Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 14, 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 2,824 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. [Ontario] “Honey I shrunk the Poverty Strategy (Open Policy - John Stapleton) - February 8
Media & Policy News for 10 February 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. L’itinérance au Canada: Sa croissance, les réponses politiques, et le plaidoyer
(Nick Falvo)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Survey of Advanced Technology: Use of geomatics and geospatial technologies, 2014
- February 12
--- Survey of Household Spending, 2014
February 12
--- Labour Force Survey, January 2016
February 5
--- Foreign control in the Canadian economy, 2013 -
February 4
--- Canadian Economic News, January 2016 -
February 4
What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content:

6.. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
[United States] 2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (February 28 to March 1, 2016) - Food Research and Action Center and Feeding America
8. 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. [Ontario] “Honey I shrunk the Poverty Strategy - February 8
(Open Policy - John Stapleton)

“Honey I shrunk the Poverty Strategy”: How the City of Toronto Budget
took a $25 million welfare saving and turned it into a $6 million poverty strategy
(small PDF file, 3 pages)

By John Stapleton
February 9
When poverty reduction strategies are put forward, the perennial question is: “where is the money going to come from?”
Well, the simple answer is that the money should come from the significant welfare savings that the City of Toronto is busy deploying elsewhere.

Open Policy - John Stapleton


- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:

2. Media & Policy News for 10 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: 10 February 2016

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

Top Stories

Art Eggleton on three ways to end poverty in Canada – education, basic income, and tax reform
Is Quebec’s promised basic income a Trojan horse for neoliberalism?
Most Syrian refugees coming to Canada will live below the poverty line
Sherad Kerur: Refugees’ needs expose Canada’s housing crisis
Canada’s housing sector calls for 100,000 new affordable homes to meet critical need
Anti-poverty activists want $3.2 billion for affordable housing
Solutions to the housing crisis may be found in an alliance between people who are homeless and newly-arrived refugees
OCAP: Why poor and homeless people should welcome refugees
Star editorial: Ombudsman should investigate workers’ complaints
Activists holding a bake sale to raise money to fund Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy
Stapleton: How the City of Toronto took a welfare upload saving of $25 million and only spent $6 million on poverty reduction
Mayor Tory “proud” of compromise inflationary budget
Chrystia Freeland signs Trans-Pacific Partnership deal
New OECD study says Canada’s inequality problem is even worse than previously thought
Canada lost 5,700 jobs in January; unemployment rate up to 7.2%


Ontario’s reaction to release of federal transfer entitlements, including $5.1 billion for Canada Social Transfer
Cohn: Liberals must restore trust on new pension plan
Cohn: Time to slay the myth of job-killing pension plans
Hamilton taxpayers footing $820,000 bill for new social assistance software
Solitary Confinement: Two case studies and the social assistance income / employment conundrum
PFIB: Three recent articles show investment in poverty reduction in Ontario and Toronto is a charade

Reports, Events, Campaigns, and Other Good Things

Information about class action lawsuit for people who lived at Schedule 1 facilities or institutions in Ontario
Falvo: Homelessness in Canada: Its growth, policy responses, and advocacy
Upcoming Spanish-language workshops on sponsorship applications and ODSP / seniors benefits

Around the Province

Brant and Brantford should “knock heads” over flawed implementation of OW/ODSP computer system
Location and integration of safe injection site in Thunder Bay will be key
Advocates looking at provincial subsidies for inter-community bus service in the north
First Nations find culturally sensitive support at Peel courthouse
Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network raising awareness of Registered Disability Savings Plans
Mississauga reviewing policies on secondary housing unitsOrillia’s Coldest Night of the Year participants raising funds for homeless shelter
Wallaceburg landlord says low-income tenants seeing skyrocketing electricity rates
Niagara advocates say basic income could be a “game changer” in the fight against poverty
Rachel Gray: Toronto needs a new approach to funding poverty reduction
Ryerson students launch project to give people how are homeless a voice
Goodwill Toronto files for bankruptcy and loses Goodwill name
Goodwill has $800,000 in assets but owes $6 million to creditors
CEO wants to stay and fix the problems
Toronto-area taxi drivers prepare to strike next weekend over Mayor Tory’s support for Uber

Across the Country

Alberta posts worst unemployment rate in a decade

Albertans “strategically defaulting” on their mortgages
Premier Notley pushes Trudeau for changes to EI
Globe Editorial: How much help should Ottawa really give to Alberta?
370 laid off people in Calgary attend employment workshop
Trudeau’s commitments to Alberta get lukewarm reception from some oilpatch workers
Alberta Federation of Labour calls on federal government to broaden eligibility for EI
Alberta promising big push on affordable housing construction and upkeep
Exploited tree planters win EI and income tax appeals, race discrimination case, and unpaid wage claims
Pizza Treat for the Street helping to feed people who are homeless in Winnipeg


EI wait time may stay at 2 weeks until 2017
Digital divide: CRTC mulling internet subsidies for poor Canadians at telecommunications hearings
Youth unemployment finally on the radar at home and abroad
Racism and legal inequality key issues in murdered and missing Indigenous women inquiry
EI whistleblower seeking justice three years later


Global economy not getting better, despite leaders and experts
How being poor can make you eat more: Children raised in poverty are more likely to overeat as adults
Report shows growing up poor promotes “eating in the absence of hunger” in adulthood
Gallup report shows link between full-time work and poverty in the US
Why poverty and inequality are bad for business
UK facing a crisis of homelessness among young people
conomic growth in the EU doesn’t go hand-in-hand with poverty reduction


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:

3. L’itinérance au Canada: Sa croissance, les réponses politiques, et le plaidoyer - Le 11 février
(Nick Falvo)

L’itinérance au Canada: Sa croissance, les réponses politiques, et le plaidoyer
Présentation de Nick Falvo
Le 11 février 2016
Le 1er février, Nick a fait une présentation sur l’itinérance adressée aux étudiants du séminaire d’études supérieures de l’Université Carleton à Ottawa.

Voici le lien vers la version en anglais du texte ci-dessus:

Homelessness in Canada: Its Growth, Policy Responses, and Advocacy
By Nick Falvo
February 4, 2016
On February 1, Nick gave a guest presentation on homelessness to a graduate seminar class on housing policy at Carleton University in Ottawa. 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.

Cliquez ci-dessus pour visionner les 10 choses à savoir au sujet de l’itinérance au Canada, notamment à Toronto.
Cliquez ci-dessous pour visionner les 44 diapositives (en anglais seulement) de la présentation de Nick.


Progressive Economics Forum


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

4. [Ontario] Province Receives Extensive Public Input to Help Develop the 2016 Ontario Budget - February 8
(Ontario Government)

Province Receives Extensive Public Input to Help Develop the 2016 Ontario Budget
Public Consultations Across Ontario Reveal Priorities: Growing the Economy, Creating Jobs, Education, Health Care and Infrastructure

News Release
February 8, 2016
The province has received thousands of ideas from Ontarians throughout the province for the 2016 Ontario Budget after nine weeks of engaging with the public in-person, online, in writing and via telephone.

Pre-budget consultations report

Read the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review
Learn more about Ontario’s financial cycle
Read the full online report

Ontario Government

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
Survey of Advanced Technology: Use of geomatics and geospatial technologies, 2014 - February 12
--- Survey of Household Spending, 2014
- February 12
--- Labour Force Survey, January 2016 -
February 5
--- Foreign control in the Canadian economy, 2013 - February 4
--- Canadian Economic News, January 2016 - February 4

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:


Special posting for
Doctor Fran, Doctor Tracey
and their peers in this cryptic field of study:

February 12, 2016
Survey of Advanced Technology: Use of geomatics and geospatial technologies, 2014

Nearly 1 in 10 enterprises in industries covered by the 2014 Survey of Advanced Technology used global positioning system (GPS) technology, making it the most widely adopted geomatics and geospatial technology.
- includes the following two tables:
***** Adoption of geomatics or geospatial technologies, by type of technology, all surveyed industries, 2014
***** Key driver in using geeomatics or geospatial industries, all surveyed industries, 2014

Related links:

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Resources

Canadian GIS Data Sources [FREE]
November 19, 2015

February 12, 2016
Survey of Household Spending, 2014
Canadian households spent an average of $59,057 on goods and services in 2014, little changed from $58,576 in 2013. Spending on shelter accounted for 29.1% of this total, up from 27.9% a year earlier. Transportation (20.1%) and food (13.7%) accounted for virtually the same shares of consumption as in 2013.
On average, households reported total expenditures of $80,728 in 2014, up slightly (+2.1%) from 2013. The average spending on goods and services of $59,057 represented 73.2% of total expenditure. Income taxes, pension contributions, employment and life insurance premiums, gifts of money, support payments and charitable contributions accounted for the remaining 26.8%.

February 11, 2016
Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, Third quarter 2015
There were 401,000 job vacancies in Canada in the third quarter and the job vacancy rate was 2.6%.
Nunavut (4.2%) and Yukon (3.9%) had the highest job vacancy rates, followed by British Columbia (3.4%), Alberta (3.1%) and Nova Scotia (3.0%). Ontario had a job vacancy rate of 2.6%, in line with the national average. Quebec had the lowest rate at 1.8%.

February 10, 2016
Canada's population estimates: Subprovincial areas, July 1, 2015
On July 1, 2015, 7 in 10 Canadians, or 25,164,100 people, were living in a census metropolitan area (CMA). More than 1 in 3 Canadians (35.4%) made their home in Canada's three largest CMAs—Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.

February 9, 2016
Canadian Community Health Survey: Unmet health care needs, 2014

February 5, 2016
Labour Force Survey, January 2016
Employment was virtually unchanged in January (-5,700 or 0.0%) and the unemployment rate edged up to 7.2%.

Related CANSIM tables:

February 4, 2016
Foreign control in the Canadian economy, 2013
U.S.-controlled enterprises continued to account for the largest share of assets, revenues and profits under foreign control in 2013. Their share of assets was unchanged at 49.4%, and their share of revenues increased from 54.4% in 2012 to 56.2% in 2013. The share of profits earned by US-controlled enterprises edged up from 58.4% to 58.5%*.

* Moral of this story:
If y'all HAVE to be somebody's bitch, it might as well be Uncle Sam's...

February 4, 2016
Canadian Economic News, January 2016
Statistics Canada released today the first edition of Canadian Economic News, for the January 2016 reference month. Canadian Economic News is a concise monthly summary of selected Canadian and international economic events and market developments.

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:

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

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

February 14, 2016
What's new online this week:

Proposed changes to Ontario child care regulations 2016: Phase 2
10 Feb 2016 | Ontario
A new phase of regulation changes has recently been posted in Ontario. Proposed changes include changes to age groups affecting ratios and group sizes, caseloads for monitoring home child care, exempt status for regulation of school-age centres and two-tiered licensing, among others. The Ontario Government is asking for public response to these changes until April 1st 2016.

In for a pound: The relationship between staff wages and Ofsted grades in group-based childcare provisions
10 Feb 2016 | Europe
A new study by the Family and Childcare Trust has found a strong link between staff pay and quality in nurseries in England, with a pay increase of just under £1 an hour difference between childcare settings with a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grade. The authors find that higher pay often produces higher quality provision.

Gender equal family policy and continued childbearing in Iceland, Norway and Sweden
10 Feb 2016 | International
Recent study using data covering the total population in Iceland, Norway and Sweden considers cross-national variations in the relationship between fathers’ parental leave use and continued childbearing concluding that families are more likely to have two or more children if fathers are engaged in the child rearing process. The authors however note that the division of domestic labour and use of fathers' parental leave does not necessarily ensure gender equality in the Nordic countries.

Closing the gap: Progress and priorities report 2016
10 Feb 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
The Close the Gap Campaign has released its' 2016 progress and priorities report on the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. The report outlines what targets are being met and which are not mainly in areas of health. The report notes that significant funding and social infrastructure is needed to continue to meet targets. Of note, the report sets out the new goal of getting 95% of all Indigenous four-year-olds, not just those in remote communities, enrolled in preschool by 2025.

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.

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

Magic abounds when daycare, seniors home share roof
10 Feb 2016 | Ontario

Indigenous Closing the Gap goals 'back a generation'
10 Feb 2016 | Australia and New Zealand

A critical problem affecting America’s childcare system (but ignored by policymakers)
9 Feb 2016 | United States

Women must make affordable childcare an election issue
9 Feb 2016 | Europe

Will Trudeau roll out national child care?
9 Feb 2016 | Canada

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.


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:

8. [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:

9. 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 issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

10 February 2016 - CRINmail issue 1466
In this issue:
Final call for users to re-subscribe to CRINmail
Latest news and reports
- Health, survival and gender
- First payment, then rights
- Access to justice & child protection
- Sexual and genetic discrimination
- Calls for submissions
Access to justice for children in Israel
Upcoming events

Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns
- Guides


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- 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:

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