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The Canadian Council on Social Development no longer publishes Perception Magazine.

We are proud of the magazine's 30 volume history and its role in social development in Canada. Our sincere thanks to all those involved in its production – authors, researchers, editorial and production staff, and more. Their work resulted in an important contribution to community engagement and knowledge sharing on issues significant to Canadians.

As we turn this corner, we know that the only constant is change. The CCSD embraces change as it continues to evolve and looks forward to sharing new insights and products with you in 2014. Stay tuned!


Perception brings you news and views on social development issues like poverty and income security, employment, health, pensions, social services and more. Perception provides sound analysis, thought-provoking information, concise research results and fresh insights. It also highlights conferences, coming events, new publications and updates on social policy changes.

Issues listed are available for viewing and/or downloading in PDF format

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Perception: Volume 30, No. 1 & 2, 2008

In this issue:

  • Editorial (by Peggy Taillon)
  • Mapping Poverty-reduction Initiatives (by Pat Steenberg)
  • Rising Tides: Anti-poverty Work Growing in Atlantic Canada (by David Jackson)
  • An Interview with James Hughes, New Brunswick's Deputy Minister of Social Development (by Patrick Flanagan)
  • Atlantic Summer Institute: Making the links
  • Building Momentum for Real Change: the Canadian Social Forum
  • Making Connections: Interview with Uzma Shakir
  • Police Chiefs Speak Out Against Poverty (by Chief Edgar MacLeod)
  • Update: Tracking Social Development (by Katherine Scott)
  • The Weiler Award: 2009 Call for Nominations and 2008 Winner
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Perception: Volume 29, No. 3 & 4, 2008

In this issue:

  • Editorial (by Marcel Lauzière)
  • Defining and re-defining poverty in Canada
  • Towards a National Ideal: Canada Without Poverty by 2020 (by Rob Rainer)
  • Four Cornerstones of a Workable National Strategy for Canada (by Sheila Regehr)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador's Action Plan to Reduce Poverty (by Minister Shawn Skinner and Aisling Gogan)
  • Quebec's Law Against Poverty and Social Exclusion: An Interview with Alain Noel
  • "Why is it so tough to get ahead?" (A report by John Stapleton)
  • Using social data for success (by Alanna Petroff)
  • What's on your bookshelf?
  • Resource: New report on economic well-being of children in North America
  • Update: Canadian Social Forum
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Perception: Volume 29, No. 1 & 2, 2007

In this issue:

  • Editorial (by Marcel Lauzière)
  • Letters to the Editor (on the Canada Social Transfer)
  • CCSD Members on social development in their communities
  • A nice play to visit, but I wouldn't want to be poor here (by Katherine Ree)
  • No quick cures (by Aggie Brockman)
  • What is the future we are creating now? (by Diana Smith)
  • Street nurses on the front lines: An interview with Cathy Crowe
  • Why small cities matter (by Terry Kading and Christopher Walmsley)
  • Using the Web to help promote social change (by Jason Mogus)
  • Jordan's Principle
  • Champion of social development: Agnes Benidickson
  • Challenging the status quo
  • Weiler Award nominations
  • Literacy in the Workplace
  • Data on Urban Poverty
  • Building a Safer Canada
  • Telling the Story of North America's Future
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Perception: Volume 28, No. 3 & 4 2006/2007

In this issue:

  • Editorial (by Peter Bleyer)
  • Marcel Lauzière returns to the CCSD
  • Interview with Daniel Sansfaçon, former Deputy Director General of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) Canada
  • Widening the Thin Blue Line (by Gail Dugas)
  • What the federal government has to say about tackling crime
  • Behind the Headlines: how one community is working to overcome youth crime
  • Crime Institute to study science of prevention
  • Canadian Crime Statistics
  • CPSD: A Cautionary Tale of Criminal Policy Change (by Dr. Ross Hastings)
  • Thinking Outside the Box: Working hard or working smart? (by Gail Dugas)
  • Research: Why progressive U.S. think tanks are losing the war of ideas
  • Book Review: Less Law, More Order: The Truth About Reducing Crime, by Irvin Waller (by Chief Edgar A. MacLeod)
  • Upcoming Report: The Health of North American Children
  • Bookmark This!
  • Strengthening Ties: SPOs meet face-to-face
  • The Urban Poverty Project - a new resource tool for communities
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Perception: Volume 28, No. 1 & 2 - Winter 2005

In this issue:

  • Editorial (by Peter Bleyer)
  • Lessons from Katrina: Preserving a civil society in the face of disaster (by Paul Kovacs)
  • Beyond wishful thinking: Emergency planning for persons with disabilities (by Gail Fawcett)
  • Why must chronic illness mean poverty and isolation? (by Michel Martin)
  • A cautionary tale from Australia (by Lynne Wannan, Australian child care expert)
  • The Progress of Canada's Children and Youth 2006
  • Battling stereotypes
  • Changing from within
  • Creating safe and supportive environments for young Canadians (by Pam Joliffe)
  • CCSD Member Profile: St. Christopher House - A dynamo of social change
  • A helping hand up for the working poor (by Don Drummond and Gillian Manning)
  • The World We Have: Towards a new social architecture (by Katherine Scott)
  • Rebuilding Social Programs (by Ben Carniol)
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Perception: Volume 27, No. 3 & 4 - 2005

In this issue:

  • The state of Canada's social programs (by Peter Bleyer)
  • View from Down Under: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience (by Janet Creery)
  • A New Social Partnership for Canada (by Ken Dryden)
  • Addressing Child Poverty (by Ed Broadbent)
  • A Strong Economy (by Monte Solberg)
  • Poverty in Canada: A matter of government priorities and societal choices (by Christiane Gagnon)
  • Universality of Social Programs versus Targeting: Either neither, or both (by Richard Shillington)
  • New challenges in social development: Montreal, a case study (by Genviève Giasson, with assistance from Marcel Cajelait and Jacques Savard)
  • When Taxes are Good (by Jim Stanford)
  • The Canada We Want? (by Al Hatton)
  • 2005 Weiler Award Winner: Michael Goldberg
  • In Their Own Words (Terrace Anti-Poverty Group Society; Pluri-elles; E.Fry Ottawa; St. Joseph's Community Health Centre)
  • George Davidson: Social Policy and Public Policy Exemplar (book review by Michael Clague)
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Perception: Volume 23, No. 2 - 1999

In this issue:

  • Moving ahead with the children's agenda
  • Poor-bashing in BC?
  • Labour and social progress
  • Profiling Canada's urban Aboriginal poor
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Perception: Volume 22, No. 3 - Winter 1998

In this issue:

  • Teens' work opportunities shrink
  • Child hunger in Canada
  • A new effort to eradicate poverty
  • Setting new priorities for Canada's Employment Insurance program
  • Insight: Highlights from The Progress of Canada's Children 1998

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