Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 19, 2017

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1. [Ontario] Basic Income Pilot consultation - March 16 (Ontario Government)
2. Alberta Budget 2017
3. Foundations for an Alberta Alternative Budget - March 15 (Progressive Economics Forum)
4. Details of Canada’s pension reform changes - March 10
5. Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits (in Ontario) - CLEO - February 2017
6. Media & Policy News: 17 March (Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Aboriginal people and the labour market - March 16
--- StatCan Blog: StatCan and the Alberta wildfire
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
9. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN
10. Hungry for Change (report on the relationship between food and poverty in the UK)
- October 2015 (Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. [Ontario] Basic Income Pilot consultation - March 16
(Ontario Government)


[ Basic income, a.k.a. guaranteed annual income]

[Ontario] Basic Income Pilot Consultation
Updated: March 16, 2017
Consultation status: Closed

From November 3, 2016 to January 31, 2017, we invited Ontarians to share their feedback online, in-person and through written submissions, on the design of a Basic Income Pilot. Read the report back to learn more about what we heard during the consultation. We are still in the process of designing the pilot, which we will launch in spring 2017. We are also continuing to work with Indigenous communities to tailor a culturally appropriate approach that reflects their advice and perspectives.

Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario
A discussion paper by Hugh D. Segal
Using the Discussion Paper written by the Honourable Hugh Segal as a starting point, consultations were held across the province.

Basic income consultations: What We Heard
* Ministers’ message
* Background
* What is basic income
* How the consultations worked
* Consultation findings at a glance
* What we heard
* Submissions to the Basic Income Pilot consultations

Related link:

Canadians for Public Justice: Towards a Guaranteed Livable Income:


[United Kingdom]
Eight Basic Income experiments to watch for in 2017


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

2. Alberta Budget 2017 - March 16, 2017

Alberta Budget 2017
- March 16, 2017
- inncludes links to all budget papers.

Alberta budget 2017-18$FILE/TaxAlert2017No07.pdf
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci tabled the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 16 March 2017.


Other provinces where
the budget has been tabled:

British Columbia budget 2017-18$FILE/TaxAlert2017No05.pdf
BC Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 21 February 2017.

New Brunswick budget 2017-18$FILE/TaxAlert2017No04.pdf
New Brunswick Finance Minister Cathy Rogers introduced the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 7 February 2017.

3. Foundations for an Alberta Alternative Budget - March 15
(Progressive Economics Forum)


Foundations for an Alberta Alternative Budget
March 15, 2017
An Alberta-based volunteer working group, including Nick Falvo who wrote the article you're presently reading, recently released a document titled Foundations for an Alberta Alternative Budget. Working group members include staff from Alberta’s non-profit sector, labour movement and advocacy sector. While the group's long-term goal is to emulate the great work of the Alternative Federal Budget [ ], this year’s effort has resulted in a relatively short document that seeks to lay the foundation for what future Alberta budgets might look like.

Progressive Economics Forum

4. Details of Canada’s pension reform changes - March 10
(Chief Investment Officer)


March 10, 2017
Details of Canada’s pension reform changes - March 10, 2017:

Also from Chief Investment Officer:

March 10, 2017
Canada Enacts Pension Reform Changes
Canada will increase the maximum retirement benefit by more than 50%. Canada has enacted changes to the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) that will increase the maximum retirement benefit by more than 50%, and raise the share of yearly earnings received in retirement.

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)
(From About CIO:)
CIO’s website provides the latest news, opinion, and research focusing on the overarching investment issues affecting public and corporate pension plans, endowments, foundations, healthcare capital pools, and sovereign wealth funds.


- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

5. Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits -February 2017
(Community Legal Education Ontario)



New from CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario):

Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits (in Ontario)
Updated to February 2017

Part One: Leaves of absence:
Any new parent who has worked at least 13 weeks for their employer can take parental leave. This includes all new parents, not just birth mothers. It also includes anyone who is in what the law calls a “relationship of some permanence” with a parent of a child, and who is going to treat the child as their own. Each parent can take a full parental leave, either at the same time as the other parent or at different times. Birth mothers can take both pregnancy leave and parental leave.
Only a birth mother can take pregnancy leave. Pregnancy leave is sometimes called maternity leave. It can be taken during pregnancy, after the birth of the baby, or a combination of both.

Part Two: Employment Insurance benefits:
While you are on pregnancy or parental leave, you might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) pregnancy or parental benefits. If you are self-employed, you can apply for these benefits if you have paid EI premiums for at least 12 months.


More CLEO Resources and Publications:

Related link from the Globe and Mail:

Liberals should consider overhaul of EI parental leave benefits


CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
Since 1974, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Our work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario's legal aid system, we work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province. Our work includes an extensive collection of legal information resources and publications available in a variety of languages and formats.


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:

6. Media & Policy News: 17 March 2017
(Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)


From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 17 March 2017

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

Top Stories

Toronto Star Editorial: Increase funding for a national child care program
Ontario housing minister vows to boost rent control after CBC Toronto tenancy series
NDP proposes bill to expand rent controls to all buildings
Ontario developing plan to control unfair hikes in rent
Housing minister says rent control will expand
PEI’s social assistance rates are well below the cost of healthy food

Food insecurity: Community gardens, subsidized housing not answers – what matters is income
Living in poverty, forgotten by governments
Ontario Labour Minister speaks to business group, places hopes on Changing Workplaces Review
Flynn talks changes to Ontario employment law
Ontario Federation of Labour holds special women’s briefing: Women need decent work

Bosses who broke the law haven’t learned their lesson, labour ministry blitz finds
To end homelessness, prevent it from happening in the first place (including increasing social assistance incomes)
Rental housing squeeze leaving racialized renters out in the cold in the GTA
Come early: Toronto’s homeless struggle for place to sleep in freezing winter
Video: Bursting at the Seams – Toronto’s shelter system

Child care talks reignite with looming budget
Ottawa may offer more child care breaks in upcoming budget
Canadians deserve to know why KPMG tax dodgers were let off easy
Tax court judge recuses himself from KPMG-linked trial after CBC revelations
Editorial: Ottawa should end unfair and ineffective tax breaks

When will the Liberals clean up the income tax code? Try ‘never’
Liberals should consider overhaul of EI parental leave benefits
Here’s the study report
Migrant dreams can be nightmares

Household debt hits another record in Canada
Tribunal can’t enforce Indigenous child welfare ruling, Ottawa says
Many people with disabilities unaware they’re eligible for tax credit, MP says
Federal prosecutors defend use of cruel and unusual punishment in mandatory victim surcharge case
First federal poverty reduction strategy case study complete in Saint John


Ontario’s basic income pilot project gets strong support; commenters want income and services
Government poll shows support for hydro rate cut, but concern over long-term cost
Mike Schreiner: Liberals’ hydro shell game is an expensive band-aid
Sault area hospital hydro bill up nearly $1 million, forcing layoffs
Ontario cutting hydro rates for First Nations

Ontario nursing homes feed seniors on $8.33 a day
Judges “100% opposed” to paralegals in family courts
Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things
Canadians for Public Justice: Towards a Guaranteed Livable Income
New edition of “Rent Increases” available online and in print

New edition of “Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits” available
Course offering in Toronto and Ottawa: Richard Shillington: Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis
Free public legal education workshops at HALCO in April / May 2017
Landlord and Tenant Board: 2017 Rent Increase Guideline
2017 Region of Peel tax preparation clinics

StatsCan Daily: Aboriginal people and the labour market
Government of Canada launches joint initiative for online benefit information
New online tax and benefits portal

Around the Province

Brockville meeting to collect input on poverty reduction strategy
A win for the workers in Chatham-Kent
Four names added to Toronto’s homeless memorial
Toronto Community Housing buildings have “unique challenges” as 4 fires in past 6 weeks being probed
Eviction by another name: Tenants upset about rent increases by Parkdale landlordMayor tells Ontario’s finance minister Toronto needs increased transit and housing funding
Thunder Bay lawyer’s focus on social justice earns Law Society’s highest honour

Across the Country

BC Housing Minister says there’s no fix for rent-hike loophole yet
People who are homeless in Kelowna, BC, upset over having to pay fines to recover personal items
Poverty in Cranbrook, BC: A story of social potholes
Petition for $15 per hour minimum wage delivered to BC legislature
Albertans think high-income earners, corporations not paying enough tax: pol
Fighting Saskatchewan’s deficit on the backs of low paid cleaners a sad story
First Nations students learn to build tiny homes in Saskatchewan
Quebec grocery stores first in Canada to send unused produce to food banks
Small deeds, big projects: Tackling Saint John poverty


PEI woman says help should be there for those on Employment Insurance
How much does it cost to raise a kid in Canada? Experts can’t seem to agree
Canada’s unemployment rate falls to 6.6%, the lowest level in more than 2 years
Broadbent: Time to renew social democracy
Phoenix Generation: Situation not improving for public servants
Consumer watchdog launches bank review in wake of CBC stories


Cashless welfare card in Australia made life worse, half of trial participants say
Here’s the truth about the “free ride” some Australians think Indigenous peoples get
Proposed welfare cuts would hurt poor families
Government may cut losses on welfare reformsThe key criticisms of basic income and how to overcome them
Broken America: Famed war photographer turns his camera on racism, poverty and violence in the USA
Spent: An online game that showcases the experience of poverty, in the US context
Study: Improving healthcare outcomes in Houston: How social interventions can help
If you’re a poor person in America, Trump’s budget is not for you
Trump’s budget would kill a program that feeds 2.4 million senior citizens
Legal services in unprecedented danger under Trump’s budget proposal
Emboldened by Trump, minimum wage-hike opponents fight back
“Labour surcharge” being added to restaurant bills in some US states with minimum wage hikes
Some diners furious about labour surcharges
The latest “underhanded maneuvers” in the minimum wage wars
We’re Somalia business owners in Minneapolis. We back a $15 minimum wage. Here’s why
How hard is your server working to earn minimum wage?
UK unemployment is as low as 1975 – but why aren’t wages rising?
UK cosmetics firm Lush to pay all staff the Living Wage
The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage are going up so you could be in for a pay raise
Child poverty in UK at highest level since 2010, official figures show
UK government welfare experts slam ministers for denying disability benefits to 160,000 people
New Zealand’s neoliberal drift
South Africans march over looming welfare payment crisis


Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):


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

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- StatCan Blog: StatCan and the Alberta wildfire - March 16
--- Aboriginal people and the labour market - March 16


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.

StatCan Blog


March 16, 2016
Aboriginal people and the labour market
The Aboriginal population in Canada has historically had lower labour force participation and employment rates, and a higher unemployment rate, than the non-Aboriginal population. These trends were exacerbated during the economic downturn of 2008/2009.


March 16, 2016
StatCan Blog: StatCan and the Alberta wildfire
Statistics Canada faced a dilemma. How does a statistical agency count everyone in a community, when pretty much everyone has been told to leave? This edition of StatCan Blog, StatCan and the Alberta wildfire, looks at what happened last May, when the northern Alberta community of Fort McMurray was hit by wildfires just as the collection phase of the 2016 Census of Population got underway. The fire destroyed 2,500 homes in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and disrupted thousands of lives. The last thing residents needed was someone asking them to complete a survey.


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

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

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

March 19, 2017
What's new online this week:

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

New parents and child care survey
20 Jan 2017 | Canada
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is conducting a survey of parents and parents-to-be across Canada who are (or whose partner is) expecting a baby or on paid or unpaid maternity/parental leave. We are studying how parents make plans for child care to help develop strategies for helping families find child care arrangements. This anonymous survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please help us to circulate the survey, either by passing it on yourself to appropriate individuals or groups, through social media, by putting a link to it on your website or in a newsletter, or through other means. Please find links to the questionnaire, available in English and French, on this page as well as attached survey logos that can be used in your outreach strategies.

Women and paid work
15 Mar 2017 | Canada
This Statistics Canada publication offers gender-based data analyses that summarize women's experiences of paid work, which, the report notes, are different from those of men. Among other key factors, women tend to be influenced by their care-giving roles. Data are presented relevant to women remaining out of the workforce (the "gender employment gap"), working part-time, having more career interruptions, absences from work and their concentration in traditional "women's occupations". These are especially characteristic of women with young children. Child care (or the lack of it) is identified throughout the report as a key contributing factor.

Social policy in the EU—Reform barometer 2016
15 Mar 2017 | Europe
This report is based on survey data collected from EU experts in various areas including education (early childhood education to young adulthood). It provides an outline of how institutions in EU countries contribute to achieving equity. Authors describe the previous and current state of ECEC and assess: the need for reforms, reforms currently being carried out and the quality of these reforms. Connections are drawn between access to ECEC and inequality—both through children's learning and women's participation in the labour force. Links are also drawn between low enrollment in services/high fees/problems with quality and perpetuation of inequality. Overall, experts and national policymakers generally agree that there have been some positive reforms in early childhood education as per the EU agenda, but that there is a need for focus on "equal and easy access" to quality early childhood education.

Child care affordability in Australia
15 Mar 2017 | Australia and New Zealand
Report explores the affordability of childcare for Australian families and how this impacts parents' decisions to return to work. The authors note the government's comittment to countering the effects of an ageing population and they look at how subsidies have impacted the viability of childcare for families. They report that there is a strong correlation between the child care fees and women's participation in the labour force and actually, that the cost of care is often prohibitive for families. There are significant commonalities between the child care landscapes in Canada and Australia which make this paper a salient comparison.

High stakes, clear choices: Alternative Federal Budget, 2017
9 Mar 2017 | Canada
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' (CCPAs') annual Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) proposes a path forward for the federal government that will allow it to meet its stated commitment to reducing income inequality while driving inclusive economic growth. CCPA estimates that, "The measures in this year’s AFB would lift a million Canadians out of poverty, double economic growth to 5.4%, and, at its peak, result in 460,000 new jobs, bringing Canada’s unemployment rate down to 6.4%." The authors argues that we Canadians should not rest on our laurels, falsely reassured that what we have in place is 'good enough'. Instead, this budget offers concrete ways to move forward with a progressive agenda that would move us toward a more egalitarian society. The childcare chapter recommends building robust and sustainable public policy that guarantees substantial and sustainable funding into the future; switch from a childcare market economy to one that is public and non-profit; ensure affordable parent fees; enough spaces for all children who need them including children with varied abilities--overall provide a universal high quality childcare system in which Canadians can take pride.


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

Why the federal budget should focus on gender equality
15 Mar 2017 | Canada

Child care in Canada expected to get long-term funding in federal budget
15 Mar 2017 | Canada

What do working German women have that Canadians don’t? Lots of help from above
15 Mar 2017 | Europe

Children’s Ombudsman proposes early childhood education as constitutional right
15 Mar 2017 | Europe

ANALYSIS: Add women, change budgets? Underused gender policy tool finds new fans in Trudeau's cabinet
15 Mar 2017 | Canada


MORE child care in the news

9. 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.


Latest issue of CRINMAIL:

15 March 2017 - CRINmail issue 1522

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Minimum ages
- Sexual exploitation and abuse
- Children in institutions
- Refugees
- Armed conflict
Upcoming events
World news
Challenging violations
Take action


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)
- 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.


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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
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* 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:

10. United Kingdom:

The Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty [ ] has just launched its final report,
Hungry for Change
(PDF - 1MB, 48 pages)

The independent commission - made up of experts in food policy, the environment, poverty and education - was tasked with investigating the relationship between food and poverty in the UK. For the past 12 months, commissioners have travelled around the country talking to those impacted by the flaws in our food system.

NOTE: This report was released in October of 2015.


- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:


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27 Health Problems Linked to Low Vitamin D
This presentations consists of 28 slides. You can navigate through the slides by clicking the chevron ("Greater than" symbol) on the right hand side of the video screen. Highly recommended reading. (If I help to save your life you can pay me a beer sometime...)


The Power of The Placebo Effect


The Illiterate Minority
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