Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 28, 2012

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 2,587 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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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario - October 24
2. Harper Government pre-publishes second and final tranche of Pooled Registered Pension Plan Regulations (Finance Canada) - October 26
3. The Fiscal Monitor - August 2012 (Finance Canada) - October 26
4. What cuts will mean for women's health research: Montreal (Canadian Women's Health Network) - October 25
5. How are Canadians Really Doing? The 2012 Canadian Index of Wellbeing Report - October 23
6. 2012 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada - October 23
7. Pink Linda and Red Linda (Toronto Star) - October 22
8. Poverty Trends Scoreboard : Canada 2012 (Citizens for Public Justice) - October 17
9. Other recent releases from Citizens for Public Justice:
--- Recognizing the federal role in ending poverty
- October 3
--- Glass Half Full - October 2012
--- Addressing Inequality and Productivity - September 26
--- Promoting the Common Good: 2012 pre-budget submission - August 15
10. Latest Media and Policy News (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - October 22
11. Poverty gives way to inequality and the Great Frustration (Globe and Mail) - October 20
12. British Columbia gets “barely passing grade” on women’s equality from Vancouver legal group (West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) - October 18
13. To the End of Poverty [video] (TV Ontario) - October 16
14. Infographic: Aboriginal Poverty in Canada (TV Ontario) - October 2012
15. Concluding observations : Canada (UN Committee on the Rights of the Child) - October 2012
16. The People's Order of British Columbia : Jean Swanson (TheTyee.ca) - September 10
17. Welfare Rights Guide : A Guide to Income Assistance in Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University) - July 2009
18. Update on the National Council of Welfare website archive - October 28
19. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Newsletter for Communities, October 2012 - October 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2012 - October 25
--- 2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians
- October 24
20. New StatCan language data may be skewed as a result of shift to voluntary census survey (Globe and Mail) - October 26
21. 2016 Census Program Content Consultation until November 16 (Statistics Canada)
22. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

23. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
24. America's near poor: 30 million and struggling + The other unemployment rate (CNNMoney) - October 24
25. Poverty in Australia, 2012 (Australian Council of Social Service) - October 13
26. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario - October 24
(Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario)

Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
recommends sweeping reforms to create paths into employment and out of poverty
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1058305/prospects-report-charts-course-to-transform-social-assistance
October 24, 2012
Ontario's social assistance system must do a better job of helping people move into employment and supporting all recipients, including those with disabilities, to participate in the workforce to the maximum of their abilities. These findings are among the comprehensive Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario, the final report to government of the 22-month Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. Together, the report's 108 recommendations chart a new course for social assistance towards a simpler, more effective and accountable system that removes barriers to employment and increases opportunities to work.

Complete report:

Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario (PDF - 2.5MB, 184 pages)
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/uploads/File/COMM_Report_FinalH-t-Eng.pdf
October 2012
(...)
This report charts a new course for social assistance in Ontario, a course designed to support all recipients to participate in the workforce to the maximum of their abilities and to guarantee income security for those who cannot work. It is the final report of the review of social assistance established as part of Ontario’s 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy. That strategy articulated a vision of a province where all people have the opportunity to realize their full potential.
[Source : Excerpt from the Executive Summary, p.19]

Highlights of Proposed Reforms (MS Word file - 59K, 5 pages)
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/uploads/File/Backgrounder---Highlights-of-Proposed-Reforms---Eng.doc
The report makes 108 recommendations to transform social assistance into a simpler, more effective and accountable system that is better at moving people into jobs and out of poverty.
Proposed reforms are grouped under the following headings:
* A single, integrated social assistance program delivered at the local level
* A simplified benefit structure
* Treatment of child support as earned income (incl. earnings exemptions)
* Initial steps to improve adequacy of financial support
* Strengthening accountability
* Acting on income security
* First Nations and social assistance
* Implementing change

Related links
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/final-report
- includes links to the following:
* News Release: Prospects report charts course to transform social assistance
* Video News Release
* Fast Facts About Social Assistance
* Highlights of proposed reforms
* Backgrounder: Improving the Employment Prospects of People with Disabilities
* Backgrounder: What People Are Saying
* Letter from Business Advisory Panel on Income Security Reform
* Letter from Social Assistance Review Advisory Council
* Video statement from Bill Downe, Chair, Business Advisory Panel on Income Security Reform
* Video statement from Gail Nyberg, Chair, Social Assistance Review Advisory Council
* Video clips from Frances Lankin, Commissioner
* Video clips from Munir A. Sheikh, Commissioner

Source:
Commission for the Review
of Social Assistance in Ontario
[ http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/home ]
Commissioners : Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh

Media coverage:

From the
Toronto Star:

Ontario commission calls for integrated welfare program, including for disabled, that removes barriers to work.
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/1276481
October 24, 2012
By Laurie Monsebraaten
Ontario’s $8.3 billion welfare system should be transformed into a simpler, more effective and accountable system that helps move more people, including the disabled, into jobs and out of poverty, says the long-awaited report from the province’s social assistance review commission.
Under this “transformational change,” disability benefits, children’s benefits and health benefits would be removed from social assistance and be available outside welfare to all low-income Ontarians, say commissioners Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh in their 183-page report released Wednesday. The commission, established in November 2010 to remove barriers and increase opportunities for people to work, was part of the province’s 2008 poverty reduction strategy. Central to the report’s 108 recommendations is the proposed merger of Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) into a single, integrated program with provincial standards but delivered locally by municipalities, which already administer OW

144 Comments about this article
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/1276481--ontario-commission-calls-for-integrated-welfare-program-including-for-disabled-that-removes-barriers-to-work#comments

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

Reviews / Critiques of the report:

From the
Wellesley Institute:

Important progress toward a health-enabling social assistance system, but more work is required
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/economics/important-progress-toward-a-health-enabling-social-assistance-system-but-more-work-is-required/
October 24, 2012
By Steve Barnes
The release today of the final report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario recommends a number of important steps toward improving the health of people on social assistance.
* Increasing rates (...)
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Merging programs (...)
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Extending benefits to all low income Ontarians (...)
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Assessing health and health equity impacts (...)
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Urgent need to reinstate the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (...)
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Important progress, but more work is required
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The Commission’s report makes significant progress in a number of critical areas within the social assistance system. Increasing the single OW rate and allowing people on social assistance to keep more of their employment income are major steps forward that the Province should act upon immediately.

Source:
Wellesley Institute

http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/
The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. We focus on developing research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.

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From the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health:

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) welcomes the final report from the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario; People with mental illness and addictions need income and employment supports to live their best lives
http://goo.gl/cmgWb
October 24, 2012
Today CAMH welcomed the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario’s final report “Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario” especially those proposals that would improve the lives of people with mental health issues.
(...)
CAMH contributed research and clinical expertise to the development of the report, particularly related to best practices for the employment of people with mental health issues. The report highlights the importance of sustainable employment for all social assistance recipients, including those with disabilities, while also recognizing that a stable income is necessary for those who cannot work.

Source:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

http://www.camh.ca/
CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.

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The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) responds
to the final report of the Social Assistance Review
http://goo.gl/oSHOu
October 24, 2012
The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) is urging the provincial government to respond to the report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario by immediately engaging with people on social assistance. “It is time to move social assistance away from punishment and surveillance and toward dignity and support,” said Mary Marrone, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services. “The first step must be to evaluate the Commission’s recommendations in consultation with the people who will be most affected – those on OW and ODSP.”
(...)
“The report includes some important recommendations, many of which reflect a broad-based consensus,” said Marrone. “We urge the province to act immediately on these – including improving income adequacy, increasing asset limits, improving supports for employment, providing a 50% exemption for child support payments, improving access to other supports like childcare and housing, and expanding drug and dental benefits to all low income Ontarians”. Marrone noted that other recommendations should clearly not be adopted by government...

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

http://www.incomesecurity.org/
ISAC works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.

What did ISAC say to the Commission during its consultations?

* ISAC's submission in response to the Commission's first discussion paper
http://sareview.ca/isac-resources/submission-to-the-commission-for-the-review-of-social-assistance-in-ontario/

* ISAC's submission after the second discussion paper
http://sareview.ca/isac-resources/isac-response-to-second-discussion-paper/

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See also the ODSP Action Coalition website:
[ http://www.odspaction.ca/ ]
...for their submissions:

* Dignity, Adequacy, Inclusion - http://www.odspaction.ca/story/coalition-meets-commission-reviewing-social-assistance
* Activation Agenda - http://www.odspaction.ca/story/employment-issues-discussed-2nd-coalition-submission-social-assistance-review
* Positive or Punitive - http://www.odspaction.ca/node/124

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Latest Media and Policy News: 25 Oct 2012
http://goo.gl/xGJ6H
By Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Story

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance released its final report and recommendations yesterday, October 24
Statement from Minister Milloy

Media Coverage

* The Toronto Star
*
Milloy responds – there’s not enough money for a raise
* W
ho will reform the system?
*
Hamilton Spectator
*
CTV
*
Northumberland Review
*
NewsTalk 1010
*
Metro News

Responses

ISAC’s response - a mixed report
Association of Ontario Health Centres
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Daily Bread Food Bank
Hamilton Roundtable and HOPE
ODSP Action Coalition
OPSEU
Poverty Free Ontario
Put Food in the Budget / OCAP / CUPE
Wellesley Institute
YWCA Toronto

Related Media

Op Ed in the Record on the importance of social assistance reform
Pre-announcement push on rates in Hamilton
What about a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI)?

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

2. Harper Government pre-publishes second and final tranche of Pooled Registered Pension Plan Regulations - October 26
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government pre-publishes second and final tranche of Pooled Registered Pension Plan Regulations
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-132-eng.asp
October 26, 2012
News Release

The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today announced that the Harper Government has pre-published for public comment the second and final tranche of regulatory proposals to address provisions of the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act (Bill C-25).

“As soon as this last package of regulations is finalized, the federal Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act (PRPP Act) and regulations will be brought into force,” said Minister Menzies. “PRPPs will then be available to the millions of Canadians without access to a workplace pension option as soon as provinces and territories implement their respective sides of the framework.”

The proposed regulations will address provisions of the PRPP Act respecting:

* General requirements with respect to providing information;
* The circumstances in which a member may withdraw funds from their PRPP account;
* The circumstances in which a member may receive variable payments from the funds in their account;
* The transfer options available to members and the conditions on the vehicles to which a member’s funds may be transferred;
* The use of electronic means to satisfy requirements under the Act for communications with plan members; and
* Other technical rules related to the implementation of the framework.

Related Documents:

* Proposed Regulations Amending the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Regulations
http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/tranche2-eng.asp

* Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/data/12-132_1-eng.asp

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

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- Go to the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/prpp.htm

3. The Fiscal Monitor for August 2012 - October 26
(Finance Canada)

From
Finance Canada:

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for August 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-131-eng.asp
October 26, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for August 2012.

Highlights:

AUGUST 2012: BUDGETARY DEFICIT OF $3.2 BILLION
There was a budgetary deficit of $3.2 billion in August 2012, compared to a deficit of $3.1 billion in August 2011.

APRIL TO AUGUST 2012: BUDGETARY DEFICIT OF $6.2 BILLION
For the first five months of the 2012–13 fiscal year, the budgetary deficit stood at $6.2 billion, compared to a deficit of $9.0 billion reported in the same period of 2011–12.

Related document:

The Fiscal Monitor - August 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2012-08-eng.asp

[ earlier editions of the Fiscal Monitor 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

4. What cuts will mean for women's health research: Montreal - October 25
(Canadian Women's Health Network)

What cuts will mean for women's health research: Montreal
http://goo.gl/yyDMO
Media release
October 25, 2012 - Directors of six federally-funded women's health organizations slated to lose their funding effective March 2013 will address a national conference of women's health researchers on Monday in Montreal. The funding program on the chopping block was originally set up to carry out policy-based non-clinical research on women's health and to provide action-oriented policy advice reflecting community as well as academic concerns.

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network

http://www.cwhn.ca/
The Canadian Women’s Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations.

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

5. How are Canadians Really Doing? The 2012 Canadian Index of Wellbeing Report - October 23

New evidence reveals Canadian wellbeing on the decline (small PDF file
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/sites/ca.canadian-index-wellbeing/files/uploads/files/CIWoct2012newsreleaseEN.pdf
TORONTO, Ont. (Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012) – The recession hit Canadians harder than economic numbers such as GDP have indicated and the decline in our wellbeing continues despite subsequent economic recovery, says the Honourable Roy Romanow, advisory board co-chair for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), housed in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.
With the release of their second composite index, the CIW reports a 24% drop in Canadian wellbeing between 2008 and 2010. Further, from 1994 to 2010, Canada’s economy, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by a robust 28.9%, while improvements in Canadian wellbeing over the same 17-year period saw only a small 5.7% increase.

Complete report:

How are Canadians Really Doing? The 2012 CIW Report (PDF - 4.8MB, 82 pages)
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/sites/ca.canadian-index-wellbeing/files/uploads/files/HowareCanadiansreallydoing_CIWnationalreport2012_0.pdf
Contents:
Executive Summary
1. Why Canada Needs the CIW
1.1 The CIW Framework and Methodology
2. Trends and Statistical Highlights
* Community Vitality
* Democratic Engagement
* Education
* Environment
* Healthy Populations
* Leisure and Culture
* Living Standards
* Time Use
3. From Research to Policy: Mobilising Knowledge for Societal Change
3.1 Ideas for Positive Change
3.2 Conclusion
4. Understanding the CIW and How to Use It
4.1 Understanding the CIW
4.2 Examples of Early Uses of the CIW
4.3 Other Ideas
5. What’s Next for the CIW?
5.1 A Final Note on Data Limitations
* Appendix A. GDP: What You Need to Know

Source:
Canadian Index of Wellbeing

https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/

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

6. 2012 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada - October 23

2012 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201210_e_37321.html
[Click the link above to access any of the chapters below.]

Contents:

Matters of Special Importance
Chapter 1—Planning the Use of Professional Service Contractors
Chapter 2—Grant and Contribution Program Reforms
Excerpt:
"To date, the federal government has adequately implemented the 2008 Government of Canada Action Plan to Reform the Administration of Grant and Contribution Programs, which is aimed at increasing efficiencies and reducing the administrative burden on recipients. However, neither the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat nor the five organizations we examined have assessed the full impact of implementing the Government Action Plan on either their own administrative processes or the administrative burden on the recipients of their programs."
Chapter 3—Protecting Canadian Critical Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats
Chapter 4—Transition of Ill and Injured Military Personnel to Civilian Life
Chapter 5—Real Property—National Defence
Chapter 6—Transfer Payments to the Aerospace Sector—Industry Canada
Chapter 7—Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability—Finance Canada
Appendices:
Appendix A—Auditor General Act
Appendix B—Reports of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to the House of Commons, 2011–12
Appendix C—Costs of Crown corporation audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Source:
Office of the Auditor General of Canada

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

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

7. Pink Linda and Red Linda - October 22
(Toronto Star)

Toronto

Two female hardship survivors give back to others
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1275658
October 22, 2012
By Catherine Porter
Read this compelling story of Linda Chamberlain ("...inspirational ... not only for what she’s survived but for what she’s accomplished") and Linda Coltman, first winner of the Linda Chamberlain Pay It Forward Award.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

8. Poverty Trends Scoreboard : Canada 2012 - October 17
(Citizens for Public Justice)

Poverty Trends Scorecard Report Now Online
October 17, 2012
The new Citizens for Public Justice report, Poverty Trends Scorecard—Canada 2012 was just released on October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It shows how although some progress toward ending poverty in Canada has been made, much more work remains for us all to do.

Poverty Trends Scoreboard : Canada 2012 (PDF - 2.2MB, 24 pages)
http://www.cpj.ca/files/docs/poverty-trends-scorecard.pdf
Contents:
* Introduction
* Poverty Trends: Summary / Summary Table
* Poverty in Canada
* Poverty by Province
* Poverty by Age and Sex
* Poverty by Family Type and Number of Earners
* Vulnerable Groups
* Depth of Poverty
* Duration of Poverty
* Appendix: Measures of Poverty

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
(CPJ)
http://www.cpj.ca/
CPJ's mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue.

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

9. Other recent releases from Citizens for Public Justice:
--- Recognizing the federal role in ending poverty
- October 3
--- Glass Half Full - October 2012
--- Addressing Inequality and Productivity - September 26
--- Promoting the Common Good: 2012 pre-budget submission
- August 15

Other recent releases
from Citizens for Public Justice:

Recognizing the federal role in ending poverty
http://www.cpj.ca/en/blog/simon/recognizing-federal-role-ending-poverty
By Simon Lewchuk
October 3, 2012
Why focus on the federal government when responding to individual people’s problems?
Why CPJ thinks events like the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty are important.

Related links : Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

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Glass Half Full
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/glass-half-full-october
October 2012
While it’s sometimes easy to focus on the struggles in working for justice, it’s important to celebrate the successes!
Click the above link for just a few examples of good work that’s being done on poverty and ecological justice work.

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Addressing Inequality and Productivity
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/addressing-inequality-and-productivity
September 26, 2012
Is it good enough to have an economy that’s “productive” if everyone’s needs aren’t being met? The fourth in a series looking at CPJ’s recommendations for the 2013 federal budget.

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Promoting the Common Good: 2012 pre-budget submission
http://www.cpj.ca/en/promoting-common-good-2012-pre-budget-submission
August 15, 2012
Economic recovery is important, but it needs to include all Canadians. Three years after the 2008-09 recession, many people, including youth, new immigrants, Aboriginal people, single-parent families, and people with disabilities are being left behind.
[ CPJ brief outlining recommendations for Budget 2013 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (PDF - 596K, 8 pages):
http://www.cpj.ca/files/docs/FINA_Brief_2012.pdf ]

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Source:
Citizens for Public Justice
(CPJ)
http://www.cpj.ca/

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

10. Latest Media and Policy News: October 22
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Latest Media and Policy News: 22 Oct 2012
http://goo.gl/4GJTp
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit

Star editorial today (Oct. 19) says cutting CSUMB for the poorest in Ontario sends a miserable message
An update from Jennefer Laidley to people in the legal clinic system on how various municipalities are responding to the cuts

Toronto

The cut leaves a $21 million hole in the City of Toronto’s budget – St. Stephens’ event, the OCAP rally, and more – Oct 18
Letters to the Editor in response to the cuts
On UN Poverty Eradication Day, OCAP delivers CSUMB applications to Milloy’s ministry office to protest the cuts – another rally was held in Jane-Finch and one is planned for Kitchener – Oct 17
More coverage of the OCAP event – Oct 18
Press release: cuts will make poverty worse; a provincial movement grows – Oct 17
Op Ed says housing people who are homeless is much less expensive than the alternative – Oct 15

Niagara

Regional Budget Committee responds to the cuts – Oct 19
Coverage on Radio 610 – Oct 19
Editorial in Niagara This Week details the “tough concessions” that that municipality has to make as it struggles to deal with the cuts – Oct 18
Blog entry on CSUMB cuts and accountability – Oct 16

Kingston

Community legal clinics in Kingston meet with Gerretsen – get commitment from him to “take the issue back to Cabinet” – note Gerretsen’s comments – Oct 12

Sudbury

Activists are expecting “a wave of homelessness” – Oct 11

Ottawa

Letter in the Ottawa Citizen from someone who used the benefit – to flee domestic violence – Oct 15
Town Hall in Ottawa blasts the cuts – Oct 12

Sarnia-Lambton

Stand Up Against Poverty rally in Sarnia slams Liberals for the cuts – Oct 12
Oral health and CSUMB cuts in Sarnia-Lambton – Oct 11

Hamilton

Spec coverage of activists’ rally – the cuts will make poverty worse – Oct 14
Coverage from Sun News – Oct 13
Press release on the rally – Oct 13

St. Catherine’s

Anti-poverty town hall in St. Catherine’s – Oct 16

Cornwall

Cut leaves Cornwall $2 million short – Oct 9

Sault Ste Marie

Council considers impacts of cuts – local Liberal MPP unapologetic – Oct 17
Council unanimously agree to call on government to rescind the cuts – Oct 10

Other Social Assistance News

The Review Commission’s report now to be released October 24.
Peterborough considers continuing to fund discretionary benefits
Good Food Box pilot project in Hamilton

On Prorogation

The rationale makes no sense.
Prorogation should be reversed.
The real story on prorogation
Proroguing is “a wholesale flight from responsibility”
NDP MPPs Jonah Schein and Cheri diNovo on why proroguing is bad for the poor

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Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Jennefer Laidley is with the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) in Toronto.
Jennefer scans the electronic media for links to items of interest for social researchers and advocates in Toronto, and she also covers (to a lesser extent) the provincial, national and international scenes.

Each week, she sends out Latest Media and Policy News, the above a media scan of topical articles and news releases via email bulletin.

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

ERRATUM

OOPS.

In last week's newsletter, I inadvertently posted the incorrect date (year) for the Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference coming up next June. The conference is in fact scheduled to take place in June of 2013, NOT 2012.

Check out the conference information:

Moving Public Health Forward : Evidence, Policy, Practice
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) 2013 Annual Conference
Ottawa Convention centre
June 9-12, 2013
http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2013.aspx

11. Poverty gives way to inequality and the Great Frustration - October 20
(Globe and Mail)

Poverty gives way to inequality and the Great Frustration
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/poverty-gives-way-to-inequality-and-the-great-frustration/article4625291/
By Doug Saunders
October 20, 2012
(...) Around the world, politicians are (discovering that their) constituents, who were satisfied simply not to be poor a generation ago, have now entered an era that might be called the Great Frustration. Those people on the lowest edge of the middle class – in both poor and rich countries – have discovered they have little chance of advancing further. In countries such as Canada, they may be starting to slip back.
That’s why inequality has replaced poverty as the great political theme of the moment. Once upon a time, we might have believed the two were related – but it turns out, as leaders from Beijing to Berlin to Bogota are discovering, they’re very different problems.
(...)
In poor countries, the emerging almost middle classes are stuck. In countries such as Canada, the middle classes have seen their incomes and purchasing power stagnate, even slip back somewhat. Inequality has increased – and when that happens, economists have shown that there’s a corresponding collapse of social mobility, the ability to escape your income group for a higher one.

316 comments about this article
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/poverty-gives-way-to-inequality-and-the-great-frustration/article4625291/comments/

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

12. British Columbia gets “barely passing grade” on women’s equality from Vancouver legal group - October 18
(West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund)

B.C. gets “barely passing grade” on women’s equality from Vancouver legal group
http://www.bwss.org/2012/10/b-c-gets-%E2%80%9Cbarely-passing-grade%E2%80%9D-on-women%E2%80%99s-equality-from-vancouver-legal-group/
October 18, 2012
In a report released today, the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund gave a score of C- in its assessment of how B.C. is measuring up to obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women [ http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/ ].

Source:
West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
http://www.westcoastleaf.org/
West Coast LEAF’s mission is to achieve equality by changing historic patterns of discrimination against women through BC based equality rights litigation, law reform, and public legal education.

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

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

13. To the End of Poverty (video) - October 16
(TV Ontario)

New from
TV Ontario:

To the End of Poverty
http://ww3.tvo.org/video/183532/end-poverty
October 16, 2012
This video (duration 4:30) challenges us to think about our commonly held beliefs about the roots of poverty and solutions to end poverty. Featuring the song "The End of Poverty" by Toronto Indie pop art band Tomboyfriend, it's an exuberant anthem about living joyously despite being on the fringes.

Source:
Why Poverty?

http://ww3.tvo.org/whypoverty/main
Why Poverty? is a groundbreaking cross-media event reaching more than 500 million people around the world. TVO is proud to be one of 70 participating broadcasters kick-starting national and global debates about poverty in the 21st Century.
Links include:
* Documentaries * Understanding Poverty * Ending Poverty * Classroom Tools * About

TVOntario
http://www.tvo.org/

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

14. Infographic: Aboriginal Poverty in Canada - October 2012
(TV Ontario)

Also from
TVOntario:

Infographic: Aboriginal Poverty in Canada
http://ww3.tvo.org/whypoverty/info/aboriginal-poverty
In Canada, Aboriginal poverty rates are many times higher than for other Canadians. Explore the dark past, difficult present and hopeful future of the issue through this shareable infographic.

Take the Aboriginal Poverty Quiz
http://ww3.tvo.org/whypoverty/quiz/aboriginal-poverty

TVOntario
http://www.tvo.org/

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

15. Concluding observations : Canada - October 2012
(UN Committee on the Rights of the Child)

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Sixty first session (17 September - 5 October 2012)
Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention
* Concluding observations: Canada
(PDF - 348K, 22 pages)
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/co/CRC-C-CAN-CO-3-4_en.pdf
5 October 2012
This report is the Committee's response to the Third and Fourth Reports of Canada (see below);
it includes all 92 recommendations of the Committee.

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Convention on the Rights of the Child
Third and Fourth Reports of Canada
Covering the period January 1998 – December 2007
(PDF - 780K, 212 pages)
[As received on 20 November 2009]
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/AdvanceVersions/CRC-C-CAN-3_4.pdf
This report outlines key measures adopted in Canada from January 1998 to December 2007, to enhance implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OP-AC).

Convention on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm
Full text

More information regarding
the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
http://www.unicef.org/crc/

Source:
Committee on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/
Part of
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx

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From the
Toronto Star:

It’s time for Canada to improve its grades when it comes to children’s rights
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1271039
October 14, 2012
By Marv Bernstein
Our schoolchildren are not the only ones with report cards on their progress this fall. The government of Canada has just received a report card from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child [ http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/ ] on how it is fulfilling its commitments to protect children’s rights. Our country’s record is mixed and Canada is not keeping up with gains being made in other industrialized countries.

By accepting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [ http://www.unicef.org/crc/ ] in 1991, Canada accepted a duty to realize the rights of its seven million children. The UN committee reviewed Canada’s record last September and issued a report card (in the form of concluding observations) last week. The results of this report card should come as no surprise to those of us in Canada.
(...)
The UN committee’s recommendations addressed concerns on a broad range of conditions affecting how children grow up in Canada, such as: the lack of progress in reducing Canada’s child poverty rate; the overrepresentation of aboriginal and African Canadian children in the child welfare and youth criminal justice systems; the lack of full or equitable protection extended to children when they work; and the evolution of new challenges like mental illness and unhealthy weight without adequate responses. And perhaps most noteworthy, where a child lives should not determine how a child can realize his/her rights. As the committee remarked, “Children in similar situations” should not be “subject to disparities in the fulfilment of their rights depending on the province or territory they reside in.”

[ Author Marv Bernstein is chief advocacy adviser for UNICEF Canada and a former children’s advocate for Saskatchewan.]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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

16. The People's Order of British Columbia : Jean Swanson - September 10
(TheTyee.ca)

COMMENT (by Gilles):
As a rule, I don't tend to highlight awards and distinctions bestowed upon individuals or groups for their work in advancing progressive social policy. However, when I stumbled across the article below in The Tyee [ http://thetyee.ca/ ], I just had to share it because of the respect and admiration that I have for Jean Swanson, one of the winners of this year's People's Order of BC from The Tyee. Read this thoughtful piece by Ben Christopher and learn why Jean Swanson is a most deserving recipient of this recognition.
Kudos, Jean!

Jean Swanson's Advocacy for Vancouver's Impoverished
http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/09/10/Jean-Swanson/
Decades of activism in the Downtown Eastside earned her the People's Order of BC from Tyee readers.
By Ben Christopher
September 10, 2012
Jean Swanson is an anti-poverty activist who lives and works in Vancouver. Coordinator of the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) and founder of the Group End Legislated Poverty, Swanson's work aims to help end poverty in Canada's poorest postal code, Vancouver Downtown Eastside. (...) Jean Swanson has made a big difference in the lives of many of B.C.'s and Canada's lowest income citizens.

The People's Order of British Columbia (TheTyee.ca)
http://thetyee.ca/Series/2012/08/31/Peoples-Order-of-BC/
August 31, 2012
In autumn of 2011, The Tyee invited readers to nominate and vote on their choices for a new award: The People's Order of British Columbia.
The origins of the idea are explained here :
[ http://thetyee.ca/Tyeenews/2011/09/19/Peoples_Order_BC/ ].
The first nominees are listed here :
[ http://thetyee.ca/Tyeenews/2011/10/10/Voting-Peoples-Order-BC/ ]
The five first winners are announced here :
[ http://thetyee.ca/Tyeenews/2011/10/31/Peoples-Order-Winners/ ]
FYI - the four other winners to date of the People's Order of British Columbia are:
* Dave Barrett
* Alexandra Morton
* May Apsassin
* People of Hartley Bay's

Source:
TheTyee.ca

http://thetyee.ca/

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

17. Welfare Rights Guide : A Guide to Income Assistance in Nova Scotia - July 2009
(Dalhousie University)

Welfare Rights Guide : A Guide
to Income Assistance in Nova Scotia
(PDF - 908K, 58 pages)
http://law.dal.ca/Files/Dal_Legal_Aid/Welfare_Rights_Guide.pdf
July 2009
Table of Contents:

* Introduction * How to Use this Guide * The Basics of the Law * Advocating for Yourself * Applying for Assistance * Basic Entitlements ( Personal allowance - Shelter allowance) * Special Needs (Health - Child related - Employment related - Housing - Other) * Pharmacare * Employment * Post Secondary Education * Assets * Overpayments * Youth and Assistance * Cohabitation * The Appeal Process * Resources * Appendices

Produced by Dalhousie Legal Aid Service [ http://law.dal.ca/Institutes/Dalhousie%20Legal%20Aid%20Service/ ]
with the generous support of Dalhousie University [ http://www.dal.ca/ ]
and the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia [ http://www.nslawfd.ca/ ]

Related link (the official income assistance policy manual):

Employment Support and Income Assistance Policy
- incl. links to the latest version of the policy manual and to revision logs (showing recent changes)

Source:
Community Services

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Provincial/Territorial Welfare Policy Manuals page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/manuals.htm

18. UPDATE on the National Council of Welfare website archive - October 28

UPDATE on the
National Council of Welfare (NCW) website archive
October 28:

NADA.
Here's the URL I was given by someone at Library and Archives Canada for the archived version of the complete NCW website, including all reports and datasets :

http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ncw-cnb/2012-09-27/www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2_40-eng.jsp@lang=eng.htm

As at October 26 when I last checked the above URL, the Council's reports are still not accessible.
Most of the links work, and you can actually call up *some* of the Council's reports (under "Communities").
What isn't working yet is the site's Publications Search feature.
Stay tuned.

For more info on this issue, go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

19. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Newsletter for Communities, October 2012 - October 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2012 - October 25
--- 2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians
- October 24

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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October 26, 2012
Newsletter for Communities, October 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/sc-rb/news-bulletin/newsletters-bulletins-cc-eng.html
Contents:

* In the news
* Finding data on your community
* More Statistics Canada releases
* Upcoming events and activities
* Did you miss these events?
* About the Newsletter for Communities
* Questions or comments?

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October 25, 2012
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121025/dq121025a-eng.htm
In August, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $907.19, up 0.4% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 3.6%.

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October 24, 2012
2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians
[NOTE : See the Globe & Mail article just under the red bar below.]
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121024/dq121024a-eng.htm
More than 200 languages were reported in the 2011 Census of Population as a home language or mother tongue. One-fifth of Canada's population, or nearly 6,630,000 people, spoke a language other than English or French at home in 2011, either alone or in some combination with English or French.

New products and studies
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/121024/pn121024-eng.htm
- includes links to the Census Dictionary + 38 Census profiles (click "view" to see the latest numbers for each profile), along with links to the three following recent studies:

* French and the francophonie in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=98-314-X201100311723

* Aboriginal languages in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=98-314-X201100311725

* Immigrant languages in Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/IPS/display?cat_num=98-314-X201100311724



Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last


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

20. New StatCan language data may be skewed as a result of shift to voluntary census survey - October 26
(Globe and Mail)

From the Globe and Mail :

New language data may be skewed as a result of shift to voluntary census survey
http://goo.gl/5eOdn
By Joe Friesen
October 26, 2012
When Statistics Canada languages expert Jean-Pierre Corbeil sat down to look over the new language data from the 2011 census, he did a double take. The numbers did not make sense. This is bizarre, he thought. Patterns of linguistic change established over decades appeared to have suddenly shifted. What he was seeing is the first knock-on effect of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to replace the mandatory long-form census with a voluntary survey. The impact is still hard to judge, but what’s clear is that the new numbers are less reliable as a barometer of change.
(...)
The unusual results may stem from the controversial killing of the long-form census, which traditionally contained the language questions.
(...) the method of gathering the new data makes it difficult to assess where Canada is going in comparison to where it has been. Experts say these questions will only grow more complicated as results from the voluntary survey start to roll in next year.

Source:
Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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Here's another perspective
from the CBC on the same issue:

Long-form census cancellation taking toll on StatsCan data
Questions raised over how data can be used reliably
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/10/27/pol-long-form-census-cancellation-problems-stats-can-data.html
October 27, 2012
(...)
Statistics Canada states bluntly in a box included in its census material : "Data users are advised to exercise caution when evaluating trends related to mother tongue and home language that compare 2011 census data to those of previous censuses." Those are strong words for a statistical agency, since they raise profound questions about how the data can be used reliably to come to conclusions about language trends.
Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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COMMENT:
So the long form Census questionnaire chickens have come home to roost.
IMHO, Stephen Harper's radical makeover of Canada in his eyes borders on fascism, and it even includes rewriting Canadian history to sweep some of Canada's less-than-stellar moments under the carpet, as in the article immediately below.
Triumphalism indeed.

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New e-passport’s historic scenes a study in ‘triumphalism’, historians say
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/passport+historic+scenes+study+triumphalism+historians/7454325/story.html
By Tom Spears
October 26, 2012
Officially, it was just a press conference to show off Canada’s new passports, with historical images. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird also shed light on the government’s view of history, choosing the newly-renamed Canadian Museum of History as the venue for his announcement.
(...)
What you won’t see [in those images] is discontent or problems. None of the soldiers are wounded. There are no native reserves or internment camps. There are no scenes from the Winnipeg General Strike, the Depression, or students marching with red squares on their shirts. Baird told reporters the scenes are meant to be inspirational. He called them “images that are uniquely Canadian, images that illustrate iconic moments in our proud history and showcase our beautiful country.
(...)
At Queen’s University, historian Ian McKay warned against the “dangerous” portrayal of history. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating proud moments if one also recognizes the problems that went with them, he said. “This seems to be more a hymn of praise to the country that drowns out any dissenting voices. I find the militarism troubling,” especially with no peacekeepers shown. (...) “I find the politicization of Canadian history very troubling.” (...) Historian Matthew Hayday at the University of Guelph warned against “triumphalism” — a patriotic view of history as the triumphant building of a nation.

Source:
Ottawa Citizen

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

Related link:

Design of the new Canadian Passport
http://www.pptc.gc.ca/eppt/photos.aspx?lang=eng
(from Passport Canada)

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- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

21. 2016 Census Program Content Consultation until November 16
(Statistics Canada)

2016 Census Program Content Consultation
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/consultation/index-eng.cfm
Planning the Census Program starts with consulting users.
Until November 16, 2012, Statistics Canada invites you to send us your views on the questionnaire content for 2016.

Consultation with data users and interested parties will allow Statistics Canada to:
* confirm information needs and identify data gaps
* establish data priorities
* understand how Census Program data are used.

2016 Census Program Content Consultation Guide
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/consultation/contentGuide-GuideContenu/index-eng.cfm
Introduction
What I need to know
Overview
Census Program information needs
Canadian context and Statistics Canada considerations
Key activities
Discussion points
Conclusion
Appendices

IRONY ALERT!
Here's the first sentence in the "Introduction" section of the above guide:
"Canadians require trustworthy statistics to meet an array of needs."
Gag me with a spoon.
How is Statistics Canada supposed to produce "trustworthy statistics" in the midst of deep cuts in StatCan staff, termination of important longitudinal studies and reports, gag orders to prevent staff from speaking against the effects of cutbacks, and elimination of the long-form Census questionnaire?

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

22. 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 qq

October 27, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Quality matters in early childhood education and care: Japan
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/quality-matters-early-childhood-education-and-care-japan
24 Oct 2012 | Asia
Ten of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This week the CRRU is featuring Japan where policy lever 3 - Improving qualifications, training and working conditions, is examined.

$10 a day child care: A key to ending family poverty
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/10-day-child-care-key-ending-family-poverty
24 Oct 2012 | British Columbia
Fourth fact sheet in a series from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC "highlights the relationship between the early care and learning plan and a poverty reduction strategy for BC".

Early childhood development and disability: A discussion paper
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/early-childhood-development-and-disability-discussion-paper
24 Oct 2012 | International
Report from UNICEF and WHO argues that "evidence-based research and multi-country experiences make a strong rationale for investing in early childhood development, especially for children at risk of developmental delay or with a disability".

Public investments in early childhood education and care in Canada 2010
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/public-investments-early-childhood-education-and-care-canad
17 Oct 2012 | Canada
This report, published by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, is similar in format and information to Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada (1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008)developed and published by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit. The full report is available online only and in French also.

Double dutch: The case against deregulation and demand-led funding in childcare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/10/double-dutch-case-against-deregulation-and-demand-led-fundi
16 Oct 2012 | Europe
Report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)challenges claims made by Liz Truss (now Minister for Childcare and Education) that "UK should learn from the Dutch childcare system" and suggests Denmark may be a better example to follow.

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.

Poll: Illnesses leading to exclusions from child care are big problem for working parents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/poll-illnesses-leading-exclusions-child-care-are-big-problem-working
24 Oct 2012 | United States

Grandparents saving families millions on child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/grandparents-saving-families-millions-child-care
24 Oct 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

Trade unions want new child care cuts halted
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/trade-unions-want-new-child-care-cuts-halted
24 Oct 2012 | Europe

Child care sector leaders have joined forces to urge the federal government to fund professional wages for child care workers.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/child-care-sector-leaders-have-joined-forces-urge-federal-government
24 Oct 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

12th anniversary of child care worker and early childhood educator appreciation day
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/10/12th-anniversary-child-care-worker-and-early-childhood-educator-appr
24 Oct 2012 | Ontario

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

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NOTE:
For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm
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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
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

23. 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:
(older external links may be broken)

October 26, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/26/
States and Medicaid (5 articles)
Child Welfare and Foster Care – Nebraska, Wisconsin (3 articles)

October 25, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/25/
The Near Poor in the US
Juvenile Justice System – New Jersey

October 24, 2012 : no dispatch

October 23, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/23/
TANF Program – Michigan
Student Homelessness – Washington DC

October 22, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/10/22/
State Minimum Wage – Arizona

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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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

24. America's near poor: 30 million and struggling + The other unemployment rate - October 24
(
CNNMoney)

From
CNNMoney:

America's near poor: 30 million and struggling
http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/24/news/economy/americans-poverty/
By Tami Luhby
October 24, 2012

They aren't in poverty, but they are just a step away from falling into its clutches. More than 30 million Americans are living just above the poverty line [ http://goo.gl/R7OMH]. These near poor, often defined as having incomes of up to 1.5 times the poverty threshold , were supporting a family of four on no more than $34,500 last year.

The other unemployment rate
http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/18/news/economy/other-unemployment-rate/index.html
By Annalyn Censky
October 18, 2012
U.S. unemployment fell to 7.8% in September. But that doesn't mean the other 92.2% of adults are working. The unemployment rate only measures people who have searched for jobs in the last four weeks, while millions of other out-of-work Americans aren't included. But some economists think there's a better way to measure the health of the job market.

Along with the official unemployment rate, the Department of Labor also calculates something called the employment-population ratio [ http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000], which measures the percent of the U.S. adult population that has a job. The rate currently stands at 58.7%. While it jumps around slightly from month to month, it has essentially been stuck there for three years -- close to the lowest level since the 1980s.

Source:
CNNMoney
http://money.cnn.com/

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

25. Poverty in Australia, 2012 - October 13
(Australian Council of Social Service)

One in eight people living in poverty in Australia: new report
http://acoss.org.au/media/release/one_in_eight_people_living_in_poverty_in_australia_new_report
News Release
13 October 2012
The Australian Council of Social Service has today released a new report showing poverty in Australia remains a persistent problem with an estimated 2,265,000 people or 12.8% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line used to measure financial hardship in wealthy countries.
The report provides the most comprehensive picture of poverty in the nation since 2006 and shows that people who are unemployed, children (especially in lone parent families), and people whose main source of income is social security payments, are the groups most at risk of poverty.

Complete report:

Poverty in Australia, 2012 (PDF - 1.2MB, 40 pages)
http://acoss.org.au/uploads/ACOSS%20Poverty%20Report%202012_Final.pdf
The first in a series of ‘Poverty and Inequality in Australia’ reports from the Australian Council of Social Service.
Contents:
* Preface
* Introduction
* Summary of findings: people living below the poverty line
* The risk and profile of poverty
* Gender
* Age
* Family Type
* Country of birth
* Labour force status
* Main income source
* Location
* Poverty among people on social security payments
* Trends in the risk of poverty from 2003 to 2010

Source:
ACOSS Poverty Policy page
http://acoss.org.au/policy/poverty/

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

http://acoss.org.au/
The Australian Council of Social Service is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality.

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

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

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

24 October 2012 - CRINMAIL 1299
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4444
In this issue:
CRC Elections: Interviews with candidates!
Latest news and reports
- Setting the regional stage for reproductive rights
- Explicitly prohibiting inhuman sentencing
- Girl slapped 70 times by teacher
- Where cattle theft is worse than abduction & rape
- Promoting diversity from a young age
- A U-turn on ethnic profiling
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Brunei Darussalam
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy (Challenging breaches - Take action - Campaigns - Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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Odds and Sods

* The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

* Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.

* Mountain goats can walk almost straight up a cliff due to a supple pad on each cloven hoof. These pads have extremely soft centers. When the animal puts its foot down, each pad works like a powerful suction cup, enabling the wild goat to appear to defy gravity.

* Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

* Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

* An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.

* Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

* The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
(...but only when it doesn't know the words --- Gilles)

* Polar bears are left-handed. (And who figured THIS one out? --- Gilles)

* An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

* The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

* A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

* Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.

* Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

* To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.
(Good luck remembering this tip when you're in the grip of a crocodile's jaws--- Gilles)

* Reindeer like to eat bananas.

* Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

* The cheetah is the only cat in the world that can't retract its claws.

* Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

* A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
* Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink."
* A group of frogs is called an army.
* A group of rhinos is called a crash.
* A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
* A group of whales is called a pod.
* A group of ravens is called a murder.
* A group of larks is called an exaltation.
* A group of owls is called a parliament.
* A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.

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And, in closing...
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The Real-Talk, No-Jargon Guide To Global Warming (video, duration 17:44)
http://www.upworthy.com/the-real-talk-no-jargon-guide-to-global-warming
David Roberts explains global wwarming in a 15-minute video that’s as good as a PhD in climatology.
[BTW - I wouldn't advise viewing this video if you're depressed. By the end of the video, I just wanted to sit down and write a letter of apology to my son and those of HIS generation because MY generation turned a blind eye to global warming and its effects.

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (video, duration 2:09)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Lni6OAJz3sk#!
More scary stuff.

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CBC Music
http://music.cbc.ca/
CLASSICAL JAZZ - SINGER-SONGWRITER - WORLD - ROCK - POP - BLUES - R&B / SOUL - HIP HOP - ABORIGINAL - COUNTRY - ELECTRONIC - CBC RADIO 2 - CBC RADIO 3 - Q - STROMBO

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How a house fire can start... (video, duration 1:12)
http://www.dump.com/housefire/

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Shut the Puck up (NHL Lockout Song) (video, duration 3:28)
http://www.youtube.com/embed/dcgpghm2tGw

 

 

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