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Alternative Federal Budget 2000-- Healthy Families: First Things First

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>From the media release (February 1, 2000): "The Alternative Federal Budget 2000, Healthy Families: First Things First, proposes a strategic

reinvestment in health care, child care and development, housing, enhancing environmental sustainability, and reducing poverty. New spending in 2000 and 2001 would include: $2 billion in National Child Care and Early Education Services; $3 billion for health care (including home care); $5.5 billion to bolster family income security through the Child Tax Credit; $2 billion for a National Housing Investment Fund; and $1.5 billion for investments in infrastructure.



The Alternative Federal Budget, now in its sixth year, is coordinated by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and CHO!CES: A Coalition for Social Justice. The AFB is a project of a broad range of national and community organizations dedicated to showing there are sensible and workable alternatives to the government's fiscal and monetary policies."



Full and brief versions of the AFB are available (in pdf format) on the web site of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives at

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/afb/index.html



Print copies of Alternative Federal Budget can be ordered from the CCPA for $10 each (price includes shipping within North America, handling and GST #124146473RT). Order online at the above address or contact the CCPA at Tel: 613-563-1341 Fax: 613-233-1458 E-mail: ccpa@policyalternatives.ca

New Report on Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor in Canada

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Canada's Great Divide: The Politics of the Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor in the 1990's by Armine Yalnizyan



A summary of this 70 page report is available from the Centre for Social Justice at http://www.socialjustice.org/java/javaindex.html Also at this address are backgrounders in pdf format (requires Adobe Acrobat).



Print copies cost $10 (includes shipping and GST). You can order by email: justice@socialjustice.org or by phone: 1-888-803-8881.



From the summary: "Between 1989 and 1997, the proportion of families raising children who earn less than $35,388 grew from 30 to 35 per cent. The very bottom of the income scale grew the fastest. The poorest 10 per cent of families earned less than $11,567 in 1989. By 1997, that number swelled to 14 per cent.



Not only are there more families in the lowest income category but they have also become poorer over time: to belong to the poorest 10 per cent of the population meant earning less than $11,567 in 1989. By 1997, it meant earning less than $6,591.



By any definition of poverty, the poor are getting poorer and there are more poor families among us."

The Changing Nature of Home Care and Its Impact on Women's Vulnerability to Poverty

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Marika Morris, Jane Robinson, Janet Simpson with Sherry Galey, Sandra Kirby, Lise Martin, Martha Muzychka for the

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)



The research and publication of this study were funded by Status of Women Canada's Policy Research Fund. This document expresses the views of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official policy of Status of Women Canada or the Government of Canada.



November 1999

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY



Women form the majority of home care recipients, home care personnel and persons responsible for the care of elderly, disabled or ill family members. The extreme gender imbalance in every aspect of home care means that home care policies and practices have a significant and varied impact on women's lives.



This research builds on previous studies that show women's roles as unpaid and underpaid caregivers contribute to the income gap between women and men. It also examines whether current home care policies and practices have any impact on women's vulnerability to poverty.



Interviews were conducted in St. John's, Newfoundland, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, with home care recipients, agencies, paid workers and informal family caregivers. Interviews were also carried out with experts, representatives of national organizations dealing with home care issues, and federal government officials, mainly in Ottawa, Ontario. A national literature review was also completed on women and home care.



The study concludes that current home care policies and practices do have a negative financial impact on women as home care recipients, paid providers and unpaid caregivers, contributing in many cases to the impoverishment of women. The results were very similar for both St. John's and Winnipeg, despite the different home care systems in each province, and the different population characteristics of these two cities. Thus, there are lessons to be learned from this study for all

provincial and territorial programs and agencies.

New Publication: Working Upstream: Discovering Effective Practice Strategies For Community Development In Health

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Community development (CD) is frequently referred to as a way to improve health. But is it a strategy? a profession? a set of values? or just a fad? How do community developers make choices about what they do and who they support? How does community development contribute to healthier communities - what should be expected from its activities? What are the challenges of working as a community developer for a regional health authority?



This document is available from the PRHPRC. The cost is $15.00, inclusive. You can order this document from our website at: http://www.usask.ca/healthsci/che/prhprc/occpap.html or mail your order and cheque, made out to the Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Centre, to: Lorraine Khachatourians, Resource Manager/Network Developer, Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan, 107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon SK S7N 5E5, Phone: 306-966-7939 Fax: 306-966-7920 E-mail: khachatourl@sask.usask.ca

New Web Site for Women's Health

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On Friday January 21, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre in conjunction with the Centre for Research in Women's Health launched a new Web site http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca



Women's Health Matters will provide consumers with the latest information, news and research findings on women's health, diseases and lifestyles. The site currently features three virtual health centres focusing on osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as an extensive directory of women's health resources. We will also be providing coverage of sessions from the Women's Health Matters Forum and Expo, which took place in Toronto on January 21-22, 2000.

IPAC Award for Innovative Management 2000 Competition

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This award is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Canada. The Award recognizes organizational achievement in the public sector and complements the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)'s Vanier Medal Award that recognizes individual achievement.



The theme of the 2000 competition is "Collaboration: New Approaches to Policy and Management."



The submission deadline is Tuesday, February 29, 2000. For further details including preliminary criteria, competition rules, and entry form please visit our web site at http://www.ipaciapc.ca/english/awards/ipac.htm



Should you experience difficulties in accessing the site, notify the IPAC national office by telephone (416) 924-8787 or fax (416) 924-4992 to have the information sent by fax or mail.

Directory of Potential Funding Sources for Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention Projects in Ontario

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This 68 page resource was compiled by the Alcohol Policy Network over the summer of 1999. Ontario orders: $12.00 (including shipping and handling). Out-of-province orders: $20.00. For more information or to order, see http://www.apolnet.web.net/resources/apnfun.html or contact Ana Almeida (tel. 416-367-3313 x23, email: aalmeida@web.net).



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