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October 10, 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 (October 10, 2017) newsletter at this link:

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2868 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


* The average cost of rent in major Canadian cities in September 2017 (PadMapper)

* Assessing the Economic Impact of Ontario's Proposed Minimum Wage Increase - September 12 (Financial Accountability Office of Ontario)

* Media & Policy News : 15 September, 2017 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

* Book review by Nick Falvo : Social policy in Canada (2nd edition) - September 11 (Book by Ernie and Naomi Lightman)
--- Related link : Some comments on the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario’s minimum wage commentary:
By Jordan Brennan - September 13, 2017

* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2017- September 14

* 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)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links



What was new before that?
This is a link to (a) the online version of the latest issue of the Canadian Social Research Newsletter and (b) the complete CSRN archive right back to 2005.

The average cost of rent in major Canadian cities in September, September, 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

The average cost of rent in major Canadian cities in September
Easily search apartments for rent across the US and Canada
While some city’s [ sic ] prices for one-bedroom rentals remained unchanged since last month, the most expensive in Canada has now surpassed $2000, according to the latest report by PadMapper.



- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

Assessing the Economic Impact of Ontario's Proposed Minimum Wage Increase - September 12
(Financial Accountability Office of Ontario)

Assessing the Economic Impact of Ontario's Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

September 12, 2017
As part of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 [ ] , the government proposes raise Ontario’s general minimum wage from its current rate of $11.40 per hour to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018 and $15 per hour the following year. The government’s proposal to raise Ontario’s general minimum wage to $15 per hour will dramatically increase the number of minimum wage workers from just over 500,000 currently to 1.6 million in 2019. As well, under a $15 minimum wage, adults and those with full-time jobs would represent the majority of minimum wage workers.

Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO)


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

Media & Policy News : 15 September, 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

NOTE (by Gilles) : Lately, my computer freezes inexplicably every time I try to open the ISAC media alerts page [ ] using Dreamweaver 4 HTML Editor. After many trials, tribulations and a few choice epithets, I've decided to focus on new resources for the website and the newsletter and to quit trying to keep up with all the new material that's posted online under any one of many themes that you'll find on my website. I've decided that from now on, I'll stick to current news rather than attempt to be all things to all people. If you're seeking ISAC info, scroll down to the link for the ISAC archive just above the next red horizontal bar on the page you're now reading.


Media & Policy News : 15 September 2017
By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto

Click the link immediately above to access any of the articles in the list below.

Top Stories

Canadian incomes jump, Ontario residents hit by manufacturing downturn: Statistics Canada
Census: Children make up one quarter of 4.8 million Canadians living in poverty
Two million Canadian children living in poverty
Hennessy: CCPA Ontario: Seven things the Census teaches us about income inequality
McInturff: CCPA: Sense of the Census: Income, wage gaps, and poverty

Income grows in resource-rich provides, Ontario and Quebec lag behind
Fewer young kids, more seniors in low-income households
Percentage of children living in low-income housing highest in the Maritimes
Average household income climbed $7,000 in a decade
Highlights from the latest report on Canadian income levels

Census data shows London’s median household income is 2nd-lowest among big Ontario cities
New census income data conceals the scars of the oil crash
Armine Yalnizyan on rising incomes
Stats Can The Daily: Household income in Canada: Key results from the 2016 Census
Undercover in Temp Nation

Ontario must toughen law to protect temporary workers: Editorial
NDP slams Liberals on temp work
Temp work growth is ‘alarming’ and changes are coming, says Ontario labour minister
Fiera Foods pleads guilty to Labour Ministry charges in death of temp worker
Ontario’s minimum wage hike could cost 50,000 jobs: provincial watchdog

Financial Accountability Office report
New report warns of minimum wage hike dangers
The headline you didn’t see: $15 an hour will have big net benefit
Sobeys parent company sees employees as a competitive advantage; looking at ways to handle minimum-wage hikes
Minimum wage increase could hurt Parry Sound, local chamber

Minimum wage hike: The new higher cost of doing business in Sudbury
Raise for employees, price hike for customers: Toronto business owner implements $14 minimum wage
On minimum wage debate, analysts are missing the forest for the trees
Ontario labour reforms nothing to fear, some small-business owners say
Minimum wage hike, labour law changes “nutso” and “heartbreaking” says Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Metro talks: Ontario labour minister on precarious work, minimum wage, and degrees that don’t get jobs:
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn: Brown’s got it all wrong
The real cost of unpaid internships
Inside the conditions migrant workers face in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Trudeau: “Wealthy folks” who would be affected by tax changes “making a lot of noise”

Fair tax system down the drain if loopholes aren’t closed
The rich are set to go to war over Trudeau’s tax changes: Here’s what they are
Canada’s unions welfare plans to start closing tax loopholes
Which tax, what middle class? Debunking the income splitting debate
Proposed tax changes could drive doctors out of country, physician warns

Doctors’ fury over proposed federal tax changes could affect provincial health budgets
Trudeau government stands firm on tax changes
Coyne: The tax system can’t possibly do what people want it to do
Tone-deaf rollout of Liberal tax reforms a lesson in how good ideas go sour: Editorial
Walkom: Will Liberals fold again on difficult tax reform?

Take Action!: Tell Morneau to Hold Firm on closing private corporation tax loophole
Toronto to get 2,000 market-rent and affordable units
Government release: Ontario unlocking surplus land to create more affordable housing
BC budget hikes taxes on rich to pay for social spending
BC budget funds 3,500 teachers, homes for homeless

BC raising taxes for high earners and corporations to help pay for $51.9B balanced budget
Tax hike in BC for wealthy, more money for education, housing, overdose crisis
Iglika Ivanova and Alex Hemingway: Budget update investments a positive first step for BC
Expect tax changes for $150K earners, carbon footprint, and small businesses
BC budget has two sides

Housing for homeless among social commitments from NDP
Here’s another reason why voting matters
$15 minimum wage might come to BC faster than expected


Is workplace bullying compensable? Ontario expanding workers’ compensation law to include emotional stress
Create stand-alone ministry for mental health and addictions, Ontario NDP urges
Want free university? Changes to OSAP, Canada Student Grants could help
Editorial: End unjust and ineffective practice of academic streaming
Government release: More than one-third of college and university students receiving free tuition

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Take Action! Over 30 organizations from across Canada call for a fair EI appeal process
Stats Can: Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fist quarter 2017
Webinar on Employment Rights and Responsibilities: Important information for Ontario newcomers
Parental-leave rich and parental-leave poor: Inequality in Canadian labour market based leave policies

Around the Province

Former Sears employee waited to hear Sudbury store’s closure was a “mistake”
Sears Canada pension saga “is not over yet”
Job fair takes over North Bay City Hall
Windsor Assembly Plant to shut down this fall for five weeks
Average cost of one-bedroom rental in Toronto hits $2,000

Low wages leave Londoners caught in a housing crunch
Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic expands to include help for employment law issues
Anishnabek Family Well-Being program brings wellness to First Nations
Protesters rally after talk of anti-loitering bylaw in downtown Leamington
Ottawa sees surge in welfare fraud as province eases eligibility rules
Woodstock town hall meeting will focus on solving problems of poverty and food insecurity
Street Eats program combines cooking and community in Toronto

Across the Country

Living wage for Whitehors lowered between 2016 and 2017
Complaints of fruit pickers living in derelict North Okanagan house investigated by regional district
No matter who governs, $15 an hour minimum wage is likely here to stay in Alberta
Calgary Election: Advocacy group pushes council to introduce living wage for city workers
Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate calls for $15 minimum wage

Median incomes up in Manitoba, but percentage living in poverty unchanged
Fighting for the rights of the poor and disabled in Nova Scotia – for free
Businesses on PEI raise concerns about federal budget changes
Research group suggests EI model that helps Atlantic workers save for retirement


Catholic advocates turn up the heat on Canada’s poverty reduction strategy
Hunger in Canada a complex problem
Liberals weighing new language to fix sexist Indian Act, says Sen. Sinclair
Aboriginal Legal Services launches charter challenge on mandatory minimum sentences
Editorial: How Canada can help those fleeing Myanmar
Opinion: Trudeau’s promise of a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples seems to be all talk
Former federal cabinet minister Allan MacEachen dies at 96
Editorial: MacEachen a canny reformer:


The unspoken link between income, occupation and suicide
US Census Bureau: Median incomes rose and poverty levels fell in 2016
US incomes and poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels
Poverty rate is down to 12.7%, but probably not for long
More and more older Americans are slipping into poverty

The USA – and especially California – has a major poverty problem
US child poverty declines, still surpasses adults
I’ve watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single payer health care in the US
Concern in Ireland over gap between minimum wage and living wage
New higher minimum wage still 20% below living wage

Fears Ireland’s social welfare policy making young adults homeless
China’s unconditional cash program: Implications for basic income
Welfare drug testing in Australia punishes those “least able to change”
Increase in homelessness in the UK “likely to have been driven by welfare reforms”
Labour reform plans in France face first big test: A strike
Progress on global poverty and disease at risk, says Bill Gates


Bonus --- sneaking a peek

August 18, 2017:

By Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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Book review: Social policy in Canada (2nd edition) - September 11
Book by Ernie PhD and Naomi Lightman PhD
(Book review by Nick Falvo PhD)

Book review: Social policy in Canada (2nd edition) - September 11
Book by Ernie Lightman PhD and Naomi Lightman PhD
(Book review by Nick Falvo PhD)

Book review: Social policy in Canada (2nd edition)
Oxford University Press has recently released the second edition of Social Policy in Canada, co-authored by the father-daughter duo of Ernie Lightman and Naomi Lightman. I recommend this book as an excellent resource for students of social policy. It will be useful for classroom instruction, while also being a handy reference for researchers, persons who design and administer social policy, and persons who advocate for improved social policy.

Here are 10 things to know about Social Policy in Canada:

1. The book does an outstanding job of explaining important ideas in very succinct
2. Many of the visuals are very helpful.
3. The book provides excellent suggestions for further reading but no mention of Canadian Social Research Links.
"Pity", said the Canadian Social Research Links Guy....
4. The book doesn’t provide a succinct definition of social policy.
5. I find some of the concepts introduced to be rather unhelpful.
6. Chapter 5’s consideration of privatization is very good, but has a few shortcomings.
7. Chapter 7’s discussion of universal vs. targeted benefits is excellent, even if it complicates the debate needlessly,
8. Chapter 8’s consideration of taxation is very comprehensive.
9. Chapter 10, titled “Volunteers, Charities, and Gamblers” tries to do too much.
10. The book has omissions that I hope the authors correct in the next edition.

Nick Falvo
Progressive Economics Forum

Related link:

Some comments on the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario’s minimum wage commentary:
By Jordan Brennan - September 13, 2017

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2017- September 14

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.

Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2017
September 14, 2017
The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds topped $1.8 trillion in the first quarter. Asset levels were up 4.2% from the fourth quarter and were 10.5% higher compared with the first quarter of 2016.September 8, 2017


- 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):

September 18, 2017
What's new online this week:

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

Power and resistance in early childhood education: From dominant discourse to democratic experimentalism
13 Sep 2017 | International
In his most recent article, Peter Moss urges those active in the re-conceptualizing movement to go beyond discussion and to strategize for change. Moss conceives of how a resistance movement could further develop, offering viable alternatives to the dominant discourses of early childhood education currently revolving around hegemonic neo-liberal ideals.

Household income in Canada: Key results from the 2016 Census
13 Sep 2017 | Canada
The fourth round of 2016 Census data was released today. It includes reporting and analysis on individual, family and household income for various levels of geography and demographic groups. Statistics Canada also provides interactive tools for finding local data. Of interest for child care is data on child/family poverty and family incomes.

An investigation into the effect of play-based instruction on the development of play skills and oral language
13 Sep 2017 | International
Study compares effects of play-based versus traditional curriculum in 5-year-olds. Over 6 months, children in the play-based group improved in oral language skills while ch
ildren in the traditional group did not. The role of social and physical environment in a play-based curriculum is discussed.

State of early learning in Australia: 2017
13 Sep 2017 | Australia and New Zealand
A new report from the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign (ELEB) in Australia tracks progress across a range of different early childhood education and care (ECEC) measures, whilst comparing Australia to other nations.

Family policies in OECD countries: A comparative analysis
6 Sep 2017 | International
This article discusses the diversity of family policy models in 28 OECD countries in terms of the balance between their different objectives and the mix of instruments adopted to implement the policies. The results find persistent differences in the family policy patterns embedded in different contexts of work-family "outcomes.".

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.

BC Greens won’t vote against NDP plans for rent, daycare
14 Sep 2017 | British Columbia

Childcare costs rocket as Tories fail on pledges to help families
13 Sep 2017 | Europe

B.C. Greens push reforms to NDP childcare promises
13 Sep 2017 | British Columbia

Toronto looks to expand child-care services for Indigenous families
13 Sep 2017 | Ontario

Childcare challenge for shift workers
13 Sep 2017 | Europe


MORE child care in the news


Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

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 of Internet gremlins. If you click on "Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive" below, you'll note that the latest issue of CRINMAIL is 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.

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
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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