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January 15, 2017


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.

You can find the online version of this (January 22, 2017) newsletter at this link:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news150117.htm

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2840 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Federal government ponders creating new housing benefit for low-income renters - January 12 (CTV News)
2. Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income - January 2017 (CBC Radio)
3. Media & Policy News for 13 January 2017 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Ontario increasing mileage rates for social assistance recipients + FULL pass-on of child support exemption for parents on OW and ODSP (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

International content

6. Fact Checker : The Truth Behind The Rhetoric - August 3, 2016 (Washington Post)
7. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Federal government ponders creating new housing benefit for low-income renters - January 12
(CTV News)

Federal government ponders creating new housing benefit for low-income renters
http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/federal-government-ponders-creating-new-housing-benefit-for-low-income-renters-1.3237821
January 12, 2017
OTTAWA -- The federal government is looking at creating a new benefit to help low-income Canadians who struggle to pay the rent each month, but is being warned that the measure isn't a solution to the country's housing crunch. Multiple sources with knowledge of talks say the government has quietly been exploring how to establish a new housing supplement program that would link benefits to individuals, rather than housing units -- a departure from how such supplements have typically worked.
(...)
The federal government is in the midst of finalizing a national housing strategy and the minister responsible says he expects it to be completed by early 2017, although an exact timeline hasn't been set. A separate housing strategy for indigenous Canadians could take an additional year.
A key goal of the strategy is to provide every Canadian with affordable housing that meets their requirements.

Source:
CTV News

http://www.ctvnews.ca/

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

2. Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income - January 2017
(CBC Radio)

Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-january-6-2016-1.3923883/ontario-considers-the-benefits-of-basic-minimum-income-1.3923916

Source:
CBC Radio : The Current
http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/the-current

Ontario to test a guaranteed basic income, but which town will be the guinea pig?
http://www.cantechletter.com/2017/01/ontario-test-guaranteed-basic-income-town-will-guinea-pig

Andrew Coyne: The basics of a guaranteed basic income
http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/andrew-coyne-the-basics-of-a-guaranteed-basic-income

John A. Macdonald would have supported a basic income policy
http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/7058890-john-a-macdonald-would-have-supported-a-basic-income-policy/

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

3. Media & Policy News for 13 January 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

ALSO From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media & Policy News: 13 January 2017
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=286d5f7f25&e=0507578ecc

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

Top Stories

Doctors frustrated workers’ compensation boards seem to ignore medical opinions, report says
Tax loopholes that bankroll CEO salaries with taxpayer’s money should be closed
Star editorial: Economic challenges test Trudeau’s promise of more progressive path
Liberals to close tax loopholes for the rich, Trudeau says
Take action on Trudeau’s promise to close the stock options tax loophole

Federal government ponders creating new housing benefit for low-income renters
Yale First Nation in BC partners with modular building company for new affordable, green homes
Family, friends question why Saskatoon woman froze to death
What should be done to make Ontario electricity rates more affordable
Why does Ontario’s electricity cost so much? A reality check

Some info about the role of renewable energy
Financial Accountability Officer’s report has stats on spending by consumers on energy by energy type and income
Hydro cost complaint to Premier Wynne sparks online uproar
CBC’s The Current: Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income
Kingston basic income consultation this past Monday: Minister Ballard says basic income is part of the poverty debate

Kingston consultation: Local MPP says the issue is very complex
Kingston: Pilot program aims to help those living in poverty
Sault Ste. Marie consultation: Basic income discussion set for next week
Kenora consultation: Consultation set for January 17
ISAC and ODSP Action Coalition: Basic Income consultations: Key Issues for people on OW and ODSP

Ontario to test a guaranteed basic income, but which town will be the guinea pig?
Smiths Falls residents demand support from local councillors to be basic income pilot site
Greater Sudbury interested in taking part as pilot project site
Andrew Coyne: The basics of a guaranteed basic income
John A. Macdonald would have supported a basic income policy

Public conversation on basic income set for Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
Basic Income: Progressive dreams meet neoliberal realities
Overwhelming interest from Ottawa residents in non-profit alternative to payday loans
Full-time work declined in 2016: Statistics Canada report
Politudes: Proposal for a Canadian National Goal for Poverty Reduction

Migrant worker wins human rights case over his firing
McGill course teaches law students Indigenous legal traditions
Trudeau shuffles the federal cabinet – here’s the new list
Prime Minister’s Statement
Immigrant rights groups lay out agenda for incoming ministers

Ontario

Cabinet shuffle, January 12, sees new Women’s Issues and Seniors Affairs ministries
ODSP caseloads have been rising, due largely to an increase in mental health
ISAC: Increase won to ODSP / OW medical travel mileage rate
Government bulletin: Ontario increasing mileage rates for social assistance recipients
ISAC: Full child support exemption for parents on OW and ODSP coming this month

Forced labour in restaurant kitchens is no jokeTen things you can do this year for a hunger-free Ontario
Financial Accountability Office says Ontario must cut $2.8 billion from health funding to balance the budget
Legal Aid Ontario’s funding shortages impact immigration, tenancy and disability law too
Mercury tainted soil from upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation
Ontario Nonprofit Network: Can charities and nonprofits help heal social division?
Government release: Ontario economy continues to grow in third quarter of 2016

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

ISAC’s pre-budget submission on $1 billion for social assistance – read it and support it, if you can
CCPA report: Predatory Lending: A survey of high interest alternative financial service users
Ontario Non-Profit Network is hiring a Decent Work Project Lead
Jan 17 author talk in Toronto: Toronto’s Poor – A Rebellious History
Jan 18 Webinar: Poverty & Housing in Canada
Stats Can: New housing price index, November 2016

Around the Province

St. Thomas bus pass pilot project starts February
Ontario commits to funding 3 supervised safe injection sites in Toronto
Millions in grants for needy students in the Toronto District School Board aren’t getting to them
Here’s the Social Planning Toronto report
Toronto Public Health collecting data on the deaths of people who are homeless

Unique program to help First Nations people navigate the justice system recognized in Sarnia
Welland homeless shelters are full, but one centre makes room
What will the City of Toronto’s budget cost – and who will it impact most?
City of Toronto warming centre defended as necessary “so people don’t die on our streets”
GoFundMe campaign launched to keep Guelph’s Out of Poverty Society operating

Average home price in the GTA jumped 20% in 2016
Toronto Mayor Tory’s move to privatize garbage collection is “not about ideology”
Residents speak out on Toronto’s 2017 city budget at Scarborough Civic Centre
Labour and business in Thunder Bay welcome new federal Minister of Labour

Across the Country

Edmonton single mom pleads for a pest-free home
Calgary area employment income down over $800 million in 2016
Income assistance keeps Manitobans at 50-70 per cent of poverty line: Protesters
Lobby group to Manitoba government: Make poverty a priority
Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Commission ordered to reconsider special diet case

Lack of affordable housing puts Sydney, Nova Scotia shelter in crunch
PEI government neglecting baby by not paying social assistance benefit to father for formula
Nunavut poverty reduction secretariat looks to add two new members
BC jobs plan not enough to address high poverty rate, says CCPA-BC
BC’s poverty rate is second highest in Canada: New report calls again for a poverty reduction plan

Poverty reduction supporter sets BC election target
Richmond, BC, votes to ban short-term rentals like Airbnb despite new rules
BC homeowner grant doesn’t distinguish between rich and poor

National

Ottawa projecting decades of deficits
Higher inflation in 2017 will cost average Canadian extra $1600 this year
Canada’s economy is off to a “strong start” in 2017 – can we keep it up?

International

Research in California shows $15 minimum wage has big impact on pay, none on jobs
Here’s the report
Higher Seattle minimum wage hasn’t hurt restaurant jobs growth after a year
Oregon woman evicted from senior housing for $338 in late rent freezes to death in parking garage
GOP legislators in Arizona plan to limit citizen initiatives and roll back minimum wage hike9a065ca94a47.html

Final jobs report under Obama underscores complicated legacy
Spain increases its minimum wage
Mexico raises minimum wage to cushion impact of fuel price increase
Australia’s automated social assistance payment reconciliation system delivers “a summer from hell”
Ration days again: Australia’s cashless welfare card ignites shame

Cashless welfare card treats Aboriginal people as third-class citizens
Australian welfare charity slams poverty shaming
The most bizarre excuses for not paying the UK minimum wage revealed
UK welfare minister “happy to look at” making benefit assessors wear cameras to prove tests are fair
Households on welfare in Japan hit record high for third month

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

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):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

4. (Effective 01-15) Ontario increasing mileage rates for social assistance recipients + FULL pass-on of child support exemption for parents on OW and ODSP (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Ontario increasing mileage rates for social assistance recipients
https://news.ontario.ca/mcss/en/2017/01/ontario-increasing-mileage-rates-for-social-assistance-recipients.html

ISAC: Full child support exemption for parents on Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) coming this month
http://incomesecurity.org/public-education/full-child-support-exemption-for-parents-on-ow-and-odsp-coming-this-month-exemption-complete-des-pensions-alimentaires-pour-enfants-des-ce-mois-ci/

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- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

Bonus link:
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/cal3-eng.htm

Nothing jumps off the page at me --- How about you?
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/cal3-eng.htm
Click "Release Schedule" to access all products for the month of January and more...

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

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new online this week:
January 15, 2017

Public funding, private delivery: States, markets, and early childhood education and care in liberal welfare states – A comparison of Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/public-funding-private-delivery-states-markets-and-early-ch
11 Jan 2017 | International
2012 article considers the social investment experiences in Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand that suggest governments often make choices about ?nancing and delivery of early childhood education and care services that do not match their human capital development goals. The authors find that human capital bene?ts have not developed "because of the kinds of investments that are being made - particularly government reliance on private providers without strong regulatory regimes capable of ensuring high quality services."

Expenditures on children by families 2015
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/expenditures-children-families-2015
11 Jan 2017 | United States
New report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides estimates of expenditures on children from birth through age 17. This report presents the most recent estimates for married couple and single-parent families and uses the Consumer Expenditure Survey to calculate annual child-rearing expenses. Findings include that expenses vary considerably by household income level, region, and composition. Authors note that these results can support the development of child support and foster care guidelines, as well as public health and family-centered educational programs.

Early moments matter
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/early-moments-matter
11 Jan 2017 | International
UNICEF has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences. The campaign provides digital and print resources for parents and caregivers in order to encourage them to provide their children with the best possible start in life. This campaign is part of UNICEF’s broader program on early childhood development.

State(s) of Head Start
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/states-head-start
11 Jan 2017 | United States
Recent report from The National Institute for Early Education Research provides a detailed description and analysis of Head Start enrollment, funding, quality, and duration, state-by-state. The report focuses on the 2014-2015 program year but also provides longitudinal data beginning with the 2006-2007 program year. The report reveals that access to Head Start programs, funding per child, teacher education, quality of teaching, and duration of services all vary widely by state underscoring the need for greater coordination between Head Start and state and local government agencies to build high-quality early learning programs.

How do educators and perceptions of role and policies influence healthy eating-active living environments for preschool children in child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/how-do-educators-and-perceptions-role-and-policies-influenc
11 Jan 2017 | Alberta
Recent masters thesis from the University of Alberta considers preschool children and the role that early childhood educators play in shaping the healthy lifestyle habits of these children. A case study design was used to understand the influence child care educators have in promoting healthy eating and physical activity to preschool children in child care centres, including their knowledge of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth (ANGCY). Findings indicated not all child care educators were aware of the ANGCY yet most understood the importance of role modeling behaviours and the promotion of a healthy environment for the children in their care.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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Child care in the news:

Toronto urged to add more child care subsidies
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/01/toronto-urged-add-more-child-care-subsidies
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

How to really help Manitoba families: Build a universal child-care system
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/01/how-really-help-manitoba-families-build-universal-child-care-system
11 Jan 2017 | Manitoba

Daycare crunch: Toronto looks to province to boost subsidized child-care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/01/daycare-crunch-toronto-looks-province-boost-subsidized-child-care
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

Toronto's new budget won't ease its 'childcare crisis,' councillor warns
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/01/torontos-new-budget-wont-ease-its-childcare-crisis-councillor-warns
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

Toronto proposes ending daycare occupancy grant
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/01/toronto-proposes-ending-daycare-occupancy-grant
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

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

6. 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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Latest issue of CRINMAIL:

05 January 2017 - CRINmail 1512
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1512
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Violence against children
- Refugees, migration and trafficking
- Juvenile justice
- Sexuality, gender and education
Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides
More

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)
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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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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