Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 29, 2014

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!!
JOYEUSE FÊTE DU CANADA!!

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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 2,705 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. Youth Unemployment in Canada : Challenges and Potential Solutions (Report of the Standing Committee on Finance) - June 27
2. Housing improves plight of homeless people with mental illness, study finds (Toronto Star) - June 24
3. Municipalities call for long-term housing plan as cross-Canada roundtables come to an end (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) - June 18
4. Canadians are invited to share their priorities for the 2015 federal budget (Standing Committee on Finance) - June 6
5. [New Brunswick] Provincial Election, September 22, 2014 : Is Poverty Reduction a priority for political parties? (NB Common Front for Social Justice)
6.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2014 - June 26
--- Police-reported hate crimes, 2012
- June 26
--- Study: National saving in Canada and the United States, 1926 to 2011 - June 26
--- Police-reported cybercrime, 2011 and 2012 - June 26
--- Residential Telephone Service Survey, 2013
- June 23
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. [United States] - The Three Biggest Lies About Poverty (Robert Reich) - June 14
10. [United States] Minimum Wage - June 2014
11. The 100 People Project
12. SumOfUs.org

13. Maternity Leave Policies Around the World (The Atlantic) - June 20
14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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Pause for reflection...


1. Youth Unemployment in Canada : Challenges and Potential Solutions - June 27
Report of the Standing Committee on Finance

Youth Unemployment in Canada : Challenges and Potential Solutions
Report of the Standing Committee on Finance

[Adopted by the Committee on June 5, 2014; Presented to the House on June 12, 2014]
James Rajotte, Chair
June 2014
41st Parliament, Second Session
(84 pages)

Table of Contents
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6658485&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&File=9
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER TWO: YOUTH AS STUDENTS
A. The statistical context
B. Federal supports
C. Witnesses’ views on the challenges faced by post-secondary students
D. Witnesses’ views on the solutions for post-secondary students
E. Witnesses’ views on the challenges faced by apprentices and other types of interns
F. Witnesses’ views on the solutions for apprentices and other types of interns
G. Witnesses’ views on the challenges faced by disadvantaged youth
H. Witnesses’ views on the solutions for disadvantaged youth
CHAPTER THREE: YOUTH AS POTENTIAL OR CURRENT EMPLOYEES
A. The statistical context
B. Federal supports
C. Witnesses’ views on the challenges faced by unemployed youth
D. Witnesses’ views on solutions for unemployed youth
E. Witnesses’ views on the challenges faced by employed youth
F. Witnesses’ views on solutions for employed youth
G. Witnesses’ views on the employment challenges faced by particular groups of youth
H. Witnesses’ views on solutions for the employment challenges faced by particular groups of youth
CHAPTER FOUR: YOUTH AS ENTREPRENEURS
A. The statistical context
B. Federal supports
C. Witnesses’ views on the challenges faced by youth entrepreneurs
D. Witnesses’ views on the solutions for youth entrepreneurs
CHAPTER FIVE: RECOMMENDATIONS
CHAPTER SIX: CONCLUSION

PDF version of the complete report (896K, 86 pages)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Committee/412/FINA/Reports/RP6658485/finarp06/finarp06-e.pdf

Version française (HTML):
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6658485&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&File=9&Language=F

Presentations to the Committee by individuals and groups
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6480660&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
Links to over two dozen submissions from unions, non-governmental organizations and individuals

Source:
Standing Committee on Finance (FINA)

http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

More FINA reports and government responses
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/ReportsResponses.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

FINA is part of the Parliament of Canada website:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

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

2. Housing improves plight of homeless people with mental illness, study finds - June 24
(Toronto Star)

Housing improves plight of homeless people with mental illness, study finds
http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2014/06/24/housing_improves_plight_of_homeless_people_with_mental_illness_study_finds.html
By Jessica McDiarmid
June 24, 2014
Providing housing to people who are homeless and suffering mental illness improves outcomes — and saves money, a Toronto study suggests. About 5,000 people are homeless in Toronto on any given night. A study has found that those who received shelter saw an improvement in their quality of life and community functioning.
The At Home/Chez Soi research project [ PDF - 416K, 4 pages : http://goo.gl/W1Bqit ] tracked nearly 600 people in Toronto over two years. Roughly half received treatment as usual, relying on the city’s network of services, while the other half received “housing first” treatment.

Source:
The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm

3. Municipalities call for long-term housing plan as cross-Canada roundtables come to an end - June 18
(Federation of Canadian Municipalities)

Municipalities call for long-term housing plan as cross-Canada roundtables come to an end
http://www.fcm.ca/home/media/news-releases/2014/municipalities-call-for-long-term-housing-plan-as-cross-canada-roundtables-come-to-an-end.htm
June 18, 2014
OTTAWA - Today, the Greater Victoria Capital Regional District of British Columbia will host the last of a series of local roundtable discussions on housing across the country organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as part of its "Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch" campaign. The other roundtables were held over the past months in Halifax, Toronto, London, Brockville (ON), Thompson (MB), Regina, and Edmonton.

"All orders of government must work together to develop a long-term plan that addresses the high cost of housing in Canada, improves predictability of future federal investments, and keeps our most vulnerable citizens off the streets," said FCM President Brad Woodside.

Without a long-term plan and leadership from all orders of government, up to one-third of the country's social housing units - home to more than half a million Canadians - will eventually be lost as a result of the expiry of $1.7 billion in annual federal investment.

Last week the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) released a report entitled "The Economic Survey of Canada"
[ http://www.oecd.org/canada/canada-sustain-inclusive-growth-by-reducing-housing-market-risks-and-overcoming-specific-skills-shortages.htm ]
... highlighting the severity of Canada's housing crunch, by revealing that 4 in 10 Canadians live in a city where housing prices are "seriously or severely unaffordable."

For more information about Canada's Housing Crunch, and our roundtables on the issue please consult the following:
http://www.fcm.ca/housingcrunch

Source:
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
http://www.fcm.ca/
Over 2,000 communities across Canada have come together to speak with one voice as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
United, we ...
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Tell our story
- Partner constructively with the federal government
- Influence policy and programs
- Get results!
FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations
.

More info about FCM
http://www.fcm.ca/home/about-us.htm

FCM Issues
Links to the following issues appear on the FCM website's home page (http://www.fcm.ca/):
* Federal Budget 2014
* Infrastructure
* Rural and Northern
* Transit and Transportation
* Policing and Public Safety
* Environment
* More issues affecting cities and communities

FCM Programs
Links to the following programs appear on the FCM website's home page (http://www.fcm.ca/):
* Community Economic Development Initiative
* Community Infrastructure Partnership Program
* Green Municipal Fund
* Partners for Climate Protection
* Quality of Life Reporting System
* Women in Local Government
* International
* Past Programs

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

- Go to the Municipal Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/municipal.htm

4. Canadians are invited to share their priorities for the 2015 federal budget
(Standing Committee on Finance)

From the
Standing Committee on Finance (FINA):

Canadians are invited to share their priorities for the 2015 federal budget
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6653302&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
News Release
June 6, 2014
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has launched its pre-budget consultation process, and is inviting Canadians to participate. A report on the 2014 consultations will be tabled in the House of Commons prior to the December 2014 parliamentary adjournment. Suggestions made by Canadians and the pre-budget report compiled by the Committee will be considered by the Minister of Finance in the development of the 2015 federal budget.
(...)
This fall, the Committee will invite specific groups and individuals to appear as witnesses during the pre-budget hearings. The focus of written submissions and the panels this fall will be on six key themes.

The themes for the 2014 pre-budget consultations are the following:
* Balancing the federal budget to ensure fiscal sustainability and economic growth
* Supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training
* Increasing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses through research, development, innovation and commercialization
* Ensuring prosperous and secure communities, including through support for infrastructure
* Improving Canada’s taxation and regulatory regimes
* Maximizing the number and types of jobs for Canadians.
(...)
The deadline for written submissions to the Committee is no later than Wednesday, 6 August 2014 at midnight eastern standard time.
Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words in length, including an executive summary. Text exceeding this limit will not be considered by the Committee. Following translation, the submissions will be posted on the Committee’s website.

Requests to appear before the Committee and written submissions should be sent to: finapbc-cpb@parl.gc.ca

Source:
Standing Committee on Finance (FINA)

http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

More FINA reports and government responses
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/ReportsResponses.aspx?Cmte=FINA&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

FINA is part of the Parliament of Canada website:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

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- Go to the 2015 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2015.htm

5. [New Brunswick] Provincial Election, September 22, 2014 : Is Poverty Reduction a priority for political parties?
(NB Common Front for Social Justice)

New Brunswick provincial election : September 22, 2014

Elections 2014- Is Poverty Reduction a priority for political parties?
The New Brunswick Province has a Poverty Reduction Strategy in place since 2009.
There will be a Provincial Election, September 22, 2014 and the NB Common for Social Justice wanted to know what concrete actions each policial party was proposing in their upcoming electoral platform to reduce poverty. We sent them a 10-points questionnaire and we want to share their answers with you.

The News Release, Questionnaire, Summary and Full report are available on the NBCFSJ web site at
http://www.frontnb.ca/

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Nouveau-Brunswick

Élections 2014- La réduction de la pauvreté est-elle une priorité des partis politiques?
La province du Nouveau-Brusnwick a mis en place, en 2009, une stratégie pour réduire la pauvreté. La province va tenir des élections le 22 septembre 2014 et le Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brusnwick voulait savoir quelles actions concrètes chaque parti politique allait proposer dans leur prochaine plateforme électorale pour réduire la pauvreté. Nous leur avons envoyé un Questionnaire comprenant 10 questions et nous voulons partager leurs réponses avec vous..

Vous pouvez consulter le communiqué de presse, le questionnaire, le sommaire exécutif et le rapport au complet sur le site web du FCJSNB au
http://www.frontnb.ca/

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- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2014 - June 26
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Police-reported hate crimes, 2012
- June 26
--- Study: National saving in Canada and the United States, 1926 to 2011 - June 26
--- Police-reported cybercrime, 2011 and 2012 - June 26
--- Residential Telephone Service Survey, 2013
- June 23

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

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

[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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June 26, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, April 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140626/dq140626a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $932 in April, up 0.5% from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings rose 3.3%.

June 26, 2014
Police-reported hate crimes, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140626/dq140626b-eng.htm
In 2012, police reported 1,414 criminal incidents motivated by hate in Canada, 82 more incidents than in 2011. These hate crimes represented 4.1 incidents per 100,000 population.

June 26, 2014
Study: National saving in Canada and the United States, 1926 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140626/dq140626c-eng.htm
Saving rates are defined as the ratio of gross saving to gross income. National saving rates, in turn, are the sum of all saving in the economy. A new study tracked savings rate data in Canada and the United States from 1926 to 2011 and found both commonalities and differences.

Report : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0027m/11f0027m2014093-eng.htm

June 26, 2014
Police-reported cybercrime, 2011 and 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140626/dq140626g-eng.htm
Data for 2011 and 2012 on cybercrime are now available for a subset of police services across Canada reporting to the newest version of the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.

Data are available upon request.
[ WHY, StatCan, WHY? People shouldn't have to self-identify to gain access to this and other studies!! ]

Related subjects:

Crime and justice
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2693&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Crimes and offences
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2102&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Victims and victimization
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=455&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

June 23, 2014
Residential Telephone Service Survey, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140623/dq140623a-eng.htm
[Not really social research, but interesting reading...]
More than one in five households in Canada have cell phones as their only form of telephone service. In 2013, 21% of households reported using a cell phone exclusively, up from 13% in 2010.
(...)
Total cell phone use, whether used exclusively or in combination with other types of phone service, continues to grow in popularity in Canada. In 2013, 83% of Canadian households had an active cell phone, up from 78% in 2010.

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Table : % of households by type of telephone service, by province
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140623/t140623a001-eng.htm

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
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

7. 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

June 29, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey: REEES in the field blog
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/first-nations-regional-early-childhood-education-and-employ
25 Jun 2014 | Canada
Survey by the First Nations Information Governance Centre is underway. You can learn more about REEES and follow its ongoing progress on their blog.

Democratic and learning-oriented assessment practices in early childhood care and education in New Zealand
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/democratic-and-learning-oriented-assessment-practices-early
25 Jun 2014 | Australia and New Zealand
The second installment of UNESCO's early childhood care and education working paper series argues that "approaches to assessment that have democracy in mind will include the views of those being assessed, develop a culture of success and engage families."

Presentations from the Summer Institute 2014: Investing in the early childhood workforce
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/presentations-summer-institute-2014-investing-early-childho
25 Jun 2014 | Ontario
The Summer Institute 2014, presented by George Brown College, School of Early Childhood, and the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education addressed opportunities and challenges for the early childhood workforce. With Keynote speakers Dr.Jan Peeters and Jim Grieve.

Annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools 2014
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/annual-report-ontarios-publicly-funded-schools-2014
25 Jun 2014 | Ontario
The early education and care section of People for Education's annual report highlights the critical need for "an effective overall early childhood strategy, including extended day programming that supports students' development and parents' work lives."

The state of early childhood education and care in Canada 2012
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/06/state-early-childhood-education-and-care-canada-2012
20 Jun 2014 | Canada
Report by CRRU's Carolyn Ferns and Martha Friendly provides a snapshot of Canadian ECEC and outlines key trends, patterns and policy shifts in ECEC's organization and governance. It is the first in a series produced by the Moving Child Care Forward project funded by the SSHRC Connections program, a joint initiative of CRRU, the Centre for Work, Families and Well-Being at University of Guelph, and the Department of Sociology at University of Manitoba.

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

Why we need affordable child care for all - now
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/why-we-need-affordable-child-care-all-now
25 Jun 2014 | Canada

How Denmark’s welfare program has narrowed its wealth gap to one of the smallest in the world
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/how-denmark%E2%80%99s-welfare-program-has-narrowed-its-wealth-gap-one-smalle
25 Jun 2014 | Europe

The case for universal childcare lies in our collective social responsibility
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/case-universal-childcare-lies-our-collective-social-responsibility
24 Jun 2014 | Europe

Medical daycare to open in Saskatoon
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/medical-daycare-open-saskatoon
24 Jun 2014 | Saskatchewan

Freeze child benefit for over-fives to fund better childcare, says thinktank
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/06/freeze-child-benefit-over-fives-fund-better-childcare-says-thinktank
24 Jun 2014 | Europe

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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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
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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

8. 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.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

June 27, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/27/
Foreclosures and Tax Sales – Detroit
Affordable Housing

June 26, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/26/
Rural Poverty
Maternal and Child Malnutrition – International

June 25, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/25/
Free College Tuition
US Wealth Gap

June 24, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/24/
Maternity Leave
Child Poverty – Nevada
Inequality and Poverty – Cross-National

June 23, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/06/23/
Minimum Wage
Child Care and Paid Sick Leave

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

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

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

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

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

9. [United States] - The Three Biggest Lies About Poverty - June 14
(Robert Reich)

The Three Biggest Lies About Poverty
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/THE-THREE-BIGGEST-LIES-ABOUT-POVERTY-1763220
By Robert Reich
June 14, 2014
Rather than confront poverty by extending jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, endorsing a higher minimum wage, or supporting jobs programs, conservative Republicans are taking a different tack.
They’re peddling three big lies about poverty.
To wit:
Lie #1: Economic growth reduces poverty.
Lie #2: Jobs reduce poverty.
Lie #3: Ambition cures poverty.
- incl. links to 11 source documents and studies

[ The author of this article, Robert Reich, is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
He was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration.]

Source:
Sky Valley Chronicle

http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/

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

10. [United States] Minimum Wage - June 2014

7 Companies That Aren't Waiting For Congress To Raise The Minimum Wage
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/companies-minimum-wage_n_5530835.html
June 26, 2014
Ikea workers scored a big victory Thursday when the purveyor of inexpensive Scandinavian furniture announced it's raising its minimum wage at all U.S. stores starting next year. The average base pay for an Ikea employee will increase to $10.76 an hour, the company said.
The announcement comes at a time when businesses large and small are rethinking what they pay their workers. President Barack Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, but Republicans in Congress are stalling the measure, arguing that businesses can't afford the added cost.
(...)
So some businesses, like Ikea, are taking matters into their own hands and raising wages without a federal mandate telling them to do so. The move doesn’t just reflect a concern for workers’ quality of life -- it’s also a shrewd business tactic that helps retailers attract top talent, an economic analyst told The Huffington Post earlier this week.

Although Ikea's move appears to be a powerful endorsement of a higher federal minimum wage, Rob Olson, chief financial officer and acting president of Ikea U.S., was quick to distance himself from party politics. "We're not advocating for a federal or state movement," Olson told HuffPost. "We're more focused on our co-workers and doing the right thing for them."

Here are seven major companies taking that philosophy to heart:

1. Ikea
2. Gap Inc. http://domore.gapinc.com/
3. Costco
4. In-N-Out Burger
5. Shake Shack
6. Ben & Jerry’s
7. Whole Foods

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Obama Administration, Allies Push For Minimum Wage Hike
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/obama-administration-minimum-wage_n_5500718.html
June 16, 2014

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25 Really Engaging Images About Minimum Wage in the U.S.
https://www.upworthy.com/25-really-engaging-images-about-minimum-wage-5

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Who Works at Minimum Wage?
https://www.upworthy.com/the-reality-of-who-actually-works-for-minimum-wage-will-shock-you-5

75% of minimum wage earners are adults.
70% have at least a high school degree, and some have had at least a year or two of college.

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Raising The Minimum Wage. It's Not As Simple As You Think.
https://www.upworthy.com/heres-the-most-simple-argument-against-raising-the-minimum-wage-its-not-as-simple-as-you-think-2

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The Minimum Wage, Women and the Glass Ceiling
http://www.upworthy.com/just-one-more-very-good-reason-to-raise-the-minimum-wage

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

11. The 100 People Project

The 100 People Project
We're on a quest to find the 100 people that represent the 7 billion of us. By statistically representing the world population as 100 people, we hope to make complex issues more comprehensible and help the world's children get a stronger sense of the big picture. The project and report are an update of the May 1990 State of the Village Report by Donella Meadows (see the link to that report a bit further down on the page you're now reading)

The 100 People Project: An Introduction (video, duration 3:40)
http://vimeo.com/47242333

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If the World were 100 PEOPLE:
http://www.100people.org/statistics_detailed_statistics.php?section=statistics
If the world was a village of 100 people,,,
--- 50 would be female, 50 would be male
--- 26 would be 0-14, 66 would be 15-64 and 8 would be 65 and older
--- 60 would be from Asia, 15 would be from Africa, 11 would be from Europe, 9 would be from Latin America & the Caribbean, and 5 would be from North America
Also includes breakdowns for the following categories:
* Religion * First Language * Overall Literacy * Literacy by Gender * Education * Urban/Rural * Drinking Water * Food * Infectious Disease * Poverty * Electricity * Technology *
Sanitation
NOTES:
1. Source information for each of the categories is available at the bottom of the page.
Example of source information:
Poverty:
*
http://www.prb.org/pdf11/2011population-data-sheet_eng.pdf
* http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2005/kotharibrf050511.doc.htm
* http://www.adb.org/documents/reports/health_wealth/hwap.pdf
* http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats
* http://econ.worldbank.org

Source:
100 People : A World Portrait
A World Education Toolbox

http://www.100people.org/
The 100 People Foundation helps students to better understand the complex issues facing our planet and the resources we share.
By framing the global population as 100 people, our media makes education more engaging and effective, and improves students' abilities to remember and relate to what they learn.

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The Original 100 People report:

State of the Village Report
http://www.donellameadows.org/archives/state-of-the-village-report/
By Donella Meadows
May 31, 1990
TIP: Compare this 1990 report with the one above (which is undated, but circa 2012) to see how the composition of this village/world has changed

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If you prefer the infographic version:

From UPWORTHY:
http://www.upworthy.com

The World as 100 People (Infographic)
http://www.upworthy.com/are-you-in-the-majority-of-everything-check-this-handy-chart
NOTE : Visual people like me (Gilles) have a certain affinity for infographics because they tend to make it easier to absorb information on various topics. Although I found the above graphic interesting, I found that I couldn't actually view the complete graphic --- the bottom section was below the bottom of my screen and there was no way to scroll down.
Go figure.
I use the latest versions of Google Chrome and Firefox to surf the net, but occasionally I have to fire up Internet Explorer when nothing else works. This was one of those cases for me. Generally speaking, when that happens, it means that the website (or page) is "optimized" for Internet Explorer --- "This site best viewed in Microsoft Internet Explorer", as they used to say. [Translation : Most people use IE (they don't), so we're not gonna bother with cross-browser compatibility; too much effort.]

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

12. SumOfUs.org

SumOfUs.org
http://sumofus.org/
SumOfUs.org is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy.
SumOfUs.org is a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations.
(4,856,557 members worldwide as at June 26, 2014

Here’s what we stand for:
Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations
Fair treatment of workers and the right of every human being to make a living, safely and ethically, for themselves and their family;
The right of ordinary consumers to products that are produced and marketed ethically, sustainably and transparently;
The right of communities to manage and protect their own environment and natural resources;
Business models that put people and the planet first instead of being driven by shortsighted greed.

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

13. Maternity Leave Policies Around the World - June 20
(The Atlantic)

A Map of Maternity Leave Policies Around the World
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/06/good-job-america-a-map-of-maternity-leave-policies-around-the-world/373117/
The U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that does not require some form of paid time off for new mothers.
June 20, 2014
If you're a woman working in the United States and your employer provides paid maternity leave, consider yourself lucky: Just 11 percent of Americans employed by private industry have access to some sort of paid family leave. For state and government employees, 16 percent can take paid family leave. The U.S. federal government provides no paid family leave to its employees, though they can use their sick days or vacation days that they've saved up.

Source:
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/

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Maternity leave basics: Canada vs. the U.S.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/maternity-leave-basics-canada-vs-the-us/article4197679/
May 16 (Updated June 18), 2014
The U.S. has one of the poorest support systems for pregnant women and new mothers in the world. The Canadian system, on the other hand, provides at least a partial ongoing income for almost a year to give families time to adjust to the new addition, as well as a guarantee of re-employment after a lengthy leave.

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

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

14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

25 June 2014 - CRINmail issue 1383
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1383

In this issue:
Committee on the Rights of the Child:
Election results announced
Latest news and reports
- Iran set to execute former child bride
- Unwelcome juvenile justice proposals
- Action on harmful ‘protection of the family’ resolution
- Children used as suicide bombers
- New resources on child and forced labour
- Children’s health rights discussed
- Egyptian outcry over call to kill street children
- Retailers urged to stop selling gay ‘cure’ books
Children's access to justice in Barbados
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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CRIN News Archive
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http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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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. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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Ten Words Whose Meaning Has Changed Over Time

Here are ten words you may not have realized didn’t always mean what they mean today.

1. Nice:
This word used to mean “silly, foolish, simple.” Far from the compliment it is today!

2. Silly:
In its earliest uses, it referred to things worthy or blessed, then it came to refer to the weak and vulnerable, and now it applies to those who are foolish.

3. Awful:
Awful things used to be “worthy of awe” for a variety of reasons. Nowadays, awful is just yucky.

4. Fizzle:
Once referred to the act of producing quiet flatulence, now refers to petering out, failing at things.

5. Wench:
Short form for the Old English word wenchel (which referred to children of either sex), the word wench used to mean “female child” before it came to be used to refer to female servants.

6. Fathom:
This verb moved from meaning “to encircle with one’s arms” to meaning “to understand after much thought.”

7. Clue:
Centuries ago, a clue (or clew) was a ball of yarn; today, it means any bit of evidence that help us solve problems or mmysteries.

8. Myriad:
If you had a myriad of things 600 years ago, it meant that you specifically had 10,000 of them – not just a lot like today.

9. Naughty:
Long ago, if you were naughty, you had naught or nothing. Then it came to mean evil or immoral, and now you are just badly behaved.

10. Eerie:
Before the word eerie described things that inspire fear, it used to describe people feeling fear — as in one could feel faint and eerie.

Source:
http://ideas.ted.com/2014/06/18/20-words-that-once-meant-something-very-different/
(Click the source link for 10 more words.)

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Canada Day Playlist: 45 Great Songs About Our Great Nation
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/27/canada-day-playlist-songs_n_5538129.html

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The List For Hipster Baby Names Is Out And It’s As Bad As You Imagined
http://elitedaily.com/humor/list-hipster-baby-names-bad-imagined/646245/
Five Most Popular Hipster Baby Names

Boys:
* Auden * Byron * Enoch * Gulliver * Ignatius

Girls:
* Briseida * Farrah * Inez * Liora * Minnie

Source:
http://elitedaily.com/humor/list-hipster-baby-names-bad-imagined/646245/
Click the source link for more hipster names...

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Air Traffic in North Atlantic Skies
http://vimeo.com/98941796
This visualization shows Transatlantic traffic over a 24 hour period taken from a day in August last year and shows 2,524 flights crossing the North Atlantic

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Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/06/scenes-from-d-day-then-and-now/100752/
June 5, 2014

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To mark the imminent return of Rob Ford to Toronto City Hall
and the Toronto mayoralty race
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"The Funniest MAYOR ROB FORD Compilation!" (video montage, duration 24:10)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8UOfp3znB8

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The most delightfully hostile notes ever left on a car windshield:
http://happyplace.someecards.com/thinking-of-you/worlds-most-entertaining-windshield-notes/

 

 

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