Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 21, 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.

You can find the online version of this (February 21) newsletter at this link:

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,825 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. [Ontario] A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income (Open Policy - John Stapleton) - February 2016
2. New Brunswick : Fight for $15 + Justice // Lutter pour 15 $ et justice
3. British Columbia Budget 2016 - February 16
4. TO Prosperity : City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy
5. Five qualities a federal anti-poverty plan must include (Joe Gunn, Citizens for Public Justice) - January 11
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Consumer Price Index, January 2016 - February 18
--- Employment Insurance, December 2015 - February 18
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
9. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. [Ontario] A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income - February 2016
(Open Policy - John Stapleton)

from Open Policy (John Stapleton):

A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income (PDF - 453KB, 5 pages)
By John Stapleton
February 7, 2016
- includes links to four related articles.
The idea of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) or a basic income (BI) has been around for decades if not centuries. But recently, these ideas have become popular again. In this essay, former Ontario government policy analyst John Stapleton explains some of the differences between GAI and BI by comparing the application of the following four basic rules in the context of GAI and BI:
Rule 1: A GAI or a BI is for everyone.
Rule 2: Canadians must all live free of income poverty as assessed by poverty lines.
Rule 3: Income must be guaranteed to the one in seven Canadians who are now poor.
Rule 4: A GAI differs from a BI in terms of what happens to the income security and tax systems in Canada.
And here's the "Devil in the details" :
* GAI proponents generally wish to change the income security system that we have now and put the money we now spend to the purpose of creating a GAI.
* Basic Income proponents have a propensity to allow the working parts of the current income security system to be left alone and use the income tax system or a new program to bring everyone up to the poverty line or to a level somewhat higher than that.


A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income – part 2:
A Valentine’s Day gift for benefit designers – a tale of two GAI’s
By John Stapleton
February 14, 2016
...wherein John compares the relative well-being of two real people, both seniors, who already benefit from guaranteed annual incomes. One is comfortable and the other is poor. The first is John's father, who served in WWII, and who receives Old Age Security (OAS), Canada Pension (CPP) and a nice stipend from Veterans’ Affairs Canada. The second person is Linda Chamberlain, a Toronto woman on whose behalf John has been advocating for a number of years.


A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income – part 3:
What to do with our emotionally charged income security system


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

2. New Brunswick : Fight for $15 + Justice // Lutter pour 15 $ et justice

NOTA : La version française suit l'anglais ci-dessous.

Low Income Workers Speak Out! (PDF - 12 pages)
February 2016,%202016.pdf

News Release



Des travailleuses et travailleurs à petit salaire racontent leur histoire (PDF - 14 pages)
Le 19 février 2016
Le Front commun a recueilli les histoires d'un certain nombre de travailleurs à petit salaire.

Communiqué de presse


- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:

3. British Columbia Budget 2016
February 16, 2016

From the
Government of British Columbia:
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Balanced Budget 2016
British Columbia’s continued fiscal discipline and steady economic growth are providing the means for new and increased funding for services, helping families with the cost of living, and taking new steps to help promote home ownership, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

Budget Highlights (small PDF file, 8 pages)

News Release (small PDF file, 3 pages)

Budget backgrounders (small PDF files):
--- New Measures Aim to Improve Housing Affordability

--- B.C. Families Will See Savings with New MSP Premium Rate Structure

--- Fiscal Plan 2016-17 – 2018-19

Budget documents:
Everything from the budget speech to backgrounders, Ministry service plans, fiscal plans and more...


Related links:

B.C. announces funding boost for children in government care
The Globe and Mail
February 16, 2016


BC Best Province for Low Taxes? Uh, Not for Poor Families
Despite finance minister claim, low-earners with kids better off in Alberta or Quebec.
By Andrew MacLeod, 18 Feb 2016


Christy Clark's Inequality Budget
Unfairness grows in BC's tax system, with families paying more and businesses less.
By Paul Willcocks
16 Feb 2016
There is a pervasive myth that growing inequality is the inevitable result of some economic force, as immutable as gravity. In reality, inequality is growing in large part as a result of government policy. When a government decides to rely less on progressive taxes to raise money it increases inequality
(...) What British Columbians really need is a commission on tax fairness to look broadly at the way taxes are collected, who is paying and how we can build a more equitable, transparent and sustainable system to raise the revenue government needs.


Highlights of British Columbia Budget 2016-2017 (small PDF file, 3 pages)
Budget highlights include:
--- Creation of the BC Prosperity Fund
--- Changes to MSP Premiums
--- Improving Housing Affordability
--- Affordable Housing Initiatives
--- Home Ownership Data Collection
--- Investing in BC’s Future Workforce
--- Infrastructure Spending
--- BC Economy Initiatives
--- Taxation Policy

4. TO Prosperity : City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

From the
City of Toronto:
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TO Prosperity : Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

Unanimously approved by City Council on November 3, 2015, TO Prosperity draws on the experiences and ideas of hundreds of Toronto residents from all parts of the city, and sets a bold vision to build a city with opportunities for all.

Poverty in Toronto
The Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy aims to address three worrying socioeconomic trends:
1. Work isn’t working
More education isn't helping
Incomes aren’t meeting basic needs.

Community Engagement
TO Prosperity is grounded on a broad and exclusive community engagement process.

Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy
Learn about the vision, objectives, and recommendations in Toronto's first poverty reduction strategy.
Click this link to access the complete 64-page reduction strategy.

TIP : The last section of the strategy ("References") contains over a dozen related links.
Click the link immediately above to access all of the content below

Table of contents:

Poverty in Toronto
Vision & Objectives
Housing Stability
Service Access
Transit Equity
Food Access
Quality Jobs & Livable Incomes
Systemic Change
Moving to Action: The Implementation of TO Prosperity
Letter from Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell
Appendix A: Indicators
Appendix B: 2015–2018 Term Action Plan
References <=== includes over a dozen related links

Documents and Reports
Seven key Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy documents and reports, including briefing notes and work plans.


- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

5. Five qualities a federal anti-poverty plan must include - January 11, 2016
(Joe Gunn, Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice)

Five qualities a federal anti-poverty plan must include
January 11, 2016
By Joe Gunn
Here are the top five qualities of any solid national strategy:
5. Funded

Joe Gunn is Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice [ ]
Dignity for All [ ] is a multi-year, multi-partner, non-partisan campaign with a vision to create a poverty-free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada


- Go to the National/Federal and International Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

6. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Consumer Price Index, January 2016 -
February 18
--- Employment Insurance, December 2015 - February 18

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:


February 18, 2016
Consumer Price Index, January 2016
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.0% in the 12 months to January, after increasing 1.6% in December..

February 18, 2016
Employment Insurance, December 2015
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits totalled 539,800 in December, little changed (-0.5%) from the previous month.

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:

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

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

February 21, 2016
What's new online this week:

Ambitions: Child care in Canada because it's 2016!
17 Feb 2016 | Canada
Recent independent blog post from Conni Cartlidge, an educator from rural Manitoba, calls on federal leaders to create a child care framework that ensures quality care for all children and that supports the shared needs of all Canadian families while respecting their differences.

Do increased availability and reduced cost of early childhood care and education narrow social inequality gaps in utilization? Evidence from Norway
17 Feb 2016 | International
Recent study from Norway tests whether increased availability and affordability of child care over time due to policy change reduces the gap between high and low socioeconomic status families in utilizing center-based care compared to other care arrangements. Using a large sample the authors found that while families with higher parental education and income-to-needs ratios were more likely to enroll their children in center-based care, progressive universal child care policies succeeded in reducing the utilization gap between the most and least educated families across time.

Modern families index
2016 17 Feb 2016 | Europe
New index provides a snapshot of family life in the UK today. It considers how successfully parents feel they are combining family and work life. Key findings include that more parents are working full-time, women remain more likely than men to consider the challenges of childcare arrangements before taking a new job and traditional gender roles still persist in many homes.

Putting an end to child & family homelessness in Canada
17 Feb 2016 | Canada
New culminating report of a three year examination of homelessness affecting children and their families across Canada has been released. The authors find that families are one of the highest risk groups for homelessness in Canada given extreme levels of poverty, food insecurity and housing unaffordability. Child care is identified as a key pillar in ending child and family homelessness. A number of recommendations are also provided for communities, service providers and governments at all levels.

Literature review: Indigenous early childhood education, school readiness & transition programs to primary school
17 Feb 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
This recent review of Australian literature provides an overview of the factors that ensure an effective transition for Aboriginal children from Indigenous child-rearing environments to early childhood education programs. Moving away from a 'deficit' perspective and using a more strengths-based approach, the authors hope to inform future directions for the development of culturally-safe transition programs for Indigenous children commencing primary school.

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

Toronto ‘desperately’ needs more affordable daycare spaces, councillor says
17 Feb 2016 | Ontario

Exclusive: Family homelessness on the rise
17 Feb 2016 | Ontario

Uber, for babies?
17 Feb 2016 | Canada

How to get dads to take parental leave? Seeing other dads do it
17 Feb 2016 | United States

There is more wrong with Irish childcare than the cost
17 Feb 2016 | Europe

MORE child care in the news


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

8. 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.


Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ ] and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page.
2. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


- 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:

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.


Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

[ No issue of CRINmail for February 17. ]

10 February 2016 - CRINmail issue 1466
In this issue:
Final call for users to re-subscribe to CRINmail
Latest news and reports
- Health, survival and gender
- First payment, then rights
- Access to justice & child protection
- Sexual and genetic discrimination
- Calls for submissions
Access to justice for children in Israel
Upcoming events

Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns
- Guides


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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