Canadian Social Research Newsletter
September 30, 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 2,582 subscribers.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. National Council of Welfare Archive (Library and Archives Canada) // Archive électronique du Conseil national du bien-être social (Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)
2. United Nations raps Canada on children's rights (Victoria Times-Colonist) - September 27
3. Centre for the Study of Living Standards releases Reports on Happiness and Inequality and Redistribution in Canada - September 27
4. Latest Media and Policy News: 26, 28 September 2012 (Income Security Advocacy Centre - ISAC)
5. Income Inequality and Redistribution in Canada: 1976 to 2004 (Statistics Canada) - May 2007
6. Census File (OpenFile)
7. Housing homeless cheaper, more effective than status quo: study (Canadian Homelessness Research Network) - September 24
8. The Price of Public Health Care Insurance: 2012 Edition (Fraser Institute, September 20) + Rebuttal from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (September 25)
9. Opinion: Not in Quebec’s interests to take back Employment Insurance (Michael Mendelson in the Montreal Gazette) - September 17
10. Canada: What universal health care?
(Reuel Amdur in The Canadian Charger) - September 15

11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2012 - September 27
--- Canada's population estimates: Age and sex, July 1, 2012
- September 27
--- Canada's population estimates, second quarter 2012 - September 27
--- Migration, 2010/2011 - September 27
--- Advisory: Historical revision of the System of National Accounts, 1981 to the second quarter 2012 - September 26

12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [United Kingdom] Poverty and Social Exclusion : Reporting research, examining policy, stimulating debate
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. National Council of Welfare Archive (Library and Archives Canada)
Archive électronique du Conseil national du bien-être social Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

The National Council of Welfare [ http://www.ncw.gc.ca/ ] is closing its doors and its website sometime after September 28, 2012.
However, you can find a complete copy of the Council's website in Government of Canada Web Archive (Library and Archives Canada).

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National Council of Welfare Archive
http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ncw-cnb/2012-08-07/www.cnb.gc.ca/h.4m.2_40-eng.jsp.htm
Complete snapshot (incl. all Council reports) of the Council's website as at September 28, 2012.

For more information about this Canada Budget 2012 decision, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

Source:
Government of Canada Web Archive
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/webarchives/index-e.html
[ Library and Archives Canada:
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/index-e.html ]

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LE 28 SEPTEMBRE 2012

Le Conseil national du bien-être social ferme ses portes et son site Web [ http://www.ncw.gc.ca/ ] après le 28 septembre 2012.
Vous pouvez toutefois accéder à toute la gamme de publications du Conseil en vous rendant à l'Archive électronique du Conseil national du bien-être social.

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Archive électronique du Conseil national du bien-être social
http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/205/301/ncw-cnb/2012-08-07/www.cnb.gc.ca/h.4m.2_40-fra.jsp.htm
Copie complète du site Web du Conseil (y compris toutes les publications), le 28 septembre 2012.

Pour plus de renseignements au sujet du Conseil et de son sort, veuillez vous référer au lien suivant:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm


Source:
Archives du Web du gouvernement du Canada
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/archivesweb/index-f.html
[ Bibliothèque et Archives Canada:
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/fra/Pages/accueil.aspx ]

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- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ncw.htm

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

2. United Nations raps Canada on children's rights - September 27
(Victoria Times-Colonist
)

United Nations raps Canada on children's rights
http://www.timescolonist.com/life/raps+Canada+children+rights/7306925/story.html
September 27, 2012
In hearings in Geneva to examine Canada's adherence to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Ottawa was repeatedly taken to task for incoherence about how federal and provincial programs actually help kids.
United Nations officials say they're concerned vulnerable Canadian children might be falling through the cracks of a fractious federal system that lacks accountability and a clear strategy. The UN's committee on the rights of the child said Canada needs to "raise the bar" in how it protects the rights of children, especially when it comes to aboriginal, disabled and immigrant kids.

The committee also slapped Canada's wrist for allowing corporal punishment, for growing income inequality, and for not having brought Omar Khadr back to Canada from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Exports of asbestos, slow action on climate change, and weak controls over the behaviour of Canadian corporations overseas were raised as concerns.

Source:
Victoria Times-Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/

Related links:

From the
Committee on the Rights of the Child
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Committee on rights of child considers report of Canada
http://goo.gl/AbYWQ
Press Release and Meeting Summary
27 September 2012

The Committee on the Rights of the Child completed its consideration of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Canada on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this morning.
Recommended reading --- includes a list of the federal government's accomplishments in the area of children's rights from 1998 to 2007, along with critique by the Children's Rights Committee of the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights.
- Click the link above for the presentation of a summary of the report by a senior official from the Public Health Agency of Canada, followed by questions from the experts on the committee and responses by the Delegation. See the probing questions by Maria Herczog, the Committee Member acting as a Co-Country Rapporteur for the report of Canada.

The report(s) under consideration:

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Third and Fourth Reports of Canada
Covering the period January 1998 – December 2007
(PDF - 780K, 212 pages)
[As received on 20 November 2009]
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/docs/AdvanceVersions/CRC-C-CAN-3_4.pdf
This report outlines key measures adopted in Canada from January 1998 to December 2007, to enhance implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OP-AC).
Table of contents:
* Measures Adopted by the Government of Canada
* Measures Adopted by the Governments of the Provinces
* Measures Adopted by the Governments of the Territories
Appendices
1 – Review of Jurisprudence
2 – Public Consultations
3 – Provincial and Territorial Children’s Advocates
4 – Statistical Information
5 – Government of Canada Response to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

Source:
Committee on the Rights of the Child
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/
Part of
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx

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

- Go to the United Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/un.htm

3. Centre for the Study of Living Standards releases two reports on Happiness and Inequality and Redistribution in Canada - September 27

CSLS Releases Two Reports on Happiness and Inequality and Redistribution in Canada
Ottawa - September 27, 2012
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) has released two reports of general interest. Today the CSLS released a report entitled The Impact of Redistribution on Income Inequality in Canada and the Provinces, 1981-2010 [See the link below.]. The objective of the study is to provide an overview of trends in income inequality, defined as the Gini coefficient, in Canada and the provinces over the 1981-2010 period and to investigate the impact of redistributive policies – namely, taxes and transfers – on these trends.

On September 25 (2012), the CSLS released a report entitled Canadians Are Happy and Getting Happier: An Overview of Life Satisfaction in Canada, 2003-2011 [See the link below]. The objective of the report is to provide an update and overview of trends in self-reported life satisfaction in Canada, based on data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey.

The two reports:

The Impact of Redistribution on
Income Inequality in Canada and the Provinces, 1981-2010
(PDF - 836K, 50 pages)
http://www.csls.ca/reports/csls2012-08.pdf
By Andrew Sharpe and Evan Capeluck
September 2012
The objective of the study is to provide an overview of trends in income inequality, defined as the Gini coefficient, in Canada and the provinces over the 1981-2010 period and to investigate the impact of redistributive policies – namely, taxes and transfers – on these trends.

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Canadians Are Happy and Getting Happier:
An Overview of Life Satisfaction in Canada, 2003-2011
(PDF - 588K, 17 pages)
http://www.csls.ca/notes/Note2012-3.pdf
By Andrew Sharpe and Evan Capeluck
September 2012
- In 2011 more than 9 out of 10 Canadians aged 12 and over (92.3 per cent) reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their lives.
- According to a Gallup World Poll taken in February 2012, Canada is the second happiest country in the world preceded only by Denmark.
- includes (in the References section at the end) links to nine reports for further reading...

Source:
Centre for the Study of Living Standards

http://www.csls.ca/

The Centre for the Study of Living Standards is a non-profit, national, independent organization that seeks to contribute to a better understanding of trends in and determinants of productivity, living standards and economic and social well-being through research.

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

4. Latest Media and Policy News: 26, 28 September 2012
(Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 Sept 2012
http://goo.gl/SbXXR
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

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

Top Story: Community Start-Up Cuts

* A great article outlining the impacts and implications of the CSUMB cuts in Niagara Region
* Excellent editorial on CSUMB in Niagara This Week

Ontario Issues

* Libs move ahead with public sector wage freeze
* Here’s a link to the legislation introduced Sept 26
* Poll finds support for Ontario Liberals slipping
* Ontario’s deficit $3.3 billion lower than original forecast

Around the Province

* New report shows pegs cost of poverty in Niagara at $1.38 billion a year
* Big Put Food in the Budget event tonight, Friday, Sept 28
* CUPE hopes to unionize GFL workers who collect west Toronto’s trash
* Great coverage of Daily Bread Food Bank’s “Who’s Hungry” report on hunger in Toronto
* One mother’s maddening search for daycare in Toronto, where the shortage is critical

Across the Country

* Social assistance caseloads in PEI are falling, with thoughts on reasons why
* BC’s Raise the Rates challenges politicians to eat on $26 a week
* And a number of politicians are taking up the challenge
* Opinion piece on improving service to people on social assistance in Quebec
* An update on poverty reduction efforts in Surrey, BC

Economy

* An update on the economy from Armine Yalnizyan, four years after the Big Crash – “austerity budgets from the federal and some provincial governments could not be unfolding at a worse time
* Another call from Jim Flaherty for the private sector to generate some growth out of those tax cuts we gave you ‘cause you’re screwing up our whole economic rationale, dammit

Federal Issues

* Kevin Page prepared to take government to court over 2012 budget information
* Feds considering electronic bracelets to track failed refugee claimants
* Canada’s corporate tax lowest among developed countries
* Carol Goar covers the Fraser Institute’s report on corporate welfare
* Parents to get new EI benefits under new legislation
* But new EI benefits for parents of sick kids won’t protect jobs

Federal Politics

* Poll shows Conservatives and NDP tied in public support

Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


Latest Media and Policy News: 26 Sept 2012
http://goo.gl/GhVWl
[ Toronto - Ontario - Canada - (some) international ]

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

Top Story: Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit Cut

* ISAC and ACTO want you to Take a Call-in Coffee Break Friday Sept 28 to save the CSUMB
* Losing Community Start Up will mean more homeless Torontonians
* District of Nipissing will lose $700,000 when CSUMB is cut
* Sarnia’s mayor “irked” by the impact of losing $1.4m in CSUMB funds
* City of Hamilton steps in again to fill the gap
* Hamilton “in a very serious pinch here”
* Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, scheduled to speak at community meeting about CSUMB cuts, shares hardscrabble background

Upcoming Events, Recent Reports, and Other Cool Stuff

* Simply People on October 4 is the 9th annual celebration of the lives and identities of people with disabilities
* New report from Metcalf: Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity
* New report from the CCPA: The Path to Better Child Care in Ontario

Ontario

* Carol Goar on the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s recent report on discrimination against people with mental health disabilities in the health care system

Around the Province

* Niagara region needs more staff as demand for social assistance soars
* Sudbury poster campaign perpetuates stereotypes about people who are homeless
* New study on poverty and education in Niagara
* Poverty Reduction Strategy study results released in Kawartha Lakes
* Joe Fiorito says Toronto Community Housing problems need new solutions
* Welland Tribute opinion piece says poverty can happen to anyone
* Cleaners of Toronto’s police stations making poverty wages
* Kitchener opinion piece on not judging a book by its cover

Across the Country

* The new PQ government in Quebec moves to hike taxes for higher income earners

National

* Justice Canada lawyer committed suicide after he and his wife received letters putting them on notice that their jobs were in jeopardy
* The federal government says Ontario should end “easy” welfare for refugee claimants
* Census numbers show more single parents and more risk of poverty
* Census counts Canada’s foster children for the first time
* Fraser Institute study shows corporate welfare doesn’t get repaid

International

* Florida mom facing welfare fraud charges kills two young sons, hangs herself
* Despite what US conservatives say, marriage is not the best antidote to poverty
* It’s not news in the presidential race, but poverty in the US is increasing
* New paper shows 1997 US welfare reforms may have made things worse for people in deep poverty
* Targets needed to reduce child poverty in New Zealand
* Changes to Scotland’s legal aid will mean people in poverty will have to pay
* Advisors say UK government’s welfare changes are “unworkable and unfair”
* And UK’s Labour says the changes should be postponed
* UK’s Lib Dems set to defy the government on welfare changes
* “Income management” trial punishes the poor in Australia twice
* New Zealand’s welfare reforms expected to save $1.6 billion annually
* Argentina increases welfare payments to families with children by 26 percent to keep up with inflation

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Jennefer Laidley is with the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) in Toronto.
Jennefer scans the electronic media for links to items of interest for social researchers and advocates in Toronto, and she also covers (to a lesser extent) the provincial, national and international scenes.

Each week, she sends out Latest Media and Policy News, the above a media scan of topical articles and news releases via email bulletin

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 Weekly Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

5. Income Inequality and Redistribution in Canada: 1976 to 2004 - May 2007
(Statistics Canada)

Income Inequality and Redistribution
in Canada: 1976 to 2004
(PDF - 396K, 58 pages)
http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2007/statcan/11F0019M/11F0019MIE2007298.pdf
By Andrew Heisz
May 2007
Using data from the 1976-to-1997 Survey of Consumer Finances and the 1993-to-2004 Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, we examine developments in family income inequality, income polarization, relative low income, and income redistribution through the tax-transfer system. We conclude that family after-tax-income inequality was stable across the 1980s, but rose during the 1989-to-2004 period.
[Excerpt from the abstract]

Source:
Statistics Canada

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

Found in:

Publications Canada
http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/home.html

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

6. Census File (OpenFile)

Census File
http://www.openfile.ca/interact/census
You filled in the 2011 Census.
But what about your neighbours?
What do you know about them?
And what’s changed in your neighbourhood since the last census in 2006? Enter your address or click the map to find out about your province, your city, or even your block. Zoom in. Change the map type to plot population growth, age and gender across your neighbourhood. Then see how your neighbourhood compares. Click “Compare” to put a second marker on the map, and drag it to another location to compare the two.

Source:
OpenFile

http://www.openfile.ca/
OpenFile is a community-powered news organization operating in six Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The stories our journalists cover start out as suggestions from people like you.
You suggest a story, we assign a reporter. That’s what we mean by community-powered news.

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

7. Housing homeless cheaper, more effective than status quo: study - September 24
(Canadian Homelessness Research Network)

Housing homeless cheaper, more effective than status quo: study
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/housing-homeless-cheaper-more-effective-than-status-quo-study/article4563718/
By Heather Scoffield
September 24, 2012
A new study says there’s a consensus forming on how to fix one of the most stubborn social problems: homelessness. The study by Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, pulls together research from across Canada and the United States, which suggests it’s far cheaper to give a homeless person a place to live than to provide a patchwork of emergency services.

339 comments about this article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/housing-homeless-cheaper-more-effective-than-status-quo-study/article4563718/comments/

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

The study:

The real cost of homelessness: Can we save money by doing the right thing? (PDF - 888K, 19 pages)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/ResourceFiles/costofhomelessness_paper21092012.pdf
By Stephen Gaetz

Source:
Homeless Hub
http://www.homelesshub.ca/
The Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and resource centre, supported by the Canadian Homelessness Research Network

Canadian Homelessness Research Network
http://homelessresearch.net/
The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) is dedicated to helping end homelessness by improving the impact of homelessness research on policy and practice.

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

8. The Price of Public Health Care Insurance: 2012 Edition (Fraser Institute, September 20) + Rebuttal from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (September 25)

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance: 2012 Edition (PDF - 236K, 7 pages)
http://goo.gl/0yTdN
By Nadeem Esmail and Milagros Palacios
Canadians often misunderstand the true cost of our public health care system. This occurs partly because Canadians do not incur direct expenses for their use of health care, and partly because Canadians cannot readily determine the value of their contribution to public health care insurance. In 2012, the estimated average payment for public health care insurance ranges from $3,418 to $11,401 for six common Canadian family types, depending on the type of family.
[Excerpt from the Conclusion]

Average Canadian family paying more than $11,000 per year for public health care insurance
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=18859
News Release
September 20, 2012
CALGARY, AB—An average Canadian family of two adults and two children will pay about $11,400 in taxes for Canada’s so-called “free” health care in 2012, calculates a new report from the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank. The report, The Price of Public Health Care Insurance: 2012 Edition, calculates the amount of taxes an average family pays to all levels of government in a year and the percentage of the total tax bill that goes towards public health care insurance.

Source:
Fraser Institute

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/

Related links:

Three Cheers for the Fraser Institute!
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2012/09/25/three-cheers-for-the-fraser-institute/
September 25, 2012
By Toby Sanger
... last week the Fraser Institute released its 2012 annual report on “The Price of Public Health Insurance“. According to the media reports and summary BS on the Fraser Institute website, this study supposedly demonstrates that Canada’s public health care system costs the average Canadian family over $11,000 a year through the taxes they pay. Some columnists have even suggested that the average Canadian family pays more for public health care than US families pay for their health care. Of course, this is all completely false, as anyone who actually takes the time to read the seven page report and do some very basic on-line research can easily find.
(...)
...as data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [ http://goo.gl/HUIEW ] and Canadian Institute for Health Information [ http://goo.gl/JvkFg ]show, not only does Canada spend far less on total public and private health care per person than the United States (in 2010, US$4,445 per person in Canada vs $8,233 in the US), but Canada also spends less per person than the U.S. on our public health care system, (US$3,158 per person in Canada vs $3,967 per person in the US) while providing coverage for everybody with better quality and outcomes, while the US system leaves 50 million people uninsured.
(...)
Despite the media reports, the Fraser report actually confirms that public health care is an excellent deal for most Canadian families, particularly for middle and low income families, as the CCPA’s report on Canada’s Quiet Bargain also demonstrated a few years ago.
Yet another enlightening report from the Fraser Institute. (With adversaries like these….)

Source:
Behind the Numbers

http://behindthenumbers.ca/
Behind the Numbers is a blog from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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Fraser Institute report on Canadian health care affordability:
Selectively (mis)representating OECD health data

http://goo.gl/WGoXL
The intent of the Fraser Institute report is fairly transparent. It promotes privatisation of Canadian health care insurance by presenting the current publicly-funded system as unaffordable, its rising costs unsustainable.

Source:
Economic Justice Blog
http://economicjustice.ca/wp/

9. Opinion: Not in Quebec’s interests to take back Employment Insurance - September 17
(Michael Mendelson in the Montreal Gazette)

Opinion: Not in Quebec’s interests to take back Employment Insurance
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Opinion+Quebec+best+interests+take+back+from+Ottawa/7244720/story.html
By Michael Mendelson
September 17, 2012
In 1940, the provinces — including Quebec — agreed to a constitutional amendment putting unemployment insurance into Ottawa’s jurisdiction. Now Pauline Marois, Quebec’s premier-elect, wants to take what is now called employment insurance back from the federal government. Ottawa should respond in the same spirit of pragmatic federalism as prevailed in 1940. If Premier Marois places a resolution before the National Assembly seeking a provincially run EI program, and if the resolution passes, the rest of Canada should agree to this request. But in Quebec’s self-interest, the legislature should turn down the premier.
(...)
It will be better for Quebec and for all of Canada if we take on the tough task of reforming EI together...

[ Author Michael Mendelson is senior scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy in Toronto, a non-partisan and non-profit institute. He is a former provincial deputy minister in Manitoba and in Ontario. ]

Source:
Montreal Gazette

http://www.montrealgazette.com/

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

10. Canada: What universal health care? - September 15
(Reuel Amdur in The Canadian Charger)

Canada: What universal health care?
http://www.thecanadiancharger.com/page.php?id=5&a=1343
September 15, 2012
By Reuel S. Amdur
It is claimed that Canada has universal health care. Unfortunately, that is an overstatement.
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Canadian Medical Association president-elect Anna Reid ... points to the issue of poverty and social determinants of health. If not everyone has an adequate quality of life, then we increase the burden of health care expenses. The poor are sicker than the rest of us. Hence, progress toward greater equality means better health, and greater equality depends on government policy. Thus, in the grander scheme of things, universal health care needs to encompass progressive social policy, or vice versa.

More articles by Reuel Amdur:
http://www.thecanadiancharger.com/page.php?cid=5&id=5

Source:
The Canadian Charger

http://www.thecanadiancharger.com/

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

- Go to the Medicare Debate Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/medicare.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2012 - September 27
--- Canada's population estimates: Age and sex, July 1, 2012
- September 27
--- Canada's population estimates, second quarter 2012 - September 27
--- Migration, 2010/2011 - September 27

--- Advisory: Historical revision of the System of National Accounts, 1981 to the second quarter 2012 - September 26

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 ]

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September 27, 2012
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, July 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120927/dq120927a-eng.htm
In July, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $906.68, up 1.1% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 4.1%.
- includes two tables and three charts:
* Tables:
----- Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees, seasonally adjusted
----- Number of employees, seasonally adjusted
* Charts:
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly hours and average weekly earnings
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly earnings in the 10 largest sectors
----- Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings by province

Related links:

See the following
FREE CANSIM tables:
* 281-0023 to 281-0039 [ http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=281-0023..281-0039&p2=31 ]
and
* 281-0041 to 281-0049 [ http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=281-0041..281-0049&p2=31 ]

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

September 27, 2012
Canada's population estimates: Age and sex, July 1, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120927/dq120927b-eng.htm
As of July 1, 2012, Canada's population was estimated at 34,880,500, an increase of 396,500 or 1.1% from the same date in 2011. This was similar to the average growth rate of the last 20 years. The Canadian population continues to age, reaching a median age of 40.0 years.

September 27, 2012
Canada's population estimates, second quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120927/dq120927f-eng.htm
Demographic estimates by province and territory are now available for the second quarter.

Related links:

Quarterly Demographic Estimates, April to June 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-002-x/91-002-x2012002-eng.htm

Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/91-215-x/91-215-x2012000-eng.htm
Highlights
Sections (Total population - Population by age and sex)
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products

September 27, 2012
Migration, 2010/2011
Data are now available on the number of individuals who moved between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. Migration data reflect interprovincial and international movements as well as intraprovincial moves between census metropolitan areas or census divisions. Moves across town or across the street are excluded.

Available without charge in CANSIM:
Tables 111-0027 to 111-0031
[ http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=111-0027..111-0031&p2=31 ]

Related subjects:

Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3867&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Mobility and migration
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=2378&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

September 26, 2012
Advisory: Historical revision of the System of National Accounts, 1981 to the second quarter 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120926/dq120926a-eng.htm
Beginning October 1, 2012, Statistics Canada will publish revised data for several important economic indicators, including quarterly gross domestic product, labour productivity and balance of payments, as well as provincial and territorial economic accounts.



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

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

12. 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

September 29, 2012

What's new online this week:

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

Take my kids, please!
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/take-my-kids-please
27 Sep 2012 | Canada
This Toronto Life magazine feature article, describing a mother's search for affordable high quality child care in Toronto, vividly illustrates the child care policy issues through her personal experience.

Early childhood education and child care is a human right
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/early-childhood-education-and-child-care-human-right
26 Sep 2012 | Canada
In response to Canada's most recent official report as well as to submissions made by NGOs, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a list of questions for the Government of Canada, the written response to which became available last week. Links to Canada's response and other relevant documents are included, as well as information on how you can listen to and participate in Canada's CRC Committee session this week.

National Household Survey: Final response rates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/national-household-survey-final-response-rates
26 Sep 2012 | Canada
Statistics Canada reports that "we are confident that the National Household Survey will produce usable and useful data that will meet the needs of many users. It will not, however, provide a level of quality that would have been achieved through a mandatory long-form census".

A response to the Ministry of Education modernizing child care in Ontario discussion paper
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/response-ministry-education-modernizing-child-care-ontario-
25 Sep 2012 | Ontario
Response paper from the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario states that "while the Modernizing Child Care Discussion Paper proposes several valuable mechanisms to promote consistencies in quality, research shows that the surest way to improve program quality is to recognize early childhood educators as professionals and ensure that they are adequately compensated".

Evaluation of the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities Program at the Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/12/09/evaluation-aboriginal-head-start-urban-and-northern-communi
24 Sep 2012 | Canada
Evaluation report assesses the relevance and performance of the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) program. Concludes that "there is a continued and growing need for the program".

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.

Additional $1 million invested to help more families with early learning and child care costs
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/additional-1-million-invested-help-more-families-early-learning-and-
28 Sep 2012 | New Brunswick

UN confronts Canada over lack of national child rights strategy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/un-confronts-canada-over-lack-national-child-rights-strategy
27 Sep 2012 | Canada

Lower response rates threaten census data in some places: 68.6% completed national household survey overall, but some communities fall below optimal 50% level
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/lower-response-rates-threaten-census-data-some-places-686-completed-
26 Sep 2012 | Canada

Canada’s younger generation facing deep declines in its standard of living
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/canada%E2%80%99s-younger-generation-facing-deep-declines-its-standard-living
26 Sep 2012 | Canada

Five-year-olds put to the test as kindergarten exams gain steam
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/09/five-year-olds-put-test-kindergarten-exams-gain-steam
26 Sep 2012 | United States

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

13. 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:
(older external links may be broken)

September 28, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/28/
State TANF Program – Maine
Census Homelessness Report

September 27, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/27/
States and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)

September 26, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/26/
State TANF Programs – Michigan, Ohio, Maine (3 articles)

September 25, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/25/
Census Poverty Reports (5 articles)

September 24, 2012
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2012/09/24/
Child Welfare and Kinship Care – Ohio
Minimum Wage – New Jersey

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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

14. [United Kingdom] Poverty and Social Exclusion : Reporting research, examining policy, stimulating debate

United Kingdom

Poverty and Social Exclusion : Reporting research, examining policy, stimulating debate
http://www.poverty.ac.uk/
This website is being developed to support the Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

This website aims to:
* engage a wide audience in the debate on poverty and social exclusion
* provide accurate and independent information, based on research evidence, on the nature and extent of poverty and social exclusion in the UK
* disseminate information on, and help improve, the measurement of poverty, social exclusion and standard of living in the UK and internationally
* more...
http://www.poverty.ac.uk/about-us

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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom research project
http://www.poverty.ac.uk/pse-research/pse-uk-2012

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Economic and Social Research Council
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-060-25-0052/read

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

- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

15. 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:

26 September 2012 - CRINMAIL issue 1295
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4417
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- The first of many?
- Blasphemy case wanes
- Child abuse actively hidden from public
- Questioning 'traditional values'
- Continuing downhill
- Progressive moves pave way for rights protection
- Children's rights and health
- Funding opportunity
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Georgia
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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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

I just wanted to let you know that I have recently been diagnosed with AAADD - Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how it goes:

I decide to do the laundry, start down the hall and notice the newspaper on the table.
OK, I'm going to do the laundry...

BUT FIRST I'm going to read the newspaper.
After that, I notice the mail on the table.
OK, I'll just put the newspaper in the recycle stack...

BUT FIRST I'll look through the pile of mail and see if there are any bills to be paid.
Yes. Now where is the checkbook?
Oops... there's the empty glass from yesterday on the coffee table.
I'm going to look for that checkbook...

BUT FIRST I need to put the glass in the sink.
I head for the kitchen, look out the window, notice my poor flowers need a drink of water.
I put the glass in the sink and there's the remote for the TV on the kitchen counter.
What's it doing here? I'll just put it away...

BUT FIRST I need to water those plants.
I head for the door and...
Aaaagh! stepped on the cat.
Cat needs to be fed.
Okay, I'll put the remote away and water the plants...
BUT FIRST I need to feed the cat.

AT THE END OF THE DAY:
Laundry is not done, newspapers are still on the floor, glass is still in the sink, bills are not paid, checkbook is still lost, and the cat ate the remote control... And, when I try to figure out how come nothing got done today, I'm baffled because...

I KNOW I WAS BUSY ALL DAY!
I realize this condition is serious... I'd get help...

BUT FIRST...
I think I'll check my e-mail.

Source:
Email
(:-D

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And, in closing...
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Stonewall City Blues (video, duration 3:28)
By Bruce Craig
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTNNe4nhDMU
By Gilles : I recently had lunch with Bruce, a former co-worker and all-round good guy.
A few years ago, the City of Ottawa messed up his home renovation plans, so he made this video wherein he "rails against Ottawa's building permit officials in the delta blues style", as he puts it. The first minute or so is Bruce's rant outside City Hall ("I got a woman who wants her new kitchen NOW!"), and the rest is some soulful blues and some fancy guitar-picking.
(Watch out, B.B. King!)
That took balls, Bruce.
Well done!

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Dramatic Macaroni & Cheese (video, duration 2:14)
http://www.collegehumor.com/embed/6828142/dramatic-macaroni-cheese
Thespians will understand this.

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How to stay cool at an airshow:
http://imgur.com/gallery/eYHKZ

Reminded me of this:

How to stay cool in the Sahara:
http://www.granitegrok.com/pix/LionsUnderWing.jpg

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My Dog the Paradox
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox
"You'll never meet a person who is so genuinely happy to be with you."

Cat VS Internet
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cat_vs_internet
(...and we all know who will prevail, don't we?)

 

To my loving wife of 23 years today:
I love you, especially when you sleep in on our anniversary so I can finish sending off my newsletter!

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