Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 29, 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 2,526 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. Harper drops hints about Canadian Old Age pension reform at the World Economic Forum (CBC News) - January 27
2. Economic Inequality.ca Bulletin No. 1 - January 27
3. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives : National Update - January 27
4. Canada Child Benefits, July 2011 to June 2012 (Canada Revenue Agency)

5. Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces, 1978-79 to 2002-2003 (links updated) - January 27
6. 2011 Canadian Housing Observer (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
- January 24
7. Manitoba Department responsible for welfare --- name change [Correction]
8. The Employment Insurance Program in Canada: How it Works (Library of Parliament Research Publications) - October 2010
9. From Mothers' Allowance to Mothers Need Not Apply: Canadian Welfare Laws as Liberal and Neo-Liberal Reforms (Osgoode Law Journal) - April 2008
10.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2011 - January 26
--- Study: Criminal victimization in the territories, 2009 - January 26
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Study: Firm entry and exit in Canada, 2000 to 2008 - January 25
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2011 - January 24
--- Profile of seniors’ transportation habits
- January 23
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 (Davos-Klosters, Switzerland) --- 25-29 January, 2012

14. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Harper hints Canadian pension reform at the World Economic Forum - January 27
(CBC News)

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada at the World Economic Forum
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=4604
26 January 2012
Davos, Switzerland

(...)We have already taken steps to limit the growth of our health care spending over that period ["over the next generation"]. We must do the same for our retirement income system. Fortunately, the centerpiece of that system, the Canada Pension Plan, is fully funded, actuarially sound and does not need to be changed. For those elements of the system that are not funded [i.e., Old Age Security], we will make the changes necessary to ensure sustainability for the next generation while not affecting current recipients.
Source:
Prime Minister of Canada
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

NOTE : You'll find links to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 lower down on the page you're now reading.

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From the
Toronto Star:

http://www.thestar.com/

Stephen Harper vows big changes to retirement benefits and immigration policy
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1122179
January 26, 2012
By Bruce Campion-Smith
OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper is vowing “major transformations” — including changes to Canada’s immigration system and retirement benefits — to ensure the future prosperity of the country. Feeling the demographic pressures of an aging population, Harper told an international economic forum that big changes loom to safeguard Canada’s wealth.

[ Comments (86)
http://goo.gl/uhAXp ]

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

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From CBC News:

Harper signals pension system 'changes' loom
PM outlines changes in speech at economic forum in Davos

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/27/pensions-harper.html
January 27, 2012
Ottawa will transform the country's pension system to curtail government costs, but details won't come until the budget, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In a major speech to global movers and shakers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, Harper also signalled looming reforms in immigration as well as research and development — all in the name of ensuring Canada's economy is on a strong footing.

[ 344 Comments:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/27/pensions-harper.html#socialcomments ]

Related CBC
News
Links:

P.O.V. | Would pension changes affect your retirement?
http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/01/would-pension-changes-affect-your-retirement.html

Harper tells Davos that hard choices needed now
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/01/26/davos-harper-thurs.html

Special report : RRSPs
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/features/taxseason/

Retirement: Canadians get poor grades for savings
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/taxseason/story/2011/12/20/f-rrsp-savings-rate-graph.html

MPs urged to give up 'platinum-plated' pensions
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/01/18/pol-mp-pensions.html

Pooled pension plans become the latest retirement planning option
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/taxseason/story/2011/11/17/f-prpp-details.html

Harper hints pension reform (video, duration 3:15)
http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Canada/ID=2190720298

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news

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Commentary by Andrew Jackson
of the Canadian Labour Congress:

Hiking the Retirement Age is the Wrong Answer to the Retirement Crisis
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/01/27/hiking-the-retirement-age-is-the-wrong-answer-to-the-retirement-crisis/
January 27, 2012
Raising the age of eligibility for Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement (OAS/GIS) benefits is the worst possible way to deal with the retirement income security crisis facing Canadians. Experts such as former Assistant Chief Statistician Michael Wolfson project that one half of all middle income baby boomers face a severe cut to their living standards in old age. This is due to falling employer pension coverage (down to 25% in the private sector), rising household debt combined with low savings, and the big hit to “fend for yourself” RRSPs which comes from high fees and low investment returns.
Source:
Progressive Economics Forum Blog
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/relentless/

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

2. Economic Inequality.ca Bulletin No. 1 - January 27

Economic Inequality.ca Bulletin No. 1
http://goo.gl/nS4CF
January 27, 2012
This Bulletin is published by the group that has created the web site Economic Inequality.ca, and has initiated a series of public meetings about what we can do about economic inequality in Canada. The Bulletin is published every few weeks to convey useful information about how we can change economic inequality.
More than 325 people attended this group's first public forum on the subject of economic inequality on January 24 at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto.
In this Bulletin, you'll find information about the two speakers, a summary of their presentations and the audience discussion that followed and some general thoughts on the meeting.
Source:
Economic Inequality
http://www.economicinequality.ca/

Economic inequality is a big subject, and a lot of energy from a lot of people is needed to create more equality. Our organization is creating opportunities for public discussion of the kinds of policies we need and the kinds of actions (by us and by others) that are required.

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

3. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives : National Update - January 27

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives : National Update
January 27

Recent releases from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

* A recent CCPA study explores the distressing impact of federal cutbacks:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/cuts-behind-curtain

* Our new study on Canada's economic recovery finds that—despite claims to the contrary—things aren't so rosy:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/canada%E2%80%99s-incomplete-mediocre-recovery

* Our latest infographic depicts disturbing trends in income inequality:
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/infographic-99-vs-1

* A round-up of the latest (and numerous!) blog posts:
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/
--- More Than 1.4 Million Unemployed, by Erin Weir
--- When Will the Baby Boomers Retire?, by Andrew Jackson
--- It’s up to the Senate to stop the Crime Bill, by Paula Mallea
--- The “Other” Side of the Story, by Karen Foster
--- The Harper House Rules: An Intervention, by Erika Shaker
--- Deregulation: A Bad Idea Crosses the Atlantic, by Erin Weir
--- Are There Labour And Skills Shortages In Canada? by Andrew Jackson
--- The Cuts Behind the Curtain, by David Macdonald
--- The Race To The Trough: What Did Corporate Tax Cuts Deliver?, by Andrew Jackson

On her blog dedicated to progressive issue framing, Framed in Canada [ http://framedincanada.com/ ], CCPA's Trish Hennessy recently posted a great piece on economic austerity entitled The Mysterious Case of Austerity Amnesia:
http://framedincanada.com/2012/01/24/the-mysterious-case-of-austerity-amnesia/

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.

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

4. Canada Child Benefits, July 2011 to June 2012
(Canada Revenue Agency)

From the
Canada Revenue Agency:

Canada Child Tax Benefit Guideline Table, July 2011 to June 2012
The Government of Canada’s Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) system comprises the CCTB Base Benefit and the NCB (National Child Benefit) Supplement. The CCTB targets low-and middle-income families with children, and the NCB Supplement provides low-income families with child benefits in addition to the CCTB base benefit. Links to the tables for the latest benefit year appear below, followed by links to related information.

READ ME FIRST:
If you're not familiar with the Canada Child Tax Benefit, I'd recommend starting with the link immediately below to a Canada Revenue Agency pamphlet written in plain language (YAYYYY!) with links to information about each of the federal and provincial child benefit programs.

Pamphlet : Canada Child Benefits, July 2011 to June 2012
- includes related federal, provincial, and territorial programs
HTML version
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/t4114/t4114-e.html
PDF version (316K, 29 pages)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/t4114/t4114-11e.pdf

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CCTB/NCBS Guideline Table effective July 2011 - June 2012 (based on the 2010 tax year)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/cctb_pymnt10-eng.html
These amounts are for the Federal Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) program (basic benefit plus National Child Benefit Supplement) exclusive of any amount to which a recipient may be eligible under any existing provincial or territorial benefit or credit program. This table shows the combined amount of CCTB and NCBS payable from July 2011 to June 2012 to a household with one, two, three, four and five children with family income ranging from $24,183 to over $220,000.

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Monthly NCBS only entitlement effective July 2011 - June 2012 (based on the 2010 tax year)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/ncbs10-eng.html
These amounts are for the National Child Benefit Supplement
only.

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CCTB/NCBS guideline tables for earlier years
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/gd_tbls-eng.html
- back to the benefit year starting in July 2005
[NOTE : Curiously, there's no link to similar guideline tables for NCBS-only entitlements for past years.
Click the next link below for detailed payment information. Gilles]

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Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payment amounts, tax years 2001 to 2010
* Tax Years 2001 to 2005

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/cctb_pymnts_prv-eng.html
* Tax Years 2006 to 2010
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/cctb_pymnts-eng.html
- incl. basic benefit - supplement for 3rd and following child(ren) - supplement for children under age seven - base threshold - benefit reduction rates, one child - benefit reduction rates, two or more children - NCBS amount for first child - NCBS amount for second child - NCBS amount for each additional child - NCBS threshold - NCBS phase-out rate, one child - NCBS phase-out rate, two children - NCBS phase-out rate, three or more children - Child Disability Amount (CDB) - CDB base threshold, one child - CDB phase-out rate, one child - CDB phase-out rate, two children - CDB phase-out rate, three or more children

Source:
Canada Child Tax Benefit
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/menu-eng.html

Child and Family Benefits
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/menu-eng.html
- includes links to : * Canada Child Tax Benefit * Universal Child Care Benefit * GST/HST credit * Working Income Tax Benefit * Provincial and territorial programs ]

Provincial and territorial child benefit and credit programs
that are related to the Canada Child Tax Benefit:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/rltd_prgrms/menu-eng.html
* Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit * BC Family Bonus + BC Earned Income Benefit) * New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit * Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit + Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement * Nova Scotia Child Benefit * Northwest Territories Child Benefit * Nunavut Child Benefit * Ontario Child Benefit * Saskatchewan Low-Income Tax Credit * Yukon Child Benefit
[ NOTE: residents of Québec must apply to the
Régie des rentes for the child assistance payment:
http://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/en/enfants/ ]

Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-e.html

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Related links from
the National Child Benefit website:

More information about the
National Child Benefit Supplement
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/07/page04.shtml
Source:
2007 National Child Benefit Progress Report
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/07/page00.shtml

[ National Child Benefit website:
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/home.shtml ]

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

5. Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces, 1978-79 to 2002-2003 (links updated) - January 27

January 27, 2012
Social Security Statistics, Canada and Provinces, 1978-79 to 2002-2003
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm#sss
This link will take you to a section of the Key Welfare Links page of this site where you'll find a collection of links to 25 years' worth of historical statistics on a wide range of social programs. Parts of the Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC) website were updated late in 2011, which led to the disappearance of some important content, notably this report containing this valuable collection of Canadian social security statistics. I've updated all of the links to selected important tables; the new online source for this report is the Government of Canada Web Archive.

[Smarten up, HRSDC - social researchers of every stripe need this information.
Can't you just create an archive for "older" content?]

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

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

6. 2011 Canadian Housing Observer - January 24
( Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

January 24, 2012

New from
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:

CMHC 2011 Canadian Housing Observer

HTML version:
http://www.cmhc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/cahoob_001.cfm
PDF version (8.7MB, 184 pages)
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/67508.pdf?fr=1327596686971

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Français:
L'Observateur du logement au Canada 2011 de la SCH ]
Version HTML
http://www.cmhc.ca/fr/inso/info/obloca/obloca_001.cfm ]
Version PDF (9.4MB, 200 pages)
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/67509.pdf?fr=1327597155983

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The Observer is CMHC's annual flagship publication that provides comprehensive insight into Canada's housing market and is a key resource for Canada's housing experts, including housing finance and real estate professionals, policy makers, researchers, educators and builders. This year's feature article is on Housing Finance.

Table of contents:
· Overview
· Canadian Housing at a Glance — Dashboard
· Housing Finance
· Household Indebtedness
· Housing Markets
· Demographic and Socio-economic Influences on Housing Demand
· Recent Trends in Housing Affordability and Core Housing Need
· Sustainable, Housing and Communities
· Seniors' Housing
· The Evolution of Social Housing

The analysis contained in the Observer is complemented by a broad range of online detailed data tables that provide information on all of Canada's major housing markets, analytic reports, and CMHC's Housing in Canada Online (HiCO) tool.

· Data tables
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/data/index.cfm

· Housing in Canada Online
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/cahoob_002.cfm

· Housing market information
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/hoficlincl/homain/index.cfm

Previous issues (2003 to 2010)
https://www03.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/catalog/productList.cfm?cat=122&lang=en&fr=1327599387500

Source:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/

Société canadienne d’hypothèques et de logement
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/fr/index.cfm

7. Manitoba Department responsible for welfare --- name change [Correction]

In the most recent Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Jan.22, 2012)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news220112.htm
... I passed along the new name of Department responsible for welfare in Alberta, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
I incorrectly identified the Manitoba Department responsible for welfare as
Family Services and Labour [ http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/ ].
I meant Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (ET&T)
January 24 (2012
Update:
A Manitoba Government official notified me to correct an error in the name of their welfare department. In the Manitoba government departmental reshuffling, welfare (income assistance) was moved out of the Department of Family Services and Labour (formerly Family Services and Consumer Affairs) to the Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (ET&T):
http://www.gov.mb.ca/ctt/index.html
...but as at January 24, the Manitoba ET&T website had zero content on income assistance, welfare or Employment and Income Assistance (the provincial welfare program). The Manitoba Cabinet was announced just recently, though, so the Web updating team is still in the process of changing the Manitoba govt. websites to reflect the new ministrial responsibilities and the new mandates in existing departments.
The Bottom line:
Manitoba govt. websites are being updated to reflect new govt. mandates; this may take a few more weeks...
The Dept responsible for welfare in Manitoba is Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade.

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- Go to the Provincial/Territorial Welfare Departments page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfdepts.htm

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

8. The Employment Insurance Program in Canada: How it Works - October 2010
(Library of Parliament Research Publications)

The Employment Insurance Program in Canada: How it Works
By André Léonard
18 October 2010
HTML version
http://parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2010-52-e.htm

PDF version (254 Kb, 23 pages)
http://parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2010-52-e.pdf

Contents:

1 Introduction
2 Unemployment and Employment Benefits
2.1 Insurable Employment, Insurable Earnings and Benefit Rates
2.1.1 Insurable Employment
2.1.2 Maximum Yearly Insurable Earnings
2.1.3 Benefit Rates
2.2 Regular Benefits
2.2.1 Qualifying Conditions
2.2.1.1 Persons Who Are New Entrants or Re-entrants to the Labour Force
2.2.1.2 All Other Persons
2.2.1.3 Penalties for Violations
2.2.2 Benefit Period
2.2.3 Deductions
2.2.4 Statistics on Regular Benefits

2.3 Special Benefits
2.3.1 Maternity Benefits
2.3.2 Parental Benefits
2.3.3 Sickness Benefits
2.3.4 Compassionate Care Benefits
2.3.5 Statistics on Special Benefits
2.4 Fishing Benefits
2.5 Work-sharing
2.6 More Details on Unemployment Benefits
2.6.1 Combined Benefits
2.6.2 Provisions for Teachers
2.6.3 Pilot Projects
2.6.4 Appealing Employment Insurance Decisions
2.7 Employment Benefits
3 Employment Insurance Program Financing
3.1 Premiums
3.2 Setting the Premium Rate

Source:
Parliamentary Information and Research Service:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-E.asp

[ Library of Parliament Research Publications:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublicationsCurrent-e.asp ]

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

9. From Mothers' Allowance to Mothers Need Not Apply: Canadian Welfare Laws as Liberal and Neo-Liberal Reforms - April 2008
(Osgoode Law Journal)

From Mothers' Allowance to Mothers Need Not Apply:
Canadian Welfare Laws as Liberal and Neo-Liberal Reforms
(PDF - 240K, 39 pages)
http://ohlj.ca/english/documents/02GaviganChunnafterSS.pdf
April 2008
By Shelley Gavigan and Dorothy Chunn
In this paper we examine changes in the form and content of Canadian welfare law through a historical, feminist lens using the exemplar of mother-headed families. Our analysis of how the state dealt with sole support mothers in several provinces throughout the twentieth century reveals important continuities, as well as discontinuities, between the past and the present that have shaped and reshaped the lives and experiences of poor women and their children.
Source:
Osgoode Hall Law Journal
(Vol. 45 No. 4)
http://www.ohlj.ca/

Journal Current Issue + Archives
http://www.ohlj.ca/english/current.htm <====links to dozens of articles of interest!

- Go to the History of Welfare in Canada : selected readings page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_history.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2011 - January 26
--- Study: Criminal victimization in the territories, 2009 - January 26
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Study: Firm entry and exit in Canada, 2000 to 2008 - January 25
--- Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2011
- January 24
--- Profile of seniors’ transportation habits
- January 23

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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January 26, 2012
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120126/dq120126a-eng.htm
In November, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $883.96, virtually unchanged from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings rose 2.2%.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Monthly report:

Employment, Earnings and Hours, November 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/72-002-x/72-002-x2011011-eng.htm
* Highlights
* Note to users
* Tables
* Data quality, concepts and methodology
* User information
* Related products
* PDF version

Source:
Employment, Earnings and Hours - main product page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=72-002-X&lang=eng
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE: Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month behind this report.
Click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
http://goo.gl/FsMeZ

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

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

* Industries

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

 

January 26, 2012
Study: Criminal victimization in the territories, 2009

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120126/dq120126b-eng.htm
In 2009, 34% of residents of the three territories aged 15 and over reported to the General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization that they had been the victim of at least one criminal incident in the 12 months preceding the survey. Nearly half (46%) of the 38,000 self-reported incidents in the territories were violent, with assault being the most common crime reported. The remainder of reported incidents were crimes against the household (35%) or thefts of personal property (19%). In contrast, the vast majority (70%) of self-reported criminal incidents in the provinces were non-violent.

Related article:

Criminal victimization in the territories, 2009
By Samuel Perreault and Tina Hotton Mahony
Release date: January 26, 2012
HTML version
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2012001/article/11614-eng.htm
PDF version (820K, 39 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2012001/article/11614-eng.pdf

Source:
Juristat - product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=85-002-X&lang=eng
This periodical is intended for those with an interest in Canada's justice system as well as those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects. It provides analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Five issues of Juristat are produced each year. Each issue contains several articles on variety of topics, including crime, homicide, the court system, and correctional services.
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* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest
issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Crime and justice
http://goo.gl/0apmd

* Victims and victimization
http://goo.gl/o1YVe

* Society and community
http://goo.gl/eP65E

 

January 25, 2012
Study: Firm entry and exit in Canada, 2000 to 2008
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120125/dq120125a-eng.htm
Firm entry and exit are important aspects of business dynamics. In every year from 2000 to 2008, roughly 1 firm in 10 had either just entered the Canadian business sector or was about to exit. This turnover emphasizes an important path to business innovation and productivity growth. To survive and replace incumbents, new firms aggressively adopt new ideas. This creates pressure on incumbents to innovate or exit the market. From 2000 to 2008, an average of 10.8% of firms entered the business sector each year, while 9.0% exited. The size distributions of entrants and exiters, as well as entry and exit rates by size, suggest that turnover predominantly involves small firms.

Source:
Failure Rates for New Canadian Firms: New Perspectives on Entry and Exit
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http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=61-526-XIE&lang=eng
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest
issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

See also:

Firm Dynamics: Firm Entry and Exit in Canada, 2000 to 2008*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-622-M2012022&lang=eng
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest
issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related blog post:

Canadian startups cashing chips way too early?
By Christine Wong
http://blogs.itbusiness.ca/2012/01/canadian-startups-cashing-chips-way-too-early/
Source:
ITBusiness.ca
http://blogs.itbusiness.ca/

 

January 24, 2012
Job vacancies, three-month average ending in September 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120124/dq120124b-eng.htm
Canadian businesses had, on average, 248,000 job vacancies in the three month period ending in September 2011. For all sectors combined, the ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was 3.3. In other words, there were 3.3 unemployed people in Canada for every job vacancy.
- includes links to four tables:
* Table 1 : Number of job vacancies and job vacancy rate, by sector
* Table 2 : Number of job vacancies and job vacancy rate, by province and territory
* Table 3 : Number of unemployed, number of job vacancies, and unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio, by sector
* Table 4 : Number of unemployed, number of job vacancies, and unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio, by province and territory

Related link from the CBC:

Canada's toughest job market is P.E.I.
Saskatchewan has lowest per-job vacancy

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/01/27/pei-unemployed-job-ratio-584.html
January 27, 2012
P.E.I. has the toughest job market in the country, with more than nine people looking for work for every job vacancy, almost triple the national rate of 3.3, says Statistics Canada.
Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

 

January 23, 2012
Leading indicators, December 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120123/dq120123a-eng.htm
The composite leading index increased 0.8% in December, following a 0.9% gain the previous month. The increase was broad-based with 8 of the 10 components rising.

Source:
Canadian Economic Observer - Product main page*
This monthly periodical is Statistics Canada's flagship publication for economic statistics. Each issue contains a monthly summary of the economy, major economic events and a feature article. A statistical summary contains a wide range of tables and graphs on the principal economic indicators for Canada, the provinces and the major industrial nations.
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Business performance and ownership
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=2239&lang=eng&more=0

* Current conditions
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=2239&id=712&lang=eng&more=0

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

* Leading indicators
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3764&id=1880&lang=eng&more=0

 

January 23, 2012
Profile of seniors’ transportation habits
By Martin Turcotte
HTML version
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11619-eng.htm
PDF version (148K, 16 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11619-eng.pdf

This article examines various issues related to seniors’ access to transportation and to a vehicle. The first part focuses on determining which seniors have a driver’s licence and drive a car, including those with the weakest visual, auditory, motor and cognitive faculties. The second part of the article describes seniors’ main forms of transportation other than driving a car. The last part examines the impact of seniors’ main form of transportation on their level of social participation.

Source:
Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=11-008-x&lang=eng
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical;
click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

 

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

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

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

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

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

January 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Background information and facts about public child care in Peel Region
http://goo.gl/2n99e
24 Jan 2012 | Ontario
Collection of documents includes fact sheet about public child care in Peel Region, Peel's child care service plan for 2010-2011, and documents supporting the recommendation to regional coucnil to close all public child care centres in Peel.

International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (Volume 5)
http://goo.gl/N6Acr
23 Jan 2012 | International
Fifth volume of the international journal from the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education available online; covers various ECEC policy issues by experts from around the world.

Pay matters: The positive economic impacts of paid family leave for families, businesses and the public
http://goo.gl/9tTS1
23 Jan 2012 | United States
Report from the Rutgers Center for Women and Work argues that "if paid leave policies have the potential to protect women's and men's wages and long-term earnings, and perhaps even to reduce the use of state- and federally-funded public assistance, then any political or economic investment in such policies would be - quite literally - worth the cost."

Policies to assist parents with young children
http://goo.gl/VcG03
23 Jan 2012 | United States
Article by Christopher Ruhm compares parental leave and ECEC policies in the United States, Canada, and several European nations; argues that "Canada falls in the middle in generosity" for parental leave and benefits.

'Promising practices' of early childhood education principles for immigrant and refugee children in British Columbia
http://goo.gl/9npGy
23 Jan 2012 | British Columbia
Report provides "an overview of programs and services for newcomer children aged 0-12 years" and "explores the unique approaches that managers, coordinators and educators working with immigrant and refugee children take to achieve their programmatic goals."

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.

Child care issue put off: Region calls for task force
http://goo.gl/vMt94
27 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Parent pleas persuade Peel council to keep daycares open
http://goo.gl/O3VuO
27 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Rae tries to shore up support for NDP-turned-Liberal MP St-Denis
http://goo.gl/u62rp
26 Jan 2012 | Canada

Parents take concerns to board: Bypass roundtable discussions for answers about board-run care
http://goo.gl/KJePy
26 Jan 2012 | Ontario

Peel Region rushing daycare closings, parents say
http://goo.gl/zyfRE
26 Jan 2012 | Ontario

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

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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

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

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

January 27:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/01/27/
State Medicaid Programs - Maine, Kansas
Child Care Subsidies - New Jersey
Mobile Banking - Haiti
Unemployment Rate - Spain

January 26:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/01/26/
High School Dropout Ages and Graduation Rates
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs - Virginia, Indiana
Politics and Poverty

January 25:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/01/25/
Kids Count Report - Michigan
Food Assistance and Immigrant Families - Kansas
State Minimum Wage - Hawaii

January 23:
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/01/23/
Student Homelessness - Maryland
Food Assistance and Immigrant Families - Kansas
States and Health Insurance Coverage

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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/
2. Click on a date in the calendar (top right-hand corner of the page) to see the links for that date.
Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Click on a category or a tag (right-hand margin) to access all relevant links.
[ e.g., 588 links under the category "Poverty" - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/categories/poverty/ ]
OR
4. Scroll down the home page to the Archives section, where you can view the full content of the dispatches by month back to July 2006 (although *some* media links tend to go 404 after awhile)...
NOTE: I highly recommend this excellent U.S. media resource!
The only shortcoming I encountered was the lack of a table of contents for each daily dispatch, which forces visitors to click each date in the calendar to see the contents of the daily dispatch for that day. So I've created my own archive (the link below), starting in mid-December of 2011, that is a table of contents of each dispatch as per the latest dispatches above, that lets you scan contents without opening each damn dispatch:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm

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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

13. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 (Davos-Klosters, Switzerland) --- 25-29 January, 2012

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland 25-29 January
The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models
http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2012

World Economic Forum - Home page
http://www.weforum.org/
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Our motto is ‘entrepreneurship in the global public interest’. The World Economic Forum believes that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progress is not

World Economic Forum (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Economic_Forum
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss non-profit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva. It describes itself as an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
The Forum is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, including health and the environment.
Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/

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World Social Forum president Dilma Rousseff calls for
anti-crisis measures, social programs and a positive agenda for Rio + 20
http://goo.gl/K1ohk
January 27, 2012
Porto Alegre – This year’s World Social Forum is being called a Thematic Social Forum with the central theme: Crisis of Capitalism, Social and Environmental Justice. The idea dominating the gathering is: We Need to Reinvent the World because that is the only way to achieve sustainable development, protect the environment and respect the rights of different social groups, mainly those who are most vulnerable.
As part of the Forum, which was founded in 2001 in Brazil as a developing nation more-social-than-economic counterpoint to the World Economic Forum in Davos, president Dilma Rousseff, continuing a tradition of attending the event started by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (who did so even before becoming president), participated in a special session called Dialogue Between Civil Society and Governments.

World Social Forum - Home page
http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=19&cd_language=2
The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action.

World Social Forum (from Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Social_Forum
The World Social Forum (WSF) is an annual meeting of civil society organizations, first held in Brazil, which offers a self-conscious effort to develop an alternative future through the championing of counter-hegemonic globalization.
Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/

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

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

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

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

25 January 2012 - CRINMAIL Issue 1260
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4069

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Council of Europe elects new Commissioner!
- UN police accused of child sexual exploitation
- Turning photographers into tools of the state
- 40,000 denied the right to have rights
- Schoolboy suspended for wearing dreadlocks
- UN news
- Child rights education for professionals
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Syria
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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

Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place.

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

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

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


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The Chaos - A poem About English Pronunciation

Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Suzy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy. Tear in eye, your dress will tear. So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word, Sword and sward, retain and Britain. (Mind the latter, how it's written.) Now I surely will not plague you With such words as plaque and ague. But be careful how you speak: Say break and steak, but bleak and streak; Cloven, oven, how and low, Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

(...)

Face, but preface, not efface. Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass. Large, but target, gin, give, verging, Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging. Ear, but earn and wear and tear Do not rhyme with here but ere. Seven is right, but so is even, Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen, Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk, Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation -- think of Psyche! Is a paling stout and spikey? Won't it make you lose your wits, Writing groats and saying grits? It's a dark abyss or tunnel: Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale, Islington and Isle of Wight, Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough- Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough? Hiccough has the sound of cup. My advice is to give it up!!!

Source:
http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/tough.html
(Click the link for the complete poem if you like this sort of word game - the text above is a short excerpt)

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And, in closing...

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Seven Ways of Losing Weight that will Actually Work
http://7waysoflosingweight.com/

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The top 50 passwords you should never use
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/12/15/the-top-50-passwords-you-should-never-use/
Spoiler : The most popular password is 123456.

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Twenty-five minutes of Queen at Wembley Stadium (1985 video, duration 25:11)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQsM6u0a038
(Oops - did I just date myself?)

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More music videos for people of a certain age:
SongsTube (includes lyrics!)
http://www.songstube.ws/

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Could you please repeat the word? (video, duration 2:02)
Is it "Herring"?
Could you repeat the word again? Again? Again?
http://www.wimp.com/spellingbee/