Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 29, 2012

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,566 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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Official London 2012 website
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for April/May 2012 (Finance Canada) - July 27
2. Latest Media and Policy News (Income Security Advocacy Centre) - July 26
3. Annual Council of the Federation Meeting in Halifax, July 25-27, 2012

4. Selected recent releases from the Wellesley Institute:
--- Three reasons why cutting the Hardship Fund is unfair and inequitable
--- Actions to address the impact of cuts to refugee health benefits
--- Refugees are feeling the real cost of cuts to health benefits
--- Reforming social assistance in Ontario: progress so far and an update
--- Why Toronto’s rich and poor are hospitalized for different reasons, and what we can do about this

5. Gilles' Research Tip : How to Find Information on this Site
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2012 - July 26
--- Study: Suicide rates, an overview, 1950 to 2009 - July 25
--- Leading causes of death, 2009 - July 25
--- Police-reported crime statistics, 2011 - July 24
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. USA.gov is a federal government Web site worth checking out (Washington Post)
- July 26
10. [United States] KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book (Annie E. Casey Foundation) - July 25
11. Building flexibility and accountability into local employment services [incl. Canada] (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
12. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for April/May 2012 - July 27
(Finance Canada)

New from
Finance Canada:

Release of the Fiscal Monitor for April/May 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-083-eng.asp
July 27, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for April-May 2012.

Highlights:

April and May 2012 : Budgetary Deficit of $0.8 Billion
For the first two months of the 2012–13 fiscal year (April and May), there was a budgetary deficit of $0.8 billion, compared to a deficit of $2.0 billion reported in the same period last year. By month, there was a deficit of $19 million in April and a deficit of $0.8 billion in May.

Reporting Changes for 2012-13
Beginning with the April and May 2012 Fiscal Monitor, the Government has adopted a new accounting standard issued by the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants regarding tax revenues.
(Click the link above for detailed reporting changes.)

Related Document:

The Fiscal Monitor - April/May 2012
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2012-04-eng.asp

[ earlier editions of The Fiscal Monitor back to 1996:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf-index-eng.asp ]

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

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

2. Latest Media and Policy News - July 26
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Latest Media and Policy News: 26 July 2012
http://goo.gl/Loaxv

Top Stories:
(Click the above link to access any of the articles below.)

* Campaign 2000 calls on the premiers to strengthen poverty reduction and on the federal government to adopt its own strategy.
* The $610 Diet Plan – from Raise the Rates BC
* Study says poor moms are often diagnosed with anxiety, but the problem is really poverty – solutions should be income supports and services, not psychiatry
* Food prices could soon skyrocket due to drought, warns NDP
* A recent Economic Inequality public meeting hosts several speakers on how to fix the problem
* (
Ontario) Hudak’s plans for “flexible labour” means driving down wages, says Sid Ryan
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Around the Province:
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Toronto City staff kill Hardship Fund, despite Council direction
--- Guelph’s “Affordable Bus Pass” program – for people with incomes below the Low Income Measure – is working well
--- Food bank use in Sarnia up
--- Warren Kinsella says poverty and inequality are reasons behind gun violence in Toronto
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Across the Country:
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What happens when Newfoundland has a poverty reduction strategy and BC doesn’t? Newfoundland’s poverty rate plummets. BC’s doesn’t
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National
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A recent poll shows the Conservatives may be heading for disaster
* Companies are hoarding cash, and it could spell doom for the economy
* CCPA’s Erika Shaker takes apart common neoliberal myths

* International
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US poverty reaching highest levels since the 1960s
--- Cherokee activist points out the connection between obesity and poverty
--- More on The Great US Welfare Work Waiver Debate
--- Fight heats up between Republicans and Democrats
--- Republicans introduce bill to block reforms
--- Obama seen to be putting Democrats on the hotseat
--- Sebelius defends the reforms
--- Welfare reforms just passed in New Zealand
--- NZ Government press release outlines welfare changes
--- More on what NZ government wants to do
--- NZ Advocacy group says reforms perpetuate discrimination
--- More criticism from NZ advocates

By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Subscribe to ISAC's Media and Policy News e-list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

3. Annual Council of the Federation Meeting in Halifax, July 25-27, 2012

Annual Council of the Federation Meeting in Halifax, July 25-27, 2012

Summer Meeting 2012 - home page
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/meetings/summer_meeting2012.html
- includes links to related news releases and the list of sponsors of this meeting
(see below for Linda Lalonde's note regarding sponsors.)
- also includes a link to the new report from the Council entitled:

From Innovation to Action:
First Report of the Health Care Innovation Working Group
(PDF - 3MB, 28 pages)
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Health%20Innovation%20Report-E-WEB.pdf

[ Related news release (small PDF file):
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Jul26_Health%20Communique-FINAL.pdf ]

Releases from the
Council of the Federation:

Premiers Steer Canada’s Economic Future
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Economy_FINAL.pdf (small PDF file, 3 pages)
July 27, 2012
Premiers will work together to ensure Canada’s continued economic success....

Ontario to Host 2013 Council of the Federation Summer Meeting (small PDF file, 1 page)
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Ontario%20Hosting%20COF%202013-July%2026-FINAL.pdf
July 27, 2012
Ontario will host the 2013 summer meeting of the Council of the Federation...

Premiers Guide Development of Canada’s Energy Resources (small PDF file, 1 page)
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Energy-FINAL.pdf
July 27, 2012
In 2007, the Council of the Federation (COF) developed an energy strategy titled A Shared Vision for Energy in Canada...

Fiscal Arrangements (small PDF file, 2 pages)
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Fiscal%20Arrangements-July%2027-FINAL.pdf
July 27, 2012
In January 2012, Premiers appointed a working group of provincial and territorial Finance Ministers, to be led by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, to
assess the impact of the proposed changes by the federal government to major transfers to provinces and territories.
Report of the Council of the Federation Working Group on Fiscal Arrangements
http://goo.gl/H8dMu

Premiers Collaborate on the Economy (small PDF file, 1 page)
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/Jul26_Economy%20Communique-FINAL.pdf
July 26, 2012 – First Ministers are taking a leadership role on shaping Canada’s economic future.
Maintaining a strong and growing economy is Premiers’ number one priority.

Nova Scotia Hosts Council of the Federation Meeting (PDF - 212K, 1 page)
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/COF_NS-News_Release_COF_Agenda_july24.pdf
July 24, 2012
News Release
Canada’s Premiers will meet in Halifax July 25-27 for the Council of the Federation (COF) summer meeting.
The meeting will take place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

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[ Earlier meetings of the
Council of the Federation (back to 2003-2004):

http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/meetings/meetings2012.html ]

Source:
Council of the Federation

http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/
The Council of the Federation comprises all 13 provincial and territorial Premiers. It enables Premiers to work collaboratively to strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive relationship among the provinces and territories, and with the federal government.

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Related links:

Premiers meet in Halifax, but will they talk about poverty?
http://dignityforall.ca/en/premiers-meet-halifax-will-they-talk-about-poverty
By Megan Yarema
July 25, 2012
Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation - a group comprised of the 13 premiers from all provinces and territories. From July 25-27 premiers have gathered in Halifax to discuss important issues such as healthcare, the environment, and a pan-Canadian energy strategy. But is there room for poverty on the agenda? We hope so.
The Dignity for All campaign has written two letters to provincial leaders (see the links below) inquiring about the effects that changes to Old Age Security and Employment Insurance will have on regional economies, and where a federal poverty plan fits in. Two campaign members, Campaign 2000 and Canada Without Poverty, have recently added their voices to the conversation in published online articles looking at poverty and healthcare, and Employment Insurance in the Atlantic provinces. Both pieces note the role that each service plays in alleviating poverty.

Source:
Dignity for All
http://dignityforall.ca/
Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada was founded by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice in 2009.

Canada Without Poverty
http://www.cwp-csp.ca/

Citizens for Public Justice
http://www.cpj.ca/

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Letter #1:

Letter to Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter : Canada needs a poverty plan
http://www.dignityforall.ca/en/letter-ns-premier-darrell-dexter-canada-needs-poverty-plan
By Simon Lewchuk
July 19, 2012
On July 25-27, the Council of the Federation (the council of the premiers of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories) will hold their semi-annual meeting in Halifax, NS.
In advance of the gathering, Dignity for All has sent a letter to the Council's incoming-Chair, NS Premier Darrell Dexter, urging him to put poverty on the agenda. The letter highlights the negative impact of unilateral federal decisions, namely the recent Employment Insurance reforms, on provincial interests & residents' socio-economic well-being and calls for a national, multilateral poverty strategy.
[ Link to the letter (PDF - 232K, 2 pages):
http://dignityforall.ca/sites/default/files/docs/Dignity-for-All-Council-of-the-Federation-%2819-July-2012%29.pdf

Letter #2:

Campaign 2000's Open letter to Canada’s Premiers:
Remember that Poverty Affects All Canadians
(PDF - 188K, 3 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/resources/letters/OpenLetterToPremiersReCoFmeetingJuly2012.pdf
Annual Council of the Federation Meeting in Halifax, July 25-27, 2012
July 2012
To All of Canada’s Premiers: Remember that Poverty Affects All Canadians
For the Upcoming Annual Council of the Federation Meeting in Halifax, July 25-27, 2012
Dear Premiers:
We are writing to you as members of the Council of the Federation which is meeting this week in Halifax and are urging all of you, Canada’s Premiers, that there are three compelling reasons why you need to work together and deal seriously with poverty and inequality which increasingly touches the lives of all Canadians.
1. Income is a key determinant of a person’s health
2. Canada’s high levels of poverty also jeopardize the country’s fiscal and economic bottom lines over the long term
3. When federal, provincial, territorial and First Nations governments work together they can achieve a great deal to address poverty.

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

Campaign 2000 Partners
http://www.campaign2000.ca/aboutus/partners.html
There are over 120 national, community and provincial partners actively involved in the work of Campaign 2000.

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From
Huffington Post Canada:

Why the Atlantic Provinces are Concerned About EI
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/megan-yarema/bill-c-38_b_1695886.html
July 24, 2012
By Megan Yarema (of Canada Without Poverty)
The general buzz of activity on Parliament Hill may be in summer hibernation, but the effects of the last session are reverberating through the provinces. Premiers from all 13 provinces and territories are gathering in Halifax July 25-27 for the annual Council of the Federation meeting and will likely be discussing the impact of the omnibus budget bill C-38. Upcoming legislated changes to federal programs such as Employment Insurance, pose a strain to provincial resources -- a topic of particular concern to the Atlantic Provinces.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca

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From
Linda Lalonde:

"I'm sure you're all wondering who is helping the Premiers throughout their debates at the Council of the Federation meetings this week.

These companies (see the list below) are, I am absolutely sure, being totally altruistic in this effort. I know that not a single one of them, from pharmacists and drug companies to energy and insurance providers, would have a single thing to gain by being there and buying some access and influence.

It will be interesting to see the outcomes. I myself am looking to see a united front on the immediate implementation of a pharmacare plan that will allow everyone access to affordable medications plus a plan to control energy costs so ordinary people can afford to pay their heat and electricity bills. I know there will be movement to reduce auto insurance premiums and increase the benefits to meet the needs of people who have had their lives altered by motor vehicle collisions.

Or maybe not ...

Linda."

[ Linda Lalonde is Co-chair of the Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network ]

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The complete list of sponsors:
[ http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/meetings/summer_meeting2012.html ]
...includes the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, Atlantic Lottery, Irving Shipbuilding, the Canadian Electricity Association, Emera (electricity), Canada's National Brewers, Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies, Johnson & Johnson, and a few more...

(As they say in the biz, "Ya gotta dance with da one dat brung ya...")

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From the
Toronto Star:

Premiers agree on health-care improvements
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1232088
July 26, 2012
By Robert Benzie
HALIFAX—A new premiers’ accord on bulk-buying of some generic drugs and improving health care was just what the doctor ordered to resuscitate the Council of the Federation meeting. With a high-profile fight between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia over the Northern Gateway pipeline royalties dominating headlines and chatter in the corridors here, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz prescribed a cure for the rancour.

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

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- Go to the Council of the Federation Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/council_fed.htm

4. Selected recent releases from the Wellesley Institute:
* Three reasons why cutting the Hardship Fund is unfair and inequitable
* Actions to address the impact of cuts to refugee health benefits
* Refugees are feeling the real cost of cuts to health benefits

* Reforming social assistance in Ontario: progress so far and an update
* Why Toronto’s rich and poor are hospitalized for different reasons, and what we can do about this

Selected recent releases from the
Wellesley Institute:

* Three reasons why cutting the Hardship Fund is unfair and inequitable
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/three-reasons-why-cutting-the-hardship-fund-is-unfair-and-inequitable/
July 26, 2012
1. The Hardship Fund provides support to people who do not receive social assistance.
2. The cut will unfairly impact recent immigrants, who are often overrepresented in precarious and low-paid work, which has negative health implications.
3. Homeless and poorly-housed people will lose one of the few benefits that support their health.

* Actions to address the impact of cuts to refugee health benefits
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/actions-to-address-the-impact-of-cuts-to-refugee-health-benefits/
July 23, 2012

* Refugees are feeling the real cost of cuts to health benefits
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/health-care/refugees-are-feeling-the-real-cost-of-cuts-to-health-benefits/
July 12, 2012

* Reforming social assistance in Ontario: progress so far and an update
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/economics/income-inequality-economics/reforming-social-assistance-in-ontario-progress-so-far-and-an-update/
June 18, 2012
Recently, the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario announced that their report would be delayed until September. Since submitting our formal responses– one on how to build a social assistance system that enables health equity [ http://goo.gl/J2boE ] and the other a response to the Commission’s second discussion paper [ http://goo.gl/7HC9k ] – the Wellesley Institute has been working with the Commission and with community and professional partners to develop options that would advance population health in the social assistance system.

* Why Toronto’s rich and poor are hospitalized for different reasons, and what we can do about this
http://goo.gl/s4wDB
June 7, 2012
Earlier this week, the Centre for Research on Inner City Health released a report [ (PDF - http://goo.gl/VgiIu ] linking patient incomes to types of admissions to hospitals in the Toronto Central LHIN.]

Source:
Research and Publications
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/publications/

The Wellesley Institute
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/
The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. We focus on developing research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

5. Gilles' Research Tip : How to Find Information on this Site

Gilles' Research Tip:
How to Find Information on this Site

According to my most recent stats, the Canadian Social Research Links (CSRL) website comprises just over 125,000 unique links.

Many of those links can be found in the archives of the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter going back to 2005
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/news.htm#archive ]

... but the CSRL theme pages and jurisdictional pages can be quite daunting to use, because each of them contains hundreds of links (over a thousand links, in a few cases). On the site home page:
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ ]
... you'll find the complete list of jurisdictional pages and theme pages. Beside the link to each collection of online resources, you'll see a number in parentheses that represents the number of links on that page.

So - how do you find information in such an overwhelming collection of links?

1. Start on the home page.
Pick a jurisdiction or a theme and scroll down through the collection of links at your leisure.
OR...
2. Start on the home page, go directly to the yellow box near the top of the page ("Search for content on the Canadian Social Research Links website") and enter a keyword or search string. The Google site search will present a list of links to relevant pages that contain your word(s). Clicking any search result will open that page.
3. Press and hold the "Control" key and press "f" to open a page search box. Enter the same keyword(s) and click "Find" or "Search" (depending on the browser you're using). The page search feature allows you to find each location on that page where your search word(s) appear.
I use the "Ctrl+f" page search feature all the time and on all kinds of sites.
It's a real time-saver that I recommend!!

Part Deux : dead links!

The Information Super-highway [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_superhighway ] , as it was called ten years ago, is littered with the detritus of thousands upon thousands of websites (and millions and millions of web links) that "went 404" - i.e., disappeared - since the mid-nineties. In my experience, government websites are the worst culprits, followed closely by non-governmental organizations and the academic online community.

Here's what to do when you encounter a dreaded 404 error message:

1. Curse. Go on, get it out of your system...
2. Use your mouse to select and copy the title of the report whose link is dead. Do a search for the title using Google.ca -- Google is often more helpful in retrieving lost files than the originating groups whose websites have been updated or abandoned...
3. If it's an organization or government department whose resources you're trying to access, do a Google.ca search on the name of the org or dept to find its latest URL.
4. If all else fails, you can try an Internet archive service. The best is called just that : The Internet Archive, a.k.a The Wayback Machine.
[ http://archive.org/ ]
Copy the broken link (the URL, not the page title) into the Internet Archive search box and click "Take Me Back". The Internet Archive will take you back to any versions of the file that the archive has indexed over time. For example, there are over 200 complete copies of the entire Canadian Social Research Links website going right back to December 2000 (see http://wayback.archive.org/web/*/www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ )

For more info about The Internet Archive, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm
See also:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internet_archive.htm

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2012 - July 26
--- Study: Suicide rates, an overview, 1950 to 2009 - July 25
--- Leading causes of death, 2009 - July 25
--- Police-reported crime statistics, 2011 - July 24

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

July 26, 2012
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120726/dq120726a-eng.htm
In May, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $894.61, up 0.5% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 2.5%.
- includes two tables and three charts:
* Tables:
----- Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
----- Number of employees
* Charts:
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly hours and average weekly earnings (2009-2012)
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly earnings in the 10 largest sectors, April 2011 to April 2012
----- Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings by province, April 2011 to April 2012

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

* Labour
http://goo.gl/FsMeZ

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

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

* Industries
http://goo.gl/idqT8

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

July 25, 2012
Study: Suicide rates, an overview, 1950 to 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120725/dq120725a-eng.htm
Suicide ranked as the ninth leading cause of death in Canada in 2009, but among young people aged 15 to 34 it was the second leading cause, preceded only by accidents. During 2009, there were roughly 238,000 deaths in Canada, 3,890 of which were attributed to suicide.

July 25, 2012
Leading causes of death, 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120725/dq120725b-eng.htm
Cancer, the leading cause of death in Canada, was responsible for 30% of the 238,418 deaths in 2009. Heart disease was the second leading cause of death, followed by stroke. These three causes combined accounted for 56% of all deaths in 2009, a decrease from 61% observed in 2000.

July 24, 2012
Police-reported crime statistics, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120724/dq120724b-eng.htm
The police-reported crime rate, which measures the overall volume of crime, continued its long-term downward trend in 2011, declining 6% from 2010. The Crime Severity Index, which measures the severity of crime, also fell 6%.

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

- 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

July 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

NOTE by Gilles: I've used the original (long) URLs for the pages below (vs using the Google URL Shortener, as I usually do) as a test to see if there are any newsletter subscribers who can't access the pages because the URLs wrap to several lines and are broken because their email program inserts characters when a URL takes up two lines.
Please send me an email message (gilseg@rogers.com) to let me know if the ten next links below are broken.
Merci!

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

Final report: Play in early learning programs: Beliefs, practices and professional development
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/final-report-play-early-learning-programs-beliefs-practices
25 Jul 2012 | Prince Edward Island
Report describes the outcomes of an action research project that involved early childhood educators in PEI.

Open letter to Canada's Premiers: Remember that poverty affects all Canadians for the upcoming annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/open-letter-canadas-premiers-remember-poverty-affects-all-c
25 Jul 2012 | Canada
Letter from Campaign 2000 and partners states that "now is the time for the provinces and territories to call on the federal government to build on their commitments to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty".

Inequities in early childhood development: What the data say
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/inequities-early-childhood-development-what-data-say
24 Jul 2012 | International
Findings from a UNICEF survey of 60 low and middle-income countries finds that "attendance of children 3-4 years old in any form of organized early learning is low" and "access to such programmes is often denied to the poorest children".

Regress trumps progress: Canadian women, feminism and the Harper government
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/regress-trumps-progress-canadian-women-feminism-and-harper-
23 Jul 2012 | Canada
Report by Sylvia Bashevkin explains that "Conservative minority governments since 2006 have moved crucial equality markers backward, but in a deliberately under-the-radar manner".

Staffed family child care networks: A strategy to enhance quality care for infants and toddlers
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/07/staffed-family-child-care-networks-strategy-enhance-quality
11 Jul 2012 | United States
Report from Zero to Three (U.S.) defines staffed Family Child Care (FCC) networks and examines how they are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of care that infants and toddlers receive in FCC settings.

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.

Daycare advocates seek $10-a-day plan for B.C.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/daycare-advocates-seek-10-day-plan-bc
25 Jul 2012 | British Columbia

Europe is squandering the intelligence of women
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/europe-squandering-intelligence-women
24 Jul 2012 | Europe

Vancouver childcare operator scraps wait list fee
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/vancouver-childcare-operator-scraps-wait-list-fee
24 Jul 2012 | British Columbia

New benchmarking tool will let providers compare data on local authority funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/new-benchmarking-tool-will-let-providers-compare-data-local-authorit
24 Jul 2012 | Europe

Grants inflate costs: union
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/07/grants-inflate-costs-union
23 Jul 2012 | Australia and New Zealand

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

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NOTE: For links to earlier (weekly) issues of this weekly alert going back to June 2009,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

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

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

July 27, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/27/
State Medicaid Expansions
Affordable Care Act and Safety-Net Hospitals
MinnesotaCare Expansion
2012 Kids Count Report – Northeastern States
2012 Kids Count Report – Western States

July 26, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/26/
2012 Kids Count Data Book - Midwestern States
2012 Kids Count Data Book - Southern States

July 25, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/25/
2012 Kids Count Data Book
States and Medicaid Cuts

July 24, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/24/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Health Care Ruling and the Uninsured

July 23, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/23/

States and Medicaid Expansion
Poverty in the US
Los Angeles Times Series on the World’s Population

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

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

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

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

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

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

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

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

9. USA.gov is a federal government Web site worth checking out - July 26
(Washington Post)

USA.gov is a federal government Web site worth checking out
http://goo.gl/nwjip
By Derrick T. Dortch
July 26, 2012
The federal government has a massive amount* of Web sites. Many are good, some are not so good. USA.gov is one of the good ones. It’s kind of a one-stop shop for government information. Of course, as with all federal sites, you won’t find everything, but you will find a good amount.
Source:
Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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USA.gov
http://www.usa.gov/

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* Grammar Police re. "...a massive amount* of Web sites":

Use 'amount of' before singular things you cannot measure.
Use 'quantity of' before singular or plural things you can measure.
Use 'number of' before plural things you can measure.
Thus, "...The federal government has a massive NUMBER of Web sites."
In general, tangible objects (i.e., things you can touch) attract 'quantity of' and intangible objects attract 'amount of'.
Source:
Grammar Monster
http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/amount_quantity_and_number.htm

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

10. [United States] KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book - July 25
(Annie E. Casey Foundation)

New Report Shows Progress in Child Education and Health Despite Economic Declines
http://www.aecf.org/Newsroom/NewsReleases/HTML/2012Releases/2012KIDSCOUNTDataBook.aspx
July 25, 2012
News Release
BALTIMORE — The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book shows both promising progress and discouraging setbacks for the nation’s children: While their academic achievement and health improved in most states, their economic well-being continued to decline.
Over the period of roughly 2005 to 2011, the improvements in children’s health and education include a 20 percent decrease in the number of kids without health insurance; a 16 percent drop in the child and teen death rate; an 11 percent reduction in the rate of high school students not graduating in four years; and an 8 percent reduction in the proportion of eighth-graders scoring less than proficient in math.
- includes highlights from the report.

KIDS COUNT 2012 Data Book
http://datacenter.kidscount.org/DataBook/2012/Default.aspx
- Download or order the book
- Media resources
- State rankings & interactive wheel
- Create custom data reports

Full report (PDF - 60 pages)
http://datacenter.kidscount.org/DataBook/2012/OnlineBooks/KIDSCOUNT2012DataBookFullReport.pdf

Data Book U.S. and state profiles
http://datacenter.kidscount.org/DataBook/2012/StateProfileSheets.aspx

Definitions and Sources (PDF - 3 pages)
http://datacenter.kidscount.org/DataBook/2012/OnlineBooks/2012KidsCountDataBookDefinitionsSources.pdf

Earlier editions of KIDSCOUNT
http://www.aecf.org/SearchResults.aspx?keywords=kids%20count&source=topsearch

Source:
KIDSCOUNT

http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children in the United States.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
http://www.aecf.org/
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation’s children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow.

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Selected media coverage of the release of the
KIDSCOUNT 2012 Databook
- from Poverty Dispatch (University of Wisconsin)

July 27, 2012 (12 articles about KIDSCOUNT 2012)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/27/

July 26, 2012 (16 articles about KIDSCOUNT 2012)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/26/

July 25, 2012 (2 articles about KIDSCOUNT 2012)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/07/25/

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

11. Building flexibility and accountability into local employment services
(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED)

Building flexibility and accountability into local employment services
http://www.oecd.org/document/19/0,3746,en_2649_34417_49830739_1_1_1_1,00.html

For the past couple of years, Donna Wood of the University of Victoria has been working with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on an international comparative study examining the balance between flexibility and accountability in labour market management regimes. She wrote the Canada case study (which focused on Alberta and New Brunswick) as well as co-wrote the synthesis report which compared Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium (Flanders) and Canada.

Country report for Canada (PDF - 1.6MB, 81 pages)
http://goo.gl/5asTG
December 2010 (revisions January 2012)
By Donna Wood
The Canada report looks at how, with a particular focus on Alberta and New Brunswick, we manage active labour market policy since these services were devolved from the federal government to the provinces starting in 1996. But the comparative context is also quite interesting, as outlined in the synthesis and Mosely reports.

To access country reports for the three other countries, click the "Building Flexibility..." link above .

The OECD LEED program has now built a website where all the papers related to the project can be accessed:
http://www.oecd.org/document/19/0,3746,en_2649_34417_49830739_1_1_1_1,00.html

Source:
LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

http://www.oecd.org/department/0,3355,en_2649_34417_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

The LEED Programme is part of the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

http://www.oecd.org/

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

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

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
Latest issue:

25 July 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1286
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4342
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- One massacre after another
- State criticised for detention of children
- Juvenile justice ignored
- 'Contracting out' children's rights in prisons
- States obstructing rights
- Anti-gay laws compared to apartheid
- New studies and reports
- Calls for contributions
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Mauritania
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010:

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of 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 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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Cat Rules and Dog Rules

Cat Rules:

1. Never eat food from your own bowl if you can steal some from the table.

2. Never drink from your own water bowl if a human's glass is full enough to drink from. If a human catches you at it and chases you away, run back as soon as his back is turned and drink some more (unless he tossed the water into the sink, of course).

3. The best times to inform humans of your dish's emptiness are when they are unable to ignore you, such as when they are sleeping or on the toilet, or you are in one's lap. If you insist on waking a human at what it considers a "ridiculously early hour" for breakfast, be warned that the human may be as likely to throw you outside or in the basement as to feed you.

4. Should you catch something of your own outside, it is only polite to attempt to get to know it. Be insistent--your food will usually not be so polite and will try to leave. If you can't be bothered to eat the food you've just caught, be considerate and don't waste it; it makes a perfect gift for humans! Carefully pick it up and carry it to the human's house and, if the door is closed, leave it on the doorstep. If the door is open, or there is a cat-door, take it inside and leave it somewhere highly visible. The gift will be even more welcome if it is still alive! Live birds and mice make the best gifts as humans love a good game of chase just as much as you do, although be careful not to help them; it's their gift, after all...

5. If you steal something from the trash that you are not supposed to have (the greasier the better), remember to drag it onto the carpet, where the smell can be detected and enjoyed for several days even if cleaned. Be sure to growl at your human when she tries to take your prize away.

More cat rules:
http://www.badpets.net/BadPets/CatRules/CatRules1.html

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Dog Rules

1. There are really only two important facial expressions to bother with: complete and overwhelming joy and nothing at all.

2. Any time that is not meal time is potentially nap time. The best time to take a nap is when you hear your name being called repeatedly. The best location for a nap is dead center of any street or driveway. The most relaxing position is on your side, all four limbs parallel.

3. The most practical way to get dry is to shake violently near a fully clothed person. A second effective method is to stand on a light- colored piece of furniture.

4. At the first hint of any irregular noise, run from room to room yelling loudly. If someone actually comes into the house, rush over to them whether you know them or not. Then kiss them so violently that they lose their balance or have to force you away physically.

5. In the event of a trip to the doctor, always be on your guard. If you are vaccinated, urinate on the physician.

More dog rules:
http://www.badpets.net/DogHumor/DogRules.html


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How to pick up a chicken - with Annika (video, duration 3:09)
http://www.dump.com/pickchicken/
WARNING: Cutenesss Alert!

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First we had Synchronized Swimming.
Then we had Synchronized Diving.
What's next - Synchronized Walking? (video, duration 8:52)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7cQtbMtODk
TIP - If you don't want to watch the whole video, fast-forward to the 1:40 mark and watch for 20 seconds.
Amazing!

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PDF Maker
http://pdfmakerapp.com/
Create FREE PDF files from text, images or HTML.
Play with it. You can't break it...

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Quick and simple life hacks (video, duration 2:00)
http://www.wimp.com/quicksimple/
Olive oil to remove paint?
Freeze an envelope to unseal it?
Bounce sheets repel bugs?
Alka-Seltzer for your toilet bowl?

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Macho guys throwing rocks with their wrong hand (video, duration 1:06)
http://www.wimp.com/throwingrocks/

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31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects
http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-insanely-easy-and-clever-diy-projects
- includes instructions to make floating bookshelves, a Sharpie mug, a two-ladder bookshelf, wooden pallet furniture or bike rack, shoe storage using PVC pipe, and much more...

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The WritersDiet Test
http://www.writersdiet.com/WT.php
Is your writing flabby or fit? Enter a writing sample of 100 to 1000 words and click Run the test.

 

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