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November 20, 2016

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1. Media & Policy News for 18 November 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Hunger Count 2016 - November 15 (Food Banks Canada)
3. Quoi de neuf au Québec / What's new in Québec:
--- Mise à jour : Réforme de l'aide sociale au Québec (Huffington Post Québec)
--- Controversial Quebec welfare bill passes into law - November 10 (CBC)
4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Canadian Megatrends: Seniors’ income from 1976 to 2014: Four decades, two stories - November 10
--- Prostitution offences in Canada: Statistical trends, 2014 - November 10
5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
7. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin

Canadian Social Research Links


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

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[ ]

Latest Media & Policy News: 18 November 2016

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

Top Stories

Today in Toronto: National Housing Day of Action
Food bank use on the rise in Canada, with drastic surges in Nova Scotia, territories
FBC release: Increasing food bank use shows urgent need for federal action on poverty
National food bank report calls for major changes
Rising food bank use leads to call for BC poverty reduction strategy

New Brunswick food bank demand rises 4.1%
Waterloo food bank use stays the same but may spike with newcomers to the region
Children biggest users of PEI food banks
Manitoba food bank use “distressing”
Food bank usage up 11% in London

Ombudsman asked to probe WSIB treatment of those with mental health disabilities
Ontario newlywed couple work four jobs between then, but still can’t pay their hydro bill
Saskatchewan mostly steps back from changes to social assistance disability benefits
Residents report rashes, stomach pains amid water crisis on northern Ontario reserve
Controversial Quebec welfare bill passes into law: Called “huge step backwards for human rights”

Montreal protest targets Quebec’s controversial new welfare reforms
$25 a day child care pilot program coming to 18 Alberta daycare centres
Why Canada needs a universal child care program
Toronto still “child poverty capital” of Canada, warns report
Report: Cuts to low-income services proposed as new report says Toronto is child poverty capital of Canada

Kids suffer most
Letter to the Editor: Toronto, we have a poverty problem!
Report shows one-quarter of Montreal children are living in poverty
Star editorial: Ontario should test out plan for basic income
Picard: Basic income is not just about work, it’s about health

Sarnia-Lambton aims to be test site for basic income program
Formerly homeless woman shares lessons from life on the streets of Toronto
OCAP takes shelter protest to Mayor Tory’s doorstep
More coverage: CityNews
Tory calls protest outside his condo “unfair”

Ottawa to make unprecedented appeal for private investment in infrastructure
PM hopes to attract billions in private capital for infrastructure projects
Wells: Trudeau prepares to sell Canad
Radio: Job after job after job: Get used to it?


Pre-budget Consultations have begun
Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
Written submissions / online comments to the Minister
Fall economic update from Minister Sousa
Government release: Ontario helping first-time homebuyers

Sheila Block: No more “deficit made me do it” in Ontario?
CPA: Ontario promises housing affordability, but it’s symbolic, not necessarily effective
What economists say about Ontario offering bigger tax rebates to first-time homebuyers
Legal aid faces financial crunch in serving refugee claimants
Letter: Ontario minimum wage policy legislates poverty and mental illness

Wynne says no tax hikes are needed to balance the books
Poll results calling for hydro price relief not a surprise, says Energy Minister
Poll shows Ontarians’ support for public-private partnerships plummeting
Government announcement: New financial protections on payday loans
Government announcement: New service for reporting abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities
Government announcement: New initiatives to improve housing affordabilityMore than half of Ontarians think Wynne should resign:
PollBy-elections: Teenage Tory wins Niagara West–Glanbrook; Liberals hold on to Ottawa–Vanier

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Take the Decent Work Sing-Along Challenge!
Stats Can: Seniors income from 1976 to 2014
Four decades, two stories
CCPA-Ontario: Selling off Toronto Hydro: Private sector gain, consumer pain
Homeless Hub newsletter: Lots of good reports and resources
Including this publication: No Vacancy: Affordability and homelessness in Vancouver
November 23: Parkdale Tenants Speak Out
CLEO publication: Tenants who move because of domestic or sexual violence can now give just 28 days notice

Around the Province

Court appeal starts in death of migrant farm worker in Oakland
Faith leaders issue call-to-action to Toronto city council on poverty
Faith no more in city’s anti-poverty promise
Here’s what the City’s poverty plan has accomplished in one year and what it needs to work on
Healthy food costly for families in Northwestern Ontario

Elderly Windsor woman suffering apartment woes
Toronto Transit set to increase fares for sixth straight year
Welland food bank shelves will be empty again
Committee to review progress on ending poverty in London
Living Wage dips down in Waterloo Region, thanks to Canada Child Benefit

Across the Country

Op-Ed: BC’s social safety net is very broken
Vancouver imposes 1% tax on empty homes: Lie about it, and it’s $10,000 / day
Rate of child poverty in BC is scandalous
Healthy affordable food linked to anti-poverty efforts in BC
Organizing to end child poverty in Kelowna, BC

Newfoundland and Labrador holds surprise consultations on minimum wage; may index to inflation
Federation of Labour says tiny minimum wage increase isn’t enough
No political will to fix Nova Scotia’s inadequate tenancy laws
Putting poverty back on the table in Nova Scotia
Editorial: Make the Winnipeg food bank obsolete

Groups call on Manitoba to release poverty-ending plan, bolster EIA
Manitoba groups calling for investment in social assistance rates.
CCPA: Manitoba tax changes need to target wealthy to reduce poverty.
Homeless among empty houses in Behchoko, NWT.
Unemployed in Regina need extended EI benefits.
Cost of poverty to Grande Prairie Alberta is $84.4 million.


Poverty remains our shame
Ottawa still fixing Guaranteed Income Supplement cheque boondoggle, but more work to be done
CUPE: Women and persons with disabilities being left behind on CPP expansion
Guatemalan workers swindled out of work permits now face deportation
Canadian workers are more productive than ever, so why aren’t wages rising

High income men now outliving low-income women in Canada
Link to the study
Poll indicates Canadians are concerned youth aren’t getting the support they need
Prime Minister appoints Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues
Most Canadians say Trump victory will hurt their country’s relationship with the US


More than 120,000 British children will be homeless this Christmas
Why outsourcing the welfare state will never work
Australia’s child poverty a national shame
Scotland’s poverty adviser calls for tax increases to tackle inequality
Number of homeless people in New York City reaches an all-time high

Poverty may have a greater effect on suicide rates than do unemployment or foreclosures
World Bank: Breaking the link between extreme weather and extreme poverty
Stiglitz: Global powers should act to shut down offshore tax havens, as “carriers of a dangerous disease”
Tax havens helped get likes of Donald Trump elected, experts say
Trump’s proposals won’t help the white working class, or the urban poor
Four US states vote to increase the minimum wage
When borders close
A time for refusal


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:

2. Hunger Count 2016 - November 15, 2016
(Food Banks Canada)

Hunger Count 2016
November 15, 2016
A comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in Canada and recommendations for change.
- includes links to: * complete report * Executive Summary * Results (Community Profiles: Wabush, NL - Surrey, BC - Edmonton, AB) * Our recommendations for change * Detailed national and provincial findings * Methodology

Complete report (PDF - 250K, 36 pages)

Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory, assisting more than 800,000 Canadians each month.


Related link from
Huffington Post Canada:

Canadian Food Bank Use Is On the Rise: Report
November 15, 2016
More Canadians are relying on food banks to feed themselves, a report (See Hunger Count 2016 link below) released Tuesday suggests. The report by Food Banks Canada says last March some 863,492 people turned to a food bank, a 1.3 per cent increase over March 2015 and a 28 per cent rise over 2008.
The report recommends that the bar be lowered in terms of the value of liquid assets a household is allowed to have while getting welfare, and that benefits not be reduced if welfare recipients are able to earn extra cash through work. For the longer term, [the report] calls for creation of a basic income for Canadians that would be administered through the tax system, allowing governments to "dismantle existing provincial/territorial social assistance bureaucracies.''

Related CBC coverage
- extensive collection of links to CBC coverage...

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Consumer Price Index, October 2016 - November 18
--- Elementary–Secondary Education Survey for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2014/2015 - November 18
--- Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2015 - November 16
--- 2016 Census geographic products - November 16
--- Standard Geographical Classification, 2016 - November 16
--- Study: Hidden homelessness in Canada, 2014 - November 15

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
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:

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

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

November 20, 2016

An early learning and child care framework for Canada’s children: #TogetherWeCan
16 Nov 2016 | Canada
New document from the Canadian Child Care Federation outlines what we need to know and what we can do to make sure that a high quality, affordable, accessible and inclusive child care system for is built for all Canadian families. The document highlights that at it's ITS core, this system must be evidence based and built on the real needs of families.

Divided city: Life in Canada’s child poverty capital
16 Nov 2016 | Ontario
New report: Collaboration among CAS of Toronto, Family Service Toronto, Social Planning Toronto, and Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change describes the level – and unequal distribution – of poverty and deprivation among children and families in Toronto. Key findings include that early learning participation levels of Toronto children are highly dependent on family income. Authors state that "One of the most important paths out of poverty is helping low-income families access full-time employment, which requires access to quality and affordable care arrangements for their children."

Moving forward: A clear vision for ECEC in Ontario
16 Nov 2016 | Ontario
Martha Friendly's recent presentation at the OMSSA Early Years and Child Care Forum outlines a vision for moving forward with early childhood education and care services in Ontario. The presentation includes the following: how/why a clear long-term vision is important and useful, why is this important now, a shared vision for ECEC, what are the pieces and how to put the pieces together.

European parents’ attitudes towards public childcare provision: The role of current provisions, interests and ideologies
16 Nov 2016 | Europe
Recent article considers the largely unexplored area of individuals’ attitudes and preferences concerning the role of government in the provision of childcare. The study examines how current policy provision structures, both at the individual and national levels, influence the degree to which parents in European countries support public provision of childcare. Current provision structures, and people’s assessment of it, are consistently related to parents’ support for public childcare. The results of this study provide evidence for a cycle where investment in policies may drive up support while rolling back of policies may further decrease support.

What would make a difference? Modelling policy scenarios for tackling poverty in the UK
16 Nov 2016 | Europe
New report [UK] provides a modelling framework that enables testing of a wide range of anti-poverty policy and contextual scenarios over time. In one modelling scenario it was found that "better quality, more comprehensive, flexible and affordable childcare [is the] most important route to enabling greater economic participation in the workforce by women..." This model also found that "better quality preschool experience, and after-school activities, should help to counter the early disadvantage and risk of alienation and educational failure by children from more disadvantaged backgrounds."

MORE research, policy & practice


Child care in the news

Boom time for corporate childcare in Australia
16 Nov 2016 | Australia and New Zealand

Garderies subventionnées : des propriétaires tournent le dos au système public
16 Nov 2016 | Quebec

Kids suffer most as Toronto clings to title of child poverty capital
16 Nov 2016 | Ontario

Premier Rachel Notley unveils funds for new $25/day childcare centres
16 Nov 2016 | Alberta

Proposed Westmount daycare has residents divided
16 Nov 2016 | Alberta

MORE child care in the news


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

5. 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.

- 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:

- Go to the Welfare in Canada vs the U.S. Links page:

6. 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:

3 November 2016 - CRINmail issue 1503
In this issue:
Children's rights and the SDGs
News in brief
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns


NOTE: 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.


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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