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January 8, 2017

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a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

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Canadian content

1. The Cost of Poverty in Toronto : Who Pays for What??? - January 2017 - John Stapleton
2. (Government of Canada - electoral reform consultation)
3. Proposal for a Canadian National Goal for Poverty Reduction 2017-2027 - January 4, 2017 (Terry Hunsley, Politudes: International Social Policy Monitor)
4. Report says top CEOs to earn more by lunch than average worker in 2017 - January 3 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
5. Media & Policy News for 6 January 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

----- Labour Force Survey, December 2016 -
January 6, 2017
----- 2016: The year in statistics
(StatCan Blog, December 2016) - December 23
----- Consumer Price Index, November 2016 - December 22
----- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2016 - December 21
----- Employment Insurance, October 2016

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
Robert Reich explains Authoritarianism, Trump's threat to Democracy (YouTube video)
10. Finland is the first European country to test the waters of Basic Income - January 3
11. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


1. Media & Policy News for 06 November 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Media & Policy News: 6 January 2017
Happy New Year!

Top StoriesM

CCPA report: Canada’s CEOs earn in half a day what the average worker makes all year - incl. a link to the report entitled Throwing Money at the Problem: 10 Years of Executive Compensation
Column: Ontario should have a guaranteed income for those with disabilities
Basic Income consultation upcoming in Kitchener-Waterloo
Muskoka commissioner says simplifying social assistance with basic income could reduce social inclusion and community engagement
United Way of Bruce Grey head has “incredible concerns” about cap-and-trade impacts on low income people, including those on OW and ODSP

CRTC declares broadband internet a basic service, creates fund to invest in infrastructure
CRTC broadband Internet ruling addresses access, but still leaves room for high prices
Star editorial: Basic Internet service should include low-priced package for the poor
Change to EI waiting period – from two weeks to one week – begins January 1 2017
Temporary foreign workers need same rights as citizens

Canadians to face some tax changes in 2017
Toronto and District School Board serves 136,000 meals to students each day as child poverty rises
Province tasks McMeekin with studying rural poverty
“Kitchen cabinet” aims to lift lid on rural poor
Mandate letter

Legal system not doing enough for racialized members
Only three employers have been sanctioned after overhaul of foreign worker program
Angus Reid lookahead: Canadians expect a mixed year at home, a bad one abroad


Ontario Job Watch: 2016 ends with a whimper
Ministry of Labour cracks down on law-breaking bosses
Many Ontarians with mental health issues must choose between food and meds
Star editorial: It’s past time to invest in mental health
Deficit forcing Legal Aid Ontario to scale back dramatically

Legal clinics concerned about funding cuts, as LAO president says he’s not worried about an audit
LAO facing $26 million deficit
LAO’s critical role in family law
Ontario hydro rebates start in January, but so do carbon taxes
Lethal legacy: GE’s Peterborough plant was a symbol of opportunity, but did it also make workers sick?

Star reporter reflects on Peterborough’s resilient GE worker community
Letters to the editor: Workplace safety issue decades old
Paikin: Just why is Kathleen Wynne so unpopular?
Premier reflects on hydro, road tolls, and cap-and-trade ahead of 2018 election
Government release: New 2017 regulations to lower household costs and increase consumer protection
Government release: Growth that creates shared benefits the hallmark of Ontario in 2016
Government release: Province releases mandate letters for Parliamentary Assistants’ priorities

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Stats Can: Employment Insurance, October 2016
Stats Can: Consumer Price Index, November 2016
Stats can: Payroll employment, earnings and hours, October 2016
New Mowat Centre report: Mind the Gap: Ontario’s persistent net contribution to the federation
CIBC Economics: On the quality of employment in Canada (hint, it’s not good)

Around the Province

Perth vies to be basic income guarantee pilot location
Why Smiths Falls said no to being a basic income pilot test site
Guelph & Wellington cold weather response for people who are homeless:
No more free Monday bus rides for seniors in Sudbury
New opportunities for the North, but also new costs, under cap-and-trade

Parents urge Toronto not to cut daycare funding
Parents to pay more for daycare if Toronto goes ahead with funding cuts, TDSB says
Average price of one bedroom apartment in Toronto reaches $1500
Is it time to end discounted TTC fares for seniors?
Legal service offers support to vulnerable Toronto youth
Toronto will track all deaths among people who are homeless starting January 1
Windsor doctors refer patients to legal services to help solve medical problems

Across the Country

Iqaluit family homeless after winter eviction from public housing
Manitoba Premier Pallister says minimum wage hikes don’t reduce poverty
At this Nova Scotia grocery store, a third of employees have disabilities
Nova Scotians need $19 / hour to keep heads above water, report says
Corner Brook man funding men’s shelter mostly out of pocket

Growing wage gap between rich and poor in Nova Scotia called a “moral crisis”
Women say eating healthy impossible on Nova Scotia diet allowance
Close to half of New Brunswick families can’t afford to eat well, group says
New Brunswick anti-poverty group says planned minimum wage increase is not enough
NB minimum wage increase to come in April

Montreal food banks see demand surge through December
Number of British Columbians on EI and welfare jumps
I want to die: Isolated a cold, senior seeking help in Prince George, BC
Man who is homeless in Vernon, BC, living in heated, custom-built “coffin-like” crate
Vancouver man dies on December night blocks from new homeless shelter
Tenants in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside rally against massive rent hikes
Pitt Meadows, BC, adopts living wage policy
BC advocates fear for homeless and seniors during cold stretch


Huge gap between mental health needs and funding, expert says after health deal fails
Nortel’s disabled workers still fighting for better deal after bankruptcy
Mothers denied sickness benefits urge Liberal government to end legal battle
What are “Canadian values” and who helped to shape them?
Government’s plans aimed at preventing anti-globalization backlash, Trudeau says

Massive drop in housing prices would still leave Canadian households with more equity than debt
Charitable giving in Canada drops to a 10-year low
The Bank of Canada just laid out how the economy could tank
TD says Canada’s economy is still “not out of the woods” amid job gains in 2016


OECD’s income inequality update for 2016
France gives employees the “right to disconnect” from work emails outside typical work hours
California NGO ensuring low-income families are part of the solar revolution, and not left with the bill
Could Ontario learn from California’s actions?
Finland to begin paying basic income to unemployed citizens to eliminate “incentive traps” to work

Two-year Basic Income pilot gives $587 per month to 2,000 randomly selected people, who will have that money deducted from their existing benefits
Finland’s Basic Income Experiment website
India to endorse universal basic income
Universal basic income is not a magic solution, but it could help millions
More than 2.3 million families living in fuel poverty in England

Scottish activists call for serious bid to tackle poverty in 2017
Nearly 700 UK firms fined for not paying minimum wage, but fines are not enough
“Named and shamed” firms have not been prosecuted
Nineteen US states raised their minimum wage this month
Minimum wage hikes help more people than they harm

Corporations are fighting to repeal voter-approved minimum wage hikes
California’s minimum wage isn’t the problem, the high cost of housing is
Ford cancels Mexico plant as Trump threatens GM with “big border tax”
Hong Kong’s McRefugees
Children in Japan struggle to break out of poverty cycle
The world today looks ominously like it did before World War I

Jennefer Laidley
Research & Policy Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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