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January 8, 2017

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a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

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Canadian content

1. The Cost of Poverty in Toronto : Who Pays for What??? - January 2017 - John Stapleton
2. (Government of Canada - electoral reform consultation)
NOTE : The survey was available online ONLY until January 15, 2017.
3. Proposal for a Canadian National Goal for Poverty Reduction 2017-2027 - January 4, 2017 (Terry Hunsley, Politudes: International Social Policy Monitor)
4. Report says top CEOs to earn more by lunch than average worker in 2017 - January 3 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
5. Media & Policy News for 6 January 2017 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
----- Labour Force Survey, December 2016 - January 6, 2017
----- 2016: The year in statistics (StatCan Blog, December 2016) - December 23
----- Consumer Price Index, November 2016 - December 22
----- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2016 - December 21
----- Employment Insurance, October 2016
7. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


1. The Cost of Poverty in Toronto : Who Pays for What??? - January 2017
(John Stapleton)


Recent article from Inside :
[ ]

Residents speak out on 2017 city budget at Scarborough Civic Centre
January 6, 2017
Poverty reduction, student nutrition programs and public transit were among the issues heard at the Scarborough Civic Centre during a public deputation meeting on the city’s 2017 capital and operating budgets.


John Stapleton, the co-author of a November 2016 report on the cost of poverty in Toronto (see link below) was invited to appear before the city budget sub-committee during a public consultation meeting held Jan. 5 at the Scarborough Civic Centre. Stapleton noted the “fiscal drag of the cost of poverty” stands at about $5 billion out of the $184 billion economy Toronto represents.
“That is an unnecessary fiscal drag of just over 2.7 per cent caused by the cost of poverty alone.”

The Cost of Poverty in Toronto
Complete report (PDF - 5.5MB, 20 pages) :
By John Stapleton et al.
November 2016

Who Should Pay for the Cost of Poverty in Toronto (small PDF file - 2 pages)
By John Stapleton
January 2017
(...) Toronto can pursue austerity and cuts or realize longer term savings through investment in poverty reduction.
The choice is yours.

Also from John Stapleton:

Saks in the city meets Dollarama:
Labour Market Inequality in Toronto seen through the lens of the retail divide
(small PDF file, 4 pages)
Toronto is the richest city in Canada accounting for almost 10% of the nation’s GDP, clocking in at just less than $200 billion. It is also the poorest. It has the highest child poverty rate in Canada at one in four children and has the highest percentage of working poor individuals at 10.7% of the population.
NOTE : At the bottom of the each of the four pages of this paper, you'll find links to related online resources - 15 in total.
Recommended reading!

2. (Government of Canada - electoral reform consultation)
NOTE : is available online ONLY until January 15, 2017.

[ ] is an innovative way to join the national conversation on electoral reform. By answering a few questions, you can draw a picture of your democratic values. You can share your results with friends. It only takes a few minutes to answer and your feedback will help shape a healthier democracy.

Click the link above for the website to learn about Canadian federal electoral reform. I (Gilles) did, and I found out that I'm an Innovator and that my democracy is "diverse" and "inclusive." Note that you must complete the questionnaire to read what an innovator is and learn the definition of diverse and inclusive.

At the bottom of the survey home page, you'll find links to : About --- Methodology --- FAQ --- Privacy --- Learn More

NOTE 1 : is available online ONLY until January 15, 2017.
NOTE 2 : Le sondage est également disponible en français [ ]


Related links:

From Macleans:

The making of, the Liberals’ survey
A Q&A with the CEO and founder of Vox Pop Labs, which produced the government’s divisive survey on democratic values.
By Shannon Proudfoot
December 5, 2016
On Monday (Dec. 5),—the website where the government is seeking input from the public on electoral reform—went live. Virtually none of the questions touch specifically on voting systems, but rather focus on democratic values and citizens’ broad, theoretical preferences for elections and their government.

75 charts every Canadian should watch in 2017
Maclean’s presents its third annual chartstravaganza to help make sense of the Canadian economy in the year ahead.
Jason Kirby
December 12, 2016


From the
Canadian Labour Congress:

Support proportional representation? Your guide to the survey


From the
Globe and Mail:

Liberal government’s online survey on electoral reform is biased, critics charge
By Daniek Leblanc
December 5, 2016
The Liberal government’s online survey on electoral reform is getting trashed by opposition MPs and critics as a wasteful exercise that leads to misleading findings and is ripe for abuse. Government officials acknowledged on Monday there are no limits on the number of times that users can respond to the survey, which is designed to help the government deliver on its promise to reform Canada’s electoral system.

191 G&M Comments on the above article:


From Fair Vote Canada:

To determine the best model of Proportional Representation for Canada, while respecting the need for all MPs to face the voters and be accountable to voters, we call on federal parties to commit to:
1. Conducting a multi-partisan process involving citizen and expert consultation to determine the best model.
2. Implementing the model in time to Make Every Vote Count in the 2019 election.


From the CBC:

Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to 560 euros ($782 Canadian), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment.

The two-year trial with the 2,000 randomly picked citizens who receive unemployment benefits kicked off Jan. 1.


- Go to the Electoral Reform Links page:

3. Proposal for a Canadian National Goal for Poverty Reduction 2017-2027 - January 4
(Terrance Hunsley, Team Politudes)


Proposal for a Canadian National Goal for Poverty Reduction 2017-2027
Posted January 4, 2017
By Terrance Hunsley, Team Politudes
The Government of Canada discussion paper, Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy, asks for suggestions on how the federal government can align its poverty reduction efforts better with efforts of provinces, territories, municipalities and communities. It also solicits suggestions on how it can encourage ongoing dialogue with other governments, community organizations, businesses and academia about poverty reduction.

I (Terrance) have a suggestion...
Click the link above to read the complete text of the suggestion.

Politudes: International Social Policy Monitor


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

4. Report says top CEOs to earn more by lunch than average worker in 2017 - January 3
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)


Chew on this: Report says top CEOs to earn more by lunch than average worker in 2017
By David Paddon
January 3, 2017
Canada’s highest-paid CEOs are projected to earn more before lunchtime Tuesday than the average working person’s income for all of 2017, says a report released by a think tank that tracks executive compensation. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives estimates this year’s elite group of chief executive officers will earn the average, full-time Canadian wage by 11:47 a.m. on the first working day for many Canadians. Last year, it would have taken until 12:18 p.m., the report said.


- Go to the Banks and Business Links page:

5. Media & Policy News for 06 January 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)


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

Latest Media & Policy News: 6 January 2017

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

Top Stories

CCPA report: Canada’s CEOs earn in half a day what the average worker makes all year - incl. a link to the report entitled Throwing Money at the Problem: 10 Years of Executive Compensation
Column: Ontario should have a guaranteed income for those with disabilities
Basic Income consultation upcoming in Kitchener-Waterloo
Muskoka commissioner says simplifying social assistance with basic income could reduce social inclusion and community engagement
United Way of Bruce Grey head has “incredible concerns” about cap-and-trade impacts on low income people, including those on OW and ODSP

CRTC declares broadband internet a basic service, creates fund to invest in infrastructure
CRTC broadband Internet ruling addresses access, but still leaves room for high prices
Star editorial: Basic Internet service should include low-priced package for the poor
Change to EI waiting period – from two weeks to one week – begins January 1 2017
Temporary foreign workers need same rights as citizens

Canadians to face some tax changes in 2017
Toronto and District School Board serves 136,000 meals to students each day as child poverty rises
Province tasks McMeekin with studying rural poverty
“Kitchen cabinet” aims to lift lid on rural poor
Mandate letter

Legal system not doing enough for racialized members
Only three employers have been sanctioned after overhaul of foreign worker program
Angus Reid lookahead: Canadians expect a mixed year at home, a bad one abroad


Ontario Job Watch: 2016 ends with a whimper
Ministry of Labour cracks down on law-breaking bosses
Many Ontarians with mental health issues must choose between food and meds
Star editorial: It’s past time to invest in mental health
Deficit forcing Legal Aid Ontario to scale back dramatically

Legal clinics concerned about funding cuts, as LAO president says he’s not worried about an audit
LAO facing $26 million deficit
LAO’s critical role in family law
Ontario hydro rebates start in January, but so do carbon taxes
Lethal legacy: GE’s Peterborough plant was a symbol of opportunity, but did it also make workers sick?

Star reporter reflects on Peterborough’s resilient GE worker community
Letters to the editor: Workplace safety issue decades old
Paikin: Just why is Kathleen Wynne so unpopular?
Premier reflects on hydro, road tolls, and cap-and-trade ahead of 2018 election
Government release: New 2017 regulations to lower household costs and increase consumer protection
Government release: Growth that creates shared benefits the hallmark of Ontario in 2016
Government release: Province releases mandate letters for Parliamentary Assistants’ priorities

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Stats Can: Employment Insurance, October 2016
Stats Can: Consumer Price Index, November 2016
Stats can: Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2016
New Mowat Centre report: Mind the Gap: Ontario’s persistent net contribution to the federation
CIBC Economics: On the quality of employment in Canada (hint, it’s not good)

Around the Province

Perth vies to be basic income guarantee pilot location
Why Smiths Falls said no to being a basic income pilot test site
Guelph & Wellington cold weather response for people who are homeless:
No more free Monday bus rides for seniors in Sudbury
New opportunities for the North, but also new costs, under cap-and-trade

Parents urge Toronto not to cut daycare funding
Parents to pay more for daycare if Toronto goes ahead with funding cuts, TDSB says
Average price of one bedroom apartment in Toronto reaches $1500
Is it time to end discounted TTC fares for seniors?
Legal service offers support to vulnerable Toronto youth
Toronto will track all deaths among people who are homeless starting January 1
Windsor doctors refer patients to legal services to help solve medical problems

Across the Country

Iqaluit family homeless after winter eviction from public housing
Manitoba Premier Pallister says minimum wage hikes don’t reduce poverty
At this Nova Scotia grocery store, a third of employees have disabilities
Nova Scotians need $19 / hour to keep heads above water, report says
Corner Brook man funding men’s shelter mostly out of pocket

Growing wage gap between rich and poor in Nova Scotia called a “moral crisis”
Women say eating healthy impossible on Nova Scotia diet allowance
Close to half of New Brunswick families can’t afford to eat well, group says
New Brunswick anti-poverty group says planned minimum wage increase is not enough
NB minimum wage increase to come in April

Montreal food banks see demand surge through December
Number of British Columbians on EI and welfare jumps
I want to die: Isolated a cold, senior seeking help in Prince George, BC
Man who is homeless in Vernon, BC, living in heated, custom-built “coffin-like” crate
Vancouver man dies on December night blocks from new homeless shelter
Tenants in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside rally against massive rent hikes
Pitt Meadows, BC, adopts living wage policy
BC advocates fear for homeless and seniors during cold stretch


Huge gap between mental health needs and funding, expert says after health deal fails
Nortel’s disabled workers still fighting for better deal after bankruptcy
Mothers denied sickness benefits urge Liberal government to end legal battle
What are “Canadian values” and who helped to shape them?
Government’s plans aimed at preventing anti-globalization backlash, Trudeau says

Massive drop in housing prices would still leave Canadian households with more equity than debt
Charitable giving in Canada drops to a 10-year low
The Bank of Canada just laid out how the economy could tank
TD says Canada’s economy is still “not out of the woods” amid job gains in 2016


OECD’s income inequality update for 2016
France gives employees the “right to disconnect” from work emails outside typical work hours
California NGO ensuring low-income families are part of the solar revolution, and not left with the bill
Could Ontario learn from California’s actions?
Finland to begin paying basic income to unemployed citizens to eliminate “incentive traps” to work

Two-year Basic Income pilot gives $587 per month to 2,000 randomly selected people, who will have that money deducted from their existing benefits
Finland’s Basic Income Experiment website
India to endorse universal basic income
Universal basic income is not a magic solution, but it could help millions
More than 2.3 million families living in fuel poverty in England

Scottish activists call for serious bid to tackle poverty in 2017
Nearly 700 UK firms fined for not paying minimum wage, but fines are not enough
“Named and shamed” firms have not been prosecuted
Nineteen US states raised their minimum wage this month
Minimum wage hikes help more people than they harm

Corporations are fighting to repeal voter-approved minimum wage hikes
California’s minimum wage isn’t the problem, the high cost of housing is
Ford cancels Mexico plant as Trump threatens GM with “big border tax”
Hong Kong’s McRefugees
Children in Japan struggle to break out of poverty cycle
The world today looks ominously like it did before World War I


Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


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