Canadian Social Research Newsletter
January 17, 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.

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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. Media & Policy News for 15 January 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Media & Policy News for 11 January 2016 (Jennefer Laidley)
3. Five months later, STILL no poverty reduction strategy in Saskatchewan?!?
4. Food Price Report 2016 (University of Guelph Food Institute) - December 2015
5. Five Things To Know About Food Insecurity In Canada (Huffington Post Canada) - January 4
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Total income of farm families, 2013 - January 15
--- Income of immigrants: Ontario, 2013 - January 15
--- Government Finance Statistics, third quarter 2015 - January 11

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

International content:

8. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
9. [U.S.] Have Minimum Wage Increases Hurt the Restaurant Industry? The Evidence Says No! (Cornell University School of Hotel Administration) - January 15
10. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Media & Policy News for 15 January 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 15 January 2016

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

Top Stories

Advocacy groups seeking clarity on federal government’s “social infrastructure” pledge
Will 2016 be the year the world tumbles back into economic crisis
Joe Gunn: Five qualities a federal anti-poverty plan must include
Goar: How the Liberals can tackle income inequality
Google Canada’s got a new headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo. Great, but will they pay their taxes
Google thinks ending global poverty is within reach and wants tech entrepreneurs to figure out how


Ontario releases ministry-by-ministry progress reports on mandate letter priorities
Direct link to the Cabinet Minister response letters
The inequality of carding
Why workers are fed up with Ontario’s precarious, low-wage economy
Workers still empty-handed after ruling in $675,000 wage-theft case
ORPP Administration Corporation appoints CEO

Reports, Events, Campaigns

Angus Reid poll results on Canadians’ view on disability and accessibility
Stats Can Consumer Price Index survey for November 2015 – see data on food price increases

Around the Province

First Nations parents say schools must be built on reserve as children won’t be sent to Thunder Bay
Getting ahead means addressing poverty in Huntsville
Guaranteed income eyed by advocacy groups in St. Catherines
Op-Ed: A fairer property tax system would address Toronto’s revenue problem
Op-Ed: The stars are aligning for affordable housing in Toronto
North Bay man invested into Order of Ontario for work with local people with low incomes

Across the Country

BC Ministry of Finance issues report critical of government’s public-private partnerships
PEI mom claims discrimination against daughter by disability support program
Insurance companies in Alberta launch “layoff insurance” to “complement” Employment Insurance
Poverty dolls raise awareness of child poverty in Cape Breton
Saskatchewan is still without a Poverty Reduction Strategy


Federal homeless count facing data gaps as big cities opt out
Minimum income idea is gaining steam as jurisdictions look for ways to manage welfare and benefits
Morneau says Liberals will “get Canadians moving” and restore middle-class economic progress
Sun column: Liberals forgetting lower income Canadians
Loonie below 70 cents US for first time since 2003
For every cent the Canadian dollar drops, imported foods – like Florida oranges – will cost 1% more
Cheap Canadian dollar making fruits and vegetables much more expensive
Here’s how much more Canadians will have to pay for fruits and veg because of our low dollar
The new PMO is enthusiastic, but swamped – they have a mountain to climb
Twelve Canadians who will wield influence in 2016


It’s not true that giving cash to the poor means they’ll just spend it on “booze and ciggies”
Royal Bank of Scotland tells investors to “sell everything” in advance of a global stock market calamity
UK PM Cameron says there’s “no conflict” between fighting poverty and cutting benefit
UK Tories reject move to ensure rented homes fit for human habitation
US Republicans talk poverty – for a day
Jeb Bush’s welfare reform plan would only make life worse for America’s poor


Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

2. Media & Policy News for 11 January 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 11 January 2016

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

Top Stories

Canada is Back? Not until taxation is truly fair
Cole: Clawing child support back from social assistance is a disgrace
Ending the child support clawback one part of lifting parents out of poverty
How non-Indigenous allies can help make the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations a reality
Quebec tables workfare legislation, as “the time is ripe for measures that are more coercive”
Spec editorial: 2016 should be the year when Ontario fixes social assistance
A race lens for the labour market? Welcome to 2015, Ms Wynne
2015 may be the year that homelessness saw a breakthrough
Groceries to become even more expensive in 2016
Five things to know about food insecurity – and how to resolve it – in Canada
Editorial: Families who need food shouldn’t have to depend on charity
CCPA’s annual look at CEO compensation shows top execs paid 184 times the average worker’s salary
Some think that kind of gap is “fair”, but Mackenzie thinks “the market is actually dysfunctional”
Kingston City Council first in Canada to endorse the concept of a Guaranteed Income
Trudeau’s promise to reinstate the Court Challenges program must take specific design issues into account
Maytree’s Elizabeth McIsaac talks with CBC’s Matt Galloway about human rights and poverty reduction
Idle No more tackles First \nation housing crisis with tiny home


Ontario human rights chief calls for race-based stats for kids in care A New protections introduced for people using payday loan outlets and “alternative financial services”
Star editorial: Ontario should set up long-promised anti-racism secretariat
Ontario pension plan will launch in 2017 regardless of CPP changes
A sensible approach to ending poverty – because it’s not rocket science
Charity alone won’t solve hunger

Reports, Events, Campaigns

A new way to petition Parliament – ePetitions are being accepted by the federal government
Here’s the new ePetition site:
Rights factsheets for Caregivers and Temporary Foreign Workers from Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
MCSS fact sheet: Changes to Dental Benefits for Children and Youth on Social Assistance
Info on new Healthy Smiles Ontario program
MCSS publication: Developmental services
OCAP staff to teach online course “Community Resistance to the War on the Poor"

Around the Province

Guelph woman with intellectual disability on ODSP evicted from longtime home after getting work
Photographer highlights Ottawa’s marginalized neighbourhoods – and their resident
Community Living Thunder Bay working to find non-sheltered workshop job opportunities for clients
York Region’s faith community dedicated to fight against child poverty
Judge rules City of Toronto negligent towards low-income, rooming house tenants
Social justice organizations urge Toronto City Council to reinstate vehicle registration tax to pay for poverty reduction
But Mayor Tory says “we don’t need to do this”
And the budget chief says new revenue tools “aren’t even on my radar at this point”
Why the city has left some cash generating tools in its back pocket
Star editorial: Toronto should bring back vehicle registration tax, in part to pay for poverty reduction
Teen with disabilities and his mom waiting in a cramped Ottawa hotel room for 18 months for housing

Across the Country

Manitoba Premier Selinger eyes higher taxes for the rich
City of Kelowna, BC, taking on challenge to reduce and eliminate homelessness
Group home for people with intellectual disabilities approved in Stonewall, Manitoba
Adult Dental Program in Newfoundland and Labrador doesn’t provide the coverage that’s needed
Eligibility for free legal aid in Quebec increases
Rising number of homeless families in Calgary spurs the need for new projects


At least 2,250 veterans are homeless, according to federal government analysis
Op-Ed: how Ottawa can help families with disabilities

Canada may not have escaped the recession in 2015
Why some disability advocates are worried about a national disability act
Walkom: Trudeau government “wimps out” on Canada Pension Plan Reform
What true leadership on CPP reform would look like
Toronto Sun Op-Ed (that quickly went missing from its own website) says Trudeau’s right that some small businesses are “just ways for wealthier Canadians to save on taxes”
Government increases duration of EI compassionate care benefit
New efficient 2016 long-form census going out the door soon
Canada’s first transgender judge is appointed
Agar: A guaranteed income would be great, but unions are standing in the way
And no, refugees don’t get more money for food than Canadians on welfare


New York Governor Cuomo orders officials to protect people who are homeless from cold weather
More, from the Guardian
But here’s why people who are homeless avoid the New York City shelter system
The IRS knows you’re more likely to pay your taxes if you’re a “cheater” than if you “cheat”
Jeb Bush releases welfare reform program that would eliminate benefits in favour of block grants to states
Why welfare works: Five million Americans kept out of poverty
Most Americans are one missed paycheque away from poverty
Lawsuit in Oregon ensures people with disabilities will get jobs that pay real wages
Social Impact Bonds program in London puts roofs over heads and profits into pockets
Here are the four Ontario short-listed ideas for pilots, mentioned in the article
UK woman told she no longer qualifies for disability benefits on the day she died from her illness
A basic income: If it’s good enough for the Royals, it’s good enough for all
Food banks in UK brace for surge in demand when Tories next welfare cuts kick in
Cameron pledges poverty “blitz” by demolishing housing estates
Scottish government cuts funding for fuel poverty
An Australian news programme runs a poll asking if women on benefits should be forced to take contraception


Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

3. Five months later, STILL no poverty reduction strategy in Saskatchewan?!?

Advocates for the homeless are still waiting to see what the provincial government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy will look like.
In August, an 11-member advisory committee struck by the province released its recommendations on how to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan. At the time, the province refused to commit to the outlined goal of cutting poverty in half by 2020. Donna Harpauer, the Minister of Social Services, said the recommendations would be analyzed, but would not set a deadline for when a provincial strategy would be adopted.

Five months later, a strategy is still not in place.

Regina Leader-Post


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:

4. Food Price Report 2016
(University of Guelph Food Institute)

Food Price Report 2016
By Sylvain Charlebois et al.
Every December, a team of University of Guelph researchers predict, in the Food Price Report, where Canadian food prices are headed for the upcoming year. For 2016, the Food Institute is forecasting food inflation rates across the country to be anywhere between 2.0% to 4.0%. Our forecast predicts the average household could spend up to $345 more on food in 2016.

Think groceries have become expensive? Expect more sticker shock in 2016
Experts give advice on how to cut your bill.
The University of Guelph’s Food Institute estimates the average Canadian household spent an additional $325 on food this year. On top of that, consumers should expect an additional annual increase of about $345 in 2016.

Food Price Report 2016 (PDF - 300KB, 21 pages)

Rapport sur les Prix Alimentaires à la Consommation 2016 (PDF - 300Ko., 19 pages)

Food Price Report in the news
Links to seven articles re. the Food Price Report for 2016 from various media sources

University of Guelph
Food Institute


- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

5, Five Things To Know About Food Insecurity In Canada - January 4
(Huffington Post Canada)

Five Things To Know About Food Insecurity In Canada
January 4, 2016
Carolyn Shimmin, Knowledge Translation Coordinator with and the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation
Valerie Tarasuk, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; advisor,
Here are five things Canadians need to know about food insecurity:
1. Food insecurity significantly affects health
2. Household food insecurity is a strong predictor of healthcare utilization and costs
3. Food bank use is a poor indicator of food insecurity
4. An adequate and secure level of household income is strongly linked to food security
5. Relatively modest increases in income have been found to lessen food insecurity among low-income families

Huffington Post Canada


- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Total income of farm families, 2013 - January 15
--- Income of immigrants: Ontario, 2013 - January 15
--- Government Finance Statistics, third quarter 2015 - January 11

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:

January 15, 2016
Total income of farm families, 2013
Average total income of farm families operating a single unincorporated farm in Canada rose 6.2% from 2011 to $117,388 in 2013, according to data from personal income tax returns.

See also:

January 5, 2016
Farm Input Price Index, Third quarter 2015

January 15, 2016
Income of immigrants: Ontario, 2013
Data from the Longitudinal Immigration Database for Ontario are now available for 1980 to 2013.

January 11, 2016
Government Finance Statistics, third quarter 2015
Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system that presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis across countries.

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:

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

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

January 17, 2016
What's new online this week:

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

Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Commission: Final report
13 Jan 2016 | Manitoba
New report focuses on identifying a strategy for Manitoba to move toward a universally accessible system of early learning and child care. The proposed directions for system change in this report are based on the understanding that in order to move forward on Government’s plan, this work must be guided by a clearly articulated policy framework supported by principles, and a plan that considers early learning and child care as a “system” rather than a collection of related initiatives.

The child care development fund and workforce development for low-income parents
13 Jan 2016 | United States
Brief from the Urban Institute [U.S.] provides information on the child care needs of low-income parents seeking education and training. It provides an overview of key provisions of the reauthorized Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and of opportunities for policymakers as states revise their child care systems to conform with CCDF reauthorization provisions.

A different way of doing business: Examples of pre-k to third grade alignment in practice
13 Jan 2016 | United States
This brief [U.S.] provides an overview of key components and challenges of pre-K to third grade alignment initiatives identified at the state and local levels. During interviews conducted by the authors for this brief, participants described strategies and initiatives that have been critical to alignment efforts including using data to inform policy and practice and to build evaluation activities into alignment initiatives.

The Economic Policy Institute’s 2015 family budget calculator
13 Jan 2016 | United States
A recent family budget calculator created by the Economic Policy Institute [U.S.] measures the income a family needs in order to attain a modest yet adequate standard of living. Compared with the federal poverty line and Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI’s family budgets provide a more accurate and complete measure of economic security in America.

Child care affordability in Australia
13 Jan 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
2014 Australian report focuses on the affordability of child care for families and the impact child care costs have on decisions about whether women work. The report outlines trends in child care use and costs and then considers the complicated interactions between returning to work, the loss of government benefits and the increasing cost of child care use.

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

Manitoba announces big and bold child care strategy
13 Jan 2016 | Manitoba
Quebec daycares threaten closures over cuts to provincial funding 13 Jan 2016 | Quebec

Advocacy groups seek clarity on Liberal ‘social infrastructure’ pledge
13 Jan 2016 | Canada

The new preschool is crushing kids
13 Jan 2016 | United States

Syrian families may face challenges finding child care in Manitoba

New website, available in
English and French, for parents in Canada:

Finding Quality Child Care : Aguide for parents in Canada
13 Jan 2016 | Manitoba

MORE child care in the news


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

8. 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:

9. [U.S.] Have Minimum Wage Increases Hurt the Restaurant Industry? The Evidence Says No!
(Cornell University School of Hotel Administration)

Yet another study confirms raising the minimum wage doesn't hurt the restaurant industry
By Christopher Boone and Michael Lynn
January 15, 2016
Business lobbyists won't like this.
A new study from researchers at Cornell University looking at 20 years of data blows yet another hole in the claims of right-wing business groups that raising the minimum wage will have a negative impact on the restaurant and hospitality industry.

"Proposals to increase the minimum wages have been opposed by the restaurant industry on the grounds that such increases would require restaurants to cut hiring, raise prices, or both," says the report authored by economist. In Canada, similar opposition has been articulated [ ] by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, warning "increases in the minimum wage tend to hurt not only small employers, but the very people they are supposed to help: the low-skilled and low-income workers, by reducing the capacity of businesses to hire and retain them."

But Boone says "while we don't see strong impacts on employment, we do find consistent evidence that raising the minimum wage increases the total earnings of the restaurant workforce."

Press Progress
PressProgress is editorially independent. It operates under the Broadbent Institute's [ ] mandate and focuses on issues that fall broadly within the following categories: social and economic equality; green economy; and democratic renewal.

Complete study:

Have Minimum Wage Increases Hurt the
Restaurant Industry? The Evidence Says No!
(PDF - 15 pages)
Michael Lynn
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration


- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:

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.


Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

14 January 2016 - CRINmail issue 1462
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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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