Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 7, 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 2,822 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 5 February 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Homelessness in Canada: Its Growth, Policy Responses, and Advocacy
(Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum)
3. Quebec Liberals thinking BIG [Basic Income Guarantee]¸for a change
(Cult MTL) - February 3
4. Aislin looks back at Stephen Harper (Montreal Gazette)
- January 25
5. Poverty can be 'persistent' or temporary: Fraser Institute report
- January 25
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
NOTE : As at February 7, the StatCan website is "currently unavailable"
(except for Census data)
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content:

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. [United States] 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (February 28 to March 1, 2016) - Food Research and Action Center and Feeding America
10. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Bonus content:

Solitary confinement : Inclusive Local Economies 2016
By Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton

The Resilient Neighbourhood Economies (RNE) project focused on building sustainable economic opportunities for low-income people and ran from 2012 to 2015. The project was a partnership between Metcalf’s Inclusive Local Economies Program and two community-based organizations. During RNE’s three years, both community organizations raised concerns about roadblocks that individuals on social assistance face that prevent them from exploring self-employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. We asked Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton to explore this issue. The result is this series of guest posts titled Solitary Confinement.

February 2016: Two case studies and the income/employment conundrum

Metcalf Foundation

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Media & Policy News for 5 February 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 5 February 2016

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

Top Stories

MCSS making big changes to the ODSP medical review process
Federal Minister eyeing guaranteed minimum income to tackle poverty
Op-Ed: Time for another look at guaranteed annual income: http
Ontario budget touted for March 3 or March 10
OPSEU says government is “out-of-touch” with Ontarians on budget priorities
Federal Ombudsman’s report looks at problems in CPP-D
Here’s the report
Belleville lawyer has seen the system “go from bad to worse”
Dying Canadians are missing out on vital disability payments
Benefits appeals too long and too arduous
No end in sight for “spike unit” dealing with appeal backlog
Ontario Energy Board issues alert of possible phone scam on Ontario Electricity Support Program
Help Centre in Cobourg says there’s no requirement for a home visit
ACORN Canada pushes CRTC for low-income affordable internet program
Op-Ed: TPP threatens to worsen inequality
Canadian unions tell government the TPP threatens jobs, food safety and more
Angus Reid survey: Half of Canadians uncertain about TPP


More on labour groups’ call for Ombudsman to investigate WSIB practices
OFL, injured workers and medical professionals official request to the Ombudsman
WSIB says they give “quality service”
Paid sick days for a fairer and healthier Ontario
Aboriginal graduates help peers embrace post-secondary education

Reports, Events, Campaigns, and Other Good Things

Save the Date: Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) Annual Conference March 23 in Toronto
Upcoming online training on campaigning to build social movements
Angus Reid: Most Canadians are pretty happy, but those who aren’t happy are miserable – note how satisfied “The Unhappy” are with “material satisfaction”
Angus Reid: Nearly half of Canadians want Ottawa to stick with $10 billion deficit plan
Report shows prison-based needle and syringe programs reduce astronomically high HIV and Hep C infection rates

Around the Province

Star editorial: Toronto’s chronic underfunding gets worse with virtually nothing for poverty reduction
How supportive housing rescued one man who was homeless in Toronto
Stand Up for Steel brings thousands to Hamilton city hall
Thunder Bay legal clinic lawyer gets kudos for responsive advocacy
Waterloo advocates question delay in report on free bus passes for low-income residents
Fenelon Falls Kawartha Missions reaching out to help First Nations people on reserve
Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster gets OW training contract from City of Peterborough

Across the Country

Op-ed: Quebec’s welfare reform bill is aiming at the wrong target
Maytree: Edmonton and Toronto launch bold poverty reduction strategies
New Brunswick budget hikes the HST and cuts the bureaucracy
Social justice group says HST hike will burden the poor
Vancouver offers up city land in pitch for new affordable housing funding
Injunction filed to stop BC from deducting $20 from methadone patients’ social assistance cheques
Background on class-action lawsuit
City of Calgary bylaw officers urge permits on volunteers providing meals to people who are homeless
Community steps up to help the volunteers


Beyond cauliflower: Poverty and Canada’s food system
Canadian economy shows signs of life
Prime Minister says Canada will “modernize” Employment Insurance to “be there” for Albertans
Minister says EI changes will come “soon”
EI relief not likely to come before federal budget
CD Howe Institute says EI should be changed as only half of Canadians are covered
EI needs to “keep up with changing times”
Ottawa used technicality to disqualify 1000 residential school claims
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board seeks info on climate change risks
Canada’s media crisis: “It’s a joke to think a healthy democracy can be restored given the continuing depletion of the one industry that holds business and government to account”
“News poverty” can harm democracy and communities


European Union ready to scrutinise UK-Google tax deal in tax avoidance crackdown
Stanford study shows US is “dead last” on poverty and inequality measures
US policy proponents on both the left and right finding alignment on poverty proposals
Australia government hiring private companies track down welfare fraud by monitoring social media
How about matching welfare recipients to jobs in the “gig economy”? asks former US congressional staffer


Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


All of our mailings back to 2012 online:

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:

2. Homelessness in Canada: Its Growth, Policy Responses, and Advocacy - February 4
(Nick Falvo in Progressive Economics Forum)

Homelessness in Canada: Its Growth, Policy Responses, and Advocacy
By Nick Falvo
February 4th, 2016
On February 1, Nick gave a guest presentation on homelessness to a graduate seminar class on housing policy taught by Steve Pomeroy at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. The focus of his presentation was the emergence of homelessness in Canada as a pressing public policy area in the 1980s. He discussed the growth of homelessness, policy responses and advocacy.

Nick's (44) slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.

Nick first got involved in the homelessness sector in 1998 when he began working at a homeless shelter as a front-line worker. All told, he spent 10 years doing front-line work with homeless persons in Toronto; most of that time was as a mental health outreach worker at Street Health. (Nick also wrote a report on Toronto homelessness in 2009.)

Progressive Economics Forum


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

3. Quebec Liberals thinking BIG [Basic Income Guarantee]¸for a change - February 3
(Cult MTL)

Quebec Liberals thinking BIG [Basic Income Guarantee]¸for a change
By Peter Wheeland
February 3, 2016
The Basic Income Guarantee, or BIG, is one of those rare beasts that garners support from politicians and economists on both the left and the right.
Although the devil is in the details, moving forward on developing a basic income guarantee is by far the most courageous and innovative move we’ve seen from a government that has, until now, displayed little of either quality.

Cult MTL is a daily web and monthly print publication focusing on Montreal culture, founded and run by former employees of the Mirror.


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

4. Aislin looks back at Stephen Harper - January 25
(Montreal Gazette)

Aislin looks back at Stephen Harper
Three months after Stephen Harper was ousted from power, Montreal Gazette cartoonist Aislin looks back on the cartoons that he drew about the former PM.
--- 30+ cartoons back to 2003

Gilles' favourite:
January 23, 2016


- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:

5. Poverty can be 'persistent' or temporary: Fraser Institute report - January 25

From the Fraser Institute:

An Introduction to the State of Poverty in Canada
Published January 25, 2016

Executive Summary (PDF - 2 pages)

Full Report (PDF - 327KB, 43 pages)

View the Infographic (JPG file)

More on this topic
from the Fraser Institute:
Click the link above to access the following articles and reports:
*** Income Mobility: The Rich and Poor in Canada - by Herbert Grubel
*** Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2015 Generosity Index - by Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre, Feixue Ren
*** Our continuing obsession with inequality, by Christopher A. Sarlo
*** To tackle poverty, we must first distinguish between temporary and persistent spells, by Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre


Poverty can be 'persistent' or temporary: Fraser Institute report
Fraser Institute says “only” 1.5% of Canadians are stuck in poverty permanently
Toronto Sun
January 25, 2016

How politicians can get at the real poverty problem
Financial Post
January 25, 2016


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

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
NOTE : As at February 7, the StatCan website is "currently unavailable" (except for Census data)

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:

NOTE : With the exception of Census content, the StatCan website "is currently unavailable" as at February 2.
Check to see whether the site is back online by clicking the StatCan home page:
I'll copy any relevant content for this past week when I do the update for next week's newsletter.

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:

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

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

February 7, 2016
What's new online this week:

Can Canadian women have it all? How limited access to affordable child care restricts freedom and choice
3 Feb 2016 | Canada
New essay provides an historical account of the attempts made to implement a universal child care policy in Canada. Further, the author explores the efforts made by the feminist movement and women’s advocates to establish a universal child care system while shedding light on the effects child care has on women, their families, and society.

An equal start: A plan for equality in early learning and care in Scotland (2016)
3 Feb 2016 | Europe
New report from Common Weal offers solutions to the challenge the Scottish Government has set for itself by increasing the amount of free hours of childcare available to all 3-4 year olds and ‘vulnerable’ two year olds in the country – increasing hours from 15 to 30 hours a week. This report outlines how the Scottish Government can deliver on its commitment to transform the childcare sector in Scotland.

Levelling the playing field: Equal access to childcare for disabled children
3 Feb 2016 | Europe
Recent research reveals that 40 per cent of families in the UK who have young children with special needs are not accessing the full current free childcare offer of 15 hours a week – well above the 4 per cent of families with non-disabled children. Among the many findings, researchers found that a quarter of survey respondents were unable to access childcare due to refusal and exclusion of their child with a disability from a nursery or childcare centre.

Informal childcare arrangements
3 Feb 2016 | International
2014 report presents data from surveys in European and non-European countries that have different definitions and groupings of informal childcare providers. The scan of surveys found that the proportion of children using informal care varies widely across countries with less than 10% of Nordic parents relying on informal care in a typical week versus the one in four children aged 0 to 2 typically being taken care of by their grandparents in Anglophone countries.

Pay rates in the Irish early childhood care and education sector
3 Feb 2016 | Europe
New report from Early Childhood Ireland investigates the rates of pay within the early childhood care and education sector in the country. Researchers described the rates of pay according to qualification, job role and the county in which the respondent worked. Findings revealed that hourly rates are significantly low when compared to the average Irish industrial wage.

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

Canadians interview the prime minister about issues that matter to them
3 Feb 2016 | Canada

Markham daycare closure leaves parents shocked, looking for refunds
3 Feb 2016 | Ontario

Ottawa falling short in assessing gender impact of policy decisions
3 Feb 2016 | Ontario

New preschool a “place to grow” for Nunavut community
3 Feb 2016 | Nunavut

Public school board scales back proposed child care rate increases
3 Feb 2016 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news


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

8. 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.


Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ ] and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page.
2. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


- 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:

9. [United States] 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (February 28 to March 1, 2016)
( Food Research and Action Center and Feeding America)

[United States]

2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (February 28 to March 1, 2016)
Washington, D.C.
Posted on January 27, 2016
The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center [ ] and Feeding America [ ], convenes anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates, government officials, advocates, and service providers to discuss and advocate for effective policies to end hunger in the United States. Featured speakers include Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Kathryn Edin. The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.



- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

10. 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 issues of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

3 February 2016 - CRINmail issue 1465
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Declining juvenile justice standards
- Inhuman sentencing of children revisited
- Privacy and autonomy
- Child migrants and refugees
Access to justice for children in India
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns
- Guides


27 January 2016 - CRINmail issue 1464
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Overruling discriminatory laws & policies
- Corporal punishment reforms urged
- States rebuked over housing, refugees & disability
- Consent in health and information matters
Case study: Free education for children in Colombia
Upcoming events


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)
- 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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