Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 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 by email to 2,840 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...



1. Living Wage in Whitehorse, Yukon: 2016 (Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition)
2. What could be achieved with a Basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place? (Terrance Hunsley, Team Politudes) - June 30
3. Poverty reduction strategies : HUMA Committee (Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)
4. Media & Policy News for 5 August 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN
9. World Social Forum 2016 (Montreal, August 9-14, 2016)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Living Wage in Whitehorse, Yukon: 2016
(Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition)

Living Wage in Whitehorse, Yukon: 2016 (PDF - 620K, 20 pages)
Prepared by Kendall Hammond of the
Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition
The living wage is a call to find ways of reducing living costs and raising income in Whitehorse to eliminate the gap between wages and the cost of basic necessities. Research suggests that paying workers a living wage produces health, social, and economic benefits that improve the well-being of communities.


- Go to the Yukon Links page:


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


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

2. What could be achieved with a Basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?
(Terrance Hunsley, Team Politudes) - June 30

What could be achieved with a basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?
Posted on 30/06/2016 by Team Politudes
By Terrance Hunsley
"...The Fraser Institute has published a very useful report on all of the obstacles and pitfalls of implementing a guaranteed income program."

Idea of guaranteed annual income appealing but implausible for Canada
News Release - January 6, 2015

- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:


Recent releases from the
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality
By Chad Stone
Updated to July 29, 2016

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

3. Poverty reduction strategies : HUMA Committee (Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities)

HUMA* committee to study poverty reduction this fall
42nd Parliament, 1st Session (December 3, 2015 - Present)

* HUMA = the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Poverty Reduction Strategies

Request to appear:

Submit a brief:

HUMA has launched a study of poverty reduction strategies. The study focuses on improving the delivery of federal resources and services for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and is based on four main areas:
1) Housing
2) Education and Training
3) Government administered savings and entitlement program
4) Neighbourhoods


- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

4. Media & Policy News for 5 August 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 August 2016

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

Top Stories

Rural Ontario in crisis due to high hydro rates
Pensioner overwhelmed by kindness of strangers, but asks “what about all the other people who need help”?
Ontario wage-theft victims lost $28 million to poor enforcement
CBC Ottawa radio hosts legal clinic lawyer on what needs to change to protect workers
How a pay raise for low-paid personal support workers turned into a nasty pay cut
Workers Action Centre: Changing Workplaces Review interim report released: Join us in the fight for real change

Advocates say “hands off our assets” and raise allowable employment earnings in OW and ODSP
Letter to the editor: It’s clear that injured workers are being treated unfairly by the WSIB
Meet the five Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry commissioners
Why the inquiry must engage all Canadians
Feds increase post-secondary student grants to help low-income families

Canada loses 31,200 jobs in July – 71,400 full-time positions gone
Canada’s economy is growing at the slowest pace in 60 years and the only thing holding us up is housing
Unemployment rate rises to 6.9%
CRA convicts only a fraction of offshore tax evaders


Province on track to balance budget in next fiscal year
Ontario’s funding of hospitals is the lowest in the country, says new report
Ontario’s “benevolence with strings attached” is keeping low-income students out of university
Province spent $70 million on now-defunct Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Canadian Federation of Independent Business calls $70 million a “pricey bargaining chip”
Star editorial: Cost of canning Ontario Retirement Pension Plan more than justified

Reports , Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Farewell to Mel Hurtig who, among other things, authored “Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids”
Consultations on Labour Market Transfer Agreements – deadline August 19
HUMA committee to study poverty reduction this fall
Two studies by York academics on the Ontario Employment Standards Act
CAMH PhotoVoice exhibition on until Saturday in Toronto
Three new Law Commission of Ontario research reports
30% of Canadians say their top financial priority is to reduce debt: report

Around the Province

Peterborough gets $4.8 million for affordable housing, seniors housing, and social housing renos
Grey County doubling maintenance on social housing
Proposal to train OW/ODSP and low-income workers to support at-risk seniors could reduce poverty in Muskoka
Legal Aid Ontario lawyers protest outside Oakville MPPs office over right to collectively bargain
Good Food Box in Thunder Bay provides high quality low cost food at an affordable price

Overcoming Windsor’s poverty of place
Former residents of Brockville’s St. Lawrence Regional Centre sought for class action lawsuit
Leeds and Grenville OW and ODSP recipients to benefit from end to child support clawback
Legal clinic’s future in Elliott Lake is uncertain
What a Scarborough single mom’s daily four hour commute looks like

Toronto’s shelter system is a house in flames
Toronto agrees to open cooling centres sooner and more frequently
Toronto’s 1% are about 100,000 times wealthier than us: study
Actually, no, this report is not about the 1%. It’s about 8 billionaires
Toronto’s Kensington Market tenants fight rent hike of nearly 50%

Across the Country

Residents of upscale Calgary neighbourhood balk at proposed affordable housing
Calgary woman challenges attitudes
Payday loan lending rates in Alberta lowest in Canada under new law
BC Human Rights Tribunal to hear challenge of clawback of EI benefits from disability payments
BC’s new tax on foreign home ownership a good start, but just a start

Tax won’t make a big dent in housing affordability
Yalnizyan: BC tax on foreign buyers won’t cool housing market much, but it’s still a good idea
Vancouver’s mayor pledges to develop tent city into social housing
More struggling Albertans setting up camp in Edmonton river valley
Campaign 2000 partners congratulate Manitoba for not clawing back the CCB from provincial benefits
Teen accused of attacking people who are homeless due in Montreal court
Food Bank garden in Glace Bay, NS ruined after vandals douse it with furnace oil
Work underway to find solutions for unemployed shrimp plant workers in Newfoundland and Labrador


Real proposals for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples need to be enormous
Syrian refugee families struggle amid delays in benefits
Why so many Canadians with disabilities are overeducated and unemployed
Report on child care shows fewer Canadian moms participate in the job market than those in other wealthy countries
Setting the course for Canada’s immigration system – consultations on now
Conservative Party leadership hopeful: “God put conservatives on earth to stop taxes everywhere, forever”


IMF’s own watchdog criticizes its handling of Eurozone crisis
Japan invests 28 trillion yen in infrastructure and social services to stimulate the economy
Social security cuts to force 10,000 Finns below the poverty line
UK suburbs face poverty without a radical overhaul of transport systems
Cost of poverty in the UK 78 billion pounds per year

More than 600,000 people live in poverty in Greater Manchester
Scotland tries to bring “dignity, fairness and respect” to recipients of welfare payments
Living on welfare in Australia a relentless daily struggle
Australia can learn from New Zealand’s failed welfare reforms
Government aid programs keep 72,000 children out of poverty in Hawaii

Fewer US kids are in poverty, but more US seniors die in poverty
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is “open” to Universal Basic Income – check out why
Obama commutes sentences for nonviolent offenders to help end poverty
Why US welfare reform didn’t end welfare stigma

Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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All of our mailings back to 2012 online:

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5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

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.

Statistics Canada
release schedule for
The Daily:

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:

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

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

August 6, 2016
What's new online this week:

Instrument development and validation of the Infant and Toddler Assessment for Quality Improvement
3 Aug 2016 | Ontario
New article in the Early Education and Development journal outlines the process of development and preliminary validity testing of the Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI). The article addresses the need for accurate and efficient measures of quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC). Key findings suggest that the AQI is a promising and effective tool for measuring quality in infant and toddler ECEC settings.

To prosperity: Toronto poverty reduction strategy
3 Aug 2016 | Ontario
Recent City of Toronto poverty reduction strategy considers what the city must do to reduce poverty. Key objectives include addressing basic needs for housing, food, childcare, healthcare and transportation, then taking action and driving systematic change. The strategy outlines 20 recommendations each linked to a set of actions for the 2015-2018 Term Action Plan.

Mapping family change and child well-being outcomes
3 Aug 2016 | International
The third edition of World Family Map’s annual report tracks 16 indicators of family socioeconomics, process and culture across multiple countries. In addition to the indicators, a featured essay examines how couples around the globe divide their family and work responsibilities. Key findings include that internationally there is no one way parents divide paid and unpaid work and parents are happier when they have a partner to share the load.

Closing the gender wage gap
3 Aug 2016 | Ontario
A recent report from the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) calls on the government and businesses to address the gender wage gap in Ontario. HRPA consider multiple factors contributing to the gender wage gap throughout various stages of a woman’s life. The report outlines 20 recommendations for the government to consider for closing the gender wage gap in Ontario including continued investment and implementation of policies to make child care more affordable.

The state of preschool 2015
3 Aug 2016 | United States
2015 annual report from NIEER presents US data from 2014-2015 regarding state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. The report profiles 57 state-funded programs in 42 states in addition to the District of Columbia. Key findings include national improvement, increased enrolment, spending and quality standards in pre-K. However, progress has been uneven and unequal among the states, suggesting that further government efforts to improve state-funded pre-K are needed.

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

Ontario bans 'unfair' wait-list fees for daycare spots
2 Aug 2016 | Ontario

Early childhood education gets push from $1 billion federal investment
2 Aug 2016 | United States

The work-family-childcare-life balance
2 Aug 2016 | International

Jamila Rizvi: The financial worry holding my friends, and our nation back
2 Aug 2016 | Australia and New Zealand

81.5% of women take childcare leave
2 Aug 2016 | Asia

MORE child care in the news


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

7. 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:

8. 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:

3 August 2016 - CRINmail issue 1491
In this issue:
How to occupy your school: a lesson from Brazil
Latest news and reports
- Sexual abuse
- Detention, torture and executions
- Climate change
- Child labour
Upcoming events


NOTE: To see a large 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- 2016)
- 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:

9. World Social Forum 2016 (Montreal, August 9-14, 2016)

World Social Forum (WSF) 2016 - Montreal
August 9-14, 2016
The goal of the WSF 2016 is to gather tens of thousands of people from groups in civil society, organizations and social movements who want to build a sustainable and inclusive world, where every person and every people has its place and can make its voice heard.
(...) More than 50 000 people will be present and 1 500 activites offered.

Paper programming [sic]: a printed programming will be available at the registration points of the WSF 2016.

Programming available for download (PDF - 6.7MB, 116 pages)
During the next couple of days, thousands of citizens of the world will mobilize themselves in Montreal to participate in the 12th edition of the World Social Forum, the first of its kind to take place in a “Northern” country.

Information about the
World Social Forum:


- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

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