Canadian Social Research Newsletter

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

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2870 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


* Are Canada and OECD Countries Reducing Income Inequality? - January 17, 2018 (by Terrance Hunsley, Politudes)
* BIEN NewsFlash (monthly newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network) January 2018 issue
* Media & Policy News: 12 January AND 19 January 2018 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2016 - December 15
--- Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2017 - December 12
--- Canadians' perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2014 - December 12
--- Employment Insurance, October 2017 - December 12
--- Ontario Child Health Study, 2014 - December 19
--- Canadian Housing Statistics Program - December 19
--- StaCan Blog : 2017 --- The year in Statistics - December 21
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2017 - January 5, 2018
* 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)

Are Canada and OECD Countries Reducing Income Inequality? - January, 17, 2018
(by Terrance Hunsley, Politudes)

Are Canada and OECD Countries Reducing Income Inequality?
Posted on January 17, /2018
By Terrance Hunsley, Politudes
Many people, especially social advocacy groups, feel that government commitments to the welfare state started a long period of retrenchment in the late seventies. The idea that a country can insulate its citizens from economic risk and ensure an adequate standard of living, has been seen as utopian in mainstream politics in recent decades. The evidence that most people see, is the increasing economic inequality among the working population, and between them and the uber-rich. Indeed, Barack Obama cited inequality as the defining challenge of our times.

Politudes: International Social Policy Monitor
Politudes provides information capsules, summaries and commentary on national and international developments in social policy, research on social well-being, and the effectiveness of social programs and systems

Fourth in a Series:
Futures Entwined: The Nation State and the Welfare State


NOTE: If you haven't yet perused the content of the Politudes website, I strongly recommend that you check it out --- you'll find a TON of content.
So get yourself a cuppa joe and pull up a chair - there are hundreds of relevant articles on this site, with all content links appearing on the Politudes home page
( )


- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:

BIEN NewsFlash (monthly newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network)
January 2018 issue

BIEN NewsFlash (monthly newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network)
January 2018 issue[UNIQID]

Selected content :

SCOTLAND: Scottish Government provides £250k to support feasibility work on Basic Income pilots

VATICAN: Basic income can’t be ignored, says Vatican expert

International Labour Office report discusses Basic Income

European survey reveals significant public support for Basic Income

SWITZERLAND: Zurich city parliament decides to examine a Basic Income pilot project for two city districts

USA: Cash transfers to victims of Hurricane Harvey: a useful experiment

CANADA: Deloitte future jobs report recommends basic income

CANADA: Canadian Association of Social Workers Recommends UBIG of $20,000 As a Better Alternative Than Negative Income Tax

UK: Steven Davies reviews Rutger Bregman’s “Utopia for Realists”

Is a UK basic income pilot possible?

More relevant content[UNIQID]

BIEN NewsFlash

BIEN’s NewsFlash is mailed electronically every month to over 12,000 subscribers throughout the world
This is a link to the January 2018 issue of BIEN's Newsflash was recently disseminated to the Newsflash mailing list.

Founded in 1986, the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) aims to serve as a link between all individuals and groups interested in basic income (i.e. a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement) and to foster informed discussion on this topic throughout the world.

Related links:

Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) [ ] is a voluntary, non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting informed, constructive public dialogue leading to a basic income guarantee in Canada.


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

Media & Policy News: 12 January 2018
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

+ BONUS links updated to 19 January 2018

Media & Policy News: 12 January 2018
(By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Click the link immediately above to access the complete text of ALL media items below.


Top Stories

Minimum Wage and Workers’ Rights

Tim Hortons locations hit by protests over wage clawbacks
“Greed is not OK”: Backlash grows against Tim Hortons worker benefit cuts
Demonstrators picket Tim Hortons after cuts to employee benefits
What a day of protesting against Tim Hortons looks like
Tim Hortons faces protests over employee benefit cuts
Children of Tim Hortons co-founders cut worker benefits at their franchises over wage hike
Multiple Tim Horton’s franchises, other businesses cut pay, benefits, citing minimum wage hike
Op-Ed: Wynne: Pick a fight with me Mr. Joyce, not those working the Tim Horton’s pickup window
Op-Ed: Dan Kelly: The premier should not be picking fights with small business owners
Scarborough Tim Horton’s workers banned from accepting tips after wage hike
The hypocrisy of Tim Hortons, a business built on coffee breaks
Tim Hortons slams franchisees for response to Ontario minimum wage hike
Benefits cuts by Tim Hortons franchises “premature”: NDP critic
What employers are doing in response to higher minimum wages
Minimum wage hike spurs Ontario businesses to cut benefits, hours
Clawing back employee perks after minimum wage hike “completely unacceptable,” Ontario labour minister says
Ontario investigating companies for “illegal” minimum-wage hike reactions
Ontario to crack down on companies breaking the law to cope with minimum wage
Labour activists will picket a Dundas Tim Hortons to support minimum wage workers
Why these small business owners are embracing the minimum wage boost
Ontario coffee franchise continues to pay above minimum wage, despite province-wide hike
Relax, Ontario’s minimum wage increase will not lead to massive job losses
Letter to the editor: I’m not buying the excuses
Op-Ed: Alberta hasn’t suffered for raising the minimum wage
Alberta’s minimum wage hike working despite gloomy predictions
Rising minimum wages could speed up automation not relocations: labour leaders
What the law says about workers’ rights
Government release: Ontario workers receive first paycheques with new minimum wage – Higher wages will help increase business productivity and decrease employee turnover
Injured workers losing out on Ontario’s wage bump. Here’s why
ONIWG: WSIB is using the minimum wage to cut injured worker benefits. Government must step in to prevent disaster
Financial Post: Wynne’s cynical wage hike proves she’s not really on your side
National Post: What did Ontario’s small business owners ever do to deserve this?
Employment Standards Act changes don’t add up

Income Security: A Roadmap for Change

ISAC’s submission
Maytree submission: Time to get moving: Ontario’s income security roadmap
Association of Municipalities of Ontario
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association
Ontario College of Family Physicians and College of Family Physicians of Canada

Ontario Pre-Budget 2018

ISAC: Ontario Budget 2018: Time to push for Roadmap and more
How to participate in the Minister of Finance’s 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations
How to participate in the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs consultations (note that the deadline for written submissions is 5pm next Friday, January 19)
Income tax return filing changes for people with low incomes
CRA to allow low-income Canadians to file returns by phone – and will get deductions, benefits and credits without having to do paperwork or calculations
Canada Revenue Agency tweaks tax return process – here’s what to know
Government website: File My Return

Toronto’s Shelter Crisis

Biting cold exposes deeper rot in Toronto’s attitudes to poverty
Matt Elliott: Toronto’s shelter shortage is a crisis by design Street nurses use their breaks to help people who are homeless out in the bitter cold
The shelter crisis forces us to ask hard questions about society
Ontario to renovate former youth jail to help shelter Toronto’s homeless
No rooms available: A community organization decides to take over a rooming house
Imagine cities that shelter people, not war
New men’s shelter opens its doors in Leslieville
Homeless shelter crisis reveals unabashed attempt to legitimize inequality

Other Top Stories

I’ll start 2018 by recognizing my white privilege
Registered Nurses can now complete application forms for people applying for ODSP
ODSP recipients in Scarborough are asking MPPs to address their needs
Ottawa pouring an extra $3.6 billion into veterans’ benefits
Star editorial: Tax Fairness is the right priority
$500M recouped worldwide from tax cheats due to Panama Papers – but none of it in Canada
WSIB reverses majority of denied GE Peterborough cancer claims
A year of raised hopes and painful losses for ailing GE Peterborough retirees
Worth Repeating: Companies should have to pay pension funds before shareholders: CCPA Report


No quick fix for Ontario’s energy woes, electricity analyst says
New Ontario rule banning carding by police takes effect
New legal clinic for Black Ontarians in place by August 2018
Ontario health ministry keeps secret list of high risk long-term care homes
Premiers’ Performance: Wall, Horgan remain on top, Atlantic premiers’ approval sees volatility
Government release: Ontario added more than 175,000 jobs in 2017
Government release: Ontario enhancing workplace health and safety
Government release: Ontario signs tobacco agreement-in-principle with Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
Government release: Free prescription medications for everyone under 25
Find out if your medication is covered
Government release: Improving living spaces for people with developmental disabilities

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Jan 18 in Toronto: PEPSO Book Release – Precarious Employment: Causes, Consequences and Remedies
Stats Can: Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2017
Where do injured workers go when they’re denied workers’ compensation and can’t return to work? They go on ODSP, that’s whereResource: Legal services in Ontario
Resource: Sources for online legal information
Resource: How can you tell if the legal information you get online is reliable?
Resource: Changes to Employment Insurance benefits for new parents

Around the Province

New City of Hamilton rules would only allow 15 payday loan outlets
Windsor Street Help resists efforts by officials to remove homeless men from centre
Ottawa & District Labour Council flooded with complaints about responses to minimum wage laws
Labour leaders hold rally at Windsor Tim Hortons in support of workers
Anger brews in Cobourg over Tim Hortons’ response to Ontario minimum wage
Clawbacks to Tim Hortons breaks and benefits not okay, say London labour activists
Protests held at select Toronto Tim Hortons locations over clawbacks
Tim Hortons workers in Dundas lose paid breaks, Timbits after minimum wage hike
Protest held at Tim Hortons in Dundas after reports of cuts to employee benefits
‘Hold the sugar, hold the cream, Tim Hortons don’t be mean,’ protesters chant
Demonstrations against Tim Hortons hit Guelph
Labour unions rally at Tim Hortons locations over minimum wage response
Local backlash against Tim Hortons continues after benefit cuts

Across the Country

“A huge success”: Pilot project helps address worker shortage on PEI farms


Ottawa axes $1,000 application fee to hire foreign nannies and caregivers
Liberals look to put stamp on CMHC with new board focused on social housing
CPJ head says poverty reduction and climate change are major items for 2018
Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year


Number of people requesting charitable grants to pay for basic items grows by 244% after government cuts
A new trial in Scotland may bring Universal Basic Income to life
Number of households in Japan on welfare hit record high in October
Trump administration sends mixed messages on welfare work rules
Raising the minimum wage in Britain has been a huge benefit to workers – and employers are largely unharmed


ISAC Media & Policy News: January 19, 2018

NOTE: The link immediately above will take you to a list of useful and timely resources, mainly media coverage of trending items, e.g., minimum wage, shoddy treatment of Sears employees and much more --- about the same number of links to media items as January 12, above. There's something for everyone in this large collection of links...


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

ISAC Media and Publications Archive:
Links to several hundred items (mostly media) from 2012 to date

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

[New Brunswick] Poverty Reduction : Annual Review of the Gallant Government in 2017

New Brunswick

Poverty Reduction : Annual Review of the Gallant Government in 2017 (small PDF file, 24 pages)
December 2017

NB Common Front for Social Justice Inc.


Version française:

Bilan annuel du gouvernement de Brian Gallant dans sa lutte contre la pauvreté (fichier PDF - 24 pages)
Décembre 2017

Front commun pour la justice sociale
du Nouveau-Brunswick inc.


- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2016 - December 15
Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2017 - December 12
--- Canadians' perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2014 - December 12
--- Employment Insurance, October 2017 - December 12
--- Ontario Child Health Study, 2014 - December 19
--- Canadian Housing Statistics Program - December 19
--- StaCan Blog : 2017 --- The year in Statistics - December 21
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2017 - January 5, 2018

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.


December 15, 2017
Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2016
The eligibility rate for receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits was 85.4% in 2016, up from 82.8% in 2015. The increase was most notable among people aged 25 to 44 and men of all ages.


December 12, 2017
Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2017
In 2016, 91% of Canada aged 25 to 64 had at least a high school diploma or postsecondary credential, well above the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 78%. Only the Czech Republic (94%) and Poland (92%), posted higher proportions. The United States was comparable with Canada at 90%.


December 12, 2017
Canadians' perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2014
A sense of one's personal safety is linked to overall feelings of well-being. Alternatively, a perceived lack of safety can have numerous adverse effects on individuals and communities, such as reduced social cohesion and increased spending on crime protection, as well as having negative effects on both physical and mental health.


December 19, 2017
Employment Insurance, October 2017
In October, 510,000 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, virtually unchanged from September. While there was little change for the month, the number of EI recipients has been on a downward trend since October 2016.


December 19, 2017
Ontario Child Health Study, 2014
The school experiences of children aged 4 to 11, whether academic or social, are important to understanding their overall well-being. How children spend their leisure time outside of school can also be important for their well-being, as it allows them to develop social skills and peer relationships


December 19, 2017
Canadian Housing Statistics Program
Statistics Canada has undertaken a joint project with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to develop a framework designed to address data gaps related to housing. This marks the first release from the Canadian Housing Statistics Program (CHSP), the framework that provides a coherent and consistent structure to measure the ownership of Canadian residential real estate.


December 21, 2017
StaCan Blog : 2017 --- The year in Statistics
Excellent overvbiew of what's been happening in StatCan with respect to statistics on a plethora of topics.


January 5, 2018
Labour Force Survey, December 2017
Employment increased for a third consecutive month, up 79,000 in December. The unemployment rate continued on a downward trend, decreasing by 0.2 percentage points to 5.7%, the lowest since comparable data became available in January 1976.


- 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

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

January 18, 2018
What's new online this week:

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

Junior kindergarten for 4-year-olds
17 Jan 2018 | Quebec
This report analyzes quality in Quebec's full-day 4-year-old kindergarten - introduced to foster school readiness in children from disadvantaged areas. It found educational quality in full-day and half-day programs was low and had little impact on school readiness. The researchers note a need for increased investment to achieve the stated goals and meet the individual needs of the children.

Quebec’s childcare program at 20
17 Jan 2018 | Quebec
Twenty years since the inception of Quebec's child care program, Pierre Fortin offers an economic analysis of and insight into the question, "Have the effects of Quebec's childcare program on mothers' incomes and child development been positive and significant enough to justify the cost?" Fortin engages with arguments made by the Fraser Institute and the Montreal Economic Institute, presenting evidence to counter. In doing so, a more nuanced understanding of how Quebec's childcare policies have impacted residents and the economy emerges.

State of the world's fathers: Time for action
17 Jan 2018 | International
New report from Men Care draws critical connections between unpaid care work, gender inequality, and poverty while pointing to laws and policies that have been successful in tackling these (and other) systemic issues. Among the key priorities for action are: equally shared, job-protected, paid leave for mothers and fathers and publicly funded, high-quality child care.

Children and young people in urban environments
10 Jan 2018 | International
Safety legislation in the UK and Canada has historically sought to eliminate risk from play areas. Current research, however, suggests the importance of ‘risky play’ for children’s development. In an attempt to rectify this disconnect, the UK Play Safety Forum has developed a risk-benefit assessment (RBA) that seeks to analyze the trade-offs of the benefits of risk versus children’s safety in order to justify changes to safety policies.

Risk perception, regulation, and unlicensed child care: lessons from Ontario, Canada
10 Jan 2018 | Ontario
Analysis of family child care in Ontario finds it is surprisingly unregulated compared to other sectors, especially given the associated risks. Authors' analysis of legislative debates reveals tension between ensuring quality and safety while providing access and the perception of choice.

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.

Wynne to shuffle several senior cabinet posts
17 Jan 2018 | Ontario

Réussite éducative: Stratégie 0-8 ans
17 Jan 2018 | Quebec

Canada-US women's group created by Trudeau, Ivanka Trump issues first proposals
17 Jan 2018 | Canada

Shared parental leave key to boosting women’s retirement security
17 Jan 2018 | Australia and New Zealand

TDSB to consider extended-day programs for kids 4 to 12 starting this fall
17 Jan 2018 | Ontario


MORE child care in the news


Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

Child Rights Information Network - CRIN --- January 17, 2018

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.


NOTE: (by Gilles)
I've decided to suspend any further updates to the CRINMAIL newsletter archive because of of Internet gremlins. If you click on "Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive" below, you'll note that the latest issue of CRINMAIL is dated December 2016 because that's when I ceased updating the Archives pages for several online newsletters, some that went right back to Y2K. I've left those pages online but I won't be updating them.

Here (below) is the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

17 January 2018 - CRINmail issue 1565
In this issue:
Realising Rights? The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Court
Latest news and reports
- Juvenile justice and detention
- Armed conflict and recruitment
- Discrimination
- Sexual abuse and impunity
Upcoming events
World news
Challenging violations
Take action

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.
I stopped updating this archive in December 2016

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)
Check here for links to more recent issues of CRINMAIL:
- 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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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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