Canadian Social Research Newsletter
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.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
* Ontarios rent and housing reform: 16 big changes
- April 22 (Globe and Mail)
* 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
rent and housing reform: 16 big changes -
Ontarios rent and housing reform:
16 big changes, explained in charts:
Ontario to tackle soaring housing market
with multipronged plan
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2017
Globe and Mail
- Go to the Ontario Government Links
& Policy News : 21 April 2017
Media & Policy News: 21 April 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)
Click the link above to access any article in the list below.
Top Stories : Housing
New tax, rent controls part of Wynnes
plan to protect tenants and homebuyers
We know we have a problem: Ontario lays out measures to curb high rents, home prices
Ontarios rent and housing reform: 16 big changes, explained in charts
Ontarios 16-point plan to cool Toronto and the GGH regions 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
News Release: Making Housing More Affordable
Backgrounder: Ontarios 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
Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic
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: Dont make basic income an excuse for inaction
Op-Ed: Benefits of basic income will be felt by everyone
Op-Ed: Guaranteed income wont help women
Commentary: The problem(s) with a guaranteed annual income
Parents wont 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: ISACs 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
Federal Liberals look to target child care
funding to vulnerable families
Liberal budgets child-care funding commendable, but wont 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
UNs first review of Canada under the Convention on the Rights of Persons
Community Food Centres Canada are next-gen food banks
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: Ontarios Liberals take a big step to the left
NDP outlines sweeping priorities in 2017 vision for Ontarios 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
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
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 Torontos 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 Torontos 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
Basic Income or a reduced work week? An old
Poll shows high concern among Canadians for better policies to fight income inequality
Worth Repeating: Canada is the worlds newest tax haven
The National ViewPoint: The middle class is about policy more than people
Utopian thinking: Free housing should be a
Hundreds of childrens 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
By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
Check the ISAC Media and Policy News
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)
Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)
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receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and
other OW / ODSP -related information):
rate increase for people on disability Assistance
in BC - February 19, 2016
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.
From the BC Government news service:
Feb. 19, 2016
FACTSHEET : Monthly rate increase for people on disability Assistance
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.
Rate Amounts for Persons with Disabilities
and Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) Benefits
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...
Disability Alliance BC
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
REMINDER : A Provincial General Election
is scheduled in British Columbia for Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
A non-partisan Office of the BC Legislature
embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment
- April 18
Ontario embraces no-strings-attached
basic income experiment
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.
- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income
What's New in The Daily
* What's New in The Daily [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.
April 21, 2017
Consumer Price Index, March 2017
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.
April 20, 2017
Employment Insurance (EI), February 2017
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 2016just before the administrative changes that took effect last July. For Information on the 2016 EI changes, click this link:
April 13, 2017
Job vacancies, fourth quarter 2016
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%.
April 12, 2017
Study: Which Families Invest in Registered Education Savings Plans and does it Matter for Postsecondary Enrolment? - 1999 and 2012
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.
April 10, 2017
Study: Youth postsecondary attendance by parental income and province of residence, 2001 to 2014
What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
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
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 Quebecs Childcare Program
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
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
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
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'
19 Apr 2017 | Europe
Theresa May announces general election
for 8 June
19 Apr 2017 | Europe
Commentary: Child care isnt
just a parental issue. Its a concern for employers, too
19 Apr 2017 | United States
Report calls for 30,000 new child-care
spaces in Toronto by 2026
19 Apr 2017 | Ontario
What should American child care look
like? Some say: A public good
19 Apr 2017 | United States
MORE child care in the news
Child Rights Information Network - CRIN
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