Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 26, 2017

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* The Alternative Federal Budget 2017 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
* Media & Policy News: 24 March (Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto) Special Issue : Federal Budget
* 2017 Global Food Policy Report - March 23 (International Food Policy Research Institute)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2017 - March 24
--- Government Finance Statistics, Fourth quarter 2016 - March 24

--- Employment Insurance, January 2017 - March 23
--- Canada's population estimates, Fourth quarter 2016 - March 23
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2015
--- Aboriginal seniors in population centres in Canada, 2012 - March 21
* What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
* Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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Media & Policy News: 24 March 2017
(Income Security Advocacy Centre - Toronto)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 24 March 2017

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

Top Stories – The Federal Budget

Federal Budget 2017: Building a Strong Middle Class
Budget highlights
Winners and losers of the 2017 federal budget
The budget that could have been

Money for child care is a good first step but not nearly enough
Advocates praise budget’s $11.2 billion boost for affordable housing
Housing ‘the largest single commitment’ in the budget, but funding falls short of need
Transit users lose tax break on monthly passes in federal budget
Liberals fall short with first gender-based federal budget
Liberals defer major tax pledge in 2017 budget
Budget provides some relief for precarious federally-regulated workers
Federal budget vows $100 million for strategy on gender-based violence
Budget pledges $5 billion for training and employment

Organizational Responses

ACORN Canada
Assembly of First Nations

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Federation of Students
Canadians for Public Justice
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
CCPA’s list of 20 other analyses and organizational responses

Top Stories

Saskatchewan redesigning welfare programs to get “able-bodied” people off the dole
Saskatchewan to stop paying for funerals and reviewing school supplies benefit for people on social assistance:
Saskatchewan’s cruel and unusual budget:
Housing groups want BC to double welfare cheques
Precarious housing means thousands in Toronto may live on brink of homelessness
East Toronto MPP pushes for increased rent protection
Ending racial discrimination means overhauling our employment laws
Métis, non-status Indians call for action following historic Daniels ruling
Paying people less isn’t economic innovation
Precarious jobs scar employees’ mental health: Surve
Survey shows stress from insecure work makes workers sick
Why a family of 6 in Oakville is living on $36K a year – and not on benefits from WSIB
Miners shine spotlight on broken WSIB system
Communities testing basic income project to be announced this spring
North Bay holds out hope to be part of basic income pilot project
What Kitchener had to say on basic income
Basic Income summary ignores “human touch” in anti-poverty work
Skyrocketing rents are squeezing everyone, but here’s how people are fighting back
Canada has among world’s highest rates of “severe” rental costs
Politicians finally say they’ll prioritize tenants, and it’s about time
Star editorial: Apply rent controls on newer buildings
Bill aims to stop unfair rent increases; Hamilton experts say it’s not enough
Op-ed: A portable housing benefit could ease our homeless crisis
Out of the Cold: Is Toronto’s shelter system at a breaking point?
Baby bonuses, Canada’s first universal welfare program, came into effect this week 72 years ago
Monthly EI numbers drop slightly in January
Why you should file your income taxes – especially if you don’t make a lot of money


Ontario on track to balance budget next month
‘Ridiculously out of reach’ hydro bills have rural Ontarians turning to churches for help
New OSAP rules mean “free” tuition for mature students; Ontario launches online calculator
‘Extremely unlikely’ Liberals can win election under Wynne, says Greg Sorbara
Wynne’s approval rating sinks to 12 percent – an all-time low
Will Wynne call an early election?
Reports, Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things
Demand rent-hike protection is extended to all Ontario tenants
March 30 in Hamilton: Tax Time: Awareness of benefits available
April 5: ISARC Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil on Ontario’s Budget
Stats Can: Aboriginal seniors in population centres in Canada, 2012
Stats Can: Employment Insurance, January 2017
Stats Can: Consumer Price Index, February 2017

Around the Province

Province announces $11.3 million increase in homelessness funding for London
Niagara Poverty Reduction Network giving local people a say in national poverty reduction strategy
Female migrant workers are actually heroes
People on Ontario Works express frustration with Ottawa’s low-income bus pass
Quinte area job fair aims to connect refugees with employers
The transit city that could have been in Toronto

Across the Country

Charlottetown public forum aims to overcome ‘wall of disbelief’ over abuse of migrant workers
No easy answers to poverty in Cape Breton
Winnipeg needs a poverty reduction plan, advocates say
Manitoba government paves the way for Uber, and wage freezes for public servants
Manitoba to impose two-year public sector wage freeze
Saskatchewan’s austerity budget hurts people who are poor; cuts respond to problems of government’s own making
Riders and employees fuming after Saskatchewan shutters bus service
Letter to the Editor: Cutting public sector workers’ wages in Saskatchewan would be unfair and unwise
Alberta to fund $120 million for Indigenous affordable housing
Tenants say new single mother housing project in Saanich, BC “not affordable”
Homelessness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside reaching crisis levels
Why low-income working families in BC are often ‘mired’ in social housing
BC has worst performing economy in Canada for young people: Report


Ensuring decent work for young Canadians
Study shows Canadian immigration system’s shift toward migrant workers
Panama Papers have helped fuel ‘a more aggressive CRA’
The tax perk for wealthy CEOs that will cost Canada $840 million this year
Canadian manufacturing sales climb in January, marking third consecutive month of growth
Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported: Poll
Canadians don’t support the House of Commons motion condemning Islamophobia: Poll


Australian families to lose hundreds from welfare cuts
Tasmanian Senator criticizes cuts to benefits, citing lived experience
Australian government to cut low-income drug benefit cards for welfare recipients and pensioners
Indigenous man in Australia says welfare payment hinges on 35km daily trek
Top British bosses earn nearly 400 times more than minimum wage

The UK’s fit-to-work tests ‘cause permanent damage to mental health,’ study finds
Trapped: The growing number of people with disabilities in the UK unable to leave their homes
Girls from low-income families in England struggle to afford sanitary protection
The campaign to end period poverty would provide free tampons to low-income students
A striking number of US college students are hungry and homeless
Some lawmakers worry children will suffer under new Florida work-for-welfare bill
Disney pays $3.8 million for violating minimum wage rules
What happens when a poor US city raises its minimum wage to $15?
Rich New Yorkers ask state to raise their taxes
60% of low-income Dutch children have at least one parent with a job
Forty percent of children under 14 live in poverty in Brazil
The gig economy celebrates working yourself to death


Special thanks to Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre

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2017 Global Food Policy Report - March 23
(International Food Policy Research Institute)


March 23, 2017
Out Today: The 2017 Global Food Policy Report

IFPRI released today the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, an evidence-based analysis of the latest developments in food policy across the developing world. With rapid urbanization dramatically shifting demographics in the developing countries in recent years, this year’s report examines how urbanization is changing food systems, health, and development.

The Global Food Policy Report
- includes a table of contents with links to all six chapters

The 2017 Global Food Policy Report (PDF - 6.8MB, 148 pages)
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...features chapters on the importance of investing in rural-urban linkages and value chains; the increasing shift of poverty, food security, and nutrition issues from rural areas to cities; the urban food environment's influence on diets; and the role of the informal sector in feeding Africa's urbanites. Also featured are updated data sets and infographics on global hunger, agricultural investment, public expenditures, and more.
Read the Report on our new Interactive Website

Watch Live: Global Launch Event
3/23/2017 • 12:15 PM EST

Previous reports (back to 2011)

International Food Policy Research Institute
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), established in 1975, provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.


- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2017 - March 24
--- Government Finance Statistics, Fourth quarter 2016 - March 24

--- Employment Insurance, January 2017 - March 23
--- Canada's population estimates, Fourth quarter 2016 - March 23
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2015
--- Aboriginal seniors in population centres in Canada, 2012 - March 21

Statistics Canada

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily
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StatCan Blog

March 24
Consumer Price Index, February 2017
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 2.0% on a year-over-year basis in February, following a 2.1% gain in January. Excluding gasoline, the CPI was up 1.3% year over year in February, following a 1.5% increase in January.


March 24, 2017
Government Finance Statistics, Fourth quarter 2016
Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system that presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis between participating countries.


March 23, 2017
Employment Insurance, January 2017
In January, 567,900 people received Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, little changed from the previous month (-1,900 or -0.3%).


March 23, 2017
Canada's population estimates, Fourth quarter 2016
Demographic estimates for Canada, the provinces and the territories for the fourth quarter of 2016 are now available.


March 22, 2017
Canadian Community Health Survey, 2015
Perceived mental health is an important indicator of overall well-being and provides a general indication of the population suffering from some form of mental disorder, mental or emotional problems, or distress. In 2015, almost three-quarters (72.4%) of Canadians aged 12 or older reported that their mental health was excellent or very good. An additional 21.7% of Canadians reported their mental health was good, while 5.9% said that their mental health was fair or poor. New data from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey provide insight into how Canadians perceive various aspects of their own well-being including mental health, life satisfaction and daily life stress.


March 22, 2017
Aboriginal seniors in population centres in Canada, 2012
The Aboriginal population is a young population, with proportionally more children and youth and relatively few seniors. There is a demographic shift, however, towards aging among Aboriginal peoples. According to the 2001 Census and the 2011 National Household Survey, the number of Aboriginal people 65 years and over more than doubled from 2001 to 2011 to 82,690


- 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):

March 26, 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.

Women and paid work
15 Mar 2017 | Canada
This Statistics Canada publication offers gender-based data analyses that summarize women's experiences of paid work, which, the report notes, are different from those of men. Among other key factors, women tend to be influenced by their care-giving roles. Data are presented relevant to women remaining out of the workforce (the "gender employment gap"), working part-time, having more career interruptions, absences from work and their concentration in traditional "women's occupations". These are especially characteristic of women with young children. Child care (or the lack of it) is identified throughout the report as a key contributing factor.

Social policy in the EU—Reform barometer 2016
15 Mar 2017 | Europe
This report is based on survey data collected from EU experts in various areas including education (early childhood education to young adulthood). It provides an outline of how institutions in EU countries contribute to achieving equity. Authors describe the previous and current state of ECEC and assess: the need for reforms, reforms currently being carried out and the quality of these reforms. Connections are drawn between access to ECEC and inequality—both through children's learning and women's participation in the labour force. Links are also drawn between low enrollment in services/high fees/problems with quality and perpetuation of inequality. Overall, experts and national policymakers generally agree that there have been some positive reforms in early childhood education as per the EU agenda, but that there is a need for focus on "equal and easy access" to quality early childhood education.

Child care affordability in Australia
15 Mar 2017 | Australia and New Zealand
Report explores the affordability of childcare for Australian families and how this impacts parents' decisions to return to work. The authors note the government's comittment to countering the effects of an ageing population and they look at how subsidies have impacted the viability of childcare for families. They report that there is a strong correlation between the child care fees and women's participation in the labour force and actually, that the cost of care is often prohibitive for families. There are significant commonalities between the child care landscapes in Canada and Australia which make this paper a salient comparison.

High stakes, clear choices: Alternative Federal Budget, 2017
9 Mar 2017 | Canada
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' (CCPAs') annual Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) proposes a path forward for the federal government that will allow it to meet its stated commitment to reducing income inequality while driving inclusive economic growth. CCPA estimates that, "The measures in this year’s AFB would lift a million Canadians out of poverty, double economic growth to 5.4%, and, at its peak, result in 460,000 new jobs, bringing Canada’s unemployment rate down to 6.4%." The authors argues that we Canadians should not rest on our laurels, falsely reassured that what we have in place is 'good enough'. Instead, this budget offers concrete ways to move forward with a progressive agenda that would move us toward a more egalitarian society. The childcare chapter recommends building robust and sustainable public policy that guarantees substantial and sustainable funding into the future; switch from a childcare market economy to one that is public and non-profit; ensure affordable parent fees; enough spaces for all children who need them including children with varied abilities--overall provide a universal high quality childcare system in which Canadians can take pride.


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