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Addressing Canada’s Employment Insurance Gap For Self-Employed Workers

2020.07.21 17:52 AwesomeMathUse Addressing Canada’s Employment Insurance Gap For Self-Employed Workers

Source: TD
Ksenia Bushmeneva, Economist
Dated July 15th, 2020


Chart 1 - Workers in More Precarious Employment See Steep Job Losses

Chart 2 - COVID-19 Self-employed to Cut Hours Worked Drastically

EI Leaves Many Non-Standard Workers Behind

Chart 3 - Self-employed Workers Much More Likely to Apply for CERB

Chart 4 - Prevalence of Self-employment Varies by Province

What Complicates Offering EI Coverage For Non-Standard Workers

Chart 5 - Maternity and Family Benefits Available to Self-employment

Chart 6 - Sickness, Disability, and Work Injury Coverage Available to Self-Employed

Some Solutions Based on The International Experience

Chart 7 - Unemployment Benefits Coverage Options to Self-employed

Chart 8 - Old-age Pensions Coverage Options Available to Self-employed

Concluding Remarks


  1. “Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2018”. Statistics Canada.
  2. Sunil Johal & Erich Hartmann. “Facilitating the Future of Work Through Modernizing EI System”. The Mowat Center.
  3. Antonia Asenjo and Clemente Pignatti. “Unemployment insurance schemes around the world: Evidence and policy options.” International Labour Office.
  4. Sung-Hee Jeon and Yuri Ostrovsky. “The impact of COVID-19 on the gig economy: Short- and long-term concerns”. Statistics Canada.
  5. Sunil Johal & Erich Hartmann. “Facilitating the Future of Work Through Modernizing EI System”. The Mowat Center. Ibid.
  6. “Evaluation of the Employment Insurance Special Benefits for Self-employed Workers”. Employment and Social Development Canada.
  7. “The Future of Social Protection: what works for non-standard workers?” OECD. Ibid.
  8. “Key Small Business Statistics - January 2019”. Statistics Canada. Ibid.
  9. “Government Response To The Fifth Report Of The Standing Committee on The Status of Women. Interim Report on the Maternity and Parental Benefits Under Employment Insurance: the Exclusion of Self-Employed Workers.”
  10. “Evaluation of the Employment Insurance Special Benefits for Self-employed Workers”. Employment and Social Development Canada. development/corporate/reports/evaluations/2016-ei-special-benefits.html

End Notes

  1. Since 2010 self-employed workers can voluntarily participate in EI Special Benefit for Self-Employed Workers (SBSE) to gain access to many life event-type benefits accessible to regular employees, such as maternity and paternity leave programs, leave due to sickness or to care for an sick family member. In addition to this, current EI system allows certain exceptions for some non-standard workers. For example some individuals who work independently as barbers, hairdressers, taxi drivers, drivers of other passenger vehicles are eligible to receive benefits through the regular EI program. Fishermen are also included as insured persons under the EI Fishing Regulations. In the case of the self- employed fishermen, EI qualification is tied to income. In order to qualify for up to 26 weeks of benefit, they need to have earned between $2,500 to $4,200 in the last 31 weeks.
  2. The two main reasons for not contributing to the EI program were not having worked in the previous 12 months, and non-insurable employment (which includes self-employment).
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2016.10.02 22:46 Rocknocker Attack of the killer lists...500+ global Geological society URLs, many with job & internships links, etc.

Due to an acute attack of Listomania (and a soggy weekend) here's over 500 links to geological societies the world over. Many of these carry job links (in their own particular specialty) plus links to more detailed information on activities of the society, articles and 'drill deep downable' information. The list is global, more or less alphabetical, and pan-geological.
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Aargauische Naturforschende Gesellschaft www.naturwissenschaftench/organisations/ang
AASP - The Palynological Society
Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society
Aberdeen Geological Society
Akademie der Geowissenschaften zu Hannover
Alaska Geological Society
Albanian Geophysical Society
Amateur Geological Society (N. London)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Geographers
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
Association of American State Geologists (AASG)
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists(AEG)
Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Inc (AASP)
American Avalanche Association
American Ceramic Society
American Chemical Society - Geochemistry Division
American Crystallographic Association ACA
American Exploration & Mining Association (formerly Northwest Mining Association)
American Geological Institute
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
American Institute of Hydrology (AIH)
American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
American Petroleum Institute API
American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
American Rock Mechanics Association
American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR)
American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
Appalachian Geologic Society
Asociación Argentina de la Ciencia del Suelo
Asociación Argentina de Sedimentología
Asociación Cordobesa de Mineralogía y Paleontología
Asociación Española para la Enseñanza de las Ciencias de la Tierra
Asociación Geológica Argentina (AGA)
Asociacíon Latinoamericana de Ciencias de la Terra
Asociacíon Latinoamericana de Paleobotanica y Palinología
Asociacíon Mexicana de Geofisicos de Exploración
Asociación Venezolana de Sedimentólogos
Association des Étudiants en Sciences de la Terre (PANGEA LausanneCH)
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
Association Française de Microminéralogie (AFM)
Association of American State Geologists
Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG)
Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE)
Association of Engineering Geologists
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG)
Association of European Geological Societies
Association of Exploration Geochemists (AEG)
Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID)
Association of Hungarian Geophysicists
Association of Polish Geomorphologists
Association Suisse des Géologues CHGEOL
Associazione Italiana di Geologia Applicata e Ambiente (AIGA)
Associazione Italiana di Oceanologia e Limnologia (AIOL)
Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Quaternario
Austin Geological Society
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Australian Clay Minerals Society
Australian Geoscience Information Association
Australian Institute of Geoscientists
Australian Institute of Petroleum
Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)
Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Balkan Geophysical Society
Bath Geological Society
Baton Rouge Geological Society
Bay Area Geophysical Society
Belfast Geologists’ Society
Belgian Structural Geology Study Group
Belgische Vereniging voor Paleontologie
Berkshire Geoconservation Group
Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler
Black Country Geological Society
Blueprint Earth (BE)
Brighton & Hove Geological Society
Bristol Naturalists Society (Geology Section)
British Cave Research Association
British Geomorphological Research Group
British Geophysical Association
British Hydrological Society
British Micromount Society
British Micropalaeontological Society
British Sedimentological Research Group
Bucks Earth Heritage Group
Bulgarian Geological Society
Bulgarian Geophysical Society
Bulgarian Mineralogical Society
Cambridgeshire Geological Society
Canadian Association of Palynologists
Canadian Geomorphology Research Group
Canadian Geophysical Union - Union Géophysique Canadienne
Canadian Geotechnical Society - Société canadienne de Géotechnique
Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM)
Canadian Quaternary Association
Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
Canadian Tectonics Group (CTG)
Canadian Well Logging Society
Canon City Geology Club
Carn Brea Mining Society
Cheltenham Mineral & Geological Society
Carolina Geological Society
Chamber of Geophysical Engineers of Turkey (CGET)
Clay Minerals Society
Colegio de Geólogos de Costa Rica www.geologos.or.c
Collegium Palynologicum Scandinavicum
Colorado Mineral Society
Colorado Mining Association
Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA)
Colorado Scientific Society (CSS)
Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society
Columbine Gem & Mineral Society
Computer Oriented Geological Society
Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division (CUR)
Council on Undergraduate Research
Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society
Cumberland Geological Society
Cushman Foundation (CF)
Dallas Geological Society
Dallas Geophysical Society
Dansk Geologisk Forening
Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
Denver Coal Club
Denver Gem & Mineral Guild
Denver Geophysical Society
Denver Mining Club
Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society (DREGS)
Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft
Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft
Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft (DGG)
Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft (DGG)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geotechnik
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kristallographie (DGK)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kristallwachstum und Kristallzüchtung
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung (DGM)
Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft
Deutsche Quartärvereinigung (DEUQUA)
Deutsche Ton- und Tonmineralgruppe
Deutsche wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle (DGMK)
Deutscher Dachverband für Geoinformation
Devon RIGS Group
Devonshire Association, Geology Section
Dharan Geoscience Society (DGS)
Dinosaur Society
Dorset Geologists' Association Group
Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society
Dresdner Grundwasserforschungszentrum eV
Drilling Engineering Association
Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earth's Continental Crust (DOSECC)
Dutch Association for Engineering Geology (INGEOKRING)
Dutch Petrophysical Society (DPS)
Earth Science 2000 (ESK2)
Earth Science Teachers' Association (ESTA)
Earth Science Teachers Association
East Herts Geology Club
East Midlands Geological Society
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Edinburgh Geological Society
Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS)
Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society European Section (EEGS-ES)
Environmental Protection Agency
Essex Rock and Mineral Society
European Association for Geochemistry (EAG)
European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage (ProGEO)
European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
European Ceramic Society
European Drilling Engineering Association (DEA)
European Federation of Geologists (EFG)
European Geophysical Society (EGS)
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
European Mineralogical Union (EMU)
European Union of Geosciences (EUG) eost.u-strasbg.fEUG/
Everglades Geological Society (EGS)
Farnham Geological Society
Fédération Européenne des Géologues (EFG)
Federazione Italiana di Scienze della Terra (FIST)
Flatirons Mineral Club
Fort Collins Rockhounds Club
Four Corners Geological Society
Friends of Mineralogy
Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter
Friends of the Sedgwick Museum
GEA Stichting Geologische Aktiviteiten
Geochemical Society (GS)
GeoConservation Kent
Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Geolancashire incorporating Lancashire Local Group of the GA
Geologica Belgica (GB)
Geological Association of Canada (GAC)
Geological Society of Africa (GSAF)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Geological Society of Australia (GSAus)
Geological Society of China (GSC)
Geological Society of Denmark - Dansk Geologisk Forening
Geological Society of France - Societé géologique de France
Geological Society of Glasgow
Geological Society of India
Geological Society of Japan
Geological Society of London (GSL)
Geological Society of Malaysia
Geological Society of Nevada
Geological Society of New Zealand
Geological Society of Norfolk
Geological Society of Oman
Geological Society of Puerto Rico
Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA)
Geological Society of Sweden - Geologiska Föreningen
Geological Society of the Isle of Wight
Geologisch Kollege Miölnir (Utrecht NL)
Geologische Gesellschaft in Zürich
Geologische Kring GEOS (Leuven BE)
Geologische Kring Tellus (Leuven BE)
Geologische Vereinigung
Geologists' Association
Geologists’ Association
Geophysical Society of Houston
Geophysical Society of Yugoslavia
Georgia Geological Society
Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
Geoscience Australia Joint Action Group (GeoJAG)
Geoscience Information Group (GIG)
Geoscience Information Society (GSIS)
Geoscience Society of New Zealand (GSNZ)
GeoVUsie (Amsterdam)
German Geological Society (GV)
German-Austrian-Swiss Clay Group Association
Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften
Gesellschaft für UmweltGeowissenschaften
Grand Junction Geological Society
Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA)
Groupement suisse de la géologie de l'ingénieur
Gruppo Mineralogico Cremonese
Gruppo Nationale di Petrografia (GNP)
Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies
Gwynedd & Mon RIGS (AWRG) [email protected]
Harrow & Hillingdon Geological Society
Hastings & District Geological Society
Hellenic Geophysical Union
Hertfordshire Geological Society
History of Earth Sciences Society (HESS)
Horsham Geological Field Club
Houston Geological Society
Huddersfield Geology Group
Hull Geological Society
Hungarian Geological Society
Illinois Geological Society
Illustre Colegio Oficial de Géologos
Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia
Indonesian Association of Geologists (IAGI)
Indonesian Association of Petroleum Engineers (IATMI)
International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)
International Association for Mathematical Geology (IAMG)
International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
International Association of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry (IAGC)
International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC)
International Association of Geodesy
International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
International Association of Hydrogeologists/US National Chapter
International Association of Hydrological Sciences
International Association of Sedimentologists
International Association of Structural/Tectonic Geologists (IASTG)
International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS)
International Federation of Palynological Societies
International Fossil Algae Association
International Geoscience Education Organization
International Geothermal Association
International Marine Minerals Society
International Medical Geology Association (IMGA)
International Mineralogical Association wwwobs.univ-bpclermont.fima/
International Organisation of Paleobotany
International Research Group on Ostracoda
International Society for Aeolian Research (ISAR)
International Society for Rock Mechanics
International Subcommission on Paleogene Stratigraphy
International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)
International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)
Irish Association for Quarternary Studies
Irish Geological Association
Israel Geological Society (IGS)
Japanese Association for Petroleum Technology
Jugoslovensko geofizicko drustvo
Jurassic Microfossil Group JMG
Karst Waters Institute (KWI)
Kent Geologists' Group
Kentucky Oil & Gas Association
Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists
Kingston Lapidary Gem & Mineral Society [email protected]
Koninklijk Nederlands Geologisch Mijnbouwkundig Genootschap (KNGMG)
Korean Society of Exploration Geophysicists www.seg.or.k
Lake George Gem and Mineral Club
Leeds Geological Association
Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society – Geology Section (C)
Lithos (Harelbeke)
Littleton Gem & Mineral Club
Liverpool Geological Society
London Petrophysical Society
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Manchester Geological Association
Marburger Geowissenschaftliche Vereinigung
Materials Research Society
Medway Fossil & Mineral Society [email protected]
Metamorphic Studies Group (MSG)
Meteoritical Society
Microanalysis Society (MAS)
Microscopy Society of America
Mid Wales Geology Club
Mid Week Geology Group in Yorkshire
Midland Geotechnical Society
Midlands Microanalysis Users Group
Midwest Federation of Mineralogical & Geological Societies wwwamfedorg/mwf/
Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging (DelftNL)
Mile High Rock and Mineral Society (RAMS)
Milton Keynes Geological Society
Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC)
Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Mineralogical Society of Poland
Mineralogische Kring Antwerpen - Mineralogy Club of Antwerp
Minerals and geotechnical Logging Society
Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS-Online)
Minnesota Ground Water Association (MGWA)
Mole Valley Geological Society
National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG)
National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)
National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
National Park Service, Geological Resources
National Science Foundation
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
National Speleological Society
Naturforschende Gesellschaft des Kantons Glarus (NGG)
Naturforschende Gesselschaft in Basel
Naturforschende Gesselschaft in Zürich (NGZH)
Naturforschende Gesselschaft Luzern
Natur-Historische Gesellschaft Nürnberg
Nautilus-Gent Vereniging voor Mineralogie en Paleontologie
Nederlandse Geologische en Mijnbouwkundige Studenten Organisatie (NGMSO)
Nederlandse Geologische Vereniging (NGV)
Nepal Geological Society (NGS)
Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association (NOGEPA)
Nevada Petroleum Society
New Orleans Geological Society
New York State Geological Association
New Zealand Geophysical Society
New Zealand Hydrological Society
Newbury Geological Study Group
Norfolk Mineral & Lapidary Society
Norsk Geologisk Forening
North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature
North American Micropaleontology Section SEPM
North East Wales RIGS [email protected]
North Eastern Geological Society
North Jeffco Gem & Mineral Club
North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists’ Association
North Wales Geology Association (Cymdeithas Daeareg Gogledd Cymru)
Northwest Geological Society (NWGS)
Norwegian Formation Evaluation Society
Norwegian Petroleum Society - Norsk Petroleumforening (NPF)
Oberrheinischer Geologischer Verein
Ocean Drilling Program Janus Database
Ocean Drilling Program Science Operator
Oceanography Society
Ohio Geological Society
Ohio Oil and Gas Association
Ontario Petroleum Institute
Open University Geological Society
Österreichische Geologische Gesellschaft
Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft
Oxford Clay Working Group also in Eastern Region [email protected]
Oxford Geology Group
Oxfordshire Geology Trust
Palaeontographical Society
Palaeontological Association
Palaeontological Society of Japan
Paläontologische Gesellschaft
Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America
Paleontological Research Institution (PRI)
Paleontological Society (PS)
Pander Society - International Conodont Research
Peak Lapidary & Mineral Society
Permian Basin Geophysical Society
Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)
Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
Petroleum Geologische Kring (PGK) (Delft NL)
Petroleum History Institute
Plymouth Mineral & Mining Club
Production Engineering Association (PEA)
Pueblo Rockhounds
Quaternary Research Association
Reading Geological Society
Real sociedad Espanola de historia natural
Rockwatch (the Junior Club of the GA)
Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG)
Rocky Mountain Micromineral Association
Rocky Mountain Section-Society for Sedimentary Geology
Romanian Society of Geophysics
Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands (KNGMG)
Royal Geological Society of Cornwall
Ussher Society
Royal Society, The UK academy of science
Russian Mineralogical Society
Sankt-Gallische Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
Schweizer Geologen Verband CHGEOL
Schweizerische Fachgruppe für Ingenieurgeologie (SFIG)
Schweizerische Geologische Gesellschaft
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für historische Bergbauforschung
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Hydrogeologie
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Kirstallographie
Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrologische Gesellschaft
Schweizerische Vereinigung von Petroleum-Geologen und Ingenieuren
Seismological Society of America (SSA)
Seismological Society of Japan
Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Serbian Geological Society
Shropshire Geological Society
Sidcup Lapidary & Mineral Society also in South East Region
Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE)
Slovenian Geological Society / Slovensko Geolosko Drustvo
Sociedad Española de Mineralogía
Sociedad Geológica de España
Sociedad Geológica Mexicana, AC (SGM)
Sociedad Venezolana de Geólogos
Sociedade Brasileira de Geofísica
Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia (Nucleo de Minas Gerais)
Societá Geochimica Italiana (SoGeI)
Societá Geologica Italiana (SGI)
Societá Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia (SIMP)
Societé géologique de France
Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Society for Applied Spectroscopy
Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH)
Society for Geology applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA)
Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc (SME)
Society for Organic Petrology
Society for Sedimentary Geology
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)
Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES)
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Society of Petrophysicists & Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)
Society of Rheology
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
South African Association for Geotechnology
South African Geophysical Association (SAPIA)
South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAGA)
South Texas Geological Society
South Wales Geologists’ Association
Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society
Southern California Paleontological Society
Southwest Louisiana Geophysical Society
Stamford & District Geological Society
Stichting Geologische Kring Den Bosch
Swiss Association of Geologists CHGEOL
Swiss Association of Petroleum Geologists
Swiss Geological Society
Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology
Tectonic Research Group of Japan
Tectonic Studies Group (TSG)
Tertiary Research Group
The Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG)
The Clay Minerals Society (CMS)
The Dinosaur Society
The Jurassic Coast
The Kirkaldy Society [email protected]
The Meteoritical Society
The Mineralogical Society (MS)
The Palynological Society (AASP)
The Canadian Quaternary Association (CANQUA)
The Clay Minerals Society
The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research
The Dinosaur Society
Geological Society of America Home Page (GSA)
Geological Society of Maine (GSM)
The Geological Society (London)
Geoscience Information Society
International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)
International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)
Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)
New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC)
The Palaeontological Association (UK)
The Paleontological Research Institution/Museum of the Earth
The Paleontological Society
Seismological Society of America (SSA)
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
The Russell Society
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)
The Society for Organic Petrology
The Tertiary Research Group
Thurgauische Naturforschende Gesellschaft
UK Volcanologists' Home Page
United States Permafrost Association
US Geological Survey
USGS Govt Indicator locator service
Utrechtse Geologen Vereniging (UGV)
Verband Schweizer Geologen CHGEOL
Verein der Geologie-Studenten in Münster eV
Vereinigung der Freunde der Mineralogie und Geologie (VFMG)
Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG)
Volcanological Society of Japan
Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group
Welsh Stone Forum [email protected]
Werkgroep voor tertiaire en kwartaire geologie
West of England Group of the Geologists’ Association
West Sussex Geological Society
West Texas Geological Society
West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association
Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS)
Westmorland Geological Society
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Winchester Geology Society [email protected]
Wisconsin Geological Society
Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club Geology Section
Yorkshire Geological Society
[Pre-apologies for any dupes or dead links...though I think most are accurate, working and up to date.]
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2016.07.25 14:42 StevenM67 List of missing persons not found or found dead in Victorian Parks [Australia], 1949 - 2011

from (Backup)
I've heard Paulides say the phenomena is worldwide but hadn't seen any stats for Australia so have just taken a quick look at some Search and Rescue figures for my home state of Victoria, to get a sense of whether the same type of thing is happening here.
This isn't a comprehensive list; just something I plucked off the Bush Search and Rescue Victoria website (
The site is a bit ambiguous at times when it comes to recording if the person was found alive, so when in doubt I have removed those incidences from the cases listed below along with all the ones where a successful rescue is noted.
Victoria, population 2013: 5.713 million.
Missing persons not found or found dead in Victorian Parks 1949 - 2011
  • 1949 Wilson’s Promontory - solo walker, unsuccessful
  • 1950 Warrandyte - elderly woman, not found
  • 1955 Baw Baw Plateau - walker, 10 days, not found
  • 1960 Olinda - man, not found
  • 1961 Mt Magdala - woman walker, found dead on cliffs later
  • 1968 Lake Mountain - man lost
  • 1971 Mt Buffalo - missing walker
  • 1972 Mt Buffalo - another missing walker
  • 1972 Lake Mountain - lost schoolboys, touring skis used
  • 1972 Toorongo Falls - lost child, 12 days, 100 BSAR searchers, unsuccessful
  • 1973 Baw Baw Plateau - man missing from 4 wheel drive
  • 1973 Mt Wills - lost man, not found
  • 1974 Steavenson Falls - lost boy, not found
  • 1974 Murchison Falls - lost male, not found
  • 1976 Humphray River - lost man
  • 1976 Mt Baw Baw - lost skier
  • 1978 Lerderderg Gorge - lost man, later found drowned
  • 1978 Mt Hotham - two lost skiers, found dead
  • 1979 Mt Buffalo - missing woman
  • 1981 Mt Bogong - recovered body, winter
  • 1982 Cathedral Range - evacuation of injured girl
  • 1983 Mt Buffalo - lost schoolboy
  • 1984 Mt Feathertop - pair missing in snow
  • 1985 Mt Stirling - two lost skiers, found dead
  • 1987 Wilson’s Promontory - intellectually disabled boy lost, not found
  • 1987 Falls Creek - man lost from Village at night, died
  • 1988 Dargo Plains - male four wheel driver, not found
  • 1989 Pretty Valley Creek - lost fisherman
  • 1994 Woods Point - deer shooter, found safe
  • 1996 Mt Hotham - adult snowboarder, found dead after snow melt
  • 1999 Mt Kosciuszko - four snowboarders, found dead after snow melt, first interstate search
  • 2000 Powers Lookout, Whitfield - missing woman, not found
  • 2001 Tanjil Bren - intellectually disabled adult, not found
  • 2001 Tawonga Gap - para-glider pilot, found dead outside search area
  • 2002 Mt Useful - missing woman, not found
  • 2002 Noojee - missing man, found dead
  • 2002 Lake Mountain - missing man, found dead
  • 2003 Cambarville - missing man, not found, later found dead
  • 2004 Mount Buffalo - missing man, not found, later found dead
  • 2008 Mount Dom Dom - missing man, not found
  • 2011 Tomahawk Creek - missing deer hunter, not found
  • 2011 Tomahawk cold case - missing deer hunter, not found
45 cases listed above. Obviously not all of these would meet the criteria set out in Missing 411 to qualify as one of the strange disappearances being highlighted by the book, but this should be balanced against the fact that Paulides takes into account missing persons who were found alive but disoriented and with little or no memory of what happened to them. Without going through the time-consuming process right now of looking into each of these cases individually, I have no way of knowing how many of the missing persons I have removed from the list above fall into this category (there are approximately 60 additional cases I have left out. Full list at above link).
Something interesting found in the full list is the number of intellectually disabled people (mostly children) that have gone missing in Victoria during this period (6% of total cases). Paulides has identified this as one of the significant trends in his American and Canadian research, speculating that a possible reason for this is because such individuals are less likely to be able to articulate what happened to them during the lost time.

Intellectually-disabled people missing in Victorian National Parks 1949 -2011

  • 1980 Seven Acre Rock - intellectually disabled girl
  • 1980 Blackwood - intellectually disabled girl
  • 1987 Wilson’s Promontory - intellectually disabled boy lost, not found
  • 1987 Strathbogie Range - intellectually disabled boy lost
  • 1992 Mt Stanley - intellectually disabled man - evacuated by stretcher
  • 1998 Wilson’s Promontory - intellectually disabled boy, found, 58 BSAR searchers on first call-out
  • 2000 Mt Samaria - intellectually disabled boy, evacuated by stretcher
The 1987 Wilson’s Promontory disappearance bolded above is one I remember well from the news coverage of the time; the young boy was said to have vanished without a trace while walking a short distance ahead of his parents on a track through thick bushland. The media reported on this intensely for a few days and then the search was abandoned and the story forgotten once the child was written off by authorities as never to be found, presumed dead.
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How does a bushwalker go missing, never to be found? - Ricky French, The Australian, August 31, 2013

Talks about:
  • Patrick Hildebrand, who disappeared from a gentle walking track on Wilsons Promotory, Victoria, in 1987
  • Gary Tweddle, vanished into the bush in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney, July 2013
  • Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn went missing near Mount Kosciuszko in May 2013

[Patrick Hildebrand]

LILLY Pilly Gully. Its bouncy, child-like syllables paint a fairytale-like picture and there's an element of truth to the imagery. Craggy peaks encircle a bowl-shaped forest of eucalypts and ferns, through which a gentle walking track leads you in a loop.
It's a peaceful place in Victoria's Wilsons Promontory, ideal for family walks, a back-before-lunch kind of stroll. I walked this path earlier this year with my family. Not far into the walk I came across a rock which bears a simple, bronze inscription. It was a memorial to a nine-year-old boy named Patrick (Paddy) Hildebrand, who on this spot in 1987 left the track and walked into the woods.
Young Paddy had gone on ahead of his family about 10 minutes into the walk. The scene: a mother, calling out for her son to wait. No reply. Louder calls. Running, shouting, rising panic, retracing steps to the car park, and finally a sprint to the nearby ranger station for help. A massive search was assembled. A hat believed to belong to Paddy was found, as well as a bed of ferns, but after a week of combing the area Christine Hildebrand drove away without her son. No trace of Paddy was ever found. He had vanished into the woods.
"He must be there," says Shane Cunningham,* a senior volunteer searcher with more than 25 years' experience. "We searched so hard and for so long. People put so much effort into it. We were loaded into helicopters, winched down onto the top of the ridge, marched down and then winched back up into the helicopter to do it all again. The vegetation was incredibly thick, but by the fifth day the entire area was completely trampled. We didn't know what more we could do."
Some couldn't accept that the search was unsuccessful. "One of the senior sergeants at the time had a son about the same age as Paddy, and used to go down there for years after the search finished and just tramp around in his own time. He had a bit of a breakdown because he couldn't believe that with all those resources Paddy couldn't be found." A mother broken, searchers disbelieving, and a scenario played out all too often in the Australian bush. People who go for a walk or a hike and get lost. Some will never return.
Searches fall under the jurisdiction of the state police, supported by volunteer-dependent organisations such as the SES and in some states specialist volunteer squads, such as Victoria's Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) and NSW's Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad. BSAR's records show that, in the group's 64-year history, they've returned empty-handed 15 times out of 104 searches. Some searchers are particularly unlucky. Cunningham says, "I can't remember being on any searches where we've actually found anyone."
So how is it that people can so frequently vanish? Sergeant James Bate is a senior member of Victoria Police's Search and Rescue Squad, whose experience dates back to the Hildebrand case. A key problem, he says, is figuring out how much search area to cover. "The best-case scenario is they'll leave their intentions with someone and we'll know exactly what track they were walking or where exactly they were intending to go in the bush." The biggest challenge is conducting what Bate refers to as "rest of the world" searches. A case in point is the 2011 mystery of David Prideaux, the boss of maximum security Barwon Prison who went missing while hunting near Tomahawk Hut in Victoria's High Country. "There's no clue of what direction he may have gone," Bate says. "We know where he started from, but we don't know his direction of travel. We thoroughly searched the area, working outwards, and we found absolutely nothing: no footprints, no dropped equipment, no clothing." In the early stage of a search, Bate says, it's hoped the person is conscious and responsive; the main technique used by search parties is to walk along and call out, hoping the lost person will respond. "In the Prideaux case we were searching up to 15km out with helicopters and teams on ridges, but if he's unresponsive the probability of detection is extremely low."
Cunningham agrees. "There are just so many areas you can miss, and unfortunately bodies give no feedback. A lot of the time it's impossible to say, hand on heart, that you've searched every square inch, because you just can't." Searchers, though, still face failure-related anxieties. "We dread turning on the news and hearing that the person has been found in an area we've already searched. It's our worst nightmare."
How, then, do they decide when to call off a search, to admit defeat? "We take into account what the person was wearing, any medical conditions, what the weather's been like, what equipment they have and make a decision whether or not to continue the search," Bate says. How do the families feel when a search is called off? "We keep the families constantly updated. We make it plain as the case goes on if we think they haven't survived. There comes a point where you're well past the likely time-frame for survival according to the medical experts and there's no intelligence to indicate we're in the right area. They [the families] would be well informed that we're getting to the end." Bate says it's always a difficult time. "Even if in their own mind they've accepted that their loved one is dead, we're only human and we like to have something to bury."
. . .
Cunningham says that the public often read more into disappearances than they need to. Unfounded insinuations of criminal activity pop up and family members are often suspected of wrongdoing, which contributes to unwarranted grief for both the families and the searchers. Searchers are under constant scrutiny from the families of the missing, something that only intensifies as the search nears its end.
"It can be demoralising because the families are so distraught and they give you this look ... " He pauses. "It's like they're trying to look into your soul, trying to read your mind; a look you don't normally get from people, you know? In their mind while there are searchers there is still hope. But once people stop searching it's as if their loved one has been written off, like they've been declared dead."
He still remembers the expression on the face of Christine Hildebrand, the mother of little Paddy. "Every day we would go back to the search base and see these imploring eyes from his mother. Her face would search our faces, the way we searched for her son, trying to read our expressions; hoping for something, anything."
People volunteer for various reasons: some have spare time and want to learn new skills, others want to meet people and have fun, some like to get qualifications and certificates for their CVs, some have a desire to teach and share experiences. What does Cunningham believe motivates search and rescue volunteers? He looks at me like I've just asked a stupid question, shrugs his shoulders and simply replies, "The hope that one day you might find someone." For the families of those such as Prabhdeep Srawn and Gary Tweddle that day can't come soon enough.
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2012.04.09 04:28 FuckReally I turned a dating site into my own personal zombie apocalypse

tl;dr - I turned a dating site into my own personal zombie apocalypse
This is a rather long read but you very may well find it entertaining.
For anyone who's considering joining a dating site this is a must read.
For anyone who has ever used a dating site you might be thinking "Oh you poor dumb bastard". I never had a clue.
My GF got tired of me after eight years and I've been single for about two months. Last Sunday I was surfing around and ran across one of those dating sites. "Join free" it said. I'd put away a few beers that evening and thought "Why not?".
I created a new hotmail account to match a username I had found available and signed up.
You're immediately led into your profile page where you're encouraged to upload photos and write your little "about me" spiel. I found my most dashing photo and began writing a short bio.
It's important to note at this time that this site has several features and notifications. You can send flirts or winks, you can 'like' someone's photo and of course, peruse their profiles. All of these events trigger a popup window in the corner for the recipient: {user} is viewing your profile or {user} sent you a wink or {user} sent you some candy or {user} sent you a message.
I was almost done with the bio when a notification window popped up from the corner. "You have a message from {user}" it said. I'm thinking "Sweet!" I'm only here five minutes and I'm getting hit on. This is gonna rock!
The message from {user} says "I saw your picture but there's nothing in your bio (frowny face)".
I attempt to quickly reply and say Hi and that I'm working on my bio right now, when another popup window says "Only registered subscribers may send messages". OK, I could see that coming a mile away.
Goodbye forty-eight bucks. Hello ladies. (I took the three-month option, by the way.)
So I spend Sunday evening flirting it up. I'm answering all the flirts and the winks and the messages with "Hi!", "You're a lovely little lady", "I used to live out there", "I went to that school where you live", that sort of thing. I'm checking out all the women thinking "There's some really cute girls out here".
I did find that they're not all who they say they are. Some of the photos had that studio look so I'd save the photo and do a reverse image search on Google to find it in several places on the web. Not everyone's going to be genuine.
There was one that stood out in particular. The profile picture was a girl pulling her shirt up to her armpits to reveal some very enticing breasts. The top of the picture cut her off at the nose. She was supposed to be a 31 year old female from a rural farm town about 17 miles away.
The bio looked like it was written by a twelve year old who couldn't possibly have known the definition of the word "punctuation". Here's an excerpt from her bio...
"im a nice going fun going girl well i try to be lol i do have bracis but if you dont like that that's your problem"
I reverse image searched little miss sweet tits and she's all over the web. Time to call somebody on their bullshit. I sent her a message with the subject line "Shenanigans". It read...
Those paragraphs in your "About Me" tab are a complete assassination of the English language. Most of it is utterly incomprehensible.
There's no way that bio was written by a 31-year-old woman from {ruraltown}.
That picture is not you, either. The girl in the photo doesn't have "bracis".

The next day her profile picture was gone.
After a while I noticed that the correspondence from these women seemed to remain vacant and mentally detached, especially from people with whom I'd previously corresponded. I'd get the same "Hi, I like your picture" or something like that, and I'd review the correspondence with that person to find that I had clearly asked her a question the day (or even hours) before.
Are you thinking Stepford wives? Because I am.
There were several who sent cutesy little greetings to which I'd reply very cordially. This was contact initiated by them, not me. I would reply and not hear a thing back.
The "failure to reply" happened a lot. I began to wonder if these women had reached their "message limit" on a low-budget plan and were simply unable to reply. I sent an email to the site's support team asking about plan specifics because of what I was experiencing.
The reply from the support team was swift and "almost" informative. My inquiry to them was in no way accusatory but the first sentence in the reply was: "I can assure you that {sitename} is a completely legitimate website and we work very hard to maintain it's reputation and provide our customers with a great service." The email went on to inform me as to what MY membership plan included but no information regarding other plans (which is what I wanted to know and they didn't tell me).
The email went on to mention that I should review the terms and conditions.
Fuck, really? Read the terms and conditions? If everyone who ticked the box next to "I have read and agreed with the terms and conditions" and DIDN'T actually read them was going to hell; this would be an empty planet.
The terms and conditions page is 8,606 words, 103 paragraphs and 563 lines. (Thank you MS Word)
I find this about a third of the way down:
If a Member and/or Subscriber responds to, or initiates any communications or interactions with our VCs they fully understand, acknowledge, and agree that any response or exchange between the VC and the Member and/or Subscriber is solely for entertainment purposes, and will not result in an physical meeting between the VC and the Member and/or Subscriber.
VC stands for Virtual Cupid. The terms and conditions state that VCs are in place for reasons that include keyphrases like "facilitate Account development", "increase user experience", "network analysis", "quality control" and of course "provide analysis, feedback, trends, patterns, social commentary and information in the aggregate and aides in the process of monitoring our system for compliance with our operating standards".
Again: Fuck, really?
Fortunately the terms and conditions state how to identify a virtual cupid. It's a tiny non-descript icon in the upper right corner of a profile that appears as a small v within a C.
My first point of action was to determine who my VCs were. I researched my message history. In the course of three (okay four) days I had conversed with 42 women. One by one I checked the profiles of all the women(?) with whom I had conversed.
Keep in mind that you need to enter someone's profile to determine if they are or are not a VC. And every time you peruse their profile they will get a message saying "FuckReally is viewing your profile". I did this forty-two times.
When it was all said and done, only two of the forty-two women were not VCs.
Imagine sitting down at a poker table in a casino with twenty other guys. And everyone at that table but you is a shill for the house.
I started to burn. They did their jobs very well.
Enter Woody Harrelson, Zombie assassin. VCs will now be referred to as zombies.
In the time it took me to check the profiles of 42 women several had responded (because they were notified that I was looking at their profile) with winks or flirts. I began the assault with messages to each.
ZOMBIE!! (FuckReally has unloaded two rounds of buckshot into your chest)
And it continued as I kept receiving more notifications during the heat of the raging battle.
ZOMBIE!! (FuckReally has beheaded you with a machete)
ZOMBIE!! (FuckReally has caved in your skull with a baseball bat)
The best kills were the ones who checked my profile again after being assaulted.
STAY DOWN ZOMBIE!! (FuckReally has fired three .45 jacketed hollowpoints into your skull)
I decided to document my displeasure by appending the following to my "about me" tab on my bio page on their site for everyone to see:
(FuckReally's legitimate bio here)
WARNING: This site is under siege by relentless zombies. I was almost taken. Be aware and be vigilant. These zombies will show up on your radar even if you've blocked them and you think they are dead.
Zombies are identifiable by a (vc) icon that shows up on their profile page right in between the little red heart icon and the do not enter icon.
In any case, you don't need them and you don't want them. Happy hunting and blast away.
Equipped: Para Ordnance .45 ACP Hi-Cap 13+1 Semiautomatic pistol Mossberg 500 12 ga pump action shotgun Ontario 18" sawback machete Rawlings aluminum alloy 34" baseball bat
My Zombie Kill List - 40 to date - alphabetically
(I took the time to list all 40 zombie usernames and towns of origin)

This was probably a fruitless endeavor as it's a warning to guys about female zombies, and guys are probably not looking at my profile. It makes we wonder if there are guy zombies to bait the new women.
I don't really own a shotgun, but I think they're a must in the zombie apocalypse.
On the downside, this site is now eerily still.
Oh. Little Miss Sweet Tits? Yeah, her too.
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