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RIP Leonard Shifrin, October 2, 1939 - December 14, 2016

R.I.P. Leonard SHIFRIN
October 2, 1939 - December 14, 2016

Friends are invited to visit the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) Ottawa, Sunday, February 12 after 2 p.m. followed by tributes and words of remembrance at 3 p.m.

By Gilles:
I knew Len Shifrin through his work going back to the late 60s with the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and by reputation as the person who re-energized a flagging National Council of Welfare around the same time. He was an inspiration to me and to many other people involved in social research, and I decided to copy and paste his biographical notes (below) written by a family member for the information of those who knew him in person or by reputationn and who are too far away to receive local obituary notices. I also wish to extend my sympathy to Louise Dulude and Len's other family and friends on his passing. Len was known and respected across Canada, so I decided to include the complete obituary notice.
Here it is.

"Leonard Shifrin (Len to his friends) was born in Toronto and died at home in Ottawa of a heart attack. His parents, lawyer Albert Shifrin and Rose Shulman, were both active in the Jewish community, from which Leonard drew important lessons about leadership and the responsibility to help less fortunate people. After studying law at the University of Toronto, Leonard worked for two years (1966-1968) in his father's law firm and then moved to Ottawa, where, as assistant to Health and Welfare minister John Munro, he resuscitated an inactive National Council of Welfare to make it an effective anti-poverty tool that produced dozens of respected reports on poverty and related social policy issues. In 1975, in order to spread his anti- poverty message more widely, Leonard resigned as director of the National Council of Welfare and joined the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery. For the next 25 years, he wrote a column that dealt in equal parts with social and economic issues, in which he argued that economic policy should not be designed without taking its social impacts into account. This approach was then unique and 17 major Canadian newspapers carried his column, including the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and Winnipeg Free Press.

Following a major heart attack in 1995, Leonard gradually retired his column and engaged in other activities. One consisted of interpreting the results of opinion surveys carried out in 30 countries by the Angus Reid (later Ipsos Reid) World Monitor in the late 1990s. After the Monitor ceased its operations, Len produced several reports in the early 2000s for the Canada Pension Plan Review Board, which heard appeals from rulings concerning CPP entitlements. One of these reports examined the wide disparities across the country in the rulings of appeals panels. Len proposed a code of national standards that was accepted in full but was discarded when the government changed and the goal of fairness was replaced by one of keeping payouts as low as possible. Leonard is survived by his lifelong companion and wife, Louise Dulude, who wrote the first major Canadian report on Women and Poverty for the National Council of Welfare. Leonard is also survived by his brother Jeffrey and his spouse Connie Zhang, and by nephews and niece Jonathan, David and Rebecca, the children of Jeffrey and his late wife Janis Langer."

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Media & Policy News for January 13, 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[ ]

Latest Media & Policy News: 13 January 2017

Click the link above to access any of the articles below.

Top Stories

Doctors frustrated workers’ compensation boards seem to ignore medical opinions, report says
Tax loopholes that bankroll CEO salaries with taxpayer’s money should be closed
Star editorial: Economic challenges test Trudeau’s promise of more progressive path
Liberals to close tax loopholes for the rich, Trudeau says
Take action on Trudeau’s promise to close the stock options tax loophole

Federal government ponders creating new housing benefit for low-income renters:
Yale First Nation in BC partners with modular building company for new affordable, green homes
Family, friends question why Saskatoon woman froze to death
What should be done to make Ontario electricity rates more affordable
Why does Ontario’s electricity cost so much? A reality check
Some info about the role of renewable energy
Financial Accountability Officer’s report has stats on spending by consumers on energy by energy type and income
Hydro cost complaint to Premier Wynne sparks online uproar
CBC’s The Current: Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income
Kingston basic income consultation this past Monday: Minister Ballard says basic income is part of the poverty debate
Kingston consultation: Local MPP says the issue is very complex
Kingston: Pilot program aims to help those living in poverty
Sault Ste. Marie consultation: Basic income discussion set for next week
Kenora consultation: Consultation set for January 17
ISAC and ODSP Action Coalition: Basic Income consultations: Key Issues for people on OW and ODSP
Ontario to test a guaranteed basic income, but which town will be the guinea pig?
Smiths Falls residents demand support from local councillors to be basic income pilot site
Greater Sudbury interested in taking part as pilot project site
Andrew Coyne: The basics of a guaranteed basic income
John A. Macdonald would have supported a basic income policy
Public conversation on basic income set for Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
Basic Income: Progressive dreams meet neoliberal realities
Overwhelming interest from Ottawa residents in non-profit alternative to payday loans
Full-time work declined in 2016: Statistics Canada report
Politudes: Proposal for a Canadian National Goal for Poverty Reduction
Migrant worker wins human rights case over his firing
McGill course teaches law students Indigenous legal traditions
Trudeau shuffles the federal cabinet – here’s the new list
Prime Minister’s Statement
Immigrant rights groups lay out agenda for incoming ministers


Cabinet shuffle, January 12, sees new Women’s Issues and Seniors Affairs ministries
ODSP caseloads have been rising, due largely to an increase in mental health
ISAC: Increase won to ODSP / OW medical travel mileage rate
Government bulletin: Ontario increasing mileage rates for social assistance recipients
ISAC: Full child support exemption for parents on OW and ODSP coming this month

Forced labour in restaurant kitchens is no joke
Ten things you can do this year for a hunger-free Ontario
Financial Accountability Office says Ontario must cut $2.8 billion from health funding to balance the budget
Legal Aid Ontario’s funding shortages impact immigration, tenancy and disability law too
Mercury tainted soil from upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation

Ontario Nonprofit Network: Can charities and nonprofits help heal social division?
Government release: Ontario economy continues to grow in third quarter of 2016

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

ISAC’s pre-budget submission on $1 billion for social assistance – read it and support it, if you can
CCPA report: Predatory Lending: A survey of high interest alternative financial service users
Ontario Non-Profit Network is hiring a Decent Work Project Lead
Jan 17 author talk in Toronto: Toronto’s Poor – A Rebellious History
Jan 18 Webinar: Poverty & Housing in Canada
Stats Can: New housing price index, November 2016

Around the Province

St. Thomas bus pass pilot project starts February
Ontario commits to funding 3 supervised safe injection sites in Toronto
Millions in grants for needy students in the Toronto District School Board aren’t getting to them
Here’s the Social Planning Toronto report
Toronto Public Health collecting data on the deaths of people who are homeless

Unique program to help First Nations people navigate the justice system recognized in Sarnia
Welland homeless shelters are full, but one centre makes room
What will the City of Toronto’s budget cost – and who will it impact most?
City of Toronto warming centre defended as necessary “so people don’t die on our streets”
GoFundMe campaign launched to keep Guelph’s Out of Poverty Society operating

Average home price in the GTA jumped 20% in 2016
Toronto Mayor Tory’s move to privatize garbage collection is “not about ideology”
Residents speak out on Toronto’s 2017 city budget at Scarborough Civic Centre
Labour and business in Thunder Bay welcome new federal Minister of Labour

Across the Country

Edmonton single mom pleads for a pest-free home
Calgary area employment income down over $800 million in 2016
Income assistance keeps Manitobans at 50-70 per cent of poverty line: Protesters
Lobby group to Manitoba government: Make poverty a priority
Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission ordered to reconsider special diet case

Lack of affordable housing puts Sydney, Nova Scotia shelter in crunch
PEI government neglecting baby by not paying social assistance benefit to father for formula
Nunavut poverty reduction secretariat looks to add two new members
BC jobs plan not enough to address high poverty rate, says CCPA-BC
BC’s poverty rate is second highest in Canada: New report calls again for a poverty reduction plan

Poverty reduction supporter sets BC election target
City workers in Port Coquitlam, BC, now earn a living wage
Richmond, BC, votes to ban short-term rentals like Airbnb despite new rules
BC homeowner grant doesn’t distinguish between rich and poor


Ottawa projecting decades of deficits
Higher inflation in 2017 will cost average Canadian extra $1600 this year
Canada’s economy is off to a “strong start” in 2017 – can we keep it up?


Research in California shows $15 minimum wage has big impact on pay, none on jobs
Here’s the report
Higher Seattle minimum wage hasn’t hurt restaurant jobs growth after a year
Oregon woman evicted from senior housing for $338 in late rent freezes to death in parking garage
GOP legislators in Arizona plan to limit citizen initiatives and roll back minimum wage hike
Final jobs report under Obama underscores complicated legacy
Spain increases its minimum wage
Mexico raises minimum wage to cushion impact of fuel price increase
Australia’s automated social assistance payment reconciliation system delivers “a summer from hell”
Ration days again: Australia’s cashless welfare card ignites shame
Cashless welfare card treats Aboriginal people as third-class citizens
Australian welfare charity slams poverty shaming
The most bizarre excuses for not paying the UK minimum wage revealed
UK welfare minister “happy to look at” making benefit assessors wear cameras to prove tests are fair
Households on welfare in Japan hit record high for third month


Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

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Canadian Poverty Hub - New site launching April 2017

Canadian Poverty Hub

The Canadian Poverty Hub is being developed in partnership with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness [ ] at York University and will be integrated into the Homeless Hub [ ], a national online repository where services providers, researchers, government representatives, students, and the general public can access and share research, stories, and best practices on homelessness. Currently under development, the Canadian Poverty Hub is expected to launch in April 2017.

To submit resources for inclusion in the Poverty Hub email with a description of the resource and a link or an electronic copy.


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Poverty Reduction and Disability Income - February 2017
(Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Poverty Reduction and Disability Income
(PDF - 55KB, 3 pages)
By Sherri Torjman
February 2017
For years, Caledon has written about the need for a reformed architecture of income security in which constituent programs are adequate in both absolute and relative terms, portable across the country and respectful of human dignity. There is currently scant financial assistance available for working poor individuals and heads of households between ages 18 and 64. Caledon has argued for increases to the Working Income Tax Benefit, which is too modest to have a real impact on poverty. Neither are Canadians in this age group well served by the disability income system. Caledon has proposed a separate income program that would be run by the federal government and would replace provincial/territorial welfare for working age persons with severe disabilities. The design of the proposed Basic Income would be modelled on the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement for low-income seniors. The new benefit would be more adequate than current welfare programs and would be indexed. As part of this income security redesign, a negotiated accord would require reinvestment of provincial/territorial savings into a coherent system of disability supports for all persons with disabilities – whether working or on some program of income support.

Caledon Institute of Social Policy


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What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Labour Force Survey, January 2017 - February 10
Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2015
- February 10
--- Population size and growth in Canada: Key results from the 2016 Census -
February 8

Statistics Canada

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Labour Force Survey, January 2017
February 10, 2017
Employment rose by 48,000 (+0.3%) in January, building on gains observed in the latter part of 2016. The unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points to 6.8%. On a year-over-year basis, employment rose by 276,000 (+1.5%), with most of the increase occurring from August to January.

Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories, 2015
February 10, 2017
Revised data on provincial and territorial labour productivity and related variables in the business sector by industry from 2013 to 2015 are now available.

Population size and growth in Canada: Key results from the 2016 Census
February 8, 2017
Today, Statistics Canada provides Canadians with a first glimpse of the latest national statistical portrait with results of the 2016 Census count on population and dwellings. The count tallies 35,151,728 people who reported living in Canada on Census Day, May 10, 2016, and shows the patterns of population growth across the country.

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What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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

February 12, 2017
What's new online this week:
[ CRRU's online documents database contains thousands of resources relevant to ECEC policy and practice in Canada and internationally.
CRRU's website allows the user to quickly search or browse the database of documents.]

AECEO Submission to Ministry of Education, Early Years Division’s Consultation on Early Years and Child Care Strategy
8 Feb 2017 | Ontario
This response by the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) recognizes the Ontario government’s current child care commitment. The Association says that the transformative, groundbreaking, visionary change Associate Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris has suggested including a focus on quality, which means a well-educated and well-remunerated workforce. The province's goals are only attainable if the current precarious fee subsidy model shifts to long-term operational funding to services and a sliding-fee scale for families. The AECEO also calls for the outcome of the consultation to be made public.

Tapping economic potential through broader workforce participation
8 Feb 2017 | Canada
New report from the federal government's advisory council of economic growth highlights four groups that have the potential to grow the Canadian economy through increased participation in the workforce, one of which is women with young children. The council identifies the main barrier facing these women as finding affordable child care and propose a) increasing the Canada child benefit and b) creating a universal subsidized childcare program. The report shows how Quebec’s increase in affordable child care boosted women’s participation in the workforce.

STEM starts early: Grounding science, technology, engineering, and math education in early childhood
8 Feb 2017 | United States
New American report discusses the importance of including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning in early childhood environments. The authors view young children as engaged in and capable of learning STEM in developmentally appropriate ways. This learning is, they say, fundamental to developing skill sets for the 21st century. In conversation with various stakeholders, the authors identify: barriers to incorporating STEM into early learning, why it should be a priority and how we can create stronger connections to STEM at all levels of the ecological system.

Submission by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to the Ministry of Education Consultation on Child Care and Early Years Strategy
8 Feb 2017 | Ontario
Recent response from CUPE to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s consultation on their child care and early years strategy considers the four pillars that have been identified by the government (access, responsiveness, affordability and quality) and how these pillars are interrelated. The response provides recommendations that strengthen and guide each pillar including expansion of spaces through a publicly funded, planned and managed system for all children rather than the current market-based approach.


MORE research, policy & practice


Child care in the news - February 1, 2017
Use the keyword search feature to search child care in the news in the online documents database.

Metro Morning: Child care
8 Feb 2017 | Ontario

Kids and parents hold 'play in' protest at city hall over accessible child care
8 Feb 2017 | Ontario

Think big, start early: New effort to close gender gap in science starts in preschool
8 Feb 2017 | United States

Parents cheer mayor’s decision to delay daycare cut
8 Feb 2017 | Ontario

Tory's letter on child care seen as 'pleasant surprise' but issue not 'political football': advocate
8 Feb 2017 | Ontario


MORE child care in the news

Child Rights Information Network - CRIN
CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

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04 January 2017 - CRINmail 1512
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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.


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