Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 5, 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 2,839 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. Who's Earning Minimum Wage? (Hint: Ontarians) (Huffington Post Canada) - May 31
The Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do? (Donna E. Wood and Brigid Hayes) - June 2016
2016 Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy
(conference - August 22-24, 2016) - Kingston Ontario
Media & Policy News for 3 June 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
Canada Pension Plan Expansion : CPP and the Middle Class -
June 1 (CBC News video)
6. Basic income: social assistance without the stigma
(David Calnitsky, Toronto Star) - May 30
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Study: Immigrants' initial firm allocation and earnings growth, 1999 to 2012 - June 1
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content:

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. [United States] The Failure of Welfare Reform ( - June 2016
11. [United States] A Universal Basic Income is a Poor Tool to Fight Poverty (New York Times) - June 1
12. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

1. Who's Earning Minimum Wage? (Hint: Ontarians) - May 31, 2016
(Huffington Post Canada)

Who's Earning Minimum Wage? (Hint: Ontarians)
May 31, 2016
When it comes to employees earning the minimum wage, Ontario is Canada’s undisputed champion. Fully 11.6 per cent of all employees earned the province’s minimum wage last year, according to numbers crunched by Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) senior economist Angella MacEwen. That’s more than twice the share seen in British Columbia, Alberta or Saskatchewan.

Huffington Post


- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:

2. The Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do?
(Donna E. Wood and Brigid Hayes) - June 2016

The Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do?
Donna E. Wood and Brigid Hayes
June 2016

From 2008 until 2014, the federal government transferred funds through the Labour Market Agreements to the provinces and territories to support labour market programs and employment services for disadvantaged Canadians. In 2013, Ottawa unilaterally cancelled the Labour Market Agreements and replaced them (except in Québec) with Canada Job Fund Agreements. In doing so, Ottawa moved from helping the most disadvantaged to supporting employers to train their own employees. This paper assesses Labour Market Agreement programming over its six-year lifespan and compares provincial results. The paper demonstrates that there is a strong and continuing need for LMA-type programming in Canada.

Complete paper (PDF - 139K, 18 pages):

Caledon Institute of Social Policy


- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:

3. 2016 Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy (conference - August 22-24, 2016
(Kingston Ontario)

2016 Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy (QIISP):
Social Canada Revisited: Is Canada’s social policy architecture fit for contemporary purpose?
August 22-24, 2016
Holiday Inn, Kingston Waterfront Hotel
2 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
Canada has entered a new period of social policy interest at both the federal and provincial levels, with significant resources committed to social policy renewal
QIISP will explore the forces shaping social conditions, how these have shifted, and how Canada compares to its peers. It will examine persistent and/or new social fault-lines and ask where new approaches and new thinking are needed.

NOTE : (1) Click the conference home page link above, (2) scroll halfway down the next page and (3) click the "Agenda" link for an expanded list of sessions at this conference.



- Go to the Canadian Universities and Colleges Links page:

4. Media & Policy News for 3 June 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[ ]

Latest Media & Policy News: 3 June 2016

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

Top Stories

IMF study says austerity policies do more harm than good
You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism, from within
Who’s earning minimum wage? Ontarians!
ACORN Canada urges federal government to follow US lead on tackling payday lending

Five things to know about CPP expansion plans
Editorial: Ministers have another chance to fix pension system
Ottawa sees Ontario as potential roadblock to expanding CPP
Province passes Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act

CPP reform should target middle-income Canadians should be target of CPP reform, says business and youth coalition
Fraser Institute report says expanding the CPP won’t help Canada’s most vulnerable seniors
Defense Minister Sajjan says veterans’ pensions are “a top priority”
Ontario hydro is “rapacious” and increasing energy costs are hitting low income people hard
Foreign workers demand changes to protect against abuse

Attack on BC migrant worker highlights lack of protection
UFCW calls for permanent immigration option for migrant workers
Local food lovers: Pay attention to migrant workers’ rights
Opposition finance critic Raitt says new child benefit leaves divorced parents fighting over child support
Finance Minister Morneau calls Raitt’s criticism a red herring

The problem of child benefits in shared custody isn’t a new problem
ISAC letter to the editor (sent to several media outlets) – scroll down
Basic income: Social assistance without the stigma
Liberals ready to shake up social policy with basic income guarantee:
Why a Universal Basic Income will not solve poverty

Universal Basic Income is the best tool to fight poverty
A Universal Basic Income could absolutely solve poverty
Guaranteed income’s dangerous outcome
A brief history of basic income ideas
Zon: The long-form census is the starting point, not finishing line, of evidence for public policy
Poverty linked to changes in DNA that can lead to mental illness


Ontario apologizes to Indigenous communities for generations of abuse (incl. link to a related news releaseJudge halts charge against Toronto man stating income threshold for legal aid is too low

Events, Campaigns, Reports, and Other Good Things

New Campaign 2000 website!
Ed Finn’s 3-part series on neoliberalism
--- What we need to know about neoliberalism before it’s too late
--- Free trade extends scope and power of corporate oligarchy
--- “The future’s not ours to see” but it is ours to shape

Around the Province

Class struggle at Toronto’s Pearson Airport
Anti-poverty initiative in Hamilton aims to help young people prepare for job market
Hunger is happening in London
Oakville mayor calls on business community to help Town fight poverty
New director of the Hastings Prince Edward Poverty Roundtable
People with low incomes in Wellington County can use telemedicine system to access legal help
Poverty is growing in Mississauga

Across the Country

Saskatchewan budget hurts seniors and people who are poor
Manitoba budget and lack of promised poverty reduction plan do little to help low-income earners
Quebec’s better way of administering parental leave
Alberta invests $13.5 million in Calgary’s Low Income Transit Pass
Low-income transit project moves ahead a stop in Halifax
Protest for migrant workers’ rights draws small crowd in Charlottetown
People in Abbotsford, BC, who are homeless tell their own stories
The number of people in Vancouver who are homeless is at a 10-year high
Only a fraction of new social housing units in Vancouver are guaranteed for low-income people
Opinion: Tent city is making Victoria, BC a little less kind
Elevator broken again in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’s West Hotel again, after lawsuit last year
Provincial clawbacks of disability income in BC relegate people with disabilities to poverty
Migrant workers facing barriers in South Okanagan, BC
Poverty in BC: Pay Hydro or go hungry
Is Vancouver the tax haven capital of Canada?


OECD tells Ottawa to cool down hot housing markets
Extended EI benefits not being considered for more regions, says Finance minister
Parliamentary Budget Office study shows how much new federal policies could save or cost your family


Subversive access: Disability history goes public in the United States
Mapping how much the average American has to earn to afford a modest rental, in each state
Uber is in the sub-prime auto business
Wendy’s to replace staff with self-service ordering kiosks as minimum wage hikes push up wages
Conservative lobby group says parental breakups are to blame for poverty in New Zealand
Aussie advocates call on major parties to make poverty reduction election commitments

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

5. Canada Pension Plan Expansion : CPP and the Middle Class - June 1
(CBC News)

Canada Pension Plan Expansion:
CPP and the Middle Class
(CBC video, duration 4:55)
June 1, 2016
Amid calls for CPP reform, some argue that the middle class should pay more for better benefits.

CBC News


- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

6. Basic income: social assistance without the stigma - May 30
(David Calnitsky, Toronto Star)

Basic income: social assistance without the stigma
The routine humiliation of the poor, a feature of conditional social assistance systems, melts away with universal basic income.
May 30, 2016


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Study: Immigrants' initial firm allocation and earnings growth, 1999 to 2012 - June 1

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]


June 1 , 2016
Study: Immigrants' initial firm allocation and earnings growth, 1999 to 2012
After arriving in Canada, immigrants whose first paid employment was in high-paying firms fared better in both the short and long term than their counterparts whose first paid employment was in lower paying firms. A new study uses Statistics Canada's new Canadian Employer–Employee Dynamics Database to examine the differences in the earnings trajectories of immigrants, according to their initial allocation to low-, medium-low-, or high-paying firms.

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:

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:

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

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

June 5, 2016
What's new online this week:

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

The rise of the dual-earner family with children, 1976 to 2015
1 Jun 2016 | Canada
New research released by Statistics Canada identifies that the percentage of families in Canada with two parents working has almost doubled in the past 40 years. The authors attribute growth in the number of women in the workforce as well as flexible work arrangements and family support — such as child-care subsidies and paid parental leave — as significant contributors to this change.

Partnerships in full-day kindergarten classrooms: Early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers working together
1 Jun 2016 | Ontario
Recent study examined the relationship between teachers and early childhood educators in full-day kindergarten classrooms in one school board in Ontario. Findings indicate that teaching teams primarily engage in a one teach/one assist approach. The study concludes that support for the expansion of a co-teaching approach could provide a mechanism for integrating the expertise of both educators in full-day kindergarten classes and maximizing the efficacy of this social policy direction.

Provision for learning outdoors for under fives: State of the nation survey
1 Jun 2016 | Europe
New report highlights responses from a recent child care sector survey that aimed to assess the state of outdoor play in the early years in the UK. Researchers found continued strong support for outdoor play and learning. However, they also found wide variation in what children are offered in terms of their statutory entitlement to daily outdoor experiences. A need for additional staff training as well as more detailed information for parents, planners and childcare staff was identified.

Draft national policy for women 2016: Articulating a vision for empowerment of women
1 Jun 2016 | Asia
Recent draft framework outlines changing gender roles in India. The authors emphasize greater recognition of women’s reproductive rights as well as childcare, dependant care and paid leave as important aspects of the rapidly changing national women's agenda. This draft policy also recommends greater emphasis on collecting national-level data on gender differences in the economic, political and social spheres.

Parental-leave rich and parental-leave poor: Inequality in Canadian labour market based leave policies
25 May 2016 | Canada
Recent article published in the Journal of Industrial Relations compares access to parental-leave benefits between Québec and the rest of Canada. Analysis reveals that maternal access to leave benefits has improved dramatically over the past decade in Québec, especially for low-income households. However on average 40% of employed mothers in the rest of Canada are consistently excluded from maternity or parental benefits under the federal program. The authors draw attention to the need for greater public and scholarly scrutiny of the social class inequality effects of parental leave policy.

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

East Toronto parents, politicians lament lack of available, affordable child care
1 Jun 2016 | Ontario

Province pressed for child-care strategy
1 Jun 2016 | Manitoba

Canada lags behind Western nations in bridging women’s wage gap
1 Jun 2016 | Canada

Dual-income families with kids have doubled in Canada over past 40 years, StatsCan says
1 Jun 2016 | Canada

Day care infections may mean fewer sick days later
1 Jun 2016 | United States


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

9. 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:

- Go to the Welfare in Canada vs the U.S. Links page:

10. [United States] The Failure of Welfare Reform - June 2016

The Failure of Welfare Reform
By Jordan Weissmann
June 1, 2016
How Bill Clinton’s signature legislative achievement tore America’s safety net.
(...)Americans have always been philosophically uncomfortable with letting adults live on the public dole...

Slate Magazine


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

11. [United States] A Universal Basic Income is a Poor Tool to Fight Poverty - June 1
(New York Times)

A Universal Basic Income is a Poor Tool to Fight Poverty
By Eduardo Porter
May 31, 2016
The idea of universal basic income sounds extravagant, right? Well, the Finns and even the Swiss are thinking about it. On Sunday, Swiss citizens will vote in a referendum on whether to hand out 30,000 francs a year - just over $30,000U.S. - to every citizen, regardless of wealth, work status or whatever.
According to Lawrence H. Summers, former Treasury Secretary and onetime top economic adviser to President Obama, "...a universal basic income is one of those ideas that the longer you look at it, the less enthusiastic you become."

New York Times

Related links

The Finnish Model:

The Swiss Model:

12. 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:

01 June 2016 - CRINMAIL issue 1482
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Crisis in human rights funding
- Armed conflict and rehabilitation
- Right to die
- Health and environment
- Juvenile justice
Minimum ages: Criminal responsibility
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns

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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


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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