Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 3, 2016

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.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,831 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...



Canadian content:

1. Media & Policy News for 1 April 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy 2015 Annual Report (Ontario Government) - March 31
3. Employment Insurance, January 2016 (Statistics Canada) - March 24
4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Aboriginal Peoples Survey: Data tables, 2012 - April 1
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2016 - March 31
--- Canada at a Glance, 2016 - March 31
--- Consolidated Canadian Classification of Functions of Government, 2014 -
March 31
--- Police resources in Canada, 2015
- March 30

5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
7. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Media & Policy News for 1 April 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 1 April 2016

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

Top Stories

Pikangikum house fire direct result of chronic poverty
First Nations firefighters call for inquiry
Just paint over it: Kashechewan’s endless battle with mould

More on the federal budget:

Budget restores Court Challenges program
EI changes: What workers need to know
Wellesley: What does the federal budget do for affordable housing in Ontario?
Caledon: The social-policy-is-back budget
Morneau says review of federal tax breaks, to increase fairness and revenues, is coming
“Feminist” Trudeau delivers deeply un-feminist first budget
Trudeau’s promises of ‘renewed relationship’ with First Nations evaporated with Liberal budget
What’s missing from the budget for seniors?
With budget tabled, Morneau prepares to refocus on CPP expansion

More on Basic Income:

Poll suggests Ontarians are warming to the idea of a guaranteed minimum income
How progressive is a basic income?
Basic income could end food insecurity
John Clarke: Looking the basic income gift horse in the mouth
Small business would benefit from a basic income guarantee
Two takes on basic income, in letters to the Star’s editor
WorkSafeBC uses questionable methods to deny injured workers’ claims
Kashechewan children’s horrible skin problems blamed on poverty and overcrowding


Parents urge province to ban daycare wait list fees
Government releases Poverty Reduction Strategy Annual Report for 2015
Ontario Electricity Support Program enrollment numbers improve
MPP says changes to seniors drug plan not healthy
Poll results: Provincial party leader approval rating

Reports, Events, Campaigns, and Other Good Things

Caledon Institute: Designing a housing allowance program
Report shows First Nations people at greater risk of developing cancer
Reasonable doubt: 10 important tips for tenants
Report concludes migrant workers should get settlement services and permanent residence
Urban Worker Project launches for fairness for contract workers
April 9: OCAP rally for food security and raise in social assistance: Toronto

Around the Province

More funds could be going to Peterborough CSUMB-replacement fund to prevent homelessness
Creating Community partnership project aims to tackle poverty in Belleville
Thunder Bay student packs purses for women in need
Poverty reduction panel makes recommendations to end poverty in London
Who is the working poor? This woman from Cambridge is.
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to take on social and economic issues related to public health
Anti-poverty advocates call on Toronto’s Mayor Tory to add shelter beds to address homelessness crisis

Across the Country
Advocates call on New Brunswick for more funding for public housing unit repairs
Halifax food bank application form raises privacy concerns
Saskatchewan study ties rising wealth inequality to worse health among province’s poorest
Doctor examines Saskatchewan parties’ election commitments and finds them lacking
Ottawa woman wins $104K in wrongful dismissal suit after 25 years at McDonald’s
BC report shows homelessness is an early death sentence
Raising BC’s minimum wage an important step in tackling poverty


Walkom: Trudeau is tiptoeing back into the temporary foreign workers program minefield

On changes to EI:

Five changes in the budget
Employment Insurance could come with a guarantee
Morneau defends plan that leaves out parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan
Trudeau and Brad Wall spar over EI
Trudeau defends regional decision-making
Ottawa to “review and monitor” revised EI program
StatsCan report says economy doing better than budget suggested
The debt crisis Canada’s not talking about – private debt
MPs and Senators get pay hike while Canadians struggle with stagnant wages and rising unemployment


California to gradually raise minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022
Governor says raising minimum wage a “matter of economic justice”
Automation in the low-wage restaurant sector a good argument for guaranteed annual income
New calculator predicts poverty risk in US
Another US state introduces drug tests for welfare applicants
What the Clinton library says about welfare reform
Italy to introduce law that requires supermarkets to give unsold food to charity
UK study shows children in poverty more likely to have problems with friendships, be bullied

Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

2. Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy 2015 Annual Report - March 31
(Ontario Government)

Bulletin : Improving Outcomes for Ontarians Living in Poverty
March 31, 2016
News Release
Ontario has released its Poverty Reduction Strategy 2015 Annual Report, which highlights the progress being made to lift more people and families out of poverty and improve the lives of the province's most vulnerable people.

Complete report:

Poverty Reduction Strategy (2015 Annual Report)
Ontario is working to ensure that everyone in the province has an opportunity to reach their full potential. We’re working to make that happen through our Poverty Reduction Strategy. This Annual Report highlights the progress we made together in 2015, and outlines the work ahead.

Table of contents:
Minister’s message
Breaking the cycle of poverty for children and youth
Helping people achieve employment and income security
Ending chronic homelessness in Ontario
Measuring our success

Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat


Additional Resources:

Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Poverty Reduction Strategy 2015 Annual Report

Local Poverty Reduction Fund


- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

3. Employment Insurance, January 2016 - March 24
(Statistics Canada)

March 24, 2016
Employment Insurance, January 2016
In January, the number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits totalled 543,100, virtually unchanged from the previous month. Seven provinces, however, saw an increase in the number of EI beneficiaries.

Labour stats from StatCan


- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Aboriginal Peoples Survey: Data tables, 2012 - April 1
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2016 - March 31
--- Canada at a Glance, 2016 - March 31
--- Consolidated Canadian Classification of Functions of Government, 2014 -
March 31
--- Police resources in Canada, 2015
- March 30

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:


March 31, 2016
Aboriginal Peoples Survey: Data tables, 2012

March 31, 2016
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, January 2016
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $953 in January, down 0.7% from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, average weekly earnings were little changed (+0.4%).

March 31, 2016
Canada at a Glance, 2016
The 2016 edition of Canada at a Glance is now available.
Canada at a Glance presents current statistics on Canadian demography, education, health and aging, justice, housing, income, labour market, households, economy, travel, finance, agriculture, foreign trade and the environment.
Recommended reading!

March 30, 2016
Consolidated Canadian Classification of Functions of Government, 2014
Canadian general government (CGG) expenses increased 1.4% from 2013 to 2014, less than half the 2.9% average growth rate seen since 2008

March 30, 2016
Police resources in Canada, 2015
On the snapshot date of May 15, 2015, there were 68,777 police officers in Canada, 29 fewer than in the previous year. The rate of police strength declined 0.9% from the previous year to 192 officers per 100,000 population. After increasing from 1999 to 2010, the rate of police strength in Canada declined for four consecutive years.

March 30, 2016
Study: Women in Canada: Senior women
Almost 90% of senior women reported having been employed in their lifetime. Over the last several decades, women have increasingly become labour force participants, resulting in a rising proportion of senior women having been employed in their lifetime.

March 29, 2016
Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2015
The proportion of adults aged 25 to 64 who had completed high school was higher in Canada than in all but four of the reporting members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Check past issues of The Daily:
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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

April 3, 2016
What's new online this week:

Response to the Government of Ontario on proposed changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act (2014) and the Education Act: Phase 2 Regulations
30 Mar 2016 | Ontario
New brief from CRRU highlights concerns about proposed Phase 2 regulatory changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act (2014) and the Education Act. Our response urges the Ontario government to abandon the proposed changes discussed and to begin to put in place a comprehensive evidence-based policy process with the explicit aim of developing a full plan for a high quality, integrated, equitable, universal early childhood education and care system

Response to proposed regulations and changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014
30 Mar 2016 | Ontario
Response from the Inclusive Early Childhood Service System (IECSS) offers feedback on proposed Phase 2 regulations vis-a-vis children with special needs, presents analysis of the current regulations for children with special needs under the Child Care and Early Years Act (2014) and makes recommendations for new regulations. They note that the definition of “special needs” must be aligned with the values of inclusion.

Gender equality, child development and job creation: How to reap the ‘triple dividend’ from early childhood education and care services
30 Mar 2016 | International
2015 brief from the UN discusses different mechanisms for financing, delivering and regulating ECEC services and highlights promising avenues for realizing the triple dividend of facilitating women’s labour force participation, enhancing children’s capabilities and creating decent jobs in the paid care sector. The author argues that the key is high-quality childcare that is available, affordable, accessible and compatible with the needs of working parents.

Bargaining over babies: Theory, evidence, and policy implications
30 Mar 2016 | Europe
Recent article published by the The National Bureau of Economic Research [U.S.] uses newly available data on fertility preferences and outcomes to show that European countries with very low fertility rates often have an unequal distribution of child care responsibility between mothers and fathers. The authors suggest that a policy that lowers the child care burden specifically on mothers can be more than twice as effective at increasing the fertility rate compared to a general child subsidy.

2016 Federal Budget
23 Mar 2016 | Canada
On March 22, 2016 the new Liberal federal government tabled their first budget. CRRU has gathered links to the federal budget documents, a selection of responses from child care and social policy groups, as well as media coverage analyzing the budget. The Liberal Government has proposed to invest $500 million in 2017-18 to support the establishment of a National Framework on Early Learning and Child Care.

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Economics can't be encapsulated into knowledge pills. And that matters for research funding.
30 Mar 2016 | Canada

The work that makes work possible
30 Mar 2016 | United States

A new study says that if European governments want more babies, they’re really missing the point
30 Mar 2016 | Europe

Ontario child-care changes to be protested by MPP Gretzky
30 Mar 2016 | Ontario

Advocates for better child care standards deliver 5000-name petition to MPP's office
30 Mar 2016 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news


- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Click the link above, then (on the next page) select a date on the calendar to see media items for that date.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:

7. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.


Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

30 March 2016 - CRINmail issue 1473
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Teen set for execution in Iran
- Abuse, transparency & accountability
- Call to stop criminalising drug use
- Early and forced marriage
- Armed conflict takes its toll
Case study from Peru: Abortion guidelines established after 90-year delay
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns
- Guides


To see a larger 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)
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014 and 2015, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive II (2011-2013)
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
- 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.


Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail


CRIN News Archive


CRIN Country Pages : CANADA


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.


Canada and Children's Rights
- from the Children's Rights Wiki


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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In 2015, the state of New Hampshire had the lowest state poverty rate as % of the population : 9.2%.
The state with the highest poverty rate was Mississippi at 21.5%. "Overall poverty rate" means the % of people who had incomes below the poverty line ($23,834 for a family of four in 2014.)

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