Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 31, 2011

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,446 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...



IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1.
[Prince Edward Island] Poverty reduction discussion paper released (PEI Community Services, Seniors and Labour) - July 18
2. [Ontario] Closing food banks dumb idea (Glen Pearson in the London Free Press) - July 30
3. Improving the Adequacy of Social Assistance Budgets : A Methodology for Pricing Budgets and a Rationale for Making Current Rates More Adequate (Harvey Stevens for the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg) - July 2011
4. Canada’s Voluntary Sector and Public Policy Symposium report (Institute for Public Policy Research) - July 29
5. Canada Without Poverty / Canada sans pauvreté (new website) - July 28
6. [Ontario] Responding to the Review of Social Assistance (Income Security Advocacy Centre) - July 27
7. National Commission on Community Health and Social Services (Canadian Council on Social Development) - July 26
8. 2010 Federal Disability Report (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) - Posted July 2011
9. Know Your Rights - CBC ten-part series (beginning June 27)
10. [Ontario] Is Social Assistance a “Poverty Pariah?” (By Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum) - July 24
11. Alberta Welfare Reform and Employment Outcomes of Welfare Recipients (Rosita Yi Ki Kwan in the Progressive Economic Forum) - April 2011
12. Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion : Perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad - International conference - Montreal (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2011)
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2011 - July 28
--- Women in Canada - July 26
--- Statistics on Income of Farm Families, 2008 - July 26
14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. [U.S.] Continuing cost overruns on the F-35 Strike Fighter raise questions about the aircraft and its production (The Scout Report - July 22)
17. Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today? (The Heritage Foundation) - July 18
18. [United Kingdom] National Salary Insurance : Reforming the Welfare State to Provide Real Protection (Institute for Public Policy Research) - July 28
19. Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) - October 2008
20. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. Poverty Reduction in Prince Edward Island - July 18
(PEI Community Services, Seniors and Labour)

Prince Edward Island

Province seeks feedback on poverty reduction discussion paper
News Release
July 18, 2011
[ Version française du communiqué ]
Islanders are being asked to help shape a strategy to prevent and reduce poverty in Prince Edward Island, says Community Services, Seniors and Labour Minister Janice Sherry. The provincial government released a detailed paper today with information on trends, impacts and programs, as well as questions for the public to consider when providing input on how to reduce poverty in Prince Edward Island.
(...)
The discussion paper on a poverty reduction strategy contains sections on:
• Measures and definitions of poverty
• Poverty reduction strategies in Atlantic Canada and work to date in Prince Edward Island
• Patterns and trends in poverty in Prince Edward Island
• Profiles of high risk groups
• Impacts of poverty and a rationale for taking action
• Descriptions of the various programs and services that could form part of the strategy
• Consultation process and questions for public consideration

The discussion paper:

Preventing and Reducing Poverty in Prince Edward Island: A Strategy for Engagement (PDF - 803K, 52 pages)
Discussion paper
July 2011
[ Version française du document de discussion - ]
Table of contents:
* Introduction: Towards One Island Society
* Definitions and Methodology
* Poverty Reduction Initiatives in Atlantic Canada
* A Profile of Poverty on Prince Edward Island
* Populations at Risk
* Other Key Populations
* Impacts of Poverty: Why a Poverty Reduction Strategy is Needed
* Overcoming Poverty in Prince Edward Island
* Preventing Poverty
* Promoting Social Inclusion
* Reducing Poverty
* Potential Elements of a Poverty Reduction Strategy
* Next Steps
* References

Summary of the discussion paper (PDF - 770K, 7 pages)
[ Version française
du résumé du document de discussion
- (PDF - 1Mo., 7 pages) ]

Your comments
NOTE: Because there is no "s" after the "http" in the URL for the electronic comments form, the answers and comments you provide will not be encrypted for security/privacy.

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The advice and input from Islanders will be drawn together as it is received, and made public in the fall of 2011, to support further discussion of solutions, approaches, and priorities. This work will lead to the completion of PEI’s first Social Action Plan to reduce poverty, in 2012.

Source:
Preventing and Reducing Poverty in PEI - A strategy for engagement
[
PEI Community Services, Seniors and Labour ]

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

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

2. [Ontario] Closing food banks dumb idea - July 30
(Glen Pearson in the London Free Press)

Ontario

Closing food banks dumb idea
By Glen Pearson
July 30, 2011
The food bank world was suddenly hit with a broadside this week with the Elaine Power's Toronto Globe and Mail article headlined "It's time to close Canada's food banks." Nothing comes closer to irrelevance than her opening statement that food banks represent a serious obstacle in the fight against poverty in Canada. As the London Food Bank's co-director for the last 25 years, and a past chair of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, I have never encountered one food bank director who believed they were ending hunger or that they were the ultimate solution.
Source:
London Free Press

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- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/foodbkmrk.htm

3. Improving the Adequacy of Social Assistance Budgets : A Methodology for Pricing Budgets and a Rationale for Making Current Rates More Adequate - July 2011
(Harvey Stevens for the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg)

Improving the Adequacy of Social Assistance Budgets:
A Methodology for Pricing Budgets and a Rationale for Making Current Rates More Adequate
(PDF - 922K, 58 pages)
Harvey Stevens
July 2011
This report addresses two serious deficiencies in the delivery of Social Assistance (SA) programs by provincial governments in Canada; namely, the absence of clearly defined standard budgets based on realistic needs of SA recipients and the failure to set SA rates at levels adequate to purchase items that meet those needs. Based on the methodology used in constructing the Market Basket Measure (MBM) of low income, the report calculates the cost of all of the basic needs included in provincial SA budgets – food, clothing and footwear, shelter, personal needs and household supplies and transportation.
[ Excerpt from the executive summary ]

[Author Harvey Stevens recently retired from the Manitoba Department of Family Services and Housing. Since 2006, he is Senior Policy Analyst with Healthy Child Manitoba.]

Source:
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

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

4. Canada’s Voluntary Sector and Public Policy Symposium report - July 29
(Institute for Public Policy Research)

July 29, 2011

Canada’s Voluntary Sector and Public Policy
Symposium report
(PDF - 732K, 24 pages)
July 2011
(...) There are a range of training and support programs underway across the country that aim to improve the policy capacity of Canadian VSOs. Taken together, they help VSOs:
- understand how governments work
- access and interpret credible evidence
- effectively communicate and collaborate
- understand the latitude permitted them under the Canada Revenue Agency’s advocacy rules.
Symposium participants lauded these programs, and argued strongly for more of them. (...)
As an important next step, symposium participants identified the need for widely available in depth case studies to demonstrate how VSOs have successfully contributed to public policy development. Max Bell Foundation and a number of partners have committed to this task, and will launch a series of such case studies in late 2011.
(...) Canada has a network of dozens of individuals and organizations from across the country who share a strong belief, rooted in evidence and experience, that VSOs can and do make important contributions to public policy in Canada, for the betterment of all Canadians.
[Excerpt from the Executive Summary, which is part of the PDF report]

Source:
Max Bell Foundation

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

5. Canada Without Poverty / Canada sans pauvreté (new website) - July 28

Canada Without Poverty / Canada sans pauvreté - NEW WEBSITE JULY 28, 2011
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada. Poverty is a violation of human rights. We work to address the structural causes of poverty by raising awareness, educating and inspiring others to support its eradication in Canada.
- incl. links to:
* Poverty * Action * Get Involved * Resources

Resources
A vast array of publications, articles, organizational reports and bulletins on poverty and related issues exist online. This section is to help you find relevant material on specific subject matter by organizing all documents into categories. If you are unsure of where to start, try using the search tool above, or click one of the buttons and browse by theme.
Buttons include:
* Vulnerable populations * Poverty, Inequality and their Impacts * Poverty and Human Rights * Combating Poverty * Just the Facts * Other Resources

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

6. [Ontario] Responding to the Review of Social Assistance - July 28
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Ontario

New from the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

The Social Assistance Review:
Opportunities and Risks in the Commission's Discussion Paper
(Word file - 261K, 16 pages)
July 27, 2011
The Social Assistance Review:
Opportunities and Risks in the Commission’s Discussion Paper
The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its first Discussion Paper on June 9, 2011. This is the first major review of social assistance since the 1980s, which presents the opportunity for the changes and improvements that people have been advocating for years to finally be made. (...) The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) has prepared this document to highlight some of the key issues in the Commission’s Discussion Paper, summarize what the Discussion Paper says, identify some of the opportunities it presents, and signal some of the risks.

Related links from ISAC:

The Social Assistance Review:
Opportunities and Risks in the Commission’s Discussion Paper
Analysis of Commission Discussion Paper
July 27, 2011
Highlights
Complete paper (Word file - 261K, 16 pages)

Responding to the Review of Social Assistance
July 27, 2011
Envisioning a New Approach:
A Response to the Commissioners for the Review of Social Assistance
In November 2010, the Ontario government appointed two Commissioners, Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh to lead its Review of Social Assistance. The Commissioners released their initial Discussion Paper on June 9. This paper responds to that Discussion Paper and will form the basis of ISAC’s submission. We continue to work with our partners to develop the ideas set out here, and our final submission, which will be submitted by August 31, will be informed by our ongoing discussions.

Consultation Calendar - June 28 to July 27

Source
Social Assistance Review (non-governmental)
[ Income Security Advocacy Centre ]

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

7. National Commission on Community Health and Social Services - July 26
(Canadian Council on Social Development)

National Commission on Community Health and Social Services
July 26, 2011
The Canadian Council on Social Development is exploring a new initiative, a National Commission on Community Health and Social Services, and we are reaching out to request your advice on this special project.We encourage you to visit our website to review our proposal and submit your suggestions, ideas, and consider participating with us.

On the site, you will find:
- the purpose and reasoning for a Commission
- how the Commission will be organised
- what can be achieved
- how you can become involved
We look forward to hearing from you.
Source:
Canadian Council on Social Development

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

8. 2010 Federal Disability Report
(Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

2010 Federal Disability Report:
The Government of Canada's annual report on disability issues
(PDF - 3.5MB, 104 pages)
Table of contents:
* Intro
* Standard of living
* Health
* Learning
* Employment
* Community participation
* conclusion
* glossary

* Appendices – Federal disability spending for the 2009–2010 fiscal year
A – Inclusion and support
B – Income supports
C – Learning, skills and employment
D – Health and well-being
E – Tax measures

Source:
Research and Reports – Disability
- incl. links to earlier editions of this report and its predecessor, Advancing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities, back to 2006.
[ Disability Issues ]
[ Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ]

NOTE: In case you just missed it, the above Appendices provide federal government spending on disability programs across Canada for the 2009–2010 fiscal year. In those same appendices, you'll also find links to program information for many federal programs for Canadians with disabilities.
Click the disability report PDF link above, then scroll to the appendices near the end of the report.

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- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

9. Know Your Rights - CBC ten-part series (beginning June 27)

Know Your Rights - ten-part series (Audio only)
Know Your Rights is an on-the-ground and in-the-field exploration of our rights as Canadian citizens. Host Craig Norris navigates the complex world of what we legally can and cannot do in our country. What freedoms do we have? And how far can we push it before someone pushes back?
[About Know Your Rights]
- includes links to : Main - About the Show - Know Your Rights Blog - Past Episodes - The Fine Print - Contact Us

The first of ten episodes aired Monday, June 27, 2011. You can catch all weekly episodes on CBC Radio One or Sirius Satellite Radio, or you can subscribe to the podcast via RSS or iTunes. Click the home page link above to access all of these options.

Archive of all episodes to date
NOTE: These are all links to audio files (no video).
Click the link to any episode and it will play in the media player that's embedded on the same page

Episode 5 (Duration 27:30)
Freedom from discrimination based on sex, age

Episode 4 (Duration 27:30)
Life, Liberty and Security of the Person

Episode 3 (Duration 27:29)
Freedom Of Religion

Episode 2 (Duration 27:30)
Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Episode 1 (Duration 27:30)
Freedom of Expression

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The Fine Print
Your handy, one-stop shop for everything we've talked about on Know Your Rights! If you want to know more about something you heard on the show, it's all here! We've broken it down by episode, so it's almost pocket-sized!
- 30+ links to related resources organized by episode
- also includes links to the full text of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a
CBC Television special from 2002 entitled "The Constitution and Charter Re-evaluated".
Source:
CBC Radio

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Know Your Rights Facebook page

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- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

10. [Ontario] Is Social Assistance a “Poverty Pariah?” - July 24
(By Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum)

Ontario

Is Social Assistance a “Poverty Pariah?”
By Nick Falvo
July 24, 2011
An article in the current edition of NOW Magazine looks at social assistance in Ontario. The article is aptly entitled “Poverty Pariah,” in light of how apparently unpopular Ontario’s welfare system has become over the past 20 years. As can be seen at the National Council of Welfare’s Interactive Welfare Incomes Map, a single adult on welfare in Ontario receives $7,501 per year. In real terms, this benefit level is roughly 35% lower now than it was in the mid-1990s. I was struck by many examples provided in the article of how politically unpopular some advocates believe it to be to even broach the topic of substantially increasing benefit levels.
Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

11. Alberta Welfare Reform and Employment Outcomes of Welfare Recipients - April 2011
(Rosita Yi Ki Kwan in the Progressive Economic Forum)

Alberta Welfare Reform and Employment Outcomes of Welfare Recipients (PDF - 231K, 38 pages)
By Rosita Yi Ki Kwan
Prepared for Progressive Economic Forum Graduate Student Essay Contest
April 30, 2011
Abstract:
It is well-established in the literature that financial work incentives and employability programs have positive labour supply effect. Though it is found that after a series of welfare reforms based on the work-first approach in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., former welfare recipients and vulnerable groups, such as single mothers, tended to work in part-time or temporary jobs and witnessed limited wage growth; little is known about other job characteristics, such as union membership and pension plan coverage, of these groups. This study fills this gap by studying the 1993 welfare reform in Alberta using two years of panel data from Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics. I find that both welfare recipients and single mothers who started working after the reform were more likely to be covered by collective agreement and work full-time. However, welfare recipients tended to work regular evening schedules rather than daytime schedules; while single mothers received lower composite wage rates. Hence, there is mixed evidence as to whether the Alberta welfare reform improved employment outcomes for these two groups. More research in this area is certainly needed.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum

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

12. Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion : Perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad
International conference - Montreal (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2011)

Conference on poverty reduction and poverty measurement
in Canada and the world:

Social Statistics, Poverty and Social Exclusion:
Perspectives from Quebec, Canada and Abroad

International conference
November 30 - December 2, 2011
Montreal
[Simultaneous translation in French and English.]
The main objective of this international conference is to take stock of the state of current research and identify knowledge gaps:
* How can poverty data be used to compare the situation in different industrialized nations?
* What are the scope and the limitations of such comparisons?
* How can we define the main dimensions and develop appropriate indicators of social exclusion?
* How can we develop process indicators that will allow us to recognize situations of exclusion?
* How can social statistics be used to study the influencing factors and the consequences of all dimensions of poverty?
* How can statistics be used to study the financial and social cost of poverty, material deprivation, the use of rights, life courses and solutions?
* How can we use statistics to build a score card that accounts for all those dimensions to evaluate the outcomes of the Act to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion?

Conference Themes
1: Interprovincial and International Comparisons of Poverty: indicators and data sources
2: Influencing Factors and Consequences of Poverty
3: Dimensions of Social Exclusion
4: Recent Developments and future perspectives

Preliminary program (PDF - 805K, 6 pages)

Register online - early bird special until October 21!

Organizing Institutions:
* Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics
* Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

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Version française:

Conférence internationale Statistiques sociales, exclusion sociale et pauvreté :
perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et internationales

30 novembre - 2 décembre 2011
Montréal
[Traduction simultanée en français et en anglais]

L'objectif principal de la Conférence internationale Statistiques sociales, pauvreté et exclusion sociale: perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et internationales est de faire le point sur l'état des connaissances dans le domaine de la pauvreté et de l'exclusion sociale et d'identifier les lacunes à combler à cet égard :
Comment faire des comparaisons de pauvreté entre nations industrialisées ?
Quelles sont la portée et les limites de ces comparaisons ?
Comment déterminer les principales dimensions de l'exclusion sociale et établir des indicateurs appropriés ?
Comment développer des indicateurs de processus permettant de reconnaître les mécanismes d'exclusion à l'œuvre ?
Comment utiliser les statistiques sociales pour étudier les déterminants et les conséquences de la pauvreté dans ses différentes dimensions ?
Ces statistiques peuvent-elles également servir à étudier les coûts économiques et sociaux de la pauvreté, la privation matérielle, l'exercice des droits reconnus, les parcours de vie et la sortie de la pauvreté, en tenant compte de ses multiples dimensions ?
Comment élaborer avec ces statistiques un tableau de bord permettant de prendre en compte l'ensemble des dimensions visées par la Loi visant à lutter contre la pauvreté et l'exclusion sociale ?

Thèmes de la conférence
1. Comparaisons interprovinciales et internationales de pauvreté : indicateurs et sources de données
2. Déterminants et conséquences de la pauvreté
3. Exclusion sociale et ses principales dimensions
4. Développements récents et perspectives d'avenir

Programme préliminaire (PDF - 805Ko., 6 pages)

Inscription en ligne - prix réduit jusqu'au 21 octobre!

Institutions organisatrices
* Centre interuniversitaire québécois de statistiques sociales

* Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale


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

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2011 - July 28
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Women in Canada - July 26
--- Statistics on Income of Farm Families, 2008 - July 26

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

July 28, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2011
From April to May, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 0.5% to $875.64. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings were 3.3% higher compared with May 2010.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees – Seasonally adjusted
* Number of employees – Seasonally adjusted

Source:
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.
NOTE:
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month or later after this report first appears in The Daily.
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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.

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

July 26, 2011
Women in Canada

Available online today are five chapters of the publication Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report (see the link below), which explores the socio-demographic and economic circumstances of several groups of Canadian women. These chapters provide a comprehensive statistical portrait of the female population in general, senior women, immigrant women, women who are members of a visible minority, and Aboriginal women.

General contents of this publication:
(Click the links in the left-hand margin of the page)
* Paid work
* Economic Well-being
* Women and the Criminal Justice System
* First Nations, Métis and Inuit Women
* Senior Women
* Female population
* Visible Minority Women
* Immigrant Women
* Tables and charts <========== links to 200+ tables and charts!
* More information
* Other issues in this series

Source:
Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report - Product main page*
Understanding the role of women in Canadian society and how it has changed over time is dependent on having information that can begin to shed light on the diverse circumstances and experiences of women. Women in Canada provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more.
[ * On the product main page,click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues. ]

Related subjects:
* Population and demography
* Society and community
* Women and gender

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- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

July 26, 2011
Statistics on Income of Farm Families, 2008
Notes to users
Highlights
Introduction
Tables
Data quality, concepts and methodology
Appendices
User information
Related products
PDF version (415K, 79 pages)

Source:
Statistics on Income of Farm Families - Product main page*
This publication provides information on sources and levels of farm and off-farm income for farm families by province, type of farm (based on the North American Industry Classification System) and farm typology (based on age of operator, dependence on farm revenues and income level).
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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.

Related products - selected related publications from Statistics Canada

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

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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

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

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

July 31, 2011

What's new online this week:

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

Maternal employment and child socio-emotional behaviour in the UK: longitudinal evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study
27 Jul 2011
Research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds there is "no evidence of detrimental effects of maternal employment in the early years on subsequent child socio-emotional behaviour"

City of Toronto Standing Committee on Community Development and Recreation meeting
July 20, 2011 27 Jul 2011
Minutes and video of proceedings from the recent CDR committee meeting to consider the Core Services Review; several excellent deputations on child care.

No small matter: The impact of poverty, shocks and human capital investments in early childhood development
27 Jul 2011
Publication from the World Bank argues that "investing in children is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do because it addresses both rights and economic prospects".

If I had a magic wand: Young children's visions and ideas for early care and education services
27 Jul 2011
Publication from Start Strong (Ireland)-- part of their Children 2020 project -- presents children's own visions and ideas of what their early care and education should be like.

Quality of early childhood development programs in global contexts: Rationale for investment, conceptual framework and implications for equity
20 Jul 2011
Recent Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development "presents a conceptualization of quality across settings and systems and identifies implications for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers on how they can work together to measure, improve and sustain program quality."

MORE research, policy & practice

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

Parents voice overwhelming support for more men in childcare
27 Jul 2011 Europe

Nunavik childcare centres develop new assessment tool
27 Jul 2011 Quebec

Supreme Court of Canada to rule on special needs in B.C's public schools
27 Jul 2011 British Columbia

Working mothers do no harm to their young children, research finds
27 Jul 2011 Europe

Liberté, Égalité, Fertilité
27 Jul 2011 Europe

MORE Child care in the news

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

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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

15. 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:

July 29:
Graduation Rates and Dropout Data
Cuts to Child Care Subsidy – Pennsylvania, California
Homeless Veterans and Grant Support – Virginia, Florida

July 28:
Unemployment Claims
LIHEAP Weatherization Program – Arizona, Colorado
Low Wage Work – Florida, Ontario

July 27:
No Child Left Behind – Arizona, Georgia
Fuel Poverty – United Kingdom
Food Stamp Usage – South Dakota, Nevada, Idaho

July 26:
Breakfast Programs for Kids – New Zealand
Child Welfare System – Nebraska
State Medicaid Programs – Utah, Louisiana
Welfare – to –Work Program – Rhode Island

July 25:
Homeless Families - New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Health Care for Foster Kids - California
Poverty and Mountaintop Mining- West Virginia
Hybrid Welfare Eligibility System – Indiana
Food Deserts – West Virginia

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

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

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

16. [U.S.] Continuing cost overruns on the F-35 Strike Fighter raise questions about the aircraft and its production
(The Scout Report)

[U.S.] Continuing cost overruns on the F-35 Strike Fighter raise questions about the aircraft and its production
(The Scout Report)

COMMENT (by Gilles):

When I came across this collection of links in the News section of the July 22 Scout Report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I decided to include it in my own site and newsletter in the hope that someone over at National Defense Procurement might read the content below and cancel the memorandum of understanding that Canada signed to purchase 65 F-35s. [ Yeah, right - and monkeys might fly out my butt. ]

I planned to write an intro to the blurb and links below starting with something like "The Canadian government's purchase of 65 F-35 Strike Fighters doesn't really have much to do with Canadian social policy..." --- but it does. The federal government earmarked some $9 Billion for the full purchase of 65 F-35s, but a top military reform expert from the U.S. recently said the final price could be double that amount and perhaps more. He urged Canada to cancel the purchase and start over.
[ Read his comments here. - from Embassy Magazine Canada ]
Nine billion dollars would *almost* pay for a national, affordable, quality early childhood education and child care program in Canada.
I'm just sayin'...

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The Scout Report links
and blurb about the F-35:

The last manned fighter
http://www.economist.com/node/18958487

Air Force to start operational testing of F-35
http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2011/07/defense-air-force-to-start-opeval-test-f35-071511/

F-35 Lightning II Program
http://www.jsf.mil/

GAO: Joint Strike Fighter-Restructuring Places Program on Firmer Footing, but Progress Still Lags
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11325.pdf

United States Senate Armed Services Committee
http://armed-services.senate.gov/

National Museum of the USAF
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/index.asp

Over the past twenty years, there has been significant concern over the rising cost of certain military projects in the United States, and in times of fiscal austerity the Department of Defense has had to defend certain projects vigorously. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a public outcry over the cost of the B-2 Spirit (or "Stealth") bomber, as each one cost over $900 million. Today, there are similar worries surrounding the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which as a whole, will be the most expensive military-industrial program in history.(...) The most recent cost estimates from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from May 2011 indicate that the average price of each plane in what are known as "then-year" dollars had risen from $69 million in 2001 to $133 million today.

The first link will take interested parties to a good piece on the F-35 Strike Fighter from last week's Economist. The second link leads to a piece from the Air Force Times about the initial testing of the F-35 Strike Fighter. Moving on, the third link leads to the official homepage for the F-35 Strike Fighter program, complete with photos, videos, and news updates. The fourth link leads to an official report from the Government Accountability Office from April 2011 on the progress of the Strike Fighter program. The fifth link leads to the official homepage of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Here visitors can view live webcasts of their hearings, along with looking over their publications and press releases. The final link leads to the homepage of the National Museum of the US Air Force on the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio. Looking over the site may inspire a trip to the Museum, and visitors can read about their exhibits, learn about their operating hours, and also check out some of their collections

Source:
July 22 issue of The Scout Report
[ Internet Scout Project ]

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- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

17. Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today? - July 18
(The Heritage Foundation)

[United States]

Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox:
What is Poverty in the United States Today?

July 18, 2011
By Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield
Abstract:
For decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that over 30 million Americans were living in “poverty,” but the bureau’s definition of poverty differs widely from that held by most Americans. In fact, other government surveys show that most of the persons whom the government defines as “in poverty” are not poor in any ordinary sense of the term. The overwhelming majority of the poor have air conditioning, cable TV, and a host of other modern amenities. They are well housed, have an adequate and reasonably steady supply of food, and have met their other basic needs, including medical care. Some poor Americans do experience significant hardships, including temporary food shortages or inadequate housing, but these individuals are a minority within the overall poverty population.
Source:
The Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

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Counterpoint by Stephen Colbert
- 12-minute video from the Colbert Report (Comedy Network)
Scroll down past the video window and click on the link to the July 26 episode.
The video is just over 12 minutes long, but you can go directly to the Heritage Foundation report on poverty segment - it starts at the 4:02 mark.

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- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

18. [United Kingdom] National Salary Insurance : Reforming the Welfare State to Provide Real Protection - July 28
(Institute for Public Policy Research)

United Kingdom

Reforming the Welfare State to Provide Real Protection (PDF - 246K, 19 pages)
By Graeme Cooke
July 2011
Briefing
"(...) the government should establish National Salary Insurance, which would provide people with much higher levels of support if they lose
their job but require this support to be repaid when they return to employment. National salary insurance (NSI) would offer much greater security to people when it is really needed, without imposing significant new net costs on the state. It would achieve this by reinvigorating the contributory principle, as well as harnessing the attractive features of the income-contingent loans system used to provide support to students. NSI would offer working people who become unemployed up to 70 per cent of their previous earnings in non-means tested support for up to six months, capped at a maximum of £200 a week.
[Author Graeme Cooke is a visiting fellow at IPPR, and was expert adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions between 2008 and 2009.]

Source:
Institute for Public Policy Research
IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank. We produce rigorous research and innovative policy ideas for a fair, democratic and sustainable world.

Related links:

James Purnell looks to reinvent welfare state with salary insurance
People who lose their jobs could receive up to 70% of previous earnings for up to six months
By Patrick Wintour
27 July 2011
Source:
The Guardian (UK)

How a salary insurance scheme would work
By Graeme Cooke
28 Jul 2011
Source:
The New Statesman

19. Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries - October 2008
(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)

(NOTE : The following links are to a report from late 2008 that I just [29-07] found on the OECD website. Gilles)

Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries
October 2008
- includes media briefings, country notes and presentations
Growing Unequal? brings together a range of analyses on the distribution of economic resources in OECD countries. The evidence on income distribution and poverty covers, for the first time, all 30 OECD countries in the mid-2000s, while information on trends extending back to the mid-1980s is provided for around two-thirds of the countries. The report also describes inequalities in a range of domains (such as household wealth, consumption patterns, in-kind public services) that are typically excluded from conventional discussion about the distribution of economic resources among individuals and households.

Free preview of the complete book (310 pages)
[ Buy the book (U.S. $98) - from the OECD Bookshop ]

Related article
in the OECD Observer:

Unequal growth, unequal recession?
Whether the burden of any recession is felt by some social groups and countries more than others depends largely on public policy. Will government step up to the plate? New actions are needed

Other related links:

Country reviews : Canada
- statistical profile - economic forecast summary - country review - working papers
Source:
Country reviews (34 OECD countries)

Income Distribution and Poverty <=== links to dozens of free resources
[ Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ]

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

20. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

27 July 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1235
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Freedom of association: Norway
- Transphobic discrimination: Europe
- Crisis continues: Horn of Africa
- Banning the veil: Belgium
- Violence against children: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Yemen
- Sexual abuse: India, Ireland, Vatican
- UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights nominations!
Upcoming events
Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- 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.

See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

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

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

 

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I promise not share any information on this list, nor to send you any junk mail.

Links presented in the Canadian Social Research Newsletter point to different views about social policy and social programs.
There are some that I don't agree with, so don't get on my case, eh...

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/news.htm

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Cheers!
Gilles

E-MAIL:
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Twenty-Five French Proverbs
and their English Equivalents

Spice up your language with some French proverbs
(This is also a good refresher course on French AND English proverbs - Gilles...)
By Laura K. Lawless

The French proverbs in italics below are followed by their English equivalents, and then their literal translations "in quotation marks."

À cœur vaillant rien d'impossible.
Nothing is impossible for a willing heart.
"To a valient heart nothing impossible."

À l'impossible nul n'est tenu.
No one is bound to do the impossible.

À quelque chose malheur est bon.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
"Unhappiness is good for something."

Après la pluie le beau temps.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
"After the rain, the nice weather."

L'arbre cache souvent la forêt.
Can't see the forest for the trees.
"The tree often hides the forest."

Aussitôt dit, aussitôt fait
No sooner said than done
"Immediately said, immediately done."

Autres temps, autres mœurs.
Times change.
"Other times, other customs."

Aux grands maux les grands remèdes.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
"To the great evils great remedies."

Avec des si (et des mais), on mettrait Paris en bouteille.
If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers' hands.
"With ifs (and buts), one would put Paris in a bottle."

Battre le fer pendant qu'il est chaud.
To strike while the iron is hot.
"To hit the iron while it's hot."

Bien mal acquis ne profite jamais.
Ill gotten ill spent.
"Goods poorly gotten never profit."

Bonne renommée vaut mieux que ceinture dorée.
A good name is better than riches.
"Well named is more is worth more than golden belt."

Bon sang ne saurait mentir.
What's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
"Good blood doesn't know how to lie."

Ce sont les tonneaux vides qui font le plus de bruit.
Empty vessels make the most noise.
"It's the empty barrels that make the most noise."

Chacun voit midi à sa porte.
To each his own.
"Everyone sees noon at his door."

Un clou chasse l'autre.
Life goes on.
"One nail chases the other."

En tout pays, il y a une lieue de mauvais chemin.
There will be bumps in the smoothest roads.
"In every country there is a league of bad road."

Entre l'arbre et l'écorce il ne faut pas mettre le doigt.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
"Between the tree and the bark one shouldn't put a finger."

Heureux au jeu, malheureux en amour.
Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.
"Happy in the game, unhappy in love."

Il faut casser le noyau pour avoir l'amande.
No pain no gain.
"You need to break the shell to have the almond."

Il faut réfléchir avant d'agir.
Look before you leap.
"You have to think before acting."

Il ne faut jamais dire « Fontaine, je ne boirai pas de ton eau ! »
Never say never.
"You should never say, 'Fountain, I will never drink your water!'"

Il ne faut jamais jeter le manche après la cognée.
Never say die.
"One should never throw the handle after the felling axe."

Il ne faut rien laisser au hasard.
Leave nothing to chance.
"Nothing should be left to chance."

Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.
"There's no smoke without fire."

Source:
http://french.about.com/od/expressions/a/proverbs.htm
Click the link for 30 more French proverbs and their English equivalents

 

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And, in closing...

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What *is* cloud computing anyway?
http://blog.idea.com/infrastructure/what-is-a-cloud-anyway/
TIP: Whether you use "the cloud" for your personal files or your work files,
bear in mind that the cloud is shared online disk space that you can access with
your password from any Internet-connected computer in the world.
So can a good hacker.
Gilles

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Canada's Transition to Digital TV - August 31, 2011
http://digitaltv.gc.ca/eng/1282825334983/1282825604404
Since June 12, 2009, full-power television stations nationwide have been broadcasting exclusively in a digital format. As of August 31, Canadian stations will be making the same switch. Skip this link and blurb if you already have a digital television with tuner, or if you subscribe to cable, satellite, or an Internet protocol (IP) television service.
If you don't have a cable or satellite account nor a digital TV set or if you don't watch TV via Internet connection, DO read this. This includes people who have a TV set with rabbit ears at the cottage, those who occasionally watch TV on a small battery-powered TV and those who have an older (i.e., not digital) TV set that they plan to use later without cable or satellite.
NOTE: The U.S. government ran a subsidy program for households that needed the digital converter box when they went digital back in the first half of 2009.
Funny we haven't heard of a similar subsidy for Canadian over-the-air TV viewers...

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Musical Typing
http://10k.aneventapart.com/Entry/430
Click the Launch App button and start playing piano on your keyboard

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The Signal
http://10k.aneventapart.com/Uploads/419/

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Dangerous Jobs
http://blog.jimmyr.com/Dangerous_Jobs_17_2008.php