Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 30, 2014

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 2,685 subscribers.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.Québec Provincial Election : April 7, 2014
2. Media and Policy News for March 28 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2014 - March 27
4. Politudes : The International Social Policy Monitor - March 2014 issue (By Terrance Hunsley)
5. Ontario's Gender Gap : Women and Jobs Post-Recession (By Kate McInturff, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Ontario) - March 26
6. Social Planning Toronto Forum on Social Impact Bonds - Posted February 27
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Economic Insights – Recent Developments in the Canadian Economy: Spring 2014, no. 34 - March 28
--- Charitable donors, 2012 - March 27
--- Juristat Vol. 34, no. 1 (7 articles) - March 27
--- National Household Survey: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity (10 links) - March 27
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2012 - March 25
--- Government Finance Statistics, fourth quarter 2013 - March 25
--- Community colleges and vocational schools: Revenues and expenditures, 2001/2002 to 2011/2012 - March 25
--- Universities and degree-granting colleges: Revenues and expenditures, 2000/2001 to 2011/2012 - March 25
--- Victim Services in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2011/2012 - March 24
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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

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1. Québec Provincial Election : April 7, 2014

[NOTE : The English links follow the French below.]

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Les élections générales au Québec : le 7 avril 2014

Québec : Élections générales
"Toutes les informations concernant les élections générales"

http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/francais/
Site Web du Directeur général des élections du Québec

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Élections générales 2014
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/elections-quebec-2014

Source:
Radio-Canada:
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/

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Élections générales 2014
http://www.ledevoir.com/dossiers/elections-quebec-2014/13

Source:
Le Devoir:
http://www.ledevoir.com/

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Élections Québec 2014
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/elections-quebec-2014/

Source:
La Presse

http://www.lapresse.ca/

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English links:

The Quebec election will take place on April 7, 2014.

Québec Provincial Election 2014
http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/quebec/
Provincial election dates are fixed in Quebec. Voters go to the polls on the 1st Monday in October every 4 years.
- includes election polls, seat projections, ridings, candidates, history and more!

Source:
Election Almanac
http://www.electionalmanac.com/
- complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada including election results, public opinion polls, ridings and candidates, election news, electoral history, links, and more.

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General Election
"All the information on the General Elections"
http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/english/index.php
English Website of the Directeur général des élections du Québec

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Quebec Votes 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/elections/quebecvotes2014/

Source:
CBC Montreal
:
[ http://www.cbc.ca/montreal/

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Quebec Votes 2014
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/provincial-election/index.html

Source:
Montreal Gazette

[ http://www.montrealgazette.com/ ]

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

2. Media and Policy News for March 28
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 March 2014

http://goo.gl/W7QjG6

Click the above link to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

CCPA Ontario report shows impact of recession and post-recession fallout on women (Star, Global)
Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2014 budget includes “full-day Kindergarten in 2016, the replacement of student loans with grants, an enhanced low-income seniors’ benefit, increased tax exemptions for low-income residents and families, and a five-per-cent jump in income support rates” (Telegram, CBC)
Community Benefit Agreements: A new tool to reduce poverty and inequality
Natural gas rate hike could hit low income Ontarians hard
LIEN: It’s time for an energy rate affordability program for Ontario
Rick Mercer’s Rant on income splitting
Dobbin: Expanding the window of acceptable policy ideas or, How change happens
Fiorito on inequality, and a Trish Hennessy speech

Important Stuff

Petition to support legislation to improve working conditions and wages for hundreds of thousands of Ontarians
Working for Change has a new website
Two reviews of the new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” (Al Jazeera, NYTimes)

Ontario

Both shelters and housing are essential parts of addressing violence against women
Ontario government challenging right of injured migrant workers to access health care (Justicia)
March and rally at last Saturday’s Liberal convention demands action on poverty (Hamilton Spectator, Globe, Media Co-op, Flickr
Ontario cracks down on unpaid magazine internships

Around the Province

Real estate dispute threatens future of Toronto family shelter
High rates of flesh-eating disease among people in northwestern Ontario who are homeless
Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty rallies against austerity
Cancellation of Kitchener bus service will leave food hamper program inaccessible
Perspectives on poverty and health at a recent Toronto event
Dr. Kwame McKenzie becomes Director of Toronto’s Wellesley Institute

Across the Country

Study: Inuit have highest food insecurity of any indigenous people in Canada
Edmonton mayor launches Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty
Charlottetown photography exhibit highlights women in poverty from their own perspective (CBC, Guardian)
Winnipeg man goes two months without disability top-up due to paperwork problem
How snowclearing in Newfoundland and Labrador demonstrates the problem of precarious work
BC Labour Relations Board finds Mexican officials guilty of blacklisting migrant workers

National

Stanford: Putting paid to the skills shortage myth
Parliamentary Budget Office says there’s no skills crisis or labour shortage (Globe, CBC)
Press Progress says Joe Oliver got it wrong on jobs 3 times in 30 seconds
And Walkom explains why Harper’s unemployment solutions don’t work
Neve: Taking a stand against “the “bogus rhetoric of bogus refugees”
Finance documents show government omitted crucial info on CPP expansion
IMF says corporate Canada tops the list of global cash hoarders
Press Progress: http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/corporate-canada-tops-global-list-cash-hoarders

International

Worker-owned cooperatives: An old solution for a new problem?
Parents of children with disabilities occupy Poland’s Parliament

And from the UK:

Jobmatch website a perverse joke
Work Capability Assessment leads to woman’s suicide
Woman recovering from cancer treatment forced to return to work
Transplant patient dies after being judged “fit for work”
ATOS quits contract to provide Work Capability Assessments
Even the Salvation Army rejects participation in workfare placements
Conservative councilman says inability to secure a weekend restaurant reservation proves there’s no food poverty in his area
Welfare cap “locks in austerity”
Labour Party split over welfare cap
National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

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

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Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

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

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

3. Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2014 - March 27

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2014
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/
March 27, 2014
"ain Budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Budget Speech 2014
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/speech/default.htm

Budget Highlights
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/highlights/default.htm

News Releases
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/releases/default.htm
- includes links to ELEVEN news releases and FIFTEEN backgrounders pertaining to the NL 2014 Budget (except for the first one at the top of the page, which is the budget speech).

Links to selected relevant news
releases and related backgrounders:

Poverty Reduction Strategy Total Investments Surpass $1 Billion (incl. one backgrounder)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n22.htm
Backgrounder:
Supports to Help Vulnerable Populations, Seniors and Individuals with Low Incomes

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n23.htm

Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/exec/0327n02.htm

Full-day Kindergarten to be Implemented Province-wide in 2016 (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/edu/0327n12.htm

Budget 2014 Reduces Student Debt to Historic Lows (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/aes/0327n09.htm

$3 Billion Investment Advances Health Care for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians (incl. two backgrounders)
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/health/0327n15.htm

Click the "News Releases" link above to access the complete collection of NL Budget 2014 news releases.

Past Budgets
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/

Source:
Finance

http://www.gov.nl.ca/fin

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Selected media coverage:

From
CBC News:

http://www.cbc.ca/news

Families, students, seniors get boost in deficit budget
N.L. projects half-billion in red ink while adding to social programs in 2014-15
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/rising-debt-a-massive-challenge-charlene-johnson-says-1.2588871

11 ways the provincial budget will affect you
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/11-ways-the-provincial-budget-will-affect-you-1.2588770

Rising debt a massive challenge, Charlene Johnson says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/rising-debt-a-massive-challenge-charlene-johnson-says-1.2588871

More CBC News coverage of NL Budget 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/gsa/?q=NL+budget

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

4. Politudes : The International Social Policy Monitor - March 2014 issue
(By
Terrance Hunsley)

Politudes : The International Social Policy Monitor - March 2014 issue
http://politudes.com/2014/03/26/march-2014/

Contents of the March 2014 issue of the newsletter:
[Click the link above to access any article below.]

* Helping Low-end workers: Minimum wage adjustment or income supplementation?
* Trends and Issues affecting service delivery, charities, ngo's
* Stanford commentary: Barriers to targeted collective action among non-profits
* Geographic interventions to reduce poverty: Obama's new initiative
+ Have the US Empowerment and Enterprise Zones benefitted from federal intervention?
* Evaluation: How effective is exercise as a treatment for depression?
* What happens to persistent and serious young offenders when they grow up? Evaluation of the UK Intensive Supervision Program
* The Social Costs of Population Ageing: Is health care for older populations sustainable?

Source:
Politudes : International Social Policy Monitor

http://politudes.com/
Terrance Hunsley, Editor
Politudes is a new monthly newsletter that provides information capsules, summaries and commentary on national and international developments in social policy, research on social well-being, and the effectiveness of social programs and systems. Politudes presents updates on social policy initiatives, new developments in research, community action, socio-economic trends, etc.

[For links to The International Social Policy Monitor for January and February 2014, click the source link above and go to the bottom of the next page.]

More info about Politudes
and Terrance Hunsley

http://politudes.com/about/

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

5. Ontario's Gender Gap : Women and Jobs Post-Recession - March 26
(By Kate McInturff, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Ontario)

Ontario's Gender Gap:
Women and Jobs Post-Recession

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/node/12205
By Kate McInturff
March 26, 2014
A recovery strategy that aims to put Ontario back where it was in 2007 means no progress for women. Women had lower levels of employment and higher levels of poverty before, during and after the recession. Young women were among the biggest losers during the recession - experiencing nearly double the rate of decline in their employment as young men. At the other end of the spectrum, the numbers of women who stayed in the workforce after age 65 doubled between 2007-2013. Single mothers with children under six saw the biggest increase (among parents) in their rate of unemployment - from 11% in 2007 to 17% in 2010. What women in Ontario need is a recovery strategy that addresses the gender gap - providing increased security for women and greater stability for the economy.

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Complete report:

Ontario’s Gender Gap:
Women and Jobs Post-Recession
(PDF - 356k, 24 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Ontario%20Office/2014/03/Ontario%27s%20Gender%20Gap%20FINAL.pdf
By Kate McInturff
March 2014
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Removing barriers to women’s participation in paid work and increasing wage equality will lower the rate of poverty and increase economic growth. Simply reducing the gap between men’s and women’s levels of employment by half would contribute an additional $1.4 billion dollars to Ontario’s economy in 2014 alone. What women in Ontario need is a recovery strategy that addresses the gender gap — providing increased security for women and greater stability for the economy.
[Executive Summary, p.6]

Source:

CCPA Ontario Office
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/ontario

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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

6. Social Planning Toronto Forum on Social Impact Bonds - Posted February 27

Great Debate at SPT Forum on Social Impact Bonds
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/news/great-debate-at-spt-forum-on-social-impact-bonds/
Posted on February 27, 2014
On February 11th over forty people came out to Social Planning Toronto’s research and policy forum about social impact bonds (SIBs). The event took place at College Street United Church. This event provided a venue to discuss various perspectives on the potential use of social impact bonds as a funding source for non-profits.
Presenters:
* Adam Jagelewski from MaRS Centre for Social Impacting Investing
* Elizabeth McIsaac of the Mowat Centre
* John Shields and Meghan Joy from Ryerson University
NOTE : Click the link above to access presentations and other related content.

The discussion generated many learnings and observations about the non-profit sector within a broader context. While SIBs are in the development stage in Canada, its [sic] limitations, potential and implications have yet to unfold.

Source:
Social Planning Toronto
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/

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Go to the Social Finance and Social Impact Bonds Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/social_impact_bonds.htm

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Economic Insights – Recent Developments in the Canadian Economy: Spring 2014, no. 34 - March 28
--- Charitable donors, 2012 - March 27
--- Juristat Vol. 34, no. 1 (7 articles) - March 27
--- National Household Survey: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity (10 links) - March 27
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2012 - March 25
--- Government Finance Statistics, fourth quarter 2013 - March 25
--- Community colleges and vocational schools: Revenues and expenditures, 2001/2002 to 2011/2012 - March 25
--- Universities and degree-granting colleges: Revenues and expenditures, 2000/2001 to 2011/2012 - March 25
--- Victim Services in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2011/2012 - March 24

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

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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March 28, 2014
Economic Insights – Recent Developments in the Canadian Economy: Spring 2014, no. 34

HTML version : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-626-x/11-626-x2014034-eng.htm
PDF version (2.3MB) : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-626-x/11-626-x2014034-eng.pdf
This article in the Economic Insights series provides users with an integrated summary of recent changes in output, employment, household demand, international trade and prices.

March 27, 2014
Charitable donors, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140327/dq140327c-eng.htm
Both the amount donated to charities by taxfilers and the number of people reporting charitable donations fell from 2011 to 2012. Donations reported by taxfilers declined 1.9% to $8.3 billion in 2012, while the number of people reporting charitable donations on their 2012 income tax return decreased by 1.4% to 5.6 million.

- includes two tables:
Table 1 : Charitable donations – Canada, provinces and territories
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140327/t140327c001-eng.htm
Table 2 : Charitable donations – Census metropolitan areas
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140327/t140327c002-eng.htm

Available in CANSIM table 111-0001 to 111-0003:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=111-0001..111-0003&p2=31

Related subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=3868&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Household spending and savings
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3868&id=2180&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Society and community
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=75&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Volunteering and donating
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=75&id=80&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

March 27, 2014
Juristat
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?objectId=85-002-X&objectType=2&language=0&limit=0
This publication provides in-depth analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Topics include crime, victimization, homicide, civil, family and criminal courts, and correctional services. It is intended for those with an interest in Canada's justice system as well as those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects.

Recent Juristat articles:
(Click the link above to access the articles below.)
* Firearms and violent crime, 2012 - March 27, 2014
* Admissions to adult correctional services in Canada, 2011/2012 - March 20, 2014
* Admissions to youth correctional services in Canada, 2011/2012 - March 20, 2014
* Police Resources in Canada, 2013 - March 27, 2014
* Legal aid in Canada, 2012/2013 - March 11, 2014
* Shelters for abused women in Canada, 2012 - February 27, 2014
* Victim services in Canada, 2011/2012 - February 13, 2014

March 27, 2014
National Household Survey: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity (10 links)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140326/pn140326-eng.htm

March 25, 2014
Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140325/dq140325b-eng.htm
Total contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) amounted to $35.7 billion in 2012, up 3.8% from 2011. Data are based on tax returns filed for 2012. Just under 6.0 million taxfilers contributed to an RRSP in 2012, virtually unchanged from 2011. The percentage of taxfilers who contributed to an RRSP edged down from 24.0% in 2011 to 23.7% in 2012. This percentage decline was mainly the result of an increase in the number of taxfilers.

- includes two tables:
Table 1 : Registered retirement savings plan contributors – Canada, provinces and territories
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140325/t140325b001-eng.htm

Table 2 : Registered retirement savings plan contributors – Census metropolitan areas
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140325/t140325b002-eng.htm

Available in CANSIM:
Table 111-0039 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=111-0039&p2=31
Table111-0040 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=111-0040&p2=31

March 25, 2014
Government Finance Statistics, fourth quarter 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140325/dq140325f-eng.htm
Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system that presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis across countries.

Available in CANSIM table 385-0032:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=385-0032&p2=31

March 25, 2014
Community colleges and vocational schools: Revenues and expenditures, 2001/2002 to 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140325/dq140325h-eng.htm
Data on the revenues and expenditures of community colleges and vocational schools are now available for 2001/2002 to 2011/2012.

Available in CANSIM:
Table 477-0060
- http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0060&p2=31
Table477-0061 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0061&p2=31

March 25, 2014
Universities and degree-granting colleges: Revenues and expenditures, 2000/2001 to 2011/2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140325/dq140325i-eng.htm
Data on the revenues and expenditures of universities and degree-granting colleges are now available for 2000/2001 to 2011/2012.

Available in CANSIM:
Table 477-0058
- http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0058&p2=31
Table 477-0059 - http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0059&p2=31

March 24, 2014
Victim Services in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2011/2012
HTML version : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-003-x/2014001/part-partie1-eng.htm
PDF version (378K) : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-003-x/85-003-x2014001-eng.pdf

Source:
Victim Services in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?objectId=85-003-X&objectType=2&language=0&limit=0
This free publication is based on data from the Victim Services Survey and provides national and provincial/territorial profiles of victim service agencies that responded to the survey, as well as information on the clients they served.
- includes links to four earlier editions of this report going back to 2002-2003

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

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

8. 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

March 30, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Child care and the Scottish referendum
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/child-care-and-scottish-referendum
26 Mar 2014 | Europe
Child care has become a major issue in the run-up to Scotland's referendum on independence. CRRU has collected reports, commentary and news media about this development.

An equal start? Providing quality early education and care for disadvantaged children
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/equal-start-providing-quality-early-education-and-care-disa
26 Mar 2014 | International
Book examines the mixed markets of child care in eight countries and concludes that, "free, universal services are the most effective way of ensuring high enrollments among the most disadvantaged children, and of ensuring a social mix".

Ontario's gender gap: Women and jobs post-recession
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/ontarios-gender-gap-women-and-jobs-post-recession
26 Mar 2014 | Ontario
Report from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario Office says "investing in safe, affordable child care will eliminate one of the biggest barriers to women's participation in paid work".

Getting organized: Unionizing home-based child care providers. 2013 update
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/getting-organized-unionizing-home-based-child-care-provider
26 Mar 2014 | United States
Report from the US National Women's Law Center summarizes legal developments in states between early 2010 and October 2013 that expanded-or limited-authority for home-based child care providers to organize and negotiate in with the state.

UK Budget 2014: Tax-free childcare announcement and reaction
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/03/uk-budget-2014-tax-free-childcare-announcement-and-reaction
19 Mar 2014 | Europe
The UK government has announced a new "tax-free childcare scheme". CRRU has collected government materials, analysis and reaction, and related news on this development.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

A chicken in every pot? No, but a daycare spot for every kid, says PQ
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/chicken-every-pot-no-daycare-spot-every-kid-says-pq
26 Mar 2014 | Quebec

Critics raise concerns over oil industry involvement in Alberta curriculum redesign
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/critics-raise-concerns-over-oil-industry-involvement-alberta-curricu
26 Mar 2014 | Alberta

Almost 300 childcare centres failing to meet minimum standards
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/almost-300-childcare-centres-failing-meet-minimum-standards
26 Mar 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Parents cheat 85% of childcare centres: survey
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/parents-cheat-85-childcare-centres-survey
26 Mar 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Fernie daycare struggling to find qualified staff
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/03/fernie-daycare-struggling-find-qualified-staff
26 Mar 2014 | British Columbia

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
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

9. 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/
(halfway down the page)
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:

March 28, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/28/
Affordable Housing (3 articles)

March 27, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/27/
Smoking Rates for Poor and Low-Income

March 26, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/26/
Long-Term Unemployment (3 articles)

March 25, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/25/
Welfare Reform – Louisiana, Maine (2 articles)
Minimum Wage – Tennessee

March 24, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/03/24/
Kids Count Report – Colorado (2 articles)

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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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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

10. 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 (Sample issue):

CRINmail issue 1370 - 26 March 2014
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1370
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Exceptions to Colombia’s sterilisation ban cause uproar
- Reports of ethnic cleansing in the Central African Republic
- Turkish police criticised following violent incidents
- First FGM prosecutions in Egypt and UK
- Vatican appoints new advisory commission on sex abuse
- Egyptian court issues mass death sentence to opposition
- French ruling welcomed on children’s access to justice
- Millions without birth certificates in Indonesia
- Funding opportunity and calls for information
Access to justice for children in the Czech Republic
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

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
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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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm

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A Dozen Interesting Facts About Cats

1. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

2. Unlike dogs, cats do not have a sweet tooth. Scientists believe this is due to a mutation in a key taste receptor.

3. When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

4. The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”f

5. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

6. Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.

7. A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

8. There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with approximately 40 recognized breeds.

9. While it is commonly thought that the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats, the oldest known pet cat was recently found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years or more.

10. During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.

11. Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.

12. A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound

Source:
http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-cats.html
Click the source link for 89 more interesting facts about cats!

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A Dozen Cool Facts about Dogs

1. Is it a duck…or a dog? The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.

2. It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.

3. A Beatles hit. It’s rumored that, at the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland sheepdog.

4. Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.

5. Chase that tail! Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, they might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet.

6. Seeing spots? Or not… Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.

7. Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.

8. No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.

9. Pitter patter. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.

10. If your dog’s acting funny, get out the umbrella! According to a Petside.com/Associated Press poll, 72% of dog owners believe their dog can detect when stormy weather is on the way.

11. It’s not a fever…A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

12. Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

Source:
http://www.petfinder.com/dogs/bringing-a-dog-home/facts-about-new-dog/

Click the source link for 13 more cool facts about dogs!

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And, in closing...

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Live Video/Audio Stream From The International Space Station (ISS)!
http://www.iflscience.com/space/live-international-space-station

NASA's ISS website
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/

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Oxymorons
http://www.fun-with-words.com/oxym_example.html
Examples:
- open secret - larger half - clearly confused - act naturally - alone together - Hell's Angels - found missing - liquid gas - civil engineer - deafening silence - seriously funny - living dead - Microsoft Works

Oximoronology
http://www.fun-with-words.com/oxym_oxymoronology.html
Everything you wanted to know about oxymora composed of dependent morphemes (!!??!!) and more

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National Historic Sites of Canada (from Parks Canada)
http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/lhn-nhs/index.aspx
Check 'em out NOW before the Harper Government™ sell 'em off!

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Grooveshark : free music online
http://grooveshark.com/

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Online Timer / Alarm Clock / Stopwatch
http://www.timer-tab.com/

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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama (video)
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/18e820ec3f/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-president-barack-obama
(wherein Barack Obama hands

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Justin Bieber (video)
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ca8e174a54/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-justin-bieber

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No double standard: in the Philippine Marines, women get their heads shaved just like the men.
http://i.imgur.com/qHtemYl.jpg
(...and they wear a banana on their head to appease the monkey gods.)

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Just a tree
http://zeqps2k4t563atbs730zvzq12aw.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/article-0-1BD5E0FE00000578-570_634x1614.jpg
(3200 Year Old Tree Is So Huge It's Never Been Captured In A Single Image. Until Now. All credit to National Geographic.)

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Trick Fail Compilation (video, duration 5:00)
http://www.collegehumor.com/embed/6961204/the-ultimate-trick-fail-compilation