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July 16, 2017

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* Media & Policy News : 14 July 2017 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

* The 2nd Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative (Calgary Homeless Foundation)

* $10-a-day Child Care coming to British Columbia

* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Job vacancies, First quarter 2017 - June 15

--- Financial information of universities and degree-granting colleges, 2015/2016 - June 13
--- Mortality: Overview, 2012 and 2013 - June 12
--- Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2015
--- Canada and the World Statistics Hub - July 7

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

* Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs

* CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Media & Policy News : 14 July, 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

Media & Policy News : 14 July 2017
By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto

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Top Stories

Seven months in a shelter, still searching for a home
Average rent in Toronto passes $2,000 a month, report finds
Sudbury agrees to maintain funding to help those on social assistance
Council opts to fund social service benefits province won’t
Sears managers to earn thousands in bonuses while laid-off workers get no severance

Sears Canada, former employees reach compromise on benefits, pension payments
What Sears Canada’s case says about how safe your retirement benefits are
Bank of Canada governor credits Canada Child Benefit stimulus with stronger economy
Bank of Canada increases overnight rate target to ¾ per cent
Interest rate hike: Most Canadians would struggle to pay just $130 more a month, survey shows

Canada needs a raise, not a higher interest rate
Fear of losing custody stops pregnant women from disclosing homelessness, Toronto numbers show
Star editorial: Homeless births need tracking
Outside the echo-chamber of commerce: Why a $15 minimum wage is good for Ontario
Liberals happy to take the heat for $15 minimum wage — and there’s a lot of it

Employers push back at minimum wage hike
Ottawa businesses fear wage hike could force layoffs
Thunder Bay small business owners tell legislative committee, raising minimum wage to $15 isn’t affordable
Bill 148 will devastate business says Chamber
Orillia small business owners share concerns about proposed minimum wage increase

Mississauga Board of Trade endorses open letter urging premier to slow down labour reform
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce calls to slow down minimum wage process
Ontario wants your input on a $15 minimum wage
Ontario minimum wage committee hearings a bit of an eye opener
North Bay hearing listens to minimum wage concerns

Minimum wage increase of 32% in 18 months too fast, province hears
Fruit and vegetable farmers worried about $15 minimum wage
Ontario’s minimum wage hike is too much, too fast, and could cause job losses, business coalition warns
Barrie business owner concerned about minimum wage boost
“Keep Ontario Working”– the Chamber of Commerce’s website against the employment and labour law changes

Hamilton Council spends over an hour debating Bill 148
Hamilton councillors delay supporting Ontario’s labour reform legislation
Canadian Federation of Independent Business shut out of minimum wage talks
“My message to business executives and others campaigning against a $15 minimum wage is this: If your business cannot afford to pay a $15 minimum wage, then you should probably not be in business”

A $15 minimum wage is a feminist issue
Three cheers for a $15 an hour minimum wage
40 economists support Ontario minimum wage increase – here’s one of them
Workplace laws need further changes: Horwath
Patrick Brown on minimum wage hike, carbon pricing, autism services

Workers’ Action Centre: Let’s defend and strengthen Bill 148 – Submission deadline July 21
How we can start to walk the path of reconciliation
Canadians’ real wages are shrinking. Is that why we’re falling into an “endless debt cycle”?
CMHC tells Ontario housing co-ops to abandon low-income members
Canada adds 45,300 jobs in June while unemployment edges down to 6.5%

Police ticketing panhandlers and people who are homeless: Legal challenge
Legal challenge targets rejected chronic mental stress workers’ compensation claims
Four more Indigenous youth take their own lives in Northern Ontario, sparking calls for action
Toronto councillor left a huge legacy and big project for her council colleagues
Why do poor people smoke, and rich people quit?


Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and OPSEU forge historic partnership
Together the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres take steps towards reconciliation
Province plans to further clamp down on payday loans, government cheque cashers and rent-to-owns
Ontario to change child support law to give adult children with disabilities access to parental cash
Ontario developers form group aimed at mitigating housing reform
Government release: Ontario’s economic growth continues to lead G7 countries

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

July 18: Toronto Fight for $15 and Fairness Organizing Meeting
Upcoming cross-provincial Fight for $15 and Fairness events
New CCPA report: Ontario Needs a Raise: Who benefits from a $15 minimum wage?
July 20: OCAP Speakers Series: Poverty and Disability

Stats Can: Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2015
Stats Can: New housing price index, May 2017
Stats Can: Job vacancies, first quarter 2017
Homeless Hub newsletter

Around the Province

Toronto to expand emergency drop-ins
New affordable housing in St. Catherines, for “opportunity and hope”
Niagara’s jobless rate spikes; tourism jobs unfilled
A man who is homeless and has disabilities to be evicted from an Etobicoke park
BIG program moving forward for 2000 Lindsay residents
Seniors left behind as services flee smaller towns

Across the Country

Disappearing jobs: NL unemployment rate now 14.9%
Five Nova Scotia steps to a $15 minimum wage
Organizations oppose Quebec’s proposed welfare sanctions
Opinion: Public transit in Montreal should be free
No “last call”? Proposed rules for restricting liquor sales in La Ronge, Sask stir debate
Affordable housing units officially opened in Weyburn, Sask

Regina family holds funeral in their backyard because of social assistance cuts to funeral benefits
UFCW Shoppers Drug Mart workers in Cloverdale, BC ratify collective agreement
Vancouver property owners “panic” to rent as vacancy tax implemented
Government partners integrate injection-drug rooms into supportive-housing sites around Vancouver
Judy Graves, Vancouver advocate for people who are homeless, to run in city by-election
Refugees’ legal aid cuts in BC “pretty shocking” as deadline nears: lawyer
Jason Kenney’s financial situation doesn’t compare to minimum wage


Workers, unions must fight for a piece of the pie
Feds should move faster on changes to mandatory victim surcharges
Fact sheet: Public transit, privatization and the Canada Infrastructure Bank
Forgotten refugees say they’re tired of waiting for their cases to be heard
Extending maternity leave won’t help women returning to work
Debunking the Fraser Institute’s scaremongering on Indigenous rights
Changes to bail in Canada make it fairer for those with low income
Candidates for NDP leadership say yes, we can eliminate poverty


Disability rights protesters block roads in Israel as fight for increased disability payments continues
UK faces tightest squeeze on household incomes for five years
Scotland is giving out free tampons to tackle “period poverty”
US schools rethink “lunch shaming” policies that humiliate children with meal debts
US advocates say pay equity can fight poverty
US jobs growth faster than expected
In Venezuela, minimum wage isn’t enough to fend off hunger anymore
How not being able to afford diapers hurts mothers’ mental health and their ability to parent
Does this Canadian province have the solution to the world’s problem of unemployment?
Universal Basic Income is just a bedtime story Elon Musk tells himself to help the super-wealthy sleep
Can homelessness happen to anyone? Don’t believe the hype
I grew up on food stamps. I’ll never forget the sneering looks
Why more jobs and degrees won’t reduce poverty
Are you ready to consider that capitalism is the real problem?


By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

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The 2nd Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative
(Calgary Homeless Foundation)

The 2nd Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative
May 18, 2017
School of Public Policy | University of Calgary

What can we learn if we start sharing data across projects?
In May each year, researchers from across Canada gathered in Calgary to discuss the data they were collecting to support various projects related to homelessness. We discovered that our data can and should be shared to support new, better, and more impactful analysis.


On May 18, 2017, the Second Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative took place in Calgary (all slide presentations, as well as photos from the event, are available on the event website). The event was organized by the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and the participants included people who build datasets (about persons experiencing homelessness), researchers who use that data, persons with lived experience and public servants.

Detailed program for the 2017 event (speakers and presenters)

Data Sharing Initiative (PDF, 12 pages)

Here are 10 things to know about this year’s event:

1. For the second year in a row, there was strong representation from Canada’s federal government
2. This year’s event had strong Quebec representation
3. Indigenous perspectives were presented.
4. Several data-sharing advocates actively participated in this year’s event.
5. Difficulties with researchers accessing federal homelessness data were raised.
6. One of the event highlights was a panel discussion on moving towards increased national integration of Homelessness Management Information Systems (HMIS).
7. Important findings were presented from Canada’s recent nationally-coordinated Point in Time Count of homeless persons.
8. One of the event highlights was a “review of the day” by Stephen Metraux
9. Several suggestions were made about a ‘way forward.’
10. This will continue to be an annual event that we expect to be held each year in (or near) Calgary.


Calgary Homeless Foundation :
University of Calgary School of Public Policy :

$10-a-day Child Care coming to British Columbia

June 21, 2017
Today's BC Liberal Announcement
Families have been Waiting for 16 Years
Posted by Sharon Gregson
Throughout 16 years in government, the BC Liberals could have chosen to make quality child care available and affordable across the province. Instead, they allowed the crisis to grow, particularly over the last four years. While parent fees skyrocketed, the BC Liberal Government consistently underspent their child care budget.

More info about $
The $10aDay Child Care Campaign grew out of partnership between the Early Childhood Educators of BC [ ] and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC [ ] to create the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning.

Federal Multilateral Agreement
Posted by Sharon Gregson
June 13, 2017
Federal government releases first National Early Learning and Child Care Framework in over a decade: SMALL STEP FORWARD – MUCH MORE TO DO!
After a decade with no federal leadership on child care, the release of a federal-provincial-territorial Agreement is welcome news but the political flux in BC means our province is not yet a signatory to the Agreement. All other provinces, with the exception of Quebec which already has a system, have signed.


Related links
from BC Laws:

Child Care Acts & Legislation in BC (Office consolidations):

Child Care BC Act

Child Care Subsidy Act

Child Care Subsidy Regulation

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Job vacancies, First quarter 2017 - June 15

--- Financial information of universities and degree-granting colleges, 2015/2016
- June 13
--- Mortality: Overview, 2012 and 2013 - June 12
--- Canada and the World Statistics Hub - July 7

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.


June 13, 2017
Job vacancies, first quarter 2017
June 15, 2017
Job vacancies rose by 58,000 (+17.5%) from the first quarter of 2016 to 388,000 in the first quarter of 2017. Over that same period, the job vacancy rate increased 0.4 percentage points to 2.5%. This was the second consecutive year-over-year increase in the number of vacancies and the job vacancy rate. All comparisons are on a year-over-year basis, unless otherwise specified.


July 7, 2017
Canada and the World Statistics Hub
The Canada and the World Statistics Hub brings together data from a number of Statistics Canada products and presents the information in a single interactive analytical product. The Statistics Hub makes it easier for users to find and analyze the wealth of information that Statistics Canada publishes related to Canada's economic and financial activity with the world.


June 13, 2017
Financial information of universities and degree-granting colleges, 2015/2016
Postsecondary education plays an important role in a skills-based labour market and the successful labour market outcomes of Canadian youth. In this context, it is important to understand the investment Canada makes to ensure young people have the opportunity for higher learning. Canada's 150 public universities and degree-granting institutions spent $27.1 billion in 2015/2016, up from $26.8 billion in 2014/2015. Revenues fell from $28.4 billion in 2014/2015 to $27.2 billion in 2015/2016


June 12, 2017
Mortality: Overview, 2012 and 2013
Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2015


June 12, 2017
Family income and income of individuals, related variables: Sub-provincial data, 2015
Data for 2015 family income and related demographic variables areas are now available for various sub-provincial geographic areas


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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

July 16, 2017
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

International review of leave policies and related research
12 Jul 2017 | International
New 2017 report defines leave policies and provides cross-country comparisons. The report includes 42 country notes and recent publications and current research projects.

Quality of childcare and pre-primary education: how do we measure it?
12 Jul 2017 | International
A new UNICEF report provides recommendations for measuring quality in ECEC.

Nothing, or almost nothing, to report: early childhood educators and discursive constructions of colorblindness
11 Jul 2017 | Ontario
Recent article explores early childhood educator's reporting of racial incidents as a 'serious occurrence' under guidelines mandated by the City of Toronto Children's Services Division.

How do the U.S. & Canadian social safety nets compare for women and children
10 Jul 2017 | Canada
Recent paper compares how American and Canadian social safety nets have supported low income families with children. The study of both countries policies, over 25 years, revealed a continuing concentration of poverty in female headed families with children.

Measuring willingness to pay for childcare: findings from a vignette study in the city of Konstanz
10 Jul 2017 | Europe
This study explores the perceived fairness of childcare fees amongst residents in Konstanz, Germany.

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news
Use the keyword search below for searching child care in the news in the online documents database.

A $15 minimum wage is a feminist issue
14 Jul 2017 | Ontario

Kids or career? Lack of child care means tough choice for Labrador families
14 Jul 2017 | Newfoundland

Extending maternity leave won’t help women returning to work
12 Jul 2017 | Canada

Childcare recruitment in crisis mode: advocate
12 Jul 2017 | Yukon Territory

Busy Bees buys Canadian nursery provider
12 Jul 2017 | Canada

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.


Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

12 July 2017 - CRINmail issue 1539
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Digital rights
- Citizenship and discrimination
- Sexual and reproductive rights
- Sexual exploitation and abuse
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
Upcoming events
World news
Challenging violations
Take action

5 July 2017 - CRINmail issue 1538
NEW GUIDE: Using the Law for Children's Rights:
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Sexual exploitation and abuse
- Child protection
- Gender and racial discrimination
- Health
- Child labour
Upcoming events


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)
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CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
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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 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


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