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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 30, 2006

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1637 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.



Canadian Content

1. PovNet Summer 2006 website update
2. Women’s Economic Justice Project: An Examination of How Women Would Benefit from a Guaranteed Livable Income (Women's Economic Justice Project) - April 2006
3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Housing Data in the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics - July 26
--- Aging Well: Time Use Patterns of Older Canadians, 2005 - July 26

4. 2006 Count of Homeless Persons in Calgary (City of Calgary Community & Neighbourhood Services) - July 2006
5. Aboriginal Peoples and Postsecondary Education in Canada (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - July 2006
6. Canada Country Reports - various sources
7. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - July 28

International Content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. U.S. --- Analysis of New Interim Final TANF Rules (Center for Law and Social Policy) - July 21
10. U.S. House of Representatives adopts higher minimum wage (Bloomberg) - July 29
11. University of California Atlas of Global Inequality
12. Where the Poor Are: An Atlas of Poverty (Columbia University)
13. Poverty and Human Rights (UNDP International Poverty Centre) - July 28

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


1. PovNet Summer 2006 Update

PovNet Summer 2006 update!
(located in Vancouver, serving all of Canada.)

Here's just *some* of what you'll find on the PovNet website, most of it posted in June or July:

* Towards a New Architecture for Canada's Adult Benefits (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) * Make Poverty History Street Art * Guaranteed Livable Income * Single Mothers Survival Guide * Online Poverty Law Training Course * Low Income Women Speak Out through Photovoice Projects in Winnipeg and Saskatoon * Are Wage Subsidies the Answer for the Working Poor? * Social Assistance Reform in Nova Scotia: Moving Forward a Woman Positive * The Ombudsman’s report into systemic unfairness at the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance * Across the Country * Out of the Shadows * Ombudsman tells Ontario to Pay Disabled * Canada Votes Against Native Rights at UN * * Study Reveals People with Disabilities Became Homeless * much more..

"PovNet is for advocates, people on welfare, and community groups and individuals involved in anti-poverty work. It provides up-to-date information about welfare and housing laws and resources in British Columbia, Canada. PovNet links to current anti-poverty issues and also provides links to other anti-poverty organizations and resources in Canada and internationally."
- incl. links to : News - Issues - Advocacy - Find an Advocate - Regional - About us - Links

Links : large collection, organized under the following categories : Advocacy - Anti-poverty - Community Organizing/Activism - Disability - First Nations/Aboriginal - Government - Homelessness/Housing - Human Rights - Immigrants & Refugees - International - Seniors - Women - Workers' Rights - Youth

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (C-W) page:

2. Women’s Economic Justice Project: An Examination of How Women Would Benefit from a Guaranteed Livable Income - April 2006
(Women's Economic Justice Project)

Women’s Economic Justice Project:
An Examination of How Women Would Benefit from a
Guaranteed Livable Income
(British Columbia)
April 2006 Revised June 2006
"The report documents discussions that formed a sort of grassroots women's think tank to examine the benefits, particularly to women, of a Guaranteed Livable Income. The project intended to look beyond current, and almost universally dominant, proposed solutions to poverty -- economic growth, jobs, daycare and welfare."

Complete report:

HTML version - table of contents with links to the individual sections of the report
PDF version (465K, 72 pages)

Women's Economic Justice Project
("In July 2005 the Women's Livable Income Working Group (c/o SWAG) began an 18 month project funded by Status of Women Canada to examine how women would benefit from a Guaranteed Livable Income.")
[ Status of Women Action Group ]

3. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Housing Data in the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics - July 26
--- Aging Well: Time Use Patterns of Older Canadians, 2005 - July 26

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

July 26, 2006
Housing data in the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics
The new publication Housing Data in the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, summarizes what kind of information is available from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) on housing characteristics and shelter costs, with a special focus on imputation methods.

Complete report:

Housing Data in the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (PDF file - 180K, 22 pages)
July 2006
NOTE: this report is of interest only to people who use data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics ("SLID") - it doesn't give you any housing data per se, but rather a summary of the SLID data that's available with respect to housing characteristics and shelter costs, with a special focus on imputation methods used.

July 26, 2006
General Social Survey: Time use patterns of older Canadians, 2005
More individuals aged 55 to 64 were working later in life and spending less time in leisure activities in 2005. Both men and women were spending roughly an hour a day more in paid work than they were in 1998. In fact, during the past decade or so, time use patterns of these older Canadians have shifted, in some cases significantly. The study, based on data from the 2005 General Social Survey (GSS) on time use, showed that older men and women have adjusted their time patterns in different ways over time.

Complete study:

Aging Well: Time Use Patterns of Older Canadians, 2005 (PDF file - 271K, 30 pages)
General Social Survey on Time Use: Cycle 19

- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:
- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

4. 2006 Count of Homeless Persons in Calgary - July 2006
(City of Calgary Community & Neighbourhood Services)

2006 Count of Homeless Persons in Calgary
July 2006
"The City of Calgary has conducted a census of absolutely homeless persons every two years since 1992. The Biennial Count of Homeless Persons provides a periodic snapshot of the size and characteristics of the “visible” homeless population in Calgary. The 2006 Count of Homeless Persons was conducted on 2006 May 10. A total of 3,436 homeless persons were enumerated."
* Full Report (PDF file - 711K, 93 pages)
* Executive Summary (PDF file - 43K, pages)
* FAQ (PDF file - 39K, pages)
* Earlier reports - back to 1994
Research on Affordable Housing and Homelessness
Community & Neighbourhood Services]
[City of Calgary]
"Community Strategies supports fledgling community issues and initiatives, works with The City of Calgary's not-for-profit partners and provides research, planning and marketing for community vitality and protection-related services at The City."

Also from the City of Calgary Community and Neighbourhood Services:

Perspectives - Calgary's Window on Social Issues
Perspectives is a publication of The City of Calgary, Community & Neighbourhood Services and is published four times per year.
- Re-creating the City - Summer 2006 (PDF file - 770K, 12 pages) - the entire issue is about recreation in Calgary

- Go to the Alberta Links page:

5. Aboriginal Peoples and Postsecondary Education in Canada - July 2006
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Aboriginal Peoples and Postsecondary Education in Canada (PDF file - 1.1MB, 52 pages)
Michael Mendelson
July 2006
The success of Aboriginal people in our postsecondary education (PSE) system is of vital interest to all Canadians. Aboriginal Peoples and Postsecondary Education in Canada reviews the empirical data about how Aboriginal peoples are doing in the PSE system and what the data suggests about strategies to improve these results. The report finds some positive signs. In community colleges, Aboriginal PSE graduation is almost at a level with that of the general population. However, on the negative side, there are many fewer Aboriginal graduates from university, and the situation did not improve over the last several years. Most troubling, Aboriginal people are still failing to complete high school in hugely disproportionate numbers; for example, on Manitoba reserves as many as 70 percent of Aboriginals between the ages of 20 and 24 failed to complete high school (compared to about 16 percent among everyone aged 20 to 24). A surprising and important finding in this paper is that Aboriginal high school graduates have about the same probability as anyone else (75 percent) of graduating with a PSE degree or diploma; the problem therefore is the rate of failure to complete high school. The author argues that, while it is unusual for a quantitative analysis to have direct policy implications, the data in this report clearly shows that high school graduation is the key to improving PSE outcomes for Aboriginal peoples.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy

- Go to the First Nations Links page:

6. Canada Country Reports

Canada Country Reports

Canada - from the CIA World Factbook
("Country information has been updated as of 20 July 2006")

Canada - from The World Bank Group
- incl. Canada and the World Bank Group - News & Events - Students and Youth - Academics and Researchers - Business Community - Civil Society - Media - Parliamentarians - Development Assistance from Canada - Contacts and Data

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Canada - from the U.S. Department of State

Canada Country Report - from The Project on Human Development (Boston University)
[select Canada from the list of countries]

Canada - from the University of California Atlas of Global Inequality
HINT : click on topics in the left margin of the country page (Economics - Poverty and Income Inequality - Health - Gender - Education - Population and Migration - Communications - Environment) for detailed stats. You can even compare indicators for two countries

Canada - from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
- includes a timeline of Canadian historical events from 1497 to 2006

Canada Country Analysis Brief - from the U.S. Dept. of Energy
- incl. Background | Oil | Natural Gas Coal | Electricity | Environment | Profile | Links

Canada - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- incl. * Origin and history of the name * History * Government * Law * Foreign relations and military * Provinces and territories * Geography and climate * Economy * Demographics * Language * Culture * International rankings
* References * Notes * External links

Canada Country Information - from

Economic Survey of Canada 2006 - from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
June 26, 2006
[Chapter summaries]
Chapter 4: Adapting fiscal policy and financial arrangements in the federation
Chapter 5: Social polices: from social welfare to social development is a one-stop-shop for OECD reports and statistics on Canada. Browse the documents in chronological order or by topic (e.g. economy, trade, development, environment, energy, social issues)

- Go to the Canadiana Links page:

7. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - July 28
(University of Toronto)

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

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.


What’s New

Address by Roy Romanow to an AECEO/OCBCC conference discusses the importance of good child care to both the social and economic future of the country.

Letter from Campaign 2000 urges the premiers to put the wellbeing of children and families in Canada at the top of the Council of the Federation agenda.

New draft version of the Canadian Child Care Federation’s national statement; contribute your feedback using an online survey tool until December 22nd.

Paper from the Urban Institute (US) discusses how the United States can develop a child care policy meets both the goals of work support and education of young children.

Child Care in the News

>> No equalization miracles in sight: Williams [CA]
by Brautigam, Tara & Leslie, Keith
SOURCE: Canadian Press, 27 Jul 06

>> Private daycare might close in September: $7-a-day limit could force it to shut or cut hours, programs [CA-QC]
by Lunau, Kate
SOURCE: Montreal Gazette, 26 Jul 06

>> Child care issue tackled two ways [CA]
SOURCE: Queen Charlotte Islands Observer, 26 Jul 06

>> A leading role in child’s play [CA]
by Girard, Daniel
SOURCE: Toronto Star, 24 Jul 06

>> Mixed reviews for child care cash [CA]
by Vanraes, Shannon
SOURCE: Portage La Prairie, 24 Jul 06

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
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Related Links:

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

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page:

8. Poverty Dispatch:
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

Poverty Dispatch - U.S.
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
NOTE: this is a link to the current issue --- its content changes twice a week.

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 1 (2006) when the Dispatch acquired its own web page and archive.

Poverty Dispatch Digest Archive - weekly digest of dispatches from August 2005 to May 2006
For a few years prior to the creation of this new web page for the Dispatch, I was compiling a weekly digest of the e-mails and redistributing the digest to my mailing list.
This is my own archive of weekly issues of the digest back to August 2005, and most of them have 50+ links per issue. I'll be deleting this archive from my site gradually, as the links to older articles expire and "go 404"...

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

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

9. U.S. --- Analysis of New Interim Final TANF Rules - July 21
(Center for Law and Social Policy)

Two-Thirds of States Qualify as "Needy States" for
Extended Counting of TANF Job Search and Job Readiness Assistance

July 28, 2006
by Elizabeth Lower-Basch
Under TANF rules, job search and job readiness assistance may only be counted toward the work participation rate for 6 weeks in a fiscal year; however this limit is extended to 12 weeks in high unemployment states and those qualifying as "needy" under the Contingency Fund provisions of the law. This provision gives eligible states some flexibility in providing activities that address barriers to employment and that are only countable toward meeting TANF participation rates under the job search/job readiness work activity as defined in the interim final regulations.

Analysis of New Interim Final TANF Rules (PDF file - 286K, 34 pages)
July 21, 2006
by CLASP and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

CLASP Federal Budget Resources
July 12, 2006
"CLASP actively tracks and analyzes developments in the areas of our focus—with the goal of promoting a federal budget that does not disproportionately disadvantage programs for vulnerable families or reduce services and supports that are effective in moving families toward self-sufficiency."

Center for Law and Social Policy

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

10. House of Representatives adopts higher minimum wage (U.S.) - July 29

House Adopts Higher Minimum Wage, $310 Billion in Tax Cuts
July 29
"The House voted to boost the minimum wage for the first time since 1997 in Republican-backed legislation that also cuts $310 billion in taxes, largely by reducing a levy on multimillion-dollar estates. The minimum wage increase, and the inclusion of $38 billion in tax cuts that many Democrats support, were described by some Republicans as a bid to attract votes for the estate tax legislation when it reaches the Senate, where it has been rejected twice in the last month."
(" Bloomberg is the leading global provider of data, news and analytics.")

NOTE: if passed by the U.S. Senate, the House measure would boost the federal minimum wage, now at $5.15 an hour, to $7.25 by June 1, 2009. Over 80% of the US population supports a minimum wage increase, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Related Link:

Who Benefits and By How Much?
July 28
by Joel Friedman and Aviva Aron-Dine, 2pp.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington)

Google News Search Results:
"US, minimum wage"
Google Web Search Results:
"US, minimum wage"

- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page:
- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page: Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

11. University of California Atlas of Global Inequality

University of California Atlas of Global Inequality
"Researchers attempting to wade through the murky and volatile waters of globalization can sometimes find the going rough. For the general public, even grasping the mere tenets of what globalization entails can be equally confounding. The Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz has stepped in to help with their UC Atlas of Global Inequality. Drawing on a wide range of data sets, their online Atlas “explores the interaction between global integration (globalization) and inequality.” Some of the themes visitors can explore include economic globalization, health, and income inequality. Along with these interactive features, visitors also have access to time series maps of the world that show patterns of inequality and a database that allows tables and graphs to be generated and downloaded for selected data and countries."
Reviewed by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.

Special features of the Atlas:
- Time series maps of the world show changes in global patterns of inequality
- Country pages provide information, graphs and comparative rankings for each country
- The Global Inequality Blog summarizes key contributions to our understanding of inequality
- A database allows tables and graphs to be generated and downloaded for selected data and countries.
- Texts and the Glossary provide explanation of the issues and terms; the Bibliography provides direct links to the research.
- Teaching modules provide suggestions for using data and maps in classes.

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

12. Where the Poor Are: An Atlas of Poverty
(Columbia University)

Where the Poor Are: An Atlas of Poverty
"Since Charles Booth produced his remarkably detailed maps depicting inequality in Victorian London, poverty maps have been used to inform policy. But not until recently have high-resolution maps become available, making it possible to interpret and apply poverty maps in creative new ways to better understand poverty and improve policy making on behalf of the poor. Where the Poor Are: An Atlas of Poverty brings together a diverse collection of maps from different continents and countries, depicting small area estimates of vital development indicators at unprecedented levels of spatial detail. The atlas is a product of the CIESIN Global Poverty Mapping Project, begun in 2004, which was made possible by support from the Japan Policy and Human Resource Development Fund, in collaboration with The World Bank. The atlas of 21 full-page poverty maps reveals possible causal patterns and provides practical examples of how the data and tools have been used, and may be used, in applied decisions and poverty interventions."

Click the link above - on the next page you can choose whether to download the entire Atlas in one whopping 26MB PDF file, or in the following smaller files corresponding to chapters in the report:
Cover & Front Matter * Introduction * Poverty on a Global Scale * Poverty within Continents * Poverty within Countries * Urban Poverty * Back Matter

Center for International Earth Science Information Network
[ Columbia University - City of New York]

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

13. Poverty and Human Rights - July 28
(UNDP International Poverty Centre)

Poverty and Human Rights (PDF file - 237K, 32 pages)
Peter Townsend
Published July 28, 2006
"Townsend presents the case for using human rights and the deprivation of human rights as a measure of poverty. He argues that the World Bank’s dollar-a-day standard, while a good temporary measure is now inconsistent, uneven and ultimately inadequate. To Townsend, the Bank’s strategies focusing on macro economic reform and that follow a neoliberal framework of privatizations and cuts in public spending have failed. He promotes an alternative strategy for poverty alleviation that includes employment creation, equitable taxation, universal social services and democratic control of Trans National corporations and agencies. Townsend hopes that by providing this alternative development strategy the most vulnerable portions of global populations would be protected, namely the elderly, sick (with terminal illness, i.e. AIDS), and children from vagaries of the market."
International Conference on The Many Dimensions of Poverty
Brasilia, 29-31 August 2005
International Poverty Centre
United Nations Development Programme

Programme (PDF file - 72K, 6 pages)

Links to 49 papers
from the same conference
NOTE: this page gives you links to biographical notes about each presenter, to their papers (in PDF format) and to their Powerpoint presentations.
However, this page does NOT tell you the title of any paper. You can either click on each of the 49 links (not very efficient), or you can click the Programme link above, then read the detailed list of presentations, and finally go to the Papers page to download any papers of interest from this link.

Also from the International Poverty Centre:

Social protection: the role of cash transfers
Poverty In Focus
(PDF file - 331K, 20 pages)
June 2006

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
- Go to the Human Rights Links page:

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28 Deep Thoughts

What happens if you put this side up face down while popping microwave popcorn?
Why is chopsticks one of the easiest songs to play on the piano, but the hardest thing to eat with?
How come you play at a recital, but recite at a play?
If a fork were made of gold would it still be considered silverware?
If heat rises, then shouldn't hell be cold?
Why is it when we talk to God we are praying, but when God talks to us we are put into the loony bin?
If something "goes without saying," why do people still say it?
Why is a square meal served on round plates?
Which way does a compass point in space?
Why are people allowed to put naked statues outside but why can't we run outside naked?

Why do all superheroes wear spandex?
If mars had earthquakes would they be called marsquakes?
Why did Mary own a little lamb?
If a missing person sees their picture on a milk carton that offers a reward, would they get the money?
If the president were gay, would his husband be the first man?
If you were a genie and a person asked you this wish, "I wish you would not grant me this wish" what would you do?
Do movie producers still say lights, camera, and action when it is a dark scene?
Did Noah have woodpeckers on the ark? If he did, where did he keep them?
Why is Charlie short for Charles if they are both the same number of letters?

Why is snow white and ice clear? Aren't they just different forms of water?
Why do they put the names of football teams on baseball caps?
If I had my legs amputated, would I have to change my height and weight on my driver's license?
How come you pay an extra 25 cents to get something put on your hamburger but they don't take off the price if you get something taken off?
Can you get cornered in a round room?
Why is it illegal to park in a handicapped parking space but its ok to use a handicapped toilet?
In that song, she'll be coming around the mountain, who is she?
"How come we say 'It's colder than hell outside' when isn't it realistically always colder than hell since hell is supposed to be fire and brimstone?"
If our body temperature is normally 98.6 degrees, how come when it's 98 degrees outside, no one is comfortable?

Found somewhere online...