Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 31, 2013

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 2,629 subscribers.

NOTE:
To all who are celebrating Easter today : HAPPY EASTER!
To everyone else : happy long weekend!

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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. Provincial/territorial budgets for 2013-2014:
--- Prince Edward Island - March 27
--- Newfoundland and Labrador - March 26
--- New Brunswick - March 26
--- Nunavut Budget 2013- February 27, 2013

--- Yukon Budget 2013-2014 - March 21, 2013
2. TD Economics Analysis of the 2013 Saskatchewan Budget - March 20
3. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change : issue 102 (City of Toronto) - March 27
4. Canada’s $6.4 billion corporate welfare budget (by Mark Milke of The Fraser Institute) - March 24
5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2013 - March 27
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2013 - March 27
--- Estimates of the number of census families, July 1, 2012 - March 26
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. [International] Multidimensional Poverty Index [MPI] 2013 (University of Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative) - March 2013
9. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
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1. Provincial/territorial budgets for 2013-2014

--- Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget 2013 - March 27

Prince Edward Island Provincial Budget 2013
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/
The 2013-2014 Provincial Budget for Prince Edward Island was presented by Hon. Wes Sheridan, Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs and Chair of Treasury Board on March 27, 2013.
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents, some of which appear below.

Budget documents

* News Release:
Budget 2013-2014 continues plan to invest in healthcare, education and growing the Island economy

http://www.gov.pe.ca/newsroom/index.php?number=news&newsnumber=8898&dept=&lang=E
March 27, 2013
With this budget, Government continues its plan to modernize health care services, build a more effective education system, and grow the Island economy, says Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan.

* Budget Address (PDF - 616K, 24 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_budget13.pdf
(...) Based on consultations with Islanders, Government established a three-year plan to reduce poverty. The Social Action Plan was released in May 2012. To continue to support the needs of low-income Islanders and vulnerable persons, the Budget for the Department of Community Services and Seniors will increase by $4.4 million. Government will now be in a better position to provide for improvements in social programs. [Budget Address, p.11]

* Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure (PDF - 3.3MB, 169 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bgtestim13.pdf


* Background Notes on the Economy (PDF - 1.2MB, 17 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bgtpaper13.pdf
This document is an update of the economic situation of the Province since the release of the Fall Economic Update. Primarily, this document is a retrospective on the economic performance of the preceding year.

* Previous Budgets
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/index.php3?number=1042604&lang=E

Source:
Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs
http://www.gov.pe.ca/finance/index.php3

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Budget analysis and critique:

From CBC News:

P.E.I. misses deficit target by $25M
New three-year plan presented with 2013-14 budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2013/03/27/pei-provincial-budget-584.html
Kevin Yarr
March 27, 2013
- includes links to several related CBC stories

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From
TD Bank Economics:

All Primed and Ready for the HST (small PDF file)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/pe2013.pdf
March 27, 2013
The Prince Edward Island (PEI) government anticipates a $69 million deficit for fiscal 2012-13, much better than what was forecast at the time of the 2012 budget. (...) In spite of the improved starting point, the deficit reduction timetable has been extended one year to fiscal 2015-16. In the interim, deficits ranging from $35-59 million are forecast.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

--- Provincial budget 2013 : Newfoundland and Labrador - March 26

From the Government of
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL):

Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2013/exec/0326n02.htm
March 26, 2013
News Release
Building on the strength of the economy and government’s continued commitment to sound fiscal management, the Dunderdale Government today released Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future. Budget 2013 outlines year one of Securing the Future: A 10-Year Sustainability Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today.

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2013
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/
- Main budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Budget Speech
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/speech/default.htm

Budget Highlights
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/highlights/default.htm

Estimates
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/estimates/default.htm

News Releases
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/releases/default.htm

Past budgets
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/

Source:
Executive Council
Finance

http://www.gov.nl.ca/fin

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Budget analysis and critique:

From CBC News:

Newfoundland and Labrador chopping 1,200 positions to rein in deficit
Projected $1.6B shortfall drops to $563.8M, mostly due to oil
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/03/26/nl-budget-live-coverage-326.html
By Rob Antle
March 26, 2013

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From
TD Bank Economics:

Securing the Future : 10-Year Sustainability Plan (PDF - 628K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/nl2013.pdf
(...)
Like other resource-reliant provinces, the Newfoundland and Labrador fiscal plan has been sensitive to fluctuations in the performance of its oil and gas sector. In an
attempt to mitigate against this volatility, the government tabled a plan to ensure a sustainable future. Areas to be focused upon range from deficit reduction, government program reviews and a competitive tax environment. For net debt, the government commits to reducing net debt per capita to the all-province average within 10 years.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

--- Provincial budget 2013 : New Brunswick - March 26

New Brunswick 2013 Budget - March 26, 2013

From the Government of
New Brunswick:

2013-2014 Budget
http://www.gnb.ca/0024/index-e.asp
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)

Budget addresses deficit and economy through balanced approach
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2013.03.0255.html
26 March 2013
News Release
The provincial government today tabled its 2013-14 budget, which makes strategic investments to strengthen the economy while addressing the provincial deficit with spending efficiencies and revenue initiatives.
- includes a backgrounder on the following topics:
* Citizen engagement * Managing smarter with increased accountability * Managing human resources smarter * Finding efficiencies through continuous improvement and performance excellence * Managing smarter by realigning revenues with spending * Multi-year plan toward balanced budgets

Budget Speech (PDF - 576K, 31 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/Budget_2013-14_Final-E.pdf

Economic Outlook (PDF - 288K, 12 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/2013-14EconOut_E_Final.pdf

Main Estimates (PDF - 2.5MB, 280 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/ME2013-14.pdf

Previous budgets
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/Budgets-e.asp

Source:
New Brunswick Department of Finance
http://www.gnb.ca/finance

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Budget analysis and critique:

From
TD Bank Economics:

An improving fiscal plan with expenditure
restraints and tax increases at its core
(PDF - 624K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/nb2013.pdf
(...)
The New Brunswick has a daunting fiscal challenge at present – its deficits are large relative to the size of the economy and net debt as a share of GDP has increased by more than ten percentage points over the past five years.

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/about-td-economics/about.jsp

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From
CBC News:

Budget 2013 : New Brunswick
http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/budget2013/
- links to budget and pre-budget media coverage, such as:

Higgs hikes personal, corporate taxes in budget
Tobacco taxes also increase at midnight

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/03/26/nb-budget-income-corporate-taxes.html
By Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon
March 26, 2013
Most New Brunswickers will help shoulder the burden of fighting the provincial deficit through personal and corporate income tax increases, starting this summer, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs announced during the 2013-14 budget speech on Tuesday.

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From
Global News:

Highlights of the 2013-2014 budget for New Brunswick
http://globalnews.ca/news/429934/highlights-of-the-2013-2014-budget-for-new-brunswick/

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

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

--- Nunavut Budget 2013- February 27, 2013

Nunavut Budget 2013
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets&year=2013
February 27, 2013
- main budget page, includes all budget documents, some of which appear below.

2013-14 Budget Address (PDF - 448K, 10 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Budgets%2fBudget+Address%2f634975596510428750-1517943452-2013-14+Budget+Address+-+EN.pdf

2013-14 Budget Highlights (PDF - 468K,2 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets&year=2013
The Government of Nunavut is investing across government priorities.
Highlights include:
o $1.9 million in the Pathway for Adult Secondary School (PASS), a program to help Nunavut’s adults earn their high school diplomas.
o $7.0 M to the Department of Culture and Heritage, to promote the equal status of Inuktitut, English and French and to help GN departments and agencies meet their language obligations.
o $4.2 M to hamlets through a new Municipal Funding Formula, which will help hamlets improve their services to Nunavummiut.
o $1.4 M to support the GN’s participation in assessments of major mining projects, so we continue to ensure a high standard of environmental stewardship in sustainable
development.

2013-14 Main Estimates (PDF - 3.9MB, 314 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Budgets%2fMain+Estimates%2f634975697506835000-1781273155-2013-14+Main+Estimates+-+EN.pdf

2013 Business Plans:
* 2013-16 Government of Nunavut Business Plan (PDF - 2MB, 279 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Business+Plans%2f634975597718241250-1980711929-2013-16+GN+Business+Plan+-+EN.pdf
* 2013-16 Territorial Corporations Business Plan (PDF - 3.4MB, 127 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/fetch/download.aspx?file=Business+Plans%2f634975598089335000-2066158739-2013-16+Territorial+Corporations+Business+Plan+-+EN.pdf

Source:
Nunavut Department of Finance
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/

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- Go to the Nunavut Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nunavut.htm

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

--- Yukon Budget 2013-2014 - March 20, 2013

Yukon Budget 2013-2014 - March 21, 2013

2013-2014 Budget Address [ PDF - 150.55 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_speech_e.pdf
March 21, 2013

2013-2014 Budget Highlights [ PDF - 67.49 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_highlights_e.pdf
March 21, 2013
Ten years after the Devolution Transfer Agreement and Yukon Party government administration, Yukon continues to enjoy one of the strongest economies in Canada:
• posting nine consecutive years of real GDP growth and exceeding the national growth rate in eight of these years;
• doubling of the Yukon Government’s budget since 2003-2004 with the 2013-2014 Budget being the ?fth budget to exceed the $1 billion threshold;
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2013-2014 Financial Information [ PDF - 2060.70 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_fininfo_e.pdf
March 21, 2013

2013-2014 Projections [ PDF - 430.14 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2013-14_Longterm_e.pdf
March 21, 2013

Source:
Yukon Finance
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/

Earlier Yukon Budgets
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/general/publications.html

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Deloitte : Yukon Budget highlights
http://goo.gl/qbMXT
March 21, 2013

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- Go to the Yukon Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/yk.htm

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

2. TD Economics Analysis of the 2013 Saskatchewan Budget - March 20

Saskatchewan Budget 2013 analysis and critique:

NOTE : TD Economics produces a short analysis of all provincial, territorial and federal budgets as they are tabled in their respective jurisdictions.
[Click the "Source" link below for other jurisdictions.]
The Saskatchewan analysis was delayed by a few days, and it didn't make it into last week's newsletter.
Here it is:

Balanced Growth for Saskatchewan (small PDF file)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/sk2013.pdf
March 20, 2013
Saskatchewan now expects a surplus of $65.6 million (0.1% of GDP) for fiscal 2012-13.

To see the rest of the Saskatchewan budget links (budget docs + review and analysis), go to
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm#sk

Source:
Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

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

3. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change : issue 102 - March 27
(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.

SPARmonitor : March 27, 2013 - issue 102 (PDF - 136K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_102.pdf

This issue covers the following:

Ø National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2012
Ø Progress Report on Resident Care and Safety
Ø Who is Still Standing in Line? Addressing a Mismatch of Skills and Jobs in the Canadian Labour Market
Ø Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013
Ø The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World"
Ø How Well Are American Students Learning?
Ø Seniors in the Lower Mainland: A Snapshot of Facts and Trends

Source:
SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 (more to come) and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

Related links:

Social Policy, Analysis and
Research Information Resources:

* Wellbeing Toronto:
www.toronto.ca/wellbeing

* Neighbourhood Profiles:
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/neighbourhoods.htm

* Census 2011 Backgrounders & other resources
http://www.toronto.ca/demographics/

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

4. Canada’s $6.4 billion corporate welfare budget - March 24
(by Mark Milke of The Fraser Institute)

Canada’s $6.4 billion corporate welfare budget
http://thenelsondaily.com/news/canada’s-64-billion-corporate-welfare-budget-23850
By Mark Milke of The Fraser Institute [ http://www.fraserinstitute.org/ ]
March 24, 2013
If there was a theme in the recent federal budget, it was how chock full it was with new corporate welfare. The underlying refrain was how big government will help big business with your tax dollars.
(...)
Corporate welfare is a politically created illusion with no visible means of support. Economists who study crony capitalism are clear about why it fails: money is taken from taxpayers and productive businesses.
(...)
The official title of Budget 2013 was “Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity.” It should have been “Grants, Subsidies and Eternal Business Handouts.”
It should also have had a price tag attached for taxpayers on the front cover: $6.4 billion in new corporate welfare.

Source:
The Nelson Daily
http://thenelsondaily.com/

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- Go to the 2013 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2013.htm

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2013 - March 27
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2013 - March 27
--- Estimates of the number of census families, July 1, 2012 - March 26

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

March 27, 2013
Consumer Price Index, February 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130327/dq130327a-eng.htm
Consumer prices rose 1.2% in the 12 months to February, following a 0.5% advance in January. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.7% in February after posting no change in January.
- includes links to five charts and three tables

The report:

The Consumer Price Index, February 2013
HTML version :
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/62-001-x/62-001-x2013002-eng.htm
PDF version (384K, 66 pages) : http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/62-001-x/62-001-x2013002-eng.pdf
Contents:
Highlights
Analysis
Tables
Charts
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products

NOTE:
According to the StatCan "note to readers" that you'll find in the blue text box near the bottom of the Feb. 2013 CPI page
[ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130327/dq130327a-eng.htm ]:

"As announced in The Daily on January 25, 2013 [ http://goo.gl/bUkDH ], Statistics Canada has updated the weights in the basket of goods and services used in the calculation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI)."
The note includes several links to more detailed info about this change to the way CPI is calculated.

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Source:
The Consumer Price Index
- product main page*
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&lang=eng
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.
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* On the product main page, click View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

[ Earlier editions of this report (back to 2001):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-001-X&chropg=1&lang=eng ]

Guide to the Consumer Price Index (1998)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=62-557-X&lang=eng

Related subjects:

* Prices and price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/theme-theme.action?pid=3956&lang=eng&more=0

* Consumer price indexes
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/subtheme-soustheme.action?pid=3956&id=2178&lang=eng&more=0

March 27, 2013
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130327/dq130327b-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $908 in January, up 0.1% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 2.7%.

- includes two tables and three charts:
* Tables:
----- Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
----- Number of employees
* Charts:
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly hours and average weekly earnings
----- Year-over-year change in average weekly earnings in the 10 largest sectors
----- Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings by province

Source:
Employment, Earnings and Hours - main product page*
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?lang=eng&catno=72-002-XWE
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours. The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series. The program provides data for over 200 industries on the total number of paid employees, earnings and hours for Canada, provinces and territories. The estimates are presented as weekly estimates and annual averages are also compiled.

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* On the main product page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.
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Related subjects:

* Labour
http://goo.gl/FsMeZ

* Employment and unemployment
http://goo.gl/mMHwY

* Hours of work and work arrangements
http://goo.gl/DGFGo

* Industries
http://goo.gl/idqT8

* Wages, salaries and other earnings
http://goo.gl/EK2Qr

March 26, 2013
Estimates of the number of census families, July 1, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130326/dq130326d-eng.htm
Estimates of the number of census families as of July 1, 2012, for Canada, the provinces and territories are now available. These estimates are distributed by family structure (husband-wife or lone-parent).

Available in CANSIM table 051-0055:
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=051-0055&p2=31

Related subjects:

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

Population estimates and projections
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3433&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

For related links, go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm



Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.


Source:
The Daily

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


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.

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

6. 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

March 29, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Child care in the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador budget
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/child-care-2013-newfoundland-and-labrador-budget
27 Mar 2013 | Newfoundland
Budget 2013 continues to allocate funds for initiatives that are part of the province's 10-year child care strategy - Caring For Our Future: Provincial Strategy for Quality, Sufficient and Affordable Child Care in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Round table report: Towards a European quality framework
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/round-table-report-towards-european-quality-framework
27 Mar 2013 | Europe
Report from Eurochild's policy roundtable contains summaries of presentations and discussion, as well as the background paper which was written by John Bennett.

Curriculum for the Preschool Lpfö 98 Revised 2010 [Sweden]
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/curriculum-preschool-lpf%C3%B6-98-revised-2010-sweden
26 Mar 2013 | Europe
The Swedish preschool curriculum, revised in 2010 states that "the activities of the preschool should be carried out democratically and thus provide the foundation for a growing responsibility and interest on the part of children to actively participate in society".

Quality matters in early childhood education and care:
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/quality-matters-early-childhood-education-and-care-sweden
Sweden 26 Mar 2013 | Europe
10 of 34 OECD countries are participating in the Quality Matters in ECEC: Country Policy Profiles. Canada is not included. This final profile features Sweden and examines Policy lever 2 - Designing and implementing curriculum and standards.

Licensed child care questionnaire 2012 results
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/03/licensed-child-care-questionnaire-2012-results
26 Mar 2013 | Ontario
Questionnaire results from the Ontario Ministry of Education include data on program operations, daily fees, staff wages and finances in child care centres.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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

Pénuries de garderies abordables : syndicats, parents et personnel de la petite enfance veulent du changement
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/p%C3%A9nuries-de-garderies-abordables-syndicats-parents-et-personnel-de-l
27 Mar 2013 | Manitoba

More younger Canadians, including men, facing child and elder care responsibilities
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/more-younger-canadians-including-men-facing-child-and-elder-care-res
27 Mar 2013 | Canada

Early learning programs need more funding — daycare group
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/early-learning-programs-need-more-funding-%E2%80%94-daycare-group
27 Mar 2013 | Nova Scotia

Childcare advocates shocked government to cut quality funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/childcare-advocates-shocked-government-cut-quality-funding
25 Mar 2013 | Alberta

West Island parents hoping for good news about local daycares
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/03/west-island-parents-hoping-good-news-about-local-daycares
25 Mar 2013 | Quebec

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

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CRRU Archive

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

All new content* since then is archived on the Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this 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 Early Learning and Child Care Links page of this website at the link above.

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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

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

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

March 29, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/29/
States and Medicaid Expansion (3 articles)
Public Benefit Reforms in the UK (2 articles)
USDA Rural Poverty Initiative

March 28, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/28/
Medicaid and Medicare Dual Eligibles – California

March 27, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/27/
Foster Care System – Florida (2 articles)
Medicaid Expansion – Tennessee (2 articles)

March 26, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/26/
States and Medicaid Expansion (5 articles)
Drug Testing and Assistance Programs – Texas

March 25, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/03/25/
Foster Care Programs (2 articles)
Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

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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. 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

8. [International] Multidimensional Poverty Index [MPI] 2013 - March 2013
(University of Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative)

World poverty is shrinking rapidly, new index reveals:
UN development report uses nutrition and education as yardsticks as well as income
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/17/aid-trade-reduce-acute-poverty
By Tracy McVeigh
17 March 2013
Some of the poorest people in the world are becoming significantly less poor, according to a groundbreaking academic study which has taken a new approach to measuring deprivation. The report [see "Global MPI 2013" below], by Oxford University's poverty and human development initiative, predicts that countries among the most impoverished in the world could see acute poverty eradicated within 20 years if they continue at present rates.
(...)
The brighter global picture is the result of international and national aid and development projects investing in schools, health clinics, housing, infrastructure and improved access to water.
(..)
The study of the world's poorest one billion people uses a new measure, the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which was just updated in the 2013 UN report. It includes ten indicators to calculate poverty – nutrition, child mortality, years of schooling and attendance, cooking fuel, water, sanitation, electricity assets and a covered floor.

Source:
The Guardian (U.K.)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/

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Global MPI 2013

Multidimensional Poverty Index [MPI] 2013 (PDF - 1.7MB, 8 pages)
http://www.ophi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Multidimensional-Poverty-Index-2013-Alkire-Roche-and-Seth.pdf?cda6c1
By Sabina Alkire, José Manuel Roche and Suman Seth
March 2013
The Multidimensional Poverty Index or MPI is an international poverty measure developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) for the United Nations Development Programme’s flagship Human Development Report in 2010 [ http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2010/chapters/en/ ]. The innovative index reflects the multiple deprivations that a poor person faces with respect to education, health and living standards. This brief summarises a number of analyses of the MPI figures published in the HDR 2013, and shows how the MPI can be used.

Key findings from the global MPI 2013
http://www.ophi.org.uk/multidimensional-poverty-index/mpi-2013/
OPHI’s analyses of multidimensional poverty in 2013 span four topics:
* Dynamics: Of 22 countries for which we analysed changes in MPI poverty over time, 18 reduced poverty significantly.
* India: India reduced multidimensional poverty significantly between 1999 and 2005/6, but the reduction was uneven across states and social groups, and much slower than in poorer neighbours Bangladesh and Nepal.
* Bottom Billion: An analysis of where the poorest ‘Bottom Billion’ live using national averages finds they are located in just 30 countries; an analysis using individual poverty profiles finds they are actually spread across 100 countries, underscoring the importance of going beyond national averages.
* MPI 2013: Distribution and Disparity
NOTE: In the left and right margins of the Key Findings page, you'll find links to the following:

* MPI Data Bank (Country Briefings - Data Tables - Poverty maps - Case studies)
* Podcasts
* Methodology
* Resources
* FAQs
* Mapping the MPI
* MPI Case Studies

Source:
Global MPI (Multidimensional Poverty Index)
http://www.ophi.org.uk/multidimensional-poverty-index/
The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures by capturing the severe deprivations that each person faces at the same time with respect to education, health and living standards.

History of the MPI
http://www.ophi.org.uk/background-to-the-mpi/
How the global MPI was developed for UNDP’s Human Development Report in 2010

Source:
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
http://www.ophi.org.uk/
OPHI is an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development [ http://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/ ] at the University of Oxford [ http://www.ox.ac.uk/ ]

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

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

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

27 March 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1320
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4668
In this issue:
Creating Non-violent Juvenile Justice Systems: Call for information
Latest news and reports:
- A culture of flogging in the Maldives
- Gay teen stoned to death
- Court halts application of first reproductive health law
- PM apologises for forced adoptions
- Request for imput: Reintegration programmes
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Burkina Faso
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues):

Option 1: (WITH table of contents)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as above, back to 2009-2010

Option 2: (WITHOUT table of contents)
http://goo.gl/C0JNx
- On the CRINMAIL website --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue (so you must click on each link to see its contents), but it goes back much further (pre-2006). Follow this link to see hundreds of earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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


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There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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Thirty Unintentionally
Inappropriate Domain Names

NOTE (By Gilles):
If you should ever decide that you want your own website, my first piece of advice to you would be to choose your website's domain name wisely, lest you be stuck with it and ridiculed for it, as in the examples below.

I launched my own website if the fall of 1997 as a "tilde" website --- free website space offered by many Internet Service Providers. It's called a tilde website because of the "~" symbol that precedes the last portion of your website URL and it's usually a modest personal website.

A few years passed, and I decided to formalize and expand my online presence by purchasing my own domain name. For me, it was a no-brainer : the website would be called Canadian Social Research Links (as it had been since its launch), and the domain name would be "www.canadiansocialresearch.net" because the title pretty much summed up the content.

On the other hand, there are *some* individuals and companies that don't really think things through before creating their domain name, notably with respect to the fact that some word strings just don't look right without spaces between the words. Here are some flagrant examples of unintentionally inappropriate domain names along with the real names of the companies and links to the websites.

1. IT Scrap : www.Itscrap.com
2. Who Represents? : www.Whorepresents.com
3. Pen Island : www.Penisland.net
4. Experts Exchange : www.Expertsexchange.com
5. Speed Of Art : www.Speedofart.com
6. Go Tahoe North : www.Gotahoenorth.com
7. Les Bocages : www.Lesbocages.com
8. American Scrap Metal : www.Americanscrapmetal.com
9. Master Bait Online : www.Masterbaitonline.com
10. Therapist Finder : www.Therapistfinder.com
11. Winters Express : www.Wintersexpress.com
12. MP3s Hits : www.Mp3shits.com
13. Kids Exchange : www.Kidsexchange.net
14. Ben Dover : www.Bendover.com
15. Powergen Italia.com : www.Powergenitalia.com
16. Teachers Talking : www.Teacherstalking.org
17. Children’s Wear : www.Childrenswear.co.uk
18. Children’s Laughter : www.Childrenslaughter.com

Source:
http://www.boredpanda.com/worst-domain-names/
Click the source link for a dozen more unintentionally inappropriate domain names.

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And, in closing...

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Easter Lore
http://www.snopes.com/holidays/easter/easterlore.asp
Excerpt:
"Bread and buns baked on Good Friday will never go moldy: neither will eggs laid on that day spoil.
Both food items are said to have beneficial properties if fed to those suffering from whooping cough, stomach and digestive maladies, or other ailments..."

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'Heart of Vancity': A Timelapse (video, duration 4:19)
http://thetyee.ca/Video/2013/03/20/Heart-of-Vancity/
Be sure to watch this full-screen - very impressive!

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Ultimate collection of rare historical photos --- 200 photos!
http://memolition.com/2013/03/25/ultimate-collection-of-rare-historical-photos-a-big-piece-of-history-200-pictures/

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Top 40 best free legal movies you can download right now
http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2010/08/11/top-40-best-free-legal-movies-you-can-download-right-now/
Movie history buffs, rejoice!
Now you can watch such classics as the original version of A Farewell to Arms (1932), a 1952 re-release of the 1929 silent film Iron Mask, Last of the Mohicans (1920), Rescue from Gilligan’s Island (1978), Scrooge (1935 version of the classic A Christmas Carol), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Night of the Living Dead (1968) and many more!
Free.

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Ten Amazing International Photos That Will Give You Some Perspective
http://www.upworthy.com/10-amazing-international-photos-that-will-give-you-some-perspective
These are just photos of kids from around the world with their favorite material possessions.

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