Report finds poverty myths rampant

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

March 1, 2011
… the Salvation Army says it’s “extremely difficult” for a family to live on less than $40,000 in an urban area. At the same time, the report shows 89 per cent of Canadians agree that people in poverty deserve a helping hand and 81 per cent say helping poor families sets up their children for success

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Canadian seniors living longer, better, report says

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

October 30, 2010
Canada’s seniors are living longer and are vastly less likely to struggle with poverty than they were three decades ago, but there’s work to be done in areas such as diagnosing and treating mental illness, reducing social isolation and combating the “mythology” of aging, Canada’s chief public health officer said… Life expectancy continues to rise, sitting at 78 years for men and 83 years on average for women, and along with enjoying longer lives, there’s evidence of rising quality of life… Still, aboriginal seniors in Canada fare more poorly both in terms of life expectancy and poverty.

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Long-form census ‘a public good,’ committee hears

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Aug. 27, 2010
“Losing the long-form census, from our perspective, is equal to the government turning off Canada’s navigation system,” said Peggy Taillon, president and CEO of the Canadian Council on Social Development… more than 300 organizations have publicly denounced the reforms, saying a voluntary survey will produce skewed results and undermine the statistical backbone of programs, businesses and municipalities across the country…

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Voluntary version of U.S. census proved unreliable, costly

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Jul. 19, 2010
The U.S. Census Bureau tested out the idea of making a mandatory national survey voluntary — as the Conservative government now plans to do with the census in Canada — but quickly discarded the idea because it produced what was deemed unreliable data at an exorbitant price… The bureau saw a “dramatic decrease” in response rates when they tested out a voluntary version… with mail-in replies dropping by about one-third… [and] only a small difference between the mandatory and voluntary surveys in terms of how many questions people completed.

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Canada’s teen pregnancy rates fall sharply

Monday, May 31st, 2010

May 26, 2010
Teen pregnancy rates have fallen more steeply in Canada over the last decade than in the United States, England or Sweden, a new study shows. Between 1996 and 2006, the most recent year for which information is available for all four countries, Canada’s teen pregnancy rate declined in each consecutive year, falling from 44.2 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 in 1996 to to 27.9 in 2006. That represents a 36.9% decline over the course of a decade, compared to a 25% decline in the U.S., a 4.75% dip in England (where statistics include Wales) and a 19.1% increase in Sweden.

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