Canadian Social Research Newsletter
March 27, 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.

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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 24 March 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Federal Budget 2016 : Growing the Middle Class (Finance Canada) - March 22
3. Raising the Minimum Wage : Misguided Policy, Unintended Consequences (Fraser Institute) - March 2016
4. The Harper Record 2008 - 2015 - October 5, 2015 (Edited by Teresa Healy and Stuart Trew)
5. Basic Income (guaranteed income) update
6. Saskatchewan unveils Poverty Reduction Strategy with 50 in 10 pledge - February 24
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, February 2016 - March 18
--- Job vacancies in 2011: Results of the Workplace Survey, 2011 - March 18
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

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

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Media & Policy News for 24 March 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 24 March 2016

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

Top Stories

Federal Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class
Budget papers in PDF
Tax Measures Supplementary Information
ISAC commentary and analysis
CCPA op-ed: Deficit budget sets a new tone for Canada
CCPA has compiled analyses of the budget from CCPA staff on a variety of issues and sectors, as well as organizational responses from groups across Canada
Liberals deliver on Canada Child Benefit
What the budget means for seniors
Big changes coming to employment insurance
Struggling Alberta workers say EI benefit changes not nearly enough
First Nations, northern infrastructure to benefit
Ontario’s finance minister welcomes federal budget
How the budget will impact Canadians
Federal budget relies heavily on CRA recouping tax-haven revenues
Block: Four “eye-popping” takeaways (including action on poverty)
Desperate parents were praying for federal action amid daycare anarchy
Affordable housing crisis intensifies in Canada
Lorinc: Waiting for the other shoe to drop on inclusionary zoning
What people who are homeless need, in their own words
Migrant farm worker launches discrimination complaint against WSIB
Basic Income: A radical idea for eliminating poverty
Ontario’s basic income pilot is a good idea, but the devil will be in the details, say advocates
Let’s not do a pilot project
Why Canada is ripe for universal basic income
Welcome to the post-work economy
Freeman: The Canada Revenue Agency is rotten to the core. It’s time to clean house
The worst may be over for food price inflation


Ontario is lagging on paid sick days, leaving low-wage workers stranded
Opposition leader says Ontario government is hypocritical on mental illness

Reports, Events, Campaigns, and Other Good Things

Petition: Support for supervised injection services in the City of Toronto
In Hamilton, April 2: Building Together: A conference by and for renters
What tenants in Ontario need to know about the law: New edition now available

Around the Province

Poverty and fare hikes are the real reasons behind “fraud” at the TTC
Working poor adults in Sault Ste. Marie continue to be without adequate dental care
United Way Sault Ste. Marie getting help to keep giving cash advances for out-of-town medical appointments
Kids in poverty in St. Catherines encouraged to get active

Across the Country

Minimum wage, social housing, and income benefit promises from Manitoba’s NDP in election campaign
Low income rental units drying up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
How BC’s social assistance rates prevent access to public transit
Poverty remains a priority for voters ahead of Saskatchewan election


Decreasing OAS age eligibility to 65 makes Canada the “odd one out”
Immigrants more likely to be self-employed, but is this a function of not getting jobs?
Wellesley: Supervised injection sites play a critical third role in health
Bad Tory legislation will have to be repealed for smart drug policy to take effect
Goar: Incarcerating migrants is inhumane


Raise our taxes to combat poverty, dozens of New York millionaires tell lawmakers
H ere’s the website for the “Patriotic Millionaires”
These 13 US states require drug testing for welfare recipients
UK’s Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith resigns, denouncing further cuts to disability benefits
Cameron left with 4.4 billion pounds to find
New Work and Pensions Secretary says “no plans” for further welfare cuts
But there are other social security cuts that could be made to make up the difference
Europe is “drowning” under the cost of welfare bill
Government of New Zealand is considering Basic Income

Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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All of our mailings back to 2012 online:

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

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

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):


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

2. Federal Budget 2016 - March 22, 2016
(Finance Canada)

Federal Budget 2016 : Growing the Middle Class
March 22, 2016

From the
Department of Finance
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Federal Finance Minister Morneau’s First Budget Restores Hope for the Middle Class
News Release
March 22, 2016
The Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, today tabled the new Government of Canada’s first federal budget, Growing the Middle Class, a plan that takes important steps to revitalize the Canadian economy, and delivers real change for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The Budget Plan
PDF Version
(5.9MB, 271 pages) :
HTML Version :
- both the HTML and PDF versions include a detailed table of contents of the budget plan.

Budget Speech

Fact sheets
[Click the link above to access any of the following five fact sheets.
1. Strengthening the Middle Class
2. An Innovative and Clean Economy
3. An Inclusive and Fair Canada
4. Canada in the World
5. Open Transparent Government

Tax Measures : Supplementary Information (PDF - 1.9MB, 160 pages)

The Fiscal Monitor for January 2016
January 2016: budgetary surplus of $1.1 billion
April 2015 to January 2016: budgetary surplus of $4.3 billion

Department of Finance


Media coverage:

From CBC News:

Federal budget 2016: Highlights of Bill Morneau's first budget
Big deficits to fund spending on families, infrastructure and Indigenous peoples
March 22, 2016
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled a budget that forecasts big deficits over the next five years and beyond to finance a new tax-free monthly child benefit, more money for First Nations, infrastructure spending and extended employment insurance benefits to hard-hit regions.
- click above to access links to the following articles:
*** Liberals push deficit to spend big on families, cities
*** Ottawa forecasts $29.4B deficit – with lots more red ink to come
*** Federal budget revamps child and family tax benefits
*** Liberals keep most of their green election promises
*** Budget includes billions for Aboriginal Peoples
*** More coverage of the 2016 federal budget
*** Live block Recp --- Experts answer your questions about the Liberal's budget


From the Toronto Star:

Winners and losers of the 2016 federal budget
Small businesses are among some of the losers in the 2016 federal budget.

Highlights of the 2016 federal budget:
$290-billion spending plan rises to $323 billion five years out.
And its lofty goal is to give a ‘bold transformative’ kickstart to a sluggish Canadian economy.


From the
Globe and Mail:

Parents, students and seniors: what Trudeau's first federal budget means for you (video, duration 3:06)

How Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet built their first budget

Budget offers $2.3B boost for affordable housing measures


Non-governmental organizations:

From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

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The 2016 Federal Budget and Income Security
March 24, 2016

The government of Canada has made a number of significant investments in improvements to federal income security programs in Budget 2016. After ten years of erosion of government’s commitment in these areas, Budget 2016 reverses the trend of reduction in access and benefit levels, and makes improvements in programs for children, seniors, and unemployed workers. While there is more work to do to fulfill all of the government’s commitments and make substantial progress on poverty, this first Budget represents a sea change in approach to income security in Canada.

Includes more detailed analysis of the following budget components:
*** Child Benefits[See NOTE below.]
*** Benefits for Low-Income Seniors
*** Employment Insurance
*** Income Security for Indigenous Peoples
*** Next Steps on Income Security
We also look forward to government announcing that it will repeal provisions introduced by the previous government that would allow the provinces and territories to institute residency requirements for social assistance eligibility for refugee claimants and others without immigration status in Canada. Government should also consider how to return to robust national standards on income security for all.
[ NOTE: See the Canada Child Benefit Calculator:


From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

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18 Commentaries and 24 Organizational Responses
From the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to United Steelworkers (USW)

Alternative Federal Budget 2016: It's time to move on (PDF - 1.3MB, 158 pages)


From the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa:
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Federal Budget 2016: Housing and Homelessness

The federal government tabled its 2016 Budget yesterday. There were positive announcements for housing and homelessness! These enhancements follow announcements from the province in its budget and housing strategy last month. The Alliance will continue to monitor and encourage quick action and implementation, while now also working with members and partners across the country to offer input on the development of a longer-term national housing strategy.

You'll find housing and homelessness-related responses to the Budget, and commentary, below:

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: Budget 2016 invests $2.3 billion over two years on housing and homelessness

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association: CHRA Welcomes Affordable Housing "Down Payment" in 2016 Federal Budget (with link to a more detailed overview of housing and homelessness investments)

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada: Housing co-ops welcome federal re-engagement in affordable housing

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH): OCH commends the Government of Canada commitment to housing infrastructure funding in the 2016 Federal Budget

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat Canada applauds federal government's commitment to affordable housing

National Post: Federal Budget 2016 boosts affordable housing by $2.3 billion, but foreign ownership mystery gets short shrift

The Tyee: Budget the 'Re-engagement We've Been Calling For:' Housing Advocates


- Go to the 2016 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

3. Raising the Minimum Wage : Misguided Policy, Unintended Consequences - March 2016
(Fraser Institute)

Raising the Minimum Wage : Misguided Policy, Unintended Consequences (PDF - 1.9MB, 76 pages)
By Robert P. Murphy, Charles Lammam, and Hugh MacIntyre
March 2016

Executive summary (small PDF file, 2 pages)
Proposals to increase the minimum wage have re-emerged in provinces across the country. For instance, the Alberta government recently pledged to hike the provincial minimum wage from $10.20 to $15 per hour by 2018, already taking the first step with a $1 hike effective October 1, 2015. There has been a similar movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 in various jurisdictions in the United States.

Minimum wage earners in Canada : Not who you think.
March 2016
NOTE : The URL for this infographic is missing a dot before the "jpg" extension, and some browsers may not be able to autocomplete the link. If this is the case for you (i.e., Error 404), simply add a dot before the jpg extension in the Address line and hit Enter.

Fraser Institute


Sorry, Fraser Institute: people working minimum wage are not "affluent" teenagers
March 6, 2016
Here's a tone-deaf argument for not giving Canada's lowest-paid workers a raise. According to a new report from the Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank full of experts who doubt climate change science and want to drive down wages for first responders who "go running into burning buildings," Canadians should reject proposals to raise the minimum wage because it will help teenagers from "affluent families."

Press Progrress


Related link --- a perennial favourite of the Canadian Social Research Links Guy:

Graham Steele, Nova Scotia Finance Minister, Slams 'Political' Fraser Institute
Graham Steele accused the Vancouver-based group on Tuesday of being a political organization that "produces junk."
...Nova Scotia Finance Minister (in 2011) was asked to comment on a Fraser Institute study of fiscal performance of the 10 provincial premiers :
"It's crap. I'm sorry, are ministers not supposed to say that?"

Ya gotta love those candid zingers!


- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:

4. The Harper Record 2008 - 2015 - October 5, 2015
by Teresa Healy and Stuart Trew)

The Harper Record 2008 - 2015 (PDF - 2.2 MB, 432 pages)
Editors: Teresa Healy, Stuart Trew
October 5, 2015

This book [ ], which builds on the 2008 collection The Harper Record, continues a 25-year tradition at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of periodically examining the records of Canadian federal governments during their tenure. As with earlier CCPA reports on the activities of the Mulroney, Chrétien and Martin governments while in office, this book gives a detailed account of the laws, policies, regulations, and initiatives of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper while in minority (from 2008 to 2011) and majority (from 2011 to 2015).

Download individual chapters of the book

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Special shout-out to Teresa Healy, who was with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) some years ago when I lamented in my newsletter that Rogers (my Internet service provider) had imposed some severe restrictions regarding the distribution of newsletters as a defensive measure to guard itself and its clients against malware, viruses and other nasties that you can catch online. Well, quicker than you can say "Harper-the- fascist-is-gone-now-and-he-can't-hurt-us-anymore, Teresa fired off an email to me with the name and email coordinates of their tech guy, who taught me quickly how to use the mailing list and the newsletter distribution procedure. I've been on their system since then (5-6 years or so), and all's well with the world.

MERCI, Teresa and CUPE for allowing me to piggyback on your system!
In solidarity,


- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:

5. Basic Income (a.k.a. guaranteed annual income)
Broadbent Blog: Progressives and the basic income debate

Basic Income (a.k.a. guaranteed annual income)
Broadbent Blog: Progressives and the basic income debate
March 14, 2016
Posted by Jonathan Sas


Four questions you probably have about basic income


Ontario floats basic income to ease poverty; advocates say care must be taken


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

6. Saskatchewan unveils Poverty Reduction Strategy with 50 in 10 pledge - February 24

Saskatchewan unveils Poverty Reduction Strategy with 50 in 10 pledge
The Saskatchewan government has unveiled a plan that it hopes will reduce the number of people in poverty by 50 per cent by the end of 2025.


- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Consumer Price Index, February 2016 - March 18
Job vacancies in 2011: Results of the Workplace Survey, 2011 - March 18

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:


March 18, 2016
Consumer Price Index, February 2016
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.4% in the 12 months to February, after increasing 2.0% in January. Excluding gasoline, the CPI rose 1.9% year over year in February, following a 2.0% increase the previous month.

March 18, 2016
Job vacancies in 2011: Results of the Workplace Survey, 2011
The 2011 Workplace Survey is a pilot survey that was conducted in collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada. According to the survey, there were 392,500 job vacancies in December 2011. The article "Job vacancies in 2011: Results of the Workplace Survey" [ ] presents the results of the survey and examines whether the trends observed in job vacancies are reflected in selected Labour Force Survey indicators.

March 16, 2016
Canada's population estimates, Fourth quarter 2015
Canada's population surpasses 36 million
According to preliminary estimates, Canada's population was estimated at 36,048,500 on January 1, 2016, up 62,800 from October 1, 2015.

March 16, 2016
Cancer incidence in Canada, 2013 were more than 180,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Canada in 2013, which corresponds to an incidence rate of 516.6 cases per 100,000 people. Among all new cancer cases diagnosed in 2013, almost 9 in 10 (88%) were diagnosed in people aged 50 and older, 10.7% were among those aged 25 to 49, and 1.3% were among those aged under 25.

March 14, 2016
Aboriginal peoples: Fact sheets
Fact sheets on Aboriginal peoples in Canada's provinces are now available.
These fact sheets present a statistical overview of the socioeconomic characteristics of Aboriginal peoples in the provinces. They include information on living arrangements of children, education, employment, income, housing, health and languages of the Aboriginal population.

Data are from the 2011 National Household Survey, the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey and the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey.


- Go to the First Nations Links page:

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:

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

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

March 20, 2016
What's new online this week:

Open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne about proposed changes to staff: child ratios and group sizes in Ontario child care centres
16 Mar 2016 | Ontario
Today the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care has launched an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne expressing concern about the Ontario Ministry of Education's proposed regulatory changes to age ranges, ratios and group sizes. The OCBCC is asking individuals to sign on to this letter and circulate it to colleagues, Facebook groups, family and friends so that these regulatory changes can be stopped. Please sign and share!

National surveys find lax standards for child care oversight, inspection
16 Mar 2016 | United States
Recent investigative article from The Hechinger Report [U.S.] (a journalism platform that uses research, data and stories from classrooms and campuses to investigate education matters)considers how child care oversight rules vary across the nation — and that states with strict rules governing child care are the exception not the rule. The authors compile data from a number of sources finding that the safety of children using child care centres across the U.S. is often compromised by a lack of penalties, fines or inspections.

What we ask of parents: Unequal expectations for parental contributions to early childhood and post-secondary education in Canada
16 Mar 2016 | Canada
New paper compares the different expectations governments have with respect to parental contributions to their children’s education at the early childhood education (ECE) and post-secondary (PSE) levels. The researchers consider the costs, subsidy policies, and intersection between the two by income level finding that parents of children in ECE are generally required to contribute more than parents of children in PSE.

Parents’ non-standard work schedules make adequate childrearing difficult
16 Mar 2016 | United States
2015 Economic Policy Institute issue brief examines evidence on the prevalence of unpredictable and non-standard work schedules in the United States, and on how such schedules impair children’s development. The authors suggest that policy changes should create disincentives to schedule work in ways that impede employees’ ability to care for their children.

Creating better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums through improved childcare options
16 Mar 2016 | Africa
2014 project aims to assess the impact of childcare constraints on the economic empowerment of poor, urban women in Kenya in order to develop effective policies. The researchers focus is on testing the effectiveness of reducing the cost and improving the quality of daycare services on women’s labor force participation and income in a slum in Nairobi. The project began October 31st 2014 and will be completed October 30th 2017.

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

Women’s opportunities hindered by lack of national childcare policy
16 Mar 2016 | Canada

Former daycare owner convicted of manslaughter: ‘What am I going to say to my children?’
16 Mar 2016 | Ontario

Liberals promise no-wait public child care
16 Mar 2016 | Canada

Child-care proposals come up short
15 Mar 2016 | Ontario

International Women's Day adds momentum to the call for universal child care
15 Mar 2016 | Canada

MORE child care in the news


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

9. 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.

10. 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 issues of CRINMAIL
(children's rights newsletter):

16 March 2016 - CRINmail issue 1471

In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Freedom of expression & violent repression
- Justice and accountability for early marriage
- Oil spills, lead poisoning & overmedication
- Migration and statelessness
Upcoming events


The UN Human Rights Council is holding its 31st session in Geneva from 29 February to 24 March 2016. It will feature the annual day on the rights of the child which will be held on Monday, 7 March. And CRIN will be reporting live from the session between 7-10 March.


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.


Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail


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


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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15 Common Expressions Younger Generations Won't Understand
For example:
What does "CC" mean on an e-mail?


Combien de bises fait-on chez les Français ?
"Bise", loosely translated, is "peck" "or "airkiss" in English.
This guide will help you to determine how many airkisses are appropriate (HINT : It could be up to 5 kisses.)
And it will even tell you for each region in France, WHICH cheek to offer for your bise(s).


How to give your cat a pill

But seriously, we had a sick cat (pancreatitis, if you must know) recently.
Daisy Mae is NOT a very cooperative patient.
We tried several methods and the ONLY one that worked was to crush the pill between two spoons and mix the resulting powder with some Femalt (kitty hairball remedy). Then you wait until your cat lets down his/her guard, and then you smear the sticky mixture on the cat's front paw so he/she can lick it off, which ours does immediately.

You're welcome.

(BTW the Internet page whose link appears above also offers advice on giving your DOG a pill.
Check it out.)