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January 22, 2017

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.

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The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2865 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


Canadian content

1. Long Overdue : Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan - January 11 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
2. Steps to Justice - Your guide to law in Ontario
3. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 (17-20 January 2017, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland)
4. Media & Policy News for 20 January 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

International content

6. U.S. Health Insurance Coverage : Poor, chronically sick, unemployed most likely to lose coverage if ACA repealed, study finds
7. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links


1. Long Overdue : Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan - January 11
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Long Overdue:
Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan
By Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova and Andrew Leyland
January 11, 2017
BC is Canada’s only province without a poverty reduction plan. This report examines the most recent statistics on poverty and its associated hardships in BC, and demonstrates that strong policies are urgently needed to dramatically reduce and ultimately eliminate poverty in our province.

Complete report (PDF - 1.7MB, 44 pages)

Report Summary (PDF - 740KB, 4 pages)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


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

- Go to the BC Government Links page:

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (A-C) page:

2. Steps to Justice - Your guide to law in Ontario

Steps to Justice
"Your guide to law in Ontario"
Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law.

Steps to Justice is led by Community Legal Education Ontario [ ] as part of a unique collaboration of Ontario's leading justice sector organizations. CLEO produces clear, accurate and practical legal information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights.

Legal topics comprise the following:
* Abuse and Family Violence * Consumer Law * Criminal Law * Employment and Work * Family Law * Housing Law * Human Rights *
Social Assistance


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

3. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017
17-20 January 2017 (Davos-Klosters, Switzerland)

World Economic Forum

Rich man, poor man: A closer look at Oxfam's inequality figures
Canadian statistics show we're getting richer, but that doesn't mean the income gap isn't growing
By Susan Noakes
January 16, 2017
A combination of static disposable incomes and rising costs has created a feeling among many middle-class Canadians that they are falling behind. Reports point out the declining quality of our jobs and that the top CEOs earn 193 times what the average worker earns. 2 richest Canadians have more money than 11 million combined. Oxfam tells us the wealth of two Canadian billionaires equals that of the 11 million least-wealthy Canadians, reinforcing the impression of vast inequality.
The group of organizations, under the banner group Oxfam International, published its report "An Economy for the 99%" ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

An Economy for the 99% - Complete report
(in English / French / Spanish / Portuguese) PLUS summary and methodological notes:

CBC News

OXFAM International : The power of people against poverty

Sample content:

Most-read stories from Davos 2017 – Trump, Shakira, Jack Ma and more

Economic Growth and Social Inclusion:
Davos leaders agree: share more wealth, or face the consequences


- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:

4. Media & Policy News for 20 January 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media & Policy News: 20 January 2017

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

Top Stories

New book aims to teach children about painful history of residential schools
Two Canadian billionaires are as rich as nearly 1/3 of Canada: Oxfam
Oh, Canadian Business clears the record – it’s FIVE Canadian businessmen, not two
Globe and Mail coverage
Rich man, poor man: A closer look at Oxfam’s inequality statistics
Top eight richest men worth more than half of the world’s population
Here is the Oxfam report: “An economy for the 99%”
Forbes Magazine: Extreme wealth does not cause extreme poverty
Trudeau makes a welcome promise on tax
Star editorial: Tackling inequality begins with cracking down on tax havens
Federal Disability Tax Credit not extended to those with mental illness
Only half of Canadians with disabilities have a full- or part-time job: CIBC poll
How Ontario’s welfare system fails those in need
Kitchener basic income consultation: A guaranteed basic income could be coming to Ontario resident
Kitchener consultation: Region won’t request pilot until criteria outlined
Kitchener consultation: Basic Guaranteed Income Project holds consultation in Kitchener
Oshawa consultation: Ontario floats basic income as a solution to persistent poverty
Basic income talks held in Oshawa
Smiths Falls split on basic income project
Cobourg consultation shows support for basic guaranteed income
Pembroke wants in on basic income pilot project
D’Amato: Minimum income plan could be Ontario Liberals last hope
Finland’s Universal Basic Income pilot – a bait and switch, cautionary tale for proponents on the left
Premier pledges more relief on hydro bills
Campaigners push Liberals for $15 minimum wage in Ontario
Ontario eyes stronger protections for workers who get sick on the job
Himelfarb and Romanow: We can end homelessness in Canada


ISAC’s second pre-budget submission – Investments needed in employment standards enforcement
OFL: Budget should commit to building Ontarians up
Applications for hydro subsidy below expectations
Natural gas-fired hydro plant and its 11 lost jobs mourned as first victims of Ontario’s cap and trade program
Attorney General orders probe of Legal Aid Ontario
Drug users say supervised injection sites address ills of substance abuse
Parents, early-childhood educators in Ottawa offer province suggestions to improve daycare
Pain expert says Ontario opioid strategy demonizes people
Government release: New projects with Indigenous partners to tackle poverty across Ontario
Government release: Ontario supporting 93 community projects across the province
Government release: Ontario making college and university more affordable for adult learners

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Steps to Justice: A new, first-of-its-kind website gives Ontarians step-by-step, comprehensive and reliable information about their legal problems (incl. a link to the press release)
Watch the promotional video here
Wellesley Institute: Supportive Housing in Ontario: Estimating the need
Launching the Canadian version of the Homelessness Vulnerability Assessment Tool Manual

Stats Can: Employment Insurance, November 2016
Smiles 4 Canada program offers free orthodontist services to kids under 14
Here’s a link to the program website
CCPA-BC: Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan:

Around the Province

Kenora Chiefs Advisory gets $13 million in funding for life skills program
Government release: Local Poverty Reduction Fund investment in skills development in Kenora
New pilot project helps people who are homeless in Ottawa overcome the barrier of lost ID
Hamilton launches new strategy to improve supports for urban Indigenous people
Chatham-Kent average household incomes sixth lowest in Ontario
Chatham-Kent health board backs recommendation for subsidized dental care
Sudbury businesses question if labour law changes are necessary
Ontario’s Labour Minister in Sudbury to tout changes to better protect mining workers
OCAP: Toronto Community Housing is boarding up homes as shelters are bursting at the seams
Budget cuts will widen health gaps in Toronto: Wellesley Institute
TDSB should be ashamed of how it balances budget: Keenan

Across the Country

Disability payments should be boosted in next BC budget, advocates and experts say
B.C. needs an official poverty reduction plan, critics say
BC organizations calling for minimum wage of $15
UNICEF Canada CEO speaks in Vancouver about high child poverty weeks before provincial budget
More people unemployed in Saskatchewan, Stats Can says
Latest Employment Insurance numbers show continued tough trend in Alberta
Quebec’s minimum wage will rise to $11.25 on May 1
Brother of a man who was homeless in Montreal left with tangle of confusion after his violent death
Special Diet payments part of Nova Scotia department’s program review, says minister
New Brunswick’s minimum wage to be tied to inflation starting in 2018:


Trudeau confronted by emotional Ontario woman upset over cost of hydro bill
Woman who blasted Trudeau gets online threats
Trudeau gets an earful from veteran, chiefs, disabled participant in London, ON
Advocates call to stop exploitation of newcomer migrant workers
Feds explore creation of a new housing benefit
Why Canadians can’t stop borrowing: Stagnating incomes
Federal government fails on First Nations child health delivery, says advocate
Common Frontiers: The Canadian government should replace NAFTA or scrap it
Internal document raises possibility of “Netflix tax”
Bank of Canada to keep interest rate unchanged in 2017


More than half of Americans reportedly have less than $1000 to their name
Press release: Does Betsy Devos understand impact of poverty and trauma on children’s learning?
Massachusetts legislature to consider five anti-poverty bills
Opinion: Why 21 states are wrong about minimum wage hike
Montana committee kills minimum wage increase
Missouri Supreme Court orders Kansas City to put higher minimum wage on the ballot
San Diego Minimum-wage increase imposed by will of voters
Expanded tax credit would keep more working Americans from poverty
Japan’s rising child poverty exposes true cost of two decades of economic decline
Japanese city officials sorry for offensive welfare team jackets
Disabled and cold: Sandra is penalised in the UK for being poor. Fuel poverty is harsh
Overwhelmed UK care worker makes emotional please for more than minimum wage
Future of Australia’s cashless welfare card remains uncertain after trial
Opinion: Universal basic income is our best weapon against the rising far right
Slow world growth foiling UN plan to end poverty
World is more than 450 years off target from meeting child poverty promise


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:

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

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new online this week:
January 15, 2017

Public funding, private delivery: States, markets, and early childhood education and care in liberal welfare states – A comparison of Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand
11 Jan 2017 | International
2012 article considers the social investment experiences in Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand that suggest governments often make choices about ?nancing and delivery of early childhood education and care services that do not match their human capital development goals. The authors find that human capital bene?ts have not developed "because of the kinds of investments that are being made - particularly government reliance on private providers without strong regulatory regimes capable of ensuring high quality services."

Expenditures on children by families 2015
11 Jan 2017 | United States
New report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides estimates of expenditures on children from birth through age 17. This report presents the most recent estimates for married couple and single-parent families and uses the Consumer Expenditure Survey to calculate annual child-rearing expenses. Findings include that expenses vary considerably by household income level, region, and composition. Authors note that these results can support the development of child support and foster care guidelines, as well as public health and family-centered educational programs.

Early moments matter
11 Jan 2017 | International
UNICEF has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences. The campaign provides digital and print resources for parents and caregivers in order to encourage them to provide their children with the best possible start in life. This campaign is part of UNICEF’s broader program on early childhood development.

State(s) of Head Start
11 Jan 2017 | United States
Recent report from The National Institute for Early Education Research provides a detailed description and analysis of Head Start enrollment, funding, quality, and duration, state-by-state. The report focuses on the 2014-2015 program year but also provides longitudinal data beginning with the 2006-2007 program year. The report reveals that access to Head Start programs, funding per child, teacher education, quality of teaching, and duration of services all vary widely by state underscoring the need for greater coordination between Head Start and state and local government agencies to build high-quality early learning programs.

How do educators and perceptions of role and policies influence healthy eating-active living environments for preschool children in child care
11 Jan 2017 | Alberta
Recent masters thesis from the University of Alberta considers preschool children and the role that early childhood educators play in shaping the healthy lifestyle habits of these children. A case study design was used to understand the influence child care educators have in promoting healthy eating and physical activity to preschool children in child care centres, including their knowledge of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth (ANGCY). Findings indicated not all child care educators were aware of the ANGCY yet most understood the importance of role modeling behaviours and the promotion of a healthy environment for the children in their care.

MORE research, policy & practice


Child care in the news:

Toronto urged to add more child care subsidies
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

How to really help Manitoba families: Build a universal child-care system
11 Jan 2017 | Manitoba

Daycare crunch: Toronto looks to province to boost subsidized child-care
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

Toronto's new budget won't ease its 'childcare crisis,' councillor warns
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

Toronto proposes ending daycare occupancy grant
11 Jan 2017 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news

6. U.S. Health Insurance Coverage : Poor, chronically sick, unemployed most likely to lose coverage if ACA repealed, study finds - January 20
(ABC News)

U.S. Health Insurance Coverage:
Poor, chronically sick, unemployed most likely to lose coverage if ACA repealed, study finds
By Gillian Mohney and Dr. Darien Sutton-Ramsey
January 20, 2017
With Republican lawmakers promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act under the new administration, researchers have been working to understand how people who gained coverage after the ACA’s passage will be affected. Those most at risk for losing coverage are more likely to be poor, have a chronic illness or be unemployed, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association…

ABC News


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:

Opinion: Universal basic income is our best weapon against the rising far right
Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.
January 6, 2017
By Guy Standing


Slow world growth foiling UN plan to end poverty:
January 17, 2017


World is more than 450 years off target from meeting child poverty promise
January 15, 2017

What's new from the 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:

18 January 2017 - CRINmail issue 1514
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Freedom of religion
- Civil and political rights
- Health and physical integrity
- Sexual violence
- Food security and malnutrition
Case study: Juvenile life sentences breached human rights standards
Upcoming events
EmploymentWorld news
Challenging breaches
Take action


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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


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