Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 31, 2014

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

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,710 subscribers.

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

Canadian content

1. More than just another long weekend: CUPE celebrates Labour Day (Canadian Union of Public Employees) - September 1
2. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for June 2014 (Finance Canada) - August 29
3. The "research" the Fraser Institute produces is junk --- Have a Happy Labour Day! (Alberta Diary) - August 29
4. 55th Annual Premiers' Conference - August 26-30, 2014 (Charlottetown, PEI)
5. Helping Make Postsecondary Education More Affordable : 30% Off Tuition Grant (Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) - August 29
6. Ontario Social Assistance Rates Update - eff. July/August 2014 (Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program) and the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB)
7. A Second Look at the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (Michael Mendelson, Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - August 25
8. Housing For All: Sustaining and Renewing Social Housing for Low-Income Households (Canadian Housing & Renewal Association) - August 21
9. Canada Child Tax Benefit Guideline Table : July 2014 to June 2015 (Canada Revenue Agency)
10. The Manitoba Assistance Act replaced the Employment and Income Assistance Act on July 1, 2014
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian economic accounts, second quarter 2014 and June 2014 - August 29
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2014
- August 28
--- Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2013 -
August 28
--- Labour Force Survey: Review of the July 2014 release
- August 28
--- General Social Survey on caregiving and care receiving: Public use microdata file, 2012 - August 27
--- Study: Inuit health: Selected findings from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey - August 26
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [United States] Policy Basics: The Minimum Wage (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - August 27
15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. More than just another long weekend: CUPE celebrates Labour Day - September 1
(Canadian Union of Public Employees)

More than just another long weekend: CUPE celebrates Labour Day
https://cupe.ca/more-just-another-long-weekend-cupe-celebrates-labour-day
September 1, 2014
For many, Labour Day marks the last weekend of summer. But we must still remember the original purpose when it was made an official holiday in 1894; as a time to reflect on the contributions made by working people through the labour movement to our communities and country.
(...)
This Labour Day, the 120th as an official holiday, we will celebrate all we’ve accomplished, and to commit our support to all workers, whose collective efforts make Canada the great country it is today.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

https://cupe.ca/

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

2. Release of The Fiscal Monitor for June 2014 - August 29
(Finance Canada)

From
Finance Canada:

Release of The Fiscal Monitor - June 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-112-eng.asp
August 29, 2014
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released The Fiscal Monitor for June 2014.
There was a budgetary surplus of $1.6 billion in June 2014, compared to a surplus of $0.2 billion in June 2013. Revenues increased by $0.9 billion, or 3.8 per cent, due mainly to higher revenues from non-resident income tax, excise taxes and duties, and Employment Insurance (EI) premiums. Program expenses decreased by $0.7 billion, or 3.2 per cent, largely reflecting a decrease in direct program expenses. Public debt charges increased by $0.1 billion, or 5.1 per cent.

The Fiscal Monitor for June 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2014-06-eng.asp
Highlights:
June 2014: budgetary surplus of $1.6 billion
April to June 2014: budgetary surplus of $0.4 billion

[ Earlier editions of the Fiscal Monitor back to 1996:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/pub/fm-rf-index-eng.asp ]

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Federal Finance Department Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk3.htm

3. The "research" the Fraser Institute produces is junk --- Have a Happy Labour Day! - August 29
(Alberta Diary)

The "research" the Fraser Institute produces is junk --- Have a Happy Labour Day!
http://albertadiary.ca/2014/08/the-research-the-fraser-institute-produces-is-junk-have-a-happy-labour-day.html
By David Climenhaga
August 29, 2014
(...)
While the conclusions of the Fraser Institute’s annual Labour Day attack [see the link below] on labour unions and the rights of working people to bargain collectively are predictably in tune with the market fundamentalist nostrums of the globalized corporations that bankroll its efforts, the group’s methodology appears to be shifting in an interesting way. The so-called “institute” released a paper yesterday that asserts the more heavily the labour relations field is tilted in favour of corporate employers, the more “balanced” it is – an absolute inversion of reality. This is no surprise because, no matter what the subject, Fraser Institute “research” always lines up precisely with the agenda of its corporate financiers.
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According to the Fraser Institute’s claims, places like Newfoundland, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are terrible places to live, work and do business, whereas jurisdictions like Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina are just peachy.
It’s tiresome to have to say this, but these points bear constant repetition: The Fraser Institute is not a serious research organization. The research it produces is junk. Its conclusions are fundamentally dishonest. And any newspaper editor who publishes its press releases without balance or reaction is a disgrace.

Have a happy Labour Day weekend.

Source:
Alberta Diary
http://albertadiary.ca/

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From the
Fraser Institute:

Labour Relations Laws in Canada and the United States:
An Empirical Comparison (2014 Edition)

August 28, 2014
Abstract : http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=21716
Complete report (PDF - 2.8MB, 70 pages) : http://goo.gl/DrhEBz

News release:
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/news/display.aspx?id=217167
August 28, 2014
Canada's labour relations laws restrict worker choice, discourage investment and job growth

Source:
Fraser Institute

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

4. 55th Annual Premiers' Conference - August 26-30, 2014
Charlottetown

55th Annual Premiers' Conference
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/en/meetings-events/71-2014/359-summer-meeting-august-26-30-2014-charlottetown-prince-edward-island
Summer Meeting : August 26-30, 2014
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Report:

A Difficult Road Ahead - Canada’s Economic and Fiscal Prospects (PDF - 1MB, 94 pages)
http://goo.gl/543h6d
August 28, 2014
Excerpt from the Preface:
This report considers three spending scenarios --- the Status Quo scenario, the Low Health scenario, and the What's Possible scenario --- in an effort to gain insights into the challenges the provincial and territorial governments will experience in trying to balance their budgets in the face of an aging population.

News Releases and Communiqués (small PDF files):

Collaboration on health care achieves results for Canadians
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/hciwg_news_release-final.pdf
August 28, 2014

Supporting infrastructure for job creation and economic growth
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/cof_infrastructure_news_release-final.pdf
August 28, 2014

Premiers’ Task Force to support Chair’s Initiative on Aging
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/news_release_aging_aug28-final.pdf
August 28, 2014

Report confirms fiscal disparity
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/news_release_conference_board_report_aug28.pdf
August 28, 2014

Prince Edward Island Hosts 55th Annual Premiers’ Conference
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca/phocadownload/newsroom_2014/pe_2014-news_release_re_agenda-final.pdf
August 26, 2014

Click the main conference link above to access four earlier (pre-conference) releases.

Source:
Council of the Federation (new website summer 2014)
http://www.canadaspremiers.ca

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- Go to the Council of the Federation Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/council_fed.htm

5. Helping Make Postsecondary Education More Affordable : 30% Off Tuition Grant - August 29
(Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities)

Helping Make Postsecondary Education More Affordable
Ontario Encouraging Students to Apply For 30% Off Tuition Grant
http://news.ontario.ca/tcu/en/2014/08/helping-make-postsecondary-education-more-affordable.html
News Release
August 29, 2014
Ontario is helping college and university students save 30 per cent off their tuition for the 2014-15 school year.
The value of the grant has increased annually to keep pace with tuition costs. This year, students in degree programs will save $1,780, while those in diploma or certificate programs will save $820. Over 230,000 undergraduate students received the grant in the 2013-14 school year and most students who receive the grant pay less in net tuition than they did a decade ago.

More info on 30% off Ontario Tuition
http://www.ontario.ca/education-and-training/30-off-ontario-tuition

Source:
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/

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

6. Ontario Social Assistance Rates Update - eff. July/August 2014
(Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Ontario

Social Assistance Rates Update (eff. July/August 2014)
Ontario Works (OW) & Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB)
http://goo.gl/FIzfsc
The Income Security Advocacy Centre has prepared a new rates sheet that shows changes in OW and ODSP rates and OCB.
The new rates will be in effect between July / August 2014 and Sept / Oct 2014.

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Rates Sheet : OW & ODSP Rates and OCB amounts
as of July / August 2014
(Microsoft Word file - 99K, 2 pages)
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OW-and-ODSP-rates-and-OCB-as-of-July-Aug-2014.doc

Version française du barème en vigueur en juillet et en août 2014 (fichier Word)
http://sareview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OW-and-ODSP-rates-and-OCB-as-of-July-Aug-2014-french.do

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

7. A Second Look at the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act - August 25
(Michael Mendelson, Caledon Institute of Social Policy
)

A Second Look at the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (PDF - 82K, 20 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1049ENG.pdf
By Michael Mendelson
August 2014
Due to the intense reactions to the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, important developments in the Act have been shunted aside without careful analysis. While several aspects of the Act have proven unacceptable to the majority of chiefs, there are other aspects that offered major gains for First Nations and a reasonable response by the federal government. This paper reviews in depth four key contentious issues that deserve a closer look: the relationship of the Act to treaty rights, financing provisions in the Act, the proposed Joint Council and control over First Nations education. The paper does not attempt to resolve these issues – only to analyze them as objectively as possible while suggesting potential avenues for compromise in future.

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org

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- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

8. Housing For All: Sustaining and Renewing Social Housing for Low-Income Households - August 21
(Canadian Housing & Renewal Association)

Housing For All: Sustaining and
Renewing Social Housing for Low-Income Households
(PDF - 1.4MB, 33 pages)
http://www.chra-achru.ca/media/content/A%20Review%20of%20Housing%20Policy.pdf
August 21, 2014
Housing For All: Sustaining and Renewing Social Housing for Low-Income Households ushers in a new plan for the revitalization of social housing in Canada, in the wake of expiring federal funding through operating agreements. The Report proposes to do things differently – to build an efficient, self-sustaining and innovative system of social housing in Canada.

Source:
Canadian Housing & Renewal Association
(CHRA)
http://www.chra-achru.ca/en/
CHRA is the national voice for the full range of affordable housing and homelessness issues and solutions.
Everything we do supports our four key pillars:
- Promote affordable housing
- End homelessness
- Renew our communities
- Support a sustainable housing profession.

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

9. Canada Child Tax Benefit Guideline Table : July 2014 to June 2015
(Canada Revenue Agency)

From the Canada Revenue Agency:
[ http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-e.html ]

Canada Child Tax Benefit Guideline Table : July 2014 to June 2015
The Government of Canada’s Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) system comprises the CCTB Base Benefit and the NCB Supplement. The CCTB targets low-and middle-income families with children, and the NCB Supplement provides low-income families with child benefits in addition to the CCTB base benefit.

NOTES:
1. If you wish to know more about the CCTB program or the NCB Supplement before proceeding, check:
Child and Family Benefits
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/menu-eng.html
- includes links to information about : * Canada Child Tax Benefit * Universal Child Care Benefit * GST/HST credit * Working Income Tax Benefit * Provincial and territorial programs * Children's special allowances
2. CCTB and Welfare :
Canadian jurisdictions have adopted different approaches in their treatment of the CCTB and provincial-territorial child benefits for welfare rate calculations. For more info, see "Comparing welfare rates for families in different provinces" (near the bottom of this yellow text box)

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Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Guideline Table effective July 2014 - June 2015 (based on 2013 tax year)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/cctb_pymnt13-eng.html
This table shows the amount of the Canada Child Tax Benefit that's payable from July 2014 to June 2015 to a household with one, two, three, four and five children with family income ranging from $25,584 to $150,000.
[FACTOID: According to this table, a family with five children and an annual family income of $150,000 (in 2013) is entitled to a monthly CCTB payment of $16.42.]

Monthly NCB Supplement only entitlement - July 2014 - June 2015 (based on 2013 tax year)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/ncbs13-eng.html

Guideline tables for earlier years
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/gd_tbls-eng.html
- includes links to both of the above tables going back to the 2007-2008 benefit period (2006 tax year)

Related links

Canada Child Benefits, July 2014 to June 2015
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/t4114/t4114-e.html
(Including related federal, provincial, and territorial programs)

Source:
Canada Child Tax Benefit
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/menu-eng.html

Child and Family Benefits
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/menu-eng.html
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includes links to : * Canada Child Tax Benefit * Universal Child Care Benefit * GST/HST credit * Working Income Tax Benefit * Provincial and territorial programs * Children's special allowances ]

Provincial and territorial child benefit and credit programs (July 2014 to June 2015)
that are related to the Canada Child Tax Benefit:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/rltd_prgrms/menu-eng.html
* Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit * BC Family Bonus and BC low income climate action tax credit * New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit * Nova Scotia Child Benefit * Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (and Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement) * Northwest Territories Child Benefit * Nunavut Child Benefit * Ontario Child Benefit * Saskatchewan low-income tax credit (SLITC) * Yukon Child Benefit
[NOTE: Residents of Québec must apply to the
Régie des rentes for the child assistance payment : http://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/en/enfants/ ]

Source:
Canada Revenue Agency

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-e.html

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More information about the
National Child Benefit Supplement
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/06/chap1.shtml

Source:
2006 National Child Benefit Progress Report
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/06/06_toc.shtml

National Child Benefit website
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/home.shtml

Also from the NCB website:

The Government of Canada's
Contribution to the National Child Benefit Initiative
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/06/canada.shtml

Comparing welfare rates for families in different provinces?
Be careful..

Because Canadian jurisdictions have adopted different approaches in their treatment of the CCTB and provincial-territorial child benefits for welfare rate calculations, it's becoming exceptionally difficult to compare welfare rates across provinces and territories for families with children. For more detailed information on child benefit clawbacks and pass-ons, see Approaches to Replacing Social Assistance Benefits for Children
[ http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/06/chap2.shtml ]

From the 2006 National child Benefit Progress Report:
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/06/06_toc.shtml

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- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm

10. The Manitoba Assistance Act replaced the Employment and Income Assistance Act on July 1, 2014

The Manitoba Assistance Act replaced the Employment and Income Assistance Act on July 1, 2014 as the enabling legislation for the province's welfare program.
For information on other changes in Manitoba's Employment and Income Assistance program, see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

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

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canadian economic accounts, second quarter 2014 and June 2014 - August 29
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2014
- August 28
--- Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2013 -
August 28
--- Labour Force Survey: Review of the July 2014 release
- August 28
--- General Social Survey on caregiving and care receiving: Public use microdata file, 2012 - August 27
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Study: Inuit health: Selected findings from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey - August 26

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

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

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

August 29, 2014
Canadian economic accounts, second quarter 2014 and June 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140829/dq140829a-eng.htm
Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.8% in the second quarter, following a 0.2% increase in the first quarter. This was the largest quarterly gain since the third quarter of 2011. On a monthly basis, real GDP by industry increased 0.3% in June.

August 28, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140828/dq140828a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $940 in June, up 0.6% from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased 3.3%.

August 28, 2014
Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140828/dq140828d-eng.htm

Table : Registered pension plan membership, by sector and type of plan
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140828/t140828d001-eng.htm

CANSIM Tables:
Table 280-0008 to 280-0014 :
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=280-0008..280-0014&p2=31
Table 280-0016 to 280-0027 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=280-0016..280-0027&p2=31

August 28, 2014
Labour Force Survey: Review of the July 2014 release
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/about-apercu/lfs-epa-2014-eng.htm
This review was initiated by the Chief Statistician of Canada in response to an error in Canada’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) release for the reference period of July 2014. The objective of this report is to determine what happened, why it occurred, why it was not caught in the quality assurance process, and what should be done to mitigate the risk of such errors in the future.
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The primary factor (contributing to the error) was the lack of understanding among team members of the impact of changes made to the dwelling identification number on the system as a whole.
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By Gilles: Oh yeah, that ----PLUS the fact that StatCan's staff contingent will by sitting at around 50% of its former glory days by the time the Harper Government™ gets through with them. Once lost, corporate memory is never quite regained. Stay tuned for more statistical boo-boos...

August 27, 2014
General Social Survey on caregiving and care receiving: Public use microdata file, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140827/dq140827f-eng.htm
The public use microdata file for Cycle 26 (2012) of the General Social Survey (GSS) is now available. Cycle 26 focused on Canadians who provided care to family and friends for a long-term health condition, disability or age-related problems, as well as those who received care from family, friends or professionals.
The StatCan Solution:
1. Produce a six-page report
2. Find an expendable official involved in the project who's willing to fall on his/her sword.

August 26, 2014
Study: Inuit health: Selected findings from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140826/dq140826b-eng.htm
In 2012, Inuit aged 15 years and older were less likely to report excellent or very good health compared with the Canadian population as a whole. Data drawn from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey provide a number of basic health indicators for the Inuit population, as well as information on health behaviours and selected social determinants of health.

(StatCan) Note to readers:
The Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) is a national survey on the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations people living off reserve, Métis and Inuit) aged 6 years and older. The 2012 APS represents the fourth cycle of the survey and focuses on issues of education, employment and health.

The article "Inuit health: Selected findings from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey" [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/bsolc/olc-cel/olc-cel?catno=89-653-X2014003&lang=eng ] reports on the self-reported health status and chronic conditions of Inuit aged 15 years and older. Also covered are health behaviors such as smoking and drinking, and selected determinants of health such as food insecurity, access to health care, housing and culture. The results are for all Inuit in Canada, presented by the total population, inside and outside Inuit Nunangat and the four Inuit regions. Data for the overall population of Canada were drawn from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey.

- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm

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

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

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

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

12. 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

August 31, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

New data shows epidemic poverty levels in Toronto
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/new-data-shows-epidemic-poverty-levels-toronto
27 Aug 2014 | Ontario
Fact sheet from a coalition of Toronto community activists and social agencies visualizes new data on poverty in Toronto; shows neighourhood disparity varies dramatically.

Lunch time at the child care centre: Neoliberal assemblages in early childhood education
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/lunch-time-child-care-centre-neoliberal-assemblages-early-c
27 Aug 2014 | Canada
Article from the Journal of Pedagogy investigates "neoliberal assemblages within the context of eating and feeding practices in Inuit early childhood education".

Thriving children, successful parents: A two-generation approach to policy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/thriving-children-successful-parents-two-generation-approac
27 Aug 2014 | United States
Brief from CLASP (US) examines major federal and state policy areas to identify opportunities for two-generation, large-scale change that better support families as a whole and provide a more conducive environment for local programs to thrive.

Social investment or private profit? Diverging notions of ‘investment’ in early childhood education and care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/social-investment-or-private-profit-diverging-notions-%E2%80%98inve
27 Aug 2014 | International
Article by Elizabeth Adamson and Deborah Brennan from the International Journal of Early Childhood uses examples from Australia and England to "question the compatibility of social investment and private investment in ECEC."

How Canada can meet its commitment to end child poverty in Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/08/how-canada-can-meet-its-commitment-end-child-poverty-canada
20 Aug 2014 | Canada
Brief from Campaign 2000 to the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Finance includes a recommendation for "an emergency infusion of $500 million in 2015... earmarked for regulated child care as the foundation upon which to build a comprehensive early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy framework and system."

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

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

Toronto child poverty rates at 'epidemic' levels
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/toronto-child-poverty-rates-epidemic-levels
27 Aug 2014 | Ontario

Why can't conservatives see the benefits of affordable child care?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/why-cant-conservatives-see-benefits-affordable-child-care
27 Aug 2014 | Canada

How neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/how-neuroscience-being-used-spread-quackery-business-and-education
27 Aug 2014 | International

First Nation culture celebrated with public daycare
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/first-nation-culture-celebrated-public-daycare
27 Aug 2014 | Canada

Teachers strike could financially devastate families with special needs kids
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/08/teachers-strike-could-financially-devastate-families-special-needs-k
27 Aug 2014 | British Columbia

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

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CRRU Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

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

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

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

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

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

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 29, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/29/
Wage Stagnation
Children’s Supplemental Security Income Program

August 28, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/28/
SNAP Enrollment – Oregon
Foster Children and Psychotropic Drug Prescriptions – California

August 27, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/27/
Bolsa Familia Program – Brazil

August 26, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/26/
Poor Students, Elite Colleges
Child Welfare System – Colorado
SNAP Grants
Free School Lunch Eligibility – Kansas

August 25, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/25/
Low-income Borrowers – California

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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

14. [United States] Policy Basics: The Minimum Wage - August 27
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

From the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
http://www.cbpp.org/

Policy Basics:
The Minimum Wage

Minimum wage laws set the lowest hourly rate an employer can legally pay workers covered under the law. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. Where states and municipalities have enacted their own, higher, minimum wage laws, employers must pay at least the state or local minimum. As of August 1, 2014, 23 states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage.

This Policy Basic explains various aspects of the minimum wage, including:

Who Is Covered by the Minimum Wage?
Who Is Paid the Minimum Wage?
History of the Minimum Wage
Economic Effects of Raising the Minimum Wage
Current Proposals

View the full Policy Basics:

HTML : http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4192
PDF : http://www.cbpp.org/files/PolicyBasics_MinimumWage.pdf (3pages)

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
http://www.cbpp.org/

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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

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

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

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

27 August 2014 - CRINmail issue 1392
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1392
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- ‘Horrific’ rights abuses in conflict areas
- Call to prevent further juvenile detention deaths
- Incarcerating children ‘for their own safety’
- Children with autism ‘removed’ from sex ed
- Getting to the root of gender-based killings
- UN news
Access to justice for children in Kazakhstan
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Both Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and this Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong to me, Gilles Séguin.
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm

I am solely accountable for the choice of links presented therein and for the occasional editorial comment - it's my time, my home computer, my experience, my biases, my Rogers Internet account and my web hosting service.

I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the web server of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
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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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Telemarketers... and Steamboats??

By Gilles:

If you're plagued by telemarketers as I am on occasion, I think you'll find the following technique quite effective for avoiding those pesky calls --- almost as cathartic as a barrage of expletives used to be in the early days of telemarketing.

I've mellowed in my old age, though.
I realize that the people at the other end of the line are just trying to scratch out a living - barely - and harassing or insulting them for interrupting our precious discretionary time does no one any good.

The technique that I've perfected in the past couple of years is what I call The Three Steamboat Rule.

ANYTIME the phone rings at home, I pick up the receiver and count silently : One steamboat, two steamboats, three steamboats, CLICK.
If there's no one at the other end of the line when you first answer a call (and if you're a cheap bastard like me and you don't have Call Display on your phone), it's usually because the telemarketing call centre uses a robocaller (machine) that simply dials phone numbers hour after hour, day after day. As soon as someone picks up the phone, the robocaller switches the call to the next available telemarketer at the call centre. The whole process takes just about three seconds - hence three steamboats. If no one is on the line after three steamboats, I hang up the phone. I try to stay close to the phone after using the three-steamboat technique ---if the phone were to ring again within a minute or two with an angry relative or friend at the other end (because I just hung up on him or her), I am prepared to offer my sincerest apology.

I've used the Three-steamboat technique over 100+ times and I've NEVER "accidentally" hung up the phone on a friend or relative.
THE END.

[ Plan "B" --- When the telemarketing company uses a different technology and the switch occurs before the three-second cutoff, I listen to the person's opening spiel and then reply politely: "Je regrette, mais je parle seulement le français. Pourriez-vous s'il vous plaît me répéter ça en français?" ]

You're welcome.
Gilles

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A brief diatribe on distracted driving, devices and doo-dads:

Has anyone else noticed there appears to be a correlation between the increase in fines for distracted driving and the amount of new and distracting gadgetry that automakers are including in their newer models? I was driving my wife's new-ish 2013 Civic recently, and took me three tries to find the correct button to unlock the rear passenger door. And don't get me started on the plethora of new indicator lights, dashboard displays and steering wheel controls for everything...
TIP: If you don't want distracted drivers, put FEWER distractions in your cars!

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"DEAR ABBY" ADMITTED SHE WAS AT A LOSS TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUERIES:

Dear Abby,
A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid-twenties. These two women go everywhere together, and I've never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be Lebanese?

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Dear Abby,
What can I do about all the sex, nudity, foul language and violence on my VCR?

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Dear Abby,
I have a man I can't trust.
He cheats so much, I'm not even sure if the baby I'm carrying is his.

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Dear Abby,
I am a twenty-three-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with him.

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Dear Abby,
I've suspected that my husband has been fooling around, but when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again.

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Dear Abby,
Our son writes that he is learning judo.
Why would a boy who was raised in a good Christian home turn against his own?

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Dear Abby,
I joined the Navy to see the world. I've seen it.
Now how do I get out?

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Dear Abby,
My forty-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50.00 an hour every week for two and a half years.
He must be crazy.

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Dear Abby,
I was married to Bill for three months and I didn't know he drank until one night he came home sober.

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Dear Abby,
My mother is mean and short tempered.
I think she is going through mental pause.

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Dear Abby,
You told some woman whose husband had lost all interest in sex to send him to a doctor.
Well, my husband has lost all interest in sex and he is a doctor. Now what do I do?

Source:
http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.ca/2013/08/dear-abby-admitted-she-was-at-loss-to.html

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A little compilation of animals getting shocked
http://imgur.com/gallery/3fMih

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Ten Simple And Awesome Tips You Can Use Around Your House Right Now
http://www.wimp.com/simpletips/

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'Salmon Cannon' Fires Fish Over Dams
http://thetyee.ca/Video/2014/08/14/Salmon-Cannon/

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Doodal
http://dood.al/

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