Canadian Social Research Newsletter

August 1, 2017


Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

You can find the online version of this (August 1, 2017) newsletter at this link:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news010817.htm

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2865 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

* Ten Things to Know About Social Assistance in Alberta - July 24, 2017 (Nick Falvo, Calgary Homeless Foundation)
* A Family Living Wage for Manitoba : 2016-17 Update June 29, 2017 - (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba Office)
* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
* Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
* CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

A Renewed Voice for Social Canada - July 2017
Suggestion : A
Canadian Council on Inclusion and Wellbeing

A Renewed Voice for Social Canada
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1116
By Michael Mendelson (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
July 2017

Abstract:
The federal government’s promised poverty reduction strategy must be more than a one-time commitment. It must provide for independent continuing appraisal and reappraisal of where we are and where we need to be, as the economy and society change. This paper proposes that the Government of Canada, as part of its poverty reduction strategy, put in place a new ‘institution’ provisionally called the Canadian Council on Inclusion and Wellbeing*. The paper describes the reasons and the historical roots for such a Council. It then details a proposed structure and financing for the Council.

* For more information concerning the Canadian Council on Inclusion and Wellbeing,
click the link above ("A Renewed Voice..." ) and then turn to page 4.

Complete text (PDF - 6 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1116ENG.pdf

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

Related links:

United Way Centraide Canada
http://www.unitedway.ca/

Supplemental Policy Paper:
A Renewed Voice for Social Canada
(PDF - 12 pages)*
http://www.unitedway.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/UWCC-Supplemental-Policy-Paper-A-Renewed-Voice-for-Social-Canada.pdf
July 14, 2017
* For more information concerning the Canadian Council on Inclusion and Wellbeing,
click the link to the supplemental policy paper immediately above and then turn to page 8.

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- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty2.htm

Ten Things to Know About Social Assistance in Alberta - July 24, 2017
(Nick Falvo, Calgary Homeless Foundation)

Ten Things to Know About Social Assistance in Alberta
http://calgaryhomeless.com/info/research-blog/ten-things-know-social-assistance-alberta/
Posted July 24, 2017
By Nick Falvo, PhD
[Click the link above to access more info on each of the ten things ]

Ten Things to Know About Social Assistance in Alberta is part two of a two-part blog series on social assistance.
Part one, which looks at social assistance across Canada, can be accessed here:
http://calgaryhomeless.com/info/research-blog/ten-things-know-social-assistance-canada/

Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at Calgary Homeless Foundation.

The ten things:

1. It’s always been challenging for households to qualify for—and maintain—social assistance in Alberta.
2. In 1986, the Edmonton Social Planning Council published a controversial document. (The Other Welfare Manual).
3. In the 1990s, rules for social assistance receipt in Alberta became harsher and benefit levels were reduced.
4. Since that time, it’s been even more difficult for people to access social assistance throughout the province.
5. Across Alberta municipalities, it’s possible that there are discrepancies in the way social assistance offices interpret rules and administer benefits.
6. In Alberta, persons experiencing homelessness are not eligible to receive certain forms of social assistance.
7. Earlier this year, the Alberta government streamlined the AISH application process.
8. Even though the cost of rental housing is substantially higher in Calgary than in other Alberta municipalities, social assistance benefit levels are the same across the entire province.
9. When it comes to the percentage of each city’s homeless population receiving social assistance, one factor that may help explain the discrepancy between Calgary and the rest of Alberta may be labour market attachment.
10. Today, the Alberta government is under considerable political pressure to control spending.

Source:
Calgary Homeless Foundation
http://calgaryhomeless.com/

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- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

A Family Living Wage for Manitoba : 2016-17 Update - June 29, 2017
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba Office)

A Family Living Wage for Manitoba : 2016-17 Update (PDF - 407KB, 12 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Manitoba%20Office/2017/06/CCPA-MB%20Living%20Wage%202017%20final.pdf
By Lynne Fernandez, Jesse Hajer and James Langridge
June 29, 2017
Families who work for low wages face impossilbe choices--buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent. The result can be spiralling debt, constant anxiety and long-term health problems. This reports breaks out the differences in actual costs for single parent and two-parent families in three locations in the province of Manitoba: Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson. And with these real costs proposes a living wage for these families. See full report.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba Office

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/manitoba

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- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

No new related content this week.

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

Statistics Canada Home Page
http://www.statcan.gc.ca

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

July 31, 2017
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Early Learning Study: What happened next
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/07/organisation-economic-co-operation-and-development%E2%80%99s-intern
26 Jul 2017 | International
Recent article aims to raise concerns about the OECD's proposal for an International Early Learning Study (IELS). Although the authors believe study lacks sufficient insight into the contexts and cultures of participants, they wish to see further comparative studies of ECEC, which adopt an approach that is respectful of diversity and welcoming of complexity.

IMF Working Paper - Women are key for future growth: Evidence from Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/07/imf-working-paper-women-are-key-future-growth-evidence-cana
25 Jul 2017 | Canada
A shrinking labor force challenges Canada to speed up labour productivity growth. This IMF paper identifies women as key to this challenge citing Canada’s substantial gender employment gap and finding that increased women’s employment would have a significant impact on labour productivity. However, high child care fees outside Quebec act as a disincentive for women to work as does the structure of the Canada Child Benefit. The authors calculate marginal costs to families and benefits to the economy of maximizing outcomes of public spending, highlighting provision of affordable publicly funded child care as well as targeting the Canada Child Benefit to employed or studying parents.

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs regarding Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/07/association-early-childhood-educators-ontario-aeceo-submiss
25 Jul 2017 | Ontario
Recent AECEO submission to the Standing Committee on Finances and Economic Affairs calls for amendments to Bill 148 to ensure it can close the gaps and raise the floor of minimum standards for the highest possible number of workers in Ontario.

Family policies in Scandinavia
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/07/family-policies-scandinavia
24 Jul 2017 | Europe
2014 report on family policies in Scandinavia finds Denmark, Norway and Sweden have all invested heavily in the creation of generous welfare states and have managed over time to develop encompassing and generous family policies for child families.

After 30 years... How is child care in Canada doing and where to next?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/07/after-30-years-how-child-care-canada-doing-and-where-next
19 Jul 2017 | Canada
The Canadian Child Care Federation's summer edition of Interaction features five lively and timely discussions between leaders in the ECEC sector as well as a retrospective piece from Martha Friendly in a reflective letter to her former self.

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MORE research, policy & practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice
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2. Child care in the news
Use the keyword search below for searching child care in the news in the online documents database.

Liberals can afford to spend $8 billion a year on daycare program, IMF says
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/07/liberals-can-afford-spend-8-billion-year-daycare-program-imf-says
26 Jul 2017 | Canada

Parents step up to head off daycare closure in western Nunavut
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/07/parents-step-head-daycare-closure-western-nunavut
26 Jul 2017 | Nunavut

Women are right to be angry at the pay gap
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/07/women-are-right-be-angry-pay-gap
26 Jul 2017 | Europe

Province’s child care affordability study to be led by U of T prof
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/07/province%E2%80%99s-child-care-affordability-study-be-led-u-t-prof-0
26 Jul 2017 | Ontario

Nova Scotia pre-primary program gets mixed response
26 Jul 2017 | Nova Scotia
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/07/nova-scotia-pre-primary-program-gets-mixed-response

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MORE child care in the news
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network - CRIN
http://crin.org/
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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Latest issues of CRINMAIL

26 July 2017 - CRINmail issue 1541
http://mailchi.mp/crin/the-week-in-childrens-rights-699521?e=007dcf26d9

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Bodily integrity and health
- Armed conflict
- Juvenile justice
- Sexual abuse
- Education and privatisation
Upcoming events
Employment

20 July 2017 - CRINmail issue 1540
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1540

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Sexual abuse and exploitation
- Refugees and migrants
- Health and nutrition
- Child marriage
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging violations
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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To see a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL going back to 2011,
click the link below to the period you wish to examine:

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive I (2014-2015- 2016)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014 and 2015, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive II (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- incl. links to the complete collection of CRINMAIL newsletters right back to #1 in July 2006
BUT there's no table of contents, so you must click each link to see the content of each issue.

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* Violence CRINmail

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
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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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm

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