Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 24, 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.

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 2,837 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. Media & Policy News for 22 April 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Minister Morneau Tables a Motion to Support the Middle Class and Help Grow the Economy (Finance Canada) - April 18
3. Behold --- The TrudeauMetre!
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2016 - April 22
--- Employment Insurance, February 2016 - April 21
--- Your community in stats - April 20
--- Legal aid in Canada, 2014/2015 - April 20
5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
7. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Media & Policy News for 22 April 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 22 April 2016

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

Top Stories

Health Quality Ontario report links income inequality to inequities in health risks, care, and outcomes
Poor people more likely to have shorter lifespans (incl. report)
[By Gilles : Reminds me of the old axiom : "It's better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick."]
Federal government moves to introduce new Canada Child Benefit (NOTE : Scroll down past the red bar below for links to more info on the new child benefit)
Department of Finance press release
A primer on federal child benefits
Problems with Disability Tax Credit yet to be fixed; Delay hurting people with disabilities

April 19 was Equal Pay Day in Ontario:
(NOTE : Scroll down past the red bar below for links to more info on the new gender wage gap strategy)

--- CCPA report (incl. link to the report) shows the pay gap ladder between men and women gets steeper as incomes rise
--- Pay Equity Commission / Brock University report shows retail workers are particularly hard hit (incl. a link to the report)
--- Star Editorial: Close the wage gap between men and women
--- Tackling the gender pay gap
--- Summary report: Ontario receives public input on Gender Wage Gap Strategy
--- The fight for $15 and fairness: Activists say US successes can be replicated in Ontario
--- Windsor labour and poverty groups campaign in support of $15 minimum wage
--- Why employers are getting away with breaking Canada’s labour laws (with focus on Ontario)
--- Court rules doctor’s claim she was fired for not giving a WSIB-friendly medical opinion can proceed

Panama Papers / tax fairness / miscellaneous:

CRA execs treated to soirees amid KPMG probe
Opposition says Liberals trying to shield revenue minister from KPMG questions
Tax industry has spent five years hosting parties and receptions with CRA staff
CRA struggling to collect taxes; total uncollected debt soars to $38 billion
Panama Papers outrage can make fair taxes possible
Canada’s Health Minister “indicates pharmacare is not part of her mandate” and costs are too high
Council of Canadians: Liberals veto pharmacare as more Canadians can’t fill prescriptions
Alberta Federation of Labour says Trans-Pacific Partnership will undermine Canada’s labour market
New CCPA report: Migrant Workers and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Public interest groups propose internet access fund for low-income Canadians and those in remote areas

From the hearings: Canadians bring affordability challenge into focus for CRTC commissioners
Bell says CRTC should stay out of issues of affordability
Evolving technology and less standard work is driving the guaranteed income discussion
(Ed. note: the level of basic income discussed in this article is less than current basic Ontario welfare)
UNICEF head says Canada must do better on caring for its children


Plan to change provincial rental rules prompts fear from advocates of increase in evictions
Ontario pledges $43 million in retrofits for Toronto social housing buildings (Press release)
Ontario’s centralized Consultations Directory – find out what they’re consulting on and how to get involved
Ontario’s public engagement strategy
Opposition parties slam government for corporate welfare

Events, Campaigns, Reports and Other Good Things

From Praxis Makes Perfect: Resources for Organizers
Hill Times / Power & Influence: Top 100 most powerful and influential in politics in 2016
Report coming Monday from legal clinic on exploitation of Chinese workers in GTA restaurants

Around the Province

Niagara’s new Living Wage set at $17.47, far higher than the minimum wageHere’s the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network’s living wage report
Poverty advocates eye Living Wage
Cambridge becomes Ontario’s first municipality to pledge to become a Living Wage Employer
London Council Committee sends Advisory Panel on Poverty’s report and recommendations to Council
Mental health issues affect 1 in 2 Toronto and Hamilton workers
Hamilton mayor wants to spend $50 million on poverty reduction, $20 million on housing; develop 10-year plan to align services
Barrie’s jobless rate sees largest month-over-month increase since October
Sarnia mayor challenges east coast cities to hire people with disabilities
Ottawa girding for “month 13” in Syrian refugee settlement, when provincial social services become the social safety net

Across the Country

Anti-poverty advocates hopeful about PC win in Manitoba
But PC victory could signal bad news for CPP expansion
Taking cue from Ontario, New Brunswick moving to bursaries that ensure tuition is covered for low- and mid-income students
NB student leader says this is likely the start of a trend
Students in Nova Scotia think their government should do the same
NB’s “free tuition” policy change leaves unanswered questions
Critics say free tuition for low-income students “squeezes the middle class”
Nova Scotia Minister of Community Services says her department should give short-term aid to working people
Newfoundland budget is bad news for those already living in poverty
Mayor wants council to “stand up for vulnerable Edmontonians and do what’s right” on housing policy
BC advocates decry lack of poverty reduction plan
BC Disability Caucus calls for end to clawbacks of other income supports from provincial disability benefits
Column: Stop the clawbacks for people on disability benefits
“I can’t afford a bus”: Clawback of disability benefits sparks protest
BC woman loses kids then loses housing, due to welfare rules, making getting kids back even harder
Dryden creates Aboriginal Homeward Bound program to provide more affordable housing
Child poverty in Cape Breton can be eradicated
Alberta teachers are meeting this week to look into ways of tackling child poverty
University of Ottawa students design sustainable farming project to help tackle food security issues in Nunavut

National Report: Indigenous children make up nearly half of Canadian children in foster care
Should other provinces join the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan?
Liberals reaffirm pledge to slash wait times at EI call centres
Unemployment benefits up in February, lifted by Alberta and Saskatchewan
Great American Insurance announces supplemental coverage to EI benefits in BC
Fathers may soon get their own parental leave
Canada is mistreating migrant workers; Rex Murphy should direct some outrage here


Researchers examine the “wealth effect” of investing in infrastructure in poorer urban areas
One in 7 people in Ireland are living in poverty
UK’s George Osborne calls for global blacklist of tax havens after Panama Papers
UK fines working poor who claim Universal Credit under “in-work conditionality” program
The number of seniors in the US workforce has tripled since the 1970s
The stress of systemic poverty is killing racial minorities in the US
Bringing solar power and jobs to low-income US neighbourhoods
The countless ways poverty impacts on people’s health
25% of Greek children live in poverty: UNICEF
Indigenous peoples around the world are disproportionately poor: UNICEF
Global finance ministers, including Canada’s Morneau, warn of consequences for not adopting new tax evasion rules
Piketty: Act now on Panama Papers, don’t wait for another crisis, and don’t ask politely

Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:

2. Minister Morneau Tables a Motion to Support the Middle Class and Help Grow the Economy - April 18
(Finance Canada)

Minister Morneau Tables a Motion to Support the Middle Class and Help Grow the Economy
April 18, 2016
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau today tabled in the House of Commons a Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement the new Canada Child Benefit and certain tax measures announced or confirmed in Budget 2016, Growing the Middle Class [ ]. The Ways and Means Motion is a significant step forward for the Government’s plan to build an economy that works for Canadians and their families and offer immediate help to those who need it most. As an immediate first step, the Ways and Means Motion will introduce the Canada Child Benefit. The Canada Child Benefit will be simple, tax-free, generous, and targeted to those who need it most. It will put more money in the pockets of nine out of ten Canadian families, representing the most significant social policy innovation in a generation.

Related links:

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement certain provisions of the budget
tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures and Explanatory Notes
April 2016

Explanatory Notes Relating to the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act, Excise Act, 2001,
Universal Child Care Benefit Act, Children's Special Allowances Act and Related Legislation
- (PDF - 706 KB)
April 2016

Canada Child Benefit Calculator
NOTE : amounts calculated using this tool include federal child benefit amounts ONLY.
This does not include any provincial/territorial child benefits to which you may also be entitled.


Department of Finance


From the Saskatoon Star Phoenix:
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A primer on child benefits
April 18, 2016

3. The TrudeauMetre

Promises, promises, promises.

Behold --- The TrudeauMetre!
On October 19th 2015, Canadians chose Justin Trudeau to be Canada's 23rd Prime Minister.
The TrudeauMetre is a non-partisan collaborative citizen initiative that tracks his performance with regards to his electoral platform.
This website has no political affiliation whatsoever. It doesn't generate money in any way. It's just a platform for people to exchange ideas, and for the public at large to see what has been achieved by the government.

More info about this site and its four collaborators

4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, March 2016 - April 22
--- Employment Insurance, February 2016 - April 21
Your community in stats - April 20
--- Legal aid in Canada, 2014/2015 - April 20

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:


April 22, 2016
Consumer Price Index, March 2016
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.3% in the 12 months to March, after increasing 1.4% in February. Excluding gasoline, the CPI rose 1.9% year over year in March, matching the increase in February.

April 21, 2016
Employment Insurance, February 2016
In February, 548,700 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, up slightly from January (+4,200 or +0.8%). Provincially, the number of EI beneficiaries increased in Saskatchewan (+3.5%) and Alberta (+2.4%). There were also more EI recipients in Ontario (+1.1%) and Quebec (+1.1%). In contrast, fewer people received benefits in Nova Scotia (-1.7%). There was little change in the remaining provinces.

April 20, 2016
Your community in stats
Ever wonder about your community's profile or how it differs from other Canadian communities? Need to move, and want to know what your new community looks like? Want information on the local job prospects, health status, demographic trends, aging, or level of satisfaction with life?
Statistics Canada can provide the data on all these topics, telling you a lot about your community.
- includes :
Population data * Job prospects * Commuting time * Health and well-being * Electoral profiles * Future stats

StatCan Blog

April 20, 2016
Legal aid in Canada, 2014/2015
Data on legal aid in Canada are now available for 2014/2015.
StatCan note to readers:
The data summarized in the CANSIM tables are drawn from the Legal Aid Survey, which is conducted annually on a fiscal year basis (from April 1 to March 31). The survey provides information on revenues, expenditures, personnel and caseload statistics associated with the delivery and administration of legal aid in Canada.

More crime and justice stats

CANSIM Tables : Legal Aid in Canada

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:

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

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

April 24, 2016
What's new online this week:

Gender wage gap strategy consultation
20 Apr 2016 | Ontario
New report summarizes Ontario government's public consultations on the gender wage gap, which the government has committed to close. Ontarians identified the causes of the gender wage gap and proposed solutions. The report notes that "child care was the number one issue everywhere. Clear statements were made about the need for a public system of early childhood education and care that is universal, high quality and comprehensive. Participants called for public funding and support that provides for both adequate wages and affordable fees".

Every step you take: Ontario’s gender pay gap ladder
20 Apr 2016 | Ontario
Recent study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives draws upon a decile analysis to examine the distribution of men’s and women’s earnings. Analysis reveals that the average pay gap between men and women stands at 29.4 per cent in Ontario — a gap that shadows women every step of the way up the income ladder. The study concludes that Ontario’s labour market system must be transformed to produce economic equality for women; this includes social and economic policies that do not impose a gender penalty.

Fairness for children: A league table of inequality in child well-being in rich countries
20 Apr 2016 | International
New UNICEF report card presents an overview of inequalities in child well-being in 41 countries of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report focuses on ‘bottom-end inequality’ – the gap between children at the bottom and those in the middle – and addresses the question ‘how far behind are children being allowed to fall?’ in income, education, health and life satisfaction. Authors suggest that for Canadian children, early child care programs can improve the incomes of the households they live in and better their overall health and well-being.

Job satisfaction of early childhood educators in Nova Scotia and their perceptions of the current daycare system in our province
20 Apr 2016 | Nova Scotia
2009 graduate thesis investigates the job satisfaction of early childhood educators in Nova Scotia and their perceptions of the current daycare system within the province. Findings indicated significant differences in the experience and education level of survey participants from not-for-profit and for-profit child care centers with participants from not-for-profit centers being more experienced and having a higher level of education. Participants also indicated that they felt the governments’ actions were not supportive in creating quality childcare spaces.

Alternative policy designs and the socio-political construction of childcare
20 Apr 2016 | United States
2007 article considers child care policy design choices, such as providing childcare assistance through a government program or via a voucher for use in the private market, and how these value-laden choices shape the nature of young children’s experiences in care settings. The author documents the socio-political effects of differing policy through comparison of five common childcare policy designs.

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

Sheila Block breaks down the gender wage gap
20 Apr 2016 | Ontario

Paternity leave is great, but childcare policy still needed: experts
20 Apr 2016 | Canada

Manitoba Tories' disappointing plan for child care
20 Apr 2016 | Manitoba

Daycare workers and parents stage another protest against funding cuts
20 Apr 2016 | Quebec

Child-care department feels province shorted city $2.2M, wants to dip into reserves
20 Apr 2016 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news


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

6. 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.

7. 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):

20 March 2016 - CRINmail issue 1476 (Should read 20 APRIL 2016)
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Bodily integrity & freedom of religion
- Religious exemptions in the US
- Health and toxics
- Child sexual abuse
- Assessing child rights civil society
Minimum ages: Children's freedom of religion
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns


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.


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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


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