Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 29, 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 2,840 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. One-third of Canadians are working past retirement age just to make ends meet (The Current - CBC Radio) - May 25
2. Three in 10 children neglected by parents, Quebec study finds — though survey’s definition of neglect in dispute
(National Post) - May 23
3. Canadian unions launch new CPP campaign “A Better Plan for All”
(Canadian Labour Congress) - May 20
4. Poverty reduction and the Living Wage (Nelson Star
) - May 24
5. Edmonton Council gives go-ahead for plan to end poverty
6. Media & Policy News for 27 May 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours - May 26
--- Health Indicators, 2016 - May 24
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. One-third of Canadians are working past retirement age just to make ends meet - May 25
(The Current - CBC Radio)

One-third of Canadians are working past retirement age just to make ends meet:
Anna Maria Tremonti
May 25, 2016
Many Canadians over the age of 65 are finding themselves in situations where they have no choice but to work — and the number of people in this group is growing. As jobs with pension plans become scarcer and as a third of over-65 Canadians without them are left with $1000 in retirement savings, working years are extending into their seventies, eighties and beyond.
John Stapleton [ ], an innovation fellow and social policy expert specializing in retirement issues with the Metcalf Foundation, says a lot has changed when it comes to seniors in the workforce. While Stapleton mentions the bright side — medical advances allowing people to live longer, healthier lives — he also notes the climate in which this is happening. "We're looking at lower savings rates, lower interest rates on those savings too, which mitigate against savings. We're looking at higher housing costs and of course, one of the big ones is ... that they have to take care of someone who is very aged."

The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti
CBC Radio:

Related links:

Seniors going bankrupt in soaring numbers

Seniors increasingly likely to retire in poverty, study says

Women over 65 double participation in workforce, Statistics Canada finds

Opposing CPP expansion is bad advice for Canadian workers

Canadian unions launch new CPP campaign “A Better Plan for All”:


- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page:

2. Three in 10 children neglected by parents, Quebec study finds — though survey’s definition of neglect in dispute - May 23
(National Post)

Three in 10 children neglected by parents, Quebec study finds — though survey’s definition of neglect in dispute
By Tom Blackwell
May 23, 2016
Up to three in 10 children are neglected by their parents, concludes a surprising new Quebec study that raises questions about exactly what defines the “insidious” problem. The standardized survey used by the researchers suggests parents who sometimes leave children alone in their car are, in fact, neglectful, but even the authors question whether that makes sense. The study, based on a survey of 4,400 Quebec parents on aspects of child-rearing, concluded 20 to 29 per cent of children were neglected, depending on the age group.

National Post


- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

3. Canadian unions launch new CPP campaign “A Better Plan for All” - May 20
(Canadian Labour Congress)

Canadian unions launch new CPP campaign “A Better Plan for All”
May 20, 2016

A Better Canada Pension Plan for All
A better Canada Pension Plan is possible
After a lifetime of hard work, no one should have to struggle just to make ends meet.


- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

4. Poverty reduction and the Living Wage - May 24
(Nelson Star)

Nelson, British Columbia

Poverty reduction and the Living Wage
The so-called Living Wage for our regional district has been figured to be a little under $20 per hour, Nelson city councillor Anna Purcell writes.
May 24, 2016

Related stories:
To access any of the seven articles below, click the link above, then scroll down to the end of the article to click on the item you wish to read.
--- COLUMN: Poverty reduction plan needed
--- COLUMN: Poverty reduction plan needed
--- COLUMN: 2016 a year for poverty reduction
--- MLA calls for poverty reduction plan
--- Mungall introduces poverty reduction bill
--- SPAN aims to create poverty reduction plan for Nelson
--- School board asks government for poverty reduction plan

Nelson Star


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

5. Edmonton Council gives go-ahead for plan to end poverty - May 24
(Global News)

Edmonton Council gives go-ahead for plan to end poverty
May 24, 2016
The City of Edmonton is moving forward with a plan to end poverty in a generation. On May 24, city council announced it had approved End Poverty in a Generation: A Road Map to Guide Our Journey. [ ] The road map was developed by the EndPovertyEdmonton Task Force after city council’s endorsement of its strategy.
The five-year road map has five strategic goals, which the city said are the starting points that will end poverty in Edmonton in a generation.

Global News


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

6. Media & Policy News for 27 May 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 27 May 2016

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

Top Stories

Record 171,360 Ontario households on 2015 affordable housing waitlist; four-year average wait
Looming co-op housing crisis could push 50,000 Canadians out of their homes
Star editorial: More affordable housing is urgently needed
Study: Increase housing affordability – by raising social assistance rates and reducing housing costs – and the need for emergency shelter space will fall (link to study is included)
Broadbent Blog: Indigenous children and racial discrimination as fiscal policy

CRA is denying the Disability Tax Credit to eligible Canadians with disabilities
Man with MS crowdfunds for three showers a week at his long-term care facility
Star editorial: Time to rein in Canada’s tax code
Canadians for Tax Fairness blog: Time for the accounting industry to reset their moral compass
Eggleton: Now is a good time to reform taxation in Canada

One man’s plight highlights the health care gap between Ontario’s rich and poor
Cooper / Hennessy Op-Ed: The promise of the living wage movement|
One-third of Canadians are working past retirement age just to make ends meet
Opposing CPP expansion is bad advice for Canadian workers
37% of homeowners caught short of funds at least once in past year: survey
Opinion: Governments need to act on housing affordability


Ontario to invest in $900 million over four years from cap-and-trade revenues into retrofitting social housing apartments (incl. link to Ontario Govt release)
First Nations leaders cautiously optimistic about new provincial indigenous health care plan (incl. link to a related Ontario Govt. release)
Want to address gun crime? Reduce the root causes, including poverty
Ontario municipalities seek more SAMS money
Reducing the interest on payday loans is not enough

Events, Campaigns, Reports, and Other Good Things

Canadian unions launch new CPP campaign “A Better Plan for All”
May 25: Second annual Justice for Injured Workers Ride in Chatham-Kent
June 16: Workplace Democracy for the 21st Century
A love letter to activists: You are not disposable
Social Planning Toronto campaign: Tell your City Councillor to vote for services to reduce poverty
Study: Poverty causes physical pain
Stats Canada: Payroll employment, earnings and hours, March 2016: Average Canadian paycheque rises 0.5% in March to $960

Around the Province

Ottawa to pitch low-income bus pass to province
Sault Ste. Marie community group leaders want public input on how to reduce poverty
STEP Niagara working to end poverty
Landlord licensing passes first major hurdle at Toronto city hall
Editorial: Toronto should license landlords to protect tenants
Website tracks Toronto’s worst landlords and buildings
Cole: Toronto mayor John Tory continuing Rob Ford’s legacy of austerity

Across the Country

Newfoundland is rising against austerity
Black and Indigenous prisoners over-represented in Nova Scotia jails
Cape Breton group expresses child poverty concerns to Trudeau
Poverty groups continue to pressure BC government over loss of bus pass for people on disability support
More than 160 organizations write to BC Premier opposing changes to bus passes for people with disabilities

BC Premier says no to taxing foreign real estate investors
How to get serious about BC’s affordable housing crisis? CCPA plan says, go big and bold
Poverty reduction and the living wage in BC
Alberta contributes $6.2 million to Edmonton low income transit pass
Edmonton Council gives go-ahead for plan to end poverty

Edmonton’s plan to eliminate poverty in a generation raises questions
Regina left out of extended EI benefits, despite 39% increase in recipients in March
Regional distribution of benefits highlights inequity in EI system
Montreal North looks for solutions to poverty


MPs should hear directly from temporary foreign workers
Change should come for migrant farm workers
Economic advisor to Morneau says Canada needs to act aggressively, and soon, on economic growth
Poll: Despite government focus on middle-class relief, Canadians’ economic anxiety persist


Why the Universal Basic Income is not the best intervention to reduce poverty or income inequality
Hundreds of thousands protest across France against labour reform
France set to grind to a halt as strikes spark fuel shortages and air and rail blockages
Google Paris offices raided by French tax authorities for “aggravated financial fraud”
NYT editorial: McDonald’s profits fat for shareholders, but wages for workers are lean

US companies “are stashing so much god damn cash overseas” – an enormous loss of tax revenue
Elderly Florida man kills ailing wife because medication wasn’t affordable
To fight poverty in the US, start with housing
UK man with a disability forced to quit his job because of benefit cuts
In the UK, inequality is destroying all the markers of adulthood, from home ownership to marriage

Australian welfare groups put pressure on government over homelessness
Adding a legal dimension to multidimensional poverty
Ending poverty means closing the gaps between women and men
ILO report says quality jobs with social protection vital to ending poverty

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

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours - May 26
--- Health Indicators, 2016 - May 24

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]


May 26, 2016
Payroll employment, earnings and hours
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $960 in March, up 0.5% from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, average weekly earnings increased 0.7%.

May 24, 2016
Health Indicators, 2016
The publication Health Indicators is now available and includes updated health region level estimates on premature and potentially avoidable mortality and potential years of life lost. The release also includes birth-related indicators, such as small for gestational age, preterm births and low birthweight, as well as infant mortality. Additionally, unemployment rates for 2015 by health region are being released.

Related links:

Statistics Canada
Release schedule for
The Daily:

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):

May 29, 2016
What's new online this week:

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

Parental-leave rich and parental-leave poor: Inequality in Canadian labour market based leave policies
25 May 2016 | Canada
Recent article published in the Journal of Industrial Relations compares access to parental-leave benefits between Québec and the rest of Canada. Analysis reveals that maternal access to leave benefits has improved dramatically over the past decade in Québec, especially for low-income households. However on average 40% of employed mothers in the rest of Canada are consistently excluded from maternity or parental benefits under the federal program. The authors draw attention to the need for greater public and scholarly scrutiny of the social class inequality effects of parental leave policy.

Child care assistance in the United States and nonstandard work schedules
25 May 2016 | United States
2015 report from the American Enterprise Institute considers work schedule as a major limit in accessing child care assistance particularly for families with low incomes. Using data from a cohort of urban mothers, this study explores the direct and indirect relationship between work schedule and receipt of child care assistance. Findings suggest that nonstandard work schedules reduce the odds of receiving child care assistance; a relationship mediated entirely by less day care center use among nonstandard schedule workers.

Half of under-threes cared for by their parents only in the EU in 2014
25 May 2016 | Europe
Recent data from Eurostat provides new figures on arrangements for early child care in EU member states. Researchers found that fewer than a third (28%) of children under the age of three attended formal childcare and that the average formal child care coverage for EU member states has been the same since 2012. However the biggest deficiencies are found for the youngest age group in the member states with the highest rates of child poverty, making the case for greater public investment in these areas.

Hypothetical modelling of childcare costs for families
25 May 2016 | Australia and New Zealand
Recent research from the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods [AU] attempts to calculate the financial impact on families of women returning to work after having a child. A number of hypothetical families were developed as sample users of formal long day care in Australia. Simulating tax payments and transfer subsidies for family tax benefits and child care payments for each family, researchers found that many women are actually losing money by returning to work and that those who earn the least are often hit the hardest.

Shameful neglect: Indigenous child poverty in Canada
18 May 2016 | Canada
New report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calculates child poverty rates in Canada including the rates on reserves and in territories. The report disaggregates the statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada, finding the worst poverty experienced by status First Nation children. The authors call for immediate action to resolve the ongoing crisis affecting Indigenous people across the country, and recommend a poverty reduction plan that includes strategies such as improving child-related income support and social infrastructure.

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

A much-needed pre-k primer
25 May 2016 | United States

Ending child-care wait-list fees is a break for parents: Editorial
25 May 2016 | Ontario

Parental leave study shows rich-poor divide
25 May 2016 | Quebec

Ottawa daycare could close due to government rent increase
25 May 2016 | Ontario

Daycare funding boost means wage increases, more opportunity for low-income families
25 May 2016 | Nova Scotia


- 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.


Latest issue of CRINMAIL:

25 May 2016 - CRINMAIL issue 1481
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Crisis in human rights funding
- Armed conflict and rehabilitation
- Right to die
- Health and environment
- Juvenile justice
Minimum ages: Criminal responsibility
Upcoming events
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World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
- Campaigns

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Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
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