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April 23, 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.

You can find the online version of this (April 23, 2017) newsletter at this link:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news230417.htm

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2840 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

* Ontario’s rent and housing reform: 16 big changes - April 22 (Globe and Mail)
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Media & Policy News : 21 April 2017 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)
* Monthly rate increase for people on disability Assistance in BC
- February 19, 2016 (BC Government News)
* Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment - April 18 (Toronto Star)
* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada] :
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2017 - April 21
--- Employment Insurance, February 2017 - April 20
--- Job vacancies, fourth quarter 2016 - April 13
--- Study: Which Families Invest in Registered Education Savings Plans and does it Matter for Postsecondary Enrolment? - 1999 and 2012
* Study: Youth postsecondary attendance by parental income and province of residence, 2001 to 2014 - April 10
* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
* Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Ontario’s rent and housing reform: 16 big changes - April 22
(Globe and Mail)

Ontario’s rent and housing reform: 16 big changes, explained in charts:
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/toronto/ontario-housing-16-big-changes-explained-in-charts/article34757648/

Ontario to tackle soaring housing market with multipronged plan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/the-market/ontario-housing-market-tax/article34757952/
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2017

Source:
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

Media & Policy News : 21 April 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

Media & Policy News: 21 April 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?e=[UNIQID]&u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=3e6c0b3e90

Click the link above to access any article in the list below.

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Top Stories : Housing

New tax, rent controls part of Wynne’s plan to protect tenants and homebuyers
“We know we have a problem”: Ontario lays out measures to curb high rents, home prices
Ontario’s rent and housing reform: 16 big changes, explained in charts
Ontario’s 16-point plan to cool Toronto and the GGH region’s red-hot housing market
Bye bye 1991 loophole – rent control to expand to all rental units in Ontario

Tenant advocates welcome plan to curb rent increases
News Release: Making Housing More Affordable
Backgrounder: Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan
Housing is a human right, not a commodity
Why this Toronto man would rather be homeless than live in an appalling apartment

Basic Income

Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment
Toronto residents pin hopes on basic income
A guaranteed basic income? Humbug!
A short history of the poverty-busting power of basic income
Audio: April 13 Debate on Basic Income – A way forward for the left?

Trick, or new hope? Toronto activists are split on basic income pilot
The Basic Income debate
Basic Income is no silver bullet, but it may still save us
Star Editorial: Don’t make basic income an excuse for inaction
Op-Ed: Benefits of basic income will be felt by everyone
Op-Ed: Guaranteed income won’t help women
Commentary: The problem(s) with a guaranteed annual income

Social Assistance

Parents won’t have social assistance slashed if kids placed in temporary care
How Ontario traps those with disabilities in lives of poverty
City of Thunder Bay to lobby province for $1 billion increase to social assistance
Note: ISAC’s pre-budget submission: $1 billion for OW and ODSP

Employment Standards and Good Jobs

Hard at Work: Why this city employee says years of contract work led to her mental breakdown
Poll shows 70% of Torontonians support a $15 minimum wage
New motion proposes stronger protections for temp agency workers
Precarious workers need protection now
Workers Action Centre update

Child Care

Federal Liberals look to target child care funding to “vulnerable” families
Liberal budget’s child-care funding commendable, but won’t help families any time soon
City of Toronto gives homeless budget the slip
Food bank use goes up due to rising prices for housing, food, Daily Bread says
Ottawa pilots “name-blind” recruitment to reduce unconscious bias in hiring

Canada Without Poverty: Reflections on the UN’s first review of Canada under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Community Food Centres Canada are next-gen food banks

Ontario

Equal Pay Day April 10: Ontario urged to tackle gender pay gap with transparency law
5 things Ontarians can do to avoid hydro disconnection on May 1
Government release: Ontario passes legislation to put consumers first
Op-Ed: Ontario’s Liberals take a big step to the left
NDP outlines sweeping priorities in 2017 vision for Ontario’s document

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Endorse the call to stop the citizenship bill language / knowledge test amendment
Recorded webinar: ODSP and Arts Council Grants – ODSP Action Coalition
New brochure: ODSP and Arts Council Grants
April 25 – Windsor: Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation
Upcoming workshops in Toronto: Retiring on a low income

Non-Profit Tech for Good: Social and mobile media webinars
Homeless Hub newsletter
StatsCan: Employment Insurance February 2017
StatsCan: Study: Recent developments in the Canadian economy, Spring 2017
StatsCan: Consumer Price Index, March 2017
Stats Can: New housing price index, February 2017

Around the Province

Northern Ontarians suffer from poor health and access to care: Report
Chatham-Kent health board supports dental care expansion
Pickering bylaw to save low-income seniors, people with disabilities $200
Facing eviction, Burford mobile home park residents eye legal action
Windsor MP introduces private members bill on access to programs for persons with disabilities

Alberta example could help Ottawa with low-income bus pass
Niagara social assistance caseload stabilizing
Toronto seniors at high risk of ending up homeless, report finds
Toronto Community Housing units set to close despite residents’ pleas
The race is on to build affordable housing, as TCH units close
Toronto executive committee OKs shuttering of community housing units

Nine MetCap buildings in Toronto’s Parkdale organize rent strike for May 1
Toronto rental prices jump 30% in six months, other cities soar too
$2.5 billion daycare plan could serve half of Toronto’s young children

Across the Country

Saskatoon food bank faces “serious shortage in stock” as demand rises
Saskatchewan finance minister looking for school board wage cuts or layoffs
Saskatchewan cutting community-based organization funding by 10 per cent
Saskatchewan needle exchanges, Planned Parenthood at risk
Letter: Fightback against austerity in Saskatchewan is essential

Manitoba government to table austerity budget
“Isolated and alone”: The struggle of living in Nova Scotia without home internet
Economic insecurity touches BC seniors’ lives in profound ways
Number of people who are homeless in Metro Vancouver jumps 30% since 2014
Shocking homeless count needs provincial help, says mayor

BC anti-poverty activist says welfare rates need to increase
Should welfare rates be raised in BC? Parties’ election promises differ
Poverty fighter says election platforms by major BC parties deny people on welfare a life with dignity
Opinion: Child poverty in BC is outrageous and unhealthy

National

Basic Income or a reduced work week? An old labour debate
Poll shows high concern among Canadians for better policies to fight income inequality
Worth Repeating: Canada is the world’s newest tax haven
The National ViewPoint: The middle class is about policy more than people

International

Utopian thinking: Free housing should be a universal right
Hundreds of children’s playgrounds in England close due to cuts
Living standards in the UK fall for the first time since 2014
Housing crisis: more than 200,000 homes in England lie empty
How the six-hour workday actually saves organizations money
The surprising truth behind tax day: Where taxes in the US go
Supply-side economics, but for liberals

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By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://googol/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://googol/XEGZg

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):
http://googol/j3gzt

Monthly rate increase for people on disability Assistance in BC - February 19, 2016
(BC Government News)

NOTE (by Gilles): The information that follows below was just recently brought to my attention - it's an announcement regarding increased allowances for people with disabilities from the BC Government that dates back to September 2016.
FYI...

British Columbia

From the BC Government news service:

Feb. 19, 2016
FACTSHEET : Monthly rate increase for people on disability Assistance
https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2013-2017/2016SDSI0007-000258.htm
Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, all Persons with Disability (PWD) clients will receive a rate increase of up to $77 a month – providing extra support to 100,000 people in B.C. The increase provides fairness in the system and more choice for people on disability assistance.

There are currently two transportation supports available to people on disability assistance:
* A subsidized bus pass if they live in communities served by Translink and BC Transit; or
* A Special Transportation Subsidy, which is paid annually and equates to $66 a month.

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Rate Amounts for Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
and Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) Benefits
http://www.disabilityalliancebc.org/docs/hs13636102289434220594.pdf
September 23, 2016
Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has prepared this six-page (PDF) Help Sheet to show the assistance rates for PWD and PPMB benefits. Both the PWD and PPMB benefits are divided into three parts : shelter, support and supplements...

Source:
Disability Alliance BC
http://www.disabilityalliancebc.org/
The mission of Disability BC is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Disability Alliance BC 2017 Election Questions
http://blog.disabilityalliancebc.org/?p=3072

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REMINDER : A Provincial General Election is scheduled in British Columbia for Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
http://elections.bc.ca/2017-general-election/

Elections BC
A non-partisan Office of the BC Legislature
http://www3.elections.bc.ca/

Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment - April 18
(Toronto Star)

Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/04/18/ontario-embraces-no-strings-attached-basic-income-experiment.html
Province to follow trail blazed by Manitoba in the mid-1970s with plan to lift people out of poverty with unconditional monthly payments.
(...)
Proponents on both the political left and right are embracing a minimum or basic income as a way to reduce poverty, support workers faced by the challenges of automation and precarious employment and reform excessively punitive and bureaucratic welfare programs.

Source:
Toronto Star
https://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2017 - April 21

--- Employment Insurance, February 2017 - April 20
--- Job vacancies, fourth quarter 2016 - April 13
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Study: Which Families Invest in Registered Education Savings Plans and does it Matter for Postsecondary Enrolment? - 1999 and 2012
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Study: Youth postsecondary attendance by parental income and province of residence, 2001 to 2014 - April 10

* What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

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April 21, 2017
Consumer Price Index, March 2017
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170421/dq170421a-eng.htm
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.6% on a year-over-year basis in March, following a 2.0% gain in February.
Excluding food and energy, the CPI was up 1.7% year over year in March, after posting a 2.0% increase in February.

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April 20, 2017
Employment Insurance (EI), February 2017
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170420/dq170420a-eng.htm
The number of regular Employment Insurance (EI) beneficiaries fell by 11,700 (-2.1%) to 554,200 in February, similar to the level of June 2016—just before the administrative changes that took effect last July. For Information on the 2016 EI changes, click this link:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/changes-2016.html

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April 13, 2017
Job vacancies, fourth quarter 2016
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170413/dq170413b-eng.htm
Job vacancies rose 6.3% from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 375,000 in the fourth quarter, following little year-over-year change in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the job vacancy rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 2.4%.

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April 12, 2017
Study: Which Families Invest in Registered Education Savings Plans and does it Matter for Postsecondary Enrolment? - 1999 and 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170412/dq170412a-eng.htm
Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) are an important savings vehicle for many Canadian families. A new study and accompanying summary article document trends in the characteristics of RESP savers and examine the relationship between RESP savings and postsecondary enrolment.

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April 10, 2017
Study: Youth postsecondary attendance by parental income and province of residence, 2001 to 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170410/dq170410a-eng.htm

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StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/sc/blog

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

April 23, 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
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/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.

Twelve Flawed Statements of the Fraser Institute on Quebec’s Childcare Program
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/04/twelve-flawed-statements-fraser-institute-quebec%E2%80%99s-childcar
20 Apr 2017 | Canada
This short paper by Quebec economist Pierre Fortin analyzes and corrects arguments raised against Quebec's child care system as the exemplar of a universal approach. He presents data and research to counter what he calls "flawed statements" as published in a Fraser Institute report, covering 12 points including: the province's still-long waiting lists; the program's negative impact on child development; whether fathers' employment fell as mothers' rose; whether the public costs of the program have been "explosive"; and "misleading statements" about low income families' use of the program.

Ten reasons why universality is important in public services
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/04/ten-reasons-why-universality-important-public-services
19 Apr 2017 | Canada
Recent paper explores resistance to the vital principle of universality in social programs by the federal government. Authors note that this approach is at odds with their project's findings and that as broader trends toward targeting and misconceptions about the delivery of public services are advanced, it is important to provide an outline of the true meaning and importance of universality.
The fatherhood bonus and the motherhood penalty: Parenthood and the gender gap in pay 19 Apr 2017 | United States
2014 paper considers the persistence of the wage gap in America through the lens of parenthood. Through analysis of data, the author finds that for most men the fact of fatherhood results in a wage bonus; for most women motherhood results in a wage penalty. She notes that these disparities are not evenly distributed across all income and social class levels.

Who uses early childhood education and care services? Comparing socioeconomic selection across five western policy contexts
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/04/who-uses-early-childhood-education-and-care-services-compar
19 Apr 2017 | International
Recent study integrates data from five cohorts of children living in different western countries to compare participation rates and socioeconomic selection into early childhood education and care (ECEC) across different policy contexts and age groups. Authors found wide variation in ECEC participation that can be linked to policy context, and highlight key policy elements that may reduce socioeconomic disparities in ECEC use.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Advice for employers on helping working mothers who 'suffer a 3 per cent pay penalty'
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/04/advice-employers-helping-working-mothers-who-suffer-3-cent-pay-penal
19 Apr 2017 | Europe

Theresa May announces general election for 8 June
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/04/theresa-may-announces-general-election-8-june
19 Apr 2017 | Europe

Commentary: Child care isn’t just a parental issue. It’s a concern for employers, too
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/04/commentary-child-care-isn%E2%80%99t-just-parental-issue-it%E2%80%99s-concern-employe
19 Apr 2017 | United States

Report calls for 30,000 new child-care spaces in Toronto by 2026
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/04/report-calls-30000-new-child-care-spaces-toronto-2026
19 Apr 2017 | Ontario

What should American child care look like? Some say: A public good
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/04/what-should-american-child-care-look-some-say-public-good
19 Apr 2017 | United States

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network - CRIN
http://crin.org/
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.

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Latest issue of CRINMAIL:

19 April 2017 - CRINMAIL issue 1527
http://mailchi.mp/crin/the-week-in-childrens-rights-1527?e=007dcf26d9
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Violence against children
- Privacy and digital rights
- Famine and gender
- Migration and child protection
- Health and physical integrity
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:

Upcoming events
Employment
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging violations
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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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)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014 and 2015, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive II (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- 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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* Violence CRINmail

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
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.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm

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Canadian Social Research Links

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Wacky
Definitions

hebrew: the manly beer

hermit: lady's baseball glove

hierarch: what Noah needed for the giraffes

hollandaise: Dutch coma

holstein: an entire beer mug

hundred: fear of Attila

khakis: what you need to start the car in Boston

kindred: horror of relatives

ohnosecond: that minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.

pasteurize: too far to see

Polaroids: what Arctic bears get from sitting on icecaps

polygon: a missing parrot

saplings: babes in the woods

shotgun wedding: a case of wife or death

telecommunications: a bit far-fetched

toad: what happens to an illegally-parked frog

will: a dead giveaway

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Man, those martial arts are brutal --- not! (video)
http://www.wimp.com/taekwondofight/
(Safe for sensitive eyes)

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Stop motion: Organizing the bookcase (video)
http://www.wimp.com/organizingbookcase/

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The Colour Clock
http://thecolourclock.co.uk/
Nice screen-saver for clock-watchers...

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Kill some time:
http://www.jimmyr.com/
(OK, kill *lotsa* time.)

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