Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 30, 2014

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,746 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Campaign 2000 report cards : Marking 25 Years since Canada’s House of Commons’ Unanimous Resolution to End Child Poverty in Canada - November 24
2. 2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada - November 25
3. New on the Parliament of Canada website:
--- Pre-Budget Consultations 2014 - November 28
--- Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
--- Meeting needs for key statistical data [Statistics Canada) - November 2014
--- Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports
4. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - November 26 (2014) issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
5. The Definitive Ranking of Ridiculous and Misleading Conservative Names for Bills (PressProgress) - November 6
6. Rick Mercer Repudiates Economic Action Plan Ads (YouTube)
7. The Case For Leaning Against Income Inequality In Canada (TD Economics) - November 24
8. Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government (Toronto Star) - November 23
9. Canada's New Action Plan on Open Government (Open Government Portal) - November 6
10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2014
- November 27
--- Farm income, 2013 - November 26
--- Study: Mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces, 2013 - November 25
--- Canadian postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2012/2013 - November 25
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [United States] Our Giant Welfare State (Washington Post) - November 25
14. International] OECD Social Expenditure Database- November 2014 Update (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
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1. Campaign 2000 report card : Marking 25 Years since Canada’s House of Commons’ Unanimous Resolution to End Child Poverty in Canada - November 24

Child Poverty 25 Years Later : Campaign 2000 report cards
On November 24 (2014), Campaign 2000 released its annual collection of report cards on child poverty in Canada.
The release includes report cards on child poverty for Canada as a whole and individual reports from participating provinces : British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Below, you'll find links to each of the report cards along with related links.

Campaign 2000 report card on child poverty : Marking 25 Years since Canada’s House of Commons’ Unanimous Resolution to End Child Poverty in Canada
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
November 24, 2014
Campaign 2000 released its new Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada on Monday, November 24th in Toronto. This year marks 25 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada and five years after the entire House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.”

The complete national report:

Child Poverty 25 Years Later : We Can Fix This
2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada
(PDF - 744KB, 12 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/CanadaRC2014EN.pdf
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[ Version française :
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/CanadaRC2014FR.pdf ]
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More than two decades after food banks emerged as a community response to hunger and poverty, they have become an expected source of support for many low-income families. With insufficient improvements to income supports across the country and with the collapse of many decent jobs, too many families cannot afford to provide the basic food necessities. When the help of family and friends has been exhausted, they often have no other option than food banks. Most recent statistics confirm that more than 841,000 people use food banks each month. Almost half of those are families with children. Of those families, almost 50% are led by two parents. Children represent more than one in three (37%) of those users in Canada.
(Source: Report, page10)

Child Poverty 25 Years Later: Action Long Overdue (small PDF file, 2 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/PressReleaseRC2014EN.pdf
Media Release
With over 310,000 Canadian children using food banks each month, growing income inequality and rising childcare and tuition costs, we can’t afford to delay any longer. We need real progress, for real people, now.

Source:
Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada network of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations committed to working to end child and family poverty.

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From CBC.ca:
http://www.cbc.ca/

Child poverty persists 25 years after Canada promised to end it
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/11/24/canadas-broken-promise-on-child-poverty-25-years-later/
November 24, 2014
Twenty-five years ago today, MPs of all political parties voted unanimously in the House of Commons to bring an end to child poverty by the start of a new millennium. Four Prime Ministers later, child poverty has persisted. Today we hear from Ed Broadbent, the man behind the motion and from some people who know all too well about the persistence of poverty.

To listen to the 22-minute podcast, click the link above and then click "Listen" (just below the photo).

Panelists:
Ed Broadbent
, Chair of the Broadbent Institute, an independent, non-partisan organization working for progressive change through the promotion of democracy.
Mike McKenzie is the national Aboriginal youth representative for the National Association of Friendship Centres. He is from Skeetchestn First Nations in B.C.
Rachelle Bloomfield is a youth outreach worker with the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
Vitta Morales is a high school student. He was in our Fredericton studio.

Provincial reports
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British Columbia

British Columbia : 2014 Child Poverty Report Card (PDF - 4.8MB, 43 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/BCRC2014.pdf
November 24, 2014
First Call has been tracking child and family poverty rates in BC for nearly two decades. Our first provincial report card containing data for 1994 showed that one in five (over 170,000) BC children were poor. It is profoundly disappointing that 18 years later the data still shows that one in five (169,420) BC children are poor.
(Source : Report, page 4)

Source:
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
http://www.firstcallbc.org/

First Call Coalition's 2014 BC Child Poverty Report Card
http://still1in5.ca/
- incl. links to (1) the report card, (2) specific actions you can take to convince the BC Government to act on the recommendations of this report, and (c) First Call’s Media Release about the Report Card and what other people are saying about the report card findings.

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Related links

From TheTyee.ca :
http://thetyee.ca/

Child Poverty Report Card: BC Shows Improvement
http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/11/24/BC-Poverty-Report-Card/
By Katie Hyslop
November 24, 2014
British Columbia has the fifth highest child poverty rate in Canada, according to the 2014 Child Poverty Report Card released today by First Call B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. It's an improvement from a year earlier when B.C.'s rates were the highest in the country. But hold the celebration. Although Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick surpass B.C. in child poverty, First Call, a child advocacy group, says B.C.'s decrease is likely due to a change in data availability.

NOTE : Click the link above, then scroll partway down the next page for links to the following related articles:
* Warning: Child Poverty Is Hazardous to Our Health
* Not one of our kids is disposable, yet we keep them brain-damagingly poor.
* No Easy Numbers for Single Mom Poverty
* BC figures show sharp fall in their median income. But variable data hides the real story.
* BC ties Manitoba for highest child poverty
* Read more: Rights + Justice, BC Politics

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From CBC.ca
http://www.cbc.ca/

Child poverty on rise in B.C., says First Call coalition report card
First Call coalition finds roughly 1 in 5 - or 169,240 - children were living in poverty in B.C. in 2012
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/child-poverty-on-rise-in-b-c-says-first-call-coalition-report-card-1.2847293
November 24, 2014

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

Alberta

No Change : After 25 years of promises,
it’s time to eliminate child poverty
(PDF - 3.3MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/ABRC2014.pdf
Co-authored by John Kolkman and Manuel Escoto of the Edmonton
Social Planning Council (ESPC), and Bill Moore-Kilgannon of Public Interest Alberta (PIA).
November 2014
On September 15, 2014, the Honourable Jim Prentice was sworn into office as Alberta’s 16th Premier. Prentice replaced Alison Redford who had committed during the April 2012 provincial election campaign to ending child poverty in five years and reducing poverty overall. During the leadership campaign, work on the provincial poverty reduction strategy slowed down. The previous commitment to finalize a strategy this year has fallen by the wayside. The strategy will not be released until Spring 2015.
(Source : Report intro)

Sources:
Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC)
https://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/

Public Interest Alberta (PIA)
http://pialberta.org/

From PIA:

No Change - 143,200 Children Live in Poverty in Alberta:
New Report Challenges Government to Fulfill Promise to End Child Poverty
http://pialberta.org/content/no-change-143200-children-live-poverty-alberta
November 24, 2014
(...)
The report shows that despite Alberta’s strong economy, Alberta’s income inequality has increased faster than the national average, with the top 1% of earners seeing real income gains of over 60% since 1982 while the bottom half of income earners only saw a tiny gain of 3.4%.

From CBC.ca:

Alberta's child poverty rate remains almost unchanged 25 years later, says report
Public Interest Alberta says cuts to programs that help people out of poverty a factor
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-s-child-poverty-rate-remains-almost-unchanged-25-years-later-says-report-1.2848502
November 24, 2014

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

Saskatchewan

Campaign 2000 Releases 2014 Report Cards on Child Poverty in Canada:
Findings and Recommendations Echo Poverty Costs Saskatchewan Report
(small PDF file, 2 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/Sask-Upstream2014_Release.pdf
Press Release
November 24, 2014

Poverty Costs Saskatchewan:
A New Approach to Prosperity for All
(PDF - 6.8MB, 54 pages)
http://vibrantcanada.ca/files/povertycostssaskatchewan_povertycosts_2014_s.pdf
October 2014
By Charles Plante and Keisha Sharp

Source:
Vibrant Communities Canada

http://vibrantcanada.ca/

Poverty Costs
http://www.povertycosts.ca/
Poverty Costs is a campaign to raise awareness about the economic cost of poverty and give Saskatchewan people an opportunity to voice their support for a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy.

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One in four Sask. kids live in poverty, study finds
http://www.leaderpost.com/business/four+Sask+kids+live+poverty+study+finds/10411113/story.html
By Evan Radford
November 25, 2014

Regina Leader Post
http://www.leaderpost.com/

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- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

Manitoba

25 years and Children are no better off:
Manitoba Child and Family Poverty
Report Card 2014
(PDF - 480KB, 8 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/MBRC2014.pdf
Canada is now far overdue on its pledge to eliminate child poverty. Not only did Canada fail to meet the target, many believe that as a country we’ve fallen back. One in five children in Canada and 40% of Indigenous children living off-reserve live in poverty. In Winnipeg, food banks provide nourishment for about 20,000 children a month.

Source:
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

http://www.spcw.mb.ca/

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NDP record on child poverty is poor
http://www.winnipegsun.com/2014/11/24/ndp-record-on-child-poverty-is-poor

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From CBC.ca:

Manitoba's child poverty rate 2nd-highest in Canada: report
Almost 3 in 10 children live in poverty, says Social Planning Council of Winnipeg report

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-s-child-poverty-rate-2nd-highest-in-canada-report-1.2847331
November 24, 2014

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-- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

Ontario

Child Poverty, 25 Years Later : We Can Fix This
2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario
(PDF - 482KB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/ONRC2014EN.pdf
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Version française:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/ONRC2014FR.pdf
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November 2014
In November 2014, the unanimous, federal all-party resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000 turns 25. An entire generation has lived in the shadow of this 1989 commitment, now fourteen years overdue. Over 1.3 million children in Canada and over 550,000 in Ontario live in poverty today. Even as Canada’s economy has more than doubled in size, child and family poverty is worse in 2014 than it was in 1989 at both the national and the provincial level.
(Source : Report intro)

Source:
Ontario Campaign 2000
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/

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Ontario falling behind its own poverty reduction goals
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/11/24/ontario_falling_behind_its_own_poverty_reduction_goals.html
November 24, 2014
Campaign 2000’s annual report card shows province not meeting goal it set in 2008 to reduce child poverty by 25 per cent over five years.

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

Nova Scotia

A Generation of Broken Promises:
The 2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia
(PDF - 641KB, 26 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/NSRC2014.pdf
By Lesley Frank
November 2014
Despite both the federal and provincial government’s initiatives, the child poverty rate in Nova Scotia has marginally increased each year since 2009. Clearly piecemeal increases and marginal tax adjustments have not been robust enough to address inadequate welfare incomes that are thousands of dollars below poverty thresholds. Instead, the limited commitment to family policy to support parents in the workforce, rising housing and food prices, and increases in low-waged precarious employment remain in the way of child poverty eradication.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Nova Scotia Office
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/nova-scotia

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One-third of Cape Breton kids living in poverty, report says
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1252960-one-third-of-cape-breton-kids-living-in-poverty-report-says
November 24, 2014
About 32.6 per cent of children in Cape Breton live in poverty, compared with 22.2 per cent in Nova Scotia and 19 per cent across the country.

Source:
The Chronicle Herald
http://thechronicleherald.ca/

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- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nsbkmrk.htm

New Brunswick

A quarter of a century and not much change:
2014 New Brunswick Child Poverty Report Card
(PDF - 7.5MB, 16 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/NBRC2014.pdf
November 24, 2014
In 1989, when the resolution was passed, 1,066,150 children (15.8%) in Canada lived in poverty. In 2012, both the number and percentage of children living in poverty had increased – to 1,340,530 (19.2%). The child poverty rate in New Brunswick has increased from 19.8% in 1989 to 21.0% in 2012—more than 29,000 children live in poverty in our province.
(Source: Report, page 3)

Source:
Human Development Council
http://www.sjhdc.ca/
The Human Development Council identifies and addresses social issues in Greater Saint John through research, information, coordination and networking.

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- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

Prince Edward Island

Lingering Too Long, At What Cost? (PDF - 240KB, 4 pages)
http://www.campaign2000.ca/anniversaryreport/PEIReport2014.pdf
This report is a first attempt to develop a Child Poverty Report Card for P.E.I. It is being done in cooperation with Campaign 2000. A more comprehensive report card will follow in cooperation with authors in Nova Scotia.
(...)
It is almost unimaginable that federal and provincial governments would allow poverty to increase at such a rate in Canada. Whatever happened to the Common Good the principle that is supposed to be at the heart of all good government? Whatever happened to the many UN Conventions signed by Canada and the Provinces?
(Source: Excerpts from the report)

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More Islanders living in poverty now than in 1989
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2014-11-24/article-3949823/More-Islanders-living-in-poverty-now-than-in-1989/1
By Mitch MacDonald
November 24, 2014
A new report showing the level of poverty in Prince Edward Island is “extremely disappointing,” says a well-known social activist and author of the report. Mary Boyd, of the MacKillop Centre for Social Justice, said the report shows that poverty rate for P.E.I. now stands at 17.5 per cent.

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- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pebkmrk.htm

- Go to the Campaign 2000 Child Poverty Report Card Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/campaign_2000_child_poverty.htm

2. Fall 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada - November 25

From the
Auditor General of Canada:
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201411_e_39950.html
November 25, 2014

Table of contents:
Chapter 1 : Responding to the Onset of International Humanitarian Crises
Chapter 2 : Support for Combatting Transnational Crime
Chapter 3 : Mental Health Services for Veterans
Chapter 4 : Providing Relocation Services
Chapter 5 : Support to the Automotive Sector
Chapter 6 : Nutrition North Canada—Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Chapter 7 : Documentary Heritage of the Government of Canada—Library and Archives Canada
Appendix : Costs of Crown Corporation Audits

News Release:
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_20141125_e_39999.html
November 25, 2014

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Auditor general's fall 2014 report: Highlights
CBC News Posted: Nov 25, 2014
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/auditor-general-s-fall-2014-report-highlights-1.2849217

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Google NEWS search results for
"2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada"
http://goo.gl/McQ0mK

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Spring 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201405_e_39319.html
May 6, 2014

Table of contents:
Chapter 1 : Public Sector Pension Plans
Chapter 2 : Procuring Relocation Services
Chapter 3 : Aggressive Tax Planning
Chapter 4 : Expanding the Capacity of Penitentiaries—Correctional Service Canada
Chapter 5 : First Nations Policing Program—Public Safety Canada
Chapter 6 : Transfer Payment Programs—Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Chapter 7 : Outsourcing Building Management Services—Public Works and Government Services Canada
Chapter 8 : Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data—Statistics Canada [see below]
Chapter 9 : Special Examinations of Crown Corporations—2013

News Release
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/mr_20140506_e_39384.html
May 6, 2014

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2014 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada:
Chapter 8—Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data—Statistics Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201405_08_e_39339.html
This report presents the results of a performance audit conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada under the authority of the Auditor General Act.

Source:
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/

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Google NEWS search results for
"2014 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada"
http://goo.gl/T5VZxs

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

3. New on the Parliament of Canada website:
--- Pre-Budget Consultations 2014 - November 28
--- Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
--- Meeting needs for key statistical data
[Statistics Canada) - November 2014
--- Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports

New from the
Government of Canada:

Pre-Budget Consultations 2014
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6615327&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
- links to submissions to the 2014 budget consultations by several hundred groups and individuals, from ABC Life Literacy Canada to YWCA Canada.

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Government of Canada
Bill C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6761910&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2
- links to submissions about Bill C-43 by 30 groups and individuals

What does Bill C-43 do?*
Sections 172 and 173 of Bill C-43 propose to amend the “national standard” for the Canada Social Transfer (CST) contained in the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act. The transfer is directed at helping fund provincial social programs including social assistance. The national standard is a condition for the CST - provinces cannot impose a minimum period of residency to restrict eligibility for social assistance benefits, without incurring a loss of all or part of their CST. The proposed amendment will allow provinces to impose minimum residency requirements on certain groups of immigrants, refugee claimants and people without regularized status to limit their eligibility for social assistance, without losing any CST funding. The amendment impacts certain groups of people based solely on their immigration status.

* Source: Submission by the Income Security Advocacy Centre to the Committee
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/C-43SenateCommitteePresentationNov62014.pdf
November 6, 2014

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Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts

Chapter 8, Meeting needs for key statistical data : Statistics Canada
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6778524&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&File=9
Table of Contents:
Mandate
Introduction
Quality Framework:
A. Accuracy
B. Timeliness
C. Accessibility
D. Coherence
E. Relevance
F. Interpretability
Efficient Use of Resources
Identification and Implementation of Priorities
Progress Report
Conclusion
Appendix A : List of Witnesses
Request for a Government Response

Source:
Spring 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada


http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201405_e_39319.html
Report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts
David Christopherson
Chair
November 2014
41st Parliament, Second session

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The federal government's response to
Chapter 8, Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data - Statistics Canada:

Management Response and Action Plan (MRAP)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/PACP/WebDoc/WD6272639/Action_Plans/43-StatsCan-ch8-e.htm
Action Plan received from Statistics Canada.

NOTE:
"Meeting needs for key statistical data" (the 3rd link above) includes recommendations.
The MRAP link immediately above is where you'll find Statistics Canada's response to each of those recommendations.

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Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6272639&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

Source:
Parliament of Canada website
http://www.parl.gc.ca/

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

4. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - November 26 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of SPARmonitor:

SPARmonitor : November 26 (2014) - issue 143 (PDF - 160K, 3 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_143.pdf
November 12, 2014

This issue covers the following:

Ø The Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto
Ø Dying on the Streets: Homeless deaths in British Columbia
Ø 2014 Social Change Impact Report
Ø 2014 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada: Child Poverty, 25 Years Later
Ø Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors 2013-2014

Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#spar
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

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[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

5. The Definitive Ranking of Ridiculous and Misleading Conservative Names for Bills - November 6
(
PressProgress)

November 6, 2014
The Definitive Ranking of Ridiculous and Misleading Conservative Names for Bills
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/definitive-ranking-ridiculous-and-misleading-conservative-names-bills

Ever notice how the Harper Conservatives like to give their bills absurd names?
And those names often have little relevance to the bill's content or give the impression that the legislation will do the exact opposite of what it will actually do?

Read the ridiculous and misleading Conservative names for bills below, then click the link above to see how each one of the bills is a cruel Orwellian joke.

1. "Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act"
2. "Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act"
3. "Fair Elections Act"
4. "Serious Time for the Most Serious Crime Act" (Seriously? Seriously).
5. "Ending House Arrest for Property and Other Serious Crimes by Serious and Violent Offenders Act"
5.5 The Ministry of Truth Act
6. "The Unborn Victims of Crime Act" (more like a Creeping Attempt to Criminalize Abortion Bill)
7. "Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act"
8. "Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act"
9. "An Act Creating One of the World's Largest National Park Reserves"
10. "The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act"
11. "Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act"

[True Confession : #5.5 above is from George Orwell's 1984]

Source:
PressProgress
http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

6. Rick Mercer Repudiates Economic Action Plan Ads
(YouTube)

Rick Mercer Repudiates Economic Action Plan Ads (YouTube video, duration 1:38)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfpSajAHTTk
Dishonest and manipulative, such taxpayer-funded government propaganda deservedly earns the scorn of Rick Mercer

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

7. The Case For Leaning Against Income Inequality In Canada - November 24
(TD Economics)

TD Economics Special Report:

The Case For Leaning Against Income Inequality In Canada (PDF - 497KB, 13 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/special/income_inequality.pdf
By Craig Alexander and Francis Fong
November 24, 2014
The goal is to have rising income with fair distribution, a necessary condition for which is a productive and competitive economy. The requisite policy leaning likely requires a mixed approach involving direct and indirect efforts to influence market incomes, combined with a progressive tax system and an effective transfer system that limits negative distortions on the economy.
Source : Report, page 12

Source:
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/

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Related links

Inequality bad for economy (video, duration 7:10)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/The+Exchange+with+Amanda+Lang/ID/2614515463/
Nov 24, 2014
TD Bank’s Craig Alexander explains why Canada is becoming more unequal and why it’s bad for our economy.

Source:
The Exchange with Amanda Lang
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/The+Exchange+with+Amanda+Lang/

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Canada becomes more unequal, but good policies could halt that: TD Bank
Study says inequality hurts the economy, but boosting productivity and adjusting taxes could help

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-becomes-more-unequal-but-good-policies-could-halt-that-td-bank-1.2847027
Governments should adjust taxes and transfer policies to make Canadian incomes more equal, because it’s better for the economy in the long run, says a new study by TD Bank. The study, titled The Case for Leaning Against Income Inequality in Canada, points out that technology, globalization and the wider gap between rich and poor in the U.S. are all working to increase inequality here.

But author Craig Alexander says rising inequality is bad for the economy – both because it leaves lower income people with less to spend and because it stalls opportunity for children and youth.

Source:
CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/

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

8. Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government - November 23
(Toronto Star)

Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government:
Canada and its politics, the former Ontario NDP leader says, are in free fall.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/23/stephen_lewis_roars_once_more_in_takedown_of_stephen_harper_government_tim_harper.html
By Tim Harper
November 23, 2014
At the age of 77, Stephen Lewis describes himself as being “happily in his dotage,” a man free to bare his soul and dispense with diplomatic niceties.
He did just that in Charlottetown last Friday. The one-time lion of the left unleashed a withering roar over eight years of Stephen Harper government that deserves to be moved from the relatively tiny confines of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and into a larger forum.

Lewis focused on five fronts of perhaps irreversible decline in this country, five only, because time did not allow him to get into all the factors that “scar my soul.”
The former Ontario NDP leader, United Nations ambassador and lifelong human rights advocate took aim at the “pre-paleolithic Neanderthals” in office and their role in the decline of Parliament, the suppression of dissent, the plight of First Nations, their blinkered climate-change policy and our plummeting world status.
(...)
“Somewhere in my soul,” Lewis says, “I cherish the possibility of a return to a vibrant democracy, where equality is the watchword, where people of different ideological conviction have respect for each other, where policy is debated rather than demeaned, where the great issues of the day are given thoughtful consideration, where Canada’s place on the world stage is seen as principled and laudatory, where human rights for all is the emblem of a decent civilized society.”

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

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

9. Canada's New Action Plan on Open Government - November 6
(Open Government Portal)

Canada's New Action Plan on Open Government
http://policymonitor.ca/government/canadas-new-action-plan-on-open-government/
November 6, 2014
Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, announced the launch of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 [ http://open.canada.ca/en] after almost six months of public consultation and engagement. Action Plan 2.0 builds on past successes and includes 12 detailed commitments that will take Canada’s leadership in open government to the next level over the next two years and beyond.

Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 includes new commitments on open dialogue to take advantage of technology that lets governments connect faster and more easily with citizens. Other elements of the Action Plan open up information on federally funded scientific research, government spending and contracting data, and more.

Open Government Portal
http://open.canada.ca/en
Here you can explore how the Government of Canada is working with the national and international open government community to create greater transparency and accountability, increase citizen engagement, and drive innovation and economic opportunities through Open Data, Open Information, and Open Dialogue.
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COMMENT (by Gilles):
What with all this talk about Open Government, Open Data, Open Information and Open Dialogue, one might be forgiven for thinking that the Harper Government™ is really, really serious about sharing information about its policies and programs with members of the Canadian public.
If you think this is accountability, you need to WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! Harper and his minons have made a mockery of the access to information system in Canada, they've muzzled federal scientists from speaking the truth and they've defunded and shut down non-governmental organizations whose mission was to keep the government's feet to the fire.
Open government, my ARSE.
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Open Government Partnership (OGP)
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/
OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 65 participating countries indicated on the map below. In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

Related products from the
Government of Canada News website:

[ http://news.gc.ca/web/nwsprdct-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&crtr.tp1D=1 ]

* Backgrounder - Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=900739

* Canada's Action Plan on Open Government 2.0 (2014-16)
http://open.canada.ca/en/content/canadas-action-plan-open-government-2014-16

Open Government Blog
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/blog

Data.gc.ca*
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/commitment/datagcca
During the recent public consultations on the Digital Economy Strategy and Open Government, Canadians called for open data to be made available in more usable and accessible formats.
[ * If you click the data.gc.ca link [ http://www.data.gc.ca/ ], you will be redirected to the Open Government Portal - http://open.canada.ca/en ]

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- Go to the Open Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/open_govt.htm

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2014
- November 27
--- Farm income, 2013 - November 26
--- Study: Mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces, 2013 - November 25
--- Canadian postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2012/2013 - November 25

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

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

[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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November 26, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141127/dq141127b-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $942 in September, little changed from $939 the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased 3.4%.

November 26, 2014
Farm income, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141126/dq141126a-eng.htm
The realized net income of agricultural producers rose 1.1% in 2013 to $6.4 billion, marking a fourth consecutive annual increase. The 2013 change reflected small increases in both farm cash receipts and operating expenses.

Complete article:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2014001/article/14121-eng.htm

Related subjects:

Agriculture
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=920&id=920&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Farm financial statistics
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=920&id=3953&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

November 25, 2014
Study: Mental health of the Canadian Armed Forces, 2013

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141125/dq141125c-eng.htm
In 2013, about 1 in 6 full-time Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces reported symptoms of at least one of the following disorders: major depressive episode, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and alcohol abuse or dependence.
Depression was the most common disorder with 8.0% of Regular Force members reporting symptoms in the past 12 months.

Related subjects:

Health
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2966&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Mental health and well-being
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2966&id=2443&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

November 25, 2014
Canadian postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2012/2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141125/dq141125d-eng.htm
Over 2 million students were enrolled in Canadian postsecondary institutions during the 2012/2013 academic year, up 1.1% from the previous year. Enrolments were up in six provinces in 2012/2013, ranging from 1.0% in Saskatchewan to 1.8% in Ontario. Enrolments were down in the three Maritime provinces, British Columbia and the territories. International student enrolments increased 6.9% in 2012/2013 to 199,836.
(...)
In 2012, 478,737 students received a certificate, diploma or degree from a postsecondary institution, up 3.0% from the previous year. Over half of postsecondary graduates (57.2%) had successfully completed a program at the bachelor level or above.

- includes the following tables:
Table 1 : Postsecondary enrolments by province of study
Table 2 : Postsecondary enrolments by field of study
Table 3 : Postsecondary graduates by province of study
Table 4 : Postsecondary graduates by field of study

Related CANSIM Tables:
* Table 477-0019 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0019&p2=31
* Table 477-0020 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0020&p2=31
* Table 477-0029 to 477-0036 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0029..477-0036&p2=31
* Table 477-0044 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0044&p2=31
* Table 477-0045 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0045&p2=31

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- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/univbkmrk.htm

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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

11. 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

November 29, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Child poverty, 25 years later: We can fix this
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/11/child-poverty-25-years-later-we-can-fix
26 Nov 2014 | Canada
Campaign 2000's 2014 report card on child and family poverty in Canada marks 25 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada. The national report makes 12 recommendations, including one for a national ECEC program led by the federal government. In addition, Campaign 2000 provincial partners released report cards in BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, NB, NS and PEI.

Child care instability from 6 to 36 months and the social adjustment of children in prekindergarten
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/11/child-care-instability-6-36-months-and-social-adjustment-ch
26 Nov 2014 | United States
Study reveals that disruptions in child care negatively affect children's social development as early as age four. Researchers noted that "our findings showed that when young children moved between child care settings, these transitions negatively affected their social adjustment"

Early childhood development: Royal College position statement
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/11/early-childhood-development-royal-college-position-statemen
26 Nov 2014 | Canada
Position statement released by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons recommends that, "the federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, implement an early child development system with supports for families including: supports during pregnancy; early childhood learning opportunities; and high quality, universal, accessible and developmentally appropriate child care, including for Indigenous children living both on and off reserve."

The educational preparation and professional development of Alberta's early learning and care workforce
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/11/educational-preparation-and-professional-development-albert
26 Nov 2014 | Alberta
Summary paper from the Muttart Foundation begins the process of rethinking how the Alberta early learning and care workforce might best be developed to meet the needs of children and their families.

Public Interest Alberta: child care survey
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/11/public-interest-alberta-child-care-survey
26 Nov 2014 | Alberta
This province-wide survey of child care centres, day homes, and after-school care centres reveals how challenging it is, particularly for families with infants, children with special needs and/or low-income families, to access high quality childcare in Alberta.

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

Daycare moves can be tough on kids
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/11/daycare-moves-can-be-tough-kids
26 Nov 2014 | United States

Fees set to rise for Quebec's cherished $7 daycare program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/11/fees-set-rise-quebecs-cherished-7-daycare-program
26 Nov 2014 | Quebec

Child poverty in B.C. is a policy-failure crisis
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/11/child-poverty-bc-policy-failure-crisis
26 Nov 2014 | British Columbia

Changes to child care act being introduced today
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/11/changes-child-care-act-being-introduced-today
26 Nov 2014 | Newfoundland

Scottish government to invest $329m in increasing child care over the next two years
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/11/scottish-government-invest-329m-increasing-child-care-over-next-two-
26 Nov 2014 | Europe

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

12. 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.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

November 25, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/11/25/
Legal Aid in Civil Cases
Kids Count Report – Alabama
Children in Foster Care – Pennsylvania

There was no Poverty Dispatch for November 24, 26, 27 and 28
U.S.Thanksgiving

November 21, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/11/21/
US Unemployment (3 articles)
Involuntary Part-Time Employment
Child Care Subsidies
Low-Income College Students (2 articles)
Child Poverty – Canada (2 articles)

November 20, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

November 19, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/11/19/
Child Care Subsidies – Missouri

November 18, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/11/18/
Medicaid Expansion – North Carolina
High-Poverty Schools – California

November 17, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/11/17/
Child Homelessness in the US

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page.
2. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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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

13. [United States] Our Giant Welfare State - November 25
(Washington Post)

Our giant welfare state
http://goo.gl/wf0EoK
By Robert J. Samuelson
November 25, 2014
We Americans pride ourselves on not having a “welfare state.” We’re not like Europeans. We’re more individualistic and self-reliant, and although we may have a “social safety net” to protect people against unpredictable personal and societal tragedies, we explicitly repudiate a comprehensive welfare state as inherently un-American.

Dream on.

Call it a massive case of national self-deception. Indeed, judged by how much of their national income countries devote to social spending, we have the world’s second-largest welfare state — just behind France.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — a group of wealthy nations — has recently published new figures on government social spending (see below) . Covered is unemployment insurance, disability payments, old-age assistance, government-provided health care, family allowances and the like. By this measure alone, the United States is hardly a leader. It ranks 23rd in the world with social spending of roughly 19 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)

Source:
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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

14. [International] OECD Social Expenditure Database- November 2014 Update
(
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

NEW from the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

Social Expenditure Update : November 2014 (PDF - 964KB, 8 pages)
http://www.oecd.org/els/soc/OECD2014-Social-Expenditure-Update-Nov2014-8pages.pdf
New OECD data show that in recent years Canada, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom have experienced substantial declines in social spending as a percent of GDP, but in most countries social spending remains at historically high levels.
- includes the following charts and graphs:
* Public social spending as a percent of GDP, 2007, peak-level after 2007, and 2014
* Public social expenditure as a percent of GDP in 1960-2014
* Public social expenditure in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa
* Public social expenditure by broad social policy area, in percentage of GDP, in 2012
* Percentage of public social benefits in cash paid to the lowest and highest quintile in 2011
* Public spending on income and means-test benefits as % of public social spending on cash benefits (and GDP in brackets), 2012
* From gross public to total net social spending, in % of GDP at market prices, 2011

Source:
OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX)

http://www.oecd.org/social/expenditure.htm
.
[ Version française : http://www.oecd.org/fr/social/depenses.htm ]
.
The OECD Social Expenditure Database (SOCX) has been developed in order to serve a growing need for indicators of social policy. It includes reliable and internationally comparable statistics on public and (mandatory and voluntary) private social expenditure at programme level as well as net social spending indicators. SOCX provides a unique tool for monitoring trends in aggregate social expenditure and analysing changes in its composition. It covers 34 OECD countries for the period 1980-2011 and estimates for 2012-2014.

Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

http://www.oecd.org/
The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

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

15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

26 November 2014 - CRINmail 1405
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1405
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Vatican's abuse prosecutor 'failed' to stop abuse
- Children forced to drive migrant boats
- Caged beds and migrant detention
- Freedom of expression in music & elections
- Gun violence and race
Access to justice for children in Belarus
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive I (2014)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- incl. links to the complete collection of CRINMAIL newsletters right back to #1 in July 2006
BUT there's no table of contents, so you must click each link to see the content of each issue.

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail EN ESPAÑOL
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail

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

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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


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The top 10 words invented by writers

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries.
By Paul Dickson

TIP : Click the source link below to learn where these words originated

1. Banana Republic

2. Beatnik

3. Bedazzled

4. Catch-22

5. Cyberspace

6. Freelance

7. Hard-Boiled

8. Malapropism

9. Serendipity

10. Whodunit

Source:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/19/top-10-words-invented-writers-authorisms

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Cyber shopping: 12 tips from police to foil cyber scammers
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/11/27/cyber_shopping_12_tips_from_police_to_foil_cyber_scammers.html
As Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas shopping season begin, shoppers should be on guard against fake auctions, fake or stolen gift cards and phishing attacks

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MakeUseOf
http://www.makeuseof.com/
MakeUseOf Answers is a Q&A forum. Our community solves your questions about anything related to the Internet and computers.

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Wakerupper : Simple telephone reminders
http://wakerupper.com/
Use Wakerupper to...
* Set a wake-up call at a specific time
* Remind yourself of important events
* Remember to take medication on time
* Escape from a boring date or meeting
* Remind child or spouse to do chores
* Set reminders for tasks and follow-ups

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Nature Soundmap
http://www.naturesoundmap.com/
Have a listen, if you have a soundcard and speakers...

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15 Ways To Beat Procrastination
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/15-ways-to-beat-procrastination/

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20 Most Dangerous and Complicated Ways To School From Around The World
http://www.seenox.org/dangerous-complicated-unusual-ways-to-school-that-actually-exist/
Some kids will moan while they are driven to school in a heated or air-conditioned car, while listening to the radio and playing on their iPad. Others will have to literally risk their lives on a dangerous and exhausting journey to enjoy the privilege of education. Welcome to the age of contradiction!

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