Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 10, 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.

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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...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

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Canadian content:

1. Social Assistance in Ontario: Periods of Tumult and Calm (John Stapleton) - January 3
2. Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis (course) (Richard Shillington) - January 1, 2016
3. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2015 - January 8
--- Study: Labour market participation of immigrant and Canadian-born wives, 2006 to 2014 - January 7
--- Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program: Data tables - January 7
--- Financial information of community colleges and vocational schools, 2013/2014
4. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content:

5. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
6. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!
Gilles

Gilles Séguin
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]


1. Social Assistance in Ontario: Periods of Tumult and Calm- January 3
(John Stapleton)

Social Assistance in Ontario: Periods of Tumult and Calm
http://openpolicyontario.com/social-assistance-in-ontario-periods-of-tumult-and-calm/
For the first time in over a year and without much fanfare, the Ontario Government has begun to publish monthly social assistance caseload numbers. One guesses that the reason for the hiatus was the much-reported troubles with their new social assistance computer system called SAMS. The newest figures are for November 2015 and the new charts on the MCSS website include caseload figures going back two years including the 13 months from November 2014 to November 2015 that were missing.

They are here for Ontario Works (in PDF format):
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/documents/en/mcss/social/reports/OW_EN_2015-11.pdf

...and here for the Ontario Disability Support Program:
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/documents/en/mcss/social/reports/ODSP_EN_2015-11.pdf

Now that we have 35 years of reliable data, what does it tell us?
(...)
With the stars aligned (so to speak) at all three levels of government across most of Ontario, poverty reduction strategies can now be harmonized to implement real reform. We can bring in income security for all children outside of social assistance and implement a basic income for all low income adults with a special supplement for people with disabilities as recommended in Brighter Prospects (PDF) : http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/documents/en/mcss/social/publications/social_assistance_review_final_report.pdf

This has allowed me to update an excel file (the link immediately below) which many readers have seen in the past that includes reliable data for the last 35 years (since 1981) for caseloads (payments) , beneficiaries (men women and children receiving assistance), unemployment, and population.

Stapleton, J. (2016) Ontario unemployment and SA rates 1981 monthly to November 2015 (Microsoft Excel file)
http://openpolicyontario.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Copy-of-Ontario-unemployment-and-SA-rates-1981-to-2008-2009-monthly-to-November-2015.xlsx

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Source:
Open Policy (John Stapleton`s blog/website)
http://www.openpolicyontario.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

2. Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis (course) - January 1, 2016
(Richard Shillington)

From
Richard Shillington:

Dear Friends/Colleagues:
I am once again offering my course: “Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis” sometime during the first few months of 2016.
I’m gauging interesting for presentations in Toronto and Ottawa. I’d also like to explore the possibility of offering the course in Calgary.
Please pass this on to individuals you think might be interested.

See the attached flyer (PDF) for more info:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/41504159/Flyer_Jan_2016.pdf
Course Offering:
Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis
Including Data Analysis using Excel
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Conducted by
Richard Shillington
Winter 2016
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richard@shillington.ca <=== Send Richard an email message at this address if you're interested in signing up or just looking for more info.

Source:
Richard Shillington
http://www.shillington.ca

Email address - for more info regarding the course
richard@shillington.ca

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

3. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Labour Force Survey, December 2015
- January 8
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Study: Labour market participation of immigrant and Canadian-born wives, 2006 to 2014 - January 7
--- Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program: Data tables - January 7
--- Financial information of community colleges and vocational schools, 2013/2014

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last

[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/cal3-eng.htm

January 8, 2016
Labour Force Survey, December 2015
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/160108/dq160108a-eng.htm
Employment edged up 23,000 (+0.1%) in December and the unemployment rate was 7.1%, unchanged from the previous month. Following employment growth of 0.4% in the first quarter of 2015, the pace of growth slowed to 0.2% for each of the subsequent three quarters.

January 7, 2016
Study: Labour market participation of immigrant and Canadian-born wives, 2006 to 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/160107/dq160107b-eng.htm
Immigrant wives participate less often in the labour market than Canadian-born wives, and about half of the observed difference is attributable to socioeconomic characteristics, according to a new study.

January 7, 2016
Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program: Data tables
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/160107/dq160107c-eng.htm
Data from the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) are now available in CANSIM.


January 7, 2016
Financial information of community colleges and vocational schools, 2013/2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/160107/dq160107d-eng.htm
Data for the 2013/2014 academic year from the Financial Information of Community Colleges and Vocational Schools Survey are now available.


Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
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.

Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

January 10, 2016
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/16/01/resettlement-challenges-faced-refugee-claimant-families-mon
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Resettlement challenges faced by refugee claimant families in Montreal: Lack of access to child care
6 Jan 2016 | Quebec
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/16/01/resettlement-challenges-faced-refugee-claimant-families-mon
2012 study reports on interviews conducted with refugee claimant families in Montreal about their resettlement challenges and proposed solutions to them. Experiences accessing formal and informal child care in Montreal were addressed. Participants describe a lack of informal child care as a result of reduced social networks, and affordability as a barrier to formal child care services.

Jessica Shortall: The US needs paid family leave -- for the sake of its future
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/16/01/jessica-shortall-us-needs-paid-family-leave-sake-its-future
6 Jan 2016 | United States
Recent TEDTalk by Jessica Shorthall makes the impassioned and economic case for paid parental leave in the U.S. She states that the time has come to recognize the economic, physical and psychological costs of the U.S. approach to working mothers and their babies.

Parenting in America
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/16/01/parenting-america
6 Jan 2016 | United States
New Pew Research Center [U.S.] survey finds that for lower-income parents with children younger than 18, financial instability can limit their children’s access to a safe environment and to the kinds of enrichment activities that affluent parents may take for granted. Of particular interest, the majority of parents surveyed with one or more children younger than six say it is very (29%) or somewhat (33%) hard to find affordable, high-quality child care in their community.

Preferences of first-time expectant mothers for care of their child: 'I wouldn't leave them somewhere that made me feel insecure'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/16/01/preferences-first-time-expectant-mothers-care-their-child-i
6 Jan 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
Recent study examined childcare preferences regarding the return to paid work of 124 Australian women who were expecting their first child. Two factors that were the most salient features in their decision making were the quality of care and the personal satisfaction of engaging in paid work. The findings suggest that family friendly employment practices and access to secure, high-quality child care are key to women’s secure participation in the paid workforce.

Child day care center or home care for children 12–40 months of age – what is best for the child?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/16/01/child-day-care-center-or-home-care-children-12%E2%80%9340-months-ag
6 Jan 2016 | International
2009 systematic overview conducted by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health presents research evidence on the impact of day care centers versus home care on children exposed to these types of care between the ages 12 and 40 months. Researchers conclude that day care centers may enhance children’s cognitive development.

MORE research, policy & practice
Child care in the news
Child care in the news is an archive of news articles about ECEC in Canada and abroad.

Prominent Canadian women urge Trudeau to ensure gender parity in the Senate
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/16/01/prominent-canadian-women-urge-trudeau-ensure-gender-parity-senate
6 Jan 2016 | Canada

Small changes don’t add up to affordable child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/16/01/small-changes-don%E2%80%99t-add-affordable-child-care
6 Jan 2016 | Canada

Region investigates hiking child-care fees
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/16/01/region-investigates-hiking-child-care-fees
6 Jan 2016 | Ontario

Road ahead: York Region faith community dedicated to fight against child poverty
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/16/01/road-ahead-york-region-faith-community-dedicated-fight-against-child
6 Jan 2016 | Ontario

Preschool without walls
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/16/01/preschool-without-walls
6 Jan 2016 | United States

MORE child care in the news
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

New website, available in
English and French, for parents in Canada:

Finding Quality Child Care : Aguide for parents in Canada
http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

5. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
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.

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ ] 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.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

6. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/

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.

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Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

CRINMAIL 1461: NEW YEAR SPECIAL EDITION
07 January 2016 - CRINmail issue 1461

https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1461-new-year-special-edition
In this issue:
- Children's rights in 2015
- A look at children's rights in 2016
RECOMMENDED READING:
- four pages of links to extensive coverage of children's rights around the world during the year 2015

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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)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014 and 2015, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive II (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- 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.

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293
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 EN ESPAÑOL
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
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.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm



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