Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 15, 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 2,836 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's Social Assistance Poverty Gap (Kaylie Tiessen, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - May 9
Alberta Child Benefit and enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (Government of Alberta) - March 2016
3. Federal government launches Employment Insurance services review
(Newswire) - May 12
4. Media & Policy News for 13 May 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
5. Whither Nutrition North Canada,?
(Food Banks Canada) - April 2016
6. Working Paper on Social Security in Canada
(a.k.a. the Orange paper or the Lalonde Paper, Government of Canada) - April 1973
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, Fourth quarter 2015 - May 12
--- Gross domestic product by industry: Provinces and territories, 2015 - May 12
Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2014 - May 11
--- Young adult offenders in Canada, 2014 - May 10
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

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

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Ontario's Social Assistance Poverty Gap - May 9
(Kaylie Tiessen, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Ontario's Social Assistance Poverty Gap
By Kaylie Tiessen
May 9, 2016
This report drills down on one key but complex policy file that is essential to the province meeting its commitment to reduce poverty and to improve income security for both children and adults: social assistance. The poverty gap for single individuals who qualify for Ontario Works or its equivalent has increased by almost 200% since 1993, and people receiving benefits from Ontario’s social assistance programs are living in a greater depth of poverty now than a generation ago.

Abstract and News Release:

Complete report (PDF - 548KB, 20 pages):

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


Related link:

Ontario’s poverty gap puts the lie to Wynne’s social justice pretensions


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:

2. New Alberta Child Benefit and enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit - March 2016
(Government of Alberta)

New Alberta Child Benefit and enhanced
Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit
(small PDF file, 2 pages)
March 2016
The ACB is a new Government of Alberta program that provides direct financial assistance to lower-income families – helping them make ends meet and support a better quality of life for their children.

Government of Alberta


- Go to the Alberta Links page:

3. Federal government launches Employment Insurance services review - May 12

Federal government launches Employment Insurance services review
May 12, 2016
The Government of Canada launches consultation to improve Employment Insurance services - Parliamentary Secretaries, Member of Parliament lead EI Service Quality Review
OTTAWA, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Millions of Canadians rely on the Government of Canada to provide them with easy access to the services and benefits to which they are entitled. They expect quality and fast service from their government—whether the service is provided online, over the phone or in person. According to Service Canada data, too many Canadians are not receiving the level of service they expect. When someone loses a job through no fault of their own or experiences a major life event, they should not have to wait weeks, even months, to receive support and benefits from a program that they paid premiums for as workers. The Government must make it easier for them to access these services and programs.


Associated Links

Employment Insurance Service Quality Review

Employment Insurance Service Quality Review Online Survey


Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

4. Media & Policy News for 13 May 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 13 May 2016

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

Top Stories

Ontario’s soaring poverty gap is starkest for single adults as welfare rates stagnate (incl. link to report)
People on social assistance are actually worse in worse shape now than under Mike Harris
Ontario’s poverty gap puts the lie to Wynne’s social justice pretensions
Successful strike by Tibetan food terminal workers sets a precedent and highlights precarious work
OFL statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month (May 2016) on precarious work

Worried sick about work: How exactly are people expected to make ends meet?
Federal review of Temporary Foreign Worker program must include agricultural workers
Stats Can survey of job vacancies shows virtually all in-demand jobs in Canada are low-paid positions
Alberta Child Benefit will not impact eligibility or benefit amounts for social assistance
“We are loan sharks”: Why one woman is leaving the payday loan business

Canada adopts the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, removing objector status
The roadblock to reconciliation: Canada’s origin story is false
Canada’s MPs have the right to know which Canadians took part in the Panama Papers tax scheme, despite KPMG refusals to provide information
Tax havens serve “no useful purpose” say more than 350 leading economists
A message from “John Doe”, the Panama Papers whistleblower

Response to tax dodging by rich will show Trudeau’s true colours
Federal government launches Employment Insurance services review


Ontario “tweaks” controversial daycare regulations
PC MCSS critic says it shouldn’t take a lawsuit for the government to reimburse municipalities for SAMS
The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan presents “a game changing opportunity”:
Column: Another reason the ORPP is a bad idea

Events, Campaigns, Reports, and Other Good Things

Fraser Institute thinks sending your kid to university counts as “child care”
Report: Housing as a Health Care Investment: Affordable housing supports children’s health

Around the Province

Frontenac County summit addresses rural housing conditions and poverty
Ottawa Transit Commission votes to ask Ontario to pay $3.3 million for a low-income transit pass
Low-income bus pass would bring fairness and equity
Commission chair is skeptical that the province can afford it
Ottawa Citizen editorial: Low-income passes noble, but at what cost?

Thunder Bay letter to the editor: Privilege should cause discomfort
Preliminary numbers released on Niagara’s first homeless count, but more analysis necessary
Toronto palliative care nurse helps people who are homeless die with dignity
Toronto’s new procurement program helps create jobs for disadvantaged workers
Brantford woman organizing local injured workers’ support group

Hamilton Living Wage Working Group says the living wage for that city must rise
Parkdale Sidewalk Festival in Toronto to highlight fraying social safety net in Ontario
New health clinic in Windsor-Essex serves Syrian refugees and other newcomers

Across the Country

Edmonton, south Saskatchewan and BC interior meet criteria for Employment Insurance extension
20,000 from Fort McMurray have applied for EI since wildfires struck
Newfoundland and Labrador residential school survivors reach $50M settlement with Ottawa
Op-ed: The Quebec Human Rights Commission must recognize systemic racism
Nova Scotia NDP Opposition introduces bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2019
Affordable housing in Montreal: No new starts in 7 communities
Billionaire denies leaving Alberta to avoid taxes
Small business owners weigh in on the right, “ethical” wage
Historic exclusion from the economy means average income assistance use on Saskatchewan First Nations is 44 percent
Free tuition in New Brunswick comes at big cost to 40,000 students


Canada in need of widespread dental care reform
The International Monetary Fund “loves what Canada is doing” but has a few suggestions, like providing more generous child care subsidies
Parliamentary Budget Office report on federal post-secondary spending outlines problems of current policies for low-income students
Changes should be made to Canada’s census to ensure needs of transgender people are met
Women fired while on maternity leave want better legal protection

Federal Court of Appeal says Canadian employers must try to accommodate parents’ child care obligations
Wildfire in Fort McMurray could force foreign temporary workers out of Canada
John Manley and Perrin Beatty: No patchwork of provincial pension plans, but a national solution
Don’t confuse CPP investment returns with the actual benefits


Rifkin: A radical new economic system will emerge from the collapse of capitalism
Seattle is privatizing work involved in evicting people who are homeless from unauthorized camp
Cuts to NYC shelters could see city’s homeless kicked to the curb
Kansans leaving welfare but not poverty
A staggering number of people with factory jobs in the US still need government help

Auckland, NZ, council wants the power to fine people who ask for money on the street
Universal Credit will increase child poverty, UK MPs warn
Building Livelihoods poverty project in Wales a success, says charity
Royal Town Planning Institute says “place poverty” must be tackled
How do you change voters minds? Have a conversation

Pope: The fight against poverty is above all a moral one
Poor people deserve to taste something other than shame

Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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5. Whither Nutrition North Canada,? April 2016
(Food Banks Canada)

What Will it Take to Make Real
Progress on Northern Food Security?
(PDF - 1.5MB, 12 pages)
April 2016
This paper provides a brief overview of the evidence, and presents a number of policy recommendations for federal, provincial and territorial governments. These recommendations extend from an understanding of poverty, decreasing access to traditional foods, and the high cost of store-bought foods as key causes of food insecurity.

Is Nutrition North Canada on Shifting Ground?
April 2016
The Food Mail program, which was replaced by Nutrition North Canada, helped to create a grocery retailing environment in the north that was markedly different from what exists in the south. (...) We make the case that Nutrition North Canada is a simple subsidy for northern retailers that has been built on a flawed, overly-ambitious policy rationale. If the program is to continue in its current form, it can and should be grounded in a more realistic and comprehensive policy and program approach to the price of food in the north.

Food Banks Canada


- Go to the Northwest Territories Links page:

- Go to the Nunavut Links page:

- Go to the Yukon Links page:

6. Working Paper on Social Security in Canada, a.k.a. the Orange Paper or Lalonde Paper - April 1973
(Government of Canada)

Recommended reading/bookmarking!

Working Paper on Social Security in Canada [PDF]
April 1973 (PDF - 3.6MB, 57 pages)
Also known as the Orange Paper (because of the colour of its cover)
or the Lalonde Paper (after Marc Lalonde , then-Minister of Finance)

Excerpt from the Preface:

This Working Paper has been prepared for the Government of Canada's contribution to the launching of this review (...) which would embrace not only what each individual federal and provincial government is doing in the field of income security, but also what governments together are doing. In November 1972, the provincial Ministers of Welfare called for a federal-provincial conference before the spring of 1973 to establish better mechanisms for consultation on social security programmes. And in January 1973, the Government of Canada called for a joint federal-provincial review of "Canada's total social security system", beginning in April 1973.
This working paper has been prepared as the Government of Canada's contribution to the launching of this r


NOTE (by Gilles):
An a
nonymous social researcher donated the historical file immediately above in PDF format when she couldn't find a copy of it online.
THANKS, anonymous social researcher!

If you have any suggestions regarding some historical social assistance and social policy text(s) that don't appear to be available online but that you'd like to see in a "history of welfare" section of this website just send me an email [ ] and throw a few titles at me. Conversely, if YOU have a precious welfare history document or two (preferably in PDF format, but I can do *some* scanning here at Canadian Social Research Links World Headquarters) that you'd like to share with other social researchers, send me your list and I'll see what I can find to add to this growing collection.


- Go to the Welfare and Welfare Reforms in Canada page:

- Go to the History of Welfare in Canada : selected readings page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, Fourth quarter 2015 - May 12
--- Gross domestic product by industry: Provinces and territories, 2015 - May 12
Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2014 - May 11
--- Young adult offenders in Canada, 2014 - May 10

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]


May 12, 2016
Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, Fourth quarter 2015
Canadian employers reported 353,000 job vacancies in the fourth quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.3%.

May 12, 2016
Gross domestic product by industry: Provinces and territories, 2015
Real gross domestic product (GDP) by industry increased in seven provinces and the Northwest Territories in 2015.

May 11, 2016
Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2014
Culture activities accounted for 3.0% of Canada's total gross domestic product (GDP) and 3.5% of jobs in 2014. Among the provinces and territories, culture's share of GDP ranged from 1.3% in Saskatchewan to 3.8% in Ontario.

May 10 2016
Young adult offenders in Canada, 2014
Police-reported data in Canada show that young adults aged 18 to 24 have the highest rates of criminal offending of any age group. In 2014, there were over 183,000 young adults accused of police-reported crimes, a rate of 5,428 individuals accused per 100,000 young adults.

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:

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:

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

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

May 15, 2016
What's new online this week:

Early childhood education and care reform in Canadian provinces: Understanding the role of experts and evidence in policy change
11 May 2016 | Canada
New journal article considers the recent reforms to implement full-day kindergarten in many provincial ECEC systems. The authors analyze the commission processes that led to these reforms to investigate the relationship between experts, policy makers, and policy outcomes. Analysis of provinces reveals that governments rarely fully implement the programs supported by the evidence base and instead make changes based on a highly selective and path-dependent approach to the complex issue of early childhood care and education.

Understanding the Manitoba election 2016
11 May 2016 | Manitoba
New e-book from Manitoba University Press brings together 27 experts to offer analysis of the 2016 Manitoba election and insights into the decision that Manitoba voters made on April 19. Chapters consider political parties, social, economic, and cultural organizations, public institutions, and key policy areas that shaped the election. Chapter 15 written by Susan Prentice provides a topical analysis of child care in the 2016 Manitoba election.

Framing the new inequality: The politics of income redistribution in Canada
11 May 2016 | Canada
Recent chapter from 'Income inequality: The Canadian story' published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy analyzes the politics of framing the new inequality. The authors examine three frames for addressing inequality concluding that a move to stronger income redistribution would confront constraints in the form of established policy norms and the unequal representation of economic interests in our political system.

Starting Strong IV: Monitoring quality in early childhood education and care
11 May 2016 | International
Starting Strong IV from the OECD explores how countries can develop and use monitoring systems to ensure quality and accountability in early childhood education and care programs. The report offers an international perspective and concrete examples to help policy makers, monitoring experts and practitioners in the field develop their own monitoring policies and practices.

Saskatchewan's early years plan 2016 - 2020
11 May 2016 | Saskatchewan
Recently released plan from the Government of Saskatchewan sets out goals and actions to improve early years programs and supports over the next five years. The province outlines how it will attempt to improve existing programs through re-focusing resources and eliminating gaps in services.

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

NDP MPP introduces bill prohibiting daycare wait list fees
11 May 2016 | Ontario

Universal child care the perfect Mother’s Day gift
11 May 2016 | Ontario

Ontario tweaks controversial daycare regulations
11 May 2016 | Ontario

Ontario revises daycare regulations after criticism from parents
11 May 2016 | Ontario

Vancouver hopes to turn downtown parking stalls into daycare
11 May 2016 | British Columbia

MORE child care in the news


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

9. 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.

10. 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:

11 May 2016 - CRINmail issue 1479
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Discrimination on school grounds
- Child refugees detained, camps to close
- Children's rights and the environment
- Trafficking and exploitation
Case study: Sex education stalemate in Croatia after decades of disagreement
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns

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
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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:

What was new before that?
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Thirteen Awesome Alternative Uses For Vick's Vapor Rub (video, duration 0:30)

Gilles' favourite use for Vicks:
Removing a splinter from your hand.
It's actually a splinter that I had stuck in my hand, completely sealed over, that prompted me to check Google for magic solutions to my bo-bo --- no amount of pinching the spot where the splinter entered my hand or needle-jabbing, both painful in their own right, would work.

I tried the Vaporub technique, and it worked like a charm - by the next morning, the skin was soft and I was able to pull the little bugger out with ZERO pain; I didn't even need tweezers or a needle. Something to remember the next time your young one come screaming into the house with a foreign body stuck in his/her hand that doesn't want to come out.


Bah-Bye, Magic Dock...

Sad to say, soon there will be no more fishing from my Magic Dock, which was always good location to catch a scrappy smallmouth bass or two every time I spent ten minutes on that dock, communing with nature.

My wife and I have (reluctantly) hired a realtor to sell our cottage on the Mighty Gatineau River just a few kilometres of North of Kazabazua, which is an hour's drive North of Ottawa. we've been trekking up there less and less frequently over the past 25 years, so we've put up a For Sale sign in front of our cottage and listed with an agent who works in that area. The cottage itself is quite nice inside (click the link below), but needs some serious foundation work. That's why we've set our asking price to take into account the approximate cost of the foundation repair. If you have some experienece in working with preserved wood foundations (or know someone who does), you may want a closer second look:

If you DON'T have a working knowledge of pressure-treated foundations in a clay base, well then, enjoy the virtual visit but don't get in over your head. Click the link for photos and a video. I'll miss the peace and quiet...