Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 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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The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2869 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


The 2nd Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative
May 18, 2017
School of Public Policy | University of Calgary

What can we learn if we start sharing data across projects?
In May each year, researchers from across Canada gathered in Calgary to discuss the data they were collecting to support various projects related to homelessness. We discovered that our data can and should be shared to support new, better, and more impactful analysis.

Research Blog : Second Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative
Posted July 4th, 2017
By Nick Falvo, PhD, Director of Research and Data at Calgary Homeless Foundation
On May 18, 2017, the Second Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative took place in Calgary.
All slide presentations, as well as photos from the event, are available in the event archive:

Detailed program for the 2017 event (speakers and presenters)

Data Sharing Initiative (PDF, 12 pages)

Here are 10 things to know about this year’s event:

1. For the second year in a row, there was strong representation from Canada’s federal government
2. This year’s event had strong Quebec representation.
3. Indigenous perspectives were presented.
4. Several data-sharing advocates actively participated in this year’s event.
5. Difficulties with researchers accessing federal homelessness data were raised.
6. One of the event highlights was a panel discussion on moving towards increased national integration of Homelessness Management Information Systems (HMIS).
7. Important findings were presented from Canada’s recent nationally-coordinated Point in Time Count of homeless persons.
8. One of the event highlights was a “review of the day” by Stephen Metraux
9. Several suggestions were made about a ‘way forward.’
10. This will continue to be an annual event that we expect to be held each year in (or near) Calgary.


Calgary Homeless Foundation :
University of Calgary School of Public Policy :

Book Review: Understanding spatial media - July 5, 2017
(Review by Nick Falvo, Calgary Homeless Foundation)

Book Review : Understanding spatial media
HTML version
PDF version (6 pages) :
July 5, 2017
Review by Nick Falvo
Book edited by Rob Kitchin, Tracey Lauriault and Matthew Wilson recently co-edited a book titled Understanding Spatial Media. Published by SAGE, t
This book is about technology, power, people, democracy and geography.

Here are 10 things to know about the book:
(Click the link above for more info on each of the 10 things below)

1. The book can help us make better decisions pertaining to the acquisition and use of technology and data.
2. This book matters because homelessness is inherently geographical.
3. The book is relevant to Point-in-Time (PiT) Counts of homelessness
4. Chapter 4, “Digitally Augmented Geographies,” highlights important differences in Internet accessibility globally.
5. Chapter 5, “Locative and Sousveillant Media,” discusses the use of smartphones to capture things on video…including things that weren’t intended to be captured on video.
6. Chapter 7, titled “Urban Dashboards,” discusses a topic that is very relevant to my work at the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF)
7. Several of the book’s chapters are relevant to research currently being done at CHF.
8. The book touches on many of the same issues discussed at the Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative.
9. The authors who contributed to this book represent a diverse collection of scholars.
10. This book is geared mostly to other researchers in geography and media studies.

Beyond Payday Lending - July 2017

Act to End Predatory Lending a Positive Step for Alberta Consumers (one-page PDF file)
CALGARY - May 12, 2016 – Momentum, a Calgary-based community economic development organization that has advocated extensively for payday lending reform, welcomes Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean’s announcement today of comprehensive changes to the regulatory framework that governs payday lending in Alberta.

Beyond Payday Lending
By Anna Cameron
July 6, 2017
For the past several years Momentum has partnered with residents, community agencies, financial institutions, and government to bring about payday lending reform. The result of this collaboration is exciting: in 2016, both the City of Calgary and the Government of Alberta introduced significant changes to the rules that apply to payday lenders. You can read about these changes here.

More studies etc. on the subject of and payday lending:
Momentum uses a Community Economic Development (CED) approach that offers hope and opportunity to people living in poverty. An economic approach is at the core of CED, but only works if we look at the whole picture—money, self and others. We work with all Calgarians who are ready to move out of poverty, for good.


- Go to the Alberta Links page:

Media & Policy News : 19 July, 2017
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

Media & Policy News : 19 July 2017
By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto
Note from Jennefer: Taking a holiday break – see you again on August 18!

Click the link immediately above to access any of the articles in the list below.

Top Stories

Federal Ombudsman investigating if women and kids living in shelters are getting CCB and WITB
Finance Minister Morneau proposes tax changes to close loopholes for wealthy
Feds unveil plans to stop “unfair” business tax advantages reaped by individuals
Reality check: Will closing tax loopholes for the rich really help the middle class?
Renovation of Ontario housing co-ops put on hold due to federal government demands

Feds look to shore up OAS to prevent fraud, mistakes
Extended Employment Insurance I benefits in hard-hit regions surpass budgeted expectations as program ends
Challenging the Wage Gap: Canadian women still earn less than men
Challenging the Wage Gap: How access to child care is related to the gender wage gap
Rise of income inequality in Canada “almost exclusive” to major cities: Study

Pace of Ontario’s minimum wage hike too fast: Sudbury businessman
Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce calls for changes to minimum wage bill
Travelling legislators find fear and favour in Windsor for labour law changes

Minimum Wages

Minimum wage debate reaches Windsor
North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce has its say on the minimum wage
Province’s minimum wage consultations come to Waterloo region
Kitchener businesses voice concerns about proposed minimum wage increase
Committee hears from all sides in labour debate in Kitchener

Minimum wage bump “tip of the iceberg”, MPPs told at Kitchener hearings
Overhauls of labour laws drew opposition and support at London hearings
London businesses cry foul, but higher wage adds money to local economy, says unionist
Minimum wage proposal out of touch
Why Ontario asparagus is at risk if minimum wage goes up

Ontario’s minimum wage increase may actually hurt the poor
Wynne’s minimum wage road show a sham
Sorting through objections to a $15 minimum wage
Letters to the Editor on the minimum wage hike
Government must address huge economic imbalance in Ontario

Temp agencies on the rise as province seeks to protect vulnerable workers
Ontario leaves live-in superintendents exposed
OFL and Fight for $15 and Fairness will present urgently needed changes to Bill 148 at hearings on Friday
Sears Canada to continue special monthly pension contributions
Sears Canada reaches deal with employees on health, pension benefits

This woman wanted to show what mental illness is really like, so she created a videogame
Glimmer of economic growth shows fighting poverty helps us all


Statement from Minister Jaczek and Minister Ballard on the appointment of Special Advisor for the Basic Income Pilot Research and Evaluation Advisory Committee
Covering drugs for young people isn’t the best way to fill gaps in health care
Ontario court halts quarry project over lack of consultation with First Nations
Legal Aid Ontario’s Racialized Community Strategy goes on the road to meet with communities

Government Release: Enhancing safety and quality of care for children and youth across Ontario
How Ontario’s 2018 election campaign will be different from 2014
The countdown to Ontario election 2018: The politics and policies ahead of next June’s vote
Wente: Kathleen Wynne rises from the dead

Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

Wellesley Institute: Research and Policy Update
IRPP: Baldwin and Shillington: Unfinished Business: Pension Reform in Canada
IRPP: Papillon and Rodon: Indigenous Consent and Natural Resource Extraction
Mowat Centre: Delivering Benefit: Achieving Community Benefits in Ontario

Around the Province

Why are so many of us in Toronto rejoicing in a rooming house becoming a condo?
Toronto leads the country with inaction on homelessness
Changes to Toronto’s Housing Stabilization Fund: Open Letter to the City
North York amputee has painful wait for accessible housing
Canada and Ontario provide $3 million in funding to Timmins Native Friendship Centre housing project
Loss of time-based transit transfer pilot in Toronto runs counter to city’s poverty reduction strategy
Ottawa event sheds light on mental health issues in low-income communities

Across the Country

New BC Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to move quickly to increase social assistance rates by $100 a month and institute a poverty reduction strategy
How BC’s NDP and Greens could unite to improve workers’ lives
Real-world guidance for BC’s proposed $10-a-day child care plans
Local businesses and workers impacted by BC wildfires

Central Saanich, BC adopts “living wage” policy – everyone will earn at least $20.01 per hour
Council in Castlegar, BC hears basic income pilot proposal
BC’s ex-MLAs get aid in transition to new jobs
Tough call on Manitoba rent assist
Council makes Halifax Transit low income bus pass program permanent
Changes to NWT child benefit program mean more money for families


Three Indigenous groups say they won’t meet with premiers in Edmonton
First Nations group will join premiers meeting despite boycott from others
New rules meant to make federal student grants more predictable
Something useful for the premiers to talk about: The rights’ perpetual myth making about equalization
Canada ranks third last in study of health care in 11 rich countries
Prime Minister announces Advisory Board to select next Supreme Court Justice


Minimum wages

Misconceptions: Raising the minimum wage does not automatically lead to inflation
Wetzel’s Pretzels’ CEO says minimum wage increase boosts business
UW minimum-wage study doesn’t reflect reality of work in Seattle
The unhappiness of the US working class
How the New York Times is characterizing disabled people as burdens

South Korea to boost minimum wage by 16%
Korean, Chinese and Spanish-speaking workers routinely paid below minimum wage in Australia
The new “people’s home”: How Sweden is waging war on inequality
Irish Taoiseach welcomes higher minimum wage recommendation
UK government welfare cuts blamed for 50% surge in mental health issues among unemployed
NSW government in Australia considers cashless welfare card rollout across state
Welfare recipients in some of Australia’s poorest communities slapped with fines

Basic income

A basic income really could end poverty forever, but it needs to get detailed and stop being oversold
Is guaranteed income for all the answer to joblessness and poverty?


By Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)


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- archive of all media alerts right back to April 2012


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Miscellaneous links that I (Gilles) found particularly interesting...

Predatory loans in Alberta:
[ ] has recently published two reports on predatory lending in Alberta that are also relevant across the country at this time. Here is the link in case you wish to share: (small PDF file, 2 pages)


Rise of income inequality in Canada “almost exclusive” to major cities: Study


New BC Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to move quickly to increase social assistance rates by $100 a month and institute a poverty reduction strategy


Tough call on Manitoba rent assist


Changes to NWT child benefit program mean more money for families:


Canada ranks third last in study of health care in 11 rich countries


New study blows another hole in the Fraser Institute's false claims about raising the minimum wage
January 24, 2017
Although the right-wing think tank has pulled every trick in the book trying to scare Canadians about what will happen if you raise the minimum wage, a new academic study suggests a $15 minimum wage has a "positive effect" on workers and businesses instead.

Press Progress

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Consumer Price Index, June 2017 - July 21
--- Pension plans in Canada as of January 1, 2016
--- Employment Insurance, May 2017
- July 20
--- StatCan Blog: Mapping Canada's wages - July 20

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.


July 21, 2017
Consumer Price Index, June 2017
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.0% on a year-over-year basis in June, following a 1.3% gain in May.


July 21, 2017
Pension plans in Canada
As of January 1, 2016
Membership in registered pension plans (RPPs) in Canada totalled 6,262,000 in 2015, up 4,900 members compared with 2014. Membership in public sector pension plans increased by 16,500 to 3,229,000. Meanwhile, the number of members in private sector plans fell by 11,600 to 3,032,000. The public sector accounted for 51.6% of total RPP membership in 2015.


July 20, 2017
Employment Insurance, May 2017
In May, 525,300 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, down 12,800 (-2.4%) from April. This continues a downward trend that began in late autumn 2016, reflecting the relative strength observed in the economy.


July 20, 2017
StatCan Blog: Mapping Canada's wages
There's a new item in Statistics Canada's labour statistics toolbox. This month's StatCan Blog post focuses on the agency's first release of paid wage data from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS). The data, released on June 15, are the latest addition to the agency's extensive set of labour statistics.


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

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

July 23, 2017
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

After 30 years... How is child care in Canada doing and where to next?
19 Jul 2017 | Canada
The Canadian Child Care Federation's summer edition of Interaction features five lively and timely discussions between leaders in the ECEC sector as well as a retrospective piece from Martha Friendly in a reflective letter to her former self.

Reconciliation of work and private life: A comparative review of thirty European countries
19 Jul 2017 | Europe
This report by the European Commission compares 30 states in the European Union to evaluate their social policies which aim to reconcile work and family duties. Authors compare participation in the workforce, fertility, provisions for childcare, family leave, financial aid, and employer flexibility.

Study of early education and development (SEED): Impact study on early education use and child outcomes up to age three
19 Jul 2017 | Europe
A new report explores the provision of 15 hours of ECEC to disadvantaged groups of 2 year-olds and its potential impact on cognitive and socio-emotional development across various child care settings.

Parentdex: A report on the attitudes of parents towards childcare
19 Jul 2017 | Europe
In the second edition of Parentdex, UK parents were polled about their attitudes towards childcare, revealing trends such as concern for: rising and unaffordable costs; lack of public funding to improve quality; and difficulty finding a registered childcare provider locally.

International review of leave policies and related research 2017
12 Jul 2017 | International
New 2017 report defines leave policies and provides cross-country comparisons. The report includes 42 country notes and recent publications and current research projects.

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news
Use the keyword search below for searching child care in the news in the online documents database.

Province’s child care affordability study to be led by U of T prof
20 Jul 2017 | Ontario

Paid family leave is a work incentive
19 Jul 2017 | United States

The truth about how much childcare costs differ around the world
19 Jul 2017 | International

Nova Scotia pre-primary program may further disadvantage students with autism: advocates
19 Jul 2017 | Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia to offer free pre-primary care at 43 locations
19 Jul 2017 | Nova Scotia

MORE child care in the news

[United States] Five Facts About the Senate Health Debate - July 2017
(Center for Budget and Policy Priorities)

United States

Five Facts About the Senate Health Debate
July 21, 2017
As Senate Republicans continue to pursue a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), five points are central to the debate:
[NOTE : Click the link above to access more info on each of the five items below

1) The latest Senate bill has the same core flaws as the previous versions that a number of Senate Republicans have said they can’t support.
2) The Senate health bill can’t be fixed. No senator should fall for claims that it has been.
3) The bill’s proponents are making false claims about its impact.
4) The Administration is using biased analysis to hide the bill’s impact.
5) Further Changes Are Likely, But Can’t Undo the Harm.

Related links:

Latest CBO Analysis Shows Senate Bill Can’t Be Fixed
July 21, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the revised Senate health bill shows that the latest changes to it don’t address any of its major flaws. The bill still causes 22 million people to lose coverage, still massively cuts federal Medicaid funding (by $756 billion), still slashes subsidies for individual market consumers (by $427 billion), and still weakens crucial protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

House Budget Cuts, Restructures Medicare
July 21, 2017
The 2018 budget resolution that the House Budget Committee approved this week would end Medicare’s guarantee of health coverage by converting the program to a premium support system. Overall, it would cut Medicare spending by $487 billion over the 2018-27 period, largely by shifting more health care costs to beneficiaries. President Trump’s budget, by contrast, would spare Medicare from cuts.

$200 Billion More Won’t Fix Unfixable Senate Health Bill
July 20, 2017
While $200 billion seems like a lot of money, it’s only 17 percent of the bill’s $1.2 trillion in cuts.
In a last-ditch effort to save their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senate leaders are reportedly offering $200 billion to win the votes of senators from states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities


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