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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 29, 2005

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter, a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1365 subscribers.

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian Content

1. Manitoba 2003-2004 Report on Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (Manitoba Social Services and Housing) - May 18
2. Early Learning and Child Care Services in Manitoba - May 6
3. Meeting of Fed-Prov-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors - May 26
4. New Quebec government department for families, seniors and status of women
5. Food Consumption 2004 (Statistics Canada) - May 26
6. Nova Scotia Department of Community Services - New website May 2005
7. Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions Online (Social Development Canada) - May 25
8. Social Costs of Gambling (New Canadian Social Research Links page)
9. New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Who's calling at dinner time? 1987 to 2004 - May 25
--- Employment Insurance
- March 2005 - May 24
---Leading Indicators, April 2005
- May 24

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

International Content

11. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 26, 2005
12. Measuring the Global Gender Gap (World Economic Forum) - May 2005


Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Manitoba 2003-2004 Report on Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities - May 18
(Manitoba Social Services and Housing)

2002/03 - 2003/04 Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) Report
May 18, 2005
"This Canada-Manitoba Agreement on Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities (EAPD) Report describes activities that were cost-shared under the EAPD Agreement during the 2002/03 and 2003/04 fiscal years. The EAPD Agreement provides for the transfer of federal funding to provinces and territories for a range of programs and services that enhance the economic participation of working age adults with disabilities in the labour market. Programs and services eligible for funding under the EAPD Agreement must provide the skills, experience and supports necessary to assist persons with disabilities prepare for, attain and retain employment. Funding is also provided for programs and services for individuals who are experiencing vocational crisis."

Related Links:

Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD)
Baseline Report 2004-2005

November 2004
"This Canada-Manitoba Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD) Baseline Report describes objectives, services, target populations and planned expenditures for programs and services to be cost-shared under the LMAPD Multilateral Framework for the 2004/05 fiscal year. Societal indicators of labour market participation from Statistics Canada.s Participation Activity Limitation Survey for Canada and Manitoba are also included. The LMAPD provides for the transfer of federal funding to provinces and territories for a range of programs and services that enhance the economic participation of working age adults with disabilities in the labour market. Programs and services eligible for funding under the LMAPD must recognize the unique labour market challenges faced by persons with disabilities and consider the distinct needs of each individual with a disability in determining the set of interventions required to prepare for, attain and retain employment."

Persons with disabilities channel
- Manitoba govt. services for people with disabilities and related reports
Source:
Manitoba Family Services and Housing

- Go to the Disability Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

2. Early Learning and Child Care Services in Manitoba - May 6
(Manitoba Social Services and Housing)

Early Learning and Child Care Services in Manitoba
May 6, 2005
Source:
Manitoba Family Services and Housing

Related Links:

Child Care Online
Source:
Govt. of Manitoba Human Services Online

Moving Forward on Early Learning and Child Care:
Agreement-in-Principle between the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba
(PDF file - 200K, 10 pages)
April 29, 2005

Manitoba's Five-Year Plan For Child Care
April 2002

- Go to the Government Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd.htm
- Go to the Manitoba Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

3. Meeting of Fed-Prov-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors - May 26

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors share commitment to working together for seniors
News Release
QUÉBEC, May 26, 2005
"Ministers Responsible for Seniors met for two days in Québec City and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to continue preparing for the challenges and opportunities facing their governments and Canadian society as a result of our growing seniors' population. Canada's population is changing. Today one in eight persons is over 65; in less than 20 years, that number will be one in five. As a result, the needs for health care, housing, and other social services will change in the coming years."
Source:
Social Development Canada

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

4. New Quebec government department for families, seniors and status of women

With the recent creation of the new Ministère de la Famille, des Aînés et de la Condition féminine (MFACF) [families, seniors and status of women], the content of the Internet site of the predecessor Ministère de l'Emploi, de la Solidarité sociale et de la Famille (MESSF) [employment, social solidarity and the family] is now posted on two separate sites.

Here is a list of the most popular links on those two sites.

Ministère de la Famille, des Aînés et de la Condition féminine (MFACF)
[Families, seniors and status of women]
Family and Child Care Services - incl. : Financial assistance * The family, a priority of our society * Municipalities and Regional County * Community organizations * Childcare services * Work-Family Balance * Presentation * Consultation documents * Frequently asked questions * Childcare services * Consultation on childcare funding and development o Background on consultations * Presentation * Types of childcare services * Choosing the right childcare establishment * Places at the reduced contribution program o Children aged 0-4 years o Children over than five o Related documents * Educational program
* Special needs * Heath and safety o Safety in space * Ensuring quality service o Grandir en qualité * Contract between a childcare establishment and a parent * Making a complaint * Staff * Frequently asked questions * Québec Parental Insurance Plan * Useful links * Publications * Frequently asked questions * Administration of a childcare establishment
Seniors - incl. : General Information * Background * Mandate * Mission * Situation of the Elderly * Social adaptation * Needs and expectations * Aging of the Québec population * Government Action * Programs and Mobilizing projects * Programs * Mobilizing projects * Community Organizations * Useful links * Organizations * Government sites * Contact us
Secrétariat à la condition féminine - there's quite a bit more content on the French version of this site, but there are some interesting English publication links, especially Beijing + 5 Documents.

Administration of a childcare establishment
Calcul@ide
Childcare establishment locator
Childcare services
Consultation on seniors

Educational program

Guide to Government Programs and Services for families and children

Places at the reduced contribution program children aged 0-4 years

Places at the reduced contribution program children over than five

Rose d'or program

Statistics
More links...

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Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS)
[Employment and social solidarity]
Financial assistance for families
Centre de recouvrement
Employment assistance
(welfare)
Income Support Program for Workers Affected by Collective Dismissals in the Resources Regions

Income Support Program for Workers Affected by Collective Dismissals in the Textile and Clothing Sectors, Excluding the Resource Regions

Labour Market Information On-line

Local employment centre locator

Mesure de soutien aux activités de lutte contre la pauvreté et l'exclusion sociale Année 2004- 2005
On-line Placement
Québec Parental Insurance Plan
Secrétariat à l'action communautaire autonome (SACA)

More links ...

Avis aux visiteurs francophones : vous trouverez la version française de tous ces liens sur la page de liens du Québec : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

5. Food Consumption 2004 - May 26
(Statistics Canada)

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

May 26, 2005
Food consumption 2004
Despite the recent popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, Canadians continued to fill their plates with pasta, bakery products and cereal-based snacks last year. New data show each Canadian ate 66.8 kg of cereal products in 2004, up from 65.8 kg in 2003.
Report:
Food Statistics 2004, vol. 4, no.1 (PDF file - 440K, 38 pages)

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

6. Nova Scotia Department of Community Services - New Site May 2005

Department of Community Services - New Site May 2005!
- incl. links to : What's New - Services (Children, Youth and Families --- Persons with Disabilities --- Employment Supports and Financial Assistance --- Housing and Repairs) - The Department (
About the Department---Key Initiatives---Publications & Reports---Legislation---News Releases---Find Your Local Office) - What's Happening? - News Releases - Key Initiatives - Publications & Reports

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

7. Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions Online - May 25
(Social Development Canada)

Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions Online
This online service allows you to view and print your Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Statement of Contributions. Your Statement of Contributions contains a history of your earnings and contributions to the CPP, as well as estimates for any CPP benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Source:
Social Development Canada

- Go to the Social Development Canada Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/sdc.htm

8. Social Costs of Gambling (New Canadian Social Research Links page)

New Canadian Social Research Links page:

Social Costs of Gambling (11 links)
- incl.
Canadian problem gambling research/academic websites, Canadian anti-gambling exploitation websites and International anti-gambling exploitation and news websites

9. New from Statistics Canada:
--- Study: Who's calling at dinner time? 1987 to 2004 - May 25
--- Employment Insurance
- March 2005 - May 24
---Leading Indicators, April 2005
- May 24

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

May 25, 2005
Study: Who's calling at dinner time? 1987 to 2004
Business support services, of which telephone call centres are a major component, recorded unparalleled growth during the past two decades as a result of big advances in information and telecommunications technology and new modes of sales and service delivery. According to a new study, employment in this industry jumped more than fivefold (447%), from 20,000 to 112,000 between 1987 and 2004. This far exceeded the 37% increase in all service industries and the 29% rise in overall employment.

May 24, 2005
Employment Insurance - March 2005 (preliminary)
The estimated number of Canadians (adjusted for seasonality) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in March was 530,020, up 0.8% from February. This was the fourth consecutive monthly increase. All provinces east of Saskatchewan recorded increases. Compared to March 2004, the number of regular beneficiaries fell 3.5% nationally.

May 24, 2005
Leading indicators, April 2005
The leading indicator rose 0.4% in April, its largest advance since last fall when the Canadian dollar began to retreat from its 12-year high.

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

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

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated
"This resource is a collection of useful online readings about current early childhood education and care policy and program delivery issues in each province and territory. Within each jurisdiction, information is organized into three sections: news articles, online documents and useful websites."

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

11. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- May 26, 2005

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest (Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin)
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's a one-day sample of the subjects covered in the Poverty Dispatch Digest:

May 26, 2005
Compiled by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and distributed Mondays and Thursdays

Today's subjects include: Social Class in America Series // Social Class in America - Commentary // High School Exit Exams // Welfare Reform - Wisconsin // Poverty Rates - Ohio, North Carolina, Utah // Medicaid - Michigan, Ohio, Georgia // Report on Public Benefits in Chicago // Wal-Mart and State Social Services - Wisconsin // Health Care Program - Minnesota, Tennessee // Lottery Intercept Program - New York // School Choice - Minnesota // At-Risk Student Program - Michigan // Educational Achievement - Wisconsin // Higher Education for Low-Income Students - La Crosse, WI // Minimum Wage - Eau Claire, WI // Homelessness - San Francisco

Each of the weekly digests below offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf < jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu > to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

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

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to July 2004 , avg. 100+ links per issue before December 2004!
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- May 19, 2005
- May 12
- May 5
- April 28
- April 21

- 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

12. Measuring the Global Gender Gap - May 2005
(World Economic Forum)

Women’s Empowerment:
Measuring the Global Gender Gap
(PDF file - 1.3MB, 23 pages)
May 2005
"This study is a first attempt by the World Economic Forum to assess the current size of the gender gap by measuring the extent to which women in 58 countries have achieved equality with men in five critical areas: economic participation, economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment, and health and well-being. Countries that do not capitalize on the full potential of one half of their societies are misallocating their human resources and undermining their competitive potential. Consolidating publicly available data from international organizations, national statistics and unique survey data from the World Economic Forum’s Executive Opinion Survey, the study assesses the status accorded to women in a broad range of countries."
- includes Canada (7th place), U.S. (17th place)
Source:
World Economic Forum

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



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Fashion Alert!
Summer Dress Code No-Nos for Baby Boomers

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, pleeeeeeze let's try to avoid the following combinations in public, OK?

1. Nose ring and bifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. Pierced tongue and dentures
4. Miniskirt and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. Speedo bathing suit and cellulite
7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
8. Unbuttoned disco shirt and heart monitor
9. Midriff shirt and midriff bulge
10. Pierced nipples that hang below the waist
11. Bikinis and liver spots
12. Short shorts and varicose veins
13. Inline skates and a walker

Source:
E-mail from someone's 84-year-old aunt
http://www.clevelandseniors.com/forever/txtdresscode.htm