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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 28,  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 1935 subscribers.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. 2008 Federal Election Links page updated (Canadian Social Research Links) - September 28
--- NDP to pledge $400/month child benefit
--- 2008 Federal Election : Liberal Party Platform Released
--- Canada Votes 2008 (Social Planning Council of BC et al.)
--- Canada elections 2008 - from Democracies Online
--- Daily breakdown of each party's spending announcements - from The Globe and Mail
--- Google In Quotes - quotes from Canadian party leaders
2. The Harper Record (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - September 2008
3. The New Poverty Agenda: Reshaping Policies in the 21st Century - Conference (Queen's University, Kingston) - August 18-20
4. Welfare reform in the U.S. (and Canada) - success or flop?
5. Global Food Crises : Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ) - September 2008
6. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
--- Births, 2006 - September 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2008 - September 26
--- Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007 - September 26
--- Gambling - September 26
--- Participation and Activity Limitation Survey: Impact on families, 2006 - September 25
--- Are women spending more time on unpaid domestic work than men in Canada? - September 25
--- Study: Health and development of children of older first-time mothers, 1998 to 2005 - September 24
--- Workplace and Employee Survey, 2005 - September 24
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2008 - September 23
--- Employment Insurance, July 2008 - September 23
--- Study: University completion rates among children of immigrants, 2002 - September 22
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - September 24

International  content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
9. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
10. CRINMAIL (September 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. 2008 Federal Election Links page updated
(Canadian Social Research Links)

2008 Federal Election Links page updated (Canadian Social Research Links)

New links added in the past week:

NDP to pledge $400/month child benefit
Layton set to unveil benefit plan he hopes takes party to victory – as official opposition
September 28, 2008
VANCOUVER–The New Democrats will today unveil an ambitious new $17 billion child benefit plan that will pay families up to $400 a month per child, sources told the Star. NDP Leader Jack Layton will announce the cornerstone pledge of his Oct. 14 election campaign when he launches the party's platform this afternoon in Toronto.
Source:
Star Election Coverage <=== much more election-related news
[ The Toronto Star ]

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The Liberal Party Platform:

Liberals release plan for a richer, fairer, greener Canada
September 22, 2008
News Release
OTTAWA – The Liberal Party of Canada today released a fully-costed, fiscally-responsible platform, “A Richer, Fairer, Greener Canada,” which lays out a progressive, inclusive vision to make Canada a stronger country for the next generation.

Richer, Fairer, Greener : An Action Plan for the 21st Century
The 2008 Liberal Party Platform
- links to PDF files with detailed info on each plank of the party platform:
* A Richer Canada * A Greener Canada * A Fairer Canada (see the direct link below) * A Safer Canada * Canada and the World
* Costing (see the direct link below)

Excerpt from the Liberal platform:

A Fairer Canada (PDF - 745K, 17 pages):
Includes: The 30-50 Plan, Investing in Our Children, Health Care, Women’s Equality, Immigration: Welcoming New Canadians, EI Changes, A New Relationship with Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Minority Language Rights, A Safer Canada, Respectful Federalism

Costing : Canadians Demand Fiscal Responsibility (PDF - 345K, 5 pages)
Related Backgrounder (PDF - 23K, 3 pages)
September 2008
"(...)The Liberal platform [also] commits to building a fairer, more inclusive society by:
Implementing the 30-50 Plan to reduce poverty: We will launch a full-scale attack on poverty in Canada, with the goal of reducing the number of people living below the poverty line by at least 30 per cent, and the number of children living in poverty by at least 50 per cent."

Media analysis of the 2008 Liberal Party platform - from Google.ca

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Other new information added this past week:

Canada Votes 2008 (PDF - 379K, 31 pages)
September 18, 2008 (PDF file date)
This new publication is designed to help people engage with their local candidates around critical public policy issues in the Federal Election being held on October 14, 2008. It has been developed by a pan-Canadian collaboration of social planning organizations, including SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC), the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), Community Development Halton, the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto, and the Human Development Council of Saint John.

List of topics:
[for each topic, you'll find a 4-6 paragraph overview of the issue(s) and links to the online sources used to write the overview, along with 4-6 links to relevant websites and some key points & questions to raise with candidates.

1. Child Poverty
2. Affordable Housing
3. Child Care
4. Crime & Public Safety
5. Community & Social Infrastructure
6. Youth in Canada
7. Income Security for Seniors
8. Women’s Economic Security
9. Poverty Reduction
10. Supporting the Non-Profit & Voluntary Sector
11. Immigrant Population: Inclusion & Employment
12. Accessibility & Inclusion in Employment
13. Health Care
Source:
[Partners in this initiative]
Social Planning and Research Council of BC
Canadian Council on Social Development
Community Development Halton
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
Human Development Council of Saint John
(N.B.)

Well done - I highly recommended this excellent resource both for people to engage with their local candidates
AND for anyone who wants to learn about 13 social issues that matter to many Canadians in the coming election and every day of our lives.

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Canada elections 2008
Contents:
* Live Election Results, Alerts
* Major Media
* Unique Sites
* Government Election-related Sites
* Blogs About the Elections
* Blogging Candidates/Parties
* Best Individual Candidate Websites
* Satire and Humour
* Mobile Sites/SMS Features
* Online Forums and Discussions
* Political Parties
* Election Starting Points
* Unsorted
Source:
Democracies Online
DoWire is your primary source for what's important and happening with the convergence of democracy and the Internet around the world. DoWire is a free, low volume, moderated e-mail announcement list. Launched in January 1998, DoWire connects over 2800 experts, practitioners, journalists, and citizens across 80 countries. If you are interested in democracy online - including politics online, new media, e-governance, e-government, online advocacy and activism, citizen e-participation and related topics, then join us.

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Cost of their promises
What the parties have promised Canadians
September 26, 2008
A full daily breakdown of each party's spending announcements
Source:
Federal Election 2008 <=== much more election-related news
[ The Globe and Mail ]

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Google in Quotes a great tool for democracy
September 24, 2008
Further proof — as though any were needed — that the brains trust at Google are a bright bunch comes with the unveiling of an experimental website called “Google In Quotes” that places quotations on any given subject from the two U.S. presidential candidates side by side. What's more, it's available in a Canadian edition — as well as an Indian and British edition. The quotations come from newspaper websites that are indexed by Google News; you get a three- or four-line quote, with a link under it to the newspaper page where it was found, and the date it was published. At the top is a list of the subjects covered. Among them are abortion, Bush, change, economy, environment, health care, housing, Iran, oil, recession and taxes. Click on any one and you will be presented with the relevant passages. A link labelled “Spin” will scroll back through previous comments on a selected issue. Similarly, for Canada, the subjects include Afghanistan, Arctic, carbon tax, environment, jobs, Quebec and sovereignty. And in all of them, you can find a drop-down box that allows you to change the people whose quotes are comparing Stephen Harper, say, to Jack Layton on the issues.

In Quotes - try it --- you'll like it!
NOTE: after clicking the link above, move your cursor to the top right corner of the next page and select Canada from the drop-down menu

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Masochist Alert!!
(Pepto-Bismol not included):

712 quotes by Stephane Dion

887 quotes by Stephen Harper

(from In Quotes, as of September 27)

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- Go to the 2008 Federal Election and General Political Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2008_fed_election.htm

2. The Harper Record - September 22

The Harper Record
September 2008
Edited by Canadian Labour Congress Senior Researcher Teresa Healy
The book consists of about 40 chapters dissecting the two and one-half year record of the Conservative government across a wide range of issues -- from jobs and the economy, to human rights, international issues, the environment, and social programs. (...) The 47 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into every aspect of the Harper minority government's administration. From the economy to the environment, from social programs to foreign policy, from health care to tax cuts, from the Afghanistan mission to the tar sands, from free trade to deep integration, and to many other areas of this government's record, the authors have dug out the facts and analyzed them.

Click the link above to see a table of contents and links to individual chapters, or:
Download the complete book (PDF - 2.6MB, 504 pages)

Themes:
* Governance * Economy, Trade and Investment * Racialization and (In)Security * Energy and Environment
* (In)Equality and Public Services * Culture and Communications * Federal-Provincial Relations

A few sample chapters to whet your appetite:

* The Conservative Tax Record (PDF - 300K, 14 pages)
by Andrew Jackson and Erin Weir

* Canada and International Human Rights (PDF - 332K, 20 pages)
by John W. Foster

* Women's Equality and Human Rights, (PDF - 267K, 13 pages)
by the Ad Hoc Coalition on Women's Equality and Human Rights

* Harper and Child Care, (PDF - 202K, 7 pages)
by Morna Ballantyne

* Child Benefits Under the Harper Government, (PDF - 183K, 5 pages)
by Ken Battle

* The Legacy of Disability Rights in Canada, (PDF - 217K, 9 pages)
by John Rae

* Harper and Crime, (PDF - 279K, 15 pages)
by Dawn Moore and Erin Donohue

* More...

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Related link:

Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Also from the CLC:

This election is about our jobs and our pay cheques
September 8, 2008

- Go to the 2008 Federal Election and General Political Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2008_fed_election.htm

3. The New Poverty Agenda: Reshaping Policies in the 21st Century (Conference) - August 18-20
(Queen's University, Kingston)

The New Poverty Agenda:
Reshaping Policies in the 21st Century

Conference (Kingston)
August 18-20, 2008
Excerpt from the Conference theme:
"The new poverty agenda demands new policy responses. An effective anti-poverty strategy depends on a wide range of instruments: income transfers, tax policy, asset-building strategies, early childhood interventions, education, labour market programs, housing and social services. An effective response also requires a judicious balancing of general programs and targeted initiatives for particular vulnerable groups, such as children in care, recent immigrants, single-parent families, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, and displaced workers."

NOTES:
1. I don't usually link to past conferences because they're, well, past.
In this case, though, I recommend a visit to the conference website, where you'll find more information about the event and links to all 20+ presentations made at the event. This links are reproduced below, along with the actual titles of each presentation and the name(s) of its author(s).
[Suggestion to Conference organizers : add the title of each presentation or paper and its filesize and number of pages as an aid to site visitors.]
2. Although the download format of the files below is PDF, the actual content in each case is a Powerpoint presentation
of varying length. Because Powerpoint presentations are often sketchy on details, you may wish to follow up with a particular author on his or her presentation; if that's the case, you can usually find the person's email address in the presentation itself or by Googling their name and their affiliation.

Sessions:

The New Poverty Agenda:
* Fighting poverty and social exclusion in the European Union (PDF - 1.7MB, 27 pages), by Isabelle Maquet Engsted, European Commission
* Tackling Poverty and Low Income in New Zealand : Approaches and Lessons Learned (PDF - 522K, 20 pages), by Marcel Lauzière, Canadian Council on Social Development
* Low Income, Poverty, and Deprivation : Putting Principles into Practice (PDF - 271K, 33 pages), by Miles Corak, University of Ottawa
* LowIncome in Canada, 1980 to 2006 (PDF - 162K, 19 pages), by G. Picot and S. Michaud, Statistics Canada

Income Transfers and Asset Building:
* Income transfers and labor market integration in Québec
(PDF - 86K, 22 pages), by Alain Noël, Université de Montréal
* Poverty, poverty dynamics and asset-based welfare (PDF - 908K, 58 pages), by Robert Walker with Mark Tomlinson, Oxford University (U.K)
* Neoliberal Poverty Governance: U.S. Welfare Policy in an Era of Globalization (PDF - 17K, 3 pages), by Sanford F. Schram, Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania)

The Tax Regime:
* Explicit and Implicit Taxation of Low-Income Households (PDF - 255K, 27 pages), by James P. Ziliak, University of Kentucky and Brookings Institution
* High marginal effective tax rates, intersecting rules, and how they affect Low income Adults (PDF - 934K, 26 pages), by John Stapleton, Open Policy (Canada)
*** The Story of Ali (PDF - 98K, 3 pages) --- how social programs work against each other...

Early Childhood Initiatives and Education:
* Closing the Aboriginal – nonAboriginal Education Gap (PDF - 574K, 19 pages), by John Richards, Simon Fraser University and C.D. Howe Institute Fellow
* Early childhood services and the new poverty agenda (PDF - 706K, 32 pages), by Thomas Coram Research Unit (U.K.)
* Child poverty and childcare: the UK story (PDF - 169K, 21 pages), by Dalia Ben-Galim, Institute for Public Policy Research (U.K)

Addressing Poverty and Other Social Policy Challenges
through Social Risk Management: A New Conceptual Framework?:
* Social risk management: An analytic framework for policy research
(PDF - 1.4MB, 15 pages), by David Peloquin [Policy Research Initiative, Government of Canada]

Employment and Training Programs:
* Employment and the New Poverty Agenda (PDF - 181K, 10 pages), by Gordon Betcherman, World Bank
* Making learning work (PDF - 522K, 20 pages), by Karen Myers, University of Toronto
* The new poverty agenda: employment and training (PDF - 112K, 11 pages), by Elizabeth McIsaac, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council

Integrated Approaches in Communities: Place-based Interventions:
* Integrated Approaches in Communities: Place Interventions --- Some experience from England
(PDF - 56K, 11 pages), by Alan Riddell, Iris Consulting (U.K.)
* The New Poverty Agenda: Place-Based Interventions (PDF - 1.5MB, 14 pages) , by Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Roundtable on the Politics of Poverty: Can Poverty be a Priority?:
* Making Poverty Count in our National Politics (PDF - 120K, 7 pages), by Senator Hugh Segal, Senate of Canada
* Speaking notes (85K, 6 pages), by Carole Goar, The Toronto Star
* The New Poverty Agenda: Reshaping Policies in the 21st Century (PDF - 241K, 2 pages), by Laurel Rothman, Campaign 2000
*** Making Poverty History: The Community Perspective (PDF - 34K, 4 pages) - Laurel Rothman's speaking notes

Source:
Queen's School of Policy Studies

- Go to the Conferences and Events Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/confer.htm

4. Welfare reform in the U.S. (and Canada) since the mid-1990s - success or flop? - August 2008
( Queen's School of Policy Studies conference)

Welfare reform in the U.S. (and Canada) - success or flop?

I thought I'd share the following excerpt from one of the presentations made at the August 2008 Queen's University poverty agenda conference. It's a commentary on the relative success of American welfare reforms since Bill Clinton declared "the end of welfare as we know it" in 1996, but it reflects the view of many Canadian social advocates about the impact of welfare reforms in this country since 1996.
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"Both the Democrats and Republicans seek to take credit for the “success” of welfare reform. But the reduction of the rolls is a misleading indicator. Many potential recipients do not come onto the rolls even though they need assistance. The punitive approach has made welfare harder to access and less appealing as well. Further those who leave welfare for work on average make only about $7.50/hour in jobs that offer no medical insurance or pensions whatsoever. Many recipients remain poor years after leaving the rolls. The “welfare poor” are simply being replaced by the “working poor” in the new regime."
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Source:
Neoliberal Poverty Governance: U.S. Welfare Policy in an Era of Globalization (PDF - 17K, 3 pages)
by Sanford F. Schram, Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania)
[ The New Poverty Agenda : Reshaping Policies in the 21st Century (Conference, August 18-20, 2008, Kingston) ]
[ Queen's School of Policy Studies ]

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

5. Global Food Crises : Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ) - September 2008

Global Food Crises
Monitoring and Assessing Impact to Inform Policy Responses
Food Policy Report No. 19
By Todd Benson et al.
September 2008
Executive Summary
Complete report (PDF - 658K 52 pages)

[ earlier food policy reports ]
[ all IFPRI Publications ]

Source:
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
FPRI seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations.

Related IFPRI links:

Blog World Hunger http://www.ifpriblog.org
More newshttp://www.ifpri.org
IFPRI on Food Prices http://www.ifpri.org/themes/food prices/foodprices.asp
IFPRI publications online catalog http://ifpri.catalog.cgiar.org/pubsearch.htm
IFPRI articles in external sources http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/articles/articles.asp
Stay current with IFPRI's Feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/Ifpriupdate

To subscribe to the IFPRI mailing list to receive alerts about their latest releases,
go to http://www.ifpri.org/new/NEWatIFPRI.asp

- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

6. What's New in The Daily (Statistics Canada):
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Births, 2006 - September 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2008 - September 26
--- Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007 - September 26
--- Gambling - September 26
--- Participation and Activity Limitation Survey: Impact on families, 2006 - September 25
--- Are women spending more time on unpaid domestic work than men in Canada? - September 25

--- Study: Health and development of children of older first-time mothers, 1998 to 2005 - September 24
--- Workplace and Employee Survey, 2005 - September 24
--- Consumer Price Index, August 2008 - September 23
--- Employment Insurance, July 2008 - September 23
--- Study: University completion rates among children of immigrants, 2002 - September 22

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

September 26, 2008
Births, 2006
The total fertility rate, or the average number of children per woman, increased from 1.54 in 2005 to 1.59 in 2006. Although this was the highest total fertility rate since 1996, it remained well below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman.
[ Births 2006 ]

September 26, 2008
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2008

September 26, 2008
Two articles from the September 2008 issue of
Perspectives on Labour and Income
:

Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007
September 2008
* Highlights
* Full article:
HTML

PDF (162K, 11 pages)
In 2007, the proportion of employed people in Canada was at its highest level in at least three decades, while the national unemployment rate sank to a 33-year low of 5.8%. However, manufacturing employment in Canada, as in the United States, has been on a downward trend.

Gambling
September 2008
* Full article:
HTML

PDF (166K, 5 pages)
Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals, casinos, and slot machines not in casinos quintupled between 1992 and 2007. Also, gambling participation and expenditure rates increased with household income.

September 25, 2008
Participation and Activity Limitation Survey: Impact on families, 2006
The parents of 3 out of 5 children who had some form of activity limitation in 2006 reported that their employment was affected by their child's condition. More than one-third of parents reported that they worked fewer hours, while another third indicated they had adjusted their work hours.

Related link:

Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006: Families of Children with Disabilities in Canada
September 2008
* Introduction
* The prevalence of disability among children in Canada
* Impact of child’s disability on the family
* Childcare for Children with Disabilities
* Transportation
* Conclusion
PDF version of this report (365K, 20 pages)

September 25, 2008
Are women spending more time on unpaid domestic work than men in Canada?
Data from the General Social Survey confirm what most working age Canadians probably already know; that is, they are working longer hours either on the job or at home on unpaid domestic chores. In 2005, for example, people between the ages of 25 and 54, the years when women and men are both most likely to be part of the paid work force and raising families, spent about 9 hours per day on all work activities, including paid and unpaid work. This compared with slightly over 8 hours per day nearly 20 years ago in 1986.
Full text of article:
* HTML
* PDF
(338K, 4 pages)

September 24, 2008
Study: Health and development of children of older first-time mothers, 1998 to 2005
It is increasingly common for Canadian women to delay childbearing. First-born children of older mothers (aged 35 or over) did not differ significantly from children born to mothers aged 25 to 29 with respect to a number of health, behaviour and cognitive outcomes measured up to the age of 5, with a few exceptions.

September 24, 2008
Workplace and Employee Survey, 2005
The number of workers having access to non-wage benefits such as health-related and retirement benefits, as well as paid vacations, increased between 1999 and 2005. However, fewer workplaces offered performance pay.

September 23, 2008
Consumer Price Index, August 2008
Consumer prices rose 3.5% from August 2007 to August 2008, largely driven by higher prices for gasoline. On a monthly basis, consumer prices after seasonal adjustment rose 0.2% from July to August 2008.

September 23, 2008
Employment Insurance, July 2008
In July, 492,860 people in Canada received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, up 28,230 or 6.1% from June. This increase was led by Manitoba (+21.1%), Saskatchewan (+18.8%) and Ontario (+12.8%). Every province except Quebec showed an increase in July.

September 22, 2008
Study: University completion rates among children of immigrants, 2002
Children of immigrants tend to achieve higher levels of education than children of Canadian-born parents, but there are wide differences in rates of completing university among young people of different national origins.

Report:

Group Differences in Educational Attainment
Among the Children of Immigrants
(PDF - 213K, 32 pages)

Check The Daily archives for more:
September 2008

Click the HTML link beside a date to see the releases for that day;
to see earlier months, use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page of daily links.

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

7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - September 24

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) :

September 24, 2008

What's new online:

Early childhood education and care in the 2008 federal election: Updates
24 Sep 08
- In preparation for the federal election on October 14th, CRRU is providing and regularly updating information useful to those who wish to follow ECEC in the campaign.

Harper and child care
24 Sep 08
- Chapter from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ book “The Harper Record” reports on the Conservative government’s performance on child care and describes the advocacy work of Code Blue for Child Care.

Learning together: A study of six B.A. completion cohort programs in early care and education
24 Sep 08
- Report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (Berkeley) presents findings from Year 1 of five year study of B.A completion programs for adults working in ECE.

Fostering language acquisition in daycare settings: What does the research tell us?
24 Sep 08
- Report from the Bernard van Leer Foundation reviews research and theories on language development and pre-schoolers’ social environment in child care settings.

* MORE WHAT'S NEW ONLINE at CRRU

Child care in the news:

· ABC Learning facing $100m class action [AU]
24 Sep 08

· Parents demand more day care [CA]
22 Sep 08

· Lack of day care spots driving parents to extreme measures [CA]
19 Sep 08

· Leaders focus on the children [CA]
17 Sep 08

· Layton, Dion propose rival plans for boosting child care spaces [CA]
17 Sep 08

· Mat-leave policy doesn't add up to sound policy [CA]
17 Sep 08

* More Child Care 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

8. 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.

September 25, 2008
* Low-income Health Care Disparities
* Medicaid Rule Change - Indiana
* Wages and Health Care Costs
* BadgerCare Plus Health Program - Wisconsin
* Funding for Antipoverty Programs - Ohio, Louisiana
* Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program
* Home Heating Costs and Assistance Programs
* Claims for Unemployment Benefits
* State Minimum Wages - Washington, Maine, Oregon
* No Child Left Behind and School-restructuring
* Out-of-state Prisoner Transfers - Idaho
* Affordable Housing Projects - Oregon, Mexico
* Census Report: Housing Costs
* Payday Lending - Ohio, Arizona
* U.N. Millennium Development Goals

September 22, 2008
* Low-income Housing - Minneapolis, New York City
* Home Foreclosures and Renters
* Homelessness and Housing
* Welfare Application System - Nebraska
* State Unemployment Rates
* Minimum Wage - Missouri
* Heating Costs and Assistance Programs
* States and Eighth Grade Algebra Mandates
* No Child Left Behind Progress - Iowa, Massachusetts
* Test Preparation and Recess Time in Schools
* Financial Aid and Access to College
* U.N. Millennium Development Goals

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

9. 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

10. CRINMAIL - September 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

18 September 2008 - CRINMAIL 1017
* CRIN REVIEW 22: Children's Right to the City
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

16 September 2008 - CRINMAIL 1016
* WEST AFRICA: Psychosocial support to children in difficult circumstances [publication]
* INDIA: Ministry proposes change in law on SC status for children [news]
* TOOLKIT: Child rights situation analysis [publication]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Concerns over sex offender alerts plan [news]
* GLOBAL: NGO Group for the CRC launches new website [news]
* NIGERIA: Forum on the Participation of NGOs at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights [event]
* EMPLOYMENT: ECPAT UK
**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:
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Ten Walks-Into-A-Bar Jokes

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A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Hey, we have a drink here named after you!"
The grasshopper says, "You have a drink named Steve?"

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A mushroom walks into a bar and orders a drink.
The bartender says, "I  can't serve you."
The mushroom says, "Why not? I'm a fun-guy."

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A horse walks into a bar.
The bartender asks, "Hey, why the long face?"
 
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A kangaroo walks into a bar and orders a martini.
The bartender figures that a kangaroo probably isn't very economically aware, and charges him $50.
The marsupial orders a beer next time, and is charged $60.
Finally, the bartender's curiosity gets the better of him.
He casually remarks, "You know, we don't get too many kangaroos in here."
The kangaroo replies, "At these prices, no wonder."
 
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Bacon and Eggs walk into a bar.
The bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve breakfast."
 
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A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: "Pint please, and one for the road."
 
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A five-dollar bill walks into a bar.
"Get outa here", the bartender says.
"We don't serve your type. This is a singles bar."

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A man walks into a bar and the bartender says, "I'm sorry, I can't serve you here unless you're wearing a tie."

The man says, "Okay, I'll be right back," and goes to his car to find anything he can use as a tie.

All he finds is a set of jumper cables, so he ties them around his neck, goes back in and asks, "How's this?"

"Well, okay", the bartender replies, "Well, okay, but don't start anything."

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A snake slithers into a bar and the bartender says, "I'm sorry but I can't serve you."
 "Why not?" asks the snake.
The bartender says, "Because you can't hold your      liquor."

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A neutron walks into a bar. "I'd like a beer" he says.
The bartender promptly serves up a beer.
"How much will that be?" asks the neutron.
"For you?" replies the bartender, "no charge"

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Source:
Found somewhere online...



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And, in closing...

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Google Maps Mashups
http://gmapsmania.googlepages.com/100thingstodowithgooglemapsmashups

Monty Python- I'm a lumberjack (video)

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=clPYfaTvHT0&feature=related


Absurd Logistics (photos)
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/10/lords-of-logistics-part-6.html



Spider Webs Glamour & Architecture (more photos)

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/08/spider-webs-glamour-architecture.html