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May 3, 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 (May 3, 2017) newsletter at this link:

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2864 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


* Ten things to know about program evaluation and the Calgary Homeless Foundation (May 2), By Nick Falvo, Ph.D
* Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot
- April 29 (Ontario Govt.)
* Ontario Budget 2017* - April 27- Govt. of Ontario
* Media & Policy News : April 27 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Age and sex, and type of dwelling data: Key results from the 2016 Census - May 3
--- Annual review of the labour market, 2016 - April 28
--- 2016 Census of Population advisory: Age and sex, and Type of dwelling - April 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2017
* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
* Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

* NOTE : Links to selected 2017 provincial, territorial and federal budget analyses can be found on this page:

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot - April 29
(The Chronicle Herald)

Ontario basic income pilot project to launch in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay:
3-year pilot will cost $50M a year and reach 4,000 households
[ Basic Income = Guaranteed Annual Income ]
By Kelly Bennett
April 24, 2017

CBC News
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday a plan to study basic income in Ontario, in a three-year pilot project based in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay.


Related links:

Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario
A discussion paper by Hugh D Segal
August 31, 2016

Government of Ontario

Ontario Liberals unveil balanced budget that features free youth pharmacare plan
Sousa on Thursday tabled the first Ontario budget without a deficit since 2008 thanks to a growing economy.

EDITORIAL: Learning from Ontario’s basic income pilot
April 29, 2017
The Ontario government’s plan to commence a three-year pilot program to test basic income (BI) should shed some light for the rest of Canada on the value of implementing such a program. The BI concept has been with us many years and is something on which we have editorialized before. Instituting a guaranteed BI to replace the scattered array of social assistance programs needs, as Ontario has decided, a pilot project to test it in practice. The Ontario plan will provide all adults aged 18-64 who participate $16,989 a year, Couples will receive $24,027. Those with a disability will receive an additional $6,000

The Chronicle Herald


A basic income could be the best way to tackle inequality
Robert Skidelsky
23 June 2016
In this precarious environment of work and welfare, universal income could guarantee a basic standard of living previously promised by both

The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Ontario Budget 2017- April 27
(Government of Ontario)

Ontario Budget 2017 - April 27, 2017
- includes a summary of the key initiatives that are laid out in this year’s Budget
- also includes links to the budget in brief (see below)

2017 Ontario Budget : A Stronger, Healthier Ontario (PDF - 6MB, 330 pages)

The budget in brief

Budget 2017 home
Making life more affordable
Strengthening Health Care
Improving Education
Creating Opportunities
A balanced budget
Empowering women and girls

More on the Ontario Budget for 2017:

Government of Ontario


From the
Toronto Star:

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Ontario Liberals unveil balanced budget that features free youth pharmacare plan:
Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Thursday tabled the first Ontario budget without a deficit since 2008 thanks to a growing economy.
April 27, 2017


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Ontario Liberals unveil 2017 budget
Ontario's Liberal government has tabled its first balanced budget in a decade and it's chock full of new spending, with the provincial economy firing on all cylinders and an election campaign one year away.


From Huffington Post Canada:
[ ]

Ontario Budget 2017: Liberals Introduce First Balanced Budget In A Decade

Media & Policy News : 27 April 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

Media & Policy News: 27 April 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

Click the link immediately above to access any of the articles in the list below.

Top Stories:


Six things you need to know before the Ontario budget
CCPA: Ontario provincial budget signals pre-election feve
Why the budget might be Kathleen Wynne’s last chance

Basic Income

Star: Ontario launches basic income pilot for 4000 in Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay
Globe: Ontario to roll out basic income in three cities
ISAC Q&A Backgrounder: Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Project: What it could mean for people on social assistance
Five questions on basic income as Ontario launches its experiment
Ontario to select First Nation for Basic Income Pilot Program in fall

Income pilot project delays action on social assistance: Northumberland poverty groups
Basic income finds support on right as “most transparent” form of redistribution
Walkom: Wynne’s basic income plan is bread without circuses
Four more arguments against real-world basic income
Want to end poverty? Let’s talk about a maximum income for Ontario
Government release: Giving more people an opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead
Government backgrounder: Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot
Premier’s Statement: Premier lays out plan for fairness and security in uncertain times

Child Care

Daycare boost in Ontario budget a boon for parents
Government news release: Helping Ontario families access affordable child care


OEB: Ontario Electricity Support Program to benefit more low-income consumers, increase credits by 50% – takes effect May 1
Hydro One extends no-disconnection policy to June
City of Toronto launches ads to dispel myths about people who are homeless

Fair Taxation

Canadian businesses pull money out of tax havens
Why the CRA is using this simple tactic to get you to pay your taxes

Housing and Homelessness

Geordie Dent: A win for tenants
What Ontario’s new housing plan means for renters
Government news release: Ontario introduces bill to protect tenants from unfair rent increases
Federal liberals set homelessness reduction targets ahead of provincial talks
Government of Canada takes historic action to create new rental housing

Planned closure of hundreds of Toronto’s social housing units called failure of governments as waiting list grows
Toronto activists say millions meant to fight homelessness sitting unused
OCAP: New report: Toronto robs from the poor: The Misuse of the Housing Stabilization Fund
Anti-poverty activists camp outside John Tory’s home
Toronto needs immediate solutions to ongoing homelessness crisis
Solutions to homelessness require community engagement
New approach must tackle root causes of homelessness


Ontario NDP says $475 million pharmacare plan could cover 125 drugs
Ontario NDP promising provincial pharmacare if elected in 2018
Star editorial: Horwath’s pharmacare proposal makes good sense


By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

ISAC Media and Publications Archive:
Links to several hundred l 2012 to date

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Age and sex, and type of dwelling data: Key results from the 2016 Census - May 3
--- Annual review of the labour market, 2016 - April 28
2016 Census of Population advisory: Age and sex, and Type of dwelling
- April 26
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2017 - April 27

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.


Age and sex, and type of dwelling data: Key results from the 2016 Census
May 3, 2017
From 2011 to 2016, Canada registered the largest increase in the proportion of seniors since Confederation. This acceleration of population aging is the result of the first baby boomers reaching the age of 65.


Annual review of the labour market, 2016
April 28, 2017
The article "Annual review of the labour market, 2016", released today in the Labour Statistics: Research Papers series, provides an analysis of current labour market trends using a combination of major indicators from the Labour Force Survey; the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours; the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey; and Employment Insurance statistics.


2016 Census of Population advisory: Age and sex, and Type of dwelling
April 26, 2017
Next week, Statistics Canada will turn its focus toward who Canadians are and the places they call home. As Canada continues to mark its 150th anniversary, the Agency will release the second installment of its year-long census story of our country and its people.


Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2017
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $968 in February, little changed from January and up 1.5% from 12 months earlier.
April 27, 2017


StatCan Blog


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

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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

May 3, 2017
What's new online this week:

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

New parents and child care survey
20 Jan 2017 | Canada
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is conducting a survey of parents and parents-to-be across Canada who are (or whose partner is) expecting a baby or on paid or unpaid maternity/parental leave. We are studying how parents make plans for child care to help develop strategies for helping families find child care arrangements. This anonymous survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please help us to circulate the survey, either by passing it on yourself to appropriate individuals or groups, through social media, by putting a link to it on your website or in a newsletter, or through other means. Please find links to the questionnaire, available in English and French, on this page as well as attached survey logos that can be used in your outreach strategies.

The economic consequences of family policies: Lessons from a century of legislation in high-income countries
26 Apr 2017 | International
International paper tracks family policies affecting female employment, gender wage gaps and fertility from the late 19th century through to today. An evaluation of government spending on early childhood education and care reveals it had the single biggest effect on boosting women's employment, decreasing gender pay gaps and boosting fertility rates.

The future of childcare in London: Devolving funding for greater affordability, access and equality

26 Apr 2017 | Europe
New article makes the case that London's lack of access to affordable child care is keeping mothers, especially low income mothers, out of employment. London is uniquely impacted by high child care costs, lack of spaces and not enough supports requiring specialist education for young children. Authors suggest child care funding be decentralized and instead be drawn from London's business taxes for supply side funding to improve services. Policy recommendations are made for the short, medium and long term.

Integrated early childhood education and care: Results of a European survey and literature review
26 Apr 2017 | Europe
This report maps the degree to which early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs and services within EU member states are considered integrated across age groups and sectors and discusses the importance of integration for quality. Authors place emphasis on those populations most affected by fragmented ECEC services; namely, migrant and Roma children, children with special needs and those living in poverty. The report delineates essential policy issues as well as goals and key criteria for improved integration.

Twelve flawed statements of the Fraser Institute on Quebec’s childcare program
20 Apr 2017 | Canada
This short paper by Quebec economist Pierre Fortin analyzes and corrects arguments raised against Quebec's child care system as the exemplar of a universal approach. He presents data and research to counter what he calls "flawed statements" covering 12 points including: the province's still-long waiting lists; the program's negative impact on child development; whether fathers' employment fell as mothers' rose; and whether the public costs of the program have been "explosive".

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news
Use the keyword search below for searching child care in the news in the online documents database.

Mayor proposes early childhood education for all three-year-olds in city
3 May 2017 | United States

You must be kidding: Confronting key myths about Quebec’s childcare system
26 Apr 2017 | Canada

Finance Canada was cautious on linking child care to women at work: documents

26 Apr 2017 | Canada

6,700 Finnish families to gain free access to early-childhood education
26 Apr 2017 | International

Ontario budget to pump millions into child care subsidies
26 Apr 2017 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news

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

Advice for employers on helping working mothers who 'suffer a 3 per cent pay penalty'
19 Apr 2017 | Europe

Theresa May announces general election for 8 June
19 Apr 2017 | Europe

Commentary: Child care isn’t just a parental issue. It’s a concern for employers, too
19 Apr 2017 | United States

Report calls for 30,000 new child-care spaces in Toronto by 2026
19 Apr 2017 | Ontario

What should American child care look like? Some say: A public good
19 Apr 2017 | United States

MORE child care in the news

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.


Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

26 April 2017 - CRINmail issue 1528

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Care institutions and orphanages
- Refugees and armed conflict
- Sexual abuse
- Child trafficking
- Child marriage
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:

Upcoming events
World news
Challenging violations
Take action

19 April 2017 - CRINMAIL issue 1527
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Violence against children
- Privacy and digital rights
- Famine and gender
- Migration and child protection
- Health and physical integrity
Upcoming events


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click the link below to the period you wish to examine:

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive I (2014-2015- 2016)
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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.


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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.


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


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