respectively

[ more Yukon news releases about social assistance ]

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm
- Go to the Yukon Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

8. Bab.la --- "where language lovers can meet" (translation/language tools)

Bab.la - incl. FR/ EN and EN/FR translations, of course et bien sûr!
The bab.la language portal offers you dictionary translations, language quizzes & games, vocabulary lessons for learning and much more. bab.la is interactive: You can enter your own translation, create your own language test or your own vocabulary flashcard set. Bab.la is a language project - "a portal where language lovers can meet and exchange their ideas and learn languages from each other."
- incl. links to 25 bilingual dictionaries and millions of translations, including pronunciation, sample sentences and many additional features (word games, anyone?).

- Go to the Reference Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

9. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Trends in the trades: Registered apprenticeship total registrations, completions and certification, 1991 to 2007 - February 25
--- Changes in participation in adult education and training, 2002 and 2008 - February 25
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2009 - February 25
--- Study: Employer top-ups to paid maternity and parental leave, 2008 - February 24
--- Study: Immigrants working in regulated occupations, 2006 - February 24
--- Deaths, 2007
- February 24

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

February 25, 2010
Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada
The February 2010 issue of Education Matters: Insights
on Education, Learning and Training in Canada
contains two articles:
[Click the above link for summaries of the articles; click below for the actual articles.]
* Trends in the trades: Registered apprenticeship total registrations, completions and certification, 1991 to 2007
* Changes in participation in adult education and training, 2002 and 2008
Bonus in this issue:
Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP)
New Tables and Charts
(February 2010)

[ earlier issues of this report ]

Related subjects
o Education, training and learning
o Fields of study
o Outcomes of education
o Students

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February 25, 2010
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, December 2009
Non-farm payroll employment increased by 22,000 in December compared with the previous month. This represented the fourth consecutive month of modest gains.
- incl. links to two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

[ Related link: Employment, Earnings and Hours - click "View" to see the latest issue]

Related subjects:
o Labour
o Employment and unemployment
o Hours of work and work arrangements
o Industries
o Wages, salaries and other earnings
o Non-wage benefits

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February 24, 2010
Study: Employer top-ups to paid maternity and parental leave, 2008
In 2008, one in five mothers (more than 51,000) who received maternity or parental benefits from either the federal Employment Insurance (EI) or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) also collected top-up payments from their employers. This proportion has remained stable over the past decade.

February 24, 2010
Study: Immigrants working in regulated occupations, 2006
Immigrants who studied outside Canada for a regulated occupation were less likely to be working in that occupation in 2006 than both immigrants who had studied in Canada and persons who were born in Canada.

Source:
Perspectives on Labour and Income
[ earlier issues of this report ]

Related subjects
* Ethnic diversity and immigration
* Immigrants and non-permanent residents
* Labour market and income
* Labour
* Occupations

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February 23, 2010
Deaths, 2007
Life expectancy at birth in Canada reached 80.7 years for the three-year period between 2005 and 2007, up from the average of 80.5 between 2004 and 2006, and 78.4 a decade earlier between 1995 and 1997.
- includes links to the following tables:
* Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 by sex, Canada
* Number of deaths by province and territory
* Standardized death rates by province and territory, 2007

[ Related report : Deaths 2007 ]
[ earlier issues of this report ]

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

Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

10. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - February 28

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

February 28, 2010

What's new online

This section archives documents that have been featured on the CRRU
homepage. Items are in chronological order by posting date from the most
recent to the least recent. Follow the title link for details.

Preschool Matters January/February 2010
24 Feb 10
- Latest issue of the National Institute for Early Education Research's magazine: W. Steven Barnett on why targeted programs get it wrong.

Preschoolers enrolled and mothers at work? The effects of universal pre-kindergarten
24 Feb 10
- Report from the US Census Bureau for Economic Studies investigates the introduction of universal pre-K in three US states and its effect on children's enrollment and mother labour force participation.

Proposed regulatory amendments to the Day Nurseries Act
24 Feb 10
- Consultation document from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services proposes changes to Ontario child care regulations, including age grouping, group sizes and ratios.

Alert - proposed changes to the Day Nurseries Act
24 Feb 10
- Response from the Association and Early Childhood Educators Ontario and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care to the Ontario government's proposed changes to the Day Nurseries Act.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Zerbisias: Canada's standing nosedives in annual gender gap ranking
[CA] 24 Feb 10

· What does the UCCB have to show for itself after four years?
[CA] 24 Feb 10

· Parents, unions protest plan to close dozens of schools
[CA-ON] 23 Feb 10

· Don't let child care suffer because of full-day kindergarten
[CA-ON] 22 Feb 10

· Forty years later the Royal Commission on the Status of Women still reverberates
[CA] 22 Feb 10

· From worst to first: A call for better child care
[CA] 12 Feb 10

more CC IN THE NEWS »

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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)
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: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

11. 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:

February 26:
Extension of Jobless Benefits
Child Poverty - South Africa
Justice Department Indigent Defense Program
Opinion: Income Inequality

[No Dispatch February 25.]

February 24:
Poverty Rate - Madison, WI
Teenage Pregnancy Rate - England

February 23:
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Extension of Jobless Benefits
States and Children’s Dental Care

February 22:
Recession and Long-Term Unemployment
Economic Stimulus and State TANF Programs
Health Insurance Coverage - Kentucky

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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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

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

12. A stronger, fairer Australia (Australian Government’s vision and strategy for social inclusion) - February 19

A stronger, fairer Australia (PDF - 3.7MB, 92 pages)
19 February 2010
Launched on 28 January 2010, A Stronger, Fairer Australia sets out the Australian Government’s vision and strategy for social inclusion, now and into the future. Social Inclusion means ensuring no Australian is left behind by giving all the opportunities, resources, capabilities and responsibilities to learn, work, connect with others and have a say in community life. The statement sets out a new approach to break down the barriers that stand between the most disadvantaged Australians and participation. Despite a strong economy in recent years, disadvantage still prevents many Australians from getting a fair go.
Source:
Social Inclusion
[ Australian Government ]

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm
- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm

13. Australian Policy Online - recent content

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

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

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

14. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #132, February 2010

World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #132
February 2010

This newsletter provides an update of new resources about understanding and alleviating poverty available from PovertyNet, http://www.worldbank.org/poverty, and other websites.

In this issue:

1. Global Economic Prospects 2010: Crisis, Finance, and Growth
2. World Bank Group Launches Online Consultations on Future Energy Strategy
3. "Measuring Inequality of Opportunity with Imperfect Data: The Case of Turkey," by Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Jérémie Gignoux, and Meltem Aran
4. "To What Extent are Bangladesh's Recent Gains in Poverty Reduction Different from the Past?" by Aphichoke Kotikula, Ambar Narayan and Hassan Zaman
5. "The Short-Term Impact of Higher Food Prices on Poverty in Uganda," by Kenneth Simler
6. Food Price Watch (February 2010)
7. "The Impact of Economic Shocks on Global Undernourishment," by Sailesh Tiwari and Hassan Zaman
8. "The Impact of Roads on Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Cameroon," by Marie Gachassin, Boris Najman and Gaël Raballand
9. Has South Asia Escaped the Worst Effects of the Global Economic Crisis?
10. Exciting New Impact Study on Rwanda's Pay for Performance in Health
11. World Bank President Says African Poor Still Vulnerable to Crisis, Important to Create Basis for Future Growth

[Subscribe to receive this newsletter by email.]

[ earlier issues of this newsletter ]

Source:
PovertyNet (World Bank)

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

15. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

25 February 2010 - CRINMAIL 1151
* COUNCIL OF EUROPE: Call for Consultation of Children on Guidelines for Child-Friendly Justice [news]
* EL SALVADOR: President Funes vetoes 15-year sentences for minors [news]
* GLOBAL: Learn without fear - the global campaign to end violence in schools [publication]
* ELECTIONS: UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [call for action]
* JAMAICA: Young offenders caught up in adult system [news]
* NEW ZEALAND: This is how I see it - Children, young people and young adults' views and experiences of poverty [publication]
* CHILD RIGHTS: Policy briefings [publications]
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

23 February 2010 - CRINMAIL 1150
* YEMEN: The Situation of Children in Armed Conflict [publication]
* AFRICA: Session 15 of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child [event]
* NEW ZEALAND: Treating children as criminals ‘backward step’ [news]
* SOUTH EAST EUROPE: Protecting the rights of child victims of trafficking in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia [publication]
* SOCIAL CONTROL: The Widening Web of Social Control - A human rights analysis of public policy responses to crime, social problems and deviance [publication]
* GLOBAL: Children’s right to be heard and effective child protection [publication]
* CONFERENCE REPORT: Implementing children's rights - the best way to fight poverty!

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
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More New Words

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More neologisms
from
The Washington Post:
 
The Washington Post invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
 
 Here are some of the winners:
 
 1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
 
 2. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk
 
 3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
 
 4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
 
 5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.
 
 6. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
 
 7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
 
 8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
 
 9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
 
 10. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

More word silliness from
The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/invitational/


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And, in closing...

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The Buzzwords of 2009
My favourite :
Dracula sneeze
Covering the mouth with the crook of the elbow when sneezing, like Dracula hiding his face with a cape.
Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

More buzzwords?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_buzzwords


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Teabaggers Finally Google 'Teabag'
February 14, 2010
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - One week after their first national convention, the self-styled Teabaggers are facing an identity crisis after one of their members finally Googled the slang term “teabag.”

Found in:
Best of the Blogs

Gilles' two cents' worth:
Boua-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Back in 2000, it took the fledgling Canadian Conservative Reform Alliance ("CCRA") only 24 hours to realize that when the word "Party" was added to the name, their acronym would be the butt (pun intentional) of jokes for years to come.
One day after its founding convention, the party changed its name again, to Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance. (Source: CBC)
Since that fateful day in 2000, every time there's a name change for any federal department or other asset, the proposed name must be pre-approved at the highest levels.
The  group that oversees the project is the Strategic Taskforce Investigating Location and Licensing of Canadian Resources and Attractive Properties.

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Lawyer jokes
http://www.awpi.com/Combs/Humor/lawyers.html

Malborn sat in his attorney's office.
"Do you want the bad news first or the terrible news?" the lawyer said.
"Give me the bad news first."
"Your wife found a picture worth a half-million dollars."
"That's the bad news?" aslked Malborn incredulously.
"I  can't wait to hear the terrible news."
 "The terrible news is that it's of you and your secretary."

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Economist jokes
http://netec.mcc.ac.uk/JokEc.html

Did you hear about the economist who dove into his swimming pool and broke his neck?
He forgot to seasonally adjust his pool.

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Social worker jokes
http://www.workjoke.com/social-workers-jokes.html

What is the difference between God and a social worker?
God doesn't pretend to be a social worker.