Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 29, 2011
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Penalized for working? Ontario Disability Support Program clients lose
50 cents on every dollar earned - May 24
Ontario Disability Support Program
working? Disabled [on ODSP] lose 50 cents on every dollar earned
May 23, 2011
By Laurie Monsebraaten
(...) Earning rules and administrative practices are one of the reasons why those who rely on Ontario’s welfare system for the disabled are 11 times more likely to be unemployed than the average Ontarian, says a new report by advocates for the mentally ill. While 49 per cent of Ontarians with disabilities are employed, just 11 per cent on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) are working, says the report, to be released Tuesday.
The report What Stops Us From Working? calls on Queen’s Park to allow those receiving ODSP to earn up to $300 a month with no clawbacks for one year and to be able to reconcile earnings annually rather than monthly. The government should also “help make work pay” for this group by streamlining ODSP earnings rules with other social programs such as subsidized housing and child care and by expanding ODSP employment supports, says the report, obtained by the Star.
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stops us from working?
New ways to make work pay, by fixing the treatment
of earnings under the Ontario Disability Support Program (PDF - 1.2MB, 32 pages)
By John Stapleton and Stephanie Procyk
This paper is a collaboration among three organizations:
The Dream Team is a group of psychiatric consumer/survivors who advocate for more supportive housing in Ontario for people with mental health issues. Dream Team members demonstrate and promote the life-altering benefits of supportive housing, by telling their own stories, conducting and presenting research, and standing up for human rights.
Houselink Community Homes is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto. It provides supportive housing to people living with mental illness. Houselink makes it possible for people living with mental illness to build meaningful lives on their own terms.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction.
in the Toronto Star:
jobs a lifeline for people with mental illness
May 28, 2011
By Dr. Kwame McKenzie
I count myself lucky. When I arrived in Canada four years ago, I had a job and it helped me find community, colleagues and friends. Work helped me connect with Toronto. Most of my clients are not so lucky. Living with the stigma and symptoms of a severe mental health problem is challenging enough. But they have to add to that the social isolation that comes with being jobless. Many people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses do not work, and many have been told they cannot work. Yet an interesting thing happens when they do find employment — their health improves. Study after study has confirmed that a good job is good for their health. Their quality of life goes way up. Their use of health services goes way down. (...) If you have a mental health problem, you are on ODSP and you may lose so many benefits that it is simply not worth your while financially to work. You actually lose money by going to work. That is enough to put most people off. This is a shame because a job is more than the money — it is a link to the rest of the community and it is good for your health. The Dream Team, Houselink Community Homes and CAMH have been working together on recommendations that take a different approach. ODSP could balance its administrative imperatives with a determined focus on supporting people to work. This would make a significant difference in the lives of the people I treat.
[ Author Dr. Kwame McKenzie is a senior scientist within the Social Equity and Health Research section at CAMH. ]
the path to work
May 23, 2011
Ontario’s disability support program is supposed to keep people from falling into destitution because of their disability and help find jobs for those who can work. At just $1,053 a month for a single person the rate is so low that it fails utterly in its first goal. And, once someone receives that cheque, hundreds of punitive rules kick in that undermine the program’s second goal as well. As the Star’s Laurie Monsebraaten reports, Ontarians on disability support who have tried to improve their financial circumstance (and reduce their reliance on taxpayers) by doing some work have found themselves even poorer than before. This makes no sense. Provincial officials — from Premier Dalton McGuinty down to the worker behind the glass window at a disability support office — must know that.
Open Policy Ontario is the social policy consultancy of John Stapleton.
- Go to the Disability Links page:
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and
Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
2. Open Policy Course
in Public Policy for Advocates and Activists
Policy Course in Public Policy for Advocates and Activists
- Twenty-five sessions + reading list + links for further study
Open Policy Ontario John Stapleton's website
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and
Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
from Finance Canada:
From Finance Canada:
Release of the
Fiscal Monitor for March 2011
May 27, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for March 2011.
Budgetary Deficit of $6.2 Billion (compared to a deficit of $6.4 billion in March 2010)
April 2010 to March 2011:
Budgetary deficit of $34.4 Billion (compared to a deficit of $47.0 billion for April 2009 to March 2010).
[ earlier editions of The Fiscal Monitor - going back to 1996 ]
May 25, 2011
Minister of Finance will deliver the next phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced that the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan: A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth will be delivered in Parliament on June 6. (...) Minister Flaherty said the Government will stay the course with its prudent, low-tax plan for Canadian families, which will:
* Keep taxes low.
* Make targeted investments to support jobs and growth.
* Maintain growing transfer payments for crucial services like health care and education.
* Control government spending and eliminate the deficit
Economic Action Plan - links to the complete collection of (7)
Action Plan reports dating back to March 2009
- this link takes you to a section of the Federal Government Department links of this website.
- Go to the 2011 Canadian
Government Budgets Links page:
- Go to the Federal Government
Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:
4. Canada ranked worst of G7 nations in fighting bribery, corruption - but Canadians are a happy lot. Go figure. - May 24
New from the
Globe and Mail:
Canada ranked worst of G7 nations in
fighting bribery, corruption
By Julian Sher
May 24, 2011
Canada has again been scolded on the international stage for its “lack of progress” in fighting bribery and corruption by a watchdog agency that ranks it among the worst of nearly 40 countries. Transparency International, a group that monitors global corruption, put Canada in the lowest category of countries with “little or no enforcement” when it comes to applying bribery standards set out by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Transparency International I calls
on OECD leaders to reinvigorate fight against corruption
New report shows progress on enforcement of OECD Anti-Bribery Convention has stalled
Berlin, 24 May 2011
A new report from Transparency International (TI), the anti-corruption organisation, shows no improvement in the enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in the past year and warns that this could signal a dangerous loss of momentum in the fight against corruption. (...)
The TI Progress Report on Enforcement of the OECD Convention (PDF - 2.2MB, 94 pages), covering 37 countries, shows that there are still only seven countries with active enforcement, nine with moderate enforcement, and 21 with little or no enforcement.
Also in the Globe, on the same day:
Canadians can’t complain: Better
By Renata D'Aliesio
May 24, 2011
All in all, Canadians are a pretty comfortable and happy lot. The country ranks at or near the top in many of 11 well-being indicators in a new quality of life index, unveiled Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Only Australia topped Canada.
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Globe and Mail
of OECD Well-Being Indicators
This Compendium represents one of the first attempts to respond to the demand for comparative information on the conditions of people.s lives in developed market economies. Previous contributions in this field have focused on the conditions of poorer countries and on a more narrow range of dimensions (e.g. Human Development Index). This Compendium extends these efforts on both fronts.
It is a preview of the type of measures that will be included in the "How's life?" report to be released in October 2011.
The OECD plans to issue similar reports in the future on a recurrent basis, and to enrich the set of dimensions and indicators in the light of experience gained and of progress made in implementing better measures.
Download the Compendium in PDF format:
In one single file (1.5 MB)
OECD Better Life Index
This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life. The list of topics comprises the following:
* Topics * Housing * Income * Jobs * Community * Education * Environment * Governance * Health * Life Satisfaction * Safety * Work-Life Balance
Better Life Initiative (small PDF file)
how's life in Canada, eh?
* Money cannot buy happiness, but it is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Canada, the average household earned 27 015 USD in 2008, more than the OECD average.
* Nearly 72% of people aged 15 to 64 in Canada have a paid job. People in Canada work 1699 hours a year, less than most in the OECD. 71% of mothers are employed after their children begin school, suggesting that women are able to successfully balance family and career.
* 87% of adults aged 25 to 64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school diploma, much higher than the OECD average.
* The average Canadian student scored 524 out of 600 in reading ability, higher than the OECD average.
* Life expectancy at birth in Canada is 80.7 years, more than one year above the OECD average.
* 78% of people in Canada said they were satisfied with their life, much higher than the OECD average of 59%.
- Go to the Government Social
Research Links in Other Countries page:
- Go to the Poverty Measures -
International Resources page:
Homeless in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge - May 2011
Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge
By Nick Falvo
There is a considerable amount of visible homelessness in Yellowknife (NWT), yet very little third-party analysis of the situation. This report begins by briefly discussing who is homeless in Yellowknife and then outlines program responses, including emergency shelters and various models of housing. An overview will then be provided of major funding initiatives from the federal and territorial governments, as well as various forms of homelessness assistance provided by the City of Yellowknife. The report concludes by making policy recommendations with respect to the need for increased accountability, shelter standards, more housing options for the homeless, and a public health response to alcohol and drug use.
The Homeless Hub
The Homeless Hub was created to address the need for a single place to find homelessness information from across Canada. Launched in 2007, the Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information center representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance knowledge mobilization and networking.
Top 10 Things I Learned About
While Preparing a Report on Homelessness in Yellowknife
By Nick Falvo
May 25, 2011
[Author Nick Falvo is a PhD Candidate at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He also teaches a course on affordable housing and homelessness at Carleton's School of Social Work.]
- Go to the Homelessness and
Housing Links page:
- Go to the Northwest Territories
6. MissingKids.ca -
We offer families support in finding their missing child and provide educational materials to help prevent children from going missing
[Phone: 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477)]
[ Version française:
MissingKids.ca has four primary
* To assist in the location of missing children
* To provide educational materials to help prevent children from going missing
* To be an information and resource centre on missing children
* To coordinate efforts and assist stakeholders in the delivery of missing children services
Canadian Centre for Child Protection
[ Version française :
Centre canadien de protection de l'enfance ]
The Canadian Centre for Child
Protection is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal
safety of all children. Our goal is to reduce child victimization by
providing programs and services to Canadians. We do this through public
awareness activities, our personal safety education program (Kids in
the Know), our national tipline to report online sexual abuse of
children (Cybertip.ca), and our program to help organizations prevent
child sexual abuse (Commit to Kids).
* Kids in the Know
* Commit to Kids
- Go to the
Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:
7. Recessions :
Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. - May 2011
UK in 2011 is not Canada in 1996
(PDF - 419K, 9 pages)
May 10, 2011
By Michael Mendelson
Excerpt from the Conclusion:
The lesson from Canada is not about how to cut the deficit: it is about when to cut the deficit. Nor was it cuts that created economic growth: rather it was economic growth that created the room for cuts. The effects of fiscal contraction in Canada were more than offset by the strongly growing economy with its foundation in exports to the US. Employment in Canada rose continuously during the period of fiscal contraction, due to the strength of the export-dominated market sector, enhanced by monetary policy...
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
(found in the bibliography of the
above article by Michael Mendelson)
impact of recessions in the United States on Canada
Excerpt from the Conclusion:
Recessions in Canada and the US are often, but not always, closely synchronised. Moreover, there is a large disparity in the magnitude of the downturns since the severity of a recession in Canada is usually determined by the course of domestic demand, not exports. Of course, domestic spending is influenced by global trends, especially the impact of commodity prices on business investment. The record drop of our terms of trade late in 2008 suggests that the global recession will play a determinant role in domestic spending.
Canadian Economic Observer (March 2009) (Feature article)
[ Canadian Economic Observer - main product page ]
[ Statistics Canada ]
- Go to the Social Research
Organizations (I) in Canada page:
8. What's New in The
Daily [Statistics Canada]:
What's new from
May 27, 2011
Public sector employment, First quarter 2011
Public sector employment on a seasonally adjusted basis was 3.6 million in the first quarter, up 0.3% from the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase was concentrated mainly in health and social services institutions (+0.5%). Employment has been growing steadily in this sector since the first quarter of 2005. Employment also rose in local general government (+0.4%). Employment in federal general government fell 0.2% in the first quarter.
* Employment and remuneration
May 26, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, March 2011
From February to March 2011, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 0.5% to $876.53. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings were 4.1% higher compared with March 2010.
Employment, Earnings and Hours - product main page*
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month or later after this report first appears in The Daily.
* On the product main page,click "View" to see the
latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.
* Employment and unemployment
* Wages, salaries and other earnings
May 25, 2011
Study: Measuring voluntary interhousehold transfers, 2008
In 2008, Canadian households received $8.5 billion in voluntary interhousehold transfers from other households. This is twice the dollar amount of court-ordered alimony and child support payments received by Canadian households. It is also comparable in size to major government social programs, like social assistance and child tax benefits. Interhousehold transfers are a flow of economic resources between households. In some cases, people in one household monetarily support people in other households. These would include parents who support students away at school, immigrants sending money to family members in their home countries, or someone helping out a friend who has fallen on hard times.
Measuring voluntary interhousehold transfers
* Full article:
--- PDF (70K, 12 pages)
* Families, households and housing
* Household characteristics
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household assets, debts and wealth
* Household spending and savings
* Household, family and personal income
* Low income and inequality
May 2011 issue of
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
This publication brings together and analyzes a wide range of labour and income data. Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]
Also in the May 2011 issue:
Work absences in 2010
This overview presents data on absences from work for personal reasons (illness or disability and personal or family responsibilities) by various demographic and labour market characteristics, using data from the Labour Force Survey. Only full-time employees have been considered in this analysis.
* Full article:
--- PDF (155K, 11 pages)
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily
- Go to the Federal Government Department
Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
9. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
No new links since May 19, 2011
policy and practice
* Child care in the news
to the CRRU email notices and updates
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.
sites in Canada and elsewhere
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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.
- Go to the Non-Governmental
Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.
Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:
Internet Access and Income - Canada
Poverty Measurement - India
State Medicaid Programs
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Enrollment
School Funding - New Jersey
State Medicaid Programs
Columbus Dispatch Series on Employment for the Disabled
State Minimum Wage - Maine
Kids Count Report - New Jersey
Abortion Rates and Poverty
Rhode Island Medicaid Waiver
- links to dispatches back to June 2006
Search Poverty Dispatches
To subscribe to this email list, send an email to:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]
- Go to the Links to American
Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American
Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American
Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:
- Go to the Poverty Measures -
International Resources page:
11. Global Peace
Index 2011 - May 25
2011 Global Peace Index:
World less peaceful for third straight year;
Arab Spring heralds biggest ever change in rankings (PDF - 139K, 3 pages)
LONDON, May 25, 2011 – The threat of terrorist attacks and the likelihood of violent demonstrations were the two leading factors making the world less peaceful in 2011, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI), released today. This is the third consecutive year that the GPI, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), has shown a decline in the levels of world peace. The economic cost of this to the global
economy was $8.12 trillion in the past year. The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. It gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and militarisation in 153 countries by taking into account 23 separate indicators.
Peace Index 2011
The Global Peace Index (GPI) , produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. It gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and militarisation in 153 countries by taking into account 23 separate indicators.
Methodology, Results and Findings (PDF - 407K, 47 pages)
Key Findings in the 2011 report:
* The world is less peaceful for the third straight year
* Due to an increased threat of terrorist attacks in 29 nations
* A greater likelihood of violent demonstrations in 33 countries
* Arab Spring unrest heralds biggest ever change in rankings, Libya tumbles 83 spots
* Iceland bounces back from economic woes to top ranking
* Somalia displaces Iraq as world’s least peaceful nation
* Violence cost the global economy more than $8.12 trillion in 2010
* US peacefulness shows minimal change
* Canada is the eighth most peaceful country in the world, up from 14th place last year
2011 Discussion paper:
New Dimensions of Peace –
Society, Economy, and the Media (PDF - 3.3MB, 66 pages)
Explore the latest research & analysis from the Institute for Economics and Peace.
"This study estimates that if the U.S. had similar levels of peacefulness to Canada, the conservative economic benefit on the U.S. economy would be $361 billion per annum." (Excerpt, page 5)
2011 Fact Sheet (PDF - 41K, 2 pages)
States Peace Index
April 6, 2011
The U.S. Peace Index created by the Institute for Economics and Peace reveals that Maine is the most peaceful U.S. state. The report also estimates there is potential for $361 billion in savings and additional economic activity by increasing peacefulness in America to the same level as Canada.
Institute for Economics and Peace
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is an international research institute dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interrelationships between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace.
Vision of Humanity
Vision of Humanity is a strong proponent of the need to further study, advocate and act on peace. It groups together a number of interrelated initiatives focused on global peace which enjoy the support of a wide range of philanthropists, business people, politicians, religious leaders and intellectuals. It brings a strategic approach to raising the world’s attention and awareness around the importance of peace to humanity’s survival in the 21st century.
- Go to the Social Research Links
in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
12. [Australia] Family assistance: what the changes really mean - May 20
assistance: what the changes really mean
By Daniel Nethery
20 May 2011
The federal budget changes to family benefits will create a better-targeted system that more adequately covers the cost of raising children.
Inside Story - Current affairs and culture
Related links from
the Government of Australian:
Benefits, Payments and Services
- links to a broad range of financial assistance programs.
Budget of Australia 2011-12:
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Details of the 2011-12 Australian Budget regarding family benefits, disability benefits, children's benefits, etc.
Budget Paper No. 2 - Expense Measures
[ Commonwealth of Australia 2011-12 Budget - May 10, 2011 ]
Government of Australia
- Go to the
Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page:
13. Basic Income News (guaranteed annual income) - May 2011
NEW! Basic Income Earth Network
and affiliates launch Basic Income News
[A Basic Income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement.
So Basic Income = Guaranteed Annual Income.]
May 25, 2011
Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) announce the launch of a new website entirely devoted to basic income news.
Basic Income News is the online incarnation of the BIEN NewsFlash (see the link below) and affiliated publications, such as the USBIG Newsletter. The BIEN NewsFlash and its predecessor, the BIEN Newsletter, have been in publication since 1986. The USBIG Newsletter has been going since the year 2000. It is the creation of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (the USBIG Network), BIEN’s affiliate in the United States.
Basic Income News will have frequently updated news stories about Basic Income around the world, provided initially by BIEN and USBIG. We hope soon that many more of BIEN’s affiliates will contribute as well. If you have news about Basic Income that you think should be published in Basic Income News, please contact the editors at <email@example.com>.
NEWSFLASH 64, May 2011 (PDF - 147K, 17 pages)
Table of contents:
1. NEW! BIEN and affiliates launch Basic Income News: http://binews.org/
2. BIEN Congress 2012 will be held in Munich, Germany
3. New Issue of Basic Income Studies
4. Basic income book series: call for proposals
Seoul, Delhi, Namur, Berlin, Lincoln
6. Glimpses of national debates
- EUROPEAN UNION: EU-Parliament in favour of adequate minimum income
- FRANCE: Former Prime Minister launches basic income campaign
- GREECE: Basic Pension Introduced
- IRAQ: Muqtada al-Sadr Endorses Alaskan Policy
- ITALY: Activist Movement for basic income
- KUWAIT: A Temporary, Partial basic income for Citizens Only
- LATIN AMERICA: Head of UN Commission Says Several Latin America Countries Could Implement basic income
- UNITED STATES: American Political Science Association Task Force Will Discuss BIG
- SWITZERLAND: A referendum on basic income?
8. New Links
9. About the Basic Income Earth Network
BIEN's NewsFlash is mailed electronically every two months to over 1,500 subscribers throughout the world.
Requests for free subscription should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
New blogs at USBIG
May 19, 2011
The USBIG Network has added the following two blogs to its website. Both have news and opinion on those topics going back to 2000, and both will continue to be updated periodically. Both allow for reader comments and feedback.
* The Alaska Dividend Blog
The Alaska Dividend, properly called the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), is the closest thing to a basic income guarantee that exists in the world today. It is a small, yearly dividend, financed indirectly from oil revenues, paid by the state government to every citizen who lives in Alaska-including all men, women, and children. This blog has news and commentary about the Alaska Dividend as a small basic income that can provide a model to be copied elsewhere.
* The Basic Income Guarantee Blog
In this blog, Karl Widerquist writes about the Basic Income Guarantee and contemporary U.S. and world politics
Canada - Towards Income Security for All Canadians
(new website URL)
BIEN Canada is the Canadian affiliate of the Basic Income Earth Network. BIEN Canada was founded at the 2008 international BIEN Congress to promote dialogue, public education and networking about basic income in Canada. BIEN Canada is composed of individuals and organizations interested in promoting dialogue around basic income.
[ BIEN Canada Resources - incl. links to Basic Income websites, videos, aticles, papers, etc.]
Oldie Goldie (1985):
Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada,
Chair: Donald S. MacDonald
- includes links to PDF files for Volumes One, Two and Three along with a short table of contents (PDF - 48K)
[ Version française ]
In 1985, the Royal Commission on the
Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (the "MacDonald
Commission") recommended, among other fixes, a free-trade agreement
between Canada and the U.S. and a universal income security
- Read the excerpt below, and click the link for more detailed information.
Three, Part 2 (PDF - 7.1MB, 163 pages)
Excerpt (page 173) :
The centre-piece for Commissioners' proposals ... is establishment of a Universal Income Security Program (UISP), which would entail a universally available income supplement, subject to reduction at a relatively low "tax-back" rate. Such a scheme, delivered either through the federal tax system or by means of direct transfers, appears to fall within federal jurisdiction. The present federal responsibility for Family Allowances, Unemployment Insurance and Old Age Security clearly establishes a broad federal mandate for income security, of which the UISP is a logical development. Moreover, we believe that individual provinces acting alone would not be capable of bringing such a program into operation. To create the UISP, however, would involve a major change in federal-provincial relations, a change which Commissioners think would be healthy for the federal system. (more...)
- Go to the Guaranteed Annual
Income Links page:
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
May 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1226
In this issue:
EDITORIAL: Child Domestic Workers - The dawn of a new Convention? (part 2)
CRC Day of General Discussion 2011
NEW advocacy calendar!
Latest news and reports
- Call for tougher membership criteria: Human Rights Council
- State violence: Syria
- Debate on child custody: Japan
- Let the child decide: United States
- Child abuse: Israel, Holy See, Tunisia
- The right of discharge: United Kingdom
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits
to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- 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.
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]
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(Sub-title : Don't make me send
Marg Warrior Princess to smite you.!)
In conversation and in writing, please, please, please, stop
using "myself" instead of "me".
"You may contact my executive assistant or myself for more information."
It's WRONG, and it makes you sound - well, dumb.
Here's a simple rule : Never, ever, use "myself"
in a sentence unless it's preceded by "I".
E.g.: "I cut myself shaving this morning."
In the old days when people studied traditional grammar, we
could simply say, "The first person singular pronoun is I when it's a subject
and me when it's an object,' but now few people know what that means. The misuse
of I and myself for me is caused by nervousness about me. [. . .] But the notion
that there is something wrong with me leads people to overcorrect and avoid
it where it is perfectly appropriate. People will say, 'The document had to
be signed by both Susan and I' when the correct statement would be, 'The document
had to be signed by both Susan and me.'
Trying even harder to avoid the lowly me, many people will substitute myself as in 'The suspect uttered epithets at Officer O'Leary and myself.' Myself is no better than I as an object. Myself is not a sort of all-purpose intensive form of me or I . Usemyself only when you have used I earlier in the same sentence: 'I am not particularly fond of goat cheese myself'" (Brians,Common Errors in English Usage).
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