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March 5, 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.

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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.


* Public Policy and Homelessness: The Case of Calgary - February 21 (Nick Falvo, Calgary Homeless Foundation)
* RIP Leonard Shifrin, October 2, 1939 - December 14, 2016 + speaking notes for Ed Tamagno and Ken Battle
Media & Policy News (fives issues, 100+ links each to media coverage (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
Adult correctional statistics in Canada, 2015/2016 - March 1
--- Youth correctional statistics in Canada, 2015/2016 - March 1
--- Study: Labour market outcomes of immigrant women who arrive as dependants of economic immigrant principal applicants
- February 27
* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
* Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


Public Policy and Homelessness: The Case of Calgary - February 21
(Nick Falvo, Calgary Homeless Foundation)

Public Policy and Homelessness: The Case of Calgary
Posted February 21, 2017
By: Nick Falvo Ph.D (Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation)

On January 24, Nick gave a presentation to students at the University of Calgary as part of the Certificate in Working with Homeless Populations program. The goal of this presentation was to convey the fact that public policy strongly impacts the number of homeless people in a given jurisdiction at any particular time.

A version of Nick's PowerPoint slides, which are chock-full of visuals and references, can be downloaded here:

This is Part 1 of a 3-part presentation that Nick gave that day. You can expect Parts 2 and 3 in the coming weeks.

Here are 10 things to know:
Click the first link under "Public Policy..." (above)

Calgary Homeless Foundation


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

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

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

Leonard's friends gathered for a service at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, February 12, followed by tributes and words of remembrance.

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 reputation 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."


Ed Tamagno speaking notes
for Leonard Shifrin memorial:


Ken Battle's speaking notes
for Leonard Shifrin memorial:


- Go to the National Council of Welfare links page:

Media & Policy News for 3 March 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Click the link above to access any of the articles below

Top Stories

No Fixed Address: Rental market for Torontonians on disability “absolutely horrible”
Lack of funding means Toronto Community Housing could board up a unit a day in 2018
Hydro rates to drop 17%, but Ontarians will pay for it later
Hydro rate increases will be held to rate of inflation after 25 percent cut
Hydro relief plan will kick in this summer
Excluded from Ontario’s hydro cuts, firms say they can’t compete

Vulnerable Ontarians to see significant reductions in their electricity bills
Seniors group (CARP) welcomes hydro relief, but has concerns
First Nation leaders say Premier Wynne’s hydro announcement today will strengthen government-to-government relationship
The Ontario 2018 provincial election unofficially started today
Big changes considered for Ontario workplaces
Business, labour brace for changes to Ontario’s workplace laws

Filing taxes brings major benefits to people on low incomes
Publicly funding dental care could help ease the fentanyl crisis, and more
Letter to the editor: Add dental care to OHIP
NDP bill would limit new child-care funding to non-profit centres
Universal public coverage of essential drugs would improve health care, research suggests
Blind cabinet minister promises Canada’s first national accessibility legislation will have teeth, could be retroactive
Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women's Inquiry set to begin hearings in May


Government announcement and backgrounders on hydro rate reduction plan
Ontario cutting electricity bills by 25 per cent
Enhancing electricity support and conversation programs
Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan
Premier’s statement
Electricity stories from before the Hydro announcement
Current HST hydro rebate benefits rich more, report suggests
Here’s a link to the CCPA’s report
NDP plan to cut hydro prices
Low-income residents in Simcoe County seek relief from shock of hydro bills
Ontario Energy Board orders utility companies to reconnect all customers
No one can make electricity cheap again – and why hydro is so expensive
Time to fix hydro mistake
Explaining the rapid increase in energy prices
Criminalization of opioids is costing lives: Cole
How union leaders can change with the times – or not: Cohn
Ontario gets ‘kickback’ from inmates’ collect calls, lawyer says
Government release: Ontario making progress in plan to end violence against Indigenous women
Progressive Conservatives tracking toward super majority; Third party status possible for Wynne’s Liberals

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

$15 and Fairness Update: Changing Workplaces Review – report release timing and upcoming events
March 3: Canadians for Tax Fairness: Explosive CBC documentary tonight on KPMG tax deals
The Current: How accounting firm KPMG helped wealthy Canadians dodge their taxes
KPMG offshore tax dodge a ‘façade’ designed to hide money, ex-client says
March 7: Public Legal Education Session on Housing in Guelph
Upcoming workshops in Toronto: Retiring on a Low Income: Plain Language Advice
Stats Can: The sharing economy in Canada
Stats Can: RRSP contributions 2015
A new economy and a fair transition for workers
Maytree: Should the National Housing Strategy include a housing benefit?

Around the Province

Durham first to launch online social housing system
Tiny house wave comes to Hamilton with new affordable housing project
Column: How you can help Sudbury’s homeless
Toronto landlords charging potential tenants just to apply for an apartment, Radio-Canada finds
High rent could make Toronto a ‘generational ghost town’
Toronto councillors call for province to protect tenants from rent increases
Toronto’s new apartment bylaw could help crack down on bad landlords
Five things Toronto renters should know about landlord licensing
A winter of discontent and homeless deaths
City of Toronto establishes Lived Experience Advisory Group to assist with poverty reduction efforts
Star editorial: Toronto must enforce its ‘sanctuary city’ status

Across the Country

Opinion: Guaranteed Basic Income on verge of takeoff in Canada

Basic income in BC? Green Party wants it but some welfare advocates don’t

BC budget gives little to tackle poverty and affordability
A befuddling question: Why are those on social assistance in BC ignored?
“They expect you to live with nothing”: BC welfare rates lag behind inflation
BC’s minimum wage to reach $11.35 an hour by September 15
Homelessness task force calls on province for poverty reduction plan
Nearly 600,000 British Columbians live in poverty and BC still has no poverty reduction plan
Poverty hard on BC students and teachers, educator says
Vancouver mayor blames province for ‘war on the poor’
Basic income in BC? Green Party wants it but some welfare advocates don’t
PEI minimum wage moving to $11.25 April 1, tracking ahead of CPI

Letter: PEI’s minimum wage increase “another pittance” and inadequate
New minimum wage ‘very expensive’ for small business
Success stories abundant, money is not for Housing First in Regina


Average Canadian worker earned $971 a week at the end of last year
Opinion: Basic income, child benefits best bet to reduce poverty
CPP enhancements: Understand what’s not changing
Health Canada proposing smoking ban in apartments, raising legal age to 21
Trudeau under fire for saying Grassy Narrows is Ontario’s responsibility
Report suggesting mercury still leaking near Grassy Narrows ‘deeply concerning’, chief says
New entrant into NDP leadership race promises basic income
Opinion: Guaranteed Basic Income on verge of takeoff in Canada:
Canada’s inflation rate in January rises to 2.1%, fuelled by gas prices
New law won’t stop Canada being used for money laundering and tax evasion, critics say
What Facebook and Google don’t get about Canada’s digital tax proposal
Economic optimism riding high, but Bank of Canada biding time on rates


Unconditional Basic Income is a dead end
Plight of Asian-American day labourers living in poverty in Flushing, Queens
US president says welfare reform is coming
Calais mayor bans distribution of food to migrants
German poverty hits record high despite low unemployment
Child poverty rate to hit 30% in Britain after Brexit
Welfare funds must serve “really disabled” people, says UK MP
Theresa May’s welfare cuts will drive another million children into poverty
Campaign launched to alert low-paid UK workers of their national minimum wage rights:


ISAC Media & Policy News:
Email Campaign Archive

NOTE: Each of the five links below (dated Jan. 20 to Feb. 24) will take you to a page of media links containing
100+ media articles on a number of topics of interest.

Feb 24, 2017

Feb 14, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

Feb 6, 2017

Jan 20, 2017


Earlier issues of this alert:


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


ISAC Media & Policy News:
Email Campaign Archive

NOTE: Each of the five links below will take you to a page of media links containing
100+ media articles on a number of topics of interest.

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

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

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):


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

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
StatCan website notice (on Sunday morning): "The website is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience"

By the time you receive this newsletter, Statistics Canada may very well have completed whatever work they were doing on their website.
Try clicking on the links just below this text to see if the mother ship of federal government statistics is back online

Statistics Canada
website home page

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.

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):

March 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.]

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.

Connecting all children to high-quality early care and education: Promising strategies from the international community
1 Mar 2017 | International
In this large international review of early childhood education and care, the authors explored how the United States compares on such measures as quality, access, funding and system integration. In their analysis of factors that coexist with high rates of participation and access of low income families, they found that making early childhood education (ECE) part of the education system from birth onwards was important, as was ensuring adequate and long-term funding, engaging parents and communities in the ECE system and providing preferential access for high priority groups to high quality ECE.

Who benefits from president Trump's child care proposals?
1 Mar 2017 | United States
New report unpacks what President Trump’s proposed tax benefits related to child care would mean for families. The three tax benefits reviewed are the refundable tax credit for low-income families for child care, an expansion of a tax-free child care savings account and a deduction based on child care expenses. The authors argue that these favour high income earners, providing them the biggest savings—as both a dollar value and as a percentage of income—while low and middle-income families see minuscule benefits, if any. The authors discuss why low-income families struggle the most to afford child care and how these policies would be ineffective in turning this around. Recommendations are made.

AECEO submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs’ Pre-budget consultation process
1 Mar 2017 | Ontario
The Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) has released a pre-budget submission in response to the province's announcement to create an additional 100,000 new spaces for children in early childhood education and care. The group asserts the need for attention to the way in which those spaces are supported. Specifically, they recommend that funds be directed towards solutions that would create a child care system rather than perpetuate the current patchwork. They recommend operating (base)funding l to non-profit and public child care centres in tandem with a sliding fee scale for parents.

Supporting professional development needs for early childhood teachers: an exploratory analysis of teacher perceptions of stress and challenging behavior
1 Mar 2017 | International
New US study brings focus to early childhood educators' levels of stress, commitment to the profession, access to professional development and incidence of burnout, specifically in the context of dealing with challenging behaviours. A literature review and a small scale survey-based study identify the relationships between educators' access to professional development in the context of experience, education, stress and turnover rates. Recommendations include increasing opportunities for professional development, especially with the use of positive behavioural support interventions and supports in the environment.---

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.

Ottawa should name a children’s advocate: Editorial
1 Mar 2017 | Canada

Parents fight for higher wages for childcare workers
1 Mar 2017 | United States

Bringing Quebec costs to B.C. daycares a key commitment for NDP
1 Mar 2017 | British Columbia

Here we go again: City of Toronto 2017 budget

1 Mar 2017 | Ontario

Advocates push for licensing of home daycares
1 Mar 2017 | Ontario


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 issue of CRINMAIL:

15 February 2016 - CRINmail issue 1518

In this issue:
Children's access to justice: One year on
News in brief
Upcoming events
World news
Challenging breaches
Take action

To see a large collection of issues of CRINMAIL going back to 2011,
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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)
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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
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Canada and Children's Rights
- from the Children's Rights Wiki


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