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January 31, 2011

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

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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...


Canadian content

1. Ontario's welfare spending to rise by $500 million (Ottawa Citizen)
- January 31
2. [Ontario] Temporary Care Assistance for grandparents caring for children in need of protection (Toronto Star) - January 21
3.  Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada (10-part series on welfare in Montreal and Canada) - available only in French

4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2010 - January 28
--- Labour Force Survey: 2011 revisions - January 28
--- Purchasing power parities, 2009 - January 28
--- Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2009 - January 28
--- Residential care facilities, 2008/2009 - January 26
--- Consumer Price Index, December 2010 - January 25
--- Study: Education and earnings of childhood immigrants, 1986 to 2006 - January 25
--- "Ethical consumption" in Canadian Social Trends, January 2011 - January 25
5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - January 31

International content

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

7. The recession and welfare caseloads in the U.S. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - January 25
8. If It Were My

9. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
10. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)
11. World Economic Forum 2011 (26-30 January 2011) / World Social Forum 2011 - (6-11 February 2011)

Have a great week!

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1. Ontario's welfare spending to rise by $500 million - January 31
(Ottawa Citizen)

Ontario's welfare spending to rise by $500 million
Claims spiked since 2008 economic woes
By Lee Greenberg
January 31, 2011
Ontario will increase welfare spending by more than $500 million this year, as it deals with the highest number of social assistance claimants in a decade. In total, 455,000 people were kept afloat by welfare cheques in December. Another 387,500 people claimed Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Welfare claims have spiked since the economy nosedived in the fall of 2008, rising by nearly 85,000 cases -- or 23 per cent. That, plus rising ODSP claims, have pushed social assistance spending up this fiscal year by half a billion dollars. It is unclear if the high number of welfare claimants will push that spending even higher.
Ottawa Citizen

Related links:

Monthly Statistical Report:
Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program
(Ontario's two welfare programs)
- Caseload statistics from April 20087 to December 2011 for ODSP and OW (i.e., number of households) and beneficiaries (i.e., number of individual recipients)
- includes breakdowns by family type (singles / couples / sole support parents)
- the two links below will take you to the most recent version of the statistics for each program.
Ontario Disability Support Program Caseload December 2010 (PDF - 162K, 1 page)
Ontario Works Caseload December 2010 (PDF - 162K, 1 page)
Ontario Ministry of
Community and Social Services

Also from MCSS:

About social assistance in Ontario
- general information about Ontario's two social assistance programs, with links to more detailed info

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

2. [Ontario] Temporary Care Assistance for grandparents caring for children in need of protection - January 21
(Toronto Star)

Financial assistance for grandparents caring for
children in need of protection in Ontario

Family support: Help grandma help the kids
January 21, 2011
By Craig Glover
For the second time in less than a year a tribunal has ordered the provincial government to reinstate a $240 monthly benefit that helps grandparents raise their needy grandchildren. But instead of seeing this latest judgment as cause to clarify the rules so other grandparents don’t have to go through this same fight, Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur is content to simply urge others to follow in their tortured footsteps.“The appeal process is in place for people to access when they disagree with an eligibility decision,” says her spokeswoman. Sure, they can get a lawyer and head off to Ontario’s Social Benefits Tribunal, but why should they? This is not how government programs should be applied.
(...) The government should undo the harm it caused with a 2008 directive “clarifying” the rules that started the spate of grandparents being cut off because the care they provided was not deemed temporary enough.
(...) The allowance applied to grandparents is helping achieve exactly what the government is trying to do with its broader child welfare policies: keeping children with their extended family and out of the foster care system. It’s better for children and cheaper for taxpayers.
(...) The minister should fix this mess and issue a new directive to local welfare administrators making it clear that time alone is not a reason to withhold the temporary care benefit. O’Riley’s case should be the last time the tribunal has to hear about a grandparent being cut off for doing too good a job.
[ Comments (12) ]
Toronto Star

Also from The Star:

Rare win for grandparents: Financial support reinstated
By Laurie Monsebraaten
January 19, 2011
Ontario’s Social Benefits Tribunal has reinstated a $240 monthly benefit to a Chatham grandmother caring for her granddaughter.


Related links:

From the
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services:

Temporary Care Assistance
Temporary Care Assistance (TCA) provides income assistance and benefits to an adult on behalf of a child where:
* the child is in the temporary care of the adult;
* the child is in financial need;
* the child is not a dependent child for the purposes of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program;
* the adult providing the care does not have a legal obligation to support the child; and
* the adult caregiver is not receiving compensation for caring for the child under the Child and Family Services Act
Ontario Works Policy Directives
[ Ontario Works Ontartio's welfare program for people who are able to work]


From the
Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth:

Support for Grandparents Caring for Children in need of Protection
The Ontario government is committed to helping more vulnerable children grow up in safe, caring and permanent homes. As part of new reforms to Ontario’s child well-being and protection system, grandparents, extended family members and community members caring for children in need of protection may now be able to receive financial support. Members of aboriginal communities who are looking after a child in a formal customary care arrangement may also be eligible.


Toronto Employment and Social Services

Temporary Care Assistance
Excerpt from the Ontario Works Act, 1997
NOTE: The Ontario Works Act is provincial legislation that sets standards regarding the application of the program in all Ontario municipalities.


From the
Children's Aid Society of Simcoe County:

Frequently-Asked Questions* about foster care in Simcoe County
Scroll about two-thirds of the way down the page for detailed (but possibly superseded) information regarding financial support for grandparents caring for children in need of protection.
* NOTE : I found this FAQ page by doing a Google search for "Ontario foster care rates". The FAQ page is undated, and the information contained in it appears to contradict the above Toronto Star articles. My first thought was to simply ignore the FAQ page (i.e., to not include its link here), but I decided to highlight it instead, as cautionary advice for researchers who may occasionally forget to verify the timeliness of information they find online. I scanned the foster care FAQ page for some indication of how current the information was, and found (in Q.7) a reference to February 2007. I may be wrong, but it's the only clue that's on the page. So researchers, please remember to do your critical website evaluation to ensure that you're using the best AND the latest information. And webmasters, why not help your site visitors by dating the content of your pages? Please?


CANGRANDS is a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing kinship support for caregiver families across Canada.
The aim of CANGRANDS is to support grandmothers, grandfathers, and Kinship families to maintain or re-establishing family ties. Here you will find some answers to frequently asked questions concerning legal and health issues, as well as practical help for those Kin raising children and grandchildren.
- incl. links to :
* About Us * Resources (recommended!) * Life Skills * Connect * Events * Help - Donate * Join Us * Contact Us * Member Login * Video Vault * Betty's Blog
NOTE : most of the information on the site is from 2008 and earlier, but if you know a grandparent in this sad and stressful situation, I'm sure you'll find something of interest in the content (especially in the "Resources" section).

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

3. Naufragés des villes - Radio-Canada

Available in French only (see English text below):

Naufragés des villes *
Série de dix émissions débutant lundi le 24 janvier à 20h, heure de l'est à RDI.
Les dix émissions seront diffusées tous les lundis à 20h et rediffusées les samedis à 21h 30.
Peut-on vivre à Montréal avec 19,47 $ par jour?
Autrement dit, est-il possible de survivre avec une prestation d'aide sociale?
Cette question est à l'origine de la série documentaire Naufragés des villes qui suit pendant deux mois deux volontaires livrés à eux-mêmes au coeur de Montréal avec la somme de 19,47 $ par jour.
[ * Cliquez le lien ci-dessus pour plus de renseignements au sujet
de la série et pour visionner le premier épisode en entier sur votre ordinateur. ]



Naufragés des villes (available in French only)
nofficial translation : Urban Castaways

Ten-part series starting January 24 about life on welfare in Montreal.
All programs in the series will be broadcast on Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time on RDI and re-broadcast on Saturdays at 9:30pm
If you click on the program website link, you'll find a link to each episode after it's broadcast, so you can watch anytime on your computer.
If you understand French, I highly recommend the series, because there will be many comparisons throughout the ten programs between life on welfare in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada.
English abstract:
What exactly does it mean to be poor in Canada today?
We find out as two volunteers leave behind their status, résumé, network of friends and bank cards. Throughout the two-month experiment, they will have no financial resources except the $19 a day we provide them – the equivalent of welfare benefits for a person living alone. With handpicked experts and social workers watching and analyzing, their journey will be the main focus of a 10-episode series documenting their efforts to find housing, food, medical care, clothing, jobs . . . and deal with prejudice. Using hidden cameras and daily check-ins, we document their progress.
Radio-Canada (French home page)

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2010 - January 28
--- Labour Force Survey: 2011 revisions - January 28
--- Purchasing power parities, 2009 - January 28
--- Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2009 - January 28
--- Residential care facilities, 2008/2009 - January 26
--- Consumer Price Index, December 2010 - January 25
--- Study: Education and earnings of childhood immigrants, 1986 to 2006 - January 25
--- "Ethical consumption" in Canadian Social Trends, January 2011 - January 25

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

January 28, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, November 2010
Between November 2009 and November 2010, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 4.4% to $865.17.

Employment, Earnings and Hours - product main 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.
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month after this report first appears in The Daily.
* 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


January 28, 2011
Labour Force Survey: 2011 revisions
Up to December 2010, labour force estimates had been based on population data from the 2001 Census. Starting with today's release, all estimates are now based on the 2006 Census population counts. With this revision, the total Canadian population has been revised downward 0.3%, which is approximately half the size of the previous revision in 2005. Levels of employment and unemployment have been revised downward when using the new population estimates.


January 28, 2011
Purchasing power parities, 2009
Updated data for purchasing power parities (PPPs) and related series are now available for 2009. These include consumption- and expenditure-based data from the Canada/United States bilateral program as well as PPPs from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) multilateral program.

Purchasing Power Parities and Real
Expenditures, United States and Canada, 2002 to 2009
HTML version
PDF version
- 454K, 29 pages)
What the heck are purchasing power parities?
Purchasing power parities (PPPs) are estimates of relative purchasing power between two or more currencies. By adjusting to a common currency and a common set of prices, they can be used to make international comparisons of the relative volumes of goods and services invested in or consumed.
Income and Expenditure Accounts Technical Series - Product main page *
These papers provide background information as well as in depth analysis on data reported in any of the following accounts: income and expenditure accounts, provincial economic accounts, financial flow accounts, national balance sheet accounts, estimates of labour income, and national tourism indicators
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:
* Economic accounts
* Gross domestic product
* Income and expenditure accounts


January 27, 2011
Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2009
Of the nearly 19 million Canadians who had a current or former spouse in 2009, 6.2% or 1.2 million reported they had been victimized physically or sexually by their partner or spouse during the five years prior to the survey. This proportion was stable from 2004, the last time the victimization survey was conducted.

Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile
HTML version
PDF version
(494K, 53 pages)
The focus of this 12th annual Family Violence in Canada report is on self-reported incidents of spousal victimization from the 2009 General Social Survey on Victimization. In addition, using police-reported data, the report presents information on family violence against children and youth, family violence against seniors and family-related homicides.
Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile - Product main page*
This annual report provides the most current data on the nature and extent of family violence in Canada, as well as trends over time, as part of the ongoing initiative to inform policy makers and the public about family violence issues. Each year the report has a different focus. This year, the focus of the report is a profile of shelters that provide residential services to women and children fleeing abusive situations. Data for this profile come from the Transition Home Survey, a biennial census of residential facilities for female victims of family violence in Canada.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related links:
* Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics
* Federal Family Violence Initiative
[ Department of Justice ]

Related subjects:
* Children and youth
* Crime and justice (youth)
* Violence among children and youth
* Crime and justice
* Crimes and offences
* Victims and victimization


January 26, 2011
Residential care facilities, 2008/2009
HTML version
* PDF version
(791K, 119 pages)
Table of contents:
--- Highlights
--- Introduction
--- Analysis
--- Tables
--- Data quality, concepts and methodology
--- User information
--- Related products
Residential Care Facilities - Product main page*
The term "residential care facilities" refers to facilities with four beds or more that are funded, licensed or approved by provincial/territorial departments of health and/or social services. This report focuses on facilities for the aged, facilities for persons with mental disorders and other facilities which provide health or social care
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects
* Health
* Health care services


January 25, 2011
Consumer Price Index, December 2010
Consumer prices rose 2.4% in the 12 months to December, following the 2.0% increase posted in November. The 0.4 percentage point gain was mainly a result of higher gasoline prices. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.3% from November to December.

- includes links to three tables:
* Consumer Price Index and major components, Canada
* Consumer Price Index by province, and for Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit
* Consumer Price Index and major components

Related report:

The Consumer Price Index*
This monthly release of the The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada, the provinces, Whitehorse and Yellowknife, provides a descriptive summary of retail price movements, inflation rates and the factors underlying them. The CPI also contains the following tabular information: latest price index movements for the eight major components; price index changes on one and 12-month bases for an extensive number of components and groups; historical monthly information; and price indices reclassified according to categories of goods and services.
* Click the link above, then "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ earlier editions of this report ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)

Related subjects:
* Prices and price indexes
* Consumer price indexes


January 25, 2011
Study: Education and earnings of childhood immigrants, 1986 to 2006
Immigrants who arrived in Canada at age 12 or younger were more likely than their Canadian-born counterparts to obtain a university education by the time they were aged 25 to 34. Furthermore, this difference increased successively from those who arrived in the 1960s to those who arrived in the 1980s.

Related subjects:
* Ethnic diversity and immigration
* Education, training and skills
* Labour market and income


January 25, 2011
Canadian Social Trends, January 2011 online edition
The January online issue of Canadian Social Trends, released today, contains one article.
"Ethical consumption" uses data from the 2003 and 2008 General Social Survey to explore consumers' propensity to choose or boycott products based on ethical criteria. It compares the evolution of citizens' ethical consumption to other types of political participation. It also provides information on the persons most likely to choose or boycott a product for ethical reasons.

Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical; click "Chronological" index for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:
* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements


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

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - January 31

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


January 30, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Will child care survive?
26 Jan 11
- Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Ontario Federation of Labour announce a provincial tour ahead of the Ontario budget.

Webinar: Emerging plan for early care and learning in BC
26 Jan 11
- Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC present and discuss their emerging plan for an integrated ELCC system for the province.

Hiding the elephant: Child care coverage in four daily newspapers 26 Jan 11 - Article from Journal of Comparative Family Studies maps press coverage of child care in Canada between 2000 and 2007.

Families, time and well-being in Canada 26 Jan 11 - Paper by two Dalhousie University researchers documents evolutions in income, working hours and "time crunch" for two-parent Canadian families with children.

Residential long-term care for Canadian seniors: Nonprofit, for-profit or does it matter?
26 Jan 11
- Report on seniors' care from the Institute for Research on Public Policy concludes that "for-profit facilities are less likely to provide quality care than non-profit or public facilities".

Media releases and news coverage of recent death in unregulated care
19 Jan 11
- In the wake of a tragic death in an unregulated child care home, advocates are calling for a coroner's inquest and are citing systemic failures in Ontario's and Canada's provision of child care. CRRU has collected media releases and news coverage of this pressing issue.


child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Harper heralds maternal health's rosy future as UN meeting opens
[CA] 26 Jan 11

· French boards pursue English pupils
[CA-ON] 26 Jan 11

· Family daycare gets hammered
[AU] 26 Jan 11

· Cuts watch: What's happening to children's centres around the country
[GB] 26 Jan 11

· Grits want to fight for families, says Ignatieff
[CA] 25 Jan 11

· Harper's strange victory
[CA] 24 Jan 11

· Harper marks five years
[CA] 23 Jan 11

· Inuit kindergarten keeps kids connected
[CA-ON] 22 Jan 11

· Gap between rich and rest puts society at risk
[CA] 12 Jan 11



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

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.

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

6. 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 content of this link changes several times a week
- 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.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

January 28:
States and Medicaid Funding
Welfare Reform and General Assistance Program - Maine

January 27:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Enrollment
State Medicaid Programs
Poverty Measurement in the US

January 25:
Infant Mortality Rate - Milwaukee, WI
Kids Count Report - Nebraska

January 24:
States and Prisoner Re-entry Programs
Arizona Republic Series: Losing Ground, Arizona’s Middle Class


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

7. The recession and welfare caseloads in the U.S. - January 25
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

TANF Responded Unevenly to Increase in Need During Downturn
Findings Suggest Needed Improvement When Program Reauthorized
By LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D., Danilo Trisi and Liz Schott
January 25, 2011
"Nationally, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides basic assistance to low-income families with little or no income, has only been modestly responsive to the economic downturn… TANF caseloads increased by just 13 percent, while Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) caseloads grew by 45 percent and the number of unemployed persons doubled… Moreover, in 22 states, TANF caseloads responded very little or not at all to the recession: 16 states had caseload increases of less than 10 percent and six states had caseload declines.”

View the full report:

HTML version

PDF version (16pp.)


State-by-state fact sheets:

HTML version

PDF version (55pp.)

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty.

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

8. If It Were My

If It Were My
The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like?
Would you be the same person?

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:

9. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.

Most viewed this week (ending January 30) on APO:

1. Garma Festival 2009 key forum address
2. POLITICS - Coalition still favourite for the poll
3. Draft national curriculum in English, maths, science and history
4. Report on government services 2011
5. The Rudd government: Australian Commonwealth administration 2007–2010

[You'll find these links on the APO home page.]


New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social Inclusion * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Most viewed this week (ending January 30)
in the Social Policy section:

1. Report on government services 2011
2. The volunteer matrix: positioning and volunteering
3. School readiness: what does it mean for Indigenous children, families, schools and communities?
4. Educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders: a pilot study, Stage 2
5. Comparison of people with ABI living in two accommodation settings: shared supported accommodation and residential aged care

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]


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

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

26 January 2011, CRINMAIL issue 1210
In this issue:
Call for Information on Violence Against Children
Latest news and reports:
- Civil society & human rights defenders: India and Vietnam
- Dangers of media & marketing: WHO and United States
- Excessive force?: El Paso, Texas
- Renewed appeals in Côte d’Ivoire
- Implications for children's rights?: Sudan
- The Sri Lankan plight
- Child detention and abuse: Bahrain
- Sexuality and freedom of information: Lithuania
- Challenging social segregation: Romania
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRINMAIL)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

11. World Economic Forum 2011 (26-30 January 2011) / World Social Forum 2011 - (6-11 February 2011)

Also in the news in the past week*

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011
Shared Norms for the New Reality
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 26-30 January 2011
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
feasible. Our motto is ‘entrepreneurship in the global public interest’. The World Economic Forum believes that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progress is not

Davos - from The Guardian (U.K)


World Social Forum : Dakar 2011 (February 6-11, 2011)
Traditionally a counterpoint of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland (January 26 to 30), this year the WSF follows it and looks beyond.
World Social Forum
The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action.

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


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Some definitions you
might think you knew


abdicate: to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach
adultery: more fun than infantry
Advocaat: a Dutch drink made from lawyers
alarms: what an octopus is
archaic: what we can't have and eat it too
barium: what you do with dead chemists
Bathing beauty: a girl worth wading for.
bidet: two days before the Allied invasion of Normandy
carmelite: a nun who loves toffee
carte blanche: A Streetcar Named Desire
castrate: the hotel rate for actors
Circumvent: an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men
colic: a sheep dog's tongue
copper nitrate: police overtime
coup de grace: French lawnmower
crick: The sound that a Japanese camera makes
decadent: having ten teeth
disclexia: inability to keep your DVDs organized
euphony: what you say to a hypocrite
Freudian slip: when you say one thing but mean your mother.
haggard: witch protector
hallmark: graffiti
hallow: greeting to a clergyman
hamper: what happens when you stroke a pig
hardship: teak boat
harlot: where used hars are sold
harmonize: to wax a barbershop quartet
harmony: fee paid for a good joke
harum-scarum: Arabian horror film

verbose - adj., making use of long phrases in situations in which single words might, if necessary, suffice; and utilizing lengthy words which are entirely synonymous with other, more succinct and concise words, words which could have been used, and perhaps indeed should have been used, in that situation.

Food & drink:
Dijon vu: the feeling you've tasted this mustard before.
Hangover: the mourning after the night before
Hangover: the wrath of grapes
Parsleymonious, adj.; stingy with the garnish
Queasine: food from a bad cafeteria
Sake + Prune Juice : Orient Express
Vodka + Prune Juice: Piledriver
Vodka + milk of magnesia: Philips screwdriver



And, in closing...


The ski village
Tilt-shift video - must-see!


Toilet paper orientation


Virtual Turnpike