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April 29, 2007

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.

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Effective Implementation of Canada's International Obligations with Respect to the Rights of Children (Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights) - April 2007
2.
Release of the Fiscal Monitor for February 2007 (Department of Finance Canada) - April 26
3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Mortality, summary list of causes, 2004 - April 27
--- Study: Demographic changes across an urban-to-rural gradient, 1971 to 2001 - April 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2007 - April 26
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2006 - April 25
--- Provincial and Territorial Economic Accounts Review (2006 prelim. estimates)
--- Local government finance: Assets and liabilities, December 31, 2004 - April 25
4. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2007 - April 26
5. Debunking tax myths (Canada Revenue Agency)
6. Poverty measurement in Canada (Lars Osberg + CBC In Depth)
7. Social Policy Café - launched April 12, 2007 (Havi Echenberg )
8. Fifteen studies about human rights and freedoms (Library of Parliament Research Publications)
9.
What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - April 27

International Content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. Family Child Care in the United States (National Center for Children in Poverty) - April 2007
12. Measuring Income and Poverty in the United States (National Center for Children in Poverty) - April 2007
13. From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half (U.S.) (Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty) - April 25
14. World Health Organization: The Department of Gender, Women and Health
15. Australian Policy Online - Weekly Briefing for April 26

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1.Effective Implementation of Canada's International Obligations with Respect to the Rights of Children - April 2007
(
Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights)

From the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (Parliament of Canada):

Children: The Silenced Citizens
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CANADA’S
INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
Final Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Raynell Andreychuk, Chair
The Honourable Joan Fraser, Deputy Chair
April 2007
HTML version
PDF version
(1.3MB, 323 pages)
(...)In November 2004, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights was authorized by the Senate to examine and report upon Canada’s international obligations with regard to the rights and freedoms of children. From the outset, the Committee reviewed Canada’s international obligations with respect to children’s rights as a case study reflecting the broader implications of ensuring that domestic legislation and policies comply with Canada’s international human rights obligations, and in keeping with a broader mandate that began with this Committee’s first report in 2001, Promises to Keep: Implementing Canada’s Human Rights Obligations. The primary aim of this study was to assess whether the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been implemented, whether Canadian children are benefiting from it, and whether the Convention has been used as a tool to address key problems of facing children in this country. The Committee also looked at the role of Parliament within this framework. (Excerpt from the Executive Summary)

Executive Summary
Summary of Recommendations
Source:
Senate Reports - 39th Parliament, 1st Session (April 3, 2006 -

Related reports from the Standing Committee on Human Rights from earlier sessions:

Enhancing Canada's Role in the Organization of American States:
Canadian Adherence to the American Convention on Human Rights

May 2003
Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
"In November 2002, the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights received a second mandate to study and report on Canada's possible adherence to the American Convention on Human Rights. The role of the Committee was to review Canadian participation in the Inter-American system for the protection of human rights and make recommendations on whether or not Canada should ratify the American Convention on Human Rights."

Promises to Keep:
Implementing Canada's Human Rights Obligations

Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
December 2001

Related link:

Canada Still Resisting Rights for Children (PDF file - 28K, 1 page)
Press Release
April 26, 2007
Ottawa, ON - The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights released a comprehensive report today with respect to the rights of children. Children: The Silenced Citizens clearly indicates how Canada’s “compliance is … inadequate”. The gap between “rhetoric and reality” has left Canadian children vulnerable, with no representation at the federal government level to work on their behalf.
Source:
Child Welfare League of Canada

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

2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for February 2007 - April 26
(Department of Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor
News Release
April 26, 2007
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for February 2007.
Highlights:
February 2007: budgetary surplus of $4.6 billion
April 2006 to February 2007: budgetary surplus of $9.2 billion, including the cost of Budget 2007 proposals

Complete report:

* The Fiscal Monitor – February 2007

Source:
Department of Finance Canada

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

3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
---
Mortality, summary list of causes, 2004 - April 27
--- Study: Demographic changes across an urban-to-rural gradient, 1971 to 2001 - April 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2007 - April 26
--- Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2006 -
April 25
--- Provincial and Territorial Economic Accounts Review (2006 prelim. estimates)
--- Local government finance: Assets and liabilities, December 31, 2004 -
April 25

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

April 27, 2007
Mortality, summary list of causes, 2004
The number of deaths attributable to cancer may soon surpass those caused by cardiovascular diseases. Combined, the two caused about six out of every 10 deaths in 2004. During the past 25 years, the proportion of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases has been declining, while the proportion attributable to cancer has been on the rise. In terms of mortality rates, though, both causes of death have been declining, though much more so for cardiovascular disease.

Complete report:
Mortality, Summary List of Causes, 2004
Complementary morbid reading:
Causes of Death

April 26, 2007
Study: Demographic changes across an urban-to-rural gradient, 1971 to 2001
The growth in Canada's population during the past 30 years has been concentrated in the nation's largest metropolitan areas, and in rural areas on which these urban areas have a strong influence, according to a new report.

April 26, 2007
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2007
The average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) increased $1.06 (+0.1%) from a month earlier to $764.12 in February. The year-to-date growth is 3.1%.

April 25, 2007
Provincial and territorial economic accounts, 2006
Alberta, the economic powerhouse, led the country in economic growth for the third consecutive year in 2006.
A detailed analysis of the provincial and territorial economies is available in the
Provincial and Territorial Economic Accounts Review
(2006 preliminary estimates)

April 25, 2007
Local government finance: Assets and liabilities, December 31, 2004
The net financial debt of local governments, defined as the excess of liabilities over financial assets, hit $8.8 billion at December 31, 2004, down 9% ($875 million) from a year earlier.

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

4. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2007 - April 26

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2007
April 26, 2007
- incl. links to : Budget Speech - Budget Highlights - Estimates - The Economy - News Releases

A Vision of Opportunity with New Actions to Address Poverty
News Release
- incl. measures for people with disabilites, low income families, women, youth and seniors (Poverty Reduction Strategy)
Source:
News Releases - links to a dozen releases

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Newfoundland provincial budget 2007, analysis"
Web search results page
News search results page
Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Canadian Government Budgets Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets.htm
- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

5. Debunking tax myths
(Canada Revenue Agency)

Just to celebrate this special time of the year...

Debunking tax myths
There are groups and individuals in Canada who claim that people can lawfully refuse to pay taxes or file a tax return. Others try to cash in on misunderstandings about tax laws.
Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

6. Poverty measurement in Canada
(Lars Osberg + CBC In Depth)

The Evolution of Poverty Measurement
- with special reference to Canada
(PDF file - 811K, 149 pages)
February 9, 2007
[Second Draft - Please check with the author for the most recent version]
This essay discusses the evolution of the measurement of poverty over the last thirty years and its links to the evolving debates on human rights and social exclusion – with special reference to the Canadian debate
Source:
Lars Osberg
Economics Department
Dalhousie University
CV/Publications by Lars Osberg - 175+ links articles, book chapters, etc.

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How do we measure poverty?
November 24, 2006
NOTE: at the bottom of the poverty measurement article,
you'll find links to all of the following related CBC content and external links:
* Paid to be Poor
* the fifth estate: No Way Home
* CBC News: Report says government needs to 'break the back' of poverty in Canada (May 5, 2004)
* Little change in child poverty rates (Nov. 24, 2003)
* Child poverty goes up in Toronto (June 30, 2003)
* New poverty indicator shows 1 in 8 Canadians poor (May 27, 2003)
* 'Persistent poverty' crippling Canadian children (Nov. 4, 2002)
* More Canadian children living in poverty (May 6, 2002)
* 1 in 4 Saskatoon kids lives in poverty: report (Nov. 20, 2001)
* Ottawa told defeating child poverty requires money, programs (Sept. 10, 2001)
* Poverty rate inflated: Fraser Institute report (July 23, 2001)
* Child poverty remains a national crisis (Nov. 24, 1999)
* More Canadian families slipping into poverty (May 8, 1999)
* 'Social program changes attack poor' (Mar. 4, 1999)
RELATED EXTERNAL LINKS:
* Measuring Poverty in Canada - The Fraser Institute
* Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
* On poverty and low income - Statistics Canada
* Campaign 2000
* Campaign Against Child Poverty
* UN Special Session on Children
Source:
CBC News In Depth

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

7. Social Policy Café - launched April 12, 2007
Havi Echenberg

Social Policy Café - launched April 12, 2007
The Social Policy Café , once a free electronic bulletin designed with the social policy community in mind, is now a blog! Hosted by Havi Echenberg, it will provide more timely information, and opens up the possibility of guest contributors, interaction through commenting on entries, and more frequent updating. In addition to a welcoming entry, the first post compares Dublin's and Toronto's urban renewal efforts in low-income communities.
You can find it at www.socialpolicycafe.ca

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

8. Fifteen studies about human rights and freedoms
(Library of Parliament Research Publications)

Library of Parliament Research Publications
The Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) provides a consulting service for individual parliamentarians, responding to questions that require research and analysis on legal, economic, scientific, or social science matters. Researchers obtain and analyze material, and write letters, short notes and longer research papers at the request of Senators and Members of the House of Commons. In some cases, responses are provided to clients by telephone briefings or by meetings with individual parliamentarians and/or their staff.
Publication Categories:
* Aboriginal Issues * Agriculture/Agri-food * Business and Corporate Issues * Competition/Consumer * Copyright/Patents/Trademark * Crime: Prevention and Responses * Culture and Communications
* Debt/Deficit/Budget * Defence and Security * Economic Issues * Education * Elections, Referendums and Polling * Energy * Environment and Sustainable Development * Family, Children and Youth * Federal-Provincial/Constitution * Financial Institutions * Fisheries * Foreign Affairs and International Law * Government and Public Administration * Health * Human Rights and Freedoms (see below) * Immigration and Citizenship * Labour and Employment * Legislative Summaries - First Session, 39th Parliament* * Natural Resources * Official Languages * Parliament and the Legislative Process * Science and Technology * Social Security Issues * Taxation * Trade and Commerce * Transport

Human Rights and Freedoms
- incl. links to the following 15 studies (as at April 22/07) by the Parliamentary Information and Research Service:
* (24 February 2006) Access to Information and Privacy Rights: Changes Introduced by the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Public Safety Act, 2002
* (16 January 2007) Bill C-44: An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act
* (11 September 2006) Biometrics and Government
* (12 April 2001) Canada's Legal Age of Consent to Sexual Activity
* (March 2007) Charter Equality Rights: Interpretation of Section 15 in Supreme Court of Canada Decisions
* (14 March 2006) Freedom of Religion and Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere
* (July 1997) Human Rights in the Context of Economic Integration of the Americas
* (21 November 2006) Human Trafficking [In Brief]
* (May 2005)The Notwithstanding Clause of the Charter
* (22 February 2006) The Right to Privacy and Parliament [In Brief]
* (28 July 2005) Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights
* (26 September 2005) Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights: A Chronological Overview
* (21 February 2006) Telecommunications and Lawful Access: I. The Legislative Situation in Canada
* (28 February 2006) Telecommunications and Lawful Access: II. The Legislative Situation in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia
* (31 July 2006) Trafficking in Persons

Source:
Parliament of Canada

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

9. What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - April 27

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit offers a free weekly "e-mail news notifier" service.
Here's the content of the latest issue of this bulletin.
For more information about this service,
including instructions for (un)subscribing, see:
http://www.childcarecanada.org

27-Apr-07

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What's New
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AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE CURRENT AND FUTURE ROLE OF NON-PROFIT PROVISION OF EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE SERVICES IN CANADA
Final report of a three year study analyzing four Canadian data sets with information about quality of child care services and for-profit/nonprofit status of centres.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=100021

A BOLD VISION: DOCUMENTING THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Working paper from UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership provides data collected from surveys of 27 British Columbia school districts and their surrounding communities.
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=100061

IN MY OWN WORDS: SERVICES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN IN A MULTILINGUAL SOCIETY
Latest issue of Children in Europe considers the role of service providers in developing the full range of children’s communicative abilities in a multi-lingual Europe. Copies of this periodical are available to order, in print only, from
Children in Scotland: To order and individual issue or subscribe see www.childreninscotland.org.uk/cie

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Child care in the news
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Funding cuts throw city’s childcare programs into deeper crisis [CA-BC]
Vancouver Westender, 26 Apr 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=100040

Generous [CA]
Letter to the Editor, Calgary Herald, 26 Apr 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=100053

Non-profit daycare wins better rating; Canadian study's conclusions disputed by private operators [CA]
Toronto Star, 25 Apr 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=100056

Critical middle years; Young kids have few after-school options, but they're keen for something meaningful [CA]
Toronto Star, 23 Apr 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=100045

Child care plan languishes; Family-friendly reforms deserve more careful study [CA]
Calgary Herald, 22 Apr 07
http://action.web.ca/home/crru/rsrcs_crru_full.shtml?x=100041

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit
University of Toronto, Canada
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Related Links:

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Link to the CRRU home page:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

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

10. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list with IRP's permission.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire.

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

11. Family Child Care in the United States - April 2007
(National Center for Children in Poverty)

Also from the National Center for Children in Poverty:

Family Child Care in the United States
April 2007
By Taryn W. Morrissey, Patti Banghart
At some point during their first five years, nearly one-quarter of all children spend about 30 hours per week in family child care (FCC). While there is no universally recognized definition, FCC is typically characterized as nonparental, paid care for nonrelative children that generally takes place in the provider’s home and is regulated by the state.

This Child Care & Early Education Research Connections Review of Research package, which includes a Literature Review, a Research Brief, and a Table of Methods and Findings, synthesizes the current research on family child care providers, parental use of family child care, and quality of this type of care.

Research Brief (PDF file - 661K)
Literature Review (PDF file - 756K)
Table of Methods and Findings (PDF file - 878K)

- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm

12. Measuring Income and Poverty in the United States - April 2007
(National Center for Children in Poverty)

Measuring Income and Poverty in the United States
April 2007
By Nancy K. Cauthen, Sarah Fass
Fact Sheet
HTML version
PDF version (88K, 3 pages)
This fact sheet discusses how the U.S. government measures poverty, why the current measure is inadequate, and what alternative ways exist to measure economic hardship.

Related links:

Economic Snapshot for April 11, 2007:
More poverty than meets the eye
by Jared Bernstein
When it comes to poverty in America, almost every analyst agrees that the official measure is terribly out-of-date and no longer provides a valid indication of economic deprivation. Thankfully, the Census Bureau has implemented the recommendations of a mid-1990s panel of social scientists devoted to correcting the shortcomings of the official measure. The most accurate of these recommended new measures1 makes several improvements: it accounts for the costs and benefits of taxes and near-cash transfers, like food stamps; it reduces the income of working families for costs associated with work; it makes adjustments for price differences throughout the country; and, it allows the poverty thresholds to reflect changes in consumption by the non-poor.
Source:
Economic Snapshots - link to the most recent snapshot
Snapshots archive - links to 400+ snapshots back to 1999
[ Economic Policy institute ]
Also from EPI:
Poverty and Family Budgets - including links to General Information on Poverty Measurement and Basic Family Budgets
Other EPI Issue Guides - incl. * living wage * minimum wage * offshoring * retirement security * social security * unemployment insurance * welfare

Source:
National Center for Children in Poverty

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Related links from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services
:

The 2007 Health and Human Services Poverty guidelines
One Version of the [U.S.] Federal Poverty Measure

January 2007

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

13. From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half (U.S.) - April 25
(Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty)

From The Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty:

NEW REPORT: From Poverty to Prosperity
A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half
Press Release
April 25, 2007
Washington, DC—Today the Center for American Progress released a new report from its Task Force on Poverty—From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half. CAP formed the task force over a year ago to tackle the persistent problems of poverty. With one in eight Americans living in poverty, and inequality at record highs, the time for action is now. The report recommends that the United States set a goal of cutting poverty in half over the next 10 years.

From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half
April 25, 2007
Highlights and recommendations - HTML

Complete report (PDF file - 8.1MB, 80 pages)

Executive Summary (PDF file - 3.9MB, 8 pages)
Research Model (PDF file - 2.9MB, 49 pages)
[HINT: don't waste your time opening the "research model" file if (like me) you don't know what a "TRIM3 Microsimulation Model" is. Economists, Go Nuts!]
Watch Task Force members discuss the report (video - might not be accessible behind an institutional firewall)

Source:
Task Force on Poverty
[ Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty ]
The Center for American Progress is a progressive think-tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.

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Related media coverage found in the Poverty Dispatch for April 27, 2007:

Report:
Nationwide Poverty Reduction Plan (U.S.)

Group proposes detailed plan to reduce poverty by half
By Erik Eckholm, New York Times. April 25, 2007
With a large increase in the minimum wage and a handful of other measures to raise the income of low-end workers, the United States could cut the number of people living in poverty by half within a decade, a report from a liberal research group says.

A plan to cut poverty in half
By Mark Greenberg and Elisa Minoff, Washington Post. April 26, 2007
This week, the Center for American Progress issued "From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half." The report is the result of the work of an expert task force over the past year. The task force was guided by new research finding that the annual cost to the United States of children growing up in persistent poverty is half a trillion dollars. It was also guided by the recognition that one quarter of U.S. jobs do not pay enough to support a family of four at the poverty line, and the number of families struggling to make ends meet far exceeds the number officially in poverty.

Poverty, the bugbear of American politics
By Daniel Schorr, National Public Radio. April 25, 2007
(This two-minute-forty-second audio file may not be accessible behind an institutional firewall.)

Source:
[ Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) ] [ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

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

14. World Health Organization: The Department of Gender, Women and Health

World Health Organization: The Department of Gender, Women and Health
The World Health Organization’s Department of Gender, Women and Health (GWH) “brings attention to the ways in which biological and social differences between women and men affect health and the steps needed to achieve health equity.” On their homepage, visitors can look at the right-hand side to get quick information about upcoming events sponsored by the GWH, read their monthly update, and also click on a link that will take them to the latest publications from the GWH team. On the left-hand side of the page, visitors can learn more about some of their specific areas of interest, including work on gender-based violence, gender and HIV/AIDS, and gender mainstreaming. Additionally, the “Gender and other health topics” area includes information sheets on gender and blindness, gender and mental health, as well as many other topics.
Review by:
The Scout Report
, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm
- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womeninternat.htm

15. Australian Policy Online - Weekly Briefing for April 26

Australian Policy Online
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online. APO is maintained by the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, with support from the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney, the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the University of New South Wales, the Discipline of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University and the National Library of Australia, together with over 120 centres and institutes around Australia.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject area, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology *
Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

APO Weekly Briefing - Weekly Briefing for April 26
"News & Research from Leading Australian Research Centres and Institutes"

NOTE: the content of the APO Weekly Briefing link changes each week as the site is updated.
The links below are selections from the latest briefing; they will change next week.
Click the link above to access these and many more reports and studies

Reporting on Indigenous issues
Antony Funnell / Media Report, Radio National
Antony Funnell interviews Tony Koch, senior reporter with The Australian newspaper, and this year's winner of the prestigious Graham Perkin Award for Journalism, an award he won for his coverage of Indigenous issues. Posted 27-04-2007

Networks, connections and community: learning with social software
Val Evans / Australian Flexible Learning Framework
New research into how technology is being used for knowledge sharing, capability development, and teaching and learning has been released. The research investigated how social software/Web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, wikis, social bookmarking and virtual conferencing, can best support teaching and learning in the vocational education and training (VET) system. Posted 26-04-2007

Who are the low waged?
Seamus McGuinness and John Freebairn / Melbourne Institute HILDA Survey
This paper provides pictures of low pay adult employees in Australia in 2004 drawing on data from the HILDA survey. It reveals that low wage employees are more likely to have casual status, single marital status, a low educational attainment, aged 21 to 30 or 60 plus, be employed in small firms, non-unionised and have lower occupational tenure. Posted 26-04-2007

Evaluation of the Aboriginal over-representation strategy
Chris Cunneen, Garth Luke and Nina Ralph / Institute of Criminology
The aim of the Aboriginal Over-Representation Strategic Plan (AORSP) is to decrease the number of Aboriginal young people under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice, particularly the number of Aboriginal young people in custody. This report represents the final evaluation of the AORSP since it was established in 2001. Posted 26-04-2007

Australian labour market statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
This publication is the flagship release for all ABS labour statistics. It draws together data from a range of sources, mostly ABS household and business surveys, to provide an overall picture of the labour market. Posted 26-04-2007

Government finance statistics, education, Australia, 2005-06
Australian Bureau of Statistics
This release contains statistics on expenditure on education by the general government sector for the period 2000-01 to 2005-06. Government operating expenses on education by all levels of general government totalled $49,741m in 2005-06, $27,477m of which was spent on primary and secondary education and a further $18,415m on tertiary education (universities and TAFE). Posted 26-04-2007

Completing University: Characteristics and outcomes of completing and non-completing students
Australian Council for Educational Research
An analysis of the characteristics of students who fail to complete university courses has found that whether a student attended a government or independent school and their socioeconomic background made little difference to the odds of completing their course. Posted 26-04-2007

The movement of non-metropolitan youth towards the cities
Kylie Hillman and Sheldon Rothman / Australian Council for Educational Research
More than one third of young Australians from non-metropolitan areas relocate to a major city in the years immediately after leaving school and, although some return, non-metropolitan areas experience a net loss of a quarter of their young people. This report is the first Australian national longitudinal study of young people’s geographic mobility. Posted 26-04-2007

New perspectives on Federal-State relations in housing policy
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
The program for this one day conference was designed by AHURI to provide participants with a constructive, evidence-based contribution to housing policy debate in Australia. Posted 26-04-2007

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ACTUAL NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
http://www.cyberslayer.co.uk/jokes/joke0523.html

    * Grandmother of eight makes hole in one
    * Deaf mute gets new hearing in killing
    * Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers
    * House passes gas tax onto senate
    * Stiff opposition expected to casketless funeral plan
    * Two convicts evade noose, jury hung
    * William Kelly was fed secretary
    * Milk drinkers are turning to powder
    * Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted
    * Quarter of a million Chinese live on water
    * Farmer bill dies in house
    * Iraqi head seeks arms

Some become unintentionally suggestive:

    * Queen Mary having bottom scraped
    * Is there a ring of debris around Uranus?
    * Prostitutes appeal to Pope
    * Panda mating fails - veterinarian takes over
    * NJ judge to rule on nude beach
    * Child's stool great for use in garden
    * Dr. Ruth to talk about sex with newspaper editors
    * Soviet virgin lands short of goal again
    * Organ festival ends in smashing climax

Grammar often botches other headlines:

    * Eye drops off shelf
    * Squad helps dog bite victim
    * Dealers will hear car talk at noon
    * Enraged cow injures farmer with ax
    * Lawmen from Mexico barbecue guests
    * Miners refuse to work after death
    * Two Soviet ships collide - one dies
    * Two sisters reunite after eighteen years at checkout counter

Once in a while, a botched headline takes on a meaning
opposite from the one intended:

    * Never withhold herpes from loved one
    * Nicaragua sets goal to wipe out literacy
    * Drunk drivers paid $1,000 in 1984
    * Autos killing 110 a day, let's resolve to do better

Sometimes newspaper editors state the obvious:

    * If strike isn't settled quickly it may last a while
    * War dims hope for peace
    * Smokers are productive, but death cuts efficiency
    * Cold wave linked to temperatures
    * Child's death ruins couple's holiday
    * Blind woman gets new kidney from dad she hasn't seen in years
    * Man is fatally slain
    * Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say
    * Death causes loneliness, feeling of isolation


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