Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 15, 2018

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the recent past week..

You can find the online version of this (May 15, 2018) newsletter at this link:

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,878 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.


* Guaranteed Minimum Income / Revenu minimum garanti - mai/May 2018 (Basic Income Earth Network)

* BIEN NewsFlash - May 2018 (Basic Income Earth Network)

Ontario Basic Income experiment - May 2 (Huffington Post, Toronto Star, CBC)

* Media & Policy News: - May 11 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) Ontario Election Special Issue

* Invitation for written briefs re. the Committee study on barriers facing women in politics- May 7 (House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women study on barriers facing women in politics)

* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, April 2018 - May 11
--- Canadian Economic News - May 10
--- Study: Work activity of families with children in Canada, 2005 to 2015 - May 15

* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - May 1

* CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter) - May 1

Guaranteed Minimum Income / Revenu minimum garanti - mai/May 2018
(Basic Income Earth Network)

Un revenu minimum garanti au Québec?
Le 13 novembre 2017

NOTA : Links to the English version follow the French below.
Vous trouverez les liens vers la version anglaise du texte ci-dessous à la suite de la version française.
I apologize for the amount of time it took me to post these links --- too many irons in the fire..

Communiqué de presse:
Rapport final du Comité d'experts sur le revenu minimum garanti
- Vers un système de soutien du revenu transformé et amélioré
Le 13 novembre 2017
Le Comité d'experts sur le revenu minimum garanti a dévoilé aujourd'hui son rapport final, dans lequel il présente 23 recommandations s'intégrant dans une vision d'ensemble de ce que serait un système du revenu transformé et amélioré.

Rapport final:
Le revenu minimum garanti : une utopie?
Une inspiration pour le Québec
Rapport final du Comité d'experts sur le revenu minimum garanti

***Volume 1 - Les principes, le diagnostic et les recommandations (PDF, 236 pages, 4,1 Mo)

***Volume 2 - Le soutien du revenu et le marché du travail (PDF, 4,6 Mo)

*** Volume 3 (À venir)

*** Sommaire (PDF, 740 Ko)

Rapport d'étape

Le concept de revenu minimum garanti et ses applications - Rapport d’étape Comité d'experts sur le revenu minimum garanti (PDF, 2,7 Mo)

Le concept de revenu minimum garanti et ses applications - Rapport d’étape du Comité d'experts sur le revenu minimum garanti - Sommaire (PDF, 1,7 Mo)


Engish version

Press release
NOTE : The French version of the reports of the Expert Committee on guaranteed minimum income includes more content than the English.

Final Report of the Expert Committee on Guaranteed Minimum Income
- Moving Toward a Transformed and Enhanced Income Support System
November 13, 2017
The Expert Committee on Guaranteed Minimum Income released today its final report, in which it presents 23 recommendations consistent with a global vision of what would be a transformed and enhanced income system. This global vision is based on both a conceptual analysis of the very idea of guaranteed minimum income and an overall diagnosis of Québec's current income support system. The final report is accompanied by the progress report.

For more information on the Expert Committee on Guaranteed Minimum Income, and to consult the final report and the progress report:

Final Report from the Expert Committee on Guaranteed Minimum Income
- Volume 1 - Principles, Diagnosis and Recommendations (PDF, 3,2MB)

Progress report
The concept of guaranteed minimum income and its applications– Expert Committee progress report – Summary
(PDF, 2,4MB)

BIEN NewsFlash - May 2018
(Basic Income Earth Network)

BIEN NewsFlash (monthly newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network)
May 2018 issue, selected content:
[Click the link immediately above to access any item preceded by an asterisk below

* United States: Andrew Yang is running for President in 2020 on the platform of Universal Basic Income
* The devil is in the details – a new report on Basic Income for India
* Debate over Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend
* Finland: Going through a basic income experiment
* International: World Bank releases draft report supporting basic income
* Italy: plea to the new Italian Parliament for a guaranteed income
* The employer response to the guaranteed annual income
* The economics of basic income
* More...

Quebec is implementing a means-tested benefit, not a basic income
January 24, 2018
Andre Coelho
The province of Quebec has been fostering conversations around basic income and even, at a certain point in 2016, has appointed a long-time supporter of basic income, François Blais, as Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity. Although the term “guaranteed minimum income” has been used in an indiscriminate fashion ever since 2014, there has never been an actual mandate for Blais to implement basic income in Quebec.

BIEN NewsFlash
BIEN’s NewsFlash is mailed electronically every month to over 12,000 subscribers throughout the world

Founded in 1986, the Basic Income European Network (BIEN) aims to serve as a link between all individuals and groups interested in basic income (i.e. a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement) and to foster informed discussion on this topic throughout the world.

Related link:

Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) [ ] is a voluntary, non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting informed, constructive public dialogue leading to a basic income guarantee in Canada.

Also from BIEN:

North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, May 24-27, 2018
McMaster University, Hamilton
Speakers from Canada to include: Senator Art Eggleton, Member of Parliament Guy Caron, Evelyn Forget (population health and Manitoba Mincome), Ron Hikel (executive director of Manitoba Mincome), Yv Bonnier Viger (public health), Josephine Grey (human rights), Jim Mulvale (environment), and Kourtney Koebel (design and costing).

Registration information

NABIG Congress 2018 Program (22 pages)
Basic Income: Bold Ideas, Practical Solutions


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

Ontario Basic Income experiment - May 2
(Huffington Post, Toronto Star, CBC)

Ontario’s bold basic income experiment creates high expectations: The pilot project is already creating a huge impact.

Ontario’s basic income experiment would continue under Doug Ford:

‘My life has changed so much’: One Thunder Bay woman’s experience with Ontario’s basic income program:

PBS: Does a basic guaranteed income decrease the need for social services?


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

Media & Policy News: - May 11
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Media & Policy News: 11 May 2018

NOTE (by Gilles):
If you wish to access any of the media articles below, click the link immediately above and the same list will re-appear, along with a link to each of the individual articles. The extra link that visitors are asked to click is to help ISAC to keep track of the number of people who access the collection. More visitors means more attention. And more attention means a better possibility of more support for maintaining this excellent research tool..

THANKS, Jennefer and ISAC!!

Without further ado...


Ontario Election 2018
The writ’s dropped!
Every Friday until Election Day June 7, we’ll send out election-related highlights from the previous week, as well as a short collection of other stories and resources.

Top Stories
(Click the link above to access all hyperlinks)

Election 101: Here’s what you need to know
CBC Vote Compass: Compare your views to party platforms
Ontario must ensure public supports and services for everyone
Video: Rural poverty summit in Muskoka
Social assistance policy can be a deciding factor in Ontario’s next election
Ontario passes gender pay transparency law
Column: How Ontario is trying to tackle the wage gap – and how it could do more
Ontario government backs down on controversial holiday pay changes
Province to review holiday pay rules after business backlash
Chamber of Commerce welcomes review of stat holiday pay rules
Doug Ford promises 12% cut to Ontario hydro rates but doesn’t say how Tories would replace lost revenue
Green Party leader Mike Shreiner says it’s time to upset political status quo in Ontario
Campaign kickoff: Several tight election races to watch in Hamilton
Beset by bad polls, Wynne calls in a fixer from Ottawa
Adding up the cost of the PC platform


Maclean’s-Pollara poll: Welcome to third place, Liberals – but NDP has room to grow
Pollara website
Ipsos poll: Doug Ford’s Ontario PC Party enjoys commanding lead over NDP, Liberals
Ipsos website here:
Forum poll: Poll predicts NDP opposition to a PC majority government
Forum’s website
Andrea Horwath’s NDP making gains as Ontario election begins
CBC’s Ontario Poll Tracker: An aggregation of all publicly available polling data
Horwath top challenger to Ford in Ontario election: Poll
Ipsos poll: In top 10 election issues, Ontario voters don’t trust the Liberals:
Global News election promise tracker


ISAC: Tools you can use, including tools from other groups and campaigns
Note: The link above includes ISAC’s election kits, questions for the parties / candidates, and facts about poverty by riding and demographics

We’ve also included links to materials from groups like:

$15 and Fairness
Legal aid clinics
Niagara Poverty Reduction Network
Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance
Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare
ODSP Action Coalition
Ontario for All
Ontario Nonprofit Network
Real Healthcare for Injured Workers
Social Planning Toronto
Workers Comp is a Right!
And watch this space as we’re posting materials from more groups and campaigns as we find them.

CCPA special Ontario Election 2018 edition of the Monitor
Trish Hennessy: Two worlds collide
Jennefer Laidley (aka yours truly): Real income security in Ontario
Pam Frache: Workers, wages and the Ontario election
Erika Shaker: Lessons in precarity
Alex Himelfarb: Reconnecting taxes and the common good
Poh-Gek Forkert: Environmental rights now
Populism and racism in two Ontario elections
Matt Elliott: Next stop, a subway that works
Edgardo Sepulveda: Power to the people
Emery Huszka: Canada’s national food policy needs local input

Other Issues

This temp agency worker shows up every day, but his agency says he’s not a real employee
Ontario’s bold basic income experiment creates high expectations
Ontario’s basic income experiment would continue under Doug Ford
Op-ed: Aging with poverty
Personal injury victims need more compensation
Law protecting Ontarians from disclosure of police records finally gets green light


Maytree: Social Assistance Summaries 2017
Stats Can: Annual review of the labour market, 2017
Dignity for All: Tell your MP to set a course for Dignity for All!

Around the Province

Hamilton land swap enables affordable housing build
Residents of East Hamilton buildings declare rent strike
‘My life has changed so much’: One Thunder Bay woman’s experience with Ontario’s basic income program
Guelph parents protest plan to end sheltered workshops
Legal Assistance Windsor offers help to those arrested for possible immigration violations

Across the Country

BC government sidesteps call for disability rate hike, index to inflation
These Vancouver neighbourhoods have the highest proportion of people who can’t afford their homes
Mobile grocery market launches summer program into Calgary’s food deserts
Ten things to know about the 2018 Saskatchewan budget
Manitoba NDP bill aims to prevent child apprehensions due to poverty
Child poverty down in Manitoba – or is it?
Ottawa fills the EI black hole for PEI’s seasonal workers
Nova Scotia municipalities urged to reduce rural poverty


Canadians want pot tax revenue to fund health care, not anti-drug campaigns: survey:
Is the TFSA program serving all Canadians equally?
Federal government release: Government takes action to ensure Canada Child Benefit helps children who need it most


New Zealand to house country’s entire homeless population before winter hits next month
New Zealand’s child poverty bill will leave children poor, experts warn
Money for nothing? Tracking global basic income initiatives
PBS: Does a basic guaranteed income decrease the need for social services?:
Should the workers who deliver Amazon packages make the minimum wage? Seattle is looking into it
A million more UK children in poverty than in 2010: Study
Finland has slashed unemployment benefits for 80,000 as a result of “activation model” adoption
Iceland no longer following Nordic welfare model
Australia’s “brutal” plan to dock welfare for fines savaged by advocates
Union rally for minimum wage increase disrupts Melbourne’s CBD as tens of thousands march
New evidence shows that US anti-poverty programs, especially Social Security, work well


Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


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Invitation for written briefs re. the Committee study on barriers facing womenin politics- May 7
(House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women study on barriers facing women in politics)

May 7, 2018
The House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women (the Committee) invites the public to submit written briefs for the Committee’s study on Barriers Facing Women in Politics. During this study, the Committee will be examining barriers facing women in politics, including, but not limited to:
- barriers in the candidate recruitment and selection process, male-dominated professional networks, and mentorship opportunities; and
- barriers in the House of Commons, such as party discipline, gender-biased media treatment and inequity in professional development and support.
The deadline for the Committee to receive written briefs from the public, in either official language, is Friday, July 6, 2018. Briefs should not exceed two pages in length (approximately 1000 words). Briefs should be sent electronically to the Committee Clerk at or submitted online through the Committee’s website.

Please see the Guide for Submitting Briefs to House of Commons Committees [ ] for further information.

For more information, please contact:
Kenza Gamassi, Clerk of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women
Tel: 613-995-6119


- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page:

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - May 1

What's new online this week

Early childhood education and care in Canada 2016
9 May 2018 | Canada
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has published the 11th edition of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Canada (2016). The data-based report includes a portrait of each province and territory's ECEC programs and services, as well as pertinent demographic data and details related to child care, kindergarten and parental leave. The availability of these data over more than 25 years allows comparative cross-Canada and longitudinal analysis, making ECEC in Canada an essential tool for policy makers, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders.

Universal childcare IS possible election campaign toolkit
8 May 2018 | Ontario

Investing against evidence
2 May 2018 | International
This book is part of UNESCO’s Education on the Move series, created to provide policy-makers, educators and other stakeholders with analyses of topical issues in ECEC, written from the perspective of experts in the field. The project stems from the determination to see children's rights realized-- namely, that every child regardless of age, has the right to an adequate education and well-being.

The tale of two Germanies highlights how childcare provision benefits women
2 May 2018 | Europe

This paper highlights the importance of government funded child care, not only for women to return to the workforce, but also for their wages, impacting the gender pay gap. Germany is used to illustrate this point, as East Germany has more public child care compared to the West and this has positively impacted women's earnings over time.

Risky play and growing up: How to understand the overprotection of the next generation
30 Apr 2018 | International
In this chapter, authors explore research from multiple domains to provide an informed conception of 'risky play'. Challenge and vulnerability in play are tied to capacity building and the experience of joy in the immediate and long term, as seen from evolutionary and human development perspectives.

MORE research, policy & practice

Child care in the news

Why parents should fear childcare going the way of Carillion
14 May 2018 | Europe

Babies took over Capitol Hill to rally for paid family leave and affordable childcare
11 May 2018 | United States

Proposed Conservative parental tax credit would cost $600M or more: PBO
11 May 2018 | Ontario

Provinces leading on child care as federal cash begins to flow
9 May 2018 | Ontario

Parents blast Toronto auditor’s questioning of city-run child care centres
9 May 2018 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news

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.


NOTE: (by Gilles)
I've decided to suspend any further updates to the CRINMAIL newsletter archive because of Internet gremlins. If you click on "Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive" below, you'll note that the latest issue of CRINMAIL is dated December 2016, because that's when I ceased updating the Archives pages for several online newsletters, some that went right back to Y2K. I've left those pages online but I won't be updating them.

Here's the link to the latest release of CRINMAIL :

9 May 2018 - CRINmail issue 1581
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Sexual abuse
- Deprivation of liberty
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Upcoming events
World news
Challenging violations
Take action


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.
NOTE: I stopped updating this archive in December 2016

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)
Check here for links to more recent issues of CRINMAIL:
- 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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