Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 3, 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 2,708 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. Ontario gives with one hand, takes with the other (Carol Goar, Toronto Star) - July 31
2. Media and Policy News for 31 July (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Ontario Liberal Budget Maps Out the Way to ‘Social Justice’ Austerity (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) - July 31
4. Three reasons why employment insurance is broken (Business News Network) - July 25
5. Council of the Federation Infrastructure Summit on August 6 (Toronto)
6. Recent postings from The Homeless Hub:
--- Housing First
--- Canadian Housing First Toolkit
--- Seven Tough Questions for Housing First - July 31
--- Infographic: A Job Doesn't Guarantee Freedom from Poverty -
July 23
--- Infographic: Domestic Violence Unmet Requests -
July 30
--- Solutions: Education -
July 28
7. [British Columbia] Where’s the fanfare for tackling poverty effectively? (Trish Garner in Straight.com) - July 29
8. The Canada Revenue Agency becomes an arm of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) (J. Baglow in rabble.ca) - July 22
9. Northern Ontario has beautiful landscape but crushing poverty (Carol Goar, Toronto Star) - July 27
10. Manitoba boosts rental allowance, introduces work program (CBC) - June 19
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2014 - July 31
--- Study: The labour market in Canada and the United States since the last recession, 2007 to 2014 - July 30
--- 2011 National Household Survey Public Use Microdata Files – Individuals File - July 29
--- Financial information of universities and colleges, 2012/2013 - July 28

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

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [Australia] Work For The Dole (Newmatilda.com) - July 28
15. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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

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Pause for reflection...


1. Ontario gives with one hand, takes with the other - July 31
(
Carol Goar, Toronto Star)

Ontario gives with one hand, takes with the other: Goar
Social assistance recipients are reeling from an $8 drop in their monthly benefit.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/31/ontario_gives_with_one_hand_takes_with_the_other_goar.html
(...)
According to John Stapleton of Open Policy Ontario [ http://openpolicyontario.com/ ], which tracks financial support for families in need, welfare incomes adjusted for inflation have dropped by 34 per cent since the Liberals took power in 2003. Disability support payments have fallen by 14 per cent.
(...)
[Kathleen Wynne's] Liberals are less punitive than the Conservatives who chopped welfare rates by 21.6 per cent under former premier Mike Harris [ http://goo.gl/UAJxqM ] and kept them frozen for eight years. But both McGuinty and Premier Kathleen Wynne have steadfastly ignored pleas by the province’s poorest citizens to put food in the budget; provide a shelter allowance; or bring welfare rates up to Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

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

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

Latest Media & Policy News: 31 July 2014

http://goo.gl/eoM3xb

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

Top Stories

Sign on to push for a renewed federal role in housing provision and affordable housing for all
Podcast: Trish Hennessy and Adam Vasey on the intersection of minimum wage and living wage
John Stapleton recognizes today’s 50th anniversary of the Constitutional amendment that brought in the Canada Pension Plan
Woman who is deaf and blind challenging additional costs of education arising from her disability
Two pieces from Carol Goar on PFIB’s tour of Northern Ontario:
--- Hardship north of Superior opens Torontonian’s eyes
--- Northern Ontario: Beautiful landscape but crushing poverty
Activist finds poverty in Northern Ontario different from the south
Dispatches on poverty from Northern Ontario

Ontario

The options Ontario has left to fix its revenue problem – corporate taxes, income taxes, carbon taxes?
Column: Why Ontario’s Retirement Pension Plan is a good idea

Around the Province

Orillia Council candidate’s statements about people on social assistance insensitive and false
The original comments
Affordable housing on Toronto’s waterfront: A laudable goal, but questionable implementation
Low income transit in Toronto and the struggle to make transit free

Across the Country

Vancouver Sun editorial calls for affordable childcare
Advocates echo the call and push for $10 / day
Burnaby ACORN protests lack of affordable rental housing
Pictou County Women’s Centre leads development of county-wide Poverty Reduction Strategy
Demand for electricity bill assistance is growing in Waterloo Region

National

Ottawa is sitting on nearly $1 billion in uncashed cheques, including $23 million in CCTB
Minimum Wage Wars: The Current talks about the minimum wage in Canadian provinces
How to stop Canadian multinationals from dodging their taxes
McQuaig: Harper is punishing charities while letting tax cheats off the hook
Cameco – a Canadian uranium mining company – Cares, just not enough to pay its Canadian taxes
Canada’s bail system “disproportionately penalizes – and frequently criminalizes – poverty, addiction and mental illness”
Three reasons that Employment Insurance is broken: Mendelsohn, Yalnizyan, and Sweetman (video)

International

Irish media reports on CRA telling Oxfam Canada that preventing poverty is not charitable
Detailed look in the Western Producer at global economic recovery and impact on Canada
1,200 US fast food workers met in Chicago recently on their fight for a $15/hour minimum wage
An interview with 15 Now activists in the US
One sixth of Americans don’t have enough to eat – amazing photo galleries
How low income people in the US understand words that describe their lived experience
The last stand for the middle class is taking place in a parking lot in Massachusetts
Welfare to work program in Kansas works for some, not so well for others
Benefit sanctions in NYC a cost to all concerned
Cruelty of UK benefit sanctions means man dies after missing meeting; sister launches inquiry petition
Homelessness in the UK: A public health crisis
Adults in the UK may be headed for retirement poverty
Child poverty in Japan hits record high
Welfare rolls in New Zealand lowest since 2008

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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

3. Ontario Liberal Budget Maps Out the Way to ‘Social Justice’ Austerity - July 31
(Ontario Coalition Against Poverty)

Ontario Liberal Budget Maps Out the Way to ‘Social Justice’ Austerity
http://www.ocap.ca/node/1186
July 31, 2014
During the recent Provincial Election, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals distanced themselves from the crude right wing ideas of the Hudak Tories by pointing to their ‘progressive’ Provincial Budget over which the election was fought. In fact, this document is not quite the road map to ‘social justice’ it claims to be.
What the Liberals actually set out in their Budget plan is a multi-year blueprint to cut the spending for government programs in Ontario. If you take into account inflation and population increases, the Budget actually represents a commitment to shrink services and reduce deficits on the backs of those least able to afford the cost.

Source:
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
http://www.ocap.ca/
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people.

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- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2014.htm

4. Three reasons why employment insurance is broken - July 25
(Business News Network)

Three reasons why employment insurance is broken
http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/7/25/Three-reasons-EI-is-broken-BNN-panel-.aspx
By Jeff Lagerquist
July 25, 2014

Does employment insurance really help those it’s intended to, or is the system in need of an overhaul? “If someone asks me what the problem is with EI, I say how long do you have?” said Matthew Mendelsohn, the founding director of the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation.

He was joined on BNN by Armine Yalnizyan, a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Arthur Sweetman, an economics professor at McMaster University to get the bottom this highly contentious issue.

Here’s a list of the top three problems our panelists have with the EI system.
#1. Since it’s a federally mandated program, all Canadians are treated equally.
#2. When the number of people receiving EI decreases it DOES NOT mean employment is increasing.
#3. The EI system was designed for the modern labour economy.

NOTE: The above link ("Three reasons...") includes a video (duration 7:51) of the panel discussion, with more info on each of the three reasons why Employment Insurance is broken.

Source:
Business News Network
http://www.bnn.ca/

Related Story from BNN:

How temporary foreign worker program masks EI issues
http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/7/12/Does-temporary-foreign-worker-program-mask-EI-overuse.aspx
July 12, 2014
Forget reforming the temporary foreign worker program—it’s the employment insurance program that needs fixing, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, an organization that advocates for lower taxes.

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

5. Council of the Federation Infrastructure Summit on August 6 (Toronto)

Premier Wynne to Host Infrastructure Summit with
Experts from Across Canada in Toronto on August 6

http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/en/latest-news/74-2014/376-premier-wynne-to-host-infrastructure-summit-with-experts-from-across-canada-in-toronto-on-august-6


An Infrastructure Working Group formed by Canada’s Premiers and led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will convene a summit in Toronto on August 6. The summit will focus on exploring opportunities to build up Canada’s public infrastructure and drive economic growth.
Along with Premier Wynne, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for infrastructure and economic development are examining the importance of public infrastructure to Canada’s economy and are seeking input from leading industry, government and NGO experts on infrastructure.

Source:
Council of the Federation
http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/
The Council of the Federation comprises Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial Premiers.
The Council of the Federation’s objectives are to:
*
Promote interprovincial-territorial cooperation and closer ties between members of the Council, to ultimately strengthen Canada;
* Foster meaningful relations between governments based on respect for the Constitution and recognition of the diversity within the federation;
* Show leadership on issues important to all Canadians.

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- Go to the Council of the Federation Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/council_fed.htm

6. Recent postings from The Homeless Hub:
--- Housing First
--- Canadian Housing First Toolkit
--- Seven Tough Questions for Housing First - July 31
--- Infographic: A Job Doesn't Guarantee Freedom from Poverty -
July 23
--- Infographic: Domestic Violence Unmet Requests -
July 30
--- Solutions: Education -
July 28

Recent postings from
The Homeless Hub:

Housing First
http://www.homelesshub.ca/solutions/housing-accommodation-and-supports/housing-first
‘Housing First’ is a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed.

The five core principles of Housing First:
1. Immediate access to permanent housing with no housing readiness requirements.
2. Consumer choice and self-determination.
3. Recovery orientation.
4. Individualized and client-driven supports.
5. Social and community integration.
[Click the link above for more info on each of the above principles.]

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Canadian Housing First Toolkit : Developed to assist other
Canadian communities that are interested in adopting the Housing First approach

http://www.homelesshub.ca/solutions/housing-first/canadian-housing-first-toolkit
This toolkit is based on the experience of the Canadian At Home/Chez Soi project
[ http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/initiatives-and-projects/home
]
... that used the Pathways to Housing model [ http://pathwaystohousing.org/our-model/ ] of Housing First for homeless people with mental illness. While the toolkit has a mental health focus because it is based on the At Home/Chez Soi experience, it is applicable to and can be adapted to other segments of the homeless population (e.g., youth, families), many of which also experience mental health challenges.

NOTE : Read the contextual information by clicking the link above;
access the resources of the toolkit by clicking the link below.

The Canadian Housing First Toolkit
http://www.housingfirsttoolkit.ca/

Bonus online related resources:
http://www.housingfirsttoolkit.ca/resources
125+ related links!

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Housing First in Canada : Supporting Communities to End Homelessness (PDF - 12.1MB, 148 pages)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/HousingFirstInCanada.pdf
By Stephen Gaetz, Fiona Scott, Tanya Gulliver
2013

Version française:
L’approche Logement d’abord au Canada :
Appuyer les collectivités pour mettre fin
à l’itinérance
(PDF)
http://www.homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/HFCanada-French.pdf

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Seven Tough Questions for Housing First
http://www.homelesshub.ca/blog/7-tough-questions-housing-first
July 31, 2014

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Infographic: A Job Doesn't Guarantee Freedom from Poverty
http://www.homelesshub.ca/blog/infographic-job-doesnt-guarantee-freedom-poverty
July 23, 2014

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Infographic: Domestic Violence Unmet Requests
http://www.homelesshub.ca/blog/infographic-domestic-violence-unmet-requests
July 30, 2014

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Solutions: Education
http://www.homelesshub.ca/blog/solutions-education
July 28, 2014

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Source:
The Homeless Hub
http://www.homelesshub.ca/
Building on the success of the Canadian Conference on Homelessness (2005), the Homeless Hub was created to address the need for a single access point to find homelessness information from across Canada. Launched in 2007, the Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information center representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance knowledge mobilization and networking.

Canadian Homelessness Research Network
http://homelessresearch.net/
The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) brings together top researchers on homelessness in Canada. Working in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders and institutions (in the non-profit sector and in government), the CHRN is committed to enhancing the impact of research on the homelessness crisis.

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

7. [British Columbia] Where’s the fanfare for tackling poverty effectively? - July 29
(Trish Garner in Straight.com)

British Columbia

Where’s the fanfare for tackling poverty effectively?
Connecting the dots between three political moments over three months

http://www.straight.com/news/696061/trish-garner-wheres-fanfare-tackling-poverty-effectively
By Trish Garner
July 29, 2014
On June 16, I attended the B.C. government’s Disability Summit, the culmination of a three-month public consultation process on disability in B.C. I watched Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae lead the audience through the event. I felt the flurry of excitement as Premier Christy Clark took to the stage to launch the government’s new action plan, Accessibility 2024 [ http://engage.gov.bc.ca/disabilitywhitepaper/accessibility-2024/ ], and then watched as she left as quickly as she had arrived. I heard business leaders talk about the benefits of meaningful inclusion. And I saw cameras and reporters focused on the front while the most important message came from protestors on the outside.
(...)
On May 6, Opposition MLA Michelle Mungall introduced a member’s bill, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act [ https://www.leg.bc.ca/40th2nd/1st_read/m212-1.htm ]. Since then, the premier has received hundreds of emails and letters from organizations throughout B.C. asking her to support the proposed act.

B.C. has had the highest poverty rate in Canada for the last 13 years and is now one of only two provinces without a poverty reduction plan. Bill M 212 includes government responsibility, targets and timelines, and strong accountability measures—features that are critical to the success of any plan, as the government has recognized in its disability action plan. However, a comprehensive poverty reduction plan would have much more impact and truly make B.C. the most “progressive” province in Canada with no one left behind.

[ Author Trish Garner is the community organizer for the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition. ]

Source:
Straight.com - Vancouver's Online Source

http://www.straight.com/

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

- Go to the Non-Governmental Sites in British Columbia (D-W)
page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk3.htm

- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

8. The Canada Revenue Agency becomes an arm of the PMO - July 22
(J. Baglow in rabble.ca)

From rabble.ca:

The Canada Revenue Agency becomes an arm of the Prime Minister's Office ( PMO)
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/j-baglow/2014/07/canada-revenue-agency-becomes-arm-pmo
By J. Baglow
July 22, 2014
There is a salty expression that seems apt at the moment: "Don’t p*ss on me and tell me it's raining." A number of charities that have spoken out against various policies of the current Harper administration might well echo the sentiment expressed in that injunction.The Canada Revenue Agency is currently auditing several Canadian charities, sniffing around for suspect "political activity." The list of targets [ http://goo.gl/nU49Sr ] reads like a Who's Who of Canadian charitable institutions.
(...)
The purpose seems evident: to muzzle dissent -- nothing new, of course, for the Harper government -- and to paralyze the charitable operations of these organizations. (...) Harper has already targeted scientists, and artists, and First Nations, and trade unionists, and Elections Canada, and Statistics Canada, and the employees of the National Library, and our diplomats, and even weather forecasters.
[NOTE : Click the link above to access source information used to support each of the statements in the previous paragraph.]

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/

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- Go to the Voluntary Sector / Charity Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/voluntary.htm

9. Northern Ontario has beautiful landscape but crushing poverty - July 27
(Carol Goar, Toronto Star)

Northern Ontario has beautiful landscape but crushing poverty:
Survival in Ontario’s north requires ingenuity, endurance and a trace of subversion.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/07/27/northern_ontario_has_beautiful_landscape_but_crushing_poverty_goar.html
By Carol Goar
July 27, 2014
Carol Goar explores the many ways that there's a "gulf in understanding that exists between policy-makers at Queen’s Park and folks in northwestern Ontario." She offers several insights into the real cost of living in Northern Ontario, notably with respect to dysfunctional medical emergency ambulance policies and the impracticality of the Nutritious Food Basket in the far northern reaches of the province.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk4.htm

10. Manitoba boosts rental allowance, introduces work program - June 19
(CBC)

Manitoba boosts rental allowance, introduces work program
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-boosts-rental-allowance-introduces-work-program-1.2680741
June 19, 2014
Rental allowance is increasing in Manitoba after years of being stagnant and falling far behind the soaring costs of rent. People on employment and income assistance (EIA) and living in private rental accommodations will receive increases of between $50 and $70 per month for shelter costs. That means single individuals, for example, will receive $435 per month, compared to the previous $365. (...) It is part of a larger overhaul to the rental allowance program. Oswald introduced Rent Assist, a new program for both social assistance recipients and other low-income earners, which will replace the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs

Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news

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From Policy Fix:

Province introduces online calculator for low-income renters
http://policyfix.ca/2014/07/30/province-introduces-online-calculator-for-low-income-renters/
By Josh Brandon
July 30, 2014
If you are a renter in Manitoba paying more than 25 percent of your income in rent, you may be eligible for a benefit of between $20 and $270 per month, thanks to recent changes to a provincial program called Rent Assist.

The Province has just introduced an online calculator on which low-income renters may determine how much of a Rent Assist benefit they are entitled to receive. Starting July 1, 2014, this program provides a benefit up to $270 dollars per month. It replaces an earlier program called RentAid that provided a maximum benefit of up to $230.

The changes in the program were introduced in parallel with recent increases to the Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) shelter benefit.

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Province introduces online calculator for low-income renters
http://policyfix.ca/2014/07/30/province-introduces-online-calculator-for-low-income-renters/

Policy Fix
http://policyfix.ca/

Policy Fix is the blog of the Manitoba Office
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/manitoba
of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Manitoba Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/mbkmrk.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
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Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2014 - July 31
--- Study: The labour market in Canada and the United States since the last recession, 2007 to 2014 - July 30
--- 2011 National Household Survey Public Use Microdata Files – Individuals File
- July 29
--- Financial information of universities and colleges, 2012/2013 - July 28

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 ]

July 31, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, May 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140731/dq140731b-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $937 in May, up 0.6% from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, weekly earnings increased 2.6%.

July 30, 2014
Study: The labour market in Canada and the United States since the last recession, 2007 to 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140730/dq140730b-eng.htm

July 29, 2014
2011 National Household Survey Public Use Microdata Files – Individuals File
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140729/dq140729c-eng.htm
The 2011 National Household Survey individuals file (public use microdata files) is now available.
See http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?ObjId=99M0001X&ObjType=2&lang=en&limit=0

July 28, 2014
Financial information of universities and colleges, 2012/2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140728/dq140728b-eng.htm
Final data for the 2012/2013 academic year from the Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey are now available.

CANSIM Tables:
Table 477-0058 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0058&p2=31
Table 477-0059 : http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a03?lang=eng&pattern=477-0059&p2=31

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

12. 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

August 2, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Eurochild: Early years services are a public good
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/07/eurochild-early-years-services-are-public-good
30 Jul 2014 | Europe
Statement aims to influence on-going discussions on the EU contribution to early childhood policies and states that, "as an issue of children's rights, Eurochild stresses that early care and education must be understood as an entitlement for all children, and be coupled with targeted support for those at risk of marginalisation".

(Toronto) Children's Services Division: Facts and figures
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/07/toronto-childrens-services-division-facts-and-figures
30 Jul 2014 | Ontario
Occasional fact sheets from Toronto Children's Services provide information about the number of child care spaces for different age groups, auspice, fees, and fee subsidy.

The practicalities of childcare: An overlooked part of the puzzle?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/07/practicalities-childcare-overlooked-part-puzzle
30 Jul 2014 | Europe
Report from Citizens Advice Bureau (UK) describes the ongoing barriers to child care in the UK, despite increased investment. The magnified barriers for low-income families and those working nonstandard hours are also highlighted.

Child care assistance: Helping parents work and children succeed
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/07/child-care-assistance-helping-parents-work-and-children-suc
30 Jul 2014 | United States
Brief from US Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) highlights why child care assistance is an essential work support program for families; makes the case for why additional investments are critical.

Privatization of schools: Selling out the right to quality public education for all
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/07/privatization-schools-selling-out-right-quality-public-educ
23 Jul 2014 | Canada
Special section of the Summer 2014 issue of Our Schools/Our Selves "examines the privatization of education on an international scale".

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

What I've left unsaid: On balancing career and family as a woman of color
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/07/what-ive-left-unsaid-balancing-career-and-family-woman-color
30 Jul 2014 | United States

Program that helped special needs children on reserves loses funding
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/07/program-helped-special-needs-children-reserves-loses-funding
30 Jul 2014 | Canada

PC logic: Let the market solve childcare market failure
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/07/pc-logic-let-market-solve-childcare-market-failure
30 Jul 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

When Harper killed the Census he robbed Canadians
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/07/when-harper-killed-census-he-robbed-canadians
30 Jul 2014 | Canada

$10-a-day child care: Let’s implement a comprehensive strategy for affordable daycare in B.C.
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/07/10-day-child-care-let%E2%80%99s-implement-comprehensive-strategy-affordable-
30 Jul 2014 | British Columbia

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

13. 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:

August 1, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/08/01/
Medicaid Coverage (3 articles)
July 2014 US Unemployment
Childhood Poverty and Health Outcomes

July 31, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/07/31/
Suburban Poverty in the US (2 articles)
Income Inequality
College Access and Inequality

July 30, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/07/30/
Household Wealth
Promise Zones

July 29, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/07/29/
EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) and Poverty Measurement

July 28, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/07/28/
Poverty Measurement – India
Long-Term Unemployment

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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. 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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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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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

14. [Australia] Work For The Dole - July 28
(Newmatilda.com )

From Newmatilda.com:

$10 An Hour Under Abbott's New Work For The Dole
https://newmatilda.com/2014/07/28/10-hour-under-abbotts-new-work-dole
By Max Chalmers
28 July 2014
The Abbott Government has unveiled its expanded 'Work for the Dole' reforms. If you're unemployed, you're unlikely to appreciate them. The Coalition has today outlined a sweeping set of changes to Australia’s welfare system including a massive expansion of work for the dole schemes, which would force unemployed Australians to work for up to 25 hours a week to continue receiving social security payments.

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Work For The Dole Doesn't Work And Never Has
https://newmatilda.com/2014/07/28/work-dole-doesnt-work-and-never-has
By Ben Eltham
28 July 2014
Work for the Dole doesn’t work, and the government knows its doesn’t work. But the imagery of punishing dole bludgers is far more important than the facts on the ground.

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Welfare Fix Needs Boost Not Cuts, Say Advocacy Groups
https://newmatilda.com/2014/06/30/welfare-fix-needs-boost-not-cuts-say-advocacy-groups
By Max Chalmers
30 Jun 2014

A review which proposes the national roll out of welfare income quarantining and changes to disability support pensions has alarmed social service groups.
People receiving a disability pension could be the hardest hit if the Abbott Government acts on suggestions made in an interim report on Australia’s welfare system, according to welfare advocacy groups.The McClure report, handed down on Sunday, has urged the federal government to make major structural changes to the way welfare is administered in Australia, and to implement welfare income management, a policy the Abbott Government has hinted its considering expanding for some time.

Source:
Newmatilda.com

https://newmatilda.com/
New Matilda is independent journalism at its best.
The site has been publishing intelligent coverage of Australian and international politics, media and culture since 2004.

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Related link from
The Telegraph (United Kingdom):

Australian PM Tony Abbott introduces tougher 'work for the dole' scheme
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10995238/Australian-PM-Tony-Abbott-introduces-tougher-work-for-the-dole-scheme.html
By Jonathan Pearlman
28 July 2014
Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, has unveiled strict measures to force welfare recipients to work for their benefits, including requiring them to make 40 job applications a month and perform 25 hours a week of community work.

Source:
The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

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- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

15. 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.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

30 July 2014 - CRINmail issue 1388
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1388
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Turkey court rules on children's right to protest
- Israel-OPT conflict ‘turning schools into targets’
- Children ‘used as pawns’ in Ukraine conflict
- Preventing violence against children
- Roma evictions violate right to education
- LGBT bullying and ‘conversion therapy’
Access to justice for children in Macedonia
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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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm

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

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