Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 20, 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.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,831 subscribers.

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. Basic Income (guaranteed income) update
2. Saskatchewan unveils Poverty Reduction Strategy with 50 in 10 pledge - February 24
3. Media & Policy News for 18 March 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Québec Budget 2016-2017 - March 17
5. Ontario Announces Update to Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) - March 14
6. Designing a housing allowance program (Caledon Institute of Social Policy) - March 2016
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canada's population estimates, Fourth quarter 2015 - March 16
--- Health Reports, March 2016 - March 16
--- Calling StatCan - March 16
--- Cancer incidence in Canada, 2013
- March 15
--- Aboriginal peoples: Fact sheets - March 15

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

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Basic Income (a.k.a. guaranteed annual income)
Broadbent Blog: Progressives and the basic income debate

Basic Income (a.k.a. guaranteed annual income)
Broadbent Blog: Progressives and the basic income debate
March 14, 2016
Posted by Jonathan Sas


Four questions you probably have about basic income


Ontario floats basic income to ease poverty; advocates say care must be taken


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

2. Saskatchewan unveils Poverty Reduction Strategy with 50 in 10 pledge - February 24

Saskatchewan unveils Poverty Reduction Strategy with 50 in 10 pledge
The Saskatchewan government has unveiled a plan that it hopes will reduce the number of people in poverty by 50 per cent by the end of 2025.


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

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:

3. Media & Policy News for 18 March 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 18 March 2016

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

Top Stories

Delay, denial and debt mark WSIB struggle for man who lost his memory in a workplace accident
BC to end clawback of workers compensation payments to families on social assistance where a parent has died on the job, and has ended clawback of CPP orphan’s benefit
New Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy a “transformation” of Ontario’s housing and homelessness system
Legislation coming to boost affordable housing, but details unavailable
Province to green light inclusionary zoning
Pushback from developers and some local councillors expected on inclusionary zoning
Communities of colour cautiously optimistic about Ontario’s housing strategy update
Rental housing industry supports portable housing benefit, but wants further discussion on inclusionary zoning
Star editorial: Inclusionary zoning a “breakthrough” on affordable housing
Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa welcomes new tools
Trudeau says Tuesday’s federal budget will return OAS eligibility to 65 and make investments in “unsexy” infrastructure projects
Infrastructure program will focus on desperately needed but “unsexy” projects
People who are homeless and their advocates expect help in Tuesday’s budget
Sources say feds will boost their share of funding to get local infrastructure projects off the ground
Will 18-month parental leave become reality?
Coalition for Healthy School Food hopes for billion dollar Universal Healthy School Food Program
Pension funds urge government to “think big” with infrastructure investments
Goar: CD Howe Institute offers four priorities for the federal budget
Worth Repeating: CCPA’s Alternative Federal Budget says it’s time to move on reducing poverty and growing the economy responsibly
Shift to up-front student aid in Ontario to be celebrated
But Ontario government facing criticism over deceptive “free” tuition announcement
Ontario’s minimum wage to increase with inflation to $11.40 in October
Wage growth in Canada has been sick for years
Poverty and inequality fuelling suicide crisis in First Nations communities
Saskatchewan First Nations declare crisis
Parliamentary committee urges federal government to explore guaranteed minimum income

Ontario floats basic income to ease poverty; advocates say care must be taken
Premier Wynne says pilot a long way off, but officials are working to bring advice to Cabinet
Sarnia Lambton advocates say basic income test should come to their community, but say the devil will be in the details
Should basic income be tested in Niagara?
Windsor leaders join chorus of communities asking to be site for basic income test
Broadbent Blog: Progressives and the basic income debate
Guaranteed minimum income could be problematic, warns advocate
Four questions you probably have about basic income
Saskatchewan unveils Poverty Reduction Strategy with 50 in 10 pledge
Community not happy about lack of substance and new initiatives
Legal Aid Ontario invests $3.3 million in 54 community legal clinics


Survivors of sexual violence to get free legal advice in Ontario pilot program
Details on the program and information for lawyers who want to take part
Survivors of domestic and sexual violence can now break leases more easily and quickly
Legal Aid Ontario outlines strategy to help clients with mental health disabilities
Ryerson program works to connect job seekers with disabilities with employers
Private vs. public: The battle for Ontario’s health care system

Reports, Events, Campaigns, and Other Good Things

OCBCC: Sign the open letter to Kathleen Wynne to protest negative child care regulation changes
BC study shows welfare recipients seen as “immoral” for ethical purchases like organic food
March 21: Racism Free Ontario Forum
Fraser Institute report says energy poverty is rising in Canada
Study shows job seekers resort to “resume whitening” to get a food in the door

Around the Province

Simcoe food bank marks 25 years after starting as temporary, stop-gap measure
Windsor groups draw up new “battle plans” for war on poverty
Healthy food out of reach in Thunder Bay
Kingston Independent Living Centre forced to get creative with funding to continue services
Thousands of Toronto Housing units could close due to lack of cash for repairs
Southwest Ontario legal clinics band together on Legal Health Check-Up pilot project
Sudbury group pushes for a boost to the minimum wage

Across the Country

Saskatchewan promises policy review after two men who are homeless given bus tickets to BC
Saskatchewan election issues 2016: Poverty
Saskatchewan anti-poverty groups want political parties to respond
Groups want social assistance minimum payment increased

Saskatchewan unemployment rate hits highest level in five years
Vancouver seeks crackdown on empty condos in soaring real estate market

One in seven people receiving social assistance in BC last year were from out of province
Manitoba Greens begin election campaign with promise to cut poverty
PEI spends extra $1.1 million on social assistance and disability support


Unemployment up to 7.3% for first time in three years
Out of work Canadians waiting a month or more to find out about EI eligibility
Canadian factories finally recover from Great Recession, with 210,000 fewer jobs
Addiction and mental health are top issues pushing Canadians into homelessness
Canadians who are homeless are trapped in needless bureaucracy
Homelessness has similar causes across the country
Homelessness in Canada: Key statistics
Home prices set to surge in BC and Ontario, further eroding affordability
Human rights groups react to news of another death in immigration detention
Charities say Liberals haven’t fulfilled promise to end political audits
Poschmann: What is the problem an expanded CPP is seeking to resolve?
Loonie surges in wake of US Federal Reserve decision


Cutting food waste by one-quarter would mean enough for everyone, says UN
UK Minister denies wanting to replace migrant fruit pickers with UK pensioners at less than minimum wage
UK’s George Osborne facing rebellion over disabled welfare reform
Life in a banking desert means resorting to dangerous, high-cost options
How the Deck is Stacked: PBS series investigates the American economy
US millennials feel more working class than any other generation
The role of highways in American poverty
The odds of falling into poverty in the US are sobering


Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


All of our mailings back to 2012 online:

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:

4. Québec Budget 2016-2017 - March 17

[NOTE : Links to the English budget documents are immediately below the French links.]


Le 17 mars 2016, à 16 h, le ministre des Finances, monsieur Carlos Leitão, a prononcé son discours sur le budget du Québec 2016-2017, à l’Assemblée nationale.

Le Plan économique du Québec (page principale du budget)

Documents budgétaires:

Discours sur le budget 2016-2017 (PDF - 448 Ko )

Le Plan économique du Québec (PDF - 7,10 Mo)

Renseignements additionnels ( PDF - (2,93 Mo)

Le Plan économique en bref (PDF - 674 Ko)

Finances Québec


Analyse du budget et réactions

Cinq choses à surveiller dans le budget du Québec
(Ici Radio-Canada)


Points saillants du budget 2016-2017
(Huffington Post Québec)


Budget 2016-2017: pas de déficit ni baisse marquée du fardeau fiscal
(La Presse)


Budget du Québec 2016 : analyse
(Le Devoir)


Links to English budget documents:

Québec Budget 2016-2017 (Main budget page)

Québec, March 17, 2016 – Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão tabled in the National Assembly today a second consecutive balanced budget and an economic plan Québec Economic Plan.

Press Release (PDF)
Québec Economic Plan – March 2016

Budget 2016-2017:
The Québec Income Support Program
(PDF - 1.2MB, 84 pages)
March 17, 2016
This document provides an overview of the Québec income support program and its objectives and presents the program’s key outcomes from the standpoint of changes in poverty and income distribution.
Québec’s income support program sets it apart from the standpoint of fairness and social justice. Investments in this respect have borne fruit and the results obtained show a significant improvement in the situation of low-income individuals and a reduction in income inequality.

Budget publications
- includes links to a dozen press releases, the budget speech and economic plan, Québec's Budgetary Statistics, tables and charts and much more...

Finances Québec

Budget analysis/reaction

Children the focus of Quebec budget
(Montreal Gazette)

Quebec Budget 2016: What it means for Montreal
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says the new provincial budget is ‘bang on’


Quebec Budget 2016: $2B Surplus To Go Toward Reducing Province's Debt
(Huffington Post Canada)

More news for Québec Budget 2016-2017


- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

- Go to the 2016 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

5. Ontario Announces Update to Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy - March 14
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)

NEW from the
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
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Ontario Transforming Housing and Homelessness System
Province Announces Update to Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
March 14, 2016
Ontario is introducing a suite of legislative and policy measures, and investing $178 million over three years, to ensure that the people of Ontario have access to affordable and adequate housing and to help them secure employment, raise a family and build strong communities.

Background Information:

Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update

Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

A Place to Call Home: Report of the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness [PDF - 2MB, 80 pages)]


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

6. Designing a housing allowance program - March 2016
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Designing a housing allowance program
By Michael Mendelson
March 2016

This paper describes a series of design options for housing allowances and compares their advantages and disadvantages. The five options range from a rent supplement that provides extra funding for those with high rent, up to a housing allowance meant to pay as much as the full cost of a modest rental apartment for those with little or no income.
[Click the link above to read the rest of the abstract]

Complete report (PDF - 310KB, 32 pages):


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Canada's population estimates, Fourth quarter 2015
- March 16
--- Health Reports, March 2016 - March 16
--- Calling StatCan - March 16
--- Cancer incidence in Canada, 2013
- March 15
--- Aboriginal peoples: Fact sheets
- March 15

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:


March 16, 2016
Canada's population estimates, Fourth quarter 2015
According to preliminary estimates, Canada's population was estimated at 36,048,500 on January 1, 2016, up 62,800 from October 1, 2015.

March 16, 2016
Health Reports, March 2016
The March 2016 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains two articles: "Child abuse and physical health in adulthood" and "Development and implementation of microsimulation models of neurological conditions."

Calling StatCan
Want to know more about Canada, your city, or your community? Statistics Canada can help!
StatCan Blog, March 2016
The March issue of the StatCan Blog looks at Statistics Canada's Statistical Information Service (SIS) and its work in helping Canadians find out more about themselves and the country they live in.

March 16, 2016
Cancer incidence in Canada, 2013 were more than 180,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Canada in 2013, which corresponds to an incidence rate of 516.6 cases per 100,000 people. Among all new cancer cases diagnosed in 2013, almost 9 in 10 (88%) were diagnosed in people aged 50 and older, 10.7% were among those aged 25 to 49, and 1.3% were among those aged under 25.

March 14, 2016
Aboriginal peoples: Fact sheets
Fact sheets on Aboriginal peoples in Canada's provinces are now available.
These fact sheets present a statistical overview of the socioeconomic characteristics of Aboriginal peoples in the provinces. They include information on living arrangements of children, education, employment, income, housing, health and languages of the Aboriginal population.

Data are from the 2011 National Household Survey, the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey and the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey.


- Go to the First Nations Links page:

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:

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

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

March 20, 2016
What's new online this week:

Open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne about proposed changes to staff: child ratios and group sizes in Ontario child care centres
16 Mar 2016 | Ontario
Today the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care has launched an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne expressing concern about the Ontario Ministry of Education's proposed regulatory changes to age ranges, ratios and group sizes. The OCBCC is asking individuals to sign on to this letter and circulate it to colleagues, Facebook groups, family and friends so that these regulatory changes can be stopped. Please sign and share!

National surveys find lax standards for child care oversight, inspection
16 Mar 2016 | United States
Recent investigative article from The Hechinger Report [U.S.] (a journalism platform that uses research, data and stories from classrooms and campuses to investigate education matters)considers how child care oversight rules vary across the nation — and that states with strict rules governing child care are the exception not the rule. The authors compile data from a number of sources finding that the safety of children using child care centres across the U.S. is often compromised by a lack of penalties, fines or inspections.

What we ask of parents: Unequal expectations for parental contributions to early childhood and post-secondary education in Canada
16 Mar 2016 | Canada
New paper compares the different expectations governments have with respect to parental contributions to their children’s education at the early childhood education (ECE) and post-secondary (PSE) levels. The researchers consider the costs, subsidy policies, and intersection between the two by income level finding that parents of children in ECE are generally required to contribute more than parents of children in PSE.

Parents’ non-standard work schedules make adequate childrearing difficult
16 Mar 2016 | United States
2015 Economic Policy Institute issue brief examines evidence on the prevalence of unpredictable and non-standard work schedules in the United States, and on how such schedules impair children’s development. The authors suggest that policy changes should create disincentives to schedule work in ways that impede employees’ ability to care for their children.

Creating better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums through improved childcare options
16 Mar 2016 | Africa
2014 project aims to assess the impact of childcare constraints on the economic empowerment of poor, urban women in Kenya in order to develop effective policies. The researchers focus is on testing the effectiveness of reducing the cost and improving the quality of daycare services on women’s labor force participation and income in a slum in Nairobi. The project began October 31st 2014 and will be completed October 30th 2017.

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

Women’s opportunities hindered by lack of national childcare policy
16 Mar 2016 | Canada

Former daycare owner convicted of manslaughter: ‘What am I going to say to my children?’
16 Mar 2016 | Ontario

Liberals promise no-wait public child care
16 Mar 2016 | Canada

Child-care proposals come up short
15 Mar 2016 | Ontario

International Women's Day adds momentum to the call for universal child care
15 Mar 2016 | Canada

MORE child care in the news


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

9. 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.

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 issues of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

16 March 2016 - CRINmail issue 1471

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Freedom of expression & violent repression
- Justice and accountability for early marriage
- Oil spills, lead poisoning & overmedication
- Migration and statelessness
Upcoming events


The UN Human Rights Council is holding its 31st session in Geneva from 29 February to 24 March 2016. It will feature the annual day on the rights of the child which will be held on Monday, 7 March. And CRIN will be reporting live from the session between 7-10 March.


To see a larger 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.


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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