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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 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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IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Welfare in Canada 2015 - November 2016 (Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
2. 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report - November 22, 2016 (Concordia University News)
3. Québec : Bill 70 (Welfare) Should be Repealed - 8 November 2016 (Concordia University News)
4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]

--- Study: Balancing family and work: Transition to self-employment among new mothers, 2006 to 2011- November 25
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2016 - November 24
--- Homicide in Canada, 2015 - November 24

--- Canadian postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2014/2015 - November 23

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

Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. Welfare in Canada 2015 - November 2016
(Caledon Institute of Social Policy)

Just released by the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:
[ http://www.caledoninst.org/ ]

Welfare in Canada 2015
By Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
November 2016
This report is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare.

Abstract (HTML):
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1109 ]

Complete report (PDF - 428KB, 68 pages):
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1109ENG.pdf

Table of contents
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Introduction
* What is welfare?
* Assets
* Income
* Earnings exemption provisions
* Basic Needs
* Welfare incomes by province/territory <======Estimated annual incomes for individuals and families receiving welfare during the entire year.
* Adequacy of welfare incomes by province/territory
* Poverty measures (Low income cut-offs, Market Basket Measure)
* Income measures (After-tax average incomes, After-tax median incomes)

This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.” It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare.
Total welfare incomes consist of the sum of the following components:
- social assistance
- provincial/territorial and federal child benefits and
- provincial/territorial and federal tax credits.
(...)
Poverty measures are considered to be the baseline level below which households are deemed to live in poverty. Two poverty measures are employed in this report: the after-tax low income cut-offs (LICOs) and the Market Basket Measure (MBM).

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

http://www.caledoninst.org/

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- Go to the Welfare in Canada 2015 page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare_in_canada_2015.htm

2. 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report - November 22, 2016
(Concordia University News)

2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report

There is growing interest in measuring and reporting social progress and impact. Our working paper, commissioned by Manulife, maps our national indicators and wellbeing survey questions to sustainable development goals.

Is our overall quality of life getting better or worse? Are we getting closer or moving farther away from realizing the kind of Canada we want to live in? The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) national report compares trends in Canadian wellbeing, showing that the gap between economic growth and wellbeing is

The 2016 National Index Report: How Are Canadians Really Doing?
November 22, 2016
Executive Summary:
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/reports/2016-canadian-index-wellbeing-national-report/executive-summary

Complete report:
HTML version:
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/reports/2016-canadian-index-wellbeing-national-report
PDF version (1.5MB, 96 pages):
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/sites/ca.canadian-index-wellbeing/files/uploads/files/ciw2016-howarecanadiansreallydoing-1994-2014-22nov2016.pdf

Version française :

Introduction
https://uwaterloo.ca/indice-canadien-du-mieux-etre/

Comment les Canadiens se portent-ils véritablement? Le Rapport National de L'ICM 2016 (Sommaire) PDF.
https://uwaterloo.ca/indice-canadien-du-mieux-etre/sites/ca.indice-canadien-du-mieux-etre/files/uploads/files/ciw_icm_2016-sommaire-final-embargoed_1.pdf

L'étude elle-même est disponible seulement en anglais.

Communiqué (PDF - 2 pages):
https://uwaterloo.ca/indice-canadien-du-mieux-etre/sites/ca.indice-canadien-du-mieux-etre/files/uploads/files/icm_communique_de_presse.pdf

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- Go to the Poverty Measures - Canadian Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty.htm

3. Québec : Bill 70 (Welfare) Should be Repealed - 8 November 2016
(Concordia University News)

Québec - Welfare

Bill 70 Should be Repealed
https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/bill-70-should-be-repealed
By Marissa Ramnanan
November 21, 2016 | Comment

The Quebec government has announced its plans to adopt Bill 70—a piece of legislation that would force new welfare applicants to register for employment training or have their welfare cheques cut by $200.
The government justifies this plan with the language of debt reduction.

Source:
The Link

Concordia University News (Montréal)

https://thelinknewspaper.ca/

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm

4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Study: Balancing family and work: Transition to self-employment among new mothers, 2006 to 2011- November 25
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2016 - November 24
--- Homicide in Canada, 2015 - November 24

--- Canadian postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2014/2015 - November 23

Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/a-daily-quotidien-eng.htm

Past issues of The Daily
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

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November 25, 2016
Study: Balancing family and work: Transition to self-employment among new mothers, 2006 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/161125/dq161125b-eng.htm
2016-11-25
A new study shows that new mothers have a higher probability of making the transition from paid employment to self-employment than other women.

Abstract / Executive summary / Complete report (HTML)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2016385-eng.htm

PDF Version (34 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2016385-eng.pdf

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- Go to the Work-Life Balance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/work_life_balance.htm

November 24, 2016
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2016
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/161124/dq161124a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $957 in September, virtually unchanged from the previous month (-0.1%) and up 0.4% from 12 months earlier.

November 24, 2016
Homicide in Canada, 2015
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/161123/dq161123a-eng.htm
Canadian police services reported 604 homicides in 2015, 83 more than the previous year. The homicide rate increased by 15% in 2015 to 1.68 per 100,000 population, the highest rate since 2011. The higher number of homicides for 2015 was primarily due to increases in Alberta (+27 homicides), Saskatchewan (+19) and Ontario (+18).

Canadian postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2014/2015
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/161123/dq161123b-eng.htm
Enrolments in Canadian public postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) totalled more than 2 million in the 2014/2015 academic year, edging up 0.3% from the previous year.

November 18, 2016
Elementary–Secondary Education Survey for Canada, the provinces and territories, 2014/2015
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/161118/dq161118d-eng.htm
Just over 5 million students in Canada were enrolled in public elementary and secondary school programs in 2014/2015. Close to 350,000 students graduated from public high schools in the 2014/2015 school year.
Enrolments in French immersion programs reached more than 400,000, up 4.5% compared with 2013/2014.
*** Number of public school students stays stable
*** Enrolments in French immersion programs continue to rise
*** Enrolments in French immersion programs totalled 409,893 in 2014/2015, up 4.5% compared with ***
*** Number of public school graduates declines

November 22, 2016
Employment Insurance, September 2016
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/161122/dq161122a-eng.htm
Regular Employment Insurance (EI) beneficiaries totalled 571,800 in September, up slightly from August (+3,300 or +0.6%). On a year-over-year basis, the number of beneficiaries was up 27,800 (+5.1%). Legislative changes to the EI program came into effect in July 2016. While some of these changes affected all EI regions across Canada, eligible claimants in the 15 regions that posted notable increases in unemployment received additional weeks of regular benefits starting in July.

More information on the 2016 EI changes:
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/ei/changes_2016.page

Source:
Social Development Canada's (ESDC)
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
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.

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Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

January 22, 2017

New parents and child care survey
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/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.

Democratic accountability and contextualised systemic evaluation
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/democratic-accountability-and-contextualised-systemic-evalu
18 Jan 2017 | International
As the OECD plans to complete an international comparison of learning outcomes among children 4.5 - 5.5 years old using the International Early Learning Study (IELS), this new paper suggests that such a standardized assessment will not be useful. The authors suggest the IELS would decontextualize data, ranking it poorly in reliability and validity, thus rendering it useless in helping decision makers and leaders in early childhood education and care. The authors cite a lack of consultation, respect for diversity, socio-cultural context and the rights of children as reasons why the IELS would not be an appropriate method for data collection. The RECE also calls on the ECEC community to be critical of the motives and assumptions that would be part and parcel of the IELS study.

Respecting but not sustaining play: Early childhood educators’ and home childcare providers’ practices that support children’s play
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/respecting-not-sustaining-play-early-childhood-educators%E2%80%99-a
18 Jan 2017 | Canada
Recent study from Quebec investigates early childhood educator (ECE) and home care provider (HCP) practices that support play among children between the ages of 18 and 36 months. Using the Educational Quality Observation Scales to evaluate adult interventions in children's play and collect data over time, findings revealed that ECE and HCP practices often did not support the curricula framework,and the majority of scores were qualified as "minimal" or "unsatisfactory" except in the category of "respecting children's play". Participants appeared to promote a free play approach, but did not practice guided play-- the recommended practice outlined in Quebec's curriculum framework.

Fatalities and the organization of child care in the United States, 1985–2003
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/fatalities-and-organization-child-care-united-states-1985%E2%80%932
18 Jan 2017 | United States
2005 journal article considers the safety risks in non-relative child care. Drawing on literature reporting mistakes in organizations and medical errors, authors specifically analyze fatalities in U.S. child care. They consider the different types of child care and their organizational features in order to analyze how the social organization of care affects risks. Findings include that although overall child care is quite safe, there are striking differences in fatality rates across types of care with centre care being significantly safer than care offered in private homes.

The Modern Families Index 2017
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/17/01/modern-families-index-2017
18 Jan 2017 | Europe
The 2017 Modern Families Index provides a snapshot of how working families in the UK manage the balance between family life and work. It describes the pressure points where family and work meet and how these vary by demographic and other circumstances. Key findings include that fathers increasingly see themselves as actively involved in childcare and that parents whose employers afforded them a good work-life balance had more motivated, loyal and productive employees.

MORE research, policy & practice
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice

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Child care in the news
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

Not just wiping noses: Childcare worker writes open letter to David Leyonhjelm
18 Jan 2017 | Australia and New Zealand

Half of fathers want less stressful job to help with childcare 18 Jan 2017 | Europe

New Ontario daycare rules worry community after-school program
18 Jan 2017 | Ontario

Councillor questions mayor's plan to add child-care subsidies while cutting grant
18 Jan 2017 | Ontario

Mayor John Tory announces child-care subsidies, asks province and feds for more help
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/17/01/mayor-john-tory-announces-child-care-subsidies-asks-province-and-fed
18 Jan 2017 | Ontario

MORE child care in the news
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

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.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
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.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

- Go to the Welfare in Canada vs the U.S. Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/canada_us_welfare.htm

7. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
http://crin.org/
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.

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Latest issues of CRINMAIL:

10 November 2016 - CRINMAIL issue1505
https://mg.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.partner=rogers-acs&retry_ssl=1#mail
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- LGBT rights
- Juvenile justice
- Armed conflict and displacement
- Education
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns
Guides

08 November 2016 - CRINmail issue 1504
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/week-childrens-rights-1504
In this issue:
Children's rights and the SDGs
News in brief
Upcoming events
Employment

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NOTE: To see a large 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)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue in 2014 and 2015, as per the above latest issue..

Gilles' CRINMAIL Archive II (2011-2013)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive2.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue of the newsletter for 2011, 2012 and 2013

CRINMAIL Archive (from the CRIN website)
https://www.crin.org/en/crin-mail/864
- 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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Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
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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 EN ESPAÑOL
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail

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CRIN News Archive
http://crin.org/en/library/news-archive

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CRIN Country Pages : CANADA
http://crin.org/en/library/countries/canada

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php
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.

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Canada and Children's Rights
http://wiki.crin.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Canada
- from the Children's Rights Wiki

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Post scriptum:
The newsletter distribution was messed up last week --- some subscribers received NO copy of the newsletter, others received their copy several days late and yet others received their usual single copy on time.
I'm not sure if this is due to the interference of those rascally internet gremlins who like to mess things up from time to time.

I trust that things will sort themselves out ...
Sorry about that...
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Did YOU know that drinking the blood of a Roman gladiator could cure epilepsy?
Yup. It must be true --- I read it on the internets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMqagO3UMbA

Follow the link to discover more quirks of the ancient Roman Empire...

How do our memories work and why do we lose them?
http://www.wimp.com/how-our-memories-work-and-why-we-lose-them/

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