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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 31, 2008

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

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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1.   Private welfare job placement company on the skids in British Columbia? (The Tyee) - August 29
2. Call for Abstracts – Second Canadian Conference on Homelessness (Calgary, February 18 to 20, 2009)
3. Manitoba Welfare funds fall short of rent: study (Social Planning Council of Winnipeg) - August 30
4. Raise the Rates: The Vital Struggle Against Ontario's Sub-Poverty Welfare System (John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) - August 22
5. What's New from Statistics Canada
6. Tax Freedom Day - new Canadian Social Research Links page
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 29

International  content

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
8. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007 (U.S. Census Bureau) - August 26
10. U.S. - What's new from the Center for American Progress:
--- August 25 : Inequality Matters
--- August 5 : UK-Style Welfare Reform
--- July 30 : Elderly Poverty: The Challenge Before Us
--- July 28 : Issue Brief: The Child Tax Credit
--- July 28 : Want to Help 13 Million Children?
11. U.S. - What's new from The National Center for Children in Poverty
--- Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren't Doing to Promote Family Economic Security - August 2008
--- Demographics of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care in the United States - August 2008
--- Ten Important Questions About Child Poverty and Family Economic Hardship - May 2008
--- Statement on Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure - July 2008
--- Measuring Poverty in the United States - June 2008
--- 50-State Demographics Wizard
12. World Bank Updates Poverty Estimates for the Developing World - August 26

13.
Inequities are killing people on a "grand scale" (World Health Organization) - August 28
14. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
15. CRINMAIL (August 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Private welfare job placement company on the skids in British Columbia? - August 29
(The Tyee)

Liberals to JobWave: You're Fired
$8 million job training contract cancelled; work goes to B.C. competitor.
August 29, 2008
The company that pioneered private job placement services in B.C. for people receiving welfare has lost an $8 million government contract in the province's Interior. A message sent on Aug. 8 by ASPECT-B.C.'s Community Based Trainers to its members working in the sector said the Ministry of Housing and Social Development had cancelled the Interior region contract with WCG International Consultants Ltd., which runs the JobWave program. The company continues to provide B.C. Employment Program services in other regions of the province.
(...)
WCG won a contract in 2005 to provide a pilot project, JobsNow, in Ontario. The pilot ended over a year ago and has not been renewed. The Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services prepared an evaluation of the project but has not released it. Originally scheduled for a fall 2007 release, the ministry's website now says it will be released in summer 2008.
Source:

The Tyee

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

2. Call for Abstracts – Second Canadian Conference on Homelessness (Calgary, February 18 to 20, 2009)

Call for Abstracts – Growing Home
Second Canadian Conference on Homelessness
Calgary, February 18 to 20, 2009

Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada invites submission of proposals in any one of a number of key themes. The submission deadline is September 30, 2008.The overall theme of the conference is to encourage a national dialogue on the various issues and potential solutions to housing and homelessness in the diverse communities across the country. A key goal is to establish alliances that will build a national coalition of key stakeholders in providing services and finding solutions.

The main conference themes encompass particular constituents, particular homeless sub-populations, responses to the issues and particular themes or sub-themes. We also encourage submissions that will highlight conference themes from new and emerging technologies such as video documentaries and photo-voice. You are also invited to submit an abstract from any additional presentations relevant to the conference theme.

More info:

Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada
Second Canadian Conference on Homelessness
Calgary, February 18 to 20, 2009
[ version française du site ]
Deadline for early conference registration is December 15, 2008. This conference builds on the momentum of the First Canadian Conference on Homelessness , held in 2005 at York University, Growing Home: Housing and Homelessness in Canada.

Sponsored by:
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

3. Manitoba Welfare funds fall short of rent: study - August 30
(Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
)

Welfare funds fall short of rent: study
Over 75 per cent dip into food-assistance cash to cover shelter costs
August 30, 2008
More than three-quarters of welfare recipients in Manitoba have been unable to cover their monthly rent with the money they receive from the province, a new report says. That means more than 10,000 households have been tapping into social assistance funds meant for food in order to pay their shelter costs. The report by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg shows shelter allowances have not kept pace with rental rates, leaving 77 per cent of welfare recipients facing a so-called rent deficit each month. Two years ago, the percentage of households faced with a rent deficit was 73 per cent.
Source:
Winnipeg Free Press

Related link:

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg - home page
NOTE : the above-mentioned report hadn't been uploaded to the Council's website when I checked on August 31; click the home page link in the previous line to access the report when it's posted to the site.

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

4. Raise the Rates: The Vital Struggle Against Ontario's Sub-Poverty Welfare System - August 22
(Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
)

Raise the Rates: The Vital Struggle Against
Ontario's Sub-Poverty Welfare System

By John Clarke
August 22, 2008
A drastic reduction in the adequacy of income support payments is key to the neoliberal agenda. (...) The Toronto Relief Committee (TDRC), a working committee of union activists, social agency representatives and community organizers is planning for a September rally at the Ontario legislature. Demands will focus on social assistance rates, the minimum wage and housing.
Source:
The Socialist Project

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
http://www.ocap.ca/
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people.
[John Clarke, author of the above article, is with OCAP.]

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

5. What's New from Statistics Canada

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

August 27, 2008
Study: Work-life balance and role-overload of shift workers, 2005
Over 4 million workers aged 19 to 64 worked something other than a regular day shift in 2005. Of these shift workers, about 3.3 million worked full time, that is, 30 or more hours a week. Rotating shifts and irregular schedules were the most common types of shift work, accounting for 2.3 million full-time workers. Women made up 37% of all full-time shift workers. The majority of women working shifts (69%) worked part time.
Highlights
Full article

Also in the August 2008 issue of Perspectives on Labour and Income:

Unionization
With union membership growing less rapidly than employment, the unionization rate declined slightly between the first half of 2007 and 2008. The decline was seen in both the public and private sectors
Full article

August 27 (under New Products)
The Post-childbirth Employment of Canadian Mothers
and the Earnings Trajectories of Their Continuously Employed Counterparts, 1983 to 2004
Using the 1983-to-2004 Longitudinal Worker File, the study examines the post-childbirth employment, job mobility and earnings trajectories of Canadian mothers. We found that both the long- and the short-term post-childbirth employment rates of early 2000s cohorts of Canadian mothers were higher than their mid-1980s counterparts, and, relative to childless women, Canadian mothers became less likely to quit over time.

Check The Daily for August:
August 2008 archives
Click the HTML link beside a date to see the releases for that day;
to see earlier months, use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the list.

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

6. Tax Freedom Day - new Canadian Social Research Links page

Tax Freedom Day Links
A new Canadian Social Research Links page

"Tax Freedom Day"refers to that fictitious calendar date when, according to Vancouver's fiscally and socially conservative Fraser Institute, we "start working for ourselves, not the government." Every year, the folks at Fraser and their kindred spirits at the U.S. Tax Foundation add up the total amount of all taxes that we pay to the federal, provincial/state and municipal governments, and then they calculate how long it takes the residents of any given jurisdiction to pay those taxes for that year. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Canada and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in the U.S. have a different perspective on Tax Freedom Day, noting that the Fraser Institute and Tax Foundation's choice of methodology exaggerates the tax burden of average taxpayers by overestimating taxes paid and/or by underestimating their ability to pay their taxes.

7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 29

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

August 29, 2008

Barack Obama’s plan for lifetime success through education
29 Aug 08
- Senator Barack Obama’s plan for early childhood education and care within the education platform for the 2008 presidential election.

Closing the gap in a generation
29 Aug 08
- Report from the World Health Organization identifying that social factors are responsible for world variations in health and life expectancy. A report on early childhood is also available.

The social agenda and early childhood education and care: Can we really help create a better world?
29 Aug 08
- Paper from the Bernard van Leer Foundation that looks at the changing economic and cultural context of early childhood and identifies imperatives for policy and leadership.

British Columbia early learning framework
29 Aug 08
- Early learning framework from the Province of British Columbia describing their vision, pedagogical principles, and key areas of learning for children birth to five.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Fears grow of ABC Learning collapse [AU]
29 Aug 08

· Red tape hurts early childhood education [NZ]
28 Aug 08

· ‘Fast Eddy’ leaves ABC Learning investors reeling [AU]
27 Aug 08

· Drop in ‘good-rated’ childminders [UK] 27 Aug 08

· Childcare price rises are looming, parents warned [IE]
25 Aug 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
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)

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

8. 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 twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

August 28, 2008
* 2007 Census Report: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage
* 2007 Census Report: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage: Midwest States
* 2007 Census Report: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage: Other States
* Measuring Poverty in the US
* Janesville Gazette Series on Living in Poverty - Wisconsin
* State Medicaid Programs - Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma
* Children's Health Insurance Coverage - California
* Food Stamp Program and Farmer's Markets
* Home Foreclosures and Renters - California
* Post-Katrina Housing
* Home Energy Assistance Programs
* Early Childhood Education - Kansas
* No Child Left Behind

August 21, 2008
* State Welfare Programs - Indiana, Nevada
* State Medicaid Programs
* State Health Insurance Programs - Massachusetts, Kentucky
* Child Care Subsidies - New York, California
* Effect of Food Prices on Food Banks and Schools
* Utility Costs and Assistance Programs
* Washington Post Series on Low-wage Workers
* Post-Katrina Housing - Mississippi
* Homelessness and School Children - California
* Jobless Benefits - Ohio
* States and Paid Sick Leave

August 18, 2008
* State Children's Health Insurance Program
* State TANF Programs - Minnesota, New York
* Youth Homelessness - Oregon
* Housing First Program - Dallas, TX
* Children Living in Poverty and Back-to-school Issues
* Report: Rates of Child Poverty in Rural and Metropolitan Areas
* States and Residents' Increasing Need for Assistance
* The Poor and Recovery from Disasters
* Unemployment Rates - Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New York
* Minimum Wage Law Violations - New York
* Report: Income Gap - Alabama
* Editorials: New Hope Project - Milwaukee, WI
* Children and Families of Prisoners
* Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans
* Child Care Costs - Chicago, IL
* Ohio Ballot Initiatives: Payday Lending and Sick Leave

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

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

- 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

9. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007 - August 26
(U.S. Census Bureau)

From the U.S. Census Bureau:

Household Income Rises, Poverty Rate Unchanged,
Number of Uninsured Down
News Release
August 26, 2008
Real median household income in the United States climbed 1.3 percent between 2006 and 2007, reaching $50,233, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the third annual increase in real median household income.

Meanwhile, the nation’s official poverty rate in 2007 was 12.5 percent, not statistically different from 2006. There were 37.3 million people in poverty in 2007, up from 36.5 million in 2006. The number of people without health insurance coverage declined from 47 million (15.8 percent) in 2006 to 45.7 million (15.3 percent) in 2007.

These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007 (PDF - 2.9MB, 84 pages). The data were compiled from information collected in the 2008 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC).

Also released today were income, poverty and earnings data from the 2007 American Community Survey (ACS) for all states and congressional districts, as well as for metropolitan areas, counties, cities and American Indian/Alaska Native areas of 65,000 population or more.

Complete report:

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance
Coverage in the United States: 2007
(PDF - 2.9MB, 84 pages)

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Related reports from the Census Bureau:

Income Statistics - includes links to all stats sources mentioned in the above news release and more
[NOTE: also includes sections on Income Inequality and Alternative Measures of Income and Poverty]

[ main Income page - more links]

Poverty Statistics - incl. highlights, graphs and tables
[ main Poverty page ]

Health insurance coverage data - incl. highlights, graphs and tables
[ main Health Insurance page ]

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Related links:

Examining new Census data on poverty, income and health coverage
August 26, 2008
By Arloc Sherman, Robert Greenstein, and Sharon Parrott
This marks the first time on record that poverty and the incomes of typical working-age households have worsened despite six consecutive years of economic growth. The new data show that in terms of poverty and median income, the economic expansion that started at the end of 2001 was the worst on record. The data provide fresh evidence that the gains from the expansion were quite uneven and flowed primarily to high-income households.
Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
[ other CBPP poverty and income reports ]

Median income rose as did poverty in 2007
2000s have been extremely weak for living standards of most households

August 26, 2008
by Jared Bernstein
"(...) While last year’s overall income gains are good news, the longer-range view is quite different. The Census figures show that the economic cycle that began in 2000 and ended late last year was one of the weakest on record for working families, despite strong overall economic growth during the same period."
Source:
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
[ more EPI reports on poverty and family budgets ]

Also from EPI:

Overall health insurance coverage rises, but masks decline in private coverage
August 26, 2008

Our Inequality of Outcomes
By Steven Pearlstein
August 27, 2008
Hey, good news on the income front: The Census Bureau reported yesterday that median earnings for full-time male workers rose by $1,653 last year, to $45,113, after adjusting for inflation. Another year like that, and maybe the typical male worker will finally catch up to where he was in 1973.
Source:
Washington Post

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Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage"
Web search results page
News search results page
Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

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

10. U.S. - What's new from the Center for American Progress:
--- August 25 : Inequality Matters
--- August 5 : UK-Style Welfare Reform
--- July 30 : Elderly Poverty: The Challenge Before Us
--- July 28 : Issue Brief: The Child Tax Credit
--- July 28 : Want to Help 13 Million Children?

U.S. - What's new from the Center for American Progress:

August 25, 2008
Inequality Matters
Kate Bell provides analysis of new research that shows it’s not just poverty that affects children’s outcomes—it’s inequality, too.

August 5, 2008
UK-Style Welfare Reform
Kate Bell explains why the British government should look to its own poverty success rather than the United States' early failures for welfare reform help.

July 30, 2008
Elderly Poverty: The Challenge Before Us
The elderly are disproportionately suffering in the economic downturn. It's time to help.

July 28, 2008
Issue Brief: The Child Tax Credit
Making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable would lift some of the barriers that prevent low-income families from getting the help they need.

July 28, 2008
Want to Help 13 Million Children?
The Child Tax Credit currently leaves out many low-income families who need the help most, but a new law would help change that.

Source:
Issues : Poverty & Mobility
[
Center for American Progress ]
The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. We combine bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate, expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter.

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

11. U.S. - What's new from The National Center for Children in Poverty
--- Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren't Doing to Promote Family Economic Security - August 2008
--- Demographics of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care in the United States - August 2008
--- Ten Important Questions About Child Poverty and Family Economic Hardship - May 2008
--- Statement on Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure - July 2008
--- Measuring Poverty in the United States - June 2008
--- 50-State Demographics Wizard

UPDATE - National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
August 21, 2008

Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren't
Doing to Promote Family Economic Security

August 2008
News Release (PDF - 115K, 2 pages)
Complete report (PDF - 3.1MB, 24 pages)
Excerpt and related links (HTML)

This report tracks state-level policies that help families both avoid and cope with economic hardship. Three categories of policies are examined: work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development and protection. Although over the last decade states have taken the lead in policy efforts to help low-income families, this study demonstrates that assistance is extraordinarily uneven across the states. The authors conclude that America needs a national vision of family economic security - and the leadership to implement it.

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Demographics of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care in the United States
August 2008
Complete brief:
HTML version===> incl. links to two dozen references
PDF version (PDF - 502K, 10 pages)
Literature Review (PDF - 522K, 18 pages)

While there are still many unanswered questions about family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers, users of such care, and factors affecting those usage patterns, a few themes have emerged: FFN care-giving is common in all kinds of families; patterns of use vary by features of the families and children and caregivers; and there are notable state variations in FFN populations, in part reflecting state policies. This brief and accompanying literature review point out a need to clarify the definition of FFN care and help us understand its role and impact on the lives of families, children and communities.

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NCCP RESOURCES FOR INTERPRETING THE NEW POVERTY DATA

Ten Important Questions About Child Poverty and Family Economic Hardship
May 2008
HTML version
PDF version
(592K, 20 pages)

Statement on Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure
(submitted for congressional hearing held July 17, 2008)
HTML version
PDF version
(186K, 6 pages)

Measuring Poverty in the United States
June 2008
HTML version
PDF version - 108K, 4 pages)

50-State Demographics Wizard
Use the Demographics Wizard to create custom tables of national- and state-level statistics about low-income or poor children. Choose areas of interest, such as parental education, parental employment, marital status, and race/ethnicity—among many other variables.

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

12. World Bank Updates Poverty Estimates for the Developing World - August 26

From The World Bank:

The Developing World Is Poorer Than We Thought,
But No Less Successful in the Fight against Poverty
(PDF - 193K, 46 pages)
By Shaohua Chen and Martin Ravallion
August 2008
The paper presents a major overhaul to the World Bank’s past estimates of global poverty, incorporating new and better data. Extreme poverty—as judged by what “poverty” means in the world’s poorest countries—is found to be more pervasive than we thought. Yet the data also provide robust evidence of continually declining poverty incidence and depth since the early 1980s. For 2005 we estimate that 1.4 billion people, or one quarter of the population of the developing world, lived below our international line of $1.25 a day in 2005 prices; 25 years earlier there were 1.9 billion poor, or one half of the population.

Key Findings (PDF - 95K, 5 pages)

Source:
Poverty and Inequality
[ Policy Research Working Papers ]

World Bank Updates Poverty Estimates for the Developing World
Article
August 26, 2008
* World Bank poverty estimates strengthened by better cost-of-living data
* 400 million more people live in poverty than earlier thought
* Developing world still on track to halve poverty from its 1990 levels by 2015
* Wide regional differences seen in poverty reduction trends

Related links:

World Bank Counts More Poor People
New Figure Represents Change in Methods, Not in Fortunes
By Anthony Faiola
August 27, 2008
Far more people around the world live in severe poverty than previously thought, with the global underclass now numbering an estimated 1.4 billion, up from around 1 billion, according to a landmark World Bank report released yesterday. The report does not suggest that the world has suddenly gotten poorer. In fact, it shows remarkable reductions in poverty levels since the 1980s. Rather, the report represents a revised snapshot of global development using more recent household surveys, demographic figures, price data and purchasing power analyses. The bank has also altered its definition of global poverty, moving the benchmark up from $1 to $1.25 per day.
Source:
Washington Post

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

13. Inequities are killing people on a "grand scale" - August 28
(World Health Organization)

From the World Health Organization:

Inequities are killing people on a "grand scale"
28 August 2008 -- Differences in mortality between - and within - countries result from the social environment where people are born, live, grow, work and age. These "social determinants of health" have been the focus of a three-year investigation. The recommendations from this investigation, released today, focus on policies to redress social equalities globally, nationally and locally.

Final Report of the
Commission on Social Determinants of Health
(main page)
- includes links to the news release, backgrounders, the executive summary in six languages, links to the complete report and individual chapters, streaming video of the news conference and an interview with the chair of the Commission about the report

Closing the gap in a generation : Health equity
through action on the social determinants of health

Executive summary (PDF - 4.3MB,
Complete report (PDF - 7.3MB, 256 pages)
NOTE: See "The report in sections" on the main page for links to the individual chapters of the report in PDF format

News Release - August 28, 2008

Other publications of the
Commission on Social Determinants of Health

The Commission on Social Determinants of Health - what, why and how?
The Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) is a global network of policy makers, researchers and civil society organizations1 brought together by the World Health Organization (WHO) to give support in tackling the social causes of poor health and avoidable health inequalities (health inequities).

NOTE: One the Commission members is Monique Bégin, currently Professor at the School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada, and former Minister of National Health and Welfare.
On the Comments from Commissioners page, Madame Bégin notes: "Canada likes to brag that for seven years in a row the United Nations voted us 'the best country in the world in which to live'. Do all Canadians share equally in that great quality of life? No they don't. The truth is that our country is so wealthy that it manages to mask the reality of food banks in our cities, of unacceptable housing (1 in 5), of young Inuit adults very high suicide rates. This report is a wake up call for action towards truly living up to our reputation."

Source:
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Related links:

Canada's Response to WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health
"(...)To address the problem of growing health inequities between and within countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) created a WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) Opens in a new window in March 2005, chaired by Professor Sir Michael Marmot. The WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), over a three year period (2005-2008), aims to lever policy change by compiling evidence on the science and action on social determinants of health, widening debate on the topic and proposing national and global policies for action. With Canada's Commissioner, the Honourable Monique Bégin Opens in a new window on board, it is an excellent opportunity for Canada to further the development of policies that reduce health disparities and improve the health and well-being of Canadians as well as people across the globe."
- incl. links to : * WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health * Some Recent Activities of Canada’s Commissioner Monique Bégin * Canadian Reference Group (CRG) * Knowledge Networks
* Country Action * What's New * Frequently Asked Questions * Events * Resources * Glossary * Links
Source:
Public Health Agency of Canada

'Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale': report
August 28, 2008
People are dying early not only because of health gaps between rich and poor countries but also because of a lack of housing and clean water in wealthy countries like Canada, policy-makers said in a report to the World Health Organization on Thursday. The 256-page report, Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health, shows how the conditions in which people live and work directly affects the quality of their health.
Source:
CBC

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

14. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

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

15. CRINMAIL - August 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

28 August 2008 - CRINMAIL 1011
* CANADA: Religious refusal to immunise children leads to mumps outbreak [news]
* HEALTH: Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health [publication]
* OPT: West Bank man imprisons mentally ill children for 20 years [news]
* AFGHANISTAN: UN child rights official voices alarm at high civilian death toll [news]
* IRAN: Another man hanged for crime committed as a minor [news]
* SOMALIA: Humanitarian situation "increasingly acute" [news]
* HEALTH: HandsOnScotland - a website resource to encourage children and young people's emotional wellbeing
* EMPLOYMENT: CARE

26 August 2008 - CRINMAIL 1010
* BEIJING OLYMPICS: COHRE report on housing rights violations, and feature on the Olympics and child rights
* UNITED KINGDOM: Migrant, disabled children 'held too long' [publication]
* PARAGUAY: 'Major step forward' in investigation into sexual slavery of girls [news]
* NEPAL: Immediate release For Some 3000 Children still in Maoist Cantonments [news]
* DAY OF GENERAL DISCUSSION: Programme available [news]
* UNITED STATES: San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment [event]

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Ten more little-known facts to astound your friends
and be the life of the party!!

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1. "Facetious" and "abstemious" are the only words that contain all the vowels in the correct order.
(NOTE by Gilles:  most English usage books include Y as a vowel, and both words can be used in an adverbial form, i.e., facetiously and abstemiously, so they still contain all the vowels in order)

2."Almost" is the longest commonly used word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

3. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

4. "Fortnight" is a contraction of "fourteen nights." In North America, "two weeks" is more commonly used.

5. "Happy Birthday" was the first song to be performed in outer space, sung by the Apollo IX astronauts on March 8, 1969.

6. "One thousand" contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an A.

7. "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."

8. The average person produces 1.7 litres of saliva each day.

9. 11% of the world is left-handed.

10. 27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

Source:
Found somewhere on my hard drive...


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And, in closing...
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THE ODDS ARE...
http://www.veegle.com/odds.htm

E.g., The odds are 1 out of 4,615 (.0216%) that you were injured last year opening a plastic "clamshell" package. - Wired Magazine, 2/08

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