Canadian Social Research Newsletter
November 2, 2014

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 2,733 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Release of The Fiscal Monitor - August 2014 (Finance Canada) - October 31
2. New House Committee items posted on the Parliamentary Website - October 31
--- Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports

--- Public Accounts : Chapter 8, Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data — Statistics Canada
3. Canadian women make half a million dollars less than men over 20 years
(PressProgress ) - October 29
4. Public Accounts of Canada 2014 - tabled October 29
(Parliamentary Website)
5. Media and Policy News for 31 October 2014 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. Prime Minister Harper announces tax cuts, increased benefits for families (Finance Canada) - October 30
7. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - October 29 (2014) issue [SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]
8. The State of Homelessness in Canada 2014 (Stephen Gaetz et al., The Homeless Hub) - October 2014
9. [International - includes Canada] - The impact of the [2008] economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries (UNICEF) - September 2014
10. Saskatchewan's Long-Term Social Assistance Caseload [1995 to 2005] : A review by Saskatchewan Community Resources (2007)
11. Poverty strategy among items highlighted in Sask. throne speech (CBC News) - October 23
12.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2014
- October 30
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in July 2014 - October 23
--- Study: Child care in Canada, 2011
--- Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning, 2013 - October 29
--- Canadian society and economy -
October 29
--- Study: Cumulative earnings by major field of study, 1991 to 2010 - October 28
--- A snapshot of the health of the Canadian population through the Canadian Health Measures Survey - October 27
13. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

14. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
15. [United States] - Changing Priorities: State Criminal Justice Reforms and Investments in Education (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) - October 28
16. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. Release of The Fiscal Monitor - August 2014 - October 31
(Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor - August 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-156-eng.asp
The Department of Finance reports a budgetary deficit of $0.3 billion in August 2014; the Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015
October 31, 2014
Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released The Fiscal Monitor for August 2014.

There was a budgetary deficit of $0.3 billion in August 2014, compared with a deficit of $2.0 billion in August 2013.
For the April to August 2014 period of the 2014–15 fiscal year, the Government posted a budgetary deficit of $1.1 billion, compared with a deficit of $6.6 billion reported in the same period of 2013–14.

Fiscal Monitor for August 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2014-08-eng.asp

Source:
Department of Finance

http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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- Go to the Federal Finance Department Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk3.htm

2. New House Committee items posted on the Parliamentary Website - October 31
--- Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports

--- Public Accounts 2014 :
Chapter 8, Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data — Statistics Canada

New Committee items posted on the Parliamentary Website:

Document: Departmental Action Plans and Progress Reports
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6272639&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2

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Public Accounts (PACP)
Study: Chapter 8, Meeting Needs for Key Statistical Data — Statistics Canada, of the Spring 2014 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/StudyActivityHome.aspx?Cmte=PACP&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&Stac=8355179

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Source:
Parliamentary Website

http://www.parl.gc.ca/

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

3. Canadian women make half a million dollars less than men over 20 years - October 29
(PressProgress)

Canadian women make half a million dollars less than men over 20 years
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/canadian-women-make-half-million-dollars-less-men-over-20-years
Is this what equality is supposed to look like in the 21st century?
October 29, 2014
Working women earned half a million dollars less than men over the last two decades, according to new study from Statistics Canada.
[The link to the StatCan study appears further down on the page you're now reading.]
Using tax data linked to 1991 Census data, the agency tracked individuals from 1991, when they were 26 to 35 years old, to 2010, when they were 45 to 54 years old.

What they found:
Men with bachelor degrees earned $1.5 million over two decades while women earned just under a million dollars -- a gap of $544,300 or 36% less than men.
(Click the link above for more Statistics Canada findings)

Source:
PressProgress

http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

4. Public Accounts of Canada 2014 (tabled October 29)
(Parliamentary Website)

Public Accounts of Canada 2014
(tabled in the House of Commons on October 29, 2014)
http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/recgen/cpc-pac/2014/index-eng.html
The Public Accounts of Canada is produced in three volumes:

Volume I - Summary Report and Consolidated Financial Statements
Volume II - Details of Expenses and Revenues
Volume III - Additional Information and Analyses
Detailed information relating to Sections 3, 4 and 6 of Volume III:

Section 3 - Professional and Special Services
Section 4 - Acquisition of Land, Buildings and Works
Section 6 - Transfer Payments

Source:

Public Accounts of Canada
http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/recgen/cpc-pac/index-eng.html
The Public Accounts of Canada is the report of the Government of Canada prepared annually by the Receiver General, as required by section 64 of the Financial Administration Act. It covers the fiscal year of the Government, which ends on March 31.

The information contained in the report originates from two sources of data:
- the summarized financial transactions presented in the Accounts of Canada, maintained by the Receiver General; and
- the detailed records, maintained by departments and agencies.

House of Commons Committees
http://www.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/

Source:
Parliamentary Website

http://www.parl.gc.ca/

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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. Media and Policy News for 31 October 2014
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Latest Media & Policy News: 31 October 2014

http://goo.gl/p9RMM0

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

Top Stories

Harper government buries Private Members Bill C-585 in omnibus Budget bill
Budget bill's cuts to refugee assistance tops NDP list of complaints
Refugee advocates blast proposed changes to welfare in budget bill
Amnesty International statement on how denying social assistance to refugee claimants violates international law
Interview on The Current with a former refugee claimant, CCR head Loly Rico, and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Letter to the Editor from Dr. Philip Berger
Globe and Mail editorial
Here are the relevant sections of Budget Bill C-43
Here’s ISAC’s analysis of its implications (English and French versions

Top Ontario News

Ontario hikes income threshold to qualify for LEGAL AID SERVICES ( CTV, The Star)
Government’s announcement
Great infographic on the gap in Ontario between social assistance and food and shelter

Reports and Other Interesting Stuff

New report shows homeless could be drastically reduced with only $46 per Canadian per year
Here’s the Homelessness Hub’s report
New report shows minimum wage hikes don’t kill jobs
Here’s the CCPA’s report
Recommended report: “Putting the fight against poverty and social exclusion at the heart of the EU agenda: A contribution to the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy”
CPJ: Making sense of poverty measures
United Way of Toronto job posting for Manager, Research, Public Policy, and Evaluation

Around the Province

St. Catherines has the expertise – politicians better listen and act on poverty
Bedbugs should not be a reason for vulnerable people to be denied services in Hamilton
Open letter to Toronto’s new Mayor John Tory: Listen to the voices of the poor and marginalized

Across the Country

Saskatchewan pledges to create that province’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy
Good steps on Poverty Reduction in Manitoba after two years, but more needs to be done
BC First Nation implementing $17.22 / hour Living Wage policy
Dr. Gary Bloch tells Vancouver that the economic costs of poverty can’t be ignored
Public sector unions and the CD Howe Institute pan Pooled Registered Pension Plans coming to Nova Scotia
More on union opposition (Metro News)
Finding affordable housing in Moncton is a problem

National

UNICEF report says Canada and provinces made progress on child poverty during the recession
Why Canada needs a national pharmacare program
Coverage – mostly negative – of the federal government’s income splitting plan:
CBC (2 articles) - Globe (2 articles) - Star editorial - Maclean’s
Regg Cohn: Plan would short-change Ontarians
Broadbent Institute analysis
Is the NDP’s $15 / day childcare plan Canada’s hottest new political pledge?
The end of federal agreements threatens affordable housing solution
Canadians spend more income on housing than almost anyone in the world
Eating healthy? Not if you’re below the poverty line

International

How homelessness consultants helped ban food sharing in 22 American cities
US has highest poverty among all OECD countries
UNICEF says it also has the highest child poverty
Proposal in Zurich to ban welfare recipients from USING CARS gains support, as campaign to reduce benefits announced
A decade is lost as children IN IRELAND bear the brunt of the recession
Pope says structural causes of poverty must be dismantled

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Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Check the ISAC Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, does not include a table of contents for each issue)

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

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):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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- Go to the Income Security Advocacy Centre Media Scan page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/isac_media_scan.htm

6. Prime Minister Harper announces tax cuts, increased benefits for families - October 30
(Finance Canada)

PM announces tax cuts, increased benefits for families
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-155-eng.asp
October 30, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced new measures to help make life more affordable for Canadian families.

The proposed new measures include:

1. The Family Tax Cut, a federal tax CREDIT that will allow a higher-income spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket.
2. Increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under age six.
3. Expanding the UCCB to children aged six through 17.
4. Increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits by $1,000.

Related Product:

Supporting Canadian Families
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/10/30/supporting-canadian-families

Additional Links:

Backgrounder: Helping Families Prosper
http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/data/14-155_1-eng.asp
- incl. info on the following:
* The Family Tax Cut
* Universal Child Care Benefit
* Child Care Expense Deduction
* Doubling the Children’s Fitness Tax CREDIT

Source:
Prime Minister of Canada

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Amend the Income Tax Act
http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/2014/nwmm-amvm-301014-eng.asp

Department of Finance
http://www.fin.gc.ca/

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From the
Globe and Mail:

[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/ ]

The truth about income splitting: We take what we can get
http://goo.gl/QzRvJd
By Rob Carrick
October 30, 2014
The federal government is making families with young kids richer by an average of $1,140 a year. A difference-maker for parents juggling mortgage and car payments, daycare costs and sundry other daily living expenses? Not a chance, particularly for the low-income families that are stretched the tightest in today’s economy.

139 comments about this article
http://goo.gl/74nSQW

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CUPE Counterpoint:
Income splitting vs. childcare

http://cupe.ca/income-splitting-vs-childcare
Study after study shows that public spending on child care should be a top priority. The wide-spread and long-lasting economic, social, and HEALTH BENEFITS for children, families, and society far outweigh the costs. However, Canada is last among its peer countries on public spending on child care. Despite all the evidence, the federal Conservative government persists on ineffective high-cost proposals such as income-splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/

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Seven facts Stephen Harper doesn't want you to know about his family tax plan
http://www.pressprogress.ca/en/post/7-facts-conservatives-dont-want-you-know-about-their-family-tax-plan
October 31, 2014
The Conservatives have a $26.755 billion plan to help families!
Except, it doesn't create any new child care spaces.
And 9 out of 10 households will see zero gain from the signature piece of tax policy: income splitting.
And if you do have kids, well, you have to be a certain *kind* of family to qualify for the tax scheme.

In fact, the majority of families that are the target of the income splitting -- parents with children under 18 -- don't quality for the benefit.But hey, on the plus side, families will get a cheque from Stephen Harper on the eve of the next election (talk about a coincidence!) to help provide "choice" in "child care."

Source:
PressProgress

http://www.pressprogress.ca/

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From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

[
http://www.caledoninst.org/ ]

The Elephant Not in the Room (small PDF file, 3 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1056ENG.pdf
Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
October 2014
This commentary is a response to yesterday’s Family Tax Cut and related child benefits announcement.
(...) in our view, the Child Care Expense Deduction should not be expanded – it should be extracted from the tax system entirely. If there were ever a
child benefit that helped higher-income households, this is it.
(...)
There is a much better and simpler route to reform : Boost the Canada Child Tax Benefit, Canada's biggest and best child benefit. It is virtually absent from the current policy debate, the elephant not in the room.

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If you don’t pay, you can’t play: the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (small PDF file)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1054ENG.pdf
Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
October 2014
(...) the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit remains a limited benefit that may or may not be smart politics but is flawed public policy. To qualify for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, families first must spend money on fitness-related programs. Many low-income families cannot qualify for the credit because they cannot afford to shell out any of their limited income on fitness activities.

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- Go to the 2015 Federal Election and General Political Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2015_fed_election.htm

7. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - October 29 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

This Bulletin is a quick inventory of current social research information.
Its purpose is to promptly disseminate to interested staff recently produced
research materials and initiatives relevant to social policy.

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Latest issue of the
SPARmonitor
:

SPARmonitor : October 29 (2014) - issue 141 (PDF - 172K, 4 pages)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/SPAR_Research_Bulletin_141.pdf
October 291, 2014

This issue covers the following:

Ø Beyond Housing First: Essential Elements of a System-Planning Approach to Ending Homelessness
Ø Episodic Caregiver Support Initiative (ECSI) 2014 Final Report
Ø “NO MORE” Ending Sex-Trafficking In Canada
Ø Family Justice Reform Project
Ø A Failure on Several Counts
Ø System Pathways Into Youth Homelessness
Ø Dispelling Minimum Wage Mythology

Source:
SPARmonitor
- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/spar-archives.htm
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

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Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm#spar
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario NGO Links page, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration
http://www.toronto.ca/sdfa/index.htm ]
[ City of Toronto
http://www.toronto.ca/ ]

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk2.htm

8. The State of Homelessness in Canada 2014 - October 2014
(Stephen Gaetz et al., The Homeless Hub)

The State of Homelessness in Canada 2014
http://www.homelesshub.ca/sohc2014
By Stephen Gaetz, Tanya Gulliver & Tim Richter
October 2014
Canada is nearing an important crossroads in our response to homelessness. Since homelessness emerged as a significant problem – in fact, as a crisis – in the 1990s, with the withdrawal of the federal government’s investment in affordable housing, communities have struggled to respond. Declining wages (even minimum wage has not kept up with inflation in any jurisdiction in Canada), reduced benefit levels–including pensions and social assistance—and a shrinking supply of affordable housing have placed more and more Canadians at risk of homelessness

Full report (PDF - 1.6MB, 73 pages)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/SOHC2014.pdf
Content:
1. Introduction
2. Addressing Homelessness in Canada – The Year in Review
3. The Lack of Affordable Housing in Canada – Ottawa,
4 Homelessness & the Lack of Affordable Housing. What is the Link?
5. Investing in Affordable Housing to Help End Homelessness
6. Conclusion: We Can End Homelessness in Canada

Background report:
Housing Policy Targeting Homelessness
(PDF - 556K, 71 pages)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/SOHC2014-Backgrounder.pdf
Prepared for the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
September 20, 2014

Sommaire exécutif, version française:
http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/SOHC2014FR-execsummary.pdf

2014 Homelessness Infographic
http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/SOHC14infographic.png

Source:
The Homeless Hub
http://www.homelesshub.ca

Related link:

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
http://www.caeh.ca/
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness has been formed to create a national movement to end homelessness in Canada from the community up. Our Vision is to end homelessness in Canada.

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- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

9. [International - includes Canada] - The impact of the [2008] economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries - September 2014
(UNICEF)

International (includes Canada)

UNICEF :
Innocenti Report Card 12
Children in the Developed World
.
Children of the Recession : The impact of
the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries
(PDF - 1.8MB, 52 pages)
http://www.unicef.ca/sites/default/files/imce_uploads/images/reports/unicef_report_card_12_children_of_the_recession.pdf
September 2014
The data and observations in this Innocenti Report Card reveal a strong and multifaceted relationship between the impact of the Great Recession on national economies and a decline in children’s well-being since 2008. Children are suffering most, and will bear the consequences longest, in countries where the recession has hit hardest.

Source:
UNICEF
http://www.unicef.org/
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.
(...)
In the case of the Great Recession and its impact on children, conventional wisdom has it that the suffering was inevitable, spread equally among social groups and alleviated by the macroeconomic recovery. This report suggests otherwise.

See also:

UNICEF Canada
http://www.unicef.ca/

Related links from Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Coverage – mostly negative – of the federal government’s income splitting plan:

CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/harper-s-income-splitting-will-make-rich-canadians-with-babies-richer-1.2818997
CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/income-splitting-what-it-is-and-who-benefits-1.2818396
Globe: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/income-splitting-wont-help-parents-who-really-need-a-tax-break/article21382476/
Globe: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/household-finances/the-truth-about-income-splitting-we-take-what-we-can-get/article21394065/
Star editorial: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/30/harpers_income_splitting_lite_is_still_a_bad_idea_editorial.html
Maclean’s: http://www.macleans.ca/economy/economicanalysis/harpers-income-splitting-program-isnt-great-policy-or-good-politics/
Regg Cohn: Plan would short-change Ontarians: http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/10/29/stephen_harpers_incomesplitting_plan_would_shortchange_ontarians_cohn.html
Broadbent Institute analysis: http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/costly-and-unfair-stephen-harpers-income-splitting-scheme
Is the NDP’s $15 / day childcare plan Canada’s hottest new political pledge?
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/behind-numbers/2014/10/15-day-child-care-canadas-hottest-new-political-pledge

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- Go to the International Children, Families and Youth Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chn2.htm

10. Saskatchewan's Long-Term Social Assistance Caseload [1995 to 2005] : A review by Saskatchewan Community Resources (2007)

Welfare historians, rejoice!
The report below covers a ten-year period, 1995-96 to 2005-06 and focuses on the Saskatchewan antipoverty strategy that started in 1997.

Saskatchewan's Long-Term Social Assistance Caseload:
A review by Saskatchewan Community Resources
(PDF - 533K, 7 pages)
http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/longterm-caseload-review.pdf
2007
In 1997, Saskatchewan introduced an anti­poverty strategy called Building Independence. The Building Independence strategy has brought new programs for low­income working people and people without jobs. The result has been a more comprehensive income support system that combines social assistance with a range of new supplements for low­income people.

Source:
Saskatchewan Social Services

http://www.socialservices.gov.sk.ca/
(formerly Saskatchewan Community Resources)

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- Go to the Saskatchewan Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/skbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

11. Poverty strategy among items highlighted in Sask. throne speech - October 23
(CBC News)

Poverty strategy among items highlighted in Sask. throne speech:
Good idea, but overdue, NDP Opposition says
October 23, 2014
The Saskatchewan government has announced it's working on a poverty reduction strategy; something the NDP opposition says is a good idea, although long overdue. In the speech from the throne Wednesday, which launched the fall sitting of the Legislature, the government said Saskatchewan has the second-lowest poverty rate in Canada, but there is still more work to be done. The government will develop a poverty reduction strategy, building on the work of groups such as Poverty Costs.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news

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NOTE : Before the announcement in the 2014 Saskatchewan Throne Speech of a SK poverty reduction plan, Saskatchewan was one of two Canadian provinces without an official poverty reduction plan. BC is the remaining holdout : see http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/ ]
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Related links:

2014 Saskatchewan Throne Speech
(English and French versions available)
http://www.gov.sk.ca/throne-speech-2014
(There are only three references to poverty and the poverty reduction plan in the Throne Speech, all on page 16.)

Source:
Government of Saskatchewan
http://www.gov.sk.ca/

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Poverty Costs Saskatchewan:
A New Approach to Prosperity for All
(PDF - 6.8MB, 54 pages)
http://vibrantcanada.ca/files/povertycostssaskatchewan_povertycosts_2014_s.pdf
October 2014
By Charles Plante and Keisha Sharp

Source:
Vibrant Communities Canada

http://vibrantcanada.ca/

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Poverty strategy to be 'living document'
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Poverty+strategy+living+document/10327687/story.html
October 27, 2014
By the end of the year, the group drafting Saskatchewan's new poverty reduction strategy will have started work. Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer hasn't yet come up with the name of that group, but she knows this - the strategy will be a "living document," able to react to changing circumstances for people, programs and the province.
The strategy was announced in last week's throne speech following years of discussion.

Source:
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/

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Poverty Free Saskatchewan
http://www.povertyfreesask.ca/

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Poverty Costs
http://www.povertycosts.ca/

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- Go to the Provincial and Territorial Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm

12. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2014
- October 30
--- Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in July 2014 - October 23
--- Study: Child care in Canada, 2011
--- Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning, 2013 - October 29
--- Canadian society and economy -
October 29
--- Study: Cumulative earnings by major field of study, 1991 to 2010 - October 28
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A snapshot of the health of the Canadian population through the Canadian Health Measures Survey - October 27

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

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

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October 30, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141030/dq141030a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $943 in August, little changed from $942 the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased 3.5%.

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October 30, 2014
Study: Child care in Canada, 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141030/dq141030b-eng.htm
In 2011, about half (46%) of all Canadian parents relied on some form of child care for their children aged 14 years and younger, according to a new study using data from the 2011 General Social Survey on Families. Child care was most often used for children 2 to 4 years old, with about 6 in 10 of their parents using some form of child care arrangement. The use of child care was less common before the age of 2 and after the age of 10.

This release is based on the report "Child care in Canada":
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-652-x/89-652-x2014005-eng.htm
[See the table of contents below]
By Maire Sinha

Highlights of the Study:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-652-x/2014005/hl-fs-eng.htm

Full article in PDF (395K, 11 pages):
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-652-x/89-652-x2014005-eng.pdf

Table of Contents:
* Use of child care across Canada
* Hours of care
* Types of child care arrangements
* Reasons for type of child care arrangement
* Cost of child care
* Satisfaction with child care
* Summary
* Data source
* References

October 29, 2014
Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning, 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141029/dq141029d-eng.htm
Almost 7 in 10 Canadian children (68%) 17 years old or younger had savings set aside for their postsecondary education. New data from the 2013 Survey of Approaches to Educational Planning (SAEP) mirror data from 2008, the last time similar data were collected. In 2008, 70% of children had savings set aside for their postsecondary education.

October 29, 2014
Canadian society and economy
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141029/dq141029e-eng.htm

Today, Statistics Canada launches a new presentation series [ http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-631-X/index-eng.htm ] featuring statistical findings on Canada's economy, environment and society. These presentations will provide data users with an opportunity to look into the latest outcomes of Statistics Canada's analysis on different socioeconomic topics.

The first presentation, "An overview of recent macroeconomic developments in Canada," focuses on changes in the Canadian economy following the recession in 2008 and 2009, and developments during the first two quarters of 2014.

This presentation complements the September release of "Recent Developments in the Canadian Economy: Fall 2014," which provides an integrated summary of recent changes in output, employment, household demand, international trade and prices.

October 28, 2014
Study: Cumulative earnings by major field of study, 1991 to 2010
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141028/dq141028a-eng.htm
A new study that followed men and women over two decades found that cumulative earnings varied considerably—both across and within fields of study.

October 27, 2014
A snapshot of the health of the Canadian population through the Canadian Health Measures Survey
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/blog/researcher/chms
By Scott McLean, Health Statistics Division
The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is an innovative Statistics Canada survey designed to obtain valuable, directly measured information about the health of Canadians. The CHMS is unique in Canada as it offers access to large amounts of health data from a nationally representative sample.

Source:
Researcher's Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141027/dq141027a-eng.htm

Check 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.

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.
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

13. 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

November 1, 2014
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Canada's childcare workforce
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/10/canadas-childcare-workforce
29 Oct 2014 | Canada
Brief by CRRU's Shani Halfon summarizes what is known about the childcare workforce in Canada, the implications of this for regulated childcare, and identifies some considerations and strategies to address the ongoing issues and improve the overall state of ECEC. This brief is part of the Moving Child Care Forward project.

New website: Moving Child Care Forward Project
29 Oct 2014 | Canada
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/10/new-website-moving-child-care-forward-project

Selected works by ChildCare2020 speaker Pierre Fortin
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/10/selected-works-childcare2020-speaker-pierre-fortin
29 Oct 2014 | Canada
In advance of the ChildCare2020 conference, CRRU is featuring selected works by conference speakers. This week: Pierre Fortin.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/10/global-gender-gap-report-2014
29 Oct 2014 | International
The World Economic Forum has issued its ninth annual Global Gender Gap Report, a study that measures 142 countries for gender equality across four pillars: economy, politics, health, and education.

UNICEF gives Canada a passing grade, child poverty actually fell during the recession … or did it?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/10/unicef-gives-canada-passing-grade-child-poverty-actually-fe
29 Oct 2014 | Canada
Miles Corak provides an analysis of a recent UNICEF report Children of the Recession and argues that "not being able to participate normally in society is what poverty means, but "normal" depends upon place, circumstance, and time".

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

Celebrate child care and early childhood educators on October 29
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/10/celebrate-child-care-and-early-childhood-educators-october-29
29 Oct 2014 | Ontario

Irish childcare settings will be inspected on their quality of education
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/10/irish-childcare-settings-will-be-inspected-their-quality-education
29 Oct 2014 | Europe

What does universal child-care mean for working women?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/10/what-does-universal-child-care-mean-working-women
29 Oct 2014 | Canada

Face-off: Should all Canadians receive subsidized daycare?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/10/face-should-all-canadians-receive-subsidized-daycare
29 Oct 2014 | Canada
Daycare is a tough electoral sell, but kids are about more than politics 29 Oct 2014 | Canada

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

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived in a special section of the Early Childhood Development Links page of this site.
Click the link immediately below to go there:

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
In December 2012, my HTML editing software was crashing whenever I would open the above archive page to add or edit something.
After several hours of tinkering in a vain attempt to make everything work, I finally decided to go with Plan B : you can still click the link above to access the CRRU archive (including contents of each issue from June 2009 to December 2012), but all new content since then is archived on the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

14. 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 posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag.
Tags include:
* Academic achievement * Affordable Care Act (ACA) * Applicants * Budget cuts * California * Cash assistance * Census * Child poverty * Child welfare * Child well-being * Cities * Economic stimulus * Eligibility * Enrollment * Florida * Food insecurity * Foster care * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless families * Income * Indiana * Jobless benefits * Job losses * Jobs * Kids Count * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Michigan * Minnesota * Neighborhoods * Ohio * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Privatization * Recession * Safety net * Schools * Shelters * SNAP/Food Stamps * States * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Texas * Unemployment rate * Wisconsin

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

October 31, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/10/31/
Homelessness in the US (4 articles)
Teen Birthrate – Milwaukee, WI
Colleges and Low-Income Students (2 articles)

October 30, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/10/30/
State Minimum Wages

October 29, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

October 28, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/10/28/
Child Poverty in Developed Nations (2 articles)

October 27, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/10/27/
US Poverty and Near-Poverty
Disconnected Youth

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Earlier Poverty Dispatches (back to July 2006):
1. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page: [ http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/ 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.
OR
3. Go to the Poverty Dispatch home page and click on a category or a tag in the right-hand margin.
4. See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/povdispatch_archive.htm (more complete listing, but only goes back to December 2011)

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

15. [United States] - Changing Priorities: State Criminal Justice Reforms and Investments in Education - October 28
(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

United States

New from
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Changing Priorities: State Criminal Justice Reforms and Investments in Education
By Michael Mitchell and Michael Leachman
October 28, 2014
Most states’ prison populations are at historic highs after decades of extraordinary growth; in 36 states, the prison population has more than tripled as a share of the state population since 1978. This rapid growth, which continued even after crime rates fell substantially in the 1990s, has been costly. Corrections spending is now the third-largest category of spending in most states, behind education and health care. If states were still spending on corrections what they spent in the mid-1980s, adjusted for inflation, they would have about $28 billion more each year that they could choose to spend on more productive investments or a mix of investments and tax reductions.

The Full Report:

HTML version : http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4220
PDF version (21 pages) : http://www.cbpp.org//files/10-28-14sfp.pdf

Source:
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

http://www.cbpp.org/
CBPP is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

16. 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.

Link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

29 October 2014 - CRINmail issue 1401
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1401
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Children’s freedom of opinion and expression
- UN expert condemns States’ blocking of NGOs
- Call for World Bank to improve child safeguards
- Privacy concerns over infidelity DNA tests
- Child labour reports resurface
- Most abuse committed by trusted people - report
- Reining in use of restraint on children
Access to justice for children in Guatemala
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
World news
Publications
Events
Issues
Law
Advocacy
Challenging breaches
Take action
Campaigns
Guides

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

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Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293
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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http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place
http://safeshare.tv/w/FEDEwZHZXu

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How to Cope With One of the Scariest Fears of All: Solitude
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mequilibrium/how-to-cope-with-one-of-t_b_6022726.html

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Just another day on the road in Addis Abba, Ethiopia (video, duration 1:55)
http://www.wimp.com/streettraffic/

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