Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 28, 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 2,826 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. Ontario Budget 2016 - February 25
2. Telephone Town Hall : What can the federal govenment do to reduce poverty in Canada?(Daily Bread // Food Banks Canada) - February 25
3..Media & Policy News for 26 February 2016 : Ontario Budget 2016 Special Edition (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. A Guaranteed Income Can End The Need For Food Banks (Huffington Post // Food Banks Canada) - February 19
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2014 - February 26
--- Investment income, 2014 - February 26
--- Life expectancy, 1920–1922 to 2009–2011 - February 26
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content:

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

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Ontario Budget 2016 - February 25

Ontario Budget 2016 (February 25, 2016)

Ontario's Investments Creating Jobs for Today and Tomorrow
Government Continues with its Plan to Grow the Economy, Create Jobs and Balance the Budget in 2017–18
News Release
February 25, 2016


From the
Ontario Ministry of Finance:
( )

2016 Ontario Budget:
Jobs for Today and Tomorrow
- includes links to all budget documents

2016 Budget Highlights


Ontario Budget 2016: Key Highlights From Liberals' Spending Plan
February 25, 2016

Huffington Post


Ontario budget 2016: Low-income seniors, students get relief
Cost of some everyday items expected to go up
By Andrea Janus
February 25, 2016

CBC News


Highlights of the 2016 Ontario budget
A $133.9-billion spending plan with a $4.3 billion deficit – the provincial debt is $296.1 billion.

Toronto Star


John Stapleton:

A ‘Robin Hood’ Budget for 2016 in Ontario
February 26, 2016
Here are John's "idiosyncratic" top ten observations on Ontario’s Robin Hood Budget of 2016 read from back to front but delivered in no particular order:
1. A Basic Income experiment
2. The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)
3. Child Activity Tax Credit demolition
4. A Portable Housing Benefit
5. Re-announcing the municipal upload
6. The ominous sounding ‘Digital by Default’ policy
7. OSAP changes to help low income students
8. Social Assistance Reform
9. A child support exemption on social assistance
10. Employment programs for adults with disabilities

2. Telephone Town Hall : What can the federal govenment do to reduce poverty in Canada?- February 25
(Daily Bread // Food Banks Canada)

Daily Bread Food Bank Telephone Town Hall:
February 25, 2016

What should the federal government do to reduce poverty in Canada?
Social policy experts John Stapleton, Anita Khanna and Michael Mendelson were on hand to share their thoughts on what the newly-elected federal government should do to reduce poverty in Canada.

John Stapleton: Daily Bread Board Member and Innovations Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation
Anita Khanna: National Coordinator of Campaign 2000
Michael Mendelson: Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Daily Bread Food Bank (Toronto)

"Audio Content Coming Soon"
This link takes you to the subscription page for individuals wishing to take part in the town hall. The event has already taken place, but within short order, event organizers will be posting a link to the audio portion of the town hall on the Daily Bread website [ ] and on the page you're now reading (where it says "Audio Content Coming Soon").

Related links:

More on the federal role in reducing poverty in Canada
- links to four pertinent studies by the Parliamentary Research Library


Better is Always Possible:
A Federal Plan to Tackle Poverty and Inequality


Complete paper (PDF - 283KB, 18 pages) :
By Seth Klein and Armine Yalnizyan
February 10, 2016
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

3. Media & Policy News for 26 February 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 26 February 2016

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

Special Edition: Ontario Budget 2016

Government’s news release: Ontario’s investments creating jobs for today and tomorrow
Read the budget here
ISAC Analysis: Bold steps on social assistance reform, but incomes still grossly inadequate
Star coverage: Ontario to end clawback of child support for parents on welfare
Basic Income Canada Network: Ontario to try basic income pilot
CCPA-Ontario: Ontario’s early bird budget didn’t get the worm
Canadian Federation of Students: Students win free post-secondary education for low-income families in Ontario
CARP: CARP welcomes Ontario’s investments in health care but disappointed in increase to drug costs for seniors
ISARC: Ontario Budget 2016: A wintery outlook for the poo
Ontario Campaign 2000: Response to Budget 2016
OCAP: As food prices soar, Ontario Liberal Budget intensifies the war on the poor
CBCC: Province squandering its chance to be a leader on child care
OFL: Ontario budget throws public services under the infrastructure bus
Ontario Nurses’ Association: Budget provides small improvements for Ontario hospitals
Ontario’s Professional Employees: Ontario Budget continues to strain valuable public services
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance: Students applaud landmark improvements to financial aid
Stapleton: A “Robin Hood” Budget for 2016 in Ontario
Conference Board of Canada: Ontario Budget 2016
Canadian Taxpayers Federation: Ontario’s fiscal train wreck continues

Select Media Coverage
Note: Globe and Mail coverage is largely behind a paywall, so isn’t included here.

New grant will cover average tuition for low-income students
Low-income seniors, students get relief
Mixed reaction from health-care, student groups
Liberals cap-and-trade plan expected to generate $1.9 billion annually
More seniors to qualify for low-income drug program
Hiking drug costs for seniors ‘doesn’t make a lot of sense’, CARP executive says
Wynne tries to find carbon pricing ‘sweet spot’
How is your pocket book affected?

Toronto Star
Highlights of 2015 Ontario Budget
Winners and losers of the 2016 Ontario budget
Ontario budget lowers post-secondary tuition while hiking gas costs
Ontario carbon cap buried in the fine prin
What the 2016 Ontario budget means for you
Ontario cracks down on underground economy, goes after tax cheats
Crunching the numbers in Ontario’s 2016 budget

National Post
Ontario budget 2016 walks tightrope between aspirations of social justice and hard fiscal realities
What the opposition and stakeholders think about the Liberal government’s plan
Free tuition pledge: What the changes mean for some students
Ontario’s budget deficit shrinks more than expected to $5.7 billion
Rising debt, free university tuition for some – 31 things you need to know
Coyne: Wynne Liberals succeed in making the terms ‘budget’ and ‘deficit’ near incomprehensible

Toronto Sun
Ontario budget jacks up cost of living
Goldstein: Cap-and-trade: The next Liberal rip-off

Global News
No new funding for Toronto housing, infrastructure projects
Service fees, including vehicle registration, to rise with inflation

Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


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:

4. A Guaranteed Income Can End The Need For Food Banks - February 19
(Huffington Post // Food Banks Canada)

A Basic Income For Ontario? Province Plans Pilot Project As Part Of Budget
By Daniel Tencer
February 26, 2016
The government of Ontario is planning to launch a pilot project to test out a guaranteed basic income. What that pilot project will look like, and what it will cost, is not yet known. In its budget documents, unveiled Thursday, the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne said it would “work with communities, researchers and other stakeholders in 2016 to determine how best to design and implement a Basic Income pilot.”

A Guaranteed Income Can End The Need For Food Banks
By Shawn Pegg
Director of Policy and Research at Food Banks Canada -
February 19, 2016
The time has come for our governments to dismantle what has become an understaffed, stressed and ineffective [welfare] system that hurts more than it helps. There are several viable models for a guaranteed annual income that would eliminate the bureaucracy, the intrusiveness and the stigma associated with welfare.

Minimum Income: What You Should Know About The Idea That Could Revolutionize The 21st Century
December 23, 2014
...if that idea (guaranteed minimum income) appeals primarily to those on the left, there is one principal reason why it would appeal to those on the right as well: It promises to reduce the size and intrusiveness of government.

Huffington Post


More info regarding basic income / guaranteed income:

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2014 - February 26
--- Investment income, 2014 - February 26
Life expectancy, 1920–1922 to 2009–2011 - February 26

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:


February 26, 2016
Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2014
Contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) totalled $38.6 billion in 2014, up 3.2% from 2013. Data are based on tax returns filed for 2014. Total contributions increased in almost all provinces and territories, led by Northwest Territories (+6.3%), Newfoundland and Labrador (+5.8%), Prince Edward Island (+5.4%) and Alberta (+5.4%). New Brunswick (-1.2%) recorded the only decrease.

February 26, 2016
Investment income, 2014
Both the number of taxfilers reporting investment income and the amount of reported investment income increased in 2014, but at a slower pace than in the previous year. Investment income refers to the sum of dividend income from taxable Canadian corporations and interest income from investments in non-tax-sheltered vehicles.

February 26, 2016
Life expectancy, 1920–1922 to 2009–2011
Canadian Megatrends, February 2016
A variety of factors, including better health care, childhood vaccinations and health awareness campaigns with associated legislation, to name only a few, have helped boost Canadians' life expectancy by more than two decades since 1920–1922.

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:

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

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

February 28, 2016
What's new online this week:

CCAAC 2016 federal budget submission
24 Feb 2016 | Canada
The CCAAC 2016 federal budget submission calls on the federal government to prioritize child care infrastructure investments in Budget 2016 to deliver affordable, high-quality, flexible, and fully inclusive child care for Canadian families. In the short term two dedicated streams of federal public investment are required: $100 million in annual funding to begin to empower and resource Indigenous communities to design, deliver and govern services that meet their needs and $500 million in federal transfers to provinces and territories.

Women in Canada: A gender-based statistical report
24 Feb 2016 | Canada
This Oct 2015 report provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more. Women in Canada also includes chapters on immigrant women, visible minority women, senior women, women with participation and activity limitations and most recently, a chapter on First Nations, Métis and Inuit women shedding light on their diverse circumstances and experiences.

Better is always possible: A federal plan to tackle poverty and inequality
24 Feb 2016 | Canada
Paper from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows what a 21st century war on poverty and inequality could look like. It suggests that this year’s federal budget may signal a turning point, noting that “while vital forms of non-income support — from child care to housing and public transit...are provided by provincial/territorial governments, the federal government’s supporting role also shapes the lives and opportunities of people living in low-income households. These programs, left to the provinces alone to fund and roll out, produce variation in access to essential resources from region to region”.

Some implications of the Liberal government’s tax changes
24 Feb 2016 | Canada
New report from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy considers the Liberal government's recently introduced changes to the personal income tax system for the 2016 tax year. They note that lower-income Canadians who are excluded from the tax reduction are slated to benefit from the planned increases in child benefits. However the proposed increases in child benefits are greater for middle-income than lower-income families.

2016 UK childcare survey
24 Feb 2016 | Europe
Recently released annual survey from Family and Childcare Trust coincides with significant changes in childcare policy and funding in the UK. The survey’s findings show that price rises have slowed compared with last year and are now increasing in line with inflation. Findings also reveal some serious cracks in the UK childcare system including high costs that remain a barrier to parental employment and that parents often still struggle to find flexible childcare that enables them to work.

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

Nunavik childcare centres face ongoing closures, decontamination
24 Feb 2016 | Quebec

Quebec outlines new financing for subsidized daycares
24 Feb 2016 | Quebec

Daycare an outdated term
24 Feb 2016 | Ontario

City hopes to tackle downtown daycare deficit
24 Feb 2016 | Alberta

Examining the toll of Quebec's daycare cuts
24 Feb 2016 | Quebec

MORE child care in the news


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

7. 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.


Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ ] and click on a date in the calendar in the top right-hand corner of the page.
2. Change the month by clicking the link at the bottom of the calendar.
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) Links page:

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:

8. 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):

24 February 2016 - CRINmail issue 1468
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Children's access to justice
- Media censorship & over-blocking
- Disability & victim discrimination
- Juvenile justice & detention
- Violence in all spheres
- UN annual day on children's rights
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns
- Guides


[ No issue of CRINmail for February 17. ]


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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