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October 31, 2010

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Canadian content

1. Consulting with Ontarians on Canada's Retirement Income System (Ontario Ministry of Finance) - October 29
2. The Cost of Poverty in Nova Scotia (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Nova Scotia Office - October 2010
3. Education : A Report of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing - October 26
4. The Power of Taxes : The Case for Investing in Canadians (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - October 26
5. Spotlight on Democracy Watch

6. 2010 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada – October 26
7. Ontario Social Assistance Rates Effective Nov / Dec 2010 (Income Security Advocacy Centre ) – October 2010
8. Ola! October-November 2010 (Citizens for Public Justice) – October 26
9. 2011 budget can accomplish more for housing without increasing spending (Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada) - October 25
10. The Census long form questionnaire issue
11. If Stephen Harper’s an economist, I’m the Queen of Sheba (Gerald Caplan in the Globe and Mail) - October 22
12. The Travails of Toronto (Progressive Economics Forum Blog) - October 22
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Unionization, 2010 - October 29
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2010 - October 28
--- Canada Year Book, 2010 - October 27
--- Homicide in Canada, 2009 - October 26
--- Adult correctional services, 2008/2009 - October 26
--- Police officers murdered in the line of duty, 1961 to 2009
- October 26
14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - October 30

International content

15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. United Kingdom : Funding Cuts – October 20
17. The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics (United Nations Statistics Division) – October 20
18. World Bank: Annual Report 2010 – October 2010
19. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
--- Cosmopolitan social democracy - October 29
--- Perceptions of poverty - October 22
--- Atlas of productive ageing - September 20
20. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. Consulting with Ontarians on Canada's Retirement Income System - October 29
(Ontario Ministry of Finance)

Ontario Seeks to Strengthen Canada's Retirement Income System:
McGuinty Government Consults On A More Secure Retirement

News Release
October 29, 2010
Ontario is taking the next step to strengthen retirement income security by releasing the discussion paper "Securing our Retirement Future: Consulting with Ontarians on Canada's Retirement Income System." It outlines the challenges facing Ontarians and all Canadians who are seeking a stable and secure retirement income and the options available to them.

Securing Our Retirement Future:
Consulting with Ontarians on Canada's Retirement Income System

(...) While our system is already strong, we can do a number of things to make it even better. Ontario supports a three-point approach to help create a truly world-leading retirement income system.
First, we need to update our own employment pension laws.
Second, we must build on the strengths of the CPP through a modest expansion of benefits.
Third, we need more pension innovation.

Feedback on the discussion paper should be submitted no later than November 29, 2010.

Please submit comments to
... or send written comments to:
Ministry of Finance
Retirement Income Security Submission
c/o Communications & Corporate Affairs Branch
3rd Floor, Frost Building North
95 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON
M7A 1Z1

Ontario Ministry of Finance


Related links from the
Government of Ontario:

Further Improvements To Pensions For Ontarians:
McGuinty Government Continues to Modernize and Strengthen Retirement Income System
October 19, 2010
Reforms to be introduced today will further strengthen Ontarians' pensions, addressing concerns of workers, retirees, and employers. The Securing Pension Benefits Now and for the Future Act, 2010 builds on the first phase of reforms that passed unanimously last Spring.

* Learn more about Ontario's position on retirement income reform
* Read a summary of the report by the Expert Commission on Pensions

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

2. The Cost of Poverty in Nova Scotia - October 2010
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Nova Scotia Office

The Cost of Poverty in Nova Scotia
October 26, 2010
Did you know that poverty costs Nova Scotia at least $1 billion per year?
A new report released by the CCPA-NS puts numbers to the cost of poverty in Nova Scotia for the very first time.
The Cost of Poverty in Nova Scotia, written by Angella MacEwan and Christine Saulnier, reveals that the cost of poverty in Nova Scotia is an estimated 5-7% of GDP, or $1400 to $1700 for each Nova Scotian household.

Complete report:

The Cost of Poverty in Nova Scotia (PDF - 822K, 34 pages)
October 2010
The Nova Scotia Government’s 2009 Poverty Reduction Strategy sets out dual goals of reducing poverty and creating opportunities for prosperity. Inherent in this vision is an understanding that when we help those in need, we make Nova Scotia a better place to live for everyone. As has been so aptly demonstrated by the research of Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett in their book The Spirit Level [Facebook link], money spent on reducing poverty and inequality is an investment in all of our futures. [Excerpt from the Introduction]

Related materials:

Fast Facts: The Cost of Poverty in Nova Scotia PDF - 400K, 2 pages)
October 2010
The estimated economic costs of poverty for 2008 are broken down as follows:
1. Health Care Costs: $241 million or 6.7% of the Nova Scotia government’s health care budget.
2. Crime Costs: between $30 and $60 million represents Nova Scotia’s costs as a per capita share of the national cost of crime.
3. Cycle of Poverty or Intergenerational transfer of poverty costs: between $12 and $21 million in social costs and $91 to $160 million/year after taxes in private costs.
4. Lost productivity – $135 to $200 million in lost government revenue (the social cost) and $930 million to $1.3 billion in lost market income (the private cost).

CCPA Nova Scotia Office
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) ]

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
- Go to the Nova Scotia Links page:

3. Education : A Report of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing - October 26

Canadians are More Educated But Warning Signs Appear
October 26, 2010
Canadians are more educated than ever before, but there are warning signs that performance is declining according to the new CIW Education Report. The report finds that the percentage of spaces for early childcare has increased, as have high school completion rates and university participation and completion rates. There is also good news as the student-educator ratio in public school has been improving – except in British Columbia. But developmental health in kindergarten has plateaued after a period of steady growth, social and emotional competencies in pupils age 12-13 are declining, and while Canadian basic education scores in Grades 8 and 9 are still above the international average, the margin is dropping.

Complete report:

Education : A Report of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (PDF - 939K, 84 pages)
October 2010

Report Highlights (PDF - 357K, 11 pages)
In a nutshell:
* Childcare Spaces are Up (although there was considerable variation among provinces.)
* Developmental Health in Kindergarten has Levelled off
* Student-Educator Ratio is Improving – Except in British Columbia
* Social and Emotional Competencies are Declining in Middle Childhood
* Canadian Basic Education Scores are Above the International Average – But the Margin is Dropping
* Parental Socio-economic Status is Becoming Less Important to Student Performance
* High School Completion Rates are Up
* University Participation and Completion Rates are Up

Canadian Index of Wellbeing
The Institute is independent, non-partisan, with a newly forming affiliation with the University of Waterloo, and operates under the leadership of an advisory board of accomplished Canadians and international experts. Its mission is to report on the quality of life of Canadians, and promote a dialogue on how to improve it through evidence-based policies that are responsive to the needs and values of Canadians.

- Go to the Education Links page:
- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:

4. The Power of Taxes : The Case for Investing in Canadians - October 26
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Power of Taxes:
The Case for Investing in Canadians
By Stephen Dale and Trish Hennessy
October 26, 2010
When you think about taxes, do you think about the $10,000 having a baby could cost if you lived in the U.S. and didn't have health insurance? Do you think about an education system that allows even the children of poor families to become doctors, teachers, or engineers?
Government inspectors, who make sure highway overpasses are repaired before they fall down, that meat packing plants don't poison their customers, that a city's water is safe to drink?
Read more about what our taxes buy us in this new primer.

The Power of Taxes:
The Case for Investing in Canadians
PDF - 3.7MB, 6 pages)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:

5. Spotlight on Democracy Watch

Democracy Watch
Democracy Watch is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization, and Canada's leading citizen group advocating democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility. Democracy Watch is the most effective and successful national citizen advocacy group in Canada at winning systemic changes to key laws since it opened its doors in fall 1993 - it has won more than 110 changes to federal and provincial good government and corporate responsibility laws, many of which are world-leading.

20 Steps towards a Modern, Working Democracy
Democracy Watch's campaign mandate, 20 Steps towards a Modern, Working Democracy, sets out changes that all governments in Canada should enact (according to their respective powers) to ensure that Canadian citizens have a greater and more meaningful role in government and business decision-making in Canada.

Government Information and Accountability Sites on the Internet
- 150+ links to general information websites about Canadian governments and laws, websites related to specific government accountability issues and other websites helpful for tracking what is happening in Canadian politics and for holding governments accountable.

Corporate Responsibility Resources in Canada and elsewhere
- 75+ links to resources including: * Company Information Search Sites * Business Ethics and Ethical Investment Sites * Canadian Government and Other Consumer Help Websites * Complain About Your Bank, Trust, Insurance or Investment Company * Canadian Corporate Lobbyists Search Sites * Media Accountability * more...

Related links:
Your online resource for news, resources and analysis of the laws that are the foundation of democracy and governance in Canada, including election law, campaign finance, lobbying and conflicts of interest.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

6. 2010 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada – October 26

2010 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Table of contents
* Matters of Special Importance—2010
(Parting words from Sheila Fraser as she approaches the end of her 10-year mandate as Auditor General; overview of the content of this, her final report; and a strong endorsement of the federal civil service.)
" This report is evidence that when senior officials give priority to large initiatives like the Economic Action Plan, public servants rise to the challenge. It shows not only that government is able to pull together and react quickly to urgent and unforeseen situations such as the global economic downturn, but also that it does a good job of managing the delivery of ongoing large and complex programs such as Employment Insurance and child and family benefits. Our positive findings speak to the effort that public servants put into ensuring that they serve Canadians well and look for ways to continuously improve."
* Chapter 1—Canada’s Economic Action Plan
* Chapter 2—Management and Control in Small Entities
* Chapter 3—Service Delivery
* Chapter 4—Managing Conflict of Interest
* Chapter 5—Regulating and Supervising Large Banks
* Chapter 6—Acquisition of Military Helicopters
* Chapter 7—Registered Charities—Canada Revenue Agency
* Chapter 8—Facilitating the Flow of Imported Commercial Goods—Canada Border Services Agency
* Chapter 9—Animal Diseases—Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Auditor General of Canada

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:

7. Ontario Social Assistance Rates Effective Nov / Dec 2010 – October 2010
(Income Security Advocacy Centre )

Ontario Social Assistance Rates
Effective Nov/Dec 2010
Word version (52K, 1 page)
PDF version (39K, 1 page)
The 2010 provincial budget included a 1% increase to rates, and this fact sheet reflects that change.
The table includes any Ontario Child Benefit received by a household with at least one child.
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
ISAC works with the community to advocate for and seek legal remedies to address systemic issues and improve income security for people in Ontario.
[ * NOTE: the effective date is Nov/Dec because the Ontario Disability Support Program benefits are paid at the beginning of the month and the Ontario Works cheques are distributed at the end of the month. ]

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page:

8. Ola! October-November 2010 – October 26
(Citizens for Public Justice)

Ola! October-November 2010
Table of Contents:
* Red Tent Event and Bill C-304 (for a National Housing Strategy)
* The Great Turning – David Korten comes to Ottawa October 29
* Climate Change as a Moral Issue
* Poverty & Punchlines: Laughter with a Message!
* Corporate Social Responsibility – in your own backyard
* CPJ On Top of the Hill
* Web Features
* Less than fair? Canada’s commitment to climate change
* The Great Turning: A choice for a brighter future
* Government response void of substance
* May God’s love and justice stream from your heart

Citizens for Public Justice
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship. We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good. Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

9. 2011 budget can accomplish more for housing without increasing spending - October 25
(Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada)

2011 budget can accomplish more for housing without increasing spending
Media release
October 25, 2010 (Ottawa) – The federal government can make better use of taxpayers’ dollars in the 2011 budget without increasing spending by adopting practical policy measures to address the lack of affordable housing options for low-income Canadians in housing need, said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada).
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada)
CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and other organizations across Canada. More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

10. The Census long form questionnaire issue

Statistics Canada:

The 2011 Census questionnaire
Brief explanation of the replacement of the long-form Census questionnaire with the National Housing Survey (NHS); includes links to the Census 2011 questions and the NHS questions.

The National Household Survey
Information previously collected by the mandatory long-form census questionnaire will be collected as part of the new voluntary National Household Survey (NHS).
Click the link above to see the list of themes covered by the NHS questions along with a link to the actual NHS questionnaire.

National Household survey: data quality
" is believed that the most significant source of non-sampling error for the National Household Survey will be non-response bias. All surveys are subject to non-response bias, even a Census with a 98% response rate. The risk of non-response bias quickly increases as the response rate declines. This is because, in general, non-respondents tend to have characteristics that are different than those of the respondents and thus the results are not representative of the true population. Given that the National Household Survey is anticipated to achieve a response rate of only 50% there is a substantial risk of non-response bias. (...) The effectiveness of our mitigation strategies to offset non-response bias and other quality limiting effects is largely unknown. For these reasons, it is difficult to anticipate the quality level of the final outcome."

Private Sector Involvement
The total cost of the 2011 Census over a period of seven years is estimated at $600 million. The census relies on a number of goods and services from the private sector. The value of the anticipated requirements from the private sector is estimated at $100 million

Census consultation
* The 2011 Census and Geography Dissemination Consultation centred on the dissemination strategy for the upcoming census and was conducted from October 2008 to March 2009.
* The 2011 Census Content Consultation focussed on the questionnaire content for the next Census of Population and was held from April to November 2007.
* 2011 Census Content Consultation Guide - presents the 2011 Census context, proposed content directions and key milestones.
* The
2011 Census Content Consultation Report presents the findings generated during the April to November 2007 consultation period.
* 2011 Census milestones from the Consultation on Content (April to Nov. 2007) to the major releases of 2011 Census data (Feb. 2012 to Nov. 2014)

Census of Agriculture - still compulsory, with penalties under section 31 of The Statistics Act

Census Home Page - incl. links to earlier censuses (censi??)

Order the 2011 Census Teacher's Kit

#1 Recommended resource for links to
comprehensive information on the Census
long form questionnaire controversy: - the most comprehensive online resource on the Census questionnaire issue! is a blog that's maintained mostly by Tracey Lauriault.
It's inspired by, which believes all levels of Canadian governments should make civic information and data accessible at no cost in open formats to their citizens.

Most recent datalibre
Census-related postings
by Tracey Lauriault

The Real Census informs Neighbourhood Research in Canada
October 28, 2010
Ms. Tracey P. Lauriault discusses neighbourhood scale research using Census data. She introduces the The Cybercartographic Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness created at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research and will feature community based research used to inform public policy as part of the Canadian Social Data Strategy (CSDS) . She features maps and data about social issues in Canadian cities & metropolitan areas (e.g. Calgary, Toronto, Halton, Sault Ste. Marie, hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, & others) and focuses on the importance of local analysis and what the loss of the Long-Form Census could mean to evidence based decision making to communities in Canada.


Change Canada’s Statistics Act – 2 bills, 1 motion, 3 court challenges
October 26, 2010

* On October 21, 2010 Brian Masse, NDP MP Windsor West, tabled a bill entitled An Act to Amend the Statistics Act (Chief Statistician)
* On September 30, 2010 Carolyn Bennett tabled a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons that would amend the Statistics Act and enshrine the long-form census into the act.

* On September 24, 2010, the Liberals presented a motion in the House of Commons to immediately re-instate the long-form Census questionnaire. The Motion was passed in the House by a majority of MPs on September 29, 2010

Court challenges:
1. Canadian Council for Social Development: The Right to be Counted
2. Native Council of Nova Scotia, Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council, New Brunswick Aboriginal People’s Council, the Native Council of Prince Edward Island, and some individual chiefs.
3. Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA)


Speaking of open data Initiatives, evidence based decision making,
accountable government and the long form Census questionnaire...
(Two presentations on open data
and open government by Tracey Lauriault)

OpenData & Public Research
October 28, 2010
In Canada, much university research is supported by public funds and an argument can be made that the results of that research should be accessible to the public. (...) In Canada some data are accessible, but mostly data are not, and if they are, cost recovery policies and regressive licensing impede their use. The talk will feature examples where data are open and where opportunities for evidence based decision making are restricted.

Open Data Initiatives in Canada:
One part of the Open Government Conversation
October 28
Canada’s Information Commissioners have adopted a resolution toward Open Government and part of the open government process is open access to public administrative, census, map and research data...




How to Lower Poverty Without Really Trying
By Andrew Jackson
October 25, 2010
Followers of statistical entrails have known for some time that the incidence of poverty (sorry, low income) varies between surveys. The Census - which covers 20% of the population - captures significantly more low income persons than does the annual Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) which is based on a much smaller sample which is followed for a period of time. The
numbers for 2005 suggest that the replacement of the long form Census with a National Household Survey will lead to a significant reduction in measured low income.
Progressive Economics Forum Blog
[ Progressive Economics Forum ]


Most recent
News Search Results Page
: "Canada census 2011, long form questionnaire."


- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:

11. If Stephen Harper’s an economist, I’m the Queen of Sheba - October 22
(Globe and Mail)

NOTE: The comment piece below from former NDP'er Gerald Caplan is a good overview of Stephen Harper's track record, and it includes a succinct and funny analogy to explain the PM's reaction when Canada didn't win a seat on the Security Council. I've copied only that section of the Caplan commentary below, but you really should read the whole thing - it covers the long gun registry and the Census long-form questionnaire among a broad gamut of broken promises, ideological sociopathy, international embarrassments and much more.

If Stephen Harper’s an economist,
I’m the Queen of Sheba

Comment by Gerald Caplan
October 22, 2010
The Conservatives claim depriving Canada’s largest corporations of another $6-billion in tax cuts would cost 400,000 jobs. Do you believe them? Stephen Harper likes to be described as a “trained economist.” Do you believe him?
When Canada was humiliated by losing the Security Council seat Mr. Harper had worked so assiduously to win, he:
1) insisted the UN was not worthy of Canada,
2) blamed the defeat on the all-powerful Mr. Ignatieff, and
3) attributed it to his government’s lofty democratic principles such as de-funding organizations that dare disagree with it.

I am reminded of the man accused of returning a badly damaged sculpture he had borrowed. As he told the judge:
1) he never borrowed it,
2) it was broken when he got it,
3) it was in perfect condition when he returned it.

Globe and Mail

12. The Travails of Toronto - October 22
(Progressive Economics Forum Blog)

The Travails of Toronto
By Andrew Jackson
October 22, 2010
TD Economics have released an interesting if rather thin report on the Toronto recovery (PDF - 562K, 5 pages). I say thin because, while there is not a wealth of current data, we do get labour market data for the huge Toronto Census Metropolitan Area. As they show, there has been a huge loss of manufacturing jobs in the region, offset to a degree by recent job gains - unfortunately, often part time - in other sectors. And there are major grounds for concern that a lot of lower income Toronto residents are facing a pretty tough time now and moving forward. In August (which I use since we have EI data for that month also) the Toronto CMA had an above average unemployment rate of 9.1% (using the three month moving average.) Strikingly, that translates into the fact that almost exactly one in five unemployed Canadians (300,000 of 1,511,000) lived in the Toronto CMA. Statscan EI data - which TD did not look at for some reason - show that less than one in three of those Toronto unemployed workers were collecting regular EI benefits in August compared to 45% nationally. Strikingly, Toronto had one in five of the unemployed in Canada, but less than one in seven (13.7%) of Canada’s regular EI beneficiaries in August. (The EI data are not seasonally adjusted while the unemployment data are, but I don’t think that makes much of a difference since the same pattern was evident last time I looked in the Winter.)
I keep hoping that someone (HRSDC? the Ontario government? the City of Toronto, the Mowat Centre? - all step forward) will take on as a research project this key question - just why do so few of Toronto’s many unemployed workers qualify for EI?
Progressive Economics Forum Blog
[ Progressive Economics Forum ]

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

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Unionization, 2010 - October 29
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2010 - October 28
--- Canada Year Book, 2010 - October 27
--- Homicide in Canada, 2009 - October 26
--- Adult correctional services, 2008/2009 - October 26
--- Police officers murdered in the line of duty, 1961 to 2009
- October 26

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

October 29, 2010
Unionization, 2010
On average, just over 4.2 million employees belonged to a union in Canada during the first half of 2010, up 64,000 from the same period last year. Union membership rose at a slightly faster pace than total employment. As a result, the nation's unionization rate edged up from 29.5% in 2009 to 29.6% in 2010.
By way of comparison, Union Membership as a Percentage of Civilian Labour Force was 26.2% in 1999

Related subjects

* Labour
* Unionization and industrial relations

October 2010 issue of
Perspectives on Labour and Income - product main page*
This publication brings together and analyzes a wide range of labour and income data. Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues

October 28, 2010
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2010
Between August 2009 and August 2010, the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose 4.4% to $860.67. The last time earnings growth exceeded 4.0% was in February 2008.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related report:

Employment, Earnings and Hours
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month behind this report.
Click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

Canada Year Book, 2010

October 27, 2010
Presented in almanac style, the 2010 Canada Year Book contains more than 400 pages of tables, charts and succinct analytical articles on every major area of Statistics Canada's expertise. The Canada Year Book is the premier reference on the social and economic life of Canada and its citizens.

Complete report:
HTML version
* PDF version
(HTML table of contents + links to a PDF file for each chapter)
Both the HTML and PDF versions of this report contain links (in the left-hand margin) to earlier issues of the Canada Year Book for 2006 to 2009.

[Click the HTML or PDF link above
to access links to the individual chapters.]

* Aboriginal peoples
* Agriculture
* Business, consumer and property services
* Business performance and ownership
* Children and youth
* Construction
* Crime and justice
* Culture and leisure
* Economic accounts
* Education, training and learning
* Energy
* Environment
* Ethnic diversity and immigration
* Families, households and housing

* Geography

* Government

* Health
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Information and communications technology
* International trade
* Labour
* Languages
* Manufacturing
* Population and demography
* Prices and price indexes
* Retail and wholesale
* Science and technology
* Seniors
* Society and community
* Transportation
* Travel and tourism

Order the 2010 edition of the Canada Year Book now
for $24.95.

Canada Year Book 2010 Overview (PDF - 3.3MB, 27 pages)

Canada Year Book Historical Collection (1867 to 1967)
"..., a wealth of historical data in digitized format compiled from 100 years of the Agency's annual Canada Year Book (CYB).This new module, available free of charge on our website, covers the first century of Canadian history following Confederation in 1867, through to 1967, with historical text, tables, charts and maps. It is supplemented by interconnected learning resources for students and teachers.
- contains 100+ photos and nearly 50 maps dating back to 1868, as well as over 75 charts and 1,200 tables. Completing the picture are multimedia extras, such as newspaper clippings, video clips and posters. There are details on the lives and work of politicians, industrialists, scientists, agriculturalists and others who shaped the land, economy and society of Canada."
* Browse the collection by year - 1867 to 1967
Browse the collection by topic
- Changing families and households - Lives of men and women - Occupations - Economic gains - The Great Depression - Communications - Ethnocultural diversity - Provinces and manufacturing - Immigration and emigration - Canada at war

Canada Year Book - product main page
- Click View for the latest edition of the publication; click Chronological index for earlier editions.

From the
latest issue of Juristat:

October 26, 2010
Homicide in Canada, 2009
Police reported 610 homicides during 2009, virtually unchanged from 2008. The number of gang-related homicides declined by 10% from the year before, but still accounted for 1 in 5 homicides in 2009.

October 26, 2010
Adult correctional services, 2008/2009
In 2008/2009, almost 371,800 adults were admitted to some form of correctional service program in Canada, virtually unchanged from the previous year.

October 26, 2010
Police officers murdered in the line of duty, 1961 to 2009
Between 1961 and 2009, 133 police officers were murdered in the line of duty–including eight double, one triple and one quadruple-slaying. Most of these deaths (65%) occurred in the first half of this time period, between 1961 and 1984

Juristat - main product page*
This periodical is intended for those with an interest in Canada's justice system as well as those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects. It provides analysis and detailed statistics on a variety of justice-related topics and issues. Five issues of Juristat are produced each year. Each issue contains several articles on variety of topics, including crime, homicide, the court system, and correctional services.
* On the product main page, click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues

Related link:

With inmate tide looming, half of Canada's prisons to expand
By Janice Tibbetts
October 19, 2010
OTTAWA — About half of Canada's 57 federal penitentiaries will be renovated and expanded in the next four years to cope with an influx of new prisoners expected as a result of the Harper government's sentencing laws, says the commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada. (...) The federal government's $2-billion spending estimate, released earlier this year by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, is significantly less than the additional $5 billion that parliamentary budget watchdog Kevin Page predicts it will cost the prison system to cope with one new piece of legislation alone.

The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


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

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:

14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - October 30

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

October 30, 2010

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

Education: A report of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing
27 Oct 10
- Report measures eight indicators tracked between 1994-2008 to provide a national understanding of education in Canada; early childhood education and care and developmental health in kindergarten among areas studied.

Diverging paths? A classification of the childcare regimes of Canadian provinces
27 Oct 10
- Conference paper presents preliminary evidence that, using welfare regime theory, Canada's ten provinces can be classified into neo-liberal, "inclusive liberal", and social democratic childcare regimes.

The cost of poverty in Nova Scotia
27 Oct 10
- Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that poverty costs Nova Scotia $1 billion a year; improving child care listed among key strategies to move forward.

Report of the Auditor General of Alberta -- October 2010
27 Oct 10 - Report by the Auditor General of Alberta looks at the province's child care inspection program; concludes that "without improving documentation processes, the system will not operate as intended."

Letters to UBC President re: UBC child care and Kids and Company
27 Oct 10
- The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the UBC Graduate Student Society respond to a recent UBC decision to sign a contract with commercial child care chain Kids & Company.

All day kindergarten comes to Ontario
27 Oct 10
- Article from Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers discusses the challenges of introducing full-day early learning in Ontario.


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

· Poor day-care record-keeping hampers Alberta gov't [CA-AB] 27 Oct 10

· 10th anniversary of child care worker & early childhood educator appreciation day
27 Oct 10

· Three provinces failing students with ADHD: Study
[CA] 27 Oct 10

· Child care worker shortage looming
[CA-ON] 26 Oct 10

· The Current - Baby bump
25 Oct 10

· Windsor CAW child care centre stays open
[CA-ON] 25 Oct 10

· For many, school is about more than the numbers
[CA-BC] 24 Oct 10



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

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

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

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:

October 29:
State Budget Cuts - Nevada
Welfare Reform and Single Mothers

October 28:
Infant Mortality Rate - Philadelphia, PA
Teen Birthrate - Milwaukee, WI
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Enrollment

October 27:
Child Welfare System - Nebraska
College Graduation Rates - Michigan

October 26:
Effects of Recession on Youth and Children
Corruption Perceptions Index

October 25:
Mental Health System - Ohio
Recession and Western States
Incarcerated Mothers
Child Homelessness - Washington


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

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

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

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

16. United Kingdom : Funding Cuts – October 20

United Kingdom : Funding Cuts
On 20 October 2010, the Government announced the results of its [not it's] Spending Review. Much of the details were expected and it saw massive reductions in the Government budget. £81 billion worth of cuts were announced to address the structural deficit.
Among the proposals were:
* Almost 500,000 public sector jobs to be lost.
* £18 billion of cuts to CLG budget.
* Changes to the child tax benefit system.
* £100 million transition fund for to get organisations ready to take over public sector.
* Changes to housing benefit (see this BBC report on who is going to lose out).

Other resources on the Spending review:

* A reaction to the funding cuts from Urban Forum
* BBC guide to the spending review
* info4local: One stop for the Spending Review
* At a glance: Departmental spending cuts and their effect on the sector from Civil Society

October 2010 CDX PARP (Policy and Research Perusal) - newsletter
NOTE : In the same issue of PARP, you'll find info about:
* Community Budgets
* Free Schools
* Big Society section
* Shadow Minister for Civil Society
* Trustees' Week 2010
[ Earlier issues of this newsletter and the CDX e-zine - back to May 2010 ]

[ Community Development and Exchange - CDX ]
We are the national, independent membership organisation for community development, based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We currently have over 300 members and reach over 3000 people, through members who are part of teams and networks. Our membership base is varied and includes agencies, projects and teams, networks and individuals from across the statutory, non-profit and private sector, reflecting a wide range of professional disciplines and community experience. All our members share the belief that community development values and principles should be at the heart of working with communities. [ About CDX ]

Selected media coverage:

Jobs for the boys: Osborne's cuts are 'worst attack on equality for generations'
22 October 2010
By Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor
David Cameron and Nick Clegg set out yesterday to defend their £80bn programme of ‘tough but fair’ spending cuts. Yet new analysis suggests that 350,000 of the 500,000 public sector workers who will lose their jobs as a result will be women. Tough, certainly. But fair?
Up to twice as many women as men will lose their jobs as a result of public sector spending cuts, in what critics described yesterday as the "biggest attempt to turn back the clock on women's equality for generations". An analysis for The Independent suggests about 350,000 women will leave the public sector over the next four years, compared with 150,000 men.
The Independent - UK


Quango list shows 192 to be axed
14 October 2010
The government has announced a huge cull of quangos in a move it says will improve accountability and cut costs. Quangos - "quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations" - are arm's-length bodies funded by Whitehall departments but not run by them. They are advisory bodies, consumer watchdogs or organisations carrying out public services. The government will axe 192 of the public bodies - such as the Film Council and the Audit Commission - while 118 will be merged. The future of some bodies is still under consideration but 380 will definitely be kept, the list says.


Councils plan for exodus of poor families from London
• Benefit cuts force officials to book up B&B accommodation
• More than 200,000 may leave capital in 'social cleansing'
Comments (869)
The Guardian - UK

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

17. The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics – October 20
(United Nations Statistics Division)

The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics - main page
The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics is the fifth issue of The World’s Women and is being produced to coincide with the first-ever World’s Statistics Day, 20.10.2010. The current issue highlights the differences in the status of women and men in eight areas – population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. Analyses are based mainly on statistics from international and national statistical sources.
- main page includes links to all news releases, the report itself, earlier editions, and much more. According to the Preface: "The website displays the full range of statistics used for preparing the present publication, as well as links to numerous sources of gender statistics and references to international, regional and national compilations of relevant data."

Executive Summary (HTML)

Complete report (PDF - 7.6MB, 284 pages)
- covers 196 countries or areas with a population of at least 100,000 as of 1 July 2010,
including Canada

Related links:

* Social Indicators
* Statistics and Indicators on Women and Men
* Gender Info 2007

United Nations Statistics Division
[ United Nations ]

- Go to the United Nations Links page:
- Go to the Links to International Sites about Women's Social Issues page:

18. World Bank: Annual Report 2010 – October 2010

World Bank: Annual Report 2010
The World Bank's Annual Report and the website that accompanies the report are full of data about the world's 79 poorest countries that the World Bank aids through its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association. The 32-page report covers the period from July 2009 to June 2010. Visitors will find that the website for the Report contains a lot of interactive features for a better understanding of the global poverty situation which the World Bank is trying to help alleviate. The "Data & Research" tab near the top of any page has an "At a Glance" section that features several "Analytical Tools". Visitors won't want to miss the "iSimulate", which allows for performing macroeconomic simulations; "ADePT", which is a software platform for automated economic analysis; and "PovCalNet", which is a poverty analysis tool that "assess[es] global poverty incidence figures."
Review by
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010.

Related link:

The World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
NOTE: The World Bank is not without its detractors.
See the "Criticism" section of this Wikipedia article on The World Bank.

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

19. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content (October 30)
Cosmopolitan social democracy - October 29
--- Perceptions of poverty (Australia) - October 22
--- Atlas of productive ageing - September 20

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


Week ending October 30, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. Communications Policy and Research Forum 2009
2. Immigration detention on Christmas Island 2010
3. Numbering: structure of Australia's telephone numbering plan
4. Rural and regional engagement strategy 2010-12
5.Unemployment and the wellbeing of children aged 5 to10 years

[You'll find links to the above studies on the APO home page.]


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

You might like....

Cosmopolitan social democracy
29 October 2010
We need to mobilise a positive alternative to the fear, anger and tribalism on offer from the right,

Perceptions of poverty (Australia)
22 October 2010
Finding that poverty is a complex phenomenon, The Salvation Army commissioned this report to have a closer look at the true impact poverty is having on people and their families.

Atlas of productive ageing
20 September 2010
The Atlas provides statistics on the population, health, finance, housing and activity of older Australians. The data are available by state and regional areas.

Week ending October 30, 2010
Most viewed this week in the Social Policy area:

1.Immigration detention on Christmas Island 2010
2.Rural and regional engagement strategy 2010-12
3.Unemployment and the wellbeing of children aged 5 to10 years
4.Post-school education and labour force participation in Canada and Australia
5.Cosmopolitan social democracy

[You'll find links to the above studies on the APO Social Policy page.]


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

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

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

27 October 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1198
In this issue:

- Inhuman treatment of persons with disabilities in institutions
Latest news and reports
- Slavery and injustice (Sri Lanka and United Kingdom)
- Rights in education
- The CRC under Hong Kong's laws
- Sexual rights controversy (Bolivia)
- Employment
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


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

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

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:



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Worst analogies ever
written in a high school essay


He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience,like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
Joseph Romm, Washington


She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again.
Rich Murphy, Fairfax Station


The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
Russell Beland, Springfield


McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup.
Paul Sabourin, Silver Spring


From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie,surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30.
Roy Ashley, Washington


Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.
Chuck Smith, Woodbridge


Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.
Russell Beland, Springfield


Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.


He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
Jack Bross, Chevy Chase


Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other leaving from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
Jennifer Hart, Arlington


The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.
Wayne Goode, Madison, Ala.


They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth
Paul Kocak, Syracuse, N.Y.



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Albert or Marilyn??
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I don't know which version I prefer:


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WARNING: Don't read this if you believe that TV wrestling is not fake.
Mom was right after all...