Canadian Social Research Newsletter
October 30, 2011

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.

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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content


1.
Tracking the Trends 2011 : Edmonton's Increasing Diversity (Edmonton Social Planning Council) - October 2011
2. Working for a Living Wage : Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver - 2011 Update (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - March 2011
3. Call for abstracts : CPHA 2012 Annual Conference [Edmonton] - June 11-14, 2012 (Canadian Public Health Association - CPHA)
4. Social Security in Canada : the Colonial Era to the mid-1990s (The Canadian Encyclopedia)
5. Canadian Foundations (The Canadian Encyclopedia)
6. Recent developments in the National Commission on Community Health and Social Services (Canadian Council on Social Development) - October 23, 2011
7. Internet research tools  (University at Albany Library)
8.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2011 - October 27
--- Homicide in Canada, 2010 - October 26
--- Transition Homes in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2009/2010 - October 25
--- Health Trends / Health Profiles / Health Indicator Maps - October 2011

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

International content

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
11. [U.S.] Falling Crime, Teeming Prisons (New York Times) - October 29
12. [U.S.] Half in Ten Campaign Starts the Clock on Cutting Poverty in Half in Ten Years (Center for American Progress Action Fund) - October 26
13. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. Tracking the Trends 2011 : Edmonton's Increasing Diversity - October 2011
(Edmonton Social Planning Council)

New from the
Edmonton Social Planning Council

Tracking the Trends 2011(11th Edition):
Edmonton's Increasing Diversity

October 2011
Tracking the Trends is the ESPC's flagship publication that offers a comprehensive collection of current and historical demographic and socioeconomic data focused on the Edmonton region. The publication divides the trends into six major categories:
1) Demographics - indicators of population growth, immigration and population diversity.
2) Education & Employment - indicators of educational achievement and employment status of the population.
3) Cost of Living & Housing Trends - indicators of the costs of basic necessities, such as food and housing, as well as the housing status of the population.
4) Wages, Income & Wealth - indicators of the changing value of the wages, incomes and net worth of individuals and families.
5) Poverty - indicators of the prevalence of low income, as well as the incidence of acute forms of poverty, such as homelessness.
6) Government Income Supports - indicators of the investments made by governments towards improving financial security and the impact of those investments on low income families

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

2. Working for a Living Wage : Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver (2011 Update) - March 2011
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the British Columbia Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Living Wage 2011: how much does a family need to earn?
March 21, 2011
Update
CCPA-BC has published Working for a Living Wage 2011, which shows that the living wage for Vancouver in 2011 is $18.81 an hour, up from $18.17 last year, and far higher than the $10.25 minimum wage planned for next year. A living wage enables families to pay for necessities, support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social and civil life of their communities.

The report:

Working for a Living Wage:
Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver
2011 Update
(PDF - 1.4MB, 8 pages)
Update
March 2011

Related links:

* Living Wage Calculation Guide 2011 PDF File, 779 KB
* Living Wage Calculation Spreadsheet - March 2011 VND.MS-EXCEL File, 53 KB
* Working for a Living Wage 2008 - Original Full Report 2008 PDF File, 2915 KB
Source:
Working for a Living Wage 2011

March 2011

Source:
British Columbia Office of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
The CCPA is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.

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Did you know:
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BC has the highest child poverty rate in Canada.
* The majority of BC’s poor children live in families with income from paid work, with over 1/3 having at least one adult working full-time.
* Approximately 25% of the couples with children in Greater Vancouver live below the Living Wage level.
* 80% of the factors that effect childhood development, as identified by the Chief Public Health Officer, improve as family income increases.
Source:
A Living Wage for Families

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk2.htm

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

3. Call for abstracts : CPHA 2012 Annual Conference [Edmonton] - June 11-14, 2012
(
Canadian Public Health Association - CPHA)

Canadian Public Health Association 2012 Annual Conference
Edmonton, Alberta
June 11-14, 2012
[ Version française de la page d'accueil - y compris les liens ci-dessous en français]
Public health and environmental health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics and students from across the country and around the world will meet in Edmonton, Alberta for the 2012 Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA).

* Conference Overview
(...)the CPHA 2012 Annual Conference will explore the role of public health in creating and sustaining a diverse range of healthy environments using the following tracks : * Built Environment * Economics & Development * Ecosystem Health * Leadership & Communications * Society & Culture.
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Call for abstracts : Conference presentations - Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, December 2, 2011
* Application for Workshops - Deadline for applications is Friday, December 2, 2011
* Registration information - dates and fee structure for different groups of attendees (Registration Opens February 2, 2012.)

In collaboration with the:
* Canadian Institute for Health Information
* Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health
* National Collaborating Centres for Public Health
* National Specialty Society for Community Medicine
* Public Health Agency of Canada

In association with:
Alberta Public Health Association

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

4. Social Security in Canada - the Colonial Era to the mid-1990s
(The Canadian Encyclopedia)

From The Canadian Encyclopedia:

Social Security
- from the Colonial Era to the demise of the Canada Assistance Plan in the mid-1990s
By Dennis Guest
Social security denotes public programs intended to maintain, protect and raise basic living standards. Specifically the term covers publicly financed and administered programs that replace income that has been lost because of pregnancy, illness, accident, disability, the death or absence of a family's breadwinner, unemployment, old age or retirement, or other factors.
- incl. links to:
* The History of Social Security in Canada * Renewing Canada's Social Programs * Suggested Reading * Links to Other Sites

Source:
The Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia has provided the most comprehensive, objective and accurate source of information on Canada for students, readers and scholars across Canada and throughout the world.

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- Go to the History of Welfare in Canada : selected readings page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_history.htm

5. Canadian Foundations (The Canadian Encyclopedia)

Also from The Canadian Encyclopedia:

Canadian Foundations
Table of contents:
The Modern Foundation | Past and Present Canadian Foundation Benefactors | The Number and Financial Assets of Canadian Foundations | Canada's Major Foundations | Types of Foundations | Areas of Interest of Foundations | Important Contributors to Canadian Society | Suggested Reading | Links to Other Sites
- includes links to ~20 foundation websites and other related resources

Foundations are "non-governmental, non-profit organizations with funds (usually from a single source, either an individual, a family, or a corporation) and program managed by (their) own trustees or directors, established to maintain or aid social, educational, charitable, religious, or other activities serving the common welfare through the making of Grants" (the late F. Emerson Andrews, first president, The Foundation Centre, New York Center). Dwight MacDonald of the Ford Foundation coined a somewhat lighter definition: "A body of money completely surrounded by people who want some." Generally, a foundation does not carry out a direct charitable activity but rather gives grants to operating charities for this purpose.

Source:
The Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia has provided the most comprehensive, objective and accurate source of information on Canada for students, readers and scholars across Canada and throughout the world.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

6. Recent developments in the National Commission on Community Health and Social Services - October 23, 2011
(
Canadian Council on Social Development)

Recent developments in the
National Commission on Community Health and Social Services

October 23, 2011
[ NOTA : La version française de cette mise a jour se trouve au bas de la version anglaise au lien ci-dessus. ]

Are you aware of interesting innovations in service planning, organization or delivery; or of service success stories; or of cost savings through cooperative planning or use of resources; which might be a useful model for the Commission to consider? If so, please let us know.
Contact us at commission@ccsd.ca

The latest buzz:

* We have been approached by a research centre which is a joint initiative of the University of Montreal and the Government of Quebec, to develop a research partnership with the Commission. This centre focuses on community collaborative planning and “network governance” of services. As part of the agreement, the Commission would facilitate the development of a network of researchers in Canada who have similar research interests.

* It has been suggested that the commission look at the increasing involvement of for-profit organizations in service delivery.

* The project is being encouraged by a community health centre in Ottawa and recommended for funding support to a group of centre directors.

* We were invited to present the Commission project at a University of Victoria conference (October 14 and 15), as an example of linking the (essentially) non-profit service sector to multi-level governance.

* We now have more than forty volunteers across the country, helping with communications, research support and local coordination. More are welcome and your support is needed. Please join us and help as you can, and also forward this update to friends and colleagues.

Source:
National Commission on Community Health and Social Services
[ Version française :
Commission nationale sur les services de santé communautaires et services sociaux ]

The Canadian Council on Social Development and other national and provincial organizations wishing to join in, may organize a National Commission (a “non-royal” commission) on services for people who need the support of their community (including both publicly-mandated and community-mandated services). The Commission will be a catalyst for the thoughts and actions of thousands of local service organizations to tackle long-standing problems and impending new challenges, to improve service systems and the service environment.

On the Commission website's home page, you will find links to the following:
- the purpose and reasoning for a Commission
- how the Commission will be organised
- what can be achieved
- how you can become involved
- what people are saying about this initiative

Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development
Through our research and partnerships with organizations across the country, we continue to act as a catalyst for innovative, evidence-based approaches to reducing poverty and building resilient, hopeful thriving Canadian communities.

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

7. Internet research tools  (University at Albany Library)

Internet research tools

Below, you'll find a selection of links to Internet guides and tutorials that I highly recommend to anyone from the "newbie" to the seasoned veteran researcher - anyone who wants to improve their ability to find things online.

From the University at Albany Library:

NOTE: All of the guides below were updated October 12, 2011.
The date of the latest revision always appears at the bottom of each tutorial.

Internet Tutorials
Over a dozen current guides and other resources in all - here are just a few:
[click the link above to access the complete list]

Understanding the World Wide Web
A discussion of Web basics, including links, major Web protocols, the makeup of URLs, and Web programming

Multimedia on the Web
A guide to the multimedia phenomenon

The Web and You
A guide to the social Web and how you can participate

RSS Basics
What it is, why you need it, and how to use it

Alphabetical list of Search Engines

Alphabetical list of Subject Directories - incl. * Academic & Professional Directories * Commercial Directories & Portals * Directory Archives

How to Choose a Search Engine or Directory
A chart listing numerous features and the search engines & directories that support them

The World of Search Engines
Covers search engine basics, including general search engines, meta search engines, concept categorizing search engines, and vertical search engines

The World of Subject Directories
A guide to collections of Web resources organized by people

Source:
University at Albany

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- Go to the Reference Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/reference.htm

8. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2011 - October 27
--- Homicide in Canada, 2010 - October 26
--- Transition Homes in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2009/2010 - October 25
--- Health Trends / Health Profiles /
Health Indicator Maps - October 2011

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

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October 27, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2011
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 0.8% from July to $877.28 in August, following two months of small declines. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings rose 1.9%, the lowest growth rate since November 2009.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related report:

Employment, Earnings and Hours - main product page*
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.
Click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

October 26, 2011
Homicide in Canada, 2010
In 2010, police reported 554 homicides in Canada, 56 fewer than the year before. This decline follows a decade of relative stability. The homicide rate fell to 1.62 for every 100,000 population, its lowest level since 1966.

October 26, 2011
Study: Delayed retirement, 2010
A 50-year-old worker in 2008 could expect to stay in the labour force 3.5 years longer than in the mid-1990s, according to an indicator that tracks the retirement behaviour of Canadians.

Related subjects:
* Crime and justice
* Crimes and offences
* Victims and victimization

October 25, 2011
Transition Homes in Canada: National,
Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2009/2010

A set of fact sheets on shelters for abused women in Canada is now available for 2009/2010. These fact sheets present national, provincial and territorial data on shelters that provided residential services to abused women and their children, and provide information on the characteristics of residents.

The Fact sheets:

Transition Homes in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2009/2010
Charts
User information
Related products
PDF version (328K, 34 pages)

Related subjects:
* Crime and justice
* Correctional services
* Family violence

Health Trends - Product main page*
This product presents comparable time-series data for a range of health indicators from a number of sources including the Canadian Community Health Survey, Vital Statistics, and Canadian Cancer Registry. The application is designed to give quick access to recent trends that can be customized by indicator or by geography.
[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Health Profile - Product main page*
This profile features community-level data from a number of sources including Statistics Canada's health surveys, administrative data, and the census of population. The application is designed to give quick access to the latest health-related data available for a selected health region, providing the corresponding provincial data by default, but users can easily select any region of choice for comparison.
[ * On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Health Indicator Maps - Product main page*
This publication presents a series of thematic maps showing the subprovincial variations for selected health indicators based on the latest data available from different data sources. Reference maps showing the boundaries of health regions in Canada are also available.

The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
:

October 30, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

What's new online this week

Honouring the children
26 Oct 2011
Report from First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada & KAIROS Canada argues that "the threats to the human rights and flourishing of Indigenous peoples in Canada must not be understated". The report "offers a series of recommendations to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for consideration on the occasion of Canada’s periodic review".

Official languages: Move forward or lose ground
26 Oct 2011
Annual report from the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of New Brunswick claims that if New Brunswick "truly wishes to give children, including Francophone children, every chance of success, it must fully implement the principle of duality in childcare services".

Family is the foundation: Why family support and early childhood education must be a collaborative effort
26 Oct 2011
Report from FRP Canada responds to the "reorganization of early childhood services"; recommends an integrative model that develops "meaningful partnerships between schools, community-based organizations and parents in order to avoid duplication of effort and provide the best possible support to families with young children".

The postmodern curriculum: Making spaces for historically and politically situated understandings
25 Oct 2011
Article by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Alan Pence examines the challenges of implementing curriculum frameworks influenced by postmodern theories in early childhood education in Canada. The authors suggest that "postmodern curricula/frameworks opens spaces for educators to engage in dialogue with practice...and create new possibilities for early childhood education curriculum itself".

Occupying Toronto for child care
19 Oct 2011
Sign spotted at the Occupy Toronto protest asks for "universal child care, please and thank you".

MORE 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.

Tax isn't a four-letter word
26 Oct 2011 Canada

Parents grill school adviser: Disagreement over 'seamless' day of kindergarten
26 Oct 2011 Ontario

Ban bilingual daycares, watchdog urges
26 Oct 2011 New Brunswick

Broken promises
25 Oct 2011 Canada

Why we still need booster shots of feminism
25 Oct 2011 Canada

MORE child care in the news

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (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

10. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
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
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:

October 28:
State Medicaid Programs
Poll of Jobless Americans
Marriage, Income and Poverty
Military Veterans and Homelessness
Weatherization Program - Indiana

October 27:
Census Data on Mobility
Income Inequality in the US
Schools and Budget Cuts

October 26:
Foster Care and Adoption
Medicaid Information System - New York
SNAP and Farmers Markets

October 25:
Suburban Poverty
NPR Series on Foster Care and Native American Children
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs - Florida

October 24:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
States and Medicaid Cuts

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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)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

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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

11. [U.S.] Falling Crime, Teeming Prisons - October 29
(New York Times)

Falling Crime, Teeming Prisons
October 29, 2011
Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, has a smart proposal to create a bipartisan commission to review the nation’s troubled criminal justice system and offer recommendations for reform. The National Criminal Justice Commission Act would be a valuable first step toward reducing crime as well as punishment. (...) The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, yet 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the past generation, the imprisonment rate per capita in this country has multiplied by five. There are 2.3 million Americans in prisons and jails. Spending on prisons has reached $77 billion a year. (...) There are, however, ways to end this cycle of incarceration. This could be done by reducing sentences for nonviolent offenses, ending mandatory minimum sentences and cleaning up drug markets nationally.
Source:
New York Times

And, in Canada - WTF!

Bill C-10 will create the prisoners to fill Conservative prisons
October 25, 2011
Bill C-10 is a massive piece of legislation of roughly 100 pages that rolls nine laws from organized and drug crime, to pardons, to child sex offenders, to migrants entering Canada and young offenders into a single omnibus law.
Source:
rabble.ca

Bill C-10

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NOTE: For detailed Canadian crime stats, scroll back up to the StatCan links section of the page you're now reading , where you'll find figures on homicide in Canada in 2010 along with links to more StatCan studies

12. [U.S.] Half in Ten Campaign Starts the Clock on Cutting Poverty in Half in Ten Years - October 26
(Center for American Progress Action Fund)

Half in Ten : A Campaign to Cut Poverty in the United States in Half in Ten Years

Half in Ten Campaign Starts the Clock on Cutting Poverty in Half in Ten Years
Releases signature report, “Restoring Shared Prosperity: Strategies to Cut Poverty and Expand Economic Growth”
News Release
October 26, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Today the Half in Ten campaign released a landmark report contrasting the number of struggling families in today’s economy with comprehensive data on the challenges we face in creating enough decent-wage jobs, supplying sufficient affordable housing units, and other foundational supports to ensure pathways out of poverty for millions of Americans.

The report:

Restoring Shared Prosperity:
Strategies to Cut Poverty and Expand Economic Growth
(PDF - 5.6MB, 128 pages)
October 2011
Table of contents:
* Introduction and summary
* Chapter one : Poverty in the United States today
* Chapter two : More good jobs
* Chapter three : Strengthening families and communities
* Chapter four : Family economic security
* Conclusion: A call to action
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Center for American Progress convened a diverse taskforce of national experts to examine the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States and to devise a plan to reduce poverty and promote greater opportunity for all. The result was a landmark report, released in April 2007, “From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half.” The report laid out a series of policy recommendations which if implemented could cut poverty in our nation in half in 10 years.
Source:
Restoring Shared Prosperity: 2010
- report main page, includes an introduction to, and summary of, the report, as well as links (in the left margin of the page) to individual chapters of the report in PDF format.

Top 10 Findings from Half in Ten’s Inaugural (2010)
Report Tracking Our Progress Reducing Poverty
1. Since 1970 real wages have not kept pace with employee productivity.
2. In 2010 people with disabilities had an employment rate of 18.6 percent, which was just one-third that of people with no disabilities (63.5 percent).
3. Between 1979 and 2007 overall direct expenditures by the federal government on education, training, and employment services fell by half, from 8.8 percent of GDP to 4.3 percent.
4. The transportation sector provides new opportunities for equitable job growth.
5. Poverty rates for households headed by a single mother drop from 40.7 percent to 14 percent when the mother has full-time, year-round employment.
6. Only 4 percent of households with more than one earner are in poverty as compared to 24 percent of households with a single earner.
7. Among those facing employment challenges, more than one-third (35 percent) had home or family reasons for not working all or part of the year, such as a sick child or parents, and disruptions in child care.
8. African Americans and Latinos are more than five times more likely than whites to be “unbanked.”
9. High poverty rates among families with children cannot simply be explained by low work effort.
10. In 2009 the earned income tax credit lifted 6 million people—half of them children—out of poverty.

Perhaps the most important finding from the report is that we have both the experience and the policy tools necessary to cut poverty in half.

Related links:

Half in Ten : From Poverty to Prosperity
A Campaign to Cut Poverty in the United States in Half in Ten Years

More than 46 million Americans live below the official poverty line—which is now approximately $22,314 for a family of four—and 16.4 million children are poor in this country. Inequality of wealth has reached record highs—it is greater than at any time since 1929.

Half in Ten : Our Key Issues
* Creating Good Jobs
* Strengthening Families
* Promoting Economic Security
* Cutting Poverty in Half
Restoring Shared Prosperity
Half in Ten provides a view on the statistics and data behind poverty, and show the path to restoring shared prosperity.
Visit now ?

Half in Ten is a project of:

* Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund
The CAP Action Fund is a progressive think-tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. (...) Our mission is to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world.
The Center for American Progress is a sister organization of the Center for American Progress (CAP).The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. (...) We believe an open and effective government can champion the common good over narrow self-interest, harness the strength of our diversity, and secure the rights and safety of its people.

* Coalition on Human Needs
The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

* The Leadership Conference
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.

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

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

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter
Latest issue:

26 October 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1248
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Corporal punishment: Wales
- Orphanage tourism: Cambodia
- Discrimination: Sexuality, religion, gender
- State violence: Syria
- Internet and free speech: Global
- UK parliament discusses child prisoners: OPT
- Child labour: United States
- CRIN: 2nd edition guide to child rights mechanisms
- Maastricht Principles adopted
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (next link below) doesn't include the table of contents for each issue.

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[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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

 


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...Walks into a bar

A grasshopper walks into a bar.
The bartender says, "Hey, we have a drink here named after you."
The grasshopper says, "Bob?"

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A skeleton walks into a bar and orders a beer and a mop.

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Guy walks into a bar and says, "Drinks for everyone, and barkeep, pour one for yourself too."
Everyone thanks him and, a few minutes later, he buys another round for everyone including the bartender.
He orders a third round and the barkeep says, "Sure, but please pay for the first two rounds before I pour the third."
The generous guy says, "Money? I don't have any money."
The bartender kicks the crap out of him and throws him into the street.
A few minutes later he comes back in and says, "Barkeep, drinks for everyone.
But not for you. you get nasty when you're drunk."

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A horse walks into a bar.
The bartender asks, "Hey, why the long face?"

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A kangaroo walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender figures that a kangaroo probably isn't very economically aware, and charges him $50. The marsupial orders a beer next time, and is charged $60. Finally, the bartender's curiosity gets the better of him. He casually remarks, "You know, we don't get too many kangaroos in here."
The kangaroo replies, "At these prices, no wonder."

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A man walks into a bar and the bartender says, "I'm sorry, I can't serve you here unless you are wearing a tie."
The man says, "Okay, I'll be right back," and goes to his car to find anything he can use for a tie. All he finds is a set of jumper cables, so he ties them around his neck,
goes back in and asks, "How's this?"
The bartender replies, "Well, okay, but don't start anything."

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A chicken walks into a bar.
The bartender says "We don't serve poultry!"
The chicken says "That's OK I just want a drink."

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A pony walks into a bar and says "Bartender, may I have a drink?"
Bartender says "What? I can't hear you. speak up!"
"May I please have a drink?"
"What? You have to speak up!"
"Could I please have a drink?"
"Now listen, if you don't speak up I will not serve you."
"I'm sorry, I'm just a little hoarse."

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A baby seal walks into a bar and sits down. "What can I get you?" asked the bartender.
"Anything but a Canadian Club" replied the seal.

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Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar.
One says, 'I think I've lost an electron.'
The other says 'Are you sure?'
The first says, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

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Source:
http://mysite.verizon.net/cbladey/walktodrink/walkbar.html
(Click the link for more)

 

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And, in closing...

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Raffi turns Jack Layton's letter to Canadians into a song:
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20111027/raffi-jack-layton-1111027


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22 Minutes: Marg Delahunty Montage (video, duration 3:38)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r55aONsoIlw


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Family Friendly Videos
http://www.dump.com/


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The worst human names in history
http://goo.gl/xGJH0


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Typical incendiary blog thread:
http://faultline.org/index.php/site/item/incendiary/


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Kids say the darndest things:
http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/kids_say_funny_things.html